Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
HITS, don't worry about - we all have to have good experiences and learning experiences. I've had my share. But you did well, you got her over the stone wall solidly, so be proud of yourself.
I want to commend you for aknowledging your errors to create the mishap at the tires, remember, that's a sign of a good rider! When I drop Nelson or stop riding, Nelson quits too, and he's gone Prelim - so now you know how to be that much better of a rider for your horse.
Nelson never looks at fences, he doesn't spook at any fence out on the CC course or in the Stadium, because he's very experienced. He only looks and acts spooky, if I react to the fence - for example, the Training Level Trakk fence..I hate it, so Nelson does too - but you put his pevious owner on him who doesn't blink an eye at Trakks, Nelson fly's over that fence like nothing too it - just food for thought.
I'm super proud of you, you should be too! Remember, this is your first season together - you have a long way to go together, and just as Eventerdrew said, it isn't about placing - it is about the experience the two of you share. Don't make this into winning...do not make that mistake, or you will be miserable when you get to bigger and tougher comps. You have to make this about you and Sandie, nothing more, nothing less.
I'm with you on the trailering aspect, I don't have a truck nor a trailer - so I have to rely on my Coach and Friends - so I'm with you in that department. Sucks doesn't it?
You're on the right track about making fences and obsticles at home to practice on - but the only way to get over this for the both of you, is time in the saddle and exposure.