Advice on whether this is a good idea please - only a quickie

jules89

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Tomorrow there is a local hunter trial 2 mins down the road at one of the loveliest places in the forest.

There is a 2"9 and a 3"3 (hardly up to height but you know what I mean)

I was thinking of taking Z for a jolly, just ridden him out in a pelham and he was v gd in it.

Gd idea? Yey or Ney?

Am walking course at 3 so will have a good idea whether to do the 2"9 or 3"3 but is this a good idea? And if it is do you think the pelham or waterford? (he is running through the waterford a bit atm and I want to try the pelham in a way and would rather do it at an unaff HT than BE)

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Waste of time doing 2'9 just do 3'3 or go round twice.

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I think he'll be fine, you only did a few jumps yesterday and as long as he's had some turnout today I would go
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Yeh you can enjoy it with no pressure, I agree with Lec though, not much point in 2'9 as you wont get a good enough feel of what he would be like at your normal level.
As you say, good time to try new bit when not recorded!!
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ok cheers guys
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the 3"3 does have lower options if everything goes wrong
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will take a few pics of course to show u later

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ok thanks guys, have walked the course and here are some pics :

palisade

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ski jump

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wall

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the ground is perfect, really springy old turf
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You're probably both due for a "fun", low stress outing and this seems just the ticket.

I find it's great when you're working on skills for a higher level to drop back a bit from time to time and give yourself space to concentrate on practising/perfecting the things you're paying attention to without the pressure of jumping larger jumps, going faster, doing trickier movements etc. Since is a situation like that placings aren't the goal, I usually try to pick a few things I'm going to really concentrate on, to MAKE myself do - specifics like make sure I'm keeping my weight balanced, or perfect my release, or make myself wait to the jump, or make sure the horse is soft before I ask for a movement, or insist on the horse always going off the leg or whatever I've been working on at home. That way you can judge what's working and what's not. If you just have very general things you kinda, sorta want done, like say, keeping a rhythm, that's great but it's not as helpful, I find, as saying "I'm going to keep a good rhythm by checking it this way and doing x, y, and z to maintain/correct accordingly.'

Of course there's nothing bad about just wanting to go out and have a blast but, as they say, there are only so many jumps in the horse and, especially if it's a lovely horse with a great future like yours, there's no harm in making it count.
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Hope you have a good day out.
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jules89

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I wouldn't do it if there was a sniff of a doubt that the ground, for instance, was bad, but in all honesty it is 100x better than the ground at Mattingley, and as I may not get a PN run before my next BE, this seemed like a good option,

I am going to be soft into every fence, still have a good pace/rhythm on but then work on being able to set up without interfering and generally having a nice, happy, funfilled round
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good luck, have fun and enjoy yourself

looking forward to hearing the report of how everything went
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