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  1. #1
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    Default Extreme Trail Competition..I'm addicted!

    Yesterday Chip and I competed in a local challenge, huge fun!!

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    spying the tarp tunnel...What the ?????? love his feet going everywhere!

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    Ride through a tarp tunnel LOL- he's only 15h so there's not much room for folks on tall horses!
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    drag a cross tie. eeee come on little pony!
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    unsaddle, load, and run for the bell. The fact he's flat footed, perfect...is awesome for this little bundle of fire. He's a very go-ey horse.

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    Took third in Ladies, need to work on gates and sidepassing. Very proud of my boy!!

    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by katarine; Nov. 30, 2008 at 08:53 PM.



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    Sounds like a fun day. Congrats on finishing third!



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    Is this the same horse I was so hard on another time in a trail competitive competition???

    I loved doing those trials also. Side passing is easy and quick to teach and the gate is just using your backing and sidepassing skills, again easy to teach.

    If you did this yesterday where is the snow??? We are buried in the white stuff.



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    yep, same one That last one was his first, and in a covered arena. He would prefer to be OUT so he ate this one up., plus he'd watched horses go all morning, he was very interested He was honest and interested the whole way, really just a delight to ride.

    We haven't worked many gates and only lately got the hang of move your hips. He thought every bump meant park out, that's his go-to when he's worried. As we partner up better and better, he parks less and less (I ONLY park to show him off, like once a year or less, don't believe in it for mounting, etc)....so I'm glad to see that reaction dissolving. We'll work on sidepassing and he'll get it in nothing flat, right now it's a lot of thinking on his part, he still worries.

    No snow here in Alabam, we don't let it south of TN but about once a year, if that



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    How fun and you guys look great! Was this put on by an organization? I'd love to do something like that.



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    Great job!!

    I did one this past June and we did fine, not in the money, but very respectable.

    Ok, I will share a few...this is my fjordX Toby. His first time doing this in an arena setting. We've done a few competitive obstacle rides, but not timed like this was.

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    And this was the real thing yesterday. Went to a feedlot to play on some cows. Not just ten like when we've team sorted, but 300 per pen. The pens were from maybe 10 acres to close to 50 with lots of cows, maybe 500 out there in the big pen.

    The single black steer loved Toby's tail, he kept coming behind him licking his tail while we took a break. So funny. The chestnut horse belongs to my daughter's roommate, she actually works for the owner's of the feedlot.

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    Anyone else?

    Enjoy...



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    I went to the Trail Blazers Festival that they had here in Santa Barbara a few weekends ago. It was put on by Trail Blazer Magazine, and they had all sorts of clinics and demos geared towards the trail rider. John Lyons and Linda Tellington-Jones were the big names at the festival.

    And on Friday and Saturday night, they had something called the "Battle of the Breeds" trail competition. It was pretty cool. Wish I had pictures from it, but riders had to do things like get mail from a mailbox and ride through a cornfield row. And all sorts of things.

    My barn has play days and stuff, so probably once the weather turns nice this spring, we'll be doing some kind of trail competition.

    In the mean time, we had a mini trail class in September at our first play day, and Mitch was a little star walking over the trot poles.

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    That looks like so much fun! How do you train for it?
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    I do a fair amt of confidence building exercises...such as riding the horse in training, while following another horse towing an empty barrel, so the horse in training is 'chasing' the barrel. Leading a horse with a scary flappy thing off the end of my lunge whip, that I wave back and forth in front of me while I lead him..so he's chasing the scary thing and I'm between it and him. Rubbing them down with crinkly bags, ignoring the eyeballs and quitting the second they soften to repeat til it's all

    I did buy a cheapo shower curtain a few months back hung it between two trees, and shredded it. My horse in these pics did not believe he could walk through it. Parting it for him a lot, let him squeeze through like a foal being born- seriously, plastered ears, squinty eyes, flattened nostrils, the whole bit. Played with that 6-7 times in one setting, 3-4 times then took it down. This was his first competition since then, and he hesitated, as it was big and flapping AT him, which was new, but he never didn't try to go through it. We also walk over tarps at home, etc...just random safe stuff I can dream up to ask them to do.

