I was... mostly right. We were by no means relaxed. But we did eliminate any major spooks and anything that warranted a dreaded "3." In fact we only got one 4 (when we broke stride). So that's a win. Also similar to our July outing, our collective marks all ticked up a bit for our second test.
(forgive the rough, boring summaries, but it's about as much brain power as I currently have..)
Our opening halt was a 7 (over a 6) as was our opening lengthening. Having a slightly more relaxed horse I mentally decided to "under ride" the second test and go for a better balance. The theory wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad.
Prairie sorta bobbled away from my outside rein before our 1/2 circle and leg yield which left us unbalanced and the leg yield sorta faltered. The angle on the video makes it look worse than it was, but I lost the outside shoulder and our straightness. At least she was moving off my leg! (we got 6.5's for the turn and the leg yield)
Canter transition was a 6 and "strung out"
But our 15 meter circle was a 7!! a 7! Previous scores at 15m include a 4, 5, and two 6's. so I was happy. plus the comment said "fair bal" which is way better than "horrid"
I chose to under ride the canter lengthening, and got a 5.5 with "minimal difference" so boo on that. and a 5 for the transition back to working canter for "min transition." Given the coefficients that stung our overall score quite a bit.
Then it was a 6 on the free walk. She felt a bit scattered so I held my reins a bit more than normal, and the comments dinged us for it. I need to school this with P2 a bit more. When I give her head entirely she thinks she's on a break and looks around and swings her brontosaurus neck around, which isn't great either.
a 6 for our trot transition because we got a bit braced and a 6 for our stretchy trot (dangit!) since the second half of the circle was less than stellar.
Theeeeeen it was our "4" movement. Trying to balance a bit better for the 1/2 circle and following leg yield, I really supported the mare with my outside leg and she turned beautifully... then cantered.
Whoopsie. At least she was listening?
Regardless of the canter steps, we were set up much better for the leg yield and snagged a 7.5 and a smiley face in the comments.
|I'm proud of this. I'm mostly straight and P2 was right there for me.|
But we finished the ride with a 6.5 transition back to the trot, a 7 trot lengthening and a 7 halt.
Rider's Seat 6
Rider's use of Aids 6
Overall comments were "lovely horse with scopey gaits. Quite heavy in hand today"
Couldn't agree more.
Here's the video since my play by play skills aren't exactly... illustrative.