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  • I didn't make it past X......

    I am so ordering the t-shirt. Training 1, really??? Horse was not happy to have to work today. We trot down center line, I ask for halt thru walk and he shoots his nose to the heavens AND then dances sideways all the way to the quarter line. I just saluted the judge and left. It’s show season so share your stories for this year..
    pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

    Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

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    My finally stellar mare was terrified. I can't tell you how many entries it took to get her past X. Spooking, spinning, jumping out of the arena, slamming on the brakes before X and turning for home! God forbid the Judge or Scribe move when she finally got near C! I did earn a lot of points for rider. "Sensitive, generous, supportive rider" were always our best marks. (As we were eliminated) But finally, her mind grew up (at 5) and I guess she trusted me more. But it took YEARS before she would truly relax and Breathe during Dressage.

    Every single Judge was kind to us, and encouraged me to keep going. Even the tough German ones. I owe them a lot.

    Hang in there, it will be worth it eventually. And you'll have great stories to tell until then, hehe

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    • #3
      Had one of our best tests recently. Anne Gribbons scores us 70.13 on our 3rd lest 2. Next day he feels even better and I'm so excited to rock this test. I get a reader as I'm a little forgetful and mix my tests up sometimes. I ramble off the test perfect before I go in. Halt at x then I proceed....

      Bell rings. Reader is like WTF. I turned the complete opposite way despite having a reader!!!!! I'm so crushed and now I can't get out of my head. I go to do my half passes and turn down center line.

      Bell rings again. Omg what is wrong with me?!?! I messed up again!

      I completely botched it but still got a good score. I felt horrible because the score did not at all represent how awesome my guy was going. Oh well that is showing

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      • #4
        I have an I didn't even make it TO the ring story.

        My young mare had shown at a couple low key local shows and I felt it was time for the big time (an away, rated show). She traveled well and settled well at the show. I saddled her up to warm up for her first class and she seemed terrified of the bigger horses (she was 15h) coming at her. She kept ducking toward the inside of the arena and was soon very tense. This show did not have the best warm-up set up and I should have perhaps picked a different show but in this neck of the woods, shows are few and far between. I desperately scoped out a quieter corner to warm up and found a circle in the dirt behind the covered main warm-up in which one uber calm QH was warming up. I asked permission to join her circle and she said fine. I felt my mare was finally starting to relax when BOOM...she slammed on the brakes and went straight up in the air. She lost her balance and rather than have her go over backwards, I gave a big tug on the right rein and she went down on her side. She landed on my leg and bruised it (nothing broken) but I was off and she got up and took off to the trailer. Now if people would have let her go, she would have gone to the trailer and her travel buddy, whose owner was there and would have caught her. Thinking he was helping, some guy jumped in front of her and started waving his arms. She was on pavement with some loose gravel on it and she went down and I swear, she slid 15 feet .
        Needless to say, our show was over. I had to take her to the vet and get a couple tablespoons of gravel removed from her chest. She gouged up a hind leg pretty bad too. Her travel buddy then went absolutely bananas and we were afraid he would either kill himself or end up with colic so we both scratched and came home. My goal for the rest of the summer was to just get IN the arena. She had never reared before that and never did again. We did get into the ring and had some successful showing.

        I also had another young mare in her first show that the first class went fine but she was highly offended that I would ask her to go back in to another class a couple hours later. We made it to X then the rest of the ride took place between A and X. She was sure she was leaving and working down there gave her more opportunity.

        Gotta love young horses.

        Susan

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        • #5
          That would be an awesome t-shirt, GreyCatFarm!

          I can't count the times I've screwed up tests. It's part of the sport.

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          • #6
            Oh, when my beastie was four, we did our first show with me wearing an eventing crash vest over my coat because I knew it might be exciting. We made it to X, but did a dramatic spook/shy at C, rode a wiggly diagonal line to continue down the long side from E and while we made it all the way around, we did another sideways leap at M, but did manage to finish within the confines of the arena. That actually garnered a bare 60%, much to my surprize. I think I may have gotten some credit merely for staying on.

