Going to a clinic today, riding big Bear boy in it. I have ridden with my aunt, Kim Mcguire, before, but for some reason I am totally freaked (doesnt help that I am a baby beginner at dressage [so is Bear] and my aunt is a GP dressage rider])! I think I am mostly nervous about my mounting this time. I mean, Bear is perfect for mounting, but I just havent been able to get over my fall off Maddie. I am getting better though!
My last ride on Bear was awesome. I did dressage, just walk trot and a tiny bit of canter. He was streching down (which is something that he normally doesnt do) and was using himself alright, better then normal. I will post something in the critique form after I get back from the clinic. I will also post pictures on this thread when I get back.
I have to walk to the clinic with Bear, HA! Its only a five minute walk, if that, but it is raining out. ): I am going to put his fleecey over his saddle and then put a rain sheet over that. Me? I am going to be wearing my new Eous 5 in 1 jacket. It is amazing and keeps me super warm.
I am the first lesson of the day, which is good and bad for me, haha. I am going to stay after my lesson and watch other people ride and video tape for people who want me to. I love watching other peoples lessons, as you can learn soooo much! My old trainer will be there, which is good and bad. We had a super bad falling out this last summer and arent really on speaking terms, so this will be interested. But I am going to just kill her with kindness and just be myself.
So this is my plan for the day:
At 12:00 go out and catch Bear.
From 12:00-12:30ish tack up
From 12:30-12:45 walk to barn and untack Bear
From 12:45-1:30 brush the crap out of Bear as he is a muddy mess as of right now (doesnt help that he is gray...) then tack up again
From 1:30-2:15 get Bear used to the arena and lunge him to warm him up (maybe get on if I can find someone to hold him before Kim gets there)
2:15-3:15 ride in lesson and hope to god everything goes according to plan
3:15-6:00 untack Bear, watch other lessons, and video tape.
Thank god Bear is used to indoor arenas, so he wont flip at the rain hitting the roof.
All of the things I am bringing:
Bear, of course
Fleecey/neck cover/rain sheet
Jackets, and lots of 'em
GLOVES (I would die without them)
Treat for Bear
Anything else I might need? (: