About that Last Show...
Remember when I told you guys about my insecurities about my goals and my total panic over our upcoming last show of the season? Well, spoiler alert, we survived! Hooray!
|How's that for the face of survival?|
Our tests were grouped together late in the afternoon. Since our show friend's classes were in the morning, we were at the show grounds an awful long time. When tacking up time came around, I was so ready to just get out there and do the thing. I ended up getting on almost 40 minutes before my ride time, which might have been a smart move.
|Everyone loves warming up in a crowded spooky indoor. Right?|
Coming up to the judge, we did have some tension to work out. See, Bast had spotted a murderous bush and photographer. This corner had caused issues for multiple horses all day. In an attempt to avoid some spooking during the test, I asked Bast to face his fear. He was so very brave about confronting the bush, sorta. Watch...
|Clearly this bush has murdered before, and might strike again.|
Luckily we didn't end up destroying the entire ring before going in! (I'm still not sure if leaping in the ring at M counts as entering before being rung in by the judge. Haha!) My pushing the envelope paid off. Bast never looked at that corner of the ring again. Success!
Unfortunately the rest of the test continued to be a thing. See, I thought I was supposed to be doing 1-3 first. As I turned across the diagonal for my first lengthening, the judge whistled me off course. Turns out, I was actually doing 1-1. Ugh, annoying. Not a catastrophe, though. I had 1-1 well memorized, and simply started on the correct test.
|A quick reminder to all of you to check and double check which freaking test you're supposed to be riding before you enter at A.|
Our second test was only 30 minutes later. I didn't do more than offer Bast a drink of water before heading back into the warmup. I was worried about his energy level with these back to back tests. At previous shows this season, his stifles had begun to slip in his second test. Once his adrenaline wore off, he seemed to really lose strength behind. To help with this, we spent a lot of time conditioning between shows. Other than shaking off his bridle in the warm up, Bast didn't blink at the work. I think the conditioning paid off a lot, but I needed to push him for more from behind. Overall he was just lacking impulsion all day.
|I mean. What exactly is he doing with those hind legs? Napping?|
|Don't mind us. Just terribly lost out here.|
|Pictured: a v good boy.|
|Not going to lie. It's busy. Annoyingly so.|
|Have a photo of our support team manning the truck to break up this wall of ranting text.|
|Just so pleased with him.|