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        11-15-2010, 09:04 AM
    Are we planning to show too soon?

    Hi guys. As you know, I am an adult returing rider, who just bought Zee in October. We're two old fogies who have been away from riding for years. I've been back in the saddle for a year after taking about 12 years off. He's back to being ridden after the last several years as a semi-retired pasture puff. I really wanted to do the winter schooling series at our neighboring barn that starts December 19th (four shows, one per month through March). Since we're so very rusty and out of shape, I planned to do the Beginner Rider division (basically beginner eq), just on the flat to start, and maybe over x-rails towards the end of the series. Now that its getting close, I'm wondering if I'm rushing into it. It's really just for fun, and I know we're not ready to do anything over fences, but it is still too soon? He's still lazy and behind the leg much of the time, I still have a very sloppy position, and just kinda feel like we have so much work ahead of us that we should probbly wait til Spring for our barn's schooling series. For the life of me, I cannot seem to get my upper body in an upright position! And I suffer from chicken wing arms. We have a tough time with transitions and although I know I'll laugh about it, I don't know if I really want to be kicking halfway around the ring when the judge says trot and we're still walking!!

    Here's yesterday's video over some fences. Yesterday was his 4th day being worked in a row (that's a lot for him) and two days in a row over little fences. I think we were both getting tired and had a real tough time finding distances. After the video was done we threw in the towel and went for a lovely trail ride!

    Advice? Opinions? Suggestions?

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        11-15-2010, 09:31 AM
    Oh, and to be fair, several of our failed canter transitions were deleted out of the video! I have a very sweet fiance who stops and deletes while video taping me! He knows how to stay on my good side...
        11-15-2010, 10:12 AM
    I think you should go for it. Look at it as a learning experience for both of you. Life is too short to ask "should I?"
        11-15-2010, 10:25 AM
    I think I'm oddly afraid of letting Zee down if we don't ride well! I know he doesn't care, but he was such a star back in his day, I don't want him to be the poor horse with the crappy rider!
        11-15-2010, 10:26 AM
    I think you guys look great together! It sounds like it is something you have wanted to do for a really long time and you are going to be kicking yourself if you don't at least try it.
        11-15-2010, 10:29 AM
    ROTFL! That would be my very sweet fiance and personal groom who ALWAYS thinks me and Zee are the best!
        11-15-2010, 11:31 AM
    He's right, you can't make sweet butter without a little churning
        11-15-2010, 11:38 AM
    Ok, here are some still shots from yesterday. I'm swallowing my pride and posting anyway... Sorry, I know the last few are super tiny (still shots from video).

    Even if I improve my eq between now and then, I'm afraid I'll still revert back to certain things under pressure at a show (i.e. Chicken wing arms, piano hands, leaning forward, leading with my inside shoulder, balancing on my toes and turning my toes out). Should I give it a shot now, or wait til we have a few more months under our belts?
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        11-15-2010, 11:48 AM
    Look how good you two look together!! Mom...I jump...:-D
        11-15-2010, 11:58 AM
    If you don't want him that lazy I think his diet may need to be adjusted. I had a lazy horse and started giving him a small amt of red blood cell daily and he had plenty of energy then and I didn't have to push him any more

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