Thursday, April 24, 2014

At Home vs. Away: The Great Comparison

Despite feeling pretty positive about my rides last weekend, the scores and overall lack of engagement and "throughness" have really had me bothered all week. I thought we were better than we showed, were we really not?

So I did what any good obsessive person does, I went home and looked over the video of 2nd 1 from just two weeks ago. 

Interestingly, I appear to be riding a much different test in that particular video than the one at the show. In the older video, Guinness is much more engaged and collected. He is pushing more and stepping up with his hind leg. The test isn't great (I make some serious accuracy errors, and he falls flat in quite a few places), but it shows that the quality I'm working with at home is about 30% better.
Videos for your comparison:
Schooling 2nd 1 at Home
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2nd 1 at Heartland Schooling Show
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I'm thinking we have all the right stuff, but we need to push much harder at home. Basically, I need to establish 100% throughness at home, so when we get to a show and only get 50% or 70% of what we get at home it is still good enough. I also need to bring my hands up even further than I already have. My elbows are bent better than ever before, but I need to start carrying my hands as instinct instead of constantly using my head to remind myself about them. All of that's totally possible, but it's going to lead to some tough training moments ahead...

4 comments:

  1. I always find that if I push myself at home, shows are much better. For me, that means jumping higher, shorter lines and tighter turns at home.

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    1. That's a great idea! I try to always school harder movements at home, but sometimes I end up getting caught up in making it perfect instead of schooling through the difficulties and just moving on. Oops.

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  2. I always find that I lose some at shows as well, I've also found that I have to stop being so busy riding the test and get busier riding the horse I'm on that day. When I started to ride my tests by being a RIDER and not just hoping to make it through all the movements in order my tests improved.

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    1. Great point! It can be really tough for me to keep my head in the game and not just ride the movements of the test instead of my horse. :)

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