After you have a show, where everything is lined up just right, things feel great, the test went OK without major mistakes, but the scores were lower than hoped for – you get exactly 1 Day to mope about it. Then, move on.
Mar Val Stables, Dressage In The Almonds.
Both tests went without spooking. She felt forward and attentive to aids, prompt transitions and just minor bucking in the warm up. (First canter in the warmup is usually exciting for her, I don’t mind.)
Her back and neck never fully relaxed at all at this show. We got an 8 on the first halt. Some 7’s and 7.5’s, no big errors, but the rest wasn’t good enough and the submission score suffered big time.
Sure, a Second and Third place ribbon, but the two First Level tests got a 63.91 and a 58.53. More practice this fall!
The good news – after so much practice on moving freely forward she got “Lively Performance” in the Further Remarks. Good mare!
The rules for this week again: Only positive observations about the horse or rider. Whether writing or reading. Very easy concept. Not easy for me to pull off 🙂 biggest self-critic ever.
First out of the Positivityposts; We’ve got a better walk!
She’d feel like wavering around, or alternating with transmission/engine problem half-stops for the first year. Weird looking gait, crazy amount of weird evasions. And, well, not very confidence building since if you don’t even have the walk right there’s a lot of work to do.
Now, coming back from free walk to working walk sometimes happen with minimal fuss.
She can stay soft in a demi stretch for a few steps here and there. And she’s growing a beautiful neck!
Free walk on the diagonal – if I keep her happy there, she can earn an 8.5! Maybe not at second level, but we’ll focus on today.
Happy, an understatement, about these simple improvements in the walk! They don’t happen every time, or for very long, but the possibility is there. Have a great rest of your horse week!