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My first long format 3 day! help!!

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  • My first long format 3 day! help!!

    In October i will be doing my first t3d i would appreciate any advise please and thank you! I would like things like a check list, extra grooming tips( my horse is a cherry bay with a star), jog outfit suggestions ( i would like some teal or aqua because my colors are teal black and silver and i am a 19year old) Advice for the 10 minute box would be amazing any i know how to get my horse fit, but i know i need to do aditional fitness for myself, on top of working 3-7 horses a day (depending on the day, i do ride horses for other people thats why the variation) and barn chores what aditional fitness do i need, running? if so how long should i be able to run?
    Thank you everyone!!

  • #2
    Good for you, Dragonfly! I got to do one T3D and it was a BLAST. Tons of fun and a tremendous learning experience.

    Others will have much better and more tips for you, but I found that fitness wasn't hard to achieve (and I was nearly 60 at the time). What I did was in addition to my daily brisk 2 mile walk I did all my horse's trot sets in the two point: as we approached the date, I worked up to 45 minutes of trotting. It strengthened my core, improved my balance and leg position and made it easy for me to do roads and tracks in the two point at the competition, saving my horse. Also, as I recall, I "front end loaded" roads and tracks so that we walked the last third of C and arrived at the 10 minute box pretty cool, collected and on time.

    Where is the T3D? If you have any concerns about the footing, SoreNoMore hoof packing is great for the night after XC, and I used SoreNoMore Gelotion on my mare's back "just to be sure".

    I look forward to reading every else's suggestions and hearing about your progress.
    They don't call me frugal for nothing.
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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    • #3
      (1) Breathe!

      (2) Say hi, I'll be there as per usual, probably doing 10 things at once.

      (3) A big part of the T3DE (I'm assuming you're talking about Waredaca) is education. Our awesome vet, Dr. Julie, will tell you everything you need to know about what to expect in the 10-min box when you get there, there's always several talks on what to have there (people get really worked up about it, I'm not sure why, maybe b/c it's a mystery to young folks, or maybe I've just heard the talks 6 times now, LOL).

      (4) We're eventers! People help each other!

      I'd encourage you to go to Waredaca's website for information as well as consult Wofford's bible (Training The 3Day Event Horse & Rider), which hopefully you have (if not you can win one!) for conditioning schedules.

      Also, you can do a search here, there are great threads about both prepping and thoughts afterwards on COTH, as well as in blog-world (if you google BeastEventer, she rode at Waredaca last year and did a great job with her mare, we awarded her a special horsemanship award, so her blog is a great resource!).

      And don't forget to breathe -- you'll have the time of your life. Oh, PLEASE don't wear stripper heels for the jog. ;P And for some reason, Waredaca is almost ALWAYS cold/rainy/windy during the 3DE; I think it was sunny last year and we didn't know what to do with ourselves!!!!
      Life doesn't have perfect footing.

      Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
      We Are Flying Solo

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      • #4
        It was sunny last year at Waredaca but it was COLD. Frost on the grass at the jogout before showjumping. I don't think fitness for the riding phases is a huge issue if you are used to riding/ competing regularly, but they are long days especially if you do the extra educational activities. I was by myself except on XC day so I ended up skipping some of them just because I needed the time to clean tack/ muck/ braid etc.

        For the box-- you really need at least one groom/ ground person. You will come trotting in from roads and tracks, the vet will watch your horse come in to make sure it's sound, then you will hop off, and you and groom(s) will loosen girth, run up stirrups, put halter on, sponge a bit, put cooler on, etc. while vet takes temp/ pulse/ resp. Then assuming everything is good and all shoes are on, horse gets walked, you chill for a bit, when you have been there for about 7-8 minutes, vet rechecks tpr, groom jogs horse to check soundness, reset tack and you head off to xc startbox. It seems really frantic, but when it's actually happening it goes surprisingly smoothly. You need to have pre-setup in the box: washbuckets/ sponges/ scrapers, studkit with spare tapped, studded shoes (mark them L/R/front/hind) halter, leadrope, chainkshank, irish knit/ mesh type cooler, maybe a fleece or wool cooler, spare bridle/ halter/ crop/ watch/ boots anything you think is likely to break. (I didn't really worry too much about a spare girth, stirrup leathers etc. although I know some people do bring them). Label everything, especially buckets!

        Everyone is really nice, so don't hesitate to ask questions. They understand that you've never done it before.

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        • #5
          This a great resource for 3DE's: http://www.longformatclub.com/education.html
          No Trouble
          2/2/05 - 7/29/13
          Rest In Peace my quirky brave boy, I will love you forever.

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          • #6
            I have this on my bucket list as well, but for the N3D! There used to be a sticky posted for T3D conditioning but the page is no longer available. Does anyone know where it went? Lots of good info available on the links provided in the earlier posts!

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            • #7
              I found this conditioning schedule on an old Coth thread and saved it off awhile ago. I can't remember who originally posted it to give proper credit. asterix maybe?

              Week 1:

              * Conditioning Hack: 10 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 470


              Week 2:

              * Conditioning Hack: 15 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 470 (2 min)
              520 (1 min)
              470 (1 min)

              Week 3:

              * Conditioning Hack: 15 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 350
              5 min, 470


              Week 4:

              * Conditioning Hack: 20 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 350
              5 min, 470 (2 min)
              520 (1 min)
              470 (2 min)


              Week 5:
              * Conditioning Hack: 20 min trot,
              2 hour hack

              * Horse Trial!!


