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Area 1 season coming to an end, how did you do? off season homework?

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  • Area 1 season coming to an end, how did you do? off season homework?

    We only have a few events left in the Area 1 season, I cannot believe how quickly it went by! Hopefully everyone had a good season! How did you do? Did you reach your goals?

    I am very pleased, our dressage improved quite a bit over last year, but we still have a lot to work to do this coming (cover your eyes!) winter (ready for the beach to be open- but not the snow to be falling).

    So what will your off season homework be?

    This fall I plan to do a lot of hacking, and then once the weather changes I will be doing a lot of work on my position. I think I need an automated lunge line, anyone got one?

  • #2
    In terms of reaching my goals.... well, uhh.... I have a sound horse again, so that is pretty good in my book NEXT year we will get back to eventing!

    My falls plans are the same as your falls plans, now that we can leave the arena - TRAIL RIDE! And BEACH RIDE!

    And then wintertime.... and dressage, and more dressage, and more dressage........
    Eventing-A-Gogo: Adventures of a Barefoot Event Horse and her Human
    The Reeling: An Unexpected Mareventure


    • #3
      My off season homework is starting to ride again.

      I missed the whole season because I lacerated a tendon and a nerve in my thumb and was prohibited from riding. I cheated a couple of times, but could tell it was not a good idea.


      • #4
        Um, what season?

        Horse 1 got to a couple CTs early on. He started acting funny over fences. I had my trainer jump him for a few months and he seemed to be enjoying it. Then I spent a while chasing a mysterious hind end lameness. After $$$ diagnostics and injections he'll be starting back up next week just in time for winter.

        Horse 2 had a cut healing from March until June. I got him starting some nice dressage work by July when he got an abscess. He is starting back up this week just in time for winter.

        So I guess my winter goals are to actually ride! At this point any progress is progress. It would be great to have Horse 1 happily jumping. I would love to take Horse 2 off property and start jumping.


        • #5
          What a good question! I was chatting with one of my barn mates about goal setting. I NEED to set goals or riding just isn't as much fun for me, although I do spend time hacking and galloping on the beach (GOT to love that!).

          We met and exceeded our goals for this year. (Yay!) But we want to do even better next year, so my two great instructors have laid out plans with me. But before we get totally serious, hunter paces and hunter trials for some fun.

          PS: Got my Crane Beach sticker yesterday!
          They don't call me frugal for nothing.
          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


          • #6
            I had a fabulous mini season My mare only began jumping in late march/early april... so we made it to an Intro Event the end of may, xc schooling (BN/N stuff) in June, a few CT's (intro and BN), a jumper derby the end of June (6th!), one more xc schooling in august (intro/BN stuff), Intro at GVRDC (finished 9th), and we have one more jumper derby (up to 2'3'' I'm entered in so far, will probably to the one up to 2'6'' if all goes well too).

            My goals for the winter are more dressage, and more lessons. I wish I had been able to get out more this year, I REALLY wish I could have gone BN at GVRDC, buuut... the mare and I had 2 weeks off right before, I had not been able to get out to any sort of xc schooling really... So next year I plan on starting out at BN at an unrecognized show and really hope to get confident enough to hit N by the end of the season (shes going great dressage and stadium, she just does not have enough experience at xc yet)... We DID just get a 1st at a Hunter Pace the other weekend - we jumped almost everything (which was 2'3''-2'6''ish) I started skipping some of the jumps at the end, mare was getting tired.

            What I would REALLY love would be for me and my two good friends to hit the Adult Team Challenge (if they have it next year).

            we will see how it all goes What is that saying? 'men plan, god smiles'?


            • #7
              Not my best season ever... Had to put my mare down, so Im thinking that any type of season I have next year will be better? (Knocking on wood)

              But homework for this winter will be to continue getting the baby used to life as a not-racehorse. Lots of ground work, flat work and growing up!
              RIP Charlie and Toby


              • #8
                I had a super fun season! It was my first year eventing and my first year with this horse, so everything was new and challenging. I did a bunch of CTs, a couple of unrecognized events, and four recognized HTs. We did really well too, so I couldn't be happier.

