|are those dapples i see?|
Our goal this year is bronze scores at first level, which means we need a lengthening. Thus, I asked for a whole lesson/pro ride devoted to that. My trainer warned me that it could be explosive.
Hint: it wasn't. It's also 4 minutes of me trotting in a circle, so really not offended if you don't watch.
Here's what I loved about this lesson--we were asking Courage to do something new and hard. In previous years/months, that basically meant he would check out and flail into the sunset.
But he didn't. He stayed right with me and kept trying for me.
|also i love this picture|
So show. For scheduling reasons, we hauled in the night before. I was glad we did. Courage(/Aimee) hasn't been on a field trip since last October and I had a merry little meltdown about pretty much everything while I followed the trailer over to the facility.
I kinda sorta got myself under control, but by the time we were ready to ride, they'd closed all the arenas except this giant xc field on the far end of the property and OF COURSE I'd hauled in with a badass eventer who thought riding in a field sounded fun instead of like the terrible idea it actually was.
|across the property, through this gate, down the road, over the bridge, to the field|
So we went to ride in the field on the far end of the property. Courage was tense on the way there. I couldn't really put him to work and engage his brain, because all the roads are gravel with big rocks and I didn't want to bruise his feet. I mostly just stuck my grabby hand on the standing martingale and pulled on that instead of the reins while letting him look at the big scary world.
Alyssa galloped around and did eventer stuff. Courage and I walked tiny figure eights in a small corner and talked to Lindsey (who doesn't have to haul her horse in the night before to keep from having meltdowns).
|and posed dramatically by the strangely-not-scary pile of brush|
And then show day came.
It took a long time to get away from OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD on Courage's part, but I just kept breathing and riding and staying loose, and eventually, he joined me. And again. It wasn't the most fun ride I've ever had, but I knew I could do it and I knew he could do it.
I knew we could do it. Together.
|this is a yes|
I'm not going to sit here and lie to you and say it was the best ride ever. We did training level 2 and then a break and then training level 3. Some parts were very good. Some parts were a little messy. It wasn't magical, but I rode most of the time and Courage stayed with me. It didn't feel amazing. It just felt right. Connected. Rideable.
|on the right lead even|
Yes on his first outing of the year. Yes with me up. Yes with a new (to us) judge who looks at fancy warmbloods all day.
65% on training 2.
70% on training 3.
We tied it and I KNOW there was more in there.
This horse, you guys. <3
|dorky and we love it|
And what's more, he trusts me.
And that is so cool.
|new profile picture? I think yes|