I was wondering that, too.
I tried yet another new bit on him after randomly seeing some pictures from an old facebook album of his lips covered in a froth of glorious white foam.
|love that foamy!|
I dug it out--a thin, single jointed racing dee that squeaks like a bitch whenever it's in use.
BAM. He came right out like a rock star. Soft and low and loose, a little bit lazy at the canter, but overall a total dream boat.
Then, of course, after he had a canter he went bulldozing around at the trot. Remember that was one of my goals this month? To get him to stop doing that? It involved ten million bajillion ridiculous half halts, but it got done.
I tried to finish with some stretchy trot. It was good to the left, but the right was major zoomies zone. I ended up shortening my reins and making that big trot go to use.
|throwback! someone needs new flat pictures!|
Today was a cluster fuck where I was at the barn for three hours but only rode for twenty minutes. However, I did get the outdoor harrowed and a new jump course set up for this weekend. And Mags had another encounter with the electric fence while she wasn't listening. Call that a win? I vote yes.
Our ride this morning was pretty much all lateral work, and because Bobby let me get him super "collected" (we're not third level here, I know) it was great work. Shoulder in to haunches in down the long side turned into leg yield zig zags. It was fanciness abound.
I'm super excited about the new dressage tests, though I was surprised to see some movements that were in the Beginner Novice and Novice eventing tests. I've always equated First Level with Training (lengthenings and 15 meter circles) and Preliminary (leg yields) tests. But in 1-1 and 1-3, the final halts come off of a half circle at E or B making the halt at G. Also, in 1-3, there's a movement where you turn right at B, halt at X, pick the trot back up, and then turn left at E which is similar to the Novice B test.
Regardless, they look like a ton of fun. I can't wait to try them out, and I'm glad I only ended up showing at First for one year. Doing three dressage shows last year at that level made repeating and practicing those tests so many time super boring.