    I guess I just work on getting them really broke and I'm really picky. The horse never gets to decide hey let's go faster/slower, turn, walk off, etc...they can ask with their ears and posture for changes, but they aren't allowed to make them...they aren't punished per se, but put back or made to work harder for having done so. So, when these things come up, they are totally attuned to me saying exactly where and how to go. Don't misunderstand, it's not that I can't pitch slack and let them find the best route through bad rocks, slick stuff, etc...I can and do-- but that itself is a directive: you find the path.

    My SO's horse that he competed on, is a trail rider's dream- go anywhere he's pointed, cross any water, reasonable, steady, etc...but he gets to pick his path a lot, maybe wiggle out of backing up, or not turn very well. So, at this thing...he was not so broke. Refused the water, the bridge, etc. It was a real eye opener for my SO



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    You will still have to work on your gates. They are in every trial competition. For gates you need the side pass, the back and the pivot.
    There are also strick ways to do a gate. Your hand can never loose control of the gate, you must not open it too far and your horse must always block the openning.
    To do a gate you approach it so your left hand if you are right handed is on the gate, you slightly bend down, unlatch it, take a firm hold on the top of the gate and then side pass the horse to open the gate, then either back or move forward depending on which side of the gate you are on but put the horse through a small openning and then pivot to get on the opposite side of the gate and side pass to close it. Reach down, latch it and then I side pass a few extra steps away from the gate, pivot and ride off.
    Once trained a horse does all this on his own with only the slightest prompting. He flows in one continuous motion.
    Never loose the gate, never stretch and again keep the openning small, just room to pass a horse through the openning.
    Good luck



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    Yes, I left out the gate work. It's special training unto itself as the horse has to learn he can and should step toward the gate, when they are inclined to step back or away from it.


    These competitions don't care about your hand never leaving the gate...it's not penalized. But it does go faster and prettier...if it's done as you described.



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    Craz4crtrs, Your Toby looks like my Katinka. She too is a fjord X and a really nice trail horse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hastyreply View Post
    Craz4crtrs, Your Toby looks like my Katinka. She too is a fjord X and a really nice trail horse.
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    Oooh, she's pretty. I love her darker grulla color. That country looks like Oregon, where are you located?

    These fjordie crosses are conversation starters, aren't they.

    What do you do with your mare?



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    Oh Katarine, what a beeeeautiful horse. I think you need to ship Chip to me -- for at least a year or two of training at the gates . We'll have him fixed in no time.

    He really is a pretty boy.
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    Oregon? Ha, try central Texas in the middle of a drought. I just ride her for my own pleasure. I'm starting to do some little competitive trailride things that they have around here. Mostly we ride around the fields (when the crops aren't in them) and along the country roads. I like her attitude a lot. I always wanted a fjord but they are not common around here and they are expensive. I got her out of Canada during the PMU rush in 2001.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hastyreply View Post
    Oregon? Ha, try central Texas in the middle of a drought. I just ride her for my own pleasure. I'm starting to do some little competitive trailride things that they have around here. Mostly we ride around the fields (when the crops aren't in them) and along the country roads. I like her attitude a lot. I always wanted a fjord but they are not common around here and they are expensive. I got her out of Canada during the PMU rush in 2001.
    LOL, well parts of Oregon and Washington are desert, too. We get a whopping 6-7 inches of precip a year.

    My guy wasn't a PMU, but he was a result of a back 40 breeding of a fjord stud and a solid bay appy mare. I bought him in 2003 way up in the Idaho mts, about a 6 or soo hr drive one way.



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    CanterQueen Chippy is available for 1000000000000000 dollars a day.

    thank you, I'm awfully happy with my boy



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