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            • #7
              A couple of years back, when The Wonder Horse and I were settling down together, we warmed up great, the bell rang, went through the gate, as we had done without issue in a previous test, and she spooked and ran sideways. Now this was the first show that I could kind of cope with it, so just kept smiling and looking directly at the judge, and eventually came to a halt somewhere in the region of B. The rest of the test went pretty well after that, and was shocked to get a 5, with the comment “a little off line” for my entry.....I think she felt sorry for me!
              "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

              "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                • #9
                  My trainer was showing a clients spooky guy at a big show. He had been good the day before but she said she could feel him "building" to a blow out. So I hacked him in the morning and then she gave him a good warm up. Went into the ring and he blows sideways just before X, she wheels him around and backs him up to C and around past M and then to X. She nodded to the judge and said "Sorry", turned him around and left the arena.

                  When he would get wound up sometimes the only thing you could do was take him out of the pressure situation and calm him down with work somewhere else. They did another 'warm-up' and then he was done for the day. It was the old "live to ride another day".

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                  • #10
                    After the show, the judge told me "I almost stood up and yelled to back him in" after I had trouble getting my horse in the ring for a test.

                    I know that judge gave us longer than allowed, and after the show he gave me some very kind advice which set me on a quest in which I grew incredibly as a rider. I'm still thankful I got to ride in front of him that day on a VERY rank horse.
                    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.
                    -meupatdoes

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                      Enters ring at A in feral mode. Love it!
                      pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

                      Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

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                      • #12
                        First show with my boy went something like this:

                        A Enter Working Trot
                        X Halt Salute
                        Proceed in working.....what? Pee!?!??!!
                        Yep...the judge at B was the one that pointed out that he was peeing. I was trying to get the bugger to move...a little kick, a tap with the whip...nope! He took that moment to PEE at X!
                        Needless to say, the judges allowed me to re-enter the ring. Unfortunately I cause the show to be held up for 15 minutes while they harrowed the centre line after my test as the next horse wouldn't go through the puddle. I overhead the judges on lunch hour laughing about my experience. One judge said, "how long did she warm that horse up?"...
                        12 years I have owed this horse and not once has he ever peed under saddle since. Special boy only picks the finest moments to embarrass and humble me.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Moogles View Post
                          Had one of our best tests recently. Anne Gribbons scores us 70.13 on our 3rd lest 2. Next day he feels even better and I'm so excited to rock this test. I get a reader as I'm a little forgetful and mix my tests up sometimes. I ramble off the test perfect before I go in. Halt at x then I proceed....

                          Bell rings. Reader is like WTF. I turned the complete opposite way despite having a reader!!!!! I'm so crushed and now I can't get out of my head. I go to do my half passes and turn down center line.

                          Bell rings again. Omg what is wrong with me?!?! I messed up again!

                          I completely botched it but still got a good score. I felt horrible because the score did not at all represent how awesome my guy was going. Oh well that is showing
                          I was reading once for a friend (a professional) after x when I said track right , she tracked left the judge didn’t ring the bell. All I could do is keep reading. She rode the mirror image of the test and got a super score.

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                          • #14
                            I had a reader tell me to track right when I knew it was left. I kept riding and she caught with me several movements later. It's a good thing to always know your test.

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                            • #15
                              My one guy got a 47.



                              A 47!!!



                              it happens. lol
                              www.muskokalakesconnemaras.com
                              Wonderful ponies for family or show!

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                                MuskokaLakesConnemaras We have a little Connemara also (actually large pony). I think she's fey!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Farys View Post
                                  A Enter Working Trot
                                  X Halt Salute
                                  Proceed in working.....what? Pee!?!??!!
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                                  As I wrote to a friend afterwards (and you might infer from the ribbon), "My #2 was good for #2."

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                                  • #18
                                    Score of 5 seems good for a poop.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by MuskokaLakesConnemaras View Post
                                      My one guy got a 47.



                                      A 47!!!



                                      it happens. lol
                                      I can beat that... and it wasn't eventing dressage. All I can say is no-on died. (And that having your Canadian trainer who's Ps and Bs are hard to distinguish from one another read for a test in high winds that was almost entirely new to you on a horse that just didn't wanna that day is not a recipe for success.)

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                                      • #20
                                        At least when The Wonder Horse popped at X, she was dead on target...unfair advantage for the riders before the next break, had a large target to aim at....
                                        "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                                        "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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