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post #1 of 13 Old 10-11-2011, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Last show of the season

So I was off this weekend for the last show of the season, so just wanted to share. :) We were absolutely blessed with the weather: in 70th and sunny!

I got brave and decided on trying Training 1 (since Intro was going smooth and wasn't that much of challenge anymore). As always critique is very welcome, BUT I was more of passenger this time. I had some health issues kicked in day before the show, so my seat and especially legs were close to useless (it's especially obvious on free walk when I can't even push her into more impulsion effectively). Got better on 2nd half of the ride though. God bless my qh - she shown no sign of annoyance even though she clearly could feel something is wrong with the rider and basically did her best to ride the test she knew (she got a pear when I dismounted ).

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-11-2011, 08:53 AM
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That was a very nice test! When I read your "disclaimer" I was expecting a ride far less relaxed, calm, and submissive. The only real resistance I saw was during the canter depart, especially on the right lead, which is a common stumbling block for many horses.

Well done!!!
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That was a very nice test! When I read your "disclaimer" I was expecting a ride far less relaxed, calm, and submissive. The only real resistance I saw was during the canter depart, especially on the right lead, which is a common stumbling block for many horses.

Well done!!!
Thank you, Allison! She tried hard. :)

Yes, the departure was very unbalanced. I saw it too when I watched the video yesterday. Should go more from my seat into my hands while I was more worried about the correct lead than correct start. Judge pointed it out too when I was done with the test (well deserved obviously).

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You sure have come a long way Kitten! You should be proud of the both of you! I love your fancy bridle!

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You sure have come a long way Kitten! You should be proud of the both of you! I love your fancy bridle!
Thank you, MIE! I'm indeed very proud of her. God bless my current trainer and my qh (and my mom who ALWAYS believed in horse) for making it happen. I'm still so tempted to send the link to those "trainers" who called her useless and not able to advance. Bad me, I know! Haha.

P.S. I was very lucky to find that bridle brand new in consignment store in VA. Not going to tell you how much I pay (because that's a really funny amount), but it's a nice leather and blue crystals on browband and noseband. When I was paying for it the lady in store said: because of the price you can't return it. I answered: don't worry, for that price I'm NOT going to return it.

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Nice find! Don't you love it when you find great deals like that! I am glad it worked out!

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Very nicely done. Which test was that? They've changed them recently so I don't recognize that one. I thought youd did very well. The only thing is that your foot is pretty far through the stirrup and it looks like sometimes that you don't are "fishing" for them a bit. Have you tried raising the stirrup one notch?: or even half a notch?

Sometimes I saw what looked like the tiniest bit of bobble in the horse's head, as if he/she had the minutest amount of offness somewhere.

YOur tranisitons were great, the bend was good, rythm super and relaxation 95% there. YOU were so steady. If this is an off day, I'd love to see an on day!
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Very nicely done. Which test was that? They've changed them recently so I don't recognize that one. I thought youd did very well. The only thing is that your foot is pretty far through the stirrup and it looks like sometimes that you don't are "fishing" for them a bit. Have you tried raising the stirrup one notch?: or even half a notch?

Sometimes I saw what looked like the tiniest bit of bobble in the horse's head, as if he/she had the minutest amount of offness somewhere.

YOur tranisitons were great, the bend was good, rythm super and relaxation 95% there. YOU were so steady. If this is an off day, I'd love to see an on day!
Lol! Thank you, tiny! It was Training Level 1. We got pretty good score on it. Let me tell you she actually rode half-test herself: I was stiff as a cardboard because of the sudden back issues (and kicked in nerves because of that).

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Kitten, that ain't no QH. Don't you know That the proper term, in eventing circles, is a Texas Warmblood?? Girl, get it right!!
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Kitten, that ain't no QH. Don't you know That the proper term, in eventing circles, is a Texas Warmblood?? Girl, get it right!!
Ha! Good one! Kitten, you look great. Didn't anyone tell you the secret to a good dressage test? Ride either sick or really tired. Your body will be so relaxed your horse will move like butter. Glad you got such nice weather. Is that training test 1? I'm still trying to learn that one.

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