Thursday, July 18, 2019

You've got it or you don't

Dressage is the new thing around here, guys. Every show I've been to has had two rings running full time until late afternoon. The show I scratched from a couple weekends ago only had one ring--and they ran until seven at night. We got an email from the secretary from this weekend's show that they were so filled, no one was getting a tack stall. Fortunately for my poor cheap ass, no worries there because my stall and tack room are one nicely consolidated slightly rusty rig.


This also means that classes are fucking enormous. My First level tests have been averaging a dozen riders each time, and it's no different this weekend. Thank fuck that participants in Second dwindle by the time 2-3 rolls around because 2-1 is filled with about fifty riders (that might be the teensiest bit of an exaggeration, but not by much).

After yesterday's ride, I feel good about things. My horse is capable. 2-3 is well within his wheelhouse. If he can stay relaxed and soft, we have got this.


After Tuesday's ride, I was cackling in that, "My eyes are twitching because my brain is utterly broken and melted into useless, hopeless fucking goop." sort of way. If we don't have the relaxation, I have no horse.

No. Fucking. Horse. AT ALL.

Forget the lateral work, the added collection, the bigger step and sharper transitions. Forget a 20m circle, folks. A two inch inverted neck, chomping at the bit, and a jacked up sewing machine trot? Yeah, we got those!

But perspective, right? Find the good! The walk work will be there. The canter I can salvage 95% of the time. Trotting is only a third of the test after all. And then first impressions and collective marks for submission and whatnot. LOL IT WILL BE FINE.


Our first test of the weekend is, of course, 2-3 and it is, of course, in the spooky indoor. It's also under the same judge I already have a score from at Second which kind of takes the pressure off hopefully squeezing out that 60% since it won't count. The second try is in the outdoor which I'm hopeful will make things a little easier.

I'm going to do my very best to enjoy this regardless. In the grand scheme of being a relatively incompetent ammy rider, it's pretty fucking cool that this is the second horse I've brought up to Second level all on my lonesome. Good or bad, it's all come from me.


On top of that, the first horse I rode at this level was a psycho, beyond shittily conformed OTTB with a reputation for trying to exit the arena mid-test...who got me one score towards my bronze at this level already. The second horse is an OTTB with a ten mile long back and inchworm legs whose been off the track for eighteen months. I could be doing worse.

Now let's go win some non-yellow ribbons and not die of heat stroke!

14 comments:

  1. maybe this judge will finally be awarding points for cuteness?

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    1. Or pity points because he looks more like a rabid donkey when he's mad than a cute snoot.

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  2. best of luck out there! stay cool - or at least cooler than whatever the abysmal temperature is.

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  3. Maybe the insane heat and humidity will force relaxation? And whatever, Opie is #childgenius so I think you guys will be great!

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    1. Oh I'm totally aiming for melting him into submission.

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  4. just commenting to say you're my hero and tension is the devil. go get 'em.

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  5. Definitely don't die of heatstroke!

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    1. I'm done SUPER early Saturday, so hopefully we make it through Sunday as well!

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  6. You've totally got this! <3 Just remember to stay hydrated so you don't have anything close to heat stroke!!

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    1. Gallons of Gatorade in the freezer waiting to be called upon!

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  7. Eo excited for you!!! You guys have totally got this. I like second level in that there is more to do therefore more ways to keep the horse engagement and thinking. I bet child genius will kill it! P.s. the pics in this post are gorgeoussssss

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  8. Stay cool!!! He's such a pretty boy!

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