              Week 6:

              * Conditioning Hack: 25 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              5 min, 470
              5 min, 470


              Week 7:

              * Conditioning Hack: 25 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 350
              5 min, 470 (2 min)
              520 (2 min)
              470 (1 min)


              Week 8:

              * Conditioning Hack: 20 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 470 (1 min)
              520 (2 min)
              470 (1 min)


              Week 9:

              * Conditioning Hack: 15 min trot,
              2 hour hack
              * Sets:
              Trotting: 3x5
              Cantering:
              4 min, 350
              4 min, 470
              5 min, 470


              Week 10:

              * Hacking at walk.

              * Three day.

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              • #8
                Also, don't freak out if you don't have staff -- there are always extra folks in the vet box who will help you out if you need it. :-)
                Life doesn't have perfect footing.

                Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
                We Are Flying Solo

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                • #9
                  Yep, that was me - good memory. I have it in speed send in my PM box since is many COTHers have asked for it.
                  That was adapted from Sally O'Connor's eventing handbook, from a schedule for a long format *. We just took all the numbers and adjusted them for the slower speeds and shorter distances of the T3d. I used it for my very very big WB and he was in cracking good shape when we did the T3d. Vets commented in how good his numbers were and he felt super on SJ day.
                  That year I also did a great prep clinic with Gillian Clissold, Janet's sister, where she walked you through all the components of endurance day and the vet boxes, as well as the Jogs.
                  We wrote up the notes from that in a Q&a format that I think is still online somewhere....http://www.waredaca.com/n-t-3day-faqs...they later added some logistical stuff, but if you start with the Horse Inspection section and read on it should give you a good overview....
                  Have fun!
                  If you prep in advance and have your vet box crew organized it really makes the day go much better!!!
                  The big man -- my lost prince

                  The little brother, now my main man

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                  • #10
                    Yup~ that was the schedule I was thinking of Thanks asterix!

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                    • #11
                      HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      I had a long LONG prep schedule due to the fact my mare is a beast and I am not the fittest person on earth... But so long as you are not me and are more like everyone else I met at the event some slight modifications to normal conditioning should make you set to go!!!!

                      Try not to be too nervous! My friend and I were practically puking the entire trailer ride to the event we were so incredibly nervous, but we were IMMEDIATELY welcomed and it really does feel like a big community!!!

                      Biggest suggestion is to have at least one person in the vet box with you! I was able to hand off my big girl to a friend and take a swig of water before I jumped in to help recover her before Phase D and then after D it was all hands on deck to get her vitals down. Don't stress too much about this either tho, again, my girl was the abnormal one! Most people flew through both vet checks!!
                      BeastEventer

                      "When in doubt: look up, shoulders back, and LEG ON"

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                      • #12
                        I did my first P3D last fall at KY. Here is what I would suggest to prep-
                        Rider- I did all my trot sets in 2 point. that was enough to get me fit for it. Remember- do your roads and tracks how you practice. ie- if you 2 point at home 2 point roads and tracks at the event. if you post at home, post at the event. I didnt do any "fitness work" other than riding. Roads and tracks provides a cool down for both you and the horse assuming 2 point does not tire you at all.

                        Horse-Started with 3 sets of 4 min trot sets. Eventually worked my way up to 8 min sets. I did limited canter/gallop and never more than 2 sets at 2 min and that is for prelim 3 day. He is a TB so fitness is not a huge issue. I also dont like pounding on his legs. You can get most the fitness you need via walk trot. A little short gallop can help wind if you have good footing/conditions

                        10 Min Box- must haves: cooler, water bucket/sponge, water for the person. I didnt end up sponging my horse at all in the box as he was not too hot and it was chilly, just put a cooler on and had my groom walk him. I hydrated. Left all tack on- just loosened girth. You will have someone assigned to you in the box that will tell you exactly what to do and walk you through everything. Once you get close to the 10 min you jog your horse and if everything is good you hop back on and head down to the box.

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                        • #13
                          BeastEventer, I read your blog about Waredaca!!!! Great writing and I felt like I was along for the ride with you guys! I sure hope we qualify, stay sound, and can go! (and make the trip there uneventful!) Thanks for all the helpful hints! Keep them coming

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by xcatheart View Post
                            BeastEventer, I read your blog about Waredaca!!!! Great writing and I felt like I was along for the ride with you guys! I sure hope we qualify, stay sound, and can go! (and make the trip there uneventful!) Thanks for all the helpful hints! Keep them coming
                            I call it word vomit! But in all seriousness I get so happy when I hear riders are entering! Area I is having a hard time filling their event and I'm so worried it won't continue to run if riders do not express interest! The event was a massive stretch for my current mare, but I have my ear to the ground for my next partner in crime and I fully plan on making a 3day a regular part of my competition schedule!
                            BeastEventer

                            "When in doubt: look up, shoulders back, and LEG ON"

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                            • #15
                              OH! I brought a second medical arm band to put all my endurance day info on! and strapped that horizontal to my forearm that way I could easily read my km and time for each of the phases without worrying it would get wet/lost
                              BeastEventer

                              "When in doubt: look up, shoulders back, and LEG ON"

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