Show Warmup Last Weekend

To date, our shortest warmup.

And yes, I think it worked for us this time.  Only 20 minutes, including walking, and she was ready for a great First Level Test.

Dressage On A Dime

dressage show warmupNo bucking or piggy rooting to the first trot aids this time, brownie points to her.  That was a new one.  Someone’s growing up.

grey andalusian cross mare There was plenty of screaming to the baby though.  Remember the newborn filly at this venue in May?  (In Warmup Woes.)

Yeah, she was still there.  Bigger, and even more gorgeous now.  And silky.

foals distracting at showsValiosa is completely infatuated with this one.  NO OTHER horse seemed to care at all, but my mare goes into Super Alert at the sight of  a baby.  We had some seriously distracted spinning around.  And screaming to the fuzzy butt.

Then back to this for a second, before heading out to the show ring.

Elinor Yee

21 thoughts on “Show Warmup Last Weekend

    1. Yes, this!!
      Our first several shows, I felt the need to walk her at length, ride her trough many transitions, and more lengthy walking. And canter. You know, all to calm and relax and make for us being more of a team than a crazy 4 year old.
      I think we’re over that now! 🙂


  1. Wow, that last picture is SUPER gorgeous! She and you both look beautiful and so harmonious. I laughed at the screaming to the baby part. Oh, Valiosa, you silly girl. By the way, these pictures look like your saddle might possibly be slightly down in front. How does it feel to you? You might try adding a shim on either side in front (a slim one) and see if the saddle feels better to your back and helps you keep your leg under you without having to think about it. If so, then it’s time to have some flocking readjustment. Usually that needs to be done about every six months. Especially with young horses, they do change shape a lot! You can accommodate some changes with special shim pads, but that’s only a temporary fix and watch out for soreness or slipping. I think your warm-up routine sounds like you’ve found the right one, by the way! You might need a tad more if you show early in the Spring and it’s cold and windy…

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    1. Yes, she IS a silly girl. And many other things… But I can’t really get mad at her. For long.
      She wants to be a mom I suppose. Or eat fluffy butts for breakfast. One or the other.
      And YES, this is why I need you guys and love having you all here!!!
      Haven’t though about whether the saddle fit has changed at all. But have noticed the lower leg further back during posting trot.
      I’m going to check on this, even though the front hasn’t felt very downhill at all.
      Saddle fitter not due until Dec. But who knows, maybe time to do an adjustment to the flocking again!
      I’ve had her look over the pictures, and I’m going to experiment some shimming in front until next fitting. But, just like you, I’m not really a believer of it for any length of time.

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      1. Even a weight change in the horse can affect saddle balance. And of course as her work changes her muscling changes and THAT affects saddle balance. So…it’s changing frequently. In a perfect world, we’d have the saddle fitter tweaking that saddle flocking every 6 weeks, probably. Ha ha, not going to happen in our every day world. Every six months usually works fine but sometimes things change a bit faster. When I find I’m fighting the saddle a bit, or I see in pictures issues like the lower leg swinging back or the lower back arching, then I question saddle balance. When the saddle is balanced well, it really is easy to sit properly (if you know how to, that is – which you do).

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        1. Looked at it some more today, and decided it could possibly come up a teeny bit in the front. We’ll see what I can do later this week…
          What really gets to me is the very different design of the front of this Lemke saddle is cavernous!!!
          Picture a shark fin wither fitting comfortably in there! It makes it very different to assess the proper fit as compared to a regular design. At the last fitting I had the fitter look at it several times, just because it looks so high. Argh! It’ll look as if the gullet is actually too narrow. Which it isn’t. It’s killing me! And now it might be a bit front low, haha.
          I love the way it rides though, so I’m going to have to get used to it 🙂

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          1. Do you have Sheryl working on it? Or someone else? Even a subtle amount (“teeny bit”) makes a bit difference to the rider AND the horse. I noticed yesterday that when I remembered to move my legs under me (they tend to drift back at the sitting trot as though I were attempting piaffe, silly me), Star immediately went into a better trot, more suspension. So clearly my balance shifted and she felt it. Horses are sensitive, and I find Star especially attuned to those weight imbalances. She doesn’t get upset, but it’s not going to happen well unless my weight is correctly balanced so if the saddle is tipping me one way or another…anyway, give it a try and play with a little shimming, see if it helps. Get someone to take some pics, too. Shimming is tough because it can tend to shift. I have a shim pad and that’s more stable (ha ha, one more thing to buy!).

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          2. (I’m shopping already, because, who doesn’t need some more of that! 🙂 )
            Our schedules didn’t mesh late spring, so I couldn’t get Sheryl out and instead I’m using a more local saddle fitter, which works great when your schedule is crazy.
            Looked at some pictures, some that were just about 4 months old, and yep, lower leg a little less “back” in those shots. This will be interesting to fidget with just a little bit.
            Today, miss Grey Mare went banshee and just about broke my thumb while being impatient at a spooky parking lot at a trail ride. It’s ugly and painful, and will make doing just about anything with that hand difficult for X amount of time. Yep, love my horse. Smirking at her enthusiasm though 😉


          3. Oh dear, Valiosa, you silly girl! It just shows how we are always one brief moment from a major wreck with these enormous and powerful animals. They are so sweet and gentle…until they forget and react and unfortunately we happen to be the wreckage that was in the way. So sorry it happened to you, and I hope that thumb heals quickly. Are you sure it’s not fractured? Might want the Doc to take a look?

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    1. I know right, it’s a absolutely gorgeous filly! But seriously, all that screaming to it… Argh. And then after the test, the little one was cantering in her pasture. Valiosa had to stop and stare at it before being able to walk away…


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