I'm 45 yr old and have grown up around horses. Overall knowledge would rank me in the "greenie" category, unfortunately. For my second "career" (ie hobby) I want to get into eventing or intro hunter or intro dressage competitions. Dressage isn't my favorite. I have a Cleveland Bay x Thoroughbred - he is sometimes pokey, sometimes not.
Problem is I'm going to be doing this without a trainer. My dressage trainer lives 2 hours away, no trainers can come to our barn and I can't get a horse trailer at this moment.
My uncles built me cavaletti and standards. I've been working on walk, trot, canter transitions. Getting those automatic. I don't have any idea how to get him on the right lead.
Do have 101 jumping exercises so looks like we have months of flat poles before we even get to cross bars. In the meantime will be doing hill work, cantering on the flats a bit. Is it ok to use the bitless bridle on him on the trails? When we're clearing brush sometimes I find I'm in his mouth when I don't mean to be.
Doing serpentines and figure 8s is not really an option in our big outside ring because it puts divots in the grass. I really do need a straight shot where I can do circles alternating to the left and the right.
Also, how do you find out about the easiest eventing venues in the southeastern US?
Any recommendations? Comments?
P.S. Haven't actually jumped him yet - just planning, planning - he'll be 5yrs old end of August - he's 16.3H