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post #1 of 2 Old 07-05-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Narrowing it down

I have one horse and that's all I can afford. I love my horse!

For the riders with multi-discipline interests, how do you narrow things down? I want to do: dressage, jump (cross country), endurance, competitive trail (with obstacles!). I want to teach him poles and barrels to teach him more about speed and controlling/manipulating his body at speed. I want to try him at beginner team penning to give him confidence around cows.

He could probably do all of it. Will we win? Who knows. A ribbon or a prize once in a while would be nice though! I don't have the money or the time to pursue everything very well. Should I just do what I can afford and that carries my interest or focus?

How do you guys narrow it down? My horse seems to be willing to try things with me.
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-05-2012, 04:31 PM
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Become an eventer. You do dressage (working on balance and correct movement as well as self-carriage of both you and the horse), stadium (all about control and endurance since stadium is the last event and it's hard to negotiate and get over without knocking a rail), and cross country (endurance over rough ground and heavy obstacles as well as ignoring unfamilair sights and situations).
There's no reason you can add some barrel work into your training (helps in stadium for tight turns and dressage for more power). Just be careful not to ruin his hocks or get his muscle muscling upsidedown.
You can add poles into his training as well.
Cows can be added if you like. Most places let you do an 'outing' every once in awhile. You don't have to spend time or money on joining a team.
Why not incorporate everything you want to do into training? 3 day eventing covers the most disciplines and you can use your training to see what you want to pursue.
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