Just got in from making sure everything was good for tomorrow! I lounged Mudpie, and then brought him up and pulled his mane. I loaded up the trailer, and I'm pretty sure I didn't forget anything! (I'll probably find out otherwise tomorrow, but I have all of the important things.) I gave him a thorough bath, and then waited until after he was dry to turn him out. He was great! :) I ran around like a dweeb on Penny's lawn practicing my dressage test on foot, and I think I got it! Tomorrow I'm getting up early to wrap his legs for the trailer(:
When you don't have a cooler, persevere!! ;)
His newly pulled mane!
Him eating his dinner!
He ate some of his dinner in the crossties while he waited to dry(:
Very excited about tomorrow! I'll let you guys know how it goes!! :]
Well we're back! :) Today was a great day, and Mudpie did amazing! I memorized the test wrong because I still didn't understand it. XD But that's okay, because this was just a ride-a-test thing, and I was doing two tests anyways. I got it right the second time! Mudpie was so great!
I was distracted and irritated during my test because one of the trainers was sitting there yelling instructions at me like a lesson. I was trying to concentrate, and she was just driving me up the wall, but I couldn't say anything and be rude... *huff* I was thinking, "Shut up and let me ride this dressage test – we can worry about his ribcage after I'm done with this." xD
It wasn't officially judged, so I can't say what my score was, but we did great(: I have a picture from the morning of him all wrapped up and loaded!
I felt like our diagonal lines were really great! We got our leads right every time, which is a big deal for us! He carried himself and had his back engaged and I was so happy about that! He was really agile and responsive today, and that was great. I was surprised, because you'd think after 6 months he'd be bad for a while, but he's back and better than ever!
Maybe it comes with time but I can actually block out distractions including those trainer yelled instructions :)..they just can't seem to help themselves. If my horse is near the end of his free walk and he isn't stretched down quite as far as he needs to be at that end, yelling at me to get him to stretch isn't gong to do much good when I am in the process of setting up to shorten my reins for the next move :).
Sounds like you had a great day and the test memorization will come..you need to ride it at home a few times or do what I do when learning a new test..I walk it in the arena myself before doing it mounted and then use my warmup walking to run through the test again.