Mi and I headed up to Loch Moy today for the final PVDA dressage show of the year. He's really been coming together at home, but as soon as he sees that judge's box, little white fence, and evil letter boxes... well, the training has pretty much gone out the window! But not today... he really held it together, and I was so very happy to have a relaxed and happy pony in that evil sandbox!
Mi's first test was so relaxed, he was almost too quiet! I should have pushed for more, but I've never been able to do that! So I was pretty darn thrilled with his 69.054 score and second place ribbon!! There's more in there, but now we're talking!
Mi and I had a relaxing break before we were up in the evil sandbox again... this time, apparently, in a bit more danger. When Mi gets tired, he gets nervous. Funny, because I think we, as riders, always think a second test should be a bit better with the horse a bit more settled - I'm starting to think Mi is a one-shot a day kinda guy. After a quick watch of the video (THANK YOU KERRY!) of our first ride, I went into the ring determined to push for more in the second test. But Mi was tired, hot, a little spooky, and a little rude -- so, he's a funny one. But he pulled of a good test, for a solid 3rd place out of 10 horses, so really, we had a pretty awesome day!
We shall see what the future holds, but I really think today was a huge step forward in our partnership. Exciting!
|Did you see me do that dressage stuff ??? I was brilliant!!!|