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.
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.
Thank you for reading,