|linda directing traffic.|
I ended up jumping off of him and hanging out in the shade for fifteen minutes before giving him a ten minute workout and heading in for the first test.
Bobby was a little mincy in the warm up where the footing was rock hard and I didn't really push him to go forward. When the judge blew her whistle, I was at the far end of where I needed to be, so I took a chance that Bobby's showtime manners would hold and cantered the long side. It put a little more pep in his step, but he was came right back down to the trot without yanking on me and in we went.
I've been schooling our halts a little obsessively and Bobby has taken the hint that coming down the centerline means prepare to halt. He nailed the first halt and kept his focus through the salute. (It helped there weren't horses galloping by this time around.) We started out with a little bit of a giraffe head before getting a rhythm and getting to work. He came right back down to from the canter and after several strong half halts in a row, he got the hint not to take off when I gave him some rein for the stretchy trot....of which there was no stretching until the very last stride. Dang it. For the free walk, the judge's comment was "needs much more bend." ?? Am I supposed to bend in the free walk?? Why is dressage so confusing?? The rest of the test went without issue. Nothing spectacular, but I didn't forget anything and Bobby didn't get pissy.
The judge wasn't giving feedback (which I thought was the point of small schooling shows, but whatev), but I rode by to say thank you and she pulled us aside.
Bobby was blown away that the trailer was speaking and felt that he was justified in giving it the hairy eye each time we passed it. He stopped to listen politely though, which was a nice change from our dressage show last year where he was certain the speaker was going to come out and eat him.
So. What did the judge have to say to us? "Carly, I had to give you two tens in that test." To which my reaction was, "WTF?!" Oh. That was just in my head. I actually said, "SERIOUSLY??" in a seriously shocked voice. Clearly she was a crazy person. She gave us a 10 for the medium walk between A and F with the comment "Good free walk. Nice, soft contact. Chewed when reins were shortened." So why did I only get a 6 on my free walk? Dressage....you people confuse me. Also a 10 for our final halt. Practice makes perfect. Literally. She told me that she really liked that he chewed the bit and that both are halts were nice and straight. She said I was doing a good job with him and to keep up the good work. If only he wasn't such a pain in my ass at home....
|big hug for a good boy.|
Bobby spent the next hour and a half sticking his nose in everything and just being a general nusiance. He's so busy all the time, like a great big baby.
|"you with the crinkly wrapper, share your cookies!"|
|"maybe there's something fun to play with in here."|
|"or in here."|
|"or maybe they put something fun in my water."|
nope, just horse quencher.
|such a droopy lip.|
We got one 8 for the medium walk, a 7 for our stretchy trot with the comment "good stretch shown", and a 5 for our final canter. It was enough to get us a 59.64% and 3rd place.
I have to give you dressage riders some serious kudos. Remembering those tests is hard work, and after doing only two of them I was so tired! I promise I'll have video eventually. Youtube reports that Training 1 has 281 minutes left and Training 2 has 170 minutes to go. Seriously. Youtube hates me.