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jenappaloosapony

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Competing

Hi
You probably have read the post about jen's napping. well if you didn't, she's a 14.2 fiesty 18 year old pony who naps ALL THE TIME, and has bucked, reared before, luckily not with me!! so yeah, my dream is to compete, win a rosette, I have to admit i have only been to one show which was at my old riding school and I came last... ahh well! anyway now I have pony this year I want to win a rosette, even if it's last place again, it would mean something to actually get somewhere with a pony, previous pony I couldn't due to arthritis. Sooo, there is this amazing show near me in august called ashwell show. I went there the other year to watch and I just knew that I had to go compete there one year ... however Jen is naughty pony, she is scared of everything, new places or old and if she gets excited (when other ponies walk / trot / canter etc) she gets too strong, head up really high and speed paces everywhere which is kinda scary sometimes / awkward... so my question is IF we were ready (and allowed etc) how would I calm her down, manage to control her ??? as this is my dream!! she has been to loads of  shows before but 3 year ago not with me, also she has changed between that time... thanks

JennyMyAppaloosa♥Loveyou

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Competing

Why not try Interdressage first. With Interdressage you can compete from home, just ask someone to video your dressage test or show and then you send it in. your video will appear on their web site and you can track where you are on the leaderboard. I know it's not quite the same as going to a show but it might help you to practice and get Jen focussed before taking her out to a show. If you are interested take a look at the web site www.interdressage.com or pm me for more info, best of luck with Jen XX 

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: Competing

 without sounding blunt or anything, have you looked into what has caused these changes in the last 3 years, feed, tack fitting etc? 

 

anyway, i would deffo look at doing the online showing, also consider looking at going to little local shows that may be quieter, so you gain confidence :) how about in hand showing too so you dont have to worry about riding issues? good luck xx 

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Competing

You don't mention what classyou are wanting to enter. If it is a jumping class then go in a clearround and just have them really low so you can concentrate on keeping her under control. Also as mentioned have a go at inhand classes or interdressage.

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: Competing

Rosebudd said:

 without sounding blunt or anything, have you looked into what has caused these changes in the last 3 years, feed, tack fitting etc? 

 

anyway, i would deffo look at doing the online showing, also consider looking at going to little local shows that may be quieter, so you gain confidence :) how about in hand showing too so you dont have to worry about riding issues? good luck xx 


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Don't know if I put that correctly, I've had her nearly a year but she was sold 3 years ago for a massive amount of money and we got her for a really low price, and the advert from 3 years ago was genuine and she sounded like such an angel so we reckon that in the space of then till we got her she had been mishandled, she is such a sensitive horse and if you don't take the time to get to know her then I know that people could just get impatient as she takes time to bond... sorry if I didn't put that properly. yes her tack fits correctly and she is on good quality feed + out 24/7

brook - thanks I will have a look only thing is I am rubbish at dressage !! LOL

Micki - well pref jumping but only low and also gymkhana!
Also I will look into inhand that sounds a good idea!

thanks

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: Competing

 ohh okay.. what i meant about feed was, despite it being good quality, there may be something that might be making her more nervy (spooky etc) i find my mare is just silly on molasses based chaffs, like mollichaff and such. Molasses free and the dengie hi fi lite suit her better, because the molasses has been cut.. just a thought. 

 

the other thing, you may want to consider, is attending a show, with your pony, but not enter any classes, just get an idea of how she feels, reacts etc, take her in the warm up, if you feel confident, do a few clear rounds, so it eases the preasure, and theres not so many nerves which may contribute to your pony being silly :) x

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Competing

Hi again, although the site is called Interdressage it's not only about dressage, they do showing classes, style and performance which includes jumping, practical horsemanship classes, handy pony and many other novelty classes. I usually compete in the showing and practical horsemanship.

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