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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

600th Post!

I don't have a snazzy and concise title, mostly because this post is going to be about several different things.  But it is the 600th post ever on my blog!  Whoo!

First, I realized that my videos from the August Esprit 2-Phase did not load via Blogger, so I went back and added them into Vimeo instead.  Not that anyone is super interested in seeing our baby level dressage and jumping, but now they are there.  :-)

I've seen a lot of progress recently with Miss Snappy.  It's funny how you can feel as though you have plateaued and nothing is changing, and suddenly things come together.  She is no longer having spooking fits about hacking out, which is LOVELY.  It is easy to forget she spent the first twelve years of her life either in a stall or on a perfectly groomed racetrack, so things like boulders and trees can be scary.  She is finally able to hack around on the buckle, trot a little without dying, and cross a tiny stream.  We have ventured out further than the Christmas tree farm next door, riding up and around a trail near the edges of Mt. Cutler.  So there are good sized hills but nothing too overwhelming.



I introduced her to a one stride and a bounce (during separate rides), both of which she fumbled through at first and quickly figured out.  She is not a bad jumper, she just needs experience and time.  I think once her canter is more balanced, her jump will improve even more.

Speaking of canter, that is finally starting to come together.  Still not ready for public viewing (haha), but I am now able to canter and then do Other Things afterwards without her melting down.  She CAN canter and she will pick up the correct lead easily enough, but anything after we have cantered was a nightmare.  It's all in her head, so she needs more time and patience.  But sometimes the act of dealing with her after the canter was just too much (not too much as a rider, but just too much for me to want to deal with mentally as well).  But the last three times we cantered, I was actually able to have her walk and trot afterwards.  It is still a bit rushed and nervous, but she is realizing OH I can still bend!  OH I can still trot like a dressage horse!  OH I don't have to chew my bit in half because I am so mentally wound up!  It's quite a bit nicer and gives me hope LOL!  

Not much going on this month.  Our busiest show month was August and now that I am back to teaching, I try to keep things manageable.  We have a cross country clinic and a third 2-phase at Esprit this month.  I would LOVE to try a real horse trial in October but the one I can do isn't the best place to introduce XC.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great course, but it is not a simple jaunt around a field for a greenie.  I don't want to take her on a windy, woodsy trail and not give her a perfect first XC experience.  The farm that has a perfect XC course for her does not have any October events.  :-(  So instead we also have a choice of two different 2-phases, which might be better.  And one is called an "Ultimate 2-Phase", so the jumping phase will be a mix of stadium/XC jumps.  It is at the same farm where we have our XC clinic, so I am thinking THIS might be our last show of the year.  We will just have to wait until 2017 to try a real 3-phase!

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  1. I'm jealous of your canter but NOT of fighting the spook-monsters! Hooray for you for conquering all (or, close enough!)

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