Memorising a Course?
How do you memorise a course?
I've got loads of shows coming up but I find it hard to memorise courses, any tips?
It was always easy for me, but what I would do is just repeat the orders over and over in my head and visualize myself doing it.
I also used to wave small cones and I would walk through the course on the ground. Or have my mom or dad quiz me on it.
Thats one thing I am glad of, I can remember a course off the bat, sometimes 3 at a time for jumpers!
Make a song out of it, or name the jumps ex: red oxer, blue skinny, green vertical, scary flowers, 6 stride line, diagonal, etc.
In Hunters I find it simple, you can not jump any of the jumps backwards, there is always a place to go where the jump isn't backwards (If that makes any sense?)
In Jumpers, the jumps are usually numbered so that helps! And walk the course with a coach so you have a "game plan".
If you have a really hard time remembering it, wait to go you turn after a few rounds of watching other riders and repeat where they are suposed to go as you watch. Tell someone (coach, parent, friend) the course over and over and over also.
While on course, always be looking ahead to your next jump to prepare, I always look to my next jump in the air.
Good luck & have fun! :wink:
I write the courses down in a notebook. Even if there are printouts of the course available I find actually writing it out helps me. I stand by the ring and visualize the courses. Sometimes I'll watch a few riders go before me, but I try not to do that too much because they might do it wrong and get me confused.
Another big thing for me is memorize one course at a time. If I try to learn all my courses at once I start mixing them together. :lol:
walk the course twice if you have to.. usually make sure am running it through in my head 1st without looking before getting on.. it also helps to watch a few although this might not always be possible depending on where you are drawn.. if it's possible to choose go nearer the end.. I memorise like 1 green and yellow oxer, 2 red vertical on the wall left handed to 3 the wall straight on to scary coloured blocks 5 right handed to blue double yes you get the picture :p
Take a picture of it on your phone (if you can) and go to a vantage point where you can see the entire ring, and use your finger to draw out the course. Sometimes it helps to memorize by color and put a mark on your wrist as to what color jump comes next if its really hard (i havent done that but some of my friends have). WHEN IN DOUBT FIND THE #! hahaha. Watch some of your competitors go around, this is useful because for one, you get to see how the course rides, then two, you can have a running memory of the course as you go to warm up. After you have warmed up and prepare to enter the ring, stop in the center. Take a breath. And point out your course, or just look around and look at your course in order. Courses look different on your horses back than on the ground, and it also helps you to relax and think better during your ride. If you have forgotten where a number is, say 3, hold up 3 fingers to your coach and have her call the color (use only if desperate, lol). Just keep your head up :) All jumpers get lost one time or another, you are not the only one who gets lost or needs help. We all do ;) hahahha
What I do is take pictures of each course with my phone and I sit there, staring at the screen until I think I have it down, and then I look up at the course and imagine myself riding it. It doesn't take me very long at this point, but it used to take me about five minutes for each course. Now it's around two or three. :)
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