• 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.



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

Preparing for the Mare Performance Test

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Preparing for the Mare Performance Test

    Try as I might, I can't find any threads here about preparing for the MPT (maybe I'm not doing the right searches, but all I'm finding are results). I know that myself and a few friends are in the process of preparing mares for the AHS MPT. I was hoping this might be a good place to share ideas, thoughts, and tips as well as the journey. Of course, there are the articles available on the AHS website (http://hanoverian.org/the-mare-performance-test/) and I have the jump chute video w/ Scott Hassler.

    So, let's start a conversation. What are you doing to prepare your mare? What do you think is most important about the test? What do you recommend for preparation?
    Kendra -- Runningwater Warmbloods
    Home of EM Raleska (Rascalino/ Warkant) and Donatella M (Furstenball/ Jazz Time)
    'Like' us on Facebook

  • #2
    I've prepared a bunch of mares for MPT over the years and there are a few things that I do that are different from everyday training. Practice riding them in their medium gaits. I take them out in the fields and do big trots and big canters. This helps them to really learn to move through their bodies and power through. Lots of transitions within the gait. Lots of power walking as well.
    As far as the jump chute goes - the most important thing is that they are confident through it. A horse that isn't confident isn't going to show itself well regardless of how talented they are. I do not push them at home. If they are confident with the process, they will be willing to tackle the larger jumps, but I wait to do it at the inspection. I will put the jumps up to a reasonable height at home but not as high as they would be at the inspection. I don't want them to lose confidence at home and then not want to jump even the easy jumps. I figure they never have to do a jump chute again after the inspection, so if they lose confidence as the jumps get higher, at least they will have shown themselves well up until that point. This has worked well for me and I have had a number of dressage bred mares score 8's and 9's in the jump chute.


    • #3
      I agree completely with ticofuzzy. I also recommend taking the mare to the inspection site a day early and let them jump through the chute there, so they will be familiar and comfortable with it.
      Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


      • #4
        In my experience, the prep for the jump chute is THE most important thing you can do and still where we consistently see problems. At most sites, the jumping chute is done before the undersaddle test. A mare that is well prepared for the jump chute can go in, get it done, get her scores and still have gas in the tank for the undersaddle test. A mare that is not well prepared (or completely unprepared) for the jump chute may become overwhelmed and ultimately, physically exhausted, which will not make for a good undersaddle test no matter how much ridden prep work is done.

        Prep for the jump chute really doesn't take much work -- 3-4 sessions before a MPT is often enough. Mine see the jump chute 2-3 weekends/year as yearlings/two year olds and then maybe 2-3 times the summer before their MPT. I set up the jump chute on the long weekends and each horse gets schooled 4-5 passes on each of 2 or 3 days over that weekend. At some point early in the year before the MPT, I do bump up the fences just to see what I have as far as scope.
        "I always remember you as quite the desk chair contrarian." - APirateLooksAtForty


        • Original Poster

          Thanks for these excellent and helpful responses! Please, keep them coming. :-)
          Kendra -- Runningwater Warmbloods
          Home of EM Raleska (Rascalino/ Warkant) and Donatella M (Furstenball/ Jazz Time)
          'Like' us on Facebook


          • #6
            Only thing I can think to add it to practice riding her in an arena with other horses being ridden with her. You'll be doing the under saddle part in the arena with others in most cases.

            But really. Brent is right. Comfort in the jumping chute is the most important thing. It is problems in this area that cause the majority of otherwise decent mares to fail the testing.
            Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
              Only thing I can think to add is to practice riding her in an arena with other horses being ridden with her. You'll be doing the under saddle part in the arena with others in most cases.
              This is absolutely true as well. Many young horses are only ever trained/ridden alone in the arena. So not only should they get used to being ridden with other horses in the arena, they should also get used to "follow the leader" with one or two other horses with 2-3 strides separating them at all three gaits.
              "I always remember you as quite the desk chair contrarian." - APirateLooksAtForty