Yesterday, I took my lovely little Quarter Horse to his first real dressage show. It was definitely a learning experience. To anyone who does not know him and how far he's come, it was a pretty atrocious test. Lol! The best compliment we got from anyone that doesn't know him is that he's a very cute horse and is built very well. I'm not upset, in fact, I'm very proud of him! He was very tense and nervous, as was I which certainly didn't help at all, but he tried his heart out and was not truly disobedient (as he can be) even once, just tense. I'm not posting this in the critique section as I have a very specific training map laid out for him, and all in all, know exactly what went wrong in our test. I'm posting it here in hopes for a few suggestions on how to bring the calmness, relaxation and acceptance of the bridle that we've achieved at home to shows as well. Right now I'm thinking he just needs some mileage, but ideas are very welcome :]
Please, no yelling about the cross cantering. I was aware it was happening but was hoping he might get himself off balance enough to fix it himself. I know I would have scored better if I had fixed it, and in retrospect, I should have. If you'd like to offer suggestions on that specific problem, I've created another thread for it in the training section. Training out the cross canter
Anyway, here's the video. Also, I would love to hear your experiences on taking your horse to his first dressage show. Thanks!
A picture of me and my handsome man after our test just because :] Yes, I was VERY tired!