Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Excellant post and point Strange! Very well said - I see too many people, myself included, micromanage their horse within 6 strides. This must be an Eventing thing? lol - I too am the same. I can see a distance far out, which is where I try to "fix" anything before we get 5 strides in.
I ended up incurring a horrible habit over time with this, which I am now having to work hard at correcting. Nelson used to take big spots, like a stride out, to a fence - so I ended up holding him to the base....which now due to that, I've created a horse who sucks back instead of a horse who flows over the fence.
So, my work in progress is - to just leave him alone when we are about 5 strides out, instead of holding him 5 strides in. So that's my issue. I have to learn to adjust anything before we enter that 5 stride zone.
That is why, when you come into a combo, you have to have everything right before you get to that 1st fence. When you get into the combo, your goal is to leave your horse alone to do his job, while you remain quiet and balanced ontop.