Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by mooselady, Feb 25, 2018.
Well here we go
Tuesday, during my lesson...
"have you sent in your entries for the end of May show?"
"No, have them filled in but not filed yet"
"Basic A and First A and B"
I get the look....
"OK, but you entered 2nd at the Mid may right?"
I get the look again....
"OK, you get to ride Basic for May, then you are out of there, you ride First and if you want another class you ride 2nd"
Seems I am moving up.....
ETA...and Coach is probably going to a Hunter Jumper Show at the end of May, so I will be taking my first solo outing, no coach, no team...Hubby has offered to come ....NO WAY, need to find an alternative.......
So first outdoor show of the year this year is this weekend .and I have not ridden her outside yet, YEAH.....hopefully the rain will be brief tonight, then I can get a couple of outside rides..
Fergie the Wonder Horse is doing great, getting a lot more consistent in her way of going, I think she likes the new saddle pad, she should do..cost me enough!
Won't sound like a lot to most of you, but I have got back to the stage where I can ride with no one else at the barn, and it feels great..though I got in trouble for not letting the barn owner know. Now I have a group set on my phone, BO, coach and DH, so I can text them all when I go into the arena, and again when I get off, so everyone knows I am alive.
Last week I had my best ever solo ride on her, she was just so chilled and awesome, it was great, I was so eager to show coach the next day, and she was HORRIBLE...spooky, looky, being a pain.... wasn't until I rode her on my own again I found the issue....although I had checked and double checked her new headstall when I put it on, seems it was one hole to tight, for her. Let it out, and there was my sweet mare again. LOL, even though she was getting used to her new BOT work boots, first time I have put 'shelled' boots on her, I could hear her clipping the backs as we worked, but when we were done, her legs were cooler than they were in her SMB's and felt tight.
So this weekend first in the 3 show series at home here, then next weekend AGHHH my first ever away show with her, with no trainer support. Trainer is off to a Hunter Jumper show, I'm off to a dressage weekend...seemed like a good idea when I signed up.
Well that was interesting, quite the weekend...Thursday lesson, inside, because it was FREEZING, well maybe not freezing but had goosebumps in my short sleeves. Coach was sick so had trainer coaching, it was actually quite fun, and he was very helpful in making me look at different things.
Friday, warm up night, and she went really well, first time out in the new dressage arena, she was good, I was feeling positive...gave her a bath,
Saturday am, taking her for a walk and a graze before classes
So get ready and off we go, start with two Basic, (training level) classes, and they felt pretty good, I was upset when I got the marks, low 60's and a second and a 4th place..I mean we are riding so much better than last year, it should be better, then coach stepped in and said "well this is why I didn't want you to enter basic this year, she doesn't move like a basic horse, you don't ride her like a basic horse." So we decided to scrap the two basic tests on Sunday, and try one 2nd level.. The two First levels went well, good solid mid 60's, lots of positives, won one class, second in the other.
Got to wear my new Valkyrie vest, was really pleased with my handiwork.
So day two starts with me riding my first ever 2nd level test, a test I have not actually ever ridden, and at least one element we hadn't even tried before! I was so delighted with her, we scored 59% and placed 3rd, onward and upward! Then two more 1st levels, by this time there was a gale blowing, and in the last test Fergie was tired...we didn't do so great there, but overall I was so delighted with her. The ribbons tell one story
The other is from the feedback from so many people, saying that we are a partnership now, including one saying that she watches me the whole time, and when I was struggling to mount, she kept. turning to check me out. Coach says that the only time she fails, is when I fail to ride her, she now relies on me, so I just have to believe and ride!
The cutest/saddest thing...Fergie's best friend in the herd last year was actually a mare I used to own, Wills, they hung out together the whole time. Wills was sold and moved away, but she came back for the show. I was sat on Fergie waiting for my test, and Wills came by, Fergies ears shot up, and she was staring intently at her...then she started nickering gently....she just kept watching then started to call for her...another reason why her last test was off maybe, she just wanted Wills....
Tomorrow we, hang on, after midnight, later today I head out to an away show, second of the season. The big thing about this weekend? No trainer support, no one to hold my hand, no one to shout at me, I have to be a grown up for me and Fergie both.....wish us good luck, we might need it!
Good luck. And have fun
Sweetheart, you'll do fine. You actually haven't gotten that belief in yourself yet. Funny thing is, she does..She believes in you. No matter what, have fun. You are qualified for this it's just not as familiar yet. That comes in time with a lot of trials and error. If it were easy, not only everyone would be at that level, but there'd be no challenge. You're ready. (((Hugs)))
This actually made me tear up just a little, what a sweet thing to say....
Tis true tho.
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