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Spin off: CESAR PARRA CLINIC - excuses, excuses, excuses

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  • Spin off: CESAR PARRA CLINIC - excuses, excuses, excuses

    the LIDCTA clinic with Dr. Cesar Parra was a huge success.
    Quality riders on quality horses getting some impressive input from one of the masters.

    Before the lunch break, he sat down with riders and auditors for a mini-lecture. We all got a kick out of his theme, "what excuse do you make for your horse and his lousy test score?"
    (not his exact words)
    He asked each of us to come up with an excuse. It was a round-robin session and we all laughed. At the end, he had us promise that NONE of those collected excuses would ever again be used to justify a bad score (kinda along the lines of "culpa equestribus, non equis")

    The excuses ranged from "the judge hates Paints" to "a plastic bag flew past as I was halting at X" ... and "he didn't like the deep footing at B."

    So - please share your "excuses, excuses, excuses."
    ... It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Shwung

  • #2
    The tied up palm trees sounded like rattlesnakes in the wind, the farmhand driving down the road at 50 mph straight at our arena looked like he was going to hit us as we werre warming up and I almost fell off laughing when my mare did a Pepe Le Pew style sprong and land stock still INTO the arena at C. Got a 65%. Judge's comment -"I expected a much more interesting ride."
    Cindy Bergmann
    Canterbury Court


    • #3
      Mare couldn't stop whinnying long enough to focus on the test at hand?


      • #4
        How dare the horse think it was MY job to memorize the test??????
        Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.


        • #5
          My mare never heard PEACOCKS before
          I wasn't always a Smurf
          Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
          "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
          The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


          • Original Poster

            mine was ... "he's a FRIESIAN!"
            ... It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Shwung


            • #7
              Sadly, the cows decided to come home.

              And home was right across from the dressage ring!


              • #8
                he came off the track ....... yesterday.
                http://www.clarkdesigngrouparchitects.com/index.html - Lets build your dream barn


                • #9
                  My ya'll ride in some interesting places. Mine is it's a 20 something grand prix pony sleeping through w/t class. Or if you want to really see an interesting test I'll have her ask him to canter and we can take bets on how many bucks it takes to get the tots off.
                  Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                  Originally Posted by alicen:
                  What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                  • #10
                    Oops, I forgot I had to salute at the end.
                    But Leslie Morse also forgot at show awhile ago too, so....


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mor4ward View Post
                      the LIDCTA clinic with Dr. Cesar Parra was a huge success.
                      Quality riders on quality horses getting some impressive input from one of the masters.
                      Glad to know it went well !


                      • #12
                        Someone on here once posted about a pony that had been trained to lie down in sand, to let a physically impaired rider get on/off it. "Halt at X" in a sand arena proved.... interesting.

                        Excuses for maresy: she's the original ADD pony. In our first recognized show, there were clearly monsters in the doorway at E, plus monsters overhead (in the form of the arena's metal roof creaking as the temperature warmed.) In the second recognized show, she decided that canter departs would be performed as big leaps into the air.

                        In general though, "excuses" for her are my own cr***y riding, plus people and horses all over the place, and she really is an "in charge" herd mare so she must keep track of *everything* *all at once*. Her personality is entirely too large.
                        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                        1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                        • #13
                          My horse did fine with the circus animals being unloaded until the lions started to roar.

                          (And *no* I am not making this up.)


                          • #14
                            How about... Gali got bored with the training level test, so he decided he should end the test with a canter centerline! Or, Gali got bored with the training level test so he thought an extra serpentine would be a great idea!

                            Or! He thought the judges had cookies and so being IN the judge's box was the best way to get those cookies.


                            • #15
                              The judge's tent at B blew over and landed upside
                              down at X as I made the turn across the diagonal
                              for the one tempis.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by molliwog View Post
                                My horse did fine with the circus animals being unloaded until the lions started to roar.

                                (And *no* I am not making this up.)

                                bless your horse's heart. Too funny.


                                • #17
                                  The letters in the show ring didn't look like the letters at home. He spooked at every one. Judge's comment: Counterbent the entire test. Spooked at letters.

                                  She was a master of understatement. I started laughing halfway through and couldn't stop.

                                  At least he was consistent!


                                  • #18
                                    2 deer entered at E in meandering walk, slowly, as I was crossing the diagonal HXF in working giraffe, quickly.

                                    Judge's comment: "Tense..." Score: 7!
                                    PSSM / EPSM and Shivers Forum


                                    • #19
                                      My OTTB heard about the Spanish Riding School and wanted to get in. Never mind the wrong breed, gelding, etc. He was going to demonstrate his Airs Above the Ground, darnit! (See my signature for my real explanation - it's all about me learning how to direct his energy into showing him off to his best advantage, because he's a WHOLE lot more flashy, athletic and beautiful than I am!)
                                      If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Loves to ride View Post
                                        Sadly, the cows decided to come home.

                                        And home was right across from the dressage ring!
                                        This wouldn't be GMHA that you are referring to would it? Because the exact same thing happened to me there several years ago with a horse who was deathly afraid of cows.

                                        Every GMHA competition, if I was in the ring across the street from the cows, I'd pray that:

                                        1. the cows remain out of sight, off in the back of their pasture.
                                        2. the wind would blow from the ring to the cows, not vice-versa
                                        3. the cows would not come home to the barn to be milked

                                        One memorable test, yes indeed, the cows came home. Was not amusing at the time. A little more so now.