|My plan? Jump everything like this.|
- Warm-up outside of the crowded schooling ring if at all possible.
- Install the GO BUTTON first and foremost!
- Use transitions and a slow, methodical elevation of the frame to get Dino working correctly. Don't push for round and connected right away - ride him like you do at home.
- Give yourself AT LEAST 30 mins of warm-up time. Don't rush it.
- In the test, focus on bending and give hands forward when Dino is behaving himself.
- LOOK around turns and PREPARE for each movement!
- If Dino's feeling sticky, a good canter down the long side before entering the court can do good things.
- Coax the free walk out - swing the legs and close the hips!
- Remember the test. Yeah.
|Chicken wings do not make ponies fly higher.|
- Keep warm-up short and sweet, and don't give the pony a lot of time to hang out by the in-gate.
- Test the GO and WHOA buttons thoroughly before getting started with the course!
- Ride FORWARD out of the turns - accelerate through the apex like when driving a car.
- Focus on the rhythm & balance of the canter, don't worry about the distance or the numbers.
- When in doubt, MORE LEG! Embrace the long spot - it isn't as long as you think it is.
- Be insistent that Dino follow your intended path, not the one he thinks is best.
- Capture the Magic Canter that gave you this kickass 3'6" fence last night:
|This was not scary at all! Excellent canter FTW!|
- Another short & sweet warm-up here - check the GO and WHOA, pop over a fence or two, then get crackin'.
- My attitude is going to be the most important factor for XC. I tend to get anxious and scared, which makes it hard for me to, you know, actually ride and make decisions. POSITIVE THINKING is the name of the game here!
- Come out of the start box with an aggressive mindset and a strong gallop.
- Use the "preparation zone" to set Dino up for each fence.
- Speaking of the preparation zone, my plan is to map out exactly where on course I'm going to start preparing for each obstacle - which includes strategies for riding more aggressively at questions, like the water, that may cause Dino to hesitate.
- Maintain a rhythm - don't change the speed of the canter, just balance back.
- HAVE FUN - I shouldn't be peeing my pants in fear, here. I get to bomb around on an amazing pony and jump stuff. Heck yeah!
Here goes nothing.