What an amazing few weeks its been! Nothing is more satisfying then turning a corner with Arnie ! It was a bit of a last minute decision, I wasn’t entirely sure if Arnie was ready to compete but I’m glad we did decide to go to Castle Hill Show 2 weeks ago.
He warmed up a treat and worked very well in our Show Hunter classes coming away with 3rd Intermediate Show Hunter. We also competed in our ridden Standardbred classes, we came away with 1st Open Ridden Standardbred & Champion Ridden Standardbred.
Besides the results it was a win for us for the day to get out of Arnie’s comfort zone aka the arena! He really feels ‘safe’ in his arena knowing what tests we will be riding on comp day having run through them previously. The BIG space not being in the arena and asking to do a work out he hasn’t practiced before puts him into a bit of a spin!! So it was a very nice feeling to have him so relaxed and happily working around the ring 🙂
From Castle Hill we prepared for our lesson on the Thursday that week!
It is FANTASTIC to know how far we have come…Lots more of connection its great which means we got to work more on suppleness! Yay, stepping up !
We worked on our transitions, which have been bothering me!! The canter- trot transitions I have been struggling with, it’s almost as if I close my eyes tell him to trot and hope for the best! Needless to say after our lesson I feel much better about them now! I always enjoy having a lesson, I always take away as much as I possibly can to work on at home & keep improving !!
We worked on a few exercises to help us, touched on spirals, leg yielding and shoulder-in to help our transitions. As we fall in on the circle through our transitions from canter to trot to the left (I have that feeling it’s both our weak side! )
I’m so happy our shoulder-in’s were going well during our lesson, something I’ve always played around with at home but have never been 100% confident with that work with him.
We left our lesson feeling VERY motivated and everything is falling into place in our work at home- thank you Kate! CAN’T wait to keep chipping away for our dressage comp at the end of November.
It was great to have a ride at home and work through the exercises we worked on during our lesson. It sounds so simple, shoulder-in along the quarter line – leg yield to the wall then shoulder-in down the rest of the long side. Sounds so simple but my brain was struggling putting it together ! I get so frustrated with myself when I struggle to wrap my head around things!
But….our transitions are coming together slowly 🙂
I have a few things in the pipeline at the moment which I’m extremely excited about!
One event I’m going to be MORE then happy to share with everyone in about a week! So excited, it really is a rare opportunity to expand my knowledge and help better shape my training & riding.
I’m also putting together some research with other people out there with their Standardbred’s. If you could be so kind to take literally take a minute to read & fill out !