X, Halt, Salute, Scream; A Loch Moy Schooling Show Story
I had originally signed up to do only one test, Training 1. Why? Probably it's a little advanced for where we actually are in our training. However, I want to practice cantering at a show and Intro C is truly the worst test ever. I was originally supposed to only one test, but Emma encouraged me to add a second after my first test went terribly.
|Emma is such an amazing horse show friend!|
We arrived at the show grounds with just enough time to get settled and into the show ring. Unfortunately, the show office was quite backed up, and we had a misunderstanding about my entry forms. (Namely, I didn't read directions well. Ugh. Go me.) By the time I was checked in, I had 10 minutes to bridle Bast and warm up for my test. I left his bell boots on, knowing he tends to overtrack onto his coronets when tight in the back or tense. This being a schooling show, I was certain I could get away with them.
|I also realized I had forgotten my helmet, but luckily Emma was on hand and able to secure a loaner from the lovely group of people in the trailer next to me.|
|Actually wishing I was on this gray horse instead. He was stunning. And also relaxed.|
|Ar least we looked good going into the ring...|
|There were a lot of these moments, though.|
|Totally relaxed and chilled out professional standing at the trailer horse.|
|Lovely warm up moment.|
|Do these photos ever get old?|
|Trying to walk Bast into a better frame of mind.|
|Mostly civilized canter in the first direction.|
|Pictured: Me getting left behind ... maybe in the next county.|
|Triumphantly singing the songs of our people in our salute.|
After watching the videos, I've realized the connection looks much more stable in the higher-scoring first test, mostly because Bast was stiff and pulling. In the second test, his balance is improved but he's not yet strong enough to hold that and the connection. We have some bad habits in the mouth and in my hand that will make things much better. Bast was still behind the vertical for much of this, partially due to his strength level and partially because it is becoming a comfortable habit for him. We are working on addressing this.
|Staying with me and looking fabulous.|
Hopefully next year we'll have the basics down and be ready to come out and actually show off, rather than just tried to rack up some experience points. Onward toward a winter of training!
|And also giggles...|