With our first show of the season this Sunday, BM had me ride my own horse instead of her usual training ride so she could give us some pro advice on how
Bobby was a complete packer and listened to whatever I told him to do, even if I told him to add in ten strides in a five stride while BM chased after us yelling, "GO, GO, GOOOO!!!" Never one to miss an opportunity to use bullet points, here are some things that stuck with me when I was paying attention enough to not worry about dying. Because yes, we jumped everything, and yes my horse was a saint, but yes, I did have B drop a 2'6" fence to 2'3" because it looked too big.
- He bends, he goes in his corners, he's got great changes. You don't even know how far ahead of the curve you already are.
- Soft reins, soft hands.
- The biggest thing they're going to want to see is submission. Does your horse look easy to ride? Or do you look like you're going to die?
- Long neck, quiet canter. If your horse looks drugged, you're okay.
- Quiet doesn't mean slow. Open up his stride! Make his neck long and tell him to move out.
- Get that distance! He doesn't need to pat the ground there. We're over that stage! Make. Him. GO.
- Get the fuck out of that line! You're coming in perfectly, but then you need to land and tell him, "Go! Get out of here, Bobby!"
- He wants to bulge with that right shoulder. Make sure you hold your outside rein whenever you're going left.
- You are not going to die. I'm going to be standing by the ring the whole time, and if I think you're doing that bad, I'll just make you get off.
This whole showing with your barn thing is so strange. People actually at a show with you, helping you and telling you what to do? Sorcery!
|"making me stand in this wash stall for 20 minutes is sorcery. let's just go eat snacks."|
Of course it was 80* and sunny today, but should be raining and 40* by Sunday. It's not like it's the middle of May or anything. It's fine. I'll just bust out my winter coat.