Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Wow! Thanks you all for your feedback, I appreciate it so much that you guys take the time to comment on me and Robbie! :)
As for Robbie, we have been working hardcore on gymnastics and getting him to be a bit more "snappy" with his front end. He does however, have textbook hunter knees and I have been told that by multiple judges numerous times. I just want him to be tighter when we cross over to play in jumperland. :) Thanks for all of the overall compliments about him though, he really is a special boy! :)
As for me haha, I was a mess this show...equitationally speaking. I personally did not feel secure in the tack and it clearly showed in the pictures. Robbie was just jumping so huge this show I actually lost my stirrups 4 times during my classes. Thankfully I bought a pair of the "cheese grater" stirrup pads and that helped me stay in the tack a bit better haha. Especially over the oxers, I was fearful I would land on his head because he was so scopey over them haha. So that's why in most of my pictures I am looking down...just wondering where exactly on his neck/head I will land! My leg does need work, I'm definitely going to do a ton of no-stirrup stuff!
VelvetsAB - Thank you for your compliment! And yes I did cheat a little haha. Robbie was having a fit because some guy was putting garbage in a huge garbage bag (he's terrified of bags) so in order to get his attention back, I had to resort to not very nice eq, etc. -hangs head in shame- My trainer was all over me though about that and I'm happy to say that was the only time it happened! He was wonderful in accepting the contact the rest of the show. :)
MudPaint - Haha, yes he is a completely different horse when he is at a show! He likes to show off his personality in the u/s classes but when it comes to jumping, he's very professional. People don't believe it's the same horse half the time. :)
Maura - Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I'm really hoping to do the AO's in the future, glad to hear you see potential in him! So many judges have told me what a "textbook hunter" he is, I'm happy I'm not the only one who thinks he's almost perfect haha. I was having a heck of a time staying in the tack this show. I have no idea why, but his jump was crazy huge and I think he really wanted to show off since he was in the "big grass ring".
Hidalgo13 - Thank you! He's a Dutch Warmblood. :)
Newbhj - Thanks so much! I will try and find a side picture of us at this show so you can judge my lower leg. I've always had a problem with it slipping back but lately it's been wonderful! My eq went to crap this show tho haha. Yeah I was pretty surprised we got reserve when we didnt even do the last day! I guess a lot of the riders were having trouble with the courses (they weren't your average line-diagonal-line) so I was happy with how well Robbie did!