Not too bad Faye, 7th in the prelim out of nearly 30 in a primarily professional field. Mid field in novice which was to be expected, many many imported horses in there but I was just so pleased with how Spighi worked in my second test. I felt it was by far the best novice I've ridden on him, he stayed with my back the whole time and was super rideable. One of the judges has actually been suspended from judging after the champs for giving shockingly low marks. I was given 55% by him for the best test I've ridden on Spighi, when he normally scores mid 60's even for not so good tests, while the second judge had him up on 67%. Go figure!!!!
Oh hell, leaning on one hand - Spigh's is my right hand.
His problem though was the left hind. He is weaker in that hind leg, and tends to swing his quarters out to avoid working it, so as such he would overload his right shoulder which obviously then transferred to my hand.
I actually found it more effective to correct his overloading shoulder, which then MADE him take weight on that left hind, and lightening the right rein. Bit backwards, but it's worked really well.
Riding walk pirouettes in counter and correct flexion and bend (so going from leg yielding the pirouette, to a pirouette in correct bend) and transitions between shoulder in, travers and renvers has made a very big difference too.
I've been warming him up in walk, by giving him a reasonably long rein, and leg yielding on a circle out to my outside rein until he'd fill it up, then change rein and repeat on that side a few times over, then the same in trot and canter. The more I can get him through each rein, the lighter he gets on the right.