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Ok, so I don't know about anyone else, but I have a crap memory. I can't ever remember anything when it comes to going somewhere unless its drilled into my head for a few days.

I worry that when I start showing, I won't be able to remeber my courses.

How do you memorize your courses?
 

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i draw the course on a piece of paper. I go over it a couple of times then i get somebody to test me without looking at the paper. walking the course helps alot to.
 

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are you meaning jumping courses? (You said showing but you are in the jumping thread?) what discipline...

for jumping I say the course out loud - usually saying somethign like red double turn right green jump 4 stride green oxer turn left etc and just keep repeating it so when I do the course it all makes sense

for dressage - I do the whole thing on a piece of paper and then make myself read it at least once efore I go to bed and once when I wake up ... you constantly find me drawing the course in the air with my finger as well

showing workouts - have a set one I use if I have to else the judge tell ya (But Im not a showy)
 

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i walk the course [if pos of course] i draw it in the sand/arena footing with my finger, i repeat it to myself, & i picture my horse & me jumping around it in my head =]
 

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The best way is to look at the arena and have someone tell you th course. EX: White verticle with pink flowers to the outside green 6 stride, to the gray diagonal 7 stride, to the white judges line in 4. Its best to name the jumps and if it is a rollback, line, or bending line you can remember 2 jumps under 1 name :] It makes it simpler. Then go over it in your head and repeat the course to a friend who also knows it
 

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Just do eventing...fences are numbered !! Seriously, I could never do jumpers. I simply could not remember the sequence. The numbers save my butt every time.
 

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Yes it is, but numbered fences and very straight forward courses. I'm horrible at remembering them, but I can do these!
 

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What helps is to walk it, with a trainer. Then stand in the arena and look around and go thorough your course just turning and looking at how it goes. Then say it to someone and go over it in your head. Then watch a couple of runs to see how it is riding. That's what my trainer always has us do
 

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When im doing my courses, I look at the actual jumps after ! look at it on the paper. then, I say, "inside red roll back to outside natural..." I remember my courses by what the jumps look like. :)


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Okay, say that was your course. When you're going through it in your head say this:

"Outside pink to inside brown roll back to outside black to inside blue to inside brown roll back to green quarterline."

Doing it like ths really helps me! And I play it through my head right until I go into the arena! Hope this helpes you! :)
 

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__2 /5 \3 __4



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Okay well tht part was totally screwed up...it looked different when i typed it than when I posted it! Sorry!
 

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Okay so here's a picture. It will work better than me trying to draw it out hopefully. For this course, in my head or out loud I would say:

"Pink quaterline going away from home to inside blue line going home to outside orange line going away from home to inside green line going home to outside black line going away from home."

I keep playing it in my head before I go into the arena, and I tell it to my trainer right before I enter the arena as well. Hope this helps!!
 

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I always walk it, usually two or three times. The first time, I get the sequence into my head. I try to remember each individual fence by some characteristic. For example "White gate, then bend around to red oxer, roll back to triple combination".
It makes the jumps more individual, than just looking at an arena full of jumps. Pick out something identifying for each fence. Usually colors, or the type of jump. If it is a gate, a flower box, an oxer, etc.

Then the second time I walk, I get down the angles I want to take, how close I want to cut the corners, and make sure my approaches from these angles/corners are straight.

Then after doing this I might stand outside the arena and go over it a couple more times in my head. The distances, angles, corners, and the sequence of fences. :)
 

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For show jumping, I first walk the course twice to see where the jumps are. When I'm done walking the course, I stand back and follow the jump sequence with my finger, saying the numbers of each jump my finger "jumps". After I have done that a few times I close my eyes, visualising the course in my head still using my finger to to the turns and going over every jump.

When I've finished with that, then I warm up my horse. Once my horse is warmed up, I stand to watch one or two others jumping the course, and then walk around until my class. As soon as there is one more person in front of me, I close my eyes and visualise the course again and follow it around with my finger.

I hope that helps you. :smile:
 

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I remember my courses by looking at the paper, and at the same time i'm standing in front of the ring and go along trace the jumps with my finger as I read the course on my paper
idk if i explained that complexly but lol it is really easy to remember it if you just keep visualizing yourself jumping it while you look at the course
hope this helps! :)
 
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