At noon we hauled out and went xc schooling. Mia was super looky at everything and kept randomly stopping but jumped the xc jumps with ease. The map was super confusing and it took a good 20 minutes before we figured out the start box was not the normal start box but instead a pile of hay bales. Uhh, ok! The first 4 jumps were stadium fences and Mia was convinced they were not okay. I had to seriously kick her just to get her to walk up to them before she would even consider jumping them. Oh mare! After the first 4 jumps we went to xc fences which she was SO much better for, she didn't even look at xc fences but stadium fences she gives eyeballs to? Weird mare. Mia even was great for the water, no balking or much hesitation at all, go Mia! She handled the baby ditch very well, the road crossing required a canter/trot/walk/stop/kick to get her to go over (smh) and a green flowerbox she literally climbed over from a standstill as she wasn't sure if she really wanted to jump it. She jumped the rock pile without concern as well as the log to the down bank, yay! The last 3 jumps were stadium jumps, however, and by golly they had high suspicion value and she knocked one of the poles over as she tried hard to not go over the fences. Why are you so silly mare?? XC jumps should be spooky, not stadium jumps!
She considered not giving me the first canter transition but a good poke with the spur got her into it. She wasn't super bent and was very much on the forehand but it was adequate. Our free walk was decent and the rest of the test was okay. Nothing special, but not too bad.
|This got a 5 for a free walk. She was consistent, I thought it deserved higher!|
The judge disagreed and hated it. She commented that my hands were way too low for dressage (trying to fight a mare here lady!) and I got almost exclusive 5's. Blech, it put is in 12th place.
We rushed back and got TWH ready for K, she was SUPER tense. It was her first show outside, first show with jumps, first show being hauled out, first on lots of things and she was freezing up. I coached her through and she finally was relaxing enough to get decent transitions. She went into the ring, however, and just froze up. Poor girl was so nervous she wasn't giving consistent queues. TWH cantered a few times in her trot circle and up the center line to a halt. They liked what they saw, however, and didn't put her last at least.
We rushed back to the trailer to get Mia ready for XC and she seemed a little more calm (finally, geez!). I was SO glad we had jumped the course the day before, she was very behind my leg for the 3 stadium jumps and she put an extra stride in jumps 3 to 4 as she couldn't go straight but we made it over.
She jumped the XC jumps REALLY well, not backing off of any of them. She had a momentary pause at the water but cantered in, yay mare!
|Let's NOT "look" at the water, let's just go in|
|Just Can't Even. I am sure I looked like this.|
We finished up the day all ribbons, Mia got 8th out of 17 and TWH got 5th of 12. Better than half the field