• 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

Have I lost my mind?! Tell me about CT . . .

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

  • Have I lost my mind?! Tell me about CT . . .

    Long story short - I got my first horse and rode the trail for
    30+ years. Last November I decided I wanted to do something over the winter and started to take dressage lessons. Within two weeks, sold my trail mare and bought a "dressage" horse. Last weekend we successfully competed at our first schooling show (and need one more ride of 60% or better to qualify for championship class in Sept).

    My "dressage" horse is a thoroughbred, originally purchased by my trainer for hunt/jump lessons, etc. He enjoys dressage, but likes to jump as well. So, I'm thinking it might be fun to venture into combined training next year - we were already planning on doing some jumping this fall/winter - so, it seems like a logical next step.

    So, what can you tell me about it? BTW, I'm 52 and not exactly a dare devil (anymore!). TB is 11 and for the most part pretty level headed.
    http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

    "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

  • #2
    I am NOT an experienced eventer-- so far Horsie and I have only braved one little starter trial-- but if this newbie has any advice to offer, it would be this--look around your area for some starter trials, see what's expected for the lowest level, and set your goals.

    Horsie and I did Elementary at Fair Hill last year, which is about as easy as it gets-- the dressage test is Intro A (walk-trot, basically two circles and a diagonal and that's it), and the SJ and XC were 18". I've been riding for almost 30 years, was jumping 3'6" courses when I was a brave teenager, but after a long hiatus I'm much less brave; 2'6" is the upper end of my comfort zone right now. 18" XC seemed like a very good place to start!

    Anyway, wanting to get to Fair Hill and knowing exactly what was expected of me at Elementary gave me clear goals to work towards. I was absolutely PETRIFIED up to and including the day of the event, especially since my horse is a green OTTB that I've been retraining myself, but as it turned out, we had an awesome day--Horsie was a rockstar and I managed to not embarrass us too badly.
    *friend of bar.ka

    "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"

    Comment


    • #3
      Yeah man, go for it. I'm 52 also and it's something that I just love. I didn't grow up with horses and really didn't start riding till late in life but your age doesn't matter (Bruce Davidson) and in spite of all the associated money, work and occasional broken heart (and bones) it is one hell of a sport. Keeps you in shape too.
      Last edited by riderboy; Apr. 16, 2010, 12:47 PM. Reason: add content

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        Congrats cnvh! Sounds like you did a great job and had fun doing it. Wonderful advice too - thanks a bunch
        http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

        "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

        Comment

        • Original Poster

          #5
          Originally posted by riderboy View Post
          Yeah man, go for it. I'm 52 also and it's something that I just love. I didn't grow up with horses and really didn't start riding till late in life but your age doesn't matter (Bruce Davidson) and in spite of all the associated money, work and occasional broken heart (and bones) it is one hell of a sport. Keeps you in shape too.
          My trainer, also in her 50s, is saying the same thing "go for it"!
          What the heck - you only live once - might as well have some fun!
          http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

          "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

          Comment


          • #6
            Setting a goal like that is a great first step. I'd also set as a goal sometime in the next few months:
            a. volunteering at a local event -- great way to get to know the sport and start to get involved in the eventing community and
            b. grooming for a friend at an event of any level. This is a terrific lesson in how the day goes for a rider at an event -- the timing, the "gear", the coordination.

            You will discover whether you like cross country by schooling it, but grooming and volunteering will give you a taste for the actual competitions.
            The big man -- my lost prince

            The little brother, now my main man

            Comment


            • #7
              I did my first event, on my first horse, a 3.5yo clyde/tb mare, last year at the age of 46. I had been in one horse show (a dressage schooling) prior to this event. I was petrified, but had a blast.

              I went for the jump heights that I knew I could step over if need be, and my goal was to make it around the course and not fall off. By that definition, we succeeded. Worst dressage test I ever rode (well, it was only my 3rd test ever). Figured I could only go up from there!

              It does help to know your venues. Fair Hill XC was beefier than expected...i swear some of the jumps were more than 18", but jumps were "real XC jumps". But, the stadium jumps looked less than 18". (Have you ever seen an 18" oxer?)

              Plantation Stadium jumping was beefier, but the XC at Plantation was not as interesting - all just logs, with one black pipe jump. Bucks County was in-between the two.

              With a green horse and me not being into riding shape/comfortable yet, I set small goals, and made sure the jumps weren't scary to me - there was enough other stuff for me to worry about.

              People and venues are super friendly and helpful. And we'll be back this year!

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Sulta View Post
                It does help to know your venues. Fair Hill XC was beefier than expected...i swear some of the jumps were more than 18", but jumps were "real XC jumps". But, the stadium jumps looked less than 18". (Have you ever seen an 18" oxer?)
                I haven't been to any events other than the one starter at FH (even as a spectator), but I agree, their XC jumps even at the itty-bitty level were "real"-- and adorable! Some kind persoin on here sent me a link to photos of a bunch of them... I have no idea where those photos got to though.
                *friend of bar.ka

                "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"

                Comment


                • #9
                  Actually, when I think about it, losing your mind seems to be a prerequisite for becoming an eventer!

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    What riderboy said!

                    Or, as Paul Simon would say, "Still crazy, after all these years.".
                    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Riderboy, I think I'm going to steal that line!
                      http://www.chronicleofmyhorse.com/profile/MarnieCollett

                      "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."-Aristotle

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X