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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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.”