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XxMaddixX

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XxMaddixX says:

Best way to get into eventing...?

 Hi guys, haven't been on here much as of late. 

 

Hilton has been going beautifully at home after recovering from a nasty virus back in the beginning of spring. He is however not being his usual charming self when out and about, and has been a bit of a monkey at the only 4 shows we have managed to get out to so far (another local dressage one tomorrow, so this could all change).

 

I have just got back from my occasional weekend job of grooming for a friend at an event. We always have a great day and came home smiling even though her horse let her down in the showjumping. 

Every time I go I find myself wanting to be in the saddle. I really want to give eventing a go, only BE90, nothing big. But I would really like to see what all the fuss is about :)

 

So i find myself in a bit of a predicament, I myself haven't done a great deal of jumping. I have done a bit of grid work at home but have never been out jumping and neither has Hilton.

I can jump about 3ft at home comfortably (any bigger and i start to lose my nerve) and I love it.

 

I'm not sure if Hilton is the best horse for me to start going out jumping as he isn't very confident at it (he gets all his confidence from me) and as a novice at jumping I feel it would be a bit unfair for me to take him out for the first time knowing i'll be feeling nervous and so will he. Neither of us have ever been xc schooling and I wouldn't really know where to start.

 

I trust Hilton dearly but I know if I had a shred of doubt in my mind I couldn't expect him to jump well. He would just panick and get his feet completely muddled up.

Ideally I would love to buy or loan something that had been and done the eventing and needed to down grade but I haven't got the funds to do this.

Do you guys think I should be looking at  borrowing a school master for my first few sessions or do you think if I take it steady that me and Hilton could start eventing together?

 

How did you guys start eventing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

xx RIP Fenny- You gave me so much happiness and so many great memories xx

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Bluesnow05

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Bluesnow05 says:

Re: Best way to get into eventing...?

 There's no reason why you cant do it together with Hilton, but it will take time and a lot of patience, also some lessons from a good instructor.  The best place to start is to become competant in all three phases first.  So keep taking him to dressage as you are tmrw, and im sure he'll settle again.  Start Show Jumping by going to unaff classes at like 65cm until you both feel happy, then move up the heights growing in confidence as you go.  I did a lot of hunter trials to get our confidence XC and after BE events I'd go and school round the course (its usually £20 and open the day after a BE event).  XC schooling is great fun and a brilliant way to gain confidence without pressure.  Once you start to realize you can do all the phases it's just a case of stringing them all together.  I've had my current horse for just over a year and we've got soo much better at XC and SJ, we compete at Show Cross, SJ and Hunter trials up to 1 metre, but I STILL need to crack the dressage before I can event :(  She's just so forward and fizzy I'm not sure we'll manage it but hey ho 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Best way to get into eventing...?

I have an ex-showjumper who clears 4ft easily, but as a new parnership it has been a long slow journey thinking never will I get there, slowly does it don't rush, try some of the courses open to all riders and see how you get on, then the local shows.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Best way to get into eventing...?

When we had Grouse, my daughters old horse, although he had done a bit of everything, she had never done XC.

We used to hire a nearby XC course -  I think it was about £10 - £20 - take her instructor along as well, and spend a couple of hours going round getting her used to things.

A couple of times she also had a friend along with her horse, so we shared the cost of hiring the course.

It does help, as there's no 'competition' pressure, you can go where you want when you want, do one jump several times, miss one out - just whatever seems good.

See if you can get your instructor, if you have one, or find a freelance one who could help, to do the same with you, good luck with Hilton !!

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XxMaddixX

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XxMaddixX says:

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 thanks guys, I am going to get Hilton's gp saddle sorted, have a few lessons at home with my flatwork instructor (she gives me gridwork lessons sometimes) and then take him to do some clear rounds, then a few small local classes, and then go xc schooling with a more experienced friend. I'll let you guys know how the process goes, eeek! So exciting! :D xx

xx RIP Fenny- You gave me so much happiness and so many great memories xx

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Best way to get into eventing...?

 I use to event on my old cob, nothing serious just a bit of fun and experience, I am not the best rider and he wasn't the best jumper or the fastest on the showjumping/ x-country course but we both really enjoyed it. I would give it a try with your horse, maybe just try a x-country comp on its on first just for some experience, also lessons off someone who does eventing is really handy. I use to have lessons once a week and it really helped build my confidence and my horses fitness. Best of luck :)

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