Hunting has improved my eventing!!
Well..If you remember awhile back I posted that a trainer said how much hunting has improved my jumping...
Well, trainer number 3 (and one clinician, an olympic rider) has said the same thing. Since my schedule makes it tough for me to have consistent lessons at one place, I've worked it out with area trainers that are willing to work me in their schedule when I have time available. thus all the different trainers.
the clinicican, who i had ridden with for the third time in as many years, couldn't believe it was the same horse and rider. A couple years ago, we were having stops everywhere on 2'6" fences because I was choking back/trying to help my horse jump. even last year..but this year we ended up schooling 3'3" plus with him and never a question from my 17hh TB. He asked what changed..I said a season of hunting..and he couldn't have been more tickled pink!
The other trainers have all commented on it too, and some of their students are thinking of trying some summer rides to get a feel.
The difference, I'm letting my horse do the work and not micro-managing him. now, when we are screaming across xc, i barely have to half-halt/leg him to set him up for a fence..and he takes it perfectly...i've been doing novice (3ft) for a few years but am starting to school the training level (3'3" and faster)..the cool thing is now I have to be very careful where I look because my horse will start taking me to the fence. heck, my last show, where we were double clear stadium and xc, I actually had a discussion on the xc course with my horse. I looked at a really cool prelim jump and he went for it...and wasn't convinced with me that it was the smaller one near it. ..i was comfortable enough to smile and wave at my friends while on course too (they all thought it hilarious cuz I'm the queen of the "oh s**t!" face.)
My horse used to lumber around course, now I hit the gas at the start, pick a pace and safely go around course. He really listens to whoa and go..and i barely have to do it now..all on a snaffle bit too..not bad for a OTTB! He also is so much handier and quick with his feet..and he actually pays attention to where he it placing his feet...he is so good!
I'm such the addict to hunting now too..I was able to move the the huntclub barn now..so no reason to miss a hunt next year!!
Jimmy Wofford would be proud!
Good on ya! :)
Micro-managing seems to be a universal problem and it seems if we set a good rhythm and balance, and let the jump come to us....the horse will do his job and jump it fine!
Of course, I still have yet to go hunting...always wanted to. But I do love the Hunter Paces and Team Chases our local hunt club organizes! I ride with my sister, so the Pairs Classes are our favorite.
A book I just picked up has an exercise where, once you are in line with a jumping grid, you literally turn your head sideway to LOOK AWAY. Let's the horse jump the jumps, and NOT the rider.
Glad hunting has helped your XC so much. I only hope to do Novice someday. We dabble around at BN (unrecognized/schooling type stuff)
Works at the candy-a$$ weenie level, too!
When I finally went back to taking lessons earlier this spring, after more than a year off during which all I did was trail ride and pretend to hunt Mr. Blondie, my trainer commented that she was surprised that I hadn't lost ground while not taking lessons. In fact, she thought my riding had improved.
Imagine if we actually kept up with the field!!!:lol::lol::lol::lol:
trust the horse and kick on!
Someone mentioned that that that is what the riders in the old videos did; The hunt field is where you learn to do this; you and your horse must trust one:yes: another, and have fun doing it!:lol:
hunting your eventer & eventing your foxhunter!
This is so great to hear, bigbaytb!
Can you post it on the Eventing Forum?!!!!!!!!!!
Back in the good-ole-days, we evented our foxhunters to make us get the ground
work in, 'cause the jumping was a no-brainer for the horse.
I love hearing how foxhunting helps with the bold-ness confidence in the new day!!!!!!!!!
Aren't you lucky to be able to do both & with your Trainers' blessings!
Spread the word!