Gosh its been another long gap between posts – time does seem to be flying by this year.
Since Dessie’s last blog post, we have been following our usual routine of some hacking, some schooling, lots of time in the field and lots of time eating and sleeping – the last three being Dessie not me.
We have also been out to some dressage and another showing show.
Whilst the master plan had been to practice the dressage tests at home, that really didn’t happen for non-Dessie related reasons though we did manage a quick run through of one of them. These were my second and third ever BD tests respectively and fortunately were short arena, since I found learning these two difficult enough let alone long arena tests.
We slightly over-rugged Dessie for travelling – it was windy day and I thought it would be draughty in the lorry – so he was slightly sweaty when we arrived. He soon cooled off and then warmed up nicely. In the tests, we got good consistent scores for the trot work and the canter started off very nicely in the first test – with a change of diagonal through trot across X, so a very show horse movement although perhaps less trot in the dressage test than in the show ring. That went beautifully and I was just thinking gosh what a super transition and canter and forgot to ride at all so fell back into trot. Both tests count for the Petplan festivals and whilst not stellar scores were ones I was pleased with given some of my riding. I think it may also have taken Dessie up to three figures in his BD points.
And then it was on to some more showing. Every day I trimmed or tidied a bit more of Dessie and his new bridle turned up the day before, so a quick try on of that whilst taking the old one just in case something didn’t fit and we were away.
My plaiting does seem to have gone downhill – Dessie stands pretty well although he did spend his time undoing my boot laces and then seeing if he could get my whole foot in his mouth. No is the answer and at least it kept him entertained trying. The light in the stables is not the best for plaiting and I need to work on a masterplan for where to plait him so I can see what I am doing properly.
The competition was at a big centre Dessie at not been to before but he took it all in his stride. He was very relaxed when he came off the lorry and had not sweated up at all despite it being a hot day and a reasonably long journey – made longer due to some roadwork road closures. We arrived in time to have a little wander round, then untack him and tidy up, retack and a little short warm up and into his class. He behaved really well and both judges (and the steward) really liked him. It was a small (to say the very least) class but there is not a lot you can do about that. We stayed and did a second class and again he went very nicely to be pulled in top. Unfortunately he misunderstood what the ridge judge asked him and went into counter canter on the left – we had worked on counter canter the week before and it was probably fresh in his mind. He dropped to second but I was incredibly pleased with how he had behaved and how grown up he was.
We know what we have to work on and got some good feed back from the judges to work on as well. We have since had a lesson from Katie and I have learnt new things about my position! Dessie does have the most lovely canter when I get it right and we even started on a few strides of collection.
Apologies for the lack of “outing” photographs, the camera does get taken but never seems to make it to the ring!
Dessie and Dawn