|Hitching Post Wrap-Up
||[Jun. 1st, 2010|11:19 am]
Well well we had such a great time on Saturday at Hitching Post! I was particularly pleased with the dressage test. Even though we got a 40 (erph) I think we actually did better than that. He was on my aids for the most part and more importantly when movements began to get hairy-scary I stayed thinking and pulled it back together. A la move OFF my left leg! Bend left! Take my half halt! Dude!
The judge told me that I should have floated my reins and things would have gone so much better! I guess ultimately that means we looked good. Want to take a bet how many strides it would take for Alec to invert and flail if I'd floated the reins? 4? 3?
XC was so.much.fun. Even though it was piddling little stuff we got some really good canters and one nice gallop through the water and up the hill. I want more! and bigger fences! Totally cool how I'm now chomping at the bit for more and bigger as opposed to wetting myself.
Stadium was a lesson in holding my lines, as Tom put it. Fortunately it turned out OK but I made some creative turning decisions to get to fence 8. Oh well. I certainly think Alec was pleased with himself. And Lindsey got some pretty good pictures!
So I met my goal of not falling off. Next time I'll try to not fall off and get below 40 on our test. Though I do think that judge was a bit hard on us....we got a 5 on our free walk because he "lost his rhythm" at the end (I was gathering the reins preparing to do a Super Duper Uper Left Bend to prep for the canter work). Bugger!
Things to work on: Soft ankles! Lots of those dressage pictures show how my heels are too far down. Also: Sit tall! Shoulders down and back!
And: ride to ALL your fences. There was a half-ditch, mini-bank thing that I looked at which made it a funky fence. Fortunately at the last minute I put my leg on and Alec, being the superstar he is, said "Ya lady, I got this." How much pony love is that??