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    Training & Competiting Three-Day Event Horses
  1. Pic Of My New Prospect/everyone Do An Update!

    Wow, what a looker! I'll be excited to see how this one turns out for you! He looks super! Riper's upholding well after having a really easy winter so far... just doing enough work to keep him in shape and he's showing his displeasure now that the work is starting to pick up again! But when he decides not to be incredibly rude about the dressage work I've been impressed! We're looking forward to starting our year off heading to Aiken for a week to train with our favorite butt-kicker, Simon Eades and starting the season strong. I'm really hoping to bump him up to Prelim at some point this year.. so far he's feeling like he will be ready! A few updated pictures...
  2. Legal Bits?

    I'm also tempted to say that rule had changed - that and I showed this spring in a very similar bit made by Korsteel, a loose ring double jointed with a copper oval link and I was never told at the checks it was illegal... then again, they just feel and don't really go through the trouble of looking to see if the link is made of a different metal.
  3. Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge

    Awesome job keeping your sticky pants on RockSolid! I'm just... really thinking it's odd that so many people had problems at the 2nd water in the infield.
  4. Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge

    Well, after a heck of week just trying to get there... between Riper bonking his knee in the field and being dead lame on wednesday, sound by wednesday night and I didn't even think he was going to get to go... we got so lucky that he was able to. I had an amazing dressage test in the OTC division, landed us in 3rd on a 32.7! I wasn't even sure If I was going to run him XC, was just playing it by ear because of his knee was still a little stocked up, but he warmed up fabulously and was full of running so off we went, had 12 foot perfect jumps and was having an incredible ride... only to jump off the drop and have him stumble HARD and go down in the water. He was one of FOUR to do it... later discovered by word of mouth there was a hole in the footing. Poor Riper now has 2 bum knees and a bum shoulder. My poor horse. I don't think my luck could get much worse. Last event of the year, I bombed it in stadium by falling off in the Training Championship at Flying Cross in August and then have this kind of luck at Team Challenge! UGH! Oh well. It's disheartening, but I'm happy we both walked away with minimal injury. Kinda sucks to know that had I stayed on my dressage score he would have won... I figure we're just getting it all out of our system before next season.
  5. Well Thats That

    Your mare is really lovely! What a trot and a lovely jump too! It's so disgusting sometimes when your horse goes that well and your score doesn't always reflect the ride you had! I had a bit of the same deal with my moveup to Training, which I finally did this spring. I ended up waiting 2 years to do it, but it was probably better in the long run and I've had a more succesful season for it. I have no reason to doubt you'll kick major butt next season - you and your horse both look wonderful!
  6. Novice Level Conditioning Program

    I completely agree with RockSolid. I was always told an event horse in regular work is plenty fit for a novice level XC course... truth be told, I'm not as good as I should be considering I work between 60 and 70 hours a week and finding time to ride more than 4 days a week and with inconsistent schedules at that, I don't get in much conditioning for my horse and he's still plenty fit enough to compete Training level and have plenty left at the end of XC... things will change if I decide to move him up. My trick is to hack at least one day a week and incorporate hills into my work. With how hard the footing has been lately, I haven't done any galloping at all. Just taking long and slow hacks with as much trot as possible and lots of walking. I also try to incorporate a 20 minute walk before my flatwork and after when I can... it helps my horse's sanity as well. Kills two birds with one stone... which with my schedule is always good! And I definitely agree with learning to ride at speed without a watch. When you can base your speed on feel, it's far more beneficial when you're out on course. Helps to keep you in a better rhythm as well, as I've come to find when you arent trying to run at inconsistent speeds in between and then messing yourself up for the fences themselves.
  7. Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge

    I'm going, on one of the like 3 Training teams... I believe i'm on the Levitating Lands Enders, lol! Attempting to redeem myself after my lousy ride at the Area VIII Training Championship.
  8. We're Back!

    Just out of curiousity, I was thinking about going to Encore Horse Trials in Michigan this June... anybody have experience competing there? Whats the venue like?
  9. Woes Of Rain Rot

    He is on Nu-Image as a coat supplement - but I think I will definitely look into the vitamin A. It looked a bit better tonight, I didnt wash, just slathered his legs in vet set (its a great product for softening the scabs so they just come right off), where can you get the Crud Buster?
  10. Alrighty I Think That I'm Ready For A Critique

    Hey There!!! Not too bad - I think you're overall posture is nice and you seem like you want to do it right, but I agree with the above posts. You are stiff in the upper body, through your shoulders and arms. It appears that you are ultimately holding your horse's face in an attempt to keep him in a frame. I agree with Kiss the Sky 100%, don't be so focused on the frame. I was the worst case scenario with my event horse when it came to the 'frame' deal, worked and worked to get him to just keep his head "down" and I ended up with a horse that was behind the leg, behind the bit, on the forehand. He was worked like this for so long he became bridle lame. It has taken over 6 months to correct and it would have been far easier to do it correctly from the get go with correct instrcution! The body of the horse comes before the head. I remind myself of this every time my horse goes against the hand and raises his head, hollowing his back... which is primarily when I've incorrectly ridden a lateral movement or gotten too sharp with the hands. The simple, but not easy fix is to learn to ride him with more leg into a softer hand. When he gives to your hand, remember to give back. The hand closes when the horse resists, but does not pull, and the hand relaxes when the horse gives. Encourage your horse to move in self-carriage, if you find yourself tempted to use your hands in an effort to create flexion or lift his poll, correct yourself by remembering to let it come from your leg, not your hands!
  11. Woes Of Rain Rot

    I'm sure to many of you this is no new topic, but I am getting completely stumped with my guy's rain rot issues. He just seems to be extremely prone to getting it every year, and no matter what preventative measures I take (he was bodyclipped all winter and I had him done again in March, legs and all) his entire hind legs from the top of the hock down to the ankle are compeletely covered and his front legs are peppered as well... I've managed to get it under control on his hindquarters which are usually the bigger problem, but his poor legs are so irritated he's got a little swelling and heat. I've tried just about everything on the market (MTG, Fungaid, Micro Tek, I am now using a combination of Tinactin and Listerine), and will probably look into a round of SMZ's, but it seems like it's just popped out overnight. He is in the stall during the day but I am sure the dew every morning is a huge contributer. Any thoughts on this? Any treatments I haven't thought of that may be worth looking into?
  12. We're Back!

