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post #11 of 12 Old 02-17-2014, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, boy. That did NOT go as planned. Dressage was MUCH better than last time (i.e: he stayed IN the arena!!!), but not perfect by any means. The judge told me that I could potentially be eliminated because I forgot my stock tie (in BEGINNER NOVICE RIDER -- give me a friggin break). She was so incredibly rude to me...clearly I am still not over it, haha. Luckily, we didn't get eliminated so we made it farther than last time!

Cross country was a different story -- my horse was just NOT having it. I don't know if any of you guys have heard, but there is a new rule in Novice and under. If you fall the first time and land on your feet, you can get back on and continue riding. I fell at jump 3 AND LANDED ON MY FEET. Then I fell at jump 6 and did NOT land on my feet. Pretty sure my ankle is now sprained, but such is life.

Today I was able to school cross country after the show was over. I really worked on staying behind my horse and driving him with my seat (which is what I try to do). But today I also shortened by reins and kept a good consistent hold on my horse. And OH MY GOD. My horse was seriously ON FIRE. I have NEVER felt him be so forward and awesome towards the fences. And to think all I need to do was put my leg on and have a stronger contact so he came UP and BACK instead of foward and strung out. I am still on cloud nine from XC schooling earlier today. We even did NOVICE fences....I've never done novice XC fences before!

Anyways, there is another show in April in Fresno that I'm going to go to. I decided that I'm going to do intro this time (I started out with intro fences on XC today...I should have just done intro from the beginning!). I just want to take it back a notch and not be stressed out at ALL and go out there and give my horse and myself a confidence boost during an event.

All in all though, I would say it was a pretty fun weekend! :) Oh! I also got to scribe for dressage for the CIC1* and CIC2* - WOW! The judge was awesome, apparently she is one of the best judges in the US and has judged the olympics and the Rolex. There were actually quite a few riders who went to the olympics and/or rolex at this event -- I was totally star struck!
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-20-2014, 02:38 AM
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You have a good attitude about your experience. That is great, you mentioned that it was a last minute decision to take him due you another horse going lame. All things considered, I think you did well. :)

I imagine there would have been some nerves and stuff happening before during and after the test, which may or may not have affected your horse too? Maybe that had something to do with your boy not being too keen on XC?

Chin up, take what you have learnt after that experience and use it to avoid having the same problems next time. Even bad show where nothing goes right can be valuable learning tools. I am sure you will do better next time. :)
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