As our first dressage show approaches, I had the perfect opportunity to learn from watching the riders at Rolex, and then my own trainer riding in a clinic with a classical master. Although most of the tests were quite lovely, I was a little surprised by some of the mistakes I saw at Rolex. Horses spooking, bucking at lead changes, or balking at the rein back. I don't know if that makes me feel better or worst! If the experts still have that happen, what chance do I have?? I am terrified that Cupid is going to plow through the halt, or take off at the canter and run straight out of the arena!
Saturday - I had a lesson after we got back from the clinic, right around noon. This is not our normal routine, and during Cupid's lunch hour. Cupid was a little spooky; nothing major but a few little sideways steps. I thought it might be from a big folded up tarp outside the arena, so I stepped out of the arena a minute to let him take a look at it. First I just made him walk past it a few feet away. Then I turned him to it, and as he walked up I could feel his heart beating. He put his nose on it and seemed okay. The hay truck came through while we were riding, and I thought Cupid would be grumpy that he had to work but he was good. I had the german martingale on, which really helps me maintain a steadier contact and Cupid felt really good.
We went through our training level test a few times. Even though the elements are the same things we have been working on, and did in our warm up, it is more nerve wracking to ride it as a test! My position got quite a bit worst, as I was leaning forward and riding very defensively. This is one of my biggest goals for this year to get over this, but clearly I am not there yet.
|Well deserved meal after our lesson|
After our ride I hosed him off. It hasn't been this warm in quite a while!