    Yes! We are running our last Novice at May Daze and will run our first training at Indiana - will do Penny Oaks in July and the fall is typically Flying Cross and Midsouth, something like that... we're so limited because of the WEG at the KY Horse Park.
  13. We're Back!

    Hey Guys!!! I seriously don't think Ive made a post on this board in a year or two it's been so long, so I decided it was time to make a little comeback. I hope all has been well with everybody!!! First off, I've luckily still managed to find a way to keep Riper all this time. Over the past couple of years I haven't been able to do much competing for multiple reasons. Riper was doing extremely well in the fall of 2008, and then suffered an eye injury in january that took almost 5 months to heal. It was a pretty awful corneal ulcer that would not respond to any amount of treatment, he ended up having a keratectomy on it, costing me about 2 grand and it STILL wasn't healing after that (which was holding us back from having the surgery in the first place, but since he was appearing to be in more pain, we decided it was best). After much discussion with several different equine eye doctors across the country, we resorted to an eye medication for dogs which finally allowed it to heal and we could resume training and competing.... which then posed problems of it's own. During the treatment of his eye injury, the eye doctor ensured us the ulcer was not in any way effecting Riper's vision - which was true. Because of that, I was repeatedly told by my trainer that Riper could continue jumping, which I was extremely skeptical about.... should have listened to my gut, because Riper began refusing fences at this point. Even as the eye healed, we began to suffer more and more training issues, my confidence was crashing as was his. This horse, which never used to stop at anything, was refusing everything it seemed like. And it was weird because it was so unpredictable - some lessons I would get by with him stopping at one fence, and others it was like he wouldnt go over anything. When I wasn't getting answers for the stopping (the extent of answer for me was that it was all my fault, but at the same time I wasnt being told what I was doing wrong) and was having to make my own conclusions, the time came to leave the trainer and return to my roots. I moved him back to Land's End Farm in November of 09' and he's been doing fabulously ever since. In the whole 6 months we've been back, he's had one refusal, which was earlier this week riding with Jimmy Wofford... he jumped down a grid and decided he didn't like it when I wasn't there to tell him what to do, had a last-second lapse in judgement and I rolled right off the side. The great news? He came right back and tried twice as hard, no problems after that!!! As disappointed as I was to see our training completely stall for almost 2 years, I will say this much; our partnership is stonger than ever because of it. We've been able to make our comeback together and we're continuing to improve everything step by step - it's a pretty great feeling. Even when he got me off earlier this week, he got the reins under his leg, and he stopped dead his tracks, kept his head down and waited for me to come get him out of trouble, gave me a nuzzle in thanks and went on with his business. I doubt I'll ever sell him now - he's definitely turned into that horse that you only have that kind of connection with once in a lifetime. Alright, done with the rant - here's some of the more current pictures of him. Hard to believe he's 13 years old now!!!
  14. Writing The Ad

    Thanks! I have no intention of making his ad long like this post haha, I figure if people want a detiled description they'll email or call and ask for it. He has proven himself to be a Novice packer for riders with some experience. He has also competed in 2'6" to 2'9" jumpers with my sister who is mentally disabled. He's not complicated to ride but is not for a beginner.
  15. Writing The Ad

    Hey Guys! I can't believe It's been almost 6 years that Ive spent with Riper and unfortunately that time has finally come for me to sell him and go to College. I have not sold a horse before and am just looking for some input on writing up a good sale ad. I do not want to falsely advertise but I don't want to under-advertise him either, and to be honest I haven't even decided on what would be a fair price to list him at. For those of you who don't know the horse and his history, here's some breif information. Name: Rolin on the River ('Riper') Age: 12 Breed: Thoroughbred Height: 16 Hands Color: Bay Riper has successfully competed at the Novice level for 3 seasons (6 Sanctioned Novice events total)and completed 2 Training level CT's. He has also placed and won at numerous local jumper shows through 3'6", including Grand Champion at Lakeside Arena in 08' at 3'3". He consistently scores in the low 30's in dressage, scoring a 34 at his first Training level and scoring as well as a 26 at the Novice Level. He has easily schooled Preliminary cross country questions with plenty of scope for more, and has also easily schooled stadium fences up to 4'3". His records include a win at the IEA Leg Up Horse Trials, July of 2008 (Open Novice) and a 3rd place finish at Flying Cross Horse Trials, September of 2008 (Open Novice, In the lead after dressage and stadium, time faults on XC). He finished 9th in his first Training Level CT (Octoberfest, Kentucky Horse Park) in 2008 with a 34 in dressage and a single rail in stadium, and 7th in his second Training Level CT in March of 2009. He finished 8th in the Midsouth P.C. Horse Trials in June of 2009 (Standing 4th after dressage and XC, Single rail in stadium otherwise would have finished 2nd) at the Open Novice level, and 6th in the Open Novice Mini-Trial at Flying Cross Farm in June of 09' (In which he jumped most of the Training Level cross country obstacles with ease and a double clear stadium round). I know it's pretty jumbled right now but I need to know what I should include in the Ad and what else I may need to stick in there. Any help would be appreciated.