FADS Schooling Show
My initial plan was to braid and do the whole shebang to practice, but honestly ran out of time and care. These shows on the property lack the urgency for me that I have at away shows. I did pull out some of my show clothes to try a new shirt and make sure I could still find my white breeches. I did realize my stock tie is missing, and that is a great reason to start shopping for one that I actually like.
Once on, I quickly had to come to terms with my recent riding choices. In the week leading up to this show, I only rode in the ring once. Instead I went galloping in the fields with the dogs several times, and even gave Bast a day off (because I slept in 30 minutes too late, ugh). All of this led to a horse who was not quite sharp and prepared for our performance.
|"Duck behind the contact and lean into your leg? Don't mind if I do..." -- Bast|
Needless to say, I came to the ring lacking a half halt and missing a good canter transition. The atmosphere at the farm had Bast on edge somewhat, and his nerves in the ring threw me. Bast needed me to support him with hugging legs and strong leadership. But instead of reacting the way he needed me to, I reverted to my tactics on Pig-- completely backing off and merely suggesting what he should do. Understandably, my poor young horse reacted poorly to this. When I watch the video I can almost see him screaming "OMG MOM WHERE ARE YOU?!"
There was one major error. The first canter depart was not something I was initially worried about. Bast loves picking up the right lead, typically. Unfortunately his tension led him to leap into a squirrely left lead, and then we struggled to pick up the correct lead three times. This needs to get back to schooling. Our better canter departs are one of the most recent training improvements, so it's not terribly surprising to me that these are what broke in the ring.
Now that I've warned you about all the big issues with the test, here's the video.
Up next? The L Program this weekend and some much needed lessons!