• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Keeping All the Pieces Together

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Keeping All the Pieces Together

    My pony (who is usually a basket case at shows) was a sane and good citizen yesterday. Sadly I didn't ride so well, breaking out of the canter, not enough bend, circle too big. I was so happy at the end of the test that she did not offer any bucks, did not try to run away and didn't call to any horses. Once I got home I realized that I could have rode much better. I can feel when she is going to break, I know the size of a 20 meter circle, I know how to bend her around my inside leg. Did I think I was on a trail ride? I had all the pieces for a great test and I didn't use them. Oh well yet another learning lesson and their will be more shows.
    Dawn

    Patience and Consistency are Your Friends

  • #2
    It's such a tough feat isn't it, getting everything to fall into place in the context of a test! It's challenging enough to just get through the tests when dealing with horse nerves and rider nerves, add to that the type-A tendencies of many of us have and it's a recipe for some serious self-criticism! Every test is a learning experience that award us with new tools to store in our tool belt though. As long as you have an attitude like yours that takes away those lessons you have nowhere to go but up! I find that with every test I ride it gets easier to keep all of the pieces in mind in front of a judge and ride more and more effectively even under show pressure.

    Comment


    • #3
      I think you are being very hard on yourself. If your horse went better than she normally does, you weren't just sitting up there watching TV!

      Although I am still relatively new to dressage, I can already see that it is going to be a never ending quest to improve. There will always be things that can be better, and to me that is the joy of riding and testing my skills in the ring.

      Be pleased that your horse is clearly progressing and remember there is always another show where you can decide to focus on whatever you want to improve, be it geometry or maintaining each gait or improving the connection or the bend or whatever. It's all part of the journey!
      **********
      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
      -PaulaEdwina

      Comment


      • #4
        Dear OP. I have to laugh at your post, I'm sorry! What you are describing is the age-old bane of the amateur rider. MOST horses go better at home because MOST amateur riders ride better at home. Unless you are in the ring frequently enough that you've learned to conquer nerves and develop test-riding strategies, nerves take over! Did you video tape your ride? If so, like amateurs everywhere, you can watch your ride at home and yell at yourself over and over on your TV screen. You will get to a point in the ring when you get to "damn it, this sucks! I can do this a lot better" and you will *ride* the test. It's a rite-of-passage and sometimes it takes multiple steps. Welcome to the world of showing!
        Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation

        Comment


        • #5
          Years ago I remember someone cautioning me. "Your're going to be too busy riding the horse to ride the test". Many horses later that test was a no problem, as was riding that horse.

          Riders need time in the ring at the show too. Lots of time. More than the horse. They just need to get used to being there. We have to remember those tests. Oops! Is this Test 2 or 3?
          Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

          Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

          Comment


          • #6
            I'm with you, OP! I swear that little space in the fence at A is like my kryptonite. Outside the ring? Fine. 'Enter at A' and I ride like a ninny. For me, I know it is lack of experience and I find myself riding the test like an old equitation pattern rather than really RIDING the test. At home, it seems like I have all the time in the world to prepare for transitions or 20m circles and I know that if I screw up, well, I can just try it again. Not so much in a test.
            We're getting there though! Don't loose faith!
            The only thing the government needs to solve all of its problems is a Council of Common Sense.

            Comment


            • #7
              Congratulations for you're girl! Bravo for a good citizen.

              You? meh...easy to fix with a few more tractable rides! I remember a rail class I had when I could hear the announcer just fine, I just didn't seem to care. When he said walk, I just kept jogging along.

              It happens. More people should ride in the ring like they're on a trail ride.

              My daughter a.k.a. coach calls it "class-trophobia". As soon as they close the ingate I panic. No going back now, gotta do what they say, no "didn't like that transition, let's do it again".
              Ride like you mean it.

              Comment


              • #8
                Ride the horse, not the plan. The key is being fully present every ride, every stride, every time.
                www.destinationconsensusequus.com
                chaque pas est fait ensemble

                Comment


                • #9
                  If it makes you feel better, it comes back every time you go up a level, too. Wait, that might not make you feel better... I was pretty proud of myself at PSG/I-1 because I could lay down a decent test and get pretty good scores. Bumped myself up to GP, and I forgot how to ride after I hit the centerline.

                  Funny how that happens.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cnm161 View Post
                    If it makes you feel better, it comes back every time you go up a level, too. Wait, that might not make you feel better... I was pretty proud of myself at PSG/I-1 because I could lay down a decent test and get pretty good scores. Bumped myself up to GP, and I forgot how to ride after I hit the centerline.

                    Funny how that happens.
                    I recently trailered out to my trainer's place with its regulation size arena to practice tests for a show, and the second I hit centerline I COULD NOT execute first level for the life of me. The wheels came off the bus big time.

                    Trainer stood there suppressing a look of dismay and made encouraging sounds, chief among which were, "No really, this happens to everyone. It will be ok." She said that second bit with slightly less conviction than the first bit after our "performance," but she was right in the end.

                    Meanwhile the NUMBER of people who go in the ring knowing their test backwards and forwards and then go off course (sometimes even with a reader, I say from personal experience!) is legion. Last weekend I watched someone recite his test to his trainer, go in the ring, and promptly go off course. Somebody else did circles at A for several laps around because they had moved the letter back from the short side so people could enter and she forgot where A was. I forgot what the heck I was doing several times WITH a reader and resorted to "just vaguely bend in and wait til she says the next thing", and then nearly finished by zipping off unnecessarily down the diagonal for a spontaneous extended trot that was in my heart's desire but not in the test. Thankfully the reader yelled "R! Turn RIGHT!" just in time, and the horse and I sort of vaguely swooped back out the rail and then turned in the appropriate place. Everyone who has done it understands where you are coming from because it is hard for everyone. Just remembering WHERE TO GO takes up 85% of the brainpower, trying to actually ride with what's left is nearly impossible.
                    The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
                    Jinxyhttp://tiny.cc/PIC798&http://tiny.cc/jinx364
                    Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
                    The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      It's all about mileage-- mine, not my horse's! I left some 7s and 8s and (maybe) 9s out in the warmup and only brought the 5.5-6.5 range into the show arena with me.

                      OP-- it gets better, and then you move up a level and then you have to relearn how to show again. And then it gets better, and then you move up another level. Gotta love this sport!

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        OP at least your pony didn't act up enjoy that major breakthrough. Miss Mare did her first small show in 3 years 2 weeks ago. She totally thought all the trot work should be done at the canter. So it was me asking for trot and she canter almost the whole time. By the time we should canter we kicked out hopped skipped and looked horrible . No way to get round circles with that act.
                        It just gave my coach more things to work on in our lessons. She has given me a few tools to use if this starts they work at home. We will see in 2 weeks if they work at a show

                        Comment

                        Working...
                        X