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SorrelHorse 04-22-2013 07:15 PM

Selena Reining @ Equestrian Meet
Just finished my final District meet for my high school''s equestrian team. I have been sitting reserve champion throughout the season and am very proud of her. We would have kept our spot at reserve only I blanked out and only spun three instead of four going right. We ended up bronze because of it but that's okay.

My videographer missed the spins though which sucks because they were the best she's done this season.

Her stops aren't great but remember this isn't judged like NRHA, it's judged on a scale of 1-10 on each manuever and based a lot more on the athlete than the horse.

Alright end of my talking and here's the video :)

COWCHICK77 04-22-2013 07:24 PM

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Good job! You guys are pretty neat together :)

SorrelHorse 04-22-2013 07:49 PM

Thank you :) We do like gaming better though, :lol:

nvr2many 04-22-2013 07:51 PM

Looking good!

lasso 04-22-2013 07:59 PM

aewsome you two look great together

Skyseternalangel 04-22-2013 08:43 PM

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That was awesome to watch; you are an amazing rider and she is a sensational horse :)

toto 04-22-2013 09:08 PM

Cute little mare! Nice ride!

SorrelHorse 04-23-2013 12:17 AM

Thanks you guys, we have worked very hard together this year!

Skyseternalangel 04-23-2013 12:53 AM

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Sorry to be a pain, but any tips for keeping fear or tenseness at bay when you go faster than a lofty canter? I noticed you and Selena were right with eachother, soft, the entire time you were galloping, even changing leads

SorrelHorse 04-23-2013 02:20 AM

What kind of tenseness?

If the horse is getting frazzled, like jumping around, not staying straight or on the circle, etc I think it's because they need more prep work. I tell this to barrel horse people a lot. Build speed gradually, don't go from a slow lope and then blastoff, or you'll get a little too much horse on your hands. Go to the speed just where they start to feel a little uncomfortable, hold them there briefly, and then ask them to slow down again and ask them to round up, get soft, bend, counter canter, anything really. With Selena we like to push, push, push, then immediately drop down, change leads to the counter canter, reverse the arena at the counter canter until we are on the correct lead again and break to a strong working trot with bending and flexing, etc. I just find it keeps her thinking about doing something right after she runs around. The horse has to stay with you no matter what in those situations.

If it's just a matter of the horse not wanting to slow down, I will do the same kind of prep work by building speed slowly and making sure I have a rate command. That's pretty interchangeable. Selena knows "easy" as her slow down command. Even at the walk I will say "easy" and expect her to stop. If we're trotting and I say "easy" I expect her to walk or slow the trot to a jog. Loping and "easy" mean trot/jog, and when we go on large fast circles like that "easy" means come back in and circle slow. This is accompanied by a cue from your seat. You can't be afraid to get after them either if they don't respect that cue. Ask as soft as possible and then they have exactly one second to respond, before I pull on the reins and make them back up, away from my hand.

Hoping that helped. Selena's large fast circles and speed transitions actually came more from her gaming, when she learned that running was no big deal.

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