Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Just Go With It

Our flatwork has been horribly inconsistent the past few months. The general trend is upward and good, but when it's a bad day, it's a BAD day.
Scientifically accurate chart of our progress

So obviously the smart thing to do in such a situation is to sign up for a very expensive multi day dressage show in a very competitive region, right? Good, because thats what I just did :) We're just going to do Training 2 and 3, and no, I'm not under any illusions the stars will all align on the day and we'll be competitive against the big fancy horses. But, you know what, this is a bucket list thing for me, so why let a stupid thing like that stop me?

It could be excellent experience for the future. Right now I have a fun little pony who's sound and able enough to go to a fancy show. I have a great support crew and an even better coach. So, even though the timing doesn't feel right, and this isn't the level I wanted to ride at, I'm just going to embrace it and go enjoy myself. I'm super excited to see some our future up and comers, particularly in the FEI classes. My plan is to watch and learn as much as I can when I'm not riding or caring for the pony.

Watch out world, here we come :)

Bridget: "Uh oh, here she goes with those crazy plans again"

"I'd best build up my reserves, when she gets excited about something it usually means work for me...poor, starving, downtrodden pony that I am!"

13 comments:

  1. Good for you for going for it! I hope it's a fun experience for you both, good luck!
    Bridget is looking quite trim in the picture of her from the front! Is her current feed and exercise regime working well?

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    1. She's definitely losing weight, but very slowly and the vet is still saying she needs to lose more. It may partly be a flattering angle for her, her shoulders and front end are very large and wide and block the belly view! I'll try to remember to take a side shot tonight so we can compare with the before pic!

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  2. Exciting!!! Fingers crossed for you both - have fun :)

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    1. Thanks, I'm actually excited rather than nervous for once!

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  3. Awesome! Enjoy the dressage show!

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  4. I hope you have so much fun!! Even if it's not the level you're wanting to show at I'm jealous that you have a calm, fairly level headed pony to show ;)

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    1. I'm trying to embrace the positives!

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  5. You go! AT T1 and T2 accuracy and acceptance of the bit stand for a lot!

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    1. That's the method to EC's madness...we likely wouldn't be competitive at first at this show, but if I can be accurate at Training we *might* stand a chance ;)

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  6. Sounds like an awesome plan to mee!! What are horses for but to enjoy and do fun things with??? :D

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    1. Why do I always seem to lose sight of that...I mean I love it and have fun for sure, but you're 100% correct in that that should be the sole focus in doing this!

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