I've been absent for a loonngggg time. Since starting as a barn manager in July, I've been reading posts here but rarely posting myself. Hopefully this is a good way to get back into the swing of things!
My reining-trained Arabian and I have been working on dressage for the last few months. We received our C2 Pony Club certification in early November and the rater absolutely loved her. A few weeks ago I brought her to a lesson with a PSG trainer who encouraged me to try First Level at a large show an hour away.
Show was this weekend. I'm thrilled with her! We had scores over 60% in both tests (2 and 3) with lots of 7s. We placed 3rd in test 2 and 2nd in test 3 out of some very big divisions. Aaannnd this was her first show in an English saddle and my first-ever dressage show (other than horse trials).
Things to work on: In our counter canter loops, Estrella has problems with being on the incorrect lead. She's well schooled in flying changes due to her reining background, so during our test she threw in a few tempi changes.....the judge was laughing about how nice they were. Unfortunately, this is only First level!
What exercises do you have for allowing a horse to be more comfortable in counter canter? It is partially my fault that I wasn't giving her enough outside leg to keep her haunches in, but I'd like her to feel better about counter canter.
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