The 2018 eventing season is upon us and perhaps you are looking to move up a level this year. But as you go up the ladder it’s not always about the height of the jump, but rather the complicated combinations and the speed at which they appear to your horse. How do you prepare your horse for such a leap? By realizing that SIZE DOESN’T MATTER.
The giggles from the crowd proved that I was not the only one who had this thought. But he had a point. Why is everything about size?
As we go up the levels we need to remember that it’s not about SIZE, but about the EXER-CISE. We can build the horse’s confidence over smaller versions of trakehners and Weldon’s walls and coffins. Using jump standards, adjust the wall or pole over your ditch to bring it up three inches at a time, until before you know it you’re jumping Prelim height. Get your horse thinking quicker over smaller versions of ABCD elements involving water. Because then when they go to the level they know how to answer the question. This process can begin with lower level, younger horses with crossrails set up next to the water complex, teenie tiny ditches and poles, etc. By the time they are ready for upper levels, the combos are no big deal.
When you’re prepping for Prelim: size doesn’t matter.
3 … 2 … 1 … have a mini ride.
I have decided… I'm signing up for Prelim with River for #millcreekhorsetrials in May 2018! We schooled the challenging Prelim combos today with @millcreek_ponyclub schooling day at #longviewhorsepark and this 7 year old OTTB had his big boy pants on. Trakehners, drops, water combos, you name it. He was soft and listening!! First school in our new saddle from @devoucoux from @devoucouxmidwest and I am in LOVE. He was stumbling through BN 1.5 years ago. He's come so far!!⚓ Thanks @akothe for the video! #ottb #prelim #crosscountryschooling #greydinosaur #greyhorse #hummingbirdsriver #amynelsoneventer #eventing #areaiv #eventer #horsetrainer #horsetraining