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So, I've nominated and everything. Now to prepare! I would REALLY love the help of some of the forum members with advice :) It is mine and Chinga's first ODE we are both very excited.

1. Resently I cut Chinga's mane, its so short that I cannot plait it so I need to cut ALL of it off :( Any advice on how to go by this?

2. I need a new jumping vest for X/C can anyone reccomend a kind please ?

3. The Lovely Dressage Test - For my life I cannot remember it!! Suggestions?

4. Clean Pony Techniques, any suggestions on making Chinga look super clean and pretty for the event.

5. Circles, any advice with this lovely shape would be great as Chinga and I completely fail at them. Mainly cantering.

6. Cross Country round, any advice. Cross Country is for sure our week point. So any extra tips on riding fences, ect.

Thats all I remember for now, I get to ride in the arena Sunday so will have our practise of the test then and try to get video to show you guys.

Thanks
 

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1) If your taking it all off its best to use clippers
3) Cant offer much advise on this, i just read through it and visualise the arena, sometimes draw it.
4) obviously bath and rug him. I'd clip his points a week before, so the fluff that sticks out of ears, fetlocks, i do whiskers etc. Trim his tail. A good brush and maybe show sheen if you want on the morning of is about all you'll need. Maybe a bit of baby oil on his face for the dressage.

How is he going anyway? After those people coming into his paddock. Ready to be taken to an event?

The above is all i can help with, good luck though!
 

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The events not for another 15 days and his trainer is confident he is ready on the conditions that if I do not feel eaither of us is ready I pull out. Even at the last second (Unless its nerves). No, we locked the shed and dad spotted them one time and seemed to have scared them off. Thankyou for your advice! Great help!
 

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for remembering the dressage test I used the mat (rectangle quite large) and did the course on that lol.
I got kinda busy after a while cos there were a few circles but I remember it.
Also draw and draw the test.
I never actually got to do the test because it was my dads party the night before but I'm sure I would of remembered it lol
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So, I've nominated and everything. Now to prepare! I would REALLY love the help of some of the forum members with advice :) It is mine and Chinga's first ODE we are both very excited.

1. Resently I cut Chinga's mane, its so short that I cannot plait it so I need to cut ALL of it off :( Any advice on how to go by this?
Clippers for sure Maddie. Is he good with clippers near his ears as he may get a bit more hesitant when you reach his bridle path. If he's bad with clippers, I'd try a twitch and just getting him used to them. BTW, are you going to let it grow out after or keep it roached?

2. I need a new jumping vest for X/C can anyone reccomend a kind please ?
No advice here, but make sure it fits the Australian Safety Standard.

3. The Lovely Dressage Test - For my life I cannot remember it!! Suggestions?
What test is it? I have little songs that I have for tests in my head, so if you tell me what test Ill send it to you. I'm guessing prep or prelim?

4. Clean Pony Techniques, any suggestions on making Chinga look super clean and pretty for the event.
Its not really a hack show so for the eventing and S/J just have him neat and clean. Don't worry so much about the socks and stars in the jumping events. In dressage, you can pretty him up.

5. Circles, any advice with this lovely shape would be great as Chinga and I completely fail at them. Mainly cantering.
So I'm guessing that you are most definitely doing prelim. You need to think six metres ahead. Chinga has to be prepared to circle. Chinga's body should only be straight at E/B and C/A. I know that probably won't make sense cause its my own little thing but yeeh. If you have transitions near centreline in the circles (I think thats 1C or 1D), I see a lot of people stuff them up.

6. Cross Country round, any advice. Cross Country is for sure our week point. So any extra tips on riding fences, ect.
No advice on these cause the only time Ive done CC is when Im just hoonin around at PC. I'd say don't hesitate, keep your head up and be confident.

Thats all I remember for now, I get to ride in the arena Sunday so will have our practise of the test then and try to get video to show you guys.

Thanks
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Thankyou! We are actually doing unofficial preliminary. As I said we are riding our dressage test this weekend and I will try and get video of it :) Sadly because we are doing eventing not dressage I can't have a caller. Haha hope I don't forget the test, if I do forget it what do I do (Sarah or someone in AUS should be able to answer )

 

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If you forget the test while your riding just stop bring your horse to a halt and try and figure out the test, if you don't in a time frame the judge will ring a bell and just walk over to them and they will tell you the next move.
I'm pretty sure this is how it works but i have never ridden only seen it done and one girl did do this.
 