                My goal is to move up to Novice next season and I know what we need to do to get there. In the mean time this fall, I hope to do lots of trail riding and and maybe a hunter pace. I want to keep it fun and relaxed and let my boy enjoy life without pressure, but still stay fit. I guess that goes for me too.

                I can't say that I will miss the early mornings and the braiding, but I will miss seeing my friends at HTs and the adrenaline rush of competing. Oh gosh, am I already looking forward to next year???


                • #9
                  Well....my season did not go exactly as planned, but sometimes when one door closes, another opens, right? Instead of finshing my second CCI* and maybe trying an Intermediate or two, I instead spent the summer treating my mare for arthritis in her neck...and getting her in foal! While I am sad not to be competing her anymore, I am so excited for the foal. Crossing my fingers that the next 9 months go smoothly with no complications. She is also back to riding, so our fall goals are to have fun...hunter paces, maybe a few dressage schooling shows, clinics and going to the beach! It will be a bit strange to have no upcoming show season to prepare for over the winter, but we can still have fun riding just the same!


                  • #10
                    Hey everyone, I'm new here but I've been lurking for a while

                    As for my eventing season, it has gone pretty well. I recently bought a new horse who was somewhat green back in April and he has come so far. We did a CT at Beginner Novice back in July and came in 7th with a clean jump round (our dressage was quite lacking then ) and then I took him to his first event at an unrecognized horse trial where we placed 3rd. We unfortunately got eliminated at Town Hill at Beginner Novice because we had some water issues =P We had done some minimal water schooling before then but it was through a natural crossing as opposed to the big manmade water at Town Hill. I had 2 refusals at the water and then two after that at simple fences that were completely due to my below par riding, which I was mad at myself for.

                    Despite that we just did our first novice at an unrecognized horse trials this past weekend and placed 2nd! And we only have Kent Fall Horse Trials left and then another unrecognized one at the end of October. So I would say our season went pretty well and I'm planning on keeping him at novice for at least two/two-and-a-half more seasons before even thinking about moving to training.

                    So over the winter we will be doing A LOT of dressage work. I'm also thinking about taking him to a couple indoor schooling jumper shows over the winter just to keep him comfortable with going new places. But mainly its his dressage that needs the most work.


                    • #11
                      Tee hee...I love how in New England we all know winter is for dressage

                      Congrats to all of you and very best wishes to those who had troubles and sadnesses this season.

                      Pony had a big rollercoaster season, from winning to E, as we were somewhat plagued by physical challenges. I learned that my pony is a bit of a diva! I also learned to be very careful when the ground gets hard here.

                      We are hoping to get in one or two more small things before season's end, to clear the mental plate.

                      The horse was lame all winter, spring, and into summer, recovering from an abscess, but is now starting back, and so far, more fun than ever!

                      My dream for winter is to win the lottery and be able to take them both to Aiken!
                      Talk to the Hoof


                      • #12
                        Yea-I ended up missing the whole season because I couldn't fit riding in competitions in with working and finishing high school. So now that I'm working a fulltime job where I can basically custom-make my schedule every week my goals are to start riding more reguarly so that I can start showing in schooling three phases (there'll be a few at my barn next year) next spring and hopefully show in recognized shows also


                        • #13
                          My goal for next season is to wear a watch! I came back from school in late June to have time penalties at our first event and a fall at the second one. Despite being hideously crippled with anxiety, I managed to have a great time at the third event, and our dressage improved enormously. Unfortunately I went and ruined it all at the next two (and the last until next spring) by leaving my watch in the trailer. I wanted to forget about being competitive and "just have fun."

