So It Continues, Show Photos, Dressage at Full Circle Horse Park, October 2018



October 13, 2018
[Show Report, For This I Cleaned My Tack?]

Poetry in motion we were not. These are from our second test. The one that rode better but scored worse.

2015 USDF Intro Test B (Walk-Trot)

Between K&A, Medium Walk. I picked one photo that showed what we might look like some day. Possibly. In the far future. There is another moderately acceptable shot at the other end of the walk section. The rest, pfffft. That makes 2 out of 60.

B, Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising. In contrast, this is the worst of the photos. I decided to steer into the skid.

Leave arena free walk.
Horse: That was … I can’t even …
Rider: Drama queen much?

For the rest of the gallery, Jeremy Villar Photography > online store > Full Circle Horse Park – October 13th > enter email > #346.

Collective Remarks
For comparison, our previous tests [So It Begins, Show Photos, Dressage at Full Circle Horse Park, Summer 2018].

Braiding. Several competitors braided this time. I didn’t. Despite a ride time of nearly noon, there wasn’t a convenient time to braid: feed, load, ship, warm-up, and so on. I decide that I would see if he was more relaxed without braids. I can always practice at a lesson if he needs to get used to the idea. As it turns out, I don’t think it made a difference in either our appearance or his behavior.

As one might expect, I have been been perseverating about our performance. Before the tests, I told Milton that if we came out of the ring together with our ears up, he could not fail. Therefore, given my own definition, he did not fail. Didn’t even come close. To use Coach Courtney’s term, there were no jackass moments. The only hint of outright disobedience was at one point in each test, Milton eyed the ankle-high ring fence and thought about how easy it would be to make a quick exit.

Not a dressage star. Not a jackass. Milton has worked his way up to green.
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Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

5 thoughts on “So It Continues, Show Photos, Dressage at Full Circle Horse Park, October 2018

  1. So I’m not sure how ‘disobedience’ enters into it – eyeing, thinking about leaving – I get how it could be interpreted that way for some but for the most part, I don’t think that’s what it’s about. Stress, confusion, all sorts of things that carry a different mind set and connotation. I know this is about dogs but I read it recently and when I read this today, it brought this to mind immediately To me reframing the picture helps a lot.

    I commend you for getting out there and starting the steps towards where you want to go. I hear the frustration. It’s hard when you aren’t where you want to be especially when you have worked so long and hard at it. You are moving forward even if it’s hard to see sometimes!

    1. Thank you for sharing that link. My pom psychiatric service dog, Eowyn, had a gran mal seizure in March, and another while at the emergency clinic. And multiple smaller seizures at home. After running every test in the book, including MRI and ultrasound, it was determined that she had had multiple hemorrhagic strokes, traced to blood pressure and kidney problems. With a lot of meds, everything is under control – but she isn’t as sharp as she used to be. I am having to reinforce her service dog cues and basic obedience. This article reminds me that even more than before, I have to be careful about my vocal and visual cues.

      1. You’re welcome. I’m so sorry about Eowyn. I’m glad that everything is under control and I hope she stays healthy for many years to come.

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