So, this weekend I was back at it- in the dressage arena.
Sidenote: Last time I showed dressage at QMS, I was just learning Training 1 and 2, and scored pretty respectably- in the low 60’s for sure.
Yesterday was not the case. AGAIN.
We hauled up well, warmed up really nicely, felt super chill and good! Oats was being a great boy. And then the tests..dun dun dunnn…
Yeah, got two mega-bucks in the exact same spot. Right lead canter circle, coming back around to close up the circle. I was circling around, felt him start to fall in, and got desperate, and yanked him around with my right hand. HE, on the other hand, did NOT feel charitable with this sudden turn of events and BAM BAM! bucked as hard as he could twice.
Noooooo!!! It was otherwise quite a respectable test. FUCK.
I was sitting there, like, totally stunned. Coach yelling at me to grab up my reins and keep going!!!
The second test was quite distracted as well, with irritated me. I went 100% the other direction on my right-lead canter circle and dropped my inside rein. So, Oats broke into trot. Hahahaha…shit.
Wiggled-waggled our way down the centre line, something that is not normally an issue, and shame-faced a salute. UGH.
Oh well, our scores were pretty lousy, compared with last October. How is it that we are GETTING WORSE at dressage, when my general riding in dressage and other stuff is feeling like so much better? Does anyone have a good explanation? Cuz I’d love to hear it!!
Oats was very eager to get back on the trailer. You know, he warmed up great, was a good boy on the ground, and we got our perfect right-lead in the warm up ring after his little explosion. So…what is happening in the dressage ring?
Well, I stayed on this time, and I didn’t go off course. Small victories? Yeah I need them right now.
Hilariously, we were last in every test. Interesting, considering last year we were placing very well. ARGH.