Okay, so it's only a schooling show this weekend, but it's one of the four shows my GMO puts on and these scores will count for year-end awards, so it's a big deal to me. It's also going to be our Second Level debut, and while I feel prepared and nothing in any of those tests feels difficult, part of me is still waiting to be called out as a seriously delusional impostor.
|fancy dressage horse just do not look like this,|
Either way, I'm going into this with the mindset of it being a learning experience to launch us into the rest of the season. I haven't had real dressage feedback since Trainer got sick last year. I'm hoping for some useful critiques that will show me where I need to focus most before we do Second at a real fancy prancing show the first weekend of June.
In my ride today, I wanted to hit two things: the counter canter and medium trot.
After getting Bobby all riled up Wednesday with the changes, I wanted to make sure he wasn't going to be all neurotic and change happy during our test. I mean, he's always neurotic, but he did hold the counter canter without any fuss today. He always wants to get the right answer--even if he thinks he knows the right answer and you're asking the wrong thing--so as long as my aids are clear between those two things, he rarely messes them up.
The medium trot was another story. He's been a bit sluggish in them lately, so I brought Mr Tappy back out. Mr Tappy always brings out the big trot...eventually.
|basically what things look like when mr tappy comes to play|
There was much flailing, some cantering, some slamming of the brakes, one minor wall sit, and then one great big medium that let me put the whip away and take a walk break to get the relaxation back before trying again. Fortunately, Mr Tappy had done his job and we got two good ones to end on.
I'm really hoping we won't embarrass ourselves. I don't want to come back here and have to tell you all that what I've been touting as my solid Second horse is actually a complete joke of a dressage mule.
|even if those ears are incriminating|