Well, for the past couple weeks I've been playing with the notion of starting eventing, but no one in our barn knows a thing about it. I really, really want to learn. It would be so much fun for me and maybe for Lola.(She likes jumping.)
I'm pretty overwelmed... how do I start? What do I need to know? How to I prepare? Ugh! So. Much. To. Do.
If you want to start eventing and you want to jump you of course have to get her jumping a lot and at the right height for you, also, you need to start learning to collect her and, yeah.
Hey! I am glad to hear about someone who wants to venture to my side of the fence :) Eventing is not only addicting, but very rewarding and exciting - when done right.
First thing you need to do, is find a quallified and educated Eventing Coach. That is the first step you have to to take.
Yay, it's MIEventer to the rescue! :D
I'll get right to that; I'm sure that someone will know of someone somewhere. The only real problem is that they'll have to be very skilled in the art of patience... teaching me something is about as easy as teaching fish to walk.
LOL, you can do it :) If you have an Instructor who is not only very experienced in the world of eventing, but very knowledgeable - you will do well.
Also look into clinics - there are always Eventing Clincs going on, ask around, search around and find out.
Do you have a local pony club? PC is very involved in Eventing - contact them and ask lots of questions regarding you learning to Event. Maybe you can join :) They are always busy in clinics and lessons and shows - that would be a great avenue to reach.
I guess the first steps would be to 1) Be skilled at flatwork...be able to adjust your stride and be very secure in two point in all gaits. 2) Ride out in the open alot...don't go over obstacles just make sure that your horse is ready to go out in to "big open spaces" 3) Start jumping "wider" obstacles...good oxers and rolltops in the arena. After that....its only a matter of combining the three!
CC fences are something to be respected. You cannot approach, ride, jump a CC fence the same way you would a Stadium Fence.
Do not venture into the world of Eventing without guidance of an experienced coach.
I wanted to do eventing for a while, but the closest USEA coach from me is about an hour and 30 minutes or so. So I looked for Pony Clubs, also about an hour and 30 minutes or so from me. The world doesn't want me to event, so I'm sticking with show jumping :P
You can go to the USEA site to find a coach and events and pony clubs near you! It is alot eaiser and faster then asking around! Also, I would suggest getting a prue dressage coach too. Most eventing coaches do dressage, but not as well as a pure dressage instructer would. Good luck, and don't fall! ;)
I feel your pain. I can't afford an english horse, and can't seem to find a lease. The closest trainer I can find (Who I haven't met and realized couldnt ride her way out of a paper bag) is 3 hours away. Same with Pony Club.
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