You other riders can’t deny. That when a rider struts out with an itty bitty paint and a major course complaint, you get pumped.
Wanna pull up tough, ’cause you know that girl ain’t placing. Deep in the TS’s she’s wearing. I’m cheesing and I can’t stop staring.
Oh pony, I wanna horsenap ya. And beat your rider. My home barn tried to warn me, but that rider you got makes me unworried.
Okay enough Sir Mixalot, but yes this was a true story. Some girl came out of the Level 0 jumpers at HITS complaining that the course was set for bigger horses, and she had a rather small paint. Given that I ride the smallest Hanoverian/ TB ever created, I didn’t feel bad for her. #Makeitwork
Moving on! I learned SO MUCH at HITS Culpeper last Friday. Here are my key notes:
1) I’ve been walking, and thus riding, incorrectly my whole damn life, and no one’s ever told me.
Fun fact, apparently I put most of my weight on the outside ball of my foot and not the inside ball of my foot. This is wrong. Here is why:
Wow. 26 years of walking and 18 years of riding and I’m just NOW figuring this out?? Blows my mind.
2) Rated shows aren’t ridiculously expensive if you go with a team. Basically I could go to a long distance rated show for about $100 a day, which is what I typically spend on vacation anyways. Who needs vacations when you have horse shows? #whereisthewine
3) My boots suck. I have the Ariat Challenge field boot, and after somewhere around 6 or 7 years of riding in them, the inside of my calf is still as slippery and solid as the first day I wore them despite never having cleaned that part. My feet slide everywhere. My heels can’t go as far down as they can in my paddock boots. My calves are not that big. They’re just not working for me. I didn’t want to immediately jump on the Parlanti’s train, so I went to Dover Saddlery (LOVE THIS PLACE, best selection, customer service, and return policy IMO). They had me try on a few Tredstep models, but I just didn’t believe that they would soften as much as I wanted them to, and the lady couldn’t be sure either.
Does anyone have any experience with either Tredstep or Partlanti’s (preferably off the rack ones)?
4) On page 21 of the USEF jumper rules handbook, it states, “3. Width: a. All courses require a minimum of three obstacles in which the spread exceeds the height by 5 cm (2”) up to 15 cm (6”). (See JP122.7) b. Triple Bars may be up to 30 cm (12”) wider than the height listed.” Fun fact: they’re not joking. Even though the Level 1 jumpers were only 2’11”, boy they felt higher with that width! Combine that with a bigger stride and a faster pace and sharper turns, and I was done after 2 classes. Really one was probably enough, but I can’t bring myself to spend that much on a day where I only do 1 class. #YOLO
And for your viewing and critiquing entertainment, please see links below to my Level 0 and Level 1 classes. Level 0 had better eq but I didn’t place, and Level 1 had terrible eq but I still got 7th somehow… yay jumpers!
Good: my turns in the air because I’ve been practicing. Bad: everything about my lower leg because I can’t walk/ride. Oh well, off to relearn everything I thought I knew!