View Full Version : What's your horse's least favorite/worst phase
Dec. 31, 2011, 04:45 PM
I've already asked about your horse's favorite, so how about the other side! If your horse doesn't have a least favorite, then choose your horse's worse phase. Thanks :)
Dec. 31, 2011, 04:47 PM
Enjoys Stadium, just not where he excels... :)
Dec. 31, 2011, 06:25 PM
Dressage. He's athletic, and smart, and I know he *can* do everything (especially at BN! he used to do Prelim) but he just doesn't like focusing. There is always something more interesting then the leg yields we're doing, and he'll get bored and fling out his nose when he decides it's time to JUMP!
Luckily I have discovered many ways to keep him thinking and on his toes. :P
Dec. 31, 2011, 06:29 PM
Dressage - it's new to me and doesn't come easy for either of us
Dec. 31, 2011, 07:06 PM
Warm up! :lol: Seriously. My young mare is very opinionated about her personal space needs and gets cranky when any other horses are in her bubble. Once we are in the ring ALONE (dressage, stadium) or on the x-c course, . . . she is all business! So far, she has done well in all 3 phases (thank goodness we don't get scored on warm up behavior). ;)
Dec. 31, 2011, 07:40 PM
Dressage, his mindset seems to be: why go slow when I can go really fast and jump things?
Auto Be A Storm
Dec. 31, 2011, 07:55 PM
Storm has so much potential in dressage, but really doesn't like it. He does it cause I ask, but he would rather be on the x country course
Dec. 31, 2011, 07:55 PM
Dressage for both of them.
Jan. 2, 2012, 01:38 PM
I voted Stadium. Stadium brings out his go-to-move when the distance/canter isn't correct. He launches like a gazelle with his head straight in the air.
Jan. 2, 2012, 04:59 PM
I would say stadium, only because that is where the footing is more likely to be iffy, and thats the only thing that really bothers him. He doesnt mind wet grass or even mud, but he hates that deep sand that gives on takeoff.
He actually thinks dressage is lots of fun, but only when its more interesting than w/t/c, when it comes time for shoulder in or mediums he gets really animated. He likes to jump, and is not put off by combinations or twisty turns (in fact he loves sharp turns so he can show off his stealth changes), so stadium is fun. XC he can be very cheeky, and there have been times when he was greener where he lost some confidence and got upset, but he thinks its way fun (however, our most inconsistent phase).
Beam Me Up
Jan. 2, 2012, 05:12 PM
Dressage has been all of my horses' worst phases.
Hm, I can't imagine why--what a coincidence!
Jan. 4, 2012, 02:40 PM
As previously stated, Dressage is a means to an end for Finn. It is not that he hates it. Its that he loves jumping that much more. He is actually very very good at Dressage. My biggest challenge is getting him motivated and sparkle-y enough to wow the judge without him over anticipating our test. He is the type of horse that prefers (and performs a better test) when he knows or has an idea of the test we are doing. When I first start learning a test, I run through the movements about half a dozen times. This gives Finn an idea of our road map and then I can start to perfect our departs and quality of movements. Works marvelously, but is still our weakest phase.
Jan. 6, 2012, 10:00 AM
Stadium! ....working hard all winter on control in the stadium ring!
Jan. 6, 2012, 10:08 AM
Back when we were competing, definitely stadium! I think the mare did not see the point at all, although she loves jumping xc. Our rounds used to elicit gasps from the audience (mostly when she decided she'd try to jump the standards instead of the actual jump...!!)
She's much better about it these days tho!
Jan. 6, 2012, 10:23 AM
Oh my can I relate to the above poster about jumping the standards. STADIUM is our nemisis. I have won every event we have ever gone to until stadium. I finally figured it out for us and started keeping our wins. I absolutely must allow her to go a notch faster than I would like us to be going and we are foot perfect. My speed, and we pull rails. AND we like to jump the standards just for kicks sometimes which is a little unnerving on my end....obviously keeps it a little more exciting for her. :)