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post #11 of 17 Old 07-09-2008, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm really excited! I'm doing my first dressage test on the 20th at the same place with the xc course, so I may pop over a few of the xc jumps. I'm trying to start doing more than just hunters/jumpers. I really want to get into eventing. And theres a horse trial thing in August that one of the trainers (not my personal one) at my barn wants me to go to. I just need to really practice.
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-09-2008, 09:18 PM
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Awesome! Good luck, I hope it goes well.

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post #13 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 11:32 AM
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Drop fences! The pictures you posted are both drops - BIG drops, looking like the kind which only the best riders in the world tackle. Drops require you to 'slip' the reins as the horse descends, following the head's movement and for jumps this big, allowing the reins to slide through your hands in order to keep a consistant contact. Maybe that's what you're seeing.
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Ohh, got it. Thanks everyone!
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post #15 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 02:36 PM
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They're lifting their horses so they don't fall on their faces, their is a huge difference between lifting and jerking on the reins.

In all those pictures you'll notice they're all going down quite a long ways, the horses will need some help being lifted up so they land properly and keep going.

At least that's what I was always taught to do.
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 04:07 PM
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^Very interesting, I didn't know that. :) Sounds pretty sensible, though.

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post #17 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 06:02 PM
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they aren't lifting their horses, they are letting the horses use their necks for balance and basically staying out of their way so they can interfere with their horse's balance as little as possible after the drop
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