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post #1 of 10 Old 04-14-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Show Two: He did GREAT! (well, in my mind anyway :) )

What a day. On Friday, the 13th no less, something was in the air and my horse was acting like a fruit loop. I was honestly wondering if we could do the Intro C test as he was crow hopping into the canter which he hadn’t done in a couple of weeks.

Wouldn't you know it but the beast surprised me. Knowing how he is when he doesn’t get his turnout time, I free lunged him in our smaller indoor arena for a good 15 mins until he decided he didn’t even WANT to canter anymore..I could barely get an extended trot out of him. He was in full racehorse gallop mode, squealing and bucking and striking, and was moving with little encouragement from me other than to keep him from rolling.

I rode all three Intro tests today. He was calm, quiet and as steady as a horse at Intro level might be. Prior to Intro C, my coach wanted me to work the canter but I declined..deciding that given his penchant for then wanting to do nothing BUT canter, I didn't want him to anticipate, so, I went into Intro C completely cold related to the canter. Coming around, I very quietly spoke to him, let him know we were setting up. He bent off my inside leg beautifully and just as easily popped right into the right lead canter, a lead that has been the bane of our existence for a couple of weeks with it normally taking about three tries to get into it. He was calm and quiet into the canter to the left as well.

I wasn't happy with the placings just for end of series Champion and Reserve points but the scores reflected. In the first show, due to his "greeness" and the short amount of training I had in him, we had an Intro A score of 59.38 and an Intro B score of 58.13 (thanks to a chainsaw in the vicinity..we danced down the centerline and were extremely up and very short, I refer to it as his Hackney pony striding, all the way through the test). Today, Intro A scored 66.2, Intro B 68.1 and out first foray into Intro C was a 65.5. There were more horses from outside that looked to be first level or higher capable that were being ridden by new dressage riders riding Intro...I figure I can't really compete against that so have to focus on the scores vice placings :)

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Intro A:

Intro B:

Intro C:

We have our first away show next weekend :) and hopefully being off property won/t change what he did today. I plan on getting to the barn early and doing that free lunge again, what I am now referring to as “getting the stupid out of his shoes.”

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-13-2012, 08:42 AM
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I just noticed these! I thought you looked great considering him being up and chainsaws! LOL! How long have you been riding Dressage?
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-13-2012, 08:51 AM
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Op it looks so lovely, well done!

One thing though.. he has some sort of head bob at his trot like he was sore somewhere. It was consistently on the second beat of his trot in all three videos. I'm not sure if it was your hands or what but I just wanted to see if anyone else saw it.

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-13-2012, 08:57 AM
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great job !

i thought he looked a little off in his trot as well.

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Tracking left he does do some short trot steps when we are in a circle but ont he straight he is fine..and it is only tracking left. Due to this, I did have him vet checked all the way to the shoulder and he is sound. He doesn't take those short strides on the lunge in a circle tracking left, only when riding.

His left side is his stiffer side and he tends to get quicker in a trot circle tracking left as well.
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I'm an intro rider, too, and I just wanted to add that you shouldn't worry about your placings (you said you weren't happy with them) - your scores were very good, they improved from your first scores, so you should be very proud!
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it looks like your left shoulder is higher and locked - i wonder if that could be contributing to his "bob" in the trot.

i think you two make a lovely pair! :)
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-16-2012, 06:43 PM
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He doesn't scream green, they look like decent tests.

I noticed the shortness too.... it reminds me of a horse that is footsore. You might score better if he's using himself fully rather than sucking back.

I have to say... You are turned out beautifully!

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We had our first away show this past weekend; the other one got rained out. I rode training level 1 and 2..long story there, but, he received a 63.750 in 1 (would have been a 65.750 but I lost two points due to having a brain freeze for a moment and flubbing the last canter circle.) In trng 2 he received a 72.321 and pinned (tied) 2nd out of 15 horses. No more Intro for us :). As for how long riding dressage, only about 4 months really seriously but off and on for about 10y years or
so. This horse is my first truly dressage capable horse. As for turnout, I am pretty critical that way :) and never go half way.
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Sounds like you're ready for bigger and better things!

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