Firstly, check out Forging Fiction’s Giving Thanks contest – all you have to do is share what you are grateful for! What a wonderful idea.
Videos from our last show are now up! Here’s the links to watch them on RideOn Video’s website. They’re not yet live on YouTube so I’ll update this post to embed them later. **Updated, now click to watch**
|The start box.
Doggie in one arm. Me and Hemie in the other.
My trainer is awesome.
It really is eye-opening to watch your rides. Sometimes they are spot on to how they feel…other times, completely not.
Dressage looked pretty good to me (well, for the first minute and 15 seconds, then it went downhill fast). For that first minute, I thought we looked like our typical show selves. That is to say, not nearly as good work as we do at home, but with some good moments and a clear indication that we were both *trying.* Getting the performance at shows to be more consistent with our work at home is an ongoing issue that only more shows will solve.
Stadium doesn’t look as good as it felt, possibly because I was so stressed going into it that I was elated simply because we didn’t have any shenanigans. However, we could have been more forward, and I could have actually cared about our leads. Things to improve on for the next show.
Cross country looks pretty right-on to how it felt, except for one thing: the speed. I felt like we were galloping. We weren’t. This doesn’t actually surprise me, since I always think we’re going faster at shows than we actually are.
Time to give thanks…
Day 15 – I’m thankful for kind friends willing to horse-sit.
Day 16 – I’m grateful for show videographers and the lessons learned from watching rides!
Well I’m off on my trip! Radio silence for a week but then I’ll be back and ready to finish No-stirrup November strong!