                          Turns out "fun" for me and Jack is 16 seconds and 40 seconds of speed faults respectively, and the fastest times at Novice. Time to move up, or work on finding a way to slow him down without fighting. The thing is, it feels fine! Those damn ex-racehorses.
                          The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~ Arabian Proverb


                          • #14
                            My season started out really well, young horse seemed to finally get it, was really keen on xc and trotted into stadium like he owned it. Then we started schooling Training because we had tentative plans to upgrade at the end of July, he was doing water, coffins, angles and corners really well. Of course this is when problems start popping up, horse gets really spooky and unfocused, our supposed last Novice I had a stop at the first fence and a not so game horse all around. Ok, no upgrade, we'll do a few more Novices obviously, next one, he runs away with me and dumps me on xc with no fence in sight, all in like 2 minutes. Pick up my socks big time, adjust feed slightly....next time around was great, he was keen again, really good. Then we had a big break to work on stuff, and did our last two last weekend and yesterday, both really awesome xc. So I kind of finished where I started, but with more wisdom for how I need to ride this horse. Hopefully with a winter of precision exercises under our belts we will be ready to rock Training next year.

                            Fall plans now include lots of hacking, a hunter pace for poor bored Bob, and maybe a trip to the beach for a run. Sadly the water will be too cold to go swimming now.


                            • #15
                              My season was non existent, as I just got my horse

                              But fall/winter goals are:

                              trust building, lots of trails and riding to nearby farms for work and socializing, hopefully trailering to the nearby indoor reasonably often, and lots of groundwork once the snow falls.
                              I also kind of want to introduce her to ground driving, and teach her the word "woah" as she hasn't the foggiest what it means and I'm a fan of my horses knowing it!


                              • #16
                                In terms of reaching goals....I'm waiting for the very last event of the season to see if that happens.

                                My very tentative goal, written lightly in pencil, was to get my 5 year old out for a recognized BN this season. We've done 4 schooling events so far: the first two at 2 feet and the second two at BN. We have one more schooling event this next weekend (BN at Groton House Fall Classic) and THEN we are entered for Ethel Walker. Fingers crossed!

                                And along the way, we did some fun things that were not in the plans at all at the start of the season, or even, say, in July. My son took our pony to the AECs...something of a spur of the moment decision. It was a memorable experience, made more so since he has outgrown the pony and this will definitely be their last season to compete together.

                                AND said pony is preggers! That was not in the plans at the start of the season, either. She is in foal to ArdCeltic Art, and I can not wait for that baby next spring!


                                • #17
                                  took the good with the bad

                                  This past summer was supposed to be my first summer of competition with my fairly green horse....of course, life intervened and I was sidelined by two unexpected surgeries.

                                  Bad news....my goals are postponed.

                                  Good news....my trainer rode and competed my horse all summer. They did very well, and at some point I'll be getting back on a horse that is much more balanced and knowledgeable.

                                  On another note..... I think that all of us in Area 1 should pledge to ourselves to volunteer for at least one event next summer. It's a small geographic area, so there really are plenty to choose from.

                                  Congrats to all who are finishing up their season!
                                  "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
                                  Oscar Wilde


                                  • Original Poster

                                    On another note..... I think that all of us in Area 1 should pledge to ourselves to volunteer for at least one event next summer. It's a small geographic area, so there really are plenty to choose from.


                                    I AGREE!


                                    • #19
                                      Yes indeed! Volunteer!

                                      Also, will anyone be at the Groton House Classic this weekend?
                                      They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Happy2bhere View Post
                                        On another note..... I think that all of us in Area 1 should pledge to ourselves to volunteer for at least one event next summer. It's a small geographic area, so there really are plenty to choose from.
                                        Touche'... I'm going to be at GHF Classic Fence Judging. This year was a tough year for volunteering so I donated money instead... program ads, etc.

                                        And, my horse fractured her splint bone just a week before my first Groton House ever (her fifth) so I spent the summer giving her spa treatments and donating $25 to the USEA for the many entries and scratches I did hoping that we would be ready.

                                        I'm not done yet but was thrilled to get my very, very first Blue ribbon at a recognized event. So, despite the set back... it was a good season. One more - Coursebrook ...

                                        Off season begins with Foxhunting which I highly recommend to us eventers. It really helped me trust my horse and LOVE the gallop. And the social aspect is unbeatable... you think we party after events... go to your first post-hunt tea! Fabulous.

                                        Winter is about suppling... horse and rider, I guess. And working on bettering my position over jumps, improving rythym and having as much fun as possible.

                                        Training 3 Day in 2011 AND the AECs... look out!
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