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!
Back from vacation. Hers: in pasture. Mine: in the cool mountains. Now back for more long weeks of hot summer.
Definitely didn’t expect her to go as well as where we left off (in the shots below.) But she was even better!
Go Gray Mare! Usually, rides after some time off are awkward and sort of “rusty.” This time – happiest horse to date.
Still working on riding, and straightening her, from the right outside rein when tracking left. It’s getting a bit better.
The less overbent to the inside, the better! It’s been hard to decide just the right amount, but we’re getting there. Her specialty is to immediately shut down if she feels “clamped down on” in any way – I’m working hard on resetting my own riding to be more open, or however you’d describe it.
Something as easy as a canter diagonal has been a struggle. Although not a hot horse at all, she can get rushy and flailing there, and like many young horses just flop on her forehand.
So happy with her here, staying balanced and with me!
That’s all from this crew today!
Special Theme next week! Come back to see what it’s all about!
It feels, well, almost fake to post them. The site is all about showing things as they are – for real. Honestly – most parts of the riding session is not all this smooth and happy. (Surprise! Yeah, no surprise.)
Mostly, she’s fuzzy and tweaky like this.
Posting more good shots next time anyway! It’s all about small improvements, and she’s trying so much harder than a year ago!