Last week, several of those rides where I seriously considered the sanity in doing this.
Backing and training a young horse, spending endless time effort and resources on getting her to be a decent citizen. All the while having so many things go wrong. Some days she still feels barely greenbroke.
Then a ride here and there will be a giant step forward, and it all seems worth it.
Lately, the canter has been a major sticking point. Getting worse. Irregular, fourbeat, sticky, hesitant, tight, low, crabby, small, you name it. Definitely not improving.
Just like you, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to help create a more free-flowing, ground winning, basic canter. How hard can it be, right?! She doesn’t care. We Crab-Canter on…
No wait, I actually really like her right there above, but it doesn’t last for long. Then she dives down again, looses rhythm, or canters like a Weiner dog.
On her own, it’s a bit better sometimes. If you don’t love to be greeted like this (And all for a cookie, really!?…) then something is wrong.
End of post. No major reveal at the end. But this should all make you feel a lot better about whatever sticky situation you’re dealing with. At least you got this down!
Continuing the slow death of Short Stabby Strides. I’ll let you know when we get through this. :) Have an awesome Monday!
There were water falls, not someone hiding getting bucked off.
Have no idea how this could be my first trip to Hidden Falls in Auburn. Well, right. Because Dressaaghe.
Wonderful area, with plenty of hikers and bikers even on a weekday morning. Thrilled I got the opportunity to come here with Valiosa! These pictures, all borrowed – we took no time to take any of our own. And 5 year olds don’t want to wait around.
After the winter rains set in, it greens up like this. Going back, on horse or not!
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Tomorrow, at A Horse For Elinor, a peek at another Andalusian Tinsel Man.
Sunday – the 2016 PEC Schooling Show Championships.
Really well-organized, and super relaxed atmosphere! Well, everything seems relaxing when you’re not the one trying to make everything look easy on top of a tight and distracted horse.
No magic pumpkin ride showed up to take Valiosa to the ball so she stayed home this time. I drove down real quick to watch half of the Training Level Test 2 class and half of the Training Level Test 3 class, lovely horses.
Came away with something unexpected:
I’m killing my horse in the warmup! Compared to other riders, I’m spending longer in there, wanting to set her up just right, and before the second class we head back in there again. It could be too much…
She’s not a horse with a lot of dynamic energy or a huge amount of tense insecurity to work off before being able to settle in the showring (OK, just ignore the 2 shows with bolting.). And getting to a new level of thoroughness is obviously not going to happen during show warmup schooling…
Next time out, we’re ditching half the warmup work! This will be interesting. (Come on, experiment! It’s legal.) Now watch us completely blow up and jump out over the rails instead.
Closing with, the Breech Poll Results!
Animo! So comfy. And Kentuckys.
So once again, Pikeur comes out on top for “best overall”. I have a pair of Romfhs on backorder for December now. Hope I don’t regret it!
And USG… Really? Sure, they’re unbreakable. My two pairs keep going, and going. But the material, neh, a little starchy…
– You don’t get to wear a neck-diaper inyour sport…
Yeah. So there.
Got an even bigger, diaper, to don next time.. With bling on it. It’ll come out in the next rated show. Just in case this isn’t poufy enough.
Yesterday’s show at Camelot was the most stress free and enjoyable event with Valiosa to date. We took three horses and everyone did great!
Valiosa got 67.5 at Training Level Test 2. Would have been 69 and change but breaking to canter at the end of a trot diagonal got the original 7.5 marked out and brought down to a 4. So you know, don’t ride like that🙂
At Training Level Test 3 she pulled off a 65.5, even with a naughty disobedience at the first canter with a buck and a wrong lead. Payback for a completely unsophisticated canter aid (she felt done-for-the day to me, thought she’d offer a late transition.). So, trust your mare and don’t monkey around.
Very happy with Miss Grey Mare. The halts on centerline are really coming along, got an 8 on two of them – again, it’s the canter work that needs…. work.
Further Remarks from the judge at the last test: Very nice pair! Great potential for moving up soon!
Glad she has faith in us and proud of getting this young horse here. I know better though. To play at first level, riders have to add a few more tokens.