Tango was pretty good at this show. No stepping on or otherwise running down people on the ground, which is a pretty nice bonus. However, he didn’t really feel like paying attention to his rider. Not in a dangerous or bolt-y sort of way, just looking at all the world and uninterested in anyone or anything.
I don’t have video for Training 2 and Training 3, but I will provide a summary of how the tests went: not very well. He was still stiff to the right from whatever had made him lame earlier in the week, so that impacted us a lot. I also struggled to create accuracy in the test, and that’s never a good thing for your scores.
I learned from Training 2 that our halts are still awful when we’re not at home (sigh) because we had zero immobility. Our medium walk is a little too tense and I need to ask for longer steps. We also need to alternate our work more. At home I often do my trot work (shoulder-in, leg yields, spirals, corners, circles, etc) and then move on to the canter work. I first get him balanced on a circle, then we do straight lines and corners and our baby half pass and whatnot. I need to split it all up more and ride with a LOT more transitions to get his attention and keep it focused on my.
I learned from Training 3 that Tango’s haunches fall all over the place when I don’t keep them in line. Shocking, hey? Anyhow, so if I remember to actually ride my horse we’ll do a lot better next time. We also broke gait out of the canter not once but twice, leading me to confirm my belief that I forgot how to ride. I also got the “careful not to perch” comment in the rider position box, so... that’s a good thing to work on.
I apologize for the weirdness, but it's annotated with the judge's comments. If you can even see me, hah hah.
Diva went along to this show and did FABULOUSLY for her first show ever. And I mean seriously amazing. Super proud. & C rode Tango and even though she's little and he's big they did very well together. We came home with a lot of homework and that's a wonderful thing!
Gotta love some ribbons, hey? ;)
Oh, and I have a new horse. Yup. Have a photo:
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