No fantastic results. Valiosa was tense in the indoor warmup. Never released over her back. Very worried in the main large indoor during the first test.
Two judges in the first ride, one which gave us a qualified score, but the other didn’t see any harmony.
Blurry little video-capture from home. She can be awesome then.
In the second test, possibly even more tense warmup in another new indoor, with some background thunder rolling by. A steam train in the actual test, which was in an additional different indoor. A qualified score in that test too, but truly, it was low and our worst performances to date.
Overall, it’s clear she can’t roll in for just one day. Some more rides there would have made for a more even playing field.
Trot lengthenings CAN happen, but only at home. 🙂
My mare, who has started to feel more soft and willing at home never once let her guard down. With this, I’m rethinking everything – she’s going to have only relaxing work for some time. (And actually nothing for a whole week as she seemed off on a hind today – vet check in a few days.)
Showing should be fun, for both, it’s not negotiable. Didn’t like the look in her eye. To keep doing it now, would mean only doing it for the rider. And that’s not why we ever got started.
Sometimes it’s just too much with all the riding and training.
Overwhelming. Never hopeless, really.
There’s always plain wonderful awesomeness with being able to continue riding and training! But, simply too much sometimes.
All of today’s shots: Valiosa down at the end of the property. This is exactly how tense she’ll be at the next show. 🙂
That’s where it’s so great to get to have a completely different activity to focus on!
For me, it’s the running. Something black and white, showing clear results. Such a great polar opposite to riding!
Just a quick test ride outside a sandy lunging area. She thought it was creepy.
Last race – age group win, 3rd in Masters, 7.14 pace average for the Half Marathon, with lots of room to pick things up next time. Sure, you’ll get slower with age of course, but it’s still so much fun!
Feeling refreshed, and ready to get back and fumble with dressage.
Hope you’ve found an alternate thing to focus on too!
One of those weeks where, when you get to the end, it feels like one very long race.
Valiosa is getting a rare stretch of 4 days off in a row. Good for her – it’s hard work, all that grass chewing 😉 Next weekend will be a lot more demanding for her, more on that later.
While she rests, I’ll work, and head out to that Half Marathon. It’ll be a fun event with great company of a few thousand runners. Really looking forward to seeing tons of old friends from almost two decades of running in this area.
Feels mostly like a dressage test to be honest – just showing up, winging it, hoping for the best. If you’re at all competitive, you know that’s not all that great.
An age-group placement will be very hard to come by. Loads of fun – a given!
Looks like these blog posts aren’t going to write themselves… This morning’s lesson went well. Latest fun evasion is running through – and out the outside shoulder in canter. Silly rider, maybe thinking I could just sit there?
We had more good moments than usual – thrilled with Gray Mare!
Here’s the latest photo bomb.
Favorite shot below!
Reaching under with inside hind, soft open neck, relaxed mouth, good eye, no inside rein (small miracle!), relaxed tail, back is up.
Who knew she could ever get to that, so happy!
Picture overload, I know. Just didn’t have the heart to erase them all.
Today is Favorite Tuesday, track day, if you’re lucky enough to have tendons that still let you fling around at the track at slower-and-slower paces each year. I still do, some weeks, so will be there – after inhaling a second cup of coffee. Wonder what’ll get injured this time 🙂