Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
First Dressage Comp I've ever done=Embarrassing.
So my riding club had a horse camp on these holidays. It went for 2 days and we did several different comps. I was assigned to my fave club horse Sonnett, so I was very happy. The first day we practiced all the competitions and the second we plaited all the horses manes and tails and put them look really nice. Sonnett looked amazing. I was so thrilled that all my hard work had paid off! The judge said he was the best looking in my whole group, which made me so proud. He had those little bally-type plaits that proffesional dressage riders put in their horses manes and he had a really nice plait in his tail that stopped a quarter way down and then I did another, which before the dressage test, I pulled out and he had beautiful crimps. So he looked so handsome, but boy was he grumpy. He is about 28years old and needs to be retired and I wouldn't be suprised if he was sore and tired from all the practising the day before. So when I did his girth up near the dressage arena(he hates his girth being done up, he tries to bite you or kick you) he swung around and tried to bite me. I put my hand up in warning and he backed off, then I went to the other side of the saddle to run down that stirrup, and while I was walking in front of him, he lashed out and tried to bite me again. Luckily he had his bridle tightened and the thing some horses have that keeps the horses mouth shut made him not be able to get his teeth around my arm. My friend Tahlia saw what he did and then came over to hold his head. So then when I finally got mounted and comfortable we had to warm up. Getting him to walk was the biggest mission ever, when I tried trotting he kept tripping, but he didn't have anything in his shoes as I had already checked them and he wasn't lame either.
When I went in for my official dressage test was the worst bit ever. Everyone in the club watched as I tried to walk him into the center in a straight line, which he swerved, then I tried to halt him for 3 seconds, which he started to walk again. Then I had to walk forward again to the end where I started trotting in a circle. He did trot, but he didn't want to go where I wanted him to. He fought with me through both of the circles and then we had to go up the other end and do another two circles in trotting. This was the worst bit. Sonnett decided he wanted to go out of the ring and so he shot out of the ring. Not once, but twice! Then my riding instructor came over and told me that I had done really well trying to keep him under control(which I don't believe at all) and she told me to finish it on a good note by taking him for a canter along the dressage fence, and so I did. He responded as though he were a different horse. He listened to my commands after that canter, but too late, my dressage test was finished. Believe it or not, but I came 2nd in my group as half the groups horses started pigrooting or sidestepping and they apparently didn't control their horses as well as me.
I was so embarrassed, and I really don't want to do dressage again. I'm too impatient for that kind of stuff and Sonnett didn't like it either. 2 two's don't make a plus.(if you get what I mean).
But he was very slow for the whole gymkhana. Even his canter lacked speed...
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.