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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…

Ho Hum Rides, Except for the Great Canters!

So the week after the 2-phase was pretty boring. Nothing really exciting EXCEPT we are still getting that fantastic canter! WHOO!!!! :) I rode here at home a couple of times and had a lesson on Friday 4/24. The lesson was great. We worked on her trot and canter in the beginning. I got a bunch of excellent upwards canter transitions and pretty decent canters. We even went one and a half 20 m. circles around at the left lead canter! It was fantastic! I am very impressed with how well her canter is coming along. My instructor kept telling me last year that we would be so far improved by the fall. Well, when the fall came and went and it felt as though our canter STILL sucked, I was pretty disappointed in myself.

BUT, now that it is only APRIL and our canter is SO fantastic, I am feeling a lot better. She is no longer lugging around on her forehand, nor is she completely strung out. Because we are starting to become balanced and supple in the canter, Dreamy is now able to canter so softly and smoothly. Instead of a NASCAR race, it is like a stroll in the park. And it is SO COMFORTABLE!!! I am just so incredibly happy with my horse. And with myself! I am starting to sit up and stay still in the saddle at the canter. When I improve, she improves, and vice versa.

We also started working at the end on the stretchy trot circle. Now, I have been trying some brief stretchy trot moments here and there in the last two weeks or so, but frankly, I had no idea the best way to teach this movement. I mean, we have no problems stretching to the bit and coming back up. Plus I have ridden it a million times on other horses who have already been trained to do it. But I want to do this right. Judy had me starting on a loose rein in the walk, asking for a few strides of trot (with the reins still loose), and then coming to the walk. The idea is that Dreamy will associate trotting with longer reins with the walk, and not suddenly RUSH when she realizes she has all that freedom! Then I can vary it up a bit and do it the other way around. The only problem is that Judy warned me this is the most boring thing to train EVER. I need to overcome that boredom by NOT rushing through it, which will only make Dreamy rush. I have to just do it over and over and over. Dreamy seems to want to come down, follow the contact, and then all of a sudden she brings her neck up a few inches and goes, "WHOO, NO CONTACT! Let's show 'em the Meadowlands Trot!" She LOOOVES to trot fast. She is a racehorse after all, right?? ;-)

Anyway, things have been good. She had the weekend off, as I was visiting a friend and her STB. (Post on that later). I rode yesterday and tonight. I will ride the rest of the week (I hope) and then give her Friday off. Our Linda Zang clinic is this weekend, so she needs to rest up! :) Hopefully my instructor will be coming to the clinic, so she can see how we do! :)

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  1. I am shocked you went public again! And I am so excited for you for this weekend!!! Learn LOTS!!!!

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  2. Thankyou so much for going public, otherwise I wouldn't have just found your wonderful blog! I have two standardbreds of my own and have just started a new website to promote this fantastic breed http://www.standardbredhorses.com.au It would be fantastic if you would be willing to add some of your photos to the site to help show others just what these fantastic horses can do!

    I look forward to reading the rest of your blog!

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