So, this weekend I took my horse to an ODE. We did Training level at 60cm max height. It was the first time that I've competitively jumped my horse since September. In September I was doing an 80cm course and half way through dropped my guard coz he was doing so well and next thing I knew it, I was laying in a pile of rails :/ It was a massive hit to my confidence that I've been struggling to come back from. For me, this event was about getting "back on the horse" so to speak and getting through a course in one piece.
Our dressage was beyond abysmal. I can't even begin to describe how amazing he was in warm up. Finally stopped fighting me for contact and was just so lovely and soft. Best he has ever worked. As soon as we entered the main arena which had all the dressage arenas set up, he went from a sponge to asphalt. Just immediately got so tense like everything was going to kill him. He wouldn't settle, majorly two tracking his canter, fighting me every step.
I know it's a matter of getting him out to more dressage shows to get him more confidence in himself. We ended up placing 19th/19..... With about 82%. BUT I got two 6's! Yay lol.
So our show jumping was actually really amusing. I had everyone's hearts in their mouths and had a good laugh with the judge after. I'm so lucky that judge likes me so much haha. We had a lovely flowing course, that we jumped almost entirely from stand stills. All but 2 jumps. *headdesk* BUT as I said, I just wanted to get through in one piece and my superglue bum really came through for me this time. By some massive stroke of luck, we didn't pull rails either. I did get some pretty sweet air over those jumps lol. We came out of that with 17 time faults. This put us in to 9th place.
Cross country was just mental. He tried throwing me in to the first practice jump. Aaaaaaand then tried running away from the log while being an idiot with all the others. Once we got in to the box, he just changed and was all about the business. He was an absolute rocket. Didn't look at the jumps and just gunned it. I was having issues getting him to slow down. By the time I got to my second minute marker, I was about 45 seconds too fast. It was a 6m 19s optimum time and I came in at 6m 04s and no penalties.
Some how we had a massive come back and finished 6th overall. I know we need to do a lot of work with getting his confidence up, but I'm so happy with how we went. I just wanted to finish the weekend and not die. Finishing so well was just a bonus.
And threads are useless without pics so here's some jumping/cross country pics to reward you all for suffering through all that.