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If you do forget it you will be penalised. The judge will beep their horn, or ring their bell and normally you just go back to the movement before the error. I have seen people at a total loss ride up to C and ask the judge where they went wrong before moving on at unofficial days, but I don't think thats right. I'm sure theres a rule against it so I wouldn't do it. What test is it? I like 1D and 1A the best.
 

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1. Resently I cut Chinga's mane, its so short that I cannot plait it so I need to cut ALL of it off :( Any advice on how to go by this?
Are you sure if you wet it down and hairspray it that it cant be plaited? other wise just hog him maybe ask your trainer?

2. I need a new jumping vest for X/C can anyone reccomend a kind please ? ...

3. The Lovely Dressage Test - For my life I cannot remember it!! Suggestions?
o i used to use my model horses and ride them through it loads of times i found that the only way i could remember by actually trotting my little model horse around my arena haha

4. Clean Pony Techniques, any suggestions on making Chinga look super clean and pretty for the event.
wash him and rug him up the day before. rub baby powder into white markibgs when they are slightly damp. plait the bottom of the tail up the night before. use babyoil as a highlighter around the eyes etc. ensure he is fully trimmed up with sparkling tack

5. Circles, any advice with this lovely shape would be great as Chinga and I completely fail at them. Mainly cantering.
use cones or barrels in a circle shape and ride around them until you can figure it out

6. Cross Country round, any advice. Cross Country is for sure our week point. So any extra tips on riding fences, ect.
never hesitate kick on constantly never stop riding as that is when they stop dont trust him
 

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Thankyou! No its way to short to even tie in hair bands. Haha!

Dressage Test -- 1.1 (i) -- From 2005 P.C.A.Q Dressage Test Book :)
 

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BUMP!!

I got my new dressage saddle today and got to practice in it :) IN LOVE!! He gets clipped on Thursday full body clip, plus his mane and a love heart on his butt.
 

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1. Resently I cut Chinga's mane, its so short that I cannot plait it so I need to cut ALL of it off :( Any advice on how to go by this?

Use clippers to roach it. If he starts getting iffy about them when you get closer to his ears I'd just pull out a pair of scissors and trim with them. No need to get all worked up about it.

3. The Lovely Dressage Test - For my life I cannot remember it!! Suggestions?

Find an open area where you can just walk the pattern. Then get out a piece of paper, draw a little arena on it with all the letters, and draw it over and over again. That helps me the best.


4. Clean Pony Techniques, any suggestions on making Chinga look super clean and pretty for the event.

Bathe him the day before and rug him. Have some show sheen or similar product on hand to use everywhere except the saddle area on the day of.


5. Circles, any advice with this lovely shape would be great as Chinga and I completely fail at them. Mainly cantering.

Have a friend or trainer get four cones and mark the four "points" of the circle, for example, one just inside the track at E and B, then one at I and one at L. Use those as four markers. Here's an image of an arena to give you an idea of what I mean. http://www.stevera.com/dressage arena.jpg

6. Cross Country round, any advice. Cross Country is for sure our week point. So any extra tips on riding fences, ect.

Walk your course, at a minimum, twice. Once go with a trainer or other experienced rider to give you advice on how each jump should be approached. Remember to walk your course as if you were riding. Look at it and try to think of how your horse will see it. Imagine where shadows will be, what the sun might hit to cause a glare, and try to see if there's anything your horse might look at. After that walk it at least once completely by yourself. Ride each jump and don't get complacent. Just keep your eyes up and be confident and your horse will be confident as well.



 

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Thankyou for the advice! It was very helpful. I remember the first part of my test. I found a video of someone else riding it and watch it over and over again!
 

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Ahh, that's perfect! Sometimes I'll get a friend to videotape me riding it once and do the same, but usually I can't drag someone out to watch me haha.
 

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Haha. I managed to get a dressage practice today, but I didn't get my jumping practice as it rained the day before and the jumping paddock was DRENCHED!!
 

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BuMpInG tHiS uP!

I also have some more questions.

1. Braiding his tail, how should I do this. :)

Also I have heard that in PC Eventers that your Cross Country equals more of your score then in Dressage, I thought this was the other way around?
 

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I dont know if our eventing is marked the same way your going to need somone from near you to help with that!
To braid the tail you take three thin bits of hair at the very top(may help to wet it down first) the plait the three sections once. Add a little bit of hair from the left and right each side your plaiting on. You must keep adding even bits and keeping an even tension the entire way down. Depending on the length of his dock you you plait until about three fingers till the end or untill it reaches the end of the hind quaters.

does this make sense for you or do you want m to find a step by step?
 
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