Can’t get enough of myself- dressage update

So I signed up for a dressage show (yes it’s been a few years, yiikes) so I figured in my lesson last night, we should work on some elements of the tests. HUMBLING. Wow.

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What Oats would rather be doing. Also, why isn’t it summer anymore here? Godammit!

It was a tough, tough ride and I had to get ‘real’ with Oats, who thought he could outlast me. He was wrong! But I got tired, bigtime haha. He fussed, he fought, he threw a small hissy fit, we had to go back to the walk to confirm him, and then back to trot, then back to walk when he started fussing too much and protesting, then back to trot…rinse, repeat.

It was pretty exhausting, and my hip started to cramp up. I’m noticing more charley-horse leg episodes in my dressage days on Tuesday, likely due to the amount of work I am putting in on my legs from the running/longer run days on the weekend. It shows me that with the increasing amount of physical exertion, I need to adapt and get better about using electrolytes instead of just forgetting and then getting a major charley horse in the middle of my ride, AGAIN.

The last one I had really hurt, and it damaged my leg muscle for over a week! WTF?

Anyways, so the lesson was long, and tough and kind of an ego-killer. But you know, Karen said it was one of the first lessons where I was able to get firm, and fairly tough with Oats, and KEEP doing it. I didn’t give in, get upset (though it was certainly frustrating) I just kept.at.it.

So, yeah to sum up dressage= very hard and tiring and now what am I doing signing up for a dressage show? So I can show off my mediocre work and lack of progress?

Well, I do want to show off my fancy new dressage boots. So, there’s that!

Oats did get an apple as a treat from my barn friend, which was very nice of her. Also he was offered some really lovely fresh-cut long grass from my other barn friend. Greedy pony gobbled it right up!

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Further adventures of Mr. Oats!- Horse show #8

That’s right, Oats and I headed up-island to the private school (Queen Margaret’s) for our first attempt at Training Level 1 & 2 dressage. This is where Oats used to live, and from what I understand, garnered quite the bad reputation for being a bit of a punk.

And how was his triumphant return? It WAS triumphant! Our tests were a bit shaky (I felt tense and Oats was distracted, I rushed through my transitions and was heavy-handed). I felt not-straight, and a little bit all over the place. 

BUT…Oats was falling asleep in the warm up ring, cool as a cucumber. Coaches recognized him and were very impressed at how much he’s ‘grown up’ in their words! They did say he used to be a wild man, a bit of a shit head to jump haha. He was able to redeem his reputation and showed very well for me that day.

Our scores were good, but I felt like they could have been better- 64% for Training Level 1 and 62% for Training Level 2. But you know what? It’s just experience. This was our first time, and I was a bit tense (judge wrote that I should hum ‘jingle bells’ in my head during my ride…!!!!) haha.

Oats was a good good pony. Yay for Honey Bunches of Oats! That was our eighth horse show this season- woo!!