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post #11 of 14 Old 10-09-2011, 02:56 AM
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I have never ridden in hunters so I didn't know that the course was posted in advance, that's nice but I imagine you could send yourself insane studying it.

For me, I struggle when I just watch it, but it makes sense when I walk the course as the jumps flow into each other. I can be the first person walking the course and it is fairly obvious which jump is going to be next because of the line that you would follow. There might be a few turns which you need to think about, but other than that, I think it's fairly straight forward.

Don't freak yourself out or over think it, relax and it will help you a lot. Red starts with the letter 'R' for Right. And even if you mess it up, it's not the end of the world, there are more shows.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-09-2011, 09:13 AM
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I used to use chalk and draw the course diagram in the barn aisle, and then have the students trot it on foot. We would practice where they entered the ring, started their hunter circle, where they'd ask for the canter, going deep in their corners, everything.

Doing this, along with drawing it on a dry erase board, are great tools. I used to keep a small dry erase board in my ring to draw exercises or courses on for students who really struggled with a spoken description.

People usually fall into one or a combination of learning styles: visual, auditory or kinesthetic. If you're an auditory learner, you can listern to your coach say "enter and track left, pick up your canter by the picket fence jump, then outside natural line, diagnol line, outside, diagnol." and go do your course. Very few people, IMO, are completely auditory learners. Drawing the course, or watching other riders ride the course, is good for visual learners, and actually walking the course, either for real or a chalk outline on a barn aisle, is good for kinesthetic learners.

Trying a combination of all the techniques is great when you're trying to learn a new skill, and it allow you to identify which technique works best for you.

Try to get your coach to put your number in late in the class so you can watch other riders ride the course. Separate yourself from your friends and family while you do this so you won't be distracted.

I also wanted to let you know you're in good company - this is a *very* common, almost universal worry among riders new to showing.

Good luck!

ETA: Hunter courses are usually posted the evening before or the morning of the show.

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post #13 of 14 Old 10-09-2011, 09:35 PM
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If you let the secretary know well in advance that this is your first time and ask if she will place you farther down the list of entries. They are usually understanding.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-09-2011, 09:52 PM
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Hunter courses are very easy to remember, it is usually outside line, inside line, outside line, inside line, or maybe you start with a single or end with a single. Jumpers are little more complicated to remember but genreally the jumps have some color to them so you can remember "b;ue jump to red jump to yellow jump etc."
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