|FIRST DRESSAGE EVER|
Unfortunately, I'm living life plan B, wherein my car exploded and I bought a new one which sucked up my show budget I then I was kind of depressed about that (and poor) and haven't really done anything other than a trail ride recently.
|Teeny tiny strides|
Or you know, rear and paw the air and scream like the freaking black stallion. I practiced my good old fashioned race track skills and got him back on the ground without escalating the situation, but it was sort of a subtle clue that things might not go the way I planned.
Once he settled in on the ground, more or less, I took him back to the trailer and tacked up. I hopped on, rode out to warm up and then I had this almost clairvoyant moment where I was like "Oh. Um. He's about to starting running sideways and spinning."
I WAS TOTALLY RIGHT.
|What he looks like with something to do|
And then redheadlins was like "KICK HIM FORWARD AND GIVE HIM SOMETHING TO DO YOU DINGLE BRAIN"
She talked us through warm up and he was actually quite lovely. The longer I stayed focused and rode well, the better he did.
|ALERT WE ARE IN NEW PLACE|
Courage didn't spook at the trees or the judge or the dressage arena and he actually gave me a solid effort in the sandbox that only improved as he went along.
|I'd give me a 5, but I haven't been watching intro tests all day|
|Can't complain about this|
You'd think that would sink in a little, but don't hold your breath. The jumping phase was coming right up...