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Shasta1981 10-29-2011 11:20 AM

Readers - good or bad?
 
What's the consensus on using readers?

I personally see the benefit to use one as well as knowing your test inside and out. My dressage trainer agrees and says that it is a good idea to use one whenever you can to keep the horse's nerves down. This makes sense me.

However, my friends at the barn refuse to have a reader and seem to think there is a stigma attached.

What do you think?

kitten_Val 10-29-2011 11:33 AM

I think using a reader means you are unprepared. Knowing the test is like homework - you ride it plenty of times at home trying to find weak spots and perfect what you can before going to the show. Now I do understand some people have learning disabilities, memory issues, or whatever else health-related. Then yes, using a reader is a way to go. But too often than not someone just don't do his/her homework at home.

Plus personally I prefer to know what is coming next so I would be ready (as well as my horse). :wink:

Cat 10-29-2011 11:41 AM

I'm going to show my dressage ignorance here - but what is a reader?

Golden Horse 10-29-2011 11:50 AM

A reader is the wonderful person who calls out your test for you and I gladly pay for a reader.

Yes my tests are very simple, yes I practice them, but I cannot trust my memory, and even though I'm riding at the lowest of low key events the nerves kick in and I just don't want the extra stress of remembering which test I'm riding. :oops:

kitten_Val 10-29-2011 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Cat (Post 1215765)
I'm going to show my dressage ignorance here - but what is a reader?

When you show you may have a person to read you what is next: basically read through test instructions. See here: http://www.usdf.org/docs/tests/dressage/introc.pdf (basically they read what is in "Test" field). I had trainer did it for me when I was practicing first couple times at the lesson, and I found it to be annoying: I always prefer to know several steps ahead, and it's not what you get using reader. But as with everything - to each own. :wink:

VanillaBean 10-29-2011 11:57 AM

I think you should know it.

When I see someine with a reader, it just seems like they didn't put in enough effort to remember the test.

Personally, I would rather do the test wrong than have a reader.

Lonannuniel 10-29-2011 12:15 PM

I have a reader, and I don't think having one means you are unprepared.

I have a great memory, I can go through the test on paper, in the arena, or on the computer ( I have a program that I can run through tests on) , but with the stress of a show and the many worries I have about being in a show, I am not always confident I will be able to remember the test once I am in front of the judge. I am new to showing, and if having a reader to start with lessens my worries, then I'll go for it. but that doesn't mean I haven't put effort into learning the test.

Golden Horse 10-29-2011 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Lonannuniel (Post 1215788)
I have a reader, and I don't think having one means you are unprepared.

I have a great memory, I can go through the test on paper, in the arena, or on the computer ( I have a program that I can run through tests on)

What program do you have?

MIEventer 10-29-2011 12:19 PM

Being an Eventer, it is against the rules to have a reader. So I have to memorize my test to the T. BUT on that note, that's only 1 test for the whole season - pending level I am doing.

I can understand why someone would require a reader, if they are doing 4 tests and get all the tests mixed up into 1 - understandable, on saying that....I've done 4 tests at Dressage Shows, and only required a reader once, when I wasn't fully prepared and my mind was in a tizzy due to nerves. That was years ago.

I find, that you have PLENTY of time between tests, to read over your next test to be prepared.

The last few Dressage Shows I've done this summer, I found it very distracting, riding my test, when having someone in the arena next to me, doing their test with someone shouting out their movements. Very distracting and very annoying.

Golden Horse 10-29-2011 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by MIEventer (Post 1215790)

The last few Dressage Shows I've done this summer, I found it very distracting, riding my test, when having someone in the arena next to me, doing their test with someone shouting out their movements. Very distracting and very annoying.

I can understand how that would be incredibly annoying and distracting, I'm glad we only have one ring to work in, so that isn't ever an issue.

I suppose riding two horses, each doing two tests, both at different levels does make memory a little more challenging, so I'll stick with that as my excuse :wink: as well as the generally lousy memory that is.


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