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  • Thinking about converting...

    So I've not had regular lessons in years. I come from a lifetime of hunters, though I have dabbled in dressage as an adult. I've been feeling kind of "homeless" lately.... don't really want to do the hunter thing anymore, not sure about going straight dressage....

    Today I took a lesson with an eventing trainer who came highly recommended and recently purchased a facility here in town. It was fabulous! I had so much fun. The horse was great, the trainer is awesome, and I'm definitely going back for more. It made me think maybe Miss Morgan Mare and I could make a foray into lower level eventing.

    I loved the atmosphere at the barn, and maybe it will be a breath of fresh air for me.

    Anyway just wanted to share my excitement.
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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    Me me me me (flails around, raising hand like a dork)!

    FG, you know eventers are the coolest.

    My best friend characterized eventing this way: They ride around outside and gallop over stuff and through water all day. If at the end of the day, everyone completed and no one is at the hospital, they declare victory and go drink beer.

    She left out the dressage, but you know about that part.

    Your mare will love you if you do. She's too smart to do only one thing, or to stay in a ring all the time. :-)
    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Lori B View Post

      My best friend characterized eventing this way: They ride around outside and gallop over stuff and through water all day. If at the end of the day, everyone completed and no one is at the hospital, they declare victory and go drink beer.
      Love it!! So true!

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        #4
        I'm super psyched, Lori!

        And thank you for encouraging me to keep at this. Riding for real today... I felt like ME again, the one that existed before kids and husband and housework and clients.
        We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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        • #5
          YAY - I hope you & your horse have great fun trying it out!
          I'm a complete convert & loving every second of it! They literally stopped talking to me at the hunter barn when I showed with an $800 fresh off the track 3 year old! Couldn't have worked out better for me, I left & found eventing - I get goosebumps just day-dreaming about running cross country (which will have to get me through until our first event of the season - not until May!)

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            #6
            Yeah everyone in my life has been like, you bought a WHAT?! When I say I bought an unbroke 4 year old Morgan mare. I honestly bought her because I wanted something sane and sturdy and forward going, that would be small enough and sane enough for my kids to ride someday.

            The hunter peeps didn't even want to hear me say the word Morgan once she got too tall for a pony card, and the dressage peeps are like "well she COULD pass as a WB or a Friesian...."

            When I saw her jumping the puddle/ditch in her field, over and over FOR FUN the other day, I thought hmmm maybe we both need a change of discipline!!

            I doubt we'll do more than dabble at the very lower levels and do some hunter paces, but regardless, I'm excited. It is fun to meet some new people, who seem quite welcoming, which is nice!
            We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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            • #7
              Fun and excitement is what it's all about!
              Click here before you buy.

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              • #8
                eventing is the best! And if you have a trainer you like, you are set for success. Plus, I know a bunch of Morgans who have been super successful eventers, so you probably even have the right horse.
                OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                • #9
                  I want to do the same thing, just have not gotten up the nerve to get a trainer yet, but I am going to do it with my Haffy for certain and maybe even the mutt pony I am in love with. Good for you, you are a step ahead of me!!

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                  • #10
                    Yaaay! A new convert! Eventing is so fun. I came over from the hunter/eq world on a lark and then found people who like wine as much as I do XC is the best. I pretend I don't like dressage, but holy cow, I'm learning all sorts of new stuff. You and your morgan are going to have so much fun! Good luck and keep us updated!
                    The big guy: Lincoln

                    Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like a good start on your road to becoming one of the Chosen People.
                      Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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                      • #12
                        Go for it!

                        You will love it!!! the hunter world produces great eventers! It would be an interesting statistic to see how many of us have our roots in the hunter world. Plus, no harm in dabbling in both disciplines. Give it a shot, you will not regret it........good luck and keep us posted
                        Susan
                        http://community.webshots.com/user/ss3777
                        www.longformatclub.com

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                        • #13
                          yes, indeed1

                          Yes, indeed, who, which trainer moved in where?
                          Originally posted by Finn'sMom View Post
                          Love it!! So true!
                          breeder of Mercury!

                          remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                          • #14
                            one thing i LOVE about eventing is "who" your horse is, and what label you are wearing isnt of big concern. People just arent impressed by that. I have a free MorgaFlinger (its just fun to say!) who is turning out to be the best horse I could have ever of asked for. My new guy and I dream of being professional BN eventers I love Morgans and my last morgan was atheltic, smart and sound. He was the love of my life. I rode hunters for years and years and years. My open hunter was getting sour and my (very open minded) trainer decided to take us out XC schooling. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew I was REALLY having fun. And my horse, totally different. We finished out medal finals and never did hunters again

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                            • #15
                              Join hhe local dcta, dressage and eventing; they will keep you out of trouble
                              breeder of Mercury!

                              remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                              • #16
                                I want you to promise to update us after you do your first xc course because I think we might have a true convert at that point
                                I did not even really know what eventing was except in the most general terms for the first 30 (?) years of my life and I just did the hunters.
                                Then I kind of fell into a situation where I took lessons from an eventing trainer. I thought it was great. Then I did my first xc course and realized FUN did not even begin to cover it. That was it- from that day on, I was an eventer.
                                Welcome to the dark side, even if you only dabble over here, and someone pass FG a beer
                                There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)

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                                • #17
                                  My best friend characterized eventing this way: They ride around outside and gallop over stuff and through water all day. If at the end of the day, everyone completed and no one is at the hospital, they declare victory and go drink beer.
                                  During a college visit several years ago, my host for the day was on the Intercollegiate Dressage Team. When she introduced me to another of her dressage friends and told her I was an eventer, her response was "Oh, I love eventers - they are so much fun!" Then, after a pause, she added "I think it is because they are always just so happy as long as they made it around XC in one piece!" Too true! Welcome to eventing! You wont regret it!

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm an escapee too, and I haven't looked back once! You'll be hooked once you fly over an XC course the first time.
                                    www.cobjockey.com - Eventing the Welsh Cob

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by FlashGordon View Post
                                      I felt like ME again, the one that existed before kids and husband and housework and clients.
                                      I am SO with you on that one! I haven't been back in the saddle enough with a constant ride yet, but when I do get to do that first BN, watch out world! Eventers are the coolest folks, come on over to the "dark" side.
                                      “Always saddle your own horse. Always know what you’re doing. And go in the direction you are heading.” Connie Reeves
                                      Jump Start Solutions LLC

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by FlashGordon View Post
                                        I'm super psyched, Lori!

                                        And thank you for encouraging me to keep at this. Riding for real today... I felt like ME again, the one that existed before kids and husband and housework and clients.
                                        That is all you need then to go for it!
                                        "If you've got a horse, you've got a problem"

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