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    Default Competing 'from the field'...

    ...and without transport?

    How feesible is it?

    As some may know we have moved to a little yard, which is absolutely wonderful, and I love it! But we don't have a school.

    I have been really missing the school, however. Because I'm not jumping regularly the nerves have crept back in again, and because King is so green I don't feel like we're progressing because I can't school him.

    I try to do as much as I can out hacking, but is not really the same. And much a so love hacking, doing it 5-6 days a week with most days only time for a trot up the hill I've been finding motivation a little hard to come by the past few weeks. The weather doesn't help I guess - all the bridle ways are so wet as is our field.

    So this weekend I have hired a Lorry to go arena eventing, but of course I haven't jumped a twig since our event Easter weekend... Is that feesible with a green horse and nervous nelly jockey?! So far we have gotten on okay, but I can't help to feel quite held back by it...

    Someone tell me it gets a bit easier?!


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    It gets easier, I promise As I am sure you have noticed I don't have a school so I do everything in a field, it is sectioned off from the other fields I use for turn out so it doesn't get poached and at first I felt a bit lost after having an indoor and an outdoor but the only time I find a problem is when it is REALLY wet. so winter has been slow. I don't of course jump at all any more BUT I do start youngsters and I feel if I can do that you can totally jump and even from a field.

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    Default Competing 'from the field'...

    Roll on summer then, yeah?

    I know I can do it, as I am, but I just feel so held back. And like his progress is restricted because of it - mostly because he's a quirky, stressy, unbalanced plonker...!

    I can't wait for it stop blooming raining!


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    I competed successfully for years without a school you just need to mark out and area and fence it in if you need the security and just get on with it

    Once you get used to it you find the horses are a lot handier on their feet as opposed to jumping in a surface constantly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Beastie View Post
    I competed successfully for years without a school you just need to mark out and area and fence it in if you need the security and just get on with it

    Once you get used to it you find the horses are a lot handier on their feet as opposed to jumping in a surface constantly
    I guess it's more because I can't ride on the field yet, I hope it won't be too much longer!

    You're all filling me with hope though, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinnabar View Post
    Roll on summer then, yeah?

    I know I can do it, as I am, but I just feel so held back. And like his progress is restricted because of it - mostly because he's a quirky, stressy, unbalanced plonker...!

    I can't wait for it stop blooming raining!


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    I've had no school for the last 8 years and while it's not great sometimes it is doable. If you can set aside an area like Minstrel said it's better, also autumn time if you can let it grow a good covering of grass that will help to protect the ground. This winter has been the worst I've had wet wise, I've not been able to use the field since the beginning of Nov whilst usually I can manage to do little bits throughout the winter and fully useable by mid March at the latest, so hopefully this winter is a one off.

    It is an advantage when you go out to compete on grass that your horse is used to it. The only other thing I'm cautious about it that it can be slippy first thing in the morning if you're riding before the dew has burnt off when the ground is firm.

    Good luck for your arena eventing

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    Its only been the last two years that we have had access to a decent surface, we competed from the field before that.

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    I've never had a school or facilities as I've always had flynn at home, but ironically our best eventing seasons were when I wasn't able to jump at all in between events. We're on clay here, so also only had a really short window where I could ride and school in the field, so had to do a lot out hacking. It was great for fitness, and we tended to do best when other horses were struggling with wet ground! I think the definite upside of it was that when it came to events he wasn't stale at all and loved the opportunity to jump!

    Is there a school in hacking distance you can use? I did manage to borrow a school every now and then for when the field was unusable, which was helpful for flatwork.

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    I've not got any facilities at all, and no school within hacking distance. We see a school when we're competing or once a month per horse for a lesson.
    In the summer I use a fat bit of field for lunging or riding but we don't have any jumps and the "riding paddock" isn't big enough anyway.

    The big limitation, I think, is transport! If you could get that sorted you would not feel as restricted.



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