I donít understand your comment about your trainerís program.....and being able to hide issues. I donít see how your trainers program has anything to do with it. Could you explain further?
I assume Tyra is feeling way better if you are out there showing....yay!!
It's interesting you ask this because I thought a lot about it today. I told my grand prix trainer how we did and I think she was a little disappointed in us, mostly because she knows the "secrets" to getting the good scores and we did none of them.
I am starting to understand my trainer's philosophy and point.
1) She lowered the bit substantially in Tyra's mouth. That did 2 things: a) she had a choice: take the contact or don't and b) if she was going to take the contact it meant my hands were completely still. If she didn't take the contact it is because my connection was not giving her confidence and she would be hit in the mouth.
So it was a test to see how my hands were. Lo and behold she didn't want to take the contact. The way I used to ride, the bit was higher in her mouth so it was not as mobile. Therefore my lack of feel in my hands was not as obvious because there wasn't as much movement in the bit, so she could take a stronger contact.
2) The noseband was also very loose. This goes back to point 1.
3) Because my trainer is discouraging me from using my hands (and seat) for that matter as breaks, coming out of the canter circles left us out of control. Because the bit was low and because she was not truly "on it" and therefore not on the aids, it was quite a ride back to the center line.
I think this was to get me to see that a) I have an INCREDIBLE horse to be achieving 60% because b) I basically suck.
I'm not upset about this. Although she basically sent me into the ring with a red nose and clown shoes, who really won yesterday was Tyra. If I can sharpen myself up and control my body better, we can EASILY get higher scores and maybe in the 70s.