traning for a dill team, what to expect?

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        07-27-2014, 09:30 PM
    traning for a dill team, what to expect?

    I am going to try out for a drill team next years and need tips for training.

    I am bomb proofing my mare, I have been working on here with her on flags, I will be starting to train her to not spook at fireworks, I will go and watch this years team's practices, I'm working on lead changes and controlled speed.

    What else should I do? Thanks!
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        07-27-2014, 11:18 PM
    A big part is riding her around other horses. She needs to be completely okay with horses going around and through her as well as running past her. Also crowds are something she is going to see a lot. And music! See if the drill team has a b team that you can practice with. That's what I'm doing with my drill mare in the makings.
        07-28-2014, 05:22 PM
    Does your b team charge money? My mare is pretty good with other horses but I'll work more on it.

    I'll work on crowds and music!
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        07-29-2014, 01:29 AM
    No it doesn't. Anyone who wants to practice is more than welcome. I don't know any team that would charge for someone to join! (Besides tack or shirts or fees like that)
        08-09-2014, 09:20 PM
    I was on a drill team for 3 uears, then coached for a year. You will love it!

    Be sure you work in pivots on the front and rear, lots of side passing and backing up as well. Be sure that you can ride your horse one-handed, as you will usually be carrying a flag. Depending on the soze of shows that you are going to, there will be lots of loud crowds, lights, fire, and music.
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        08-09-2014, 09:26 PM
    Wow. Horrible spelling. And it is a great idea to work your horse with others, considering that you be be side by side with others most of the time.

    The biggest problems that I had was when the rider couldn't control his /her horse at any speed. We have a few routines that involved coming to a standstill from a hard run. Have a very broke horse, and be able to stop.

    And something most people don't think of: if you are wearing chaps, get you horse used to having them on his back before you go to the event.

    Best of luck!
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        08-09-2014, 10:32 PM
    When I was working on drill team, I made carrying a flag part of my normal riding routine. I would spend ten or so minutes at the end and lope circles, change leads, stop, and turn on the fence with the flag. That part is the easy part.

    The other horses really is a huge deal. I can't tell you how many times we had girls come and say their horse was well behaved, and as soon as the other horse was running beside/behind/around them in a manuever they freaked/kicked/lost control. It's not a fun situation to be in, and you have to be able to trust your teammates to get to their places. Can't be running full speed around there in tight spacing without faith in your team.
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        12-07-2014, 10:44 AM
    Just a tip.. be prepared to do a lot of slow work at home. When you start running the pattern, you will be running it a lot. I see a lot of girls that have good, solid broke horses, their horses will start having problems with control because they blew them up by not doing their slow work. If you aren't advanced enough (which is just fine, a lot of people aren't), invest in a trainer that will help you school your horse in between drill practices =-) You will learn a lot from drill and from a personal trainer =) There are very few horses out there that have the mentality to stay sound in their mind and training when they have the poop ran out of them
        12-13-2014, 01:16 PM
    A lot of the very good drill teams will have you walking the pattern on foot more than you are riding it to avoid the situation mentioned above ^

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