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Took me quite a while but finally rode in first mini event last weekend!

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  • Took me quite a while but finally rode in first mini event last weekend!

    Been wanting to do a mini or starter HT for about 5 yrs now.

    Between then and now..wrong horses, health issues, lack of skill on my part, etc...

    ... and finally after 3 years of hard work on a horse who is not an easy ride but one that I trust, I finally made it to a mini event last weekend. We did the intro (18") division. I have been showing in the 2'3" range this summer in schooling shows, but I wanted the XC to be in no way intimidating for this first time, especially since my horse can be tense, anxious and a "over-achiever".

    We were in 5th after a good dressage test and finished on our dressage score in 3rd. One mid XC course horsey temper-tantrum aside...I'm just really happy to have finally done it!!!!!!!
    2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com

  • #2
    Congrats!!! I was where you are a few years ago so I can completely relate. Glad you had a good time!
    Harmonys Maestro: 1992-2008 RIP
    Harlequinn - redhead extraordinaire


    • Original Poster

      2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


      • #4
        That's great!


        • #5
          Congrats. That is my long term goal. It is taking us longer than I care to even write....LOL. However it is all part of the journey isnt it?
          Pamela Ellis


          • Original Poster

            Yeap! It's been a long but interesting journey with this horse! I got him when he was 7 and not really broke. He had some major anxiety issues to boot.

            I figure with just a little more work he'll be quiet around the XC as he is now starting to be in stadium and then I can start really working on improving how we go and not just working on getting around in one piece. My horse made *huge* improvements this year and it's so gratifying to finally see some payoff.

            He was great in the beginning of the XC, real calm and soft... then we had a mandatory walk through some woods on a really rocky trail and he was fine with that (even though he was alone ) but then we caught up to the pony that was ahead of us on course.

            When we came out of the trailhead onto the second field, I just stopped to let the kid get far ahead of me because it was not a timed XC at this mini and I didn't want to upset her pony incase my horse started acting a fool. Which he did.

            Once he saw the pony he start jigging and then he didn't want to stand and wait, so he was acting up, trying to go back to stadium which was fairly closeby, but I just kept insisting he turn back to the field. After a minute he seemed to gather his wits and some guts and was willing to go forward into the field, away from everyone else.

            I just trotted everything on XC because he can get a little silly and I just wanted to keep him on the quieter side. Once he feels comfortable and confident out there he'll quiet down. He's gotten really quiet and agreeable for stadium jumping now.
            Heres some video. Not too exciting, but an accomplishment for us.
            2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


            • #7
              Great job! Congrats to you. Couldn't see the video because of your privacy settings.


              • Original Poster

                I changed my settings.. i think the link will work now...
                2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


                • #9
                  Doesn't work.

                  Congrats! We are aiming for our first mini trial in September so it's good to know things work out well
                  My blog
                  Follow me along my eventing journey! Complete with mishaps

                  Vegas! 'Nuff said.


                  • #10
                    Congrats! It sounds like you had fun and handled everything well
                    Always pay equal, if not more, attention to your own self carriage, than that of your horse.


                    • Original Poster

                      FB is so odd.

                      maybe this will work

                      AND then i post the wrong link. *sigh* Above is stadium... below is XC
                      2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks guys... good luck to you all
                        MimsEppi, I'm sure you'll do fine!
                        2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com