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post #1 of 4 Old 12-09-2010, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Cross-discipline Challenge?

So I just now found out about this "Wind Rider Challenge" that will be held at a horse fair and expo in Oregon this spring. Riders bring their horses and work through an obstacle course that involves various disciplines from reining and jousting to jumping and dressage.

I'm sort of tempted to try it out with my lovely pony, but I'm not sure if I should. She used to be quite the little eventing pony before we bought her, but it's been years since we've ridden her anywhere other than our barn (we don't own a trailer, I'd have to find someone to drive us there). I'm not sure how she would respond to a huge crowd of people and lots of new different horses. And honestly, I don't want to look like one of those idiots with an out of control horse. >_<

Plus, I think I'd have to work with her on a crash course in some of these disciplines. On the flip side... she's usually wonderful for me and is willing to try new things. I think it could be fun to give it a shot. I'm not sure!

Find out more about what the challenge is all about here:
Two as One Horsemanship | Wind Rider Challenge

You can see pictures and info on the pony in question here:
Panache the red roan w/ flaxen m Welsh Cob (Section C)
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-12-2010, 08:36 AM
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There is no harm in trying new things! :)
You never know, your pony might be perfectly fine with the crowds and dyou could have a blast, and even if she is a little spooky or looks "out of control" there is no harm in trying, and at least now you know :)
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-12-2010, 11:27 PM
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If you do it, I'll come cheer you on! =)

That looked exciting to me too. but I know my horse wouldn't do it. though she is pretty diverse. (the crowds and "New" things are a problem)
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-13-2010, 01:56 AM
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Have a go! You never know, you may totally flog everyone else ;P
It will be a fantastic experience for both of you, even if she can't handle the pressure! And don't worry about looking like an owner with an out of control horse, chances are that these people won't see you again or recognise you. You never know what you might miss out on.
best of luck if you decide to go!

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
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