Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Maura, you have 5 mins and 2 practice jumps (one upright one oxer) that you arre allowed to jump twice each maximum, to get to know the horse.
My last competition I was eliminated in the Showjumping phase because I got put on an ex BSJA pony with no breaks, no steering and very little self preservation. I turned her for the oxer practice jump and lost control of her (ears up my nose fighting every step, even tried to turn her away from the jump as we were very very wrong for it but she wouldnt turn) resulting in a fall for both of us and a fracture dislocated little finger for me.
After my fall (I was the first to ride this horse that day and I am a good rider) they removed the horse from the pool and reassigned everyone who was supposed to ride her to anouther horse. I later found out the horse was extremely difficult to ride over jumps in a pelham, grackle and martingale, they had put her in a snaffle for the competition.
I decided at that competition that it was litteraly killing me to do the sport and it wasnt worth it.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT