So today Sarah and I decided that we should probably run through our tests in the large arena at least once. Since Sarah hasn't ridden her test at all yet (she's doing 1:1), Bobby and I paved the way and ran through it for her.
Oh my goodness, he was so naughty. He looks like he's just being a bit of a Tensey McTenserson at parts (and I look like a total idiot for not realizing he picked up the wrong canter lead until halfway through our circle--derp), but he was like, "Can I get away with this? What about this?" I had to be all, "Wuh-bam! Shut down!" every two seconds. No trot lengthening to speak of, questionable geometry, and overall not a pretty picture. However, he's doing "real" dressage in the outdoor. That was not at all possible last year.
Sarah ran through the test next and I attempted reading the test for her, filming her, and making Bobby stand still all at once so her test consists of the sky, my leg, my saddle, and the ground. Bobby finds standing still terribly dull.
She did look good though for not having done a test in years. Memphis tends to curl behind the bit from lots and lots of draw rein use when he was showing with his former owner, and Sarah tends to get too busy with her hands, but Memph can still stretch and lengthen like a pro. They'll do well on Sunday.
We both ran through it again with much more relaxation on Bobby's end and way better geometry on Sarah's end. Sarah started cooling Memphis out as I went through 1:2. Bobby was going quite acceptably until we got to the fucking leg yields. Being in the outdoor where he really did have to go straight from I to X and L to X made his brain explode. It's only a few strides, but he knew the 10m turn meant a leg yield was coming and he wanted to do it NOW!
So of course he had a melt down.
We worked through the first tantrum with a simple circle, doing the leg yield at the walk, and then coming back and picking up the movement in the test at the trot without issue. The second leg yield he went absolutely ballistic.
You know your horse is the conductor of the I'm a Total ASSHAT train when he starts spinning, backing, and half rearing and the person you're riding with ignores it and starts texting. Just another day in the life of Bobby Magee.
He finally decided he could participate again and we finished the test with only one more minor fight.
This might be the first time I actually get eliminated in dressage. Challenge accepted, Robert.
*As a side note, I am aware a few people have given me the Liebster award. I will participate sometime this week. In the meantime, thanks for enjoying me and my horse's shortcomings! We strive to not succeed here at Poor Woman Showing.