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After the Buzzer: Maximizing your 45 seconds with Jenn Serek

"It's important that a rider know their plan before they walk in the gate. The ingate is a good time to review the course plan, but when you walk in the ring you need to have a plan and you need to know what you're hoping to accomplish. You need to know which lines are forward, which lines are waiting, and what the course is asking of the horse and rider. Watching a few horses before you get warmed up is an excellent way of determining how tight the time allowed is and what the lines are riding like. I don't like horses to stand at the gate, as this can cause behavioural problems and horses can get “gatey,” so when the rider before you enters the ring, I like to step up to the gate and know the plan. This is not a time to ask, “what line was…

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