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    Many years ago I rode my trainer's retired GP...

    Many years ago I rode my trainer's retired GP horse for maybe 6 months when my horse was lame. Very humbling experience.

    Quite possibly the funniest moment was when I was trying to walk. Yes walk....
  2. I'm with J-Lu on this - why would anyone be...

    I'm with J-Lu on this - why would anyone be surprised? A good horse is a good horse.

    I did well on my pinto, my warmblood and now my AQHA. My little cow pony beats the warmbloods when I do my job....
  3. Oh one more tip - it's good not to accidentally...

    Oh one more tip - it's good not to accidentally use the music that some famous rider is using :)

    Judges get familiar with the top freestyles and you don't want to be compared to someone else who...
  4. I remember when I did my first FS and thought...

    I remember when I did my first FS and thought exactly the same, that you put together the choreography and then mix the music to it. But then it ends up all chopped up.

    So what you want to do is...
  5. First, work with someone who knows how to do this...

    First, work with someone who knows how to do this :)

    You get your horse going really well in a lesson and have someone video. All three gaits, both directions.

    Calculate your bpm. Start with...
  6. I think this topic is getting off track. ...

    I think this topic is getting off track.

    Christianna is a very good trainer who may or may not be an individual student's cup of tea. The horses sold there are generally expensive and generally...
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    Tough situation. If you don't want the farrier...

    Tough situation.

    If you don't want the farrier to discipline the horse, then you need to train the horse to be good for the farrier. It really comes down to that.

    Whether I agree or not with...
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    Well sometimes the perfect storm comes together -...

    Well sometimes the perfect storm comes together - horse is stuck inside due to weather, rider is a bit off track, horse is a little sore, it's cold and stormy, and a bucking fit ensues.

    I'm not...
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    As noted above, us AAs aren't generally riding...

    As noted above, us AAs aren't generally riding against SP here in CA. I suppose it could happen, but not exactly common.

    I have been at the same shows, but it is very rare.

    It really depends...
  10. Well, there is upper level and there is upper...

    Well, there is upper level and there is upper level. If you are looking for a second or third level horse, you may be able to find something suitable.

    As others have said there are very few...
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    If all the stars align perfectly, she might be...

    If all the stars align perfectly, she might be able to place him. Absolutely not as a school horse.

    Someone like Carli.

    But there aren't so many people like that around and its very likely...
  12. A few posts back - I don't actually believe a...

    A few posts back - I don't actually believe a running martingale is legal in the warm up at a USEF/USDF show. Happy to be proven wrong if someone can post a rule.
  13. It's a schooling show, so it really isn't...

    It's a schooling show, so it really isn't important, but I would follow the rulebook which states light colored breeches.

    I just always figure that my riding will irritate the judge enough. No...
  14. I'd suggest a running martingale but that's...

    I'd suggest a running martingale but that's definitely not legal.

    The thing about a running martingale is that it only kicks in if you need it.
  15. Gloria I am going to disagree win you not this...

    Gloria I am going to disagree win you not this one.

    Getting the horse off the forehand in absolutely a training issue. You can have conformation on your side or not, but virtually any horse can be...
  16. I would wear light colored breeches. As an...

    I would wear light colored breeches.

    As an aside, you might check the rule book - you can wear paddock boots and half chaps at tr and 1st level, but I think they need to be black or brown at...
  17. Exercises with cones and cavaletti. Set up 4...

    Exercises with cones and cavaletti.

    Set up 4 cones on a 20 m circle. Trot a circle inside the cones. Then weave the cones. Then circle outside the cones, then trot off changing rein across the...
  18. Beenthere, very true. One of the things that...

    Beenthere, very true.

    One of the things that I find disheartening is that the judging faculty and USEF/USDF have put an enormous amount of effort into defining things.

    And we as competitors...
  19. Ideayoda is indeed a judge. As a reminder,...

    Ideayoda is indeed a judge.

    As a reminder, not all judges are currently riding and training. I'm not posting that in reference to Ideayoda, I'm referring to the post above that assumes judges are...
  20. It isn't actually the judge's job to give you...

    It isn't actually the judge's job to give you useful comments.

    It's the judge's job to give you a score and comment on how the movement executed relates to the standard.

    It's a description...
  21. Is she frustrated or are you frustrated? If...

    Is she frustrated or are you frustrated?

    If she is frustrated, she needs to own the issue (speak to a sports psych, at least do some reading, etc). I am not a brave rider, but I fight the fight...
  22. Honestly, I feel sorry for judges. We micromanage...

    Honestly, I feel sorry for judges. We micromanage every detail of their comments, complain endlessly about each word.

    I've spent a fair amount of time with the rule book, ride with a S judge and...
  23. OP, horses sometimes have hock problems. I'm not...

    OP, horses sometimes have hock problems. I'm not clear on how a hock problem with one horse would make someone an unfit trainer.

    Regardless, you have to align what you want and need with a...
  24. I always ride in tall boots - I never like to...

    I always ride in tall boots - I never like to change things for a horse show.
  25. We all ride better at home! At least I certainly...

    We all ride better at home! At least I certainly do. I swear - I sometimes watch videos of myself riding a test and wonder "what was I thinking!"

    Showing is hard. Especially if you ride your own...
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