|Unrelated to this post, but I have to share - while I was on vacation worrying, Ginger went to that police horse clinic and did pretty well with EC!|
- Most of the lower level tests are mirror image type patterns. If the trot circle is in the middle of the arena on the right rein, chances are it will be in the middle on the left rein too.
- Prepare further before the letter than you might think you need to. For the stretchy trot circle, start picking up your reins for the walk transition half to three quarters of the way through the circle. For the canter transitions, start preparing the corner before.
- Crossing the diagonal - aim a bit before the letter so the center of your turn at the wall is happening AT the letter.
- Look up, look ahead, plan 1-2 movements in advance. Check in with your horse, remind a turn or transition
- RELAX, BREATHE. For me, even if I feel like I am taking my time, that probably still means I should go slower.
- On a related note, don't rush the transitions (up or down) Good transitions > being precisely on the letter.
- Pick a few places in your test to mentally check in with yourself.
Maybe because that police clinic got Midge extra, extra confident, she was not on her best bevaviour for the lesson. Big tough ponies don't do dressage, I guess. Still, we've definitely improved since our last test prep lesson in the fall. EC was pleased, saying "What a difference from your last run through!" My reply "Yes, because we were literally RUNNING THROUGH the test last time...through the test and out of the arena even ;)" Staying inside the letters for the win!
I'm feeling a lot better about the dressage show...now, do I try to memorize the eventing test for the next day at the risk of confusing myself? Nope. We're agreed Entry Test 1 is going to be a last minute effort :)
|Both my girls doing their thing with the lesson kids. Love them :)|