And then I watch the videos and I have to adjust my self talk to something more like "jesus, I'm surprised I didn't dislocate a shoulder, what the hell was I doing in that "lengthening!??" Oh, look, my hands are wiggling around. What am I looking at? oh, hmm. I don't think we were supposed to canter there, I love hamburgers." (hamburgers are delicious regardless of how poorly one is riding).
I am pleased with our overall picture. My leg is much steadier than it was last summer, my reins are shorter (goal! ding ding ding!), and my shoulders are back more often than not. Prair is straighter, more respectful and much, much more balanced. No small feat those things.
Our First Level 2 test did get a bit screwed up as the caller (they just offered a caller..) started calling Training Level 2 and I got all flustered and confused and did a bad job of relaxing prior to starting over again... Also perhaps the whole "not warming up at all" thing might have been a bit of a hindrance.
Anyway, I can't decide what's more boring to watch, Hunter Rounds, or Low Lever Dressage Tests. I think they are both a little mind numbing, but just in case you are super bored at work, or just have a massive crush on Prair and like to watch her zoom around, here's both rides from Sat:
Just as a note, our first diagonal was supposed to be a lengthening. We just sorta blew that one. Also, all transitions were moderate crap. I never really got her attention in this ride.
Amazing how much pickier I've gotten in a year. The first time we rode this test my goal was "stay in arena" with a reach goal of "don't die during canter tour." Now I'm all expecting soft transitions and relaxation.. crazy.