So what did you learn this season?
So now that the show season is over, at least in the northern hemisphere, I was curious to see what others accomplished and learned over the past show season.
For me, in our first season of eventing elementary level, the good parts were finding that my horse is seriously on board with eventing. He's become very honest to fences (assuming I'm actively riding), is very calm and all business at shows. I've learn to really hug him with my legs over fences, stay out of his mouth, unlock my elbows and provide him a nice release. In dressage, I've found the comments about uneven contact slowly disappearing, and my scores, while still lack-luster, 6's & 7's, are at least now consistent. Oh yeah. Apparently I accidentally jumped a 2'6" oxer during warmup, so I guess 2'3" isn't my max after all!
What I learned and still need to fix are, apparently my horse has a sense of humor about jumping. As soon as I stop riding or get him crooked to a fence, I get the horsey finger. Yesterday I was dropped from 4th to 8th when he ran out at a freakin' log on the ground!! The thing was 20' long, and I still managed to loose focus enough to let him run out. I also plan on putting much effort into my position over the winter. I think I will take advantage of no stirrups November to see how much I can improve my seat.
So what did you learn or accomplish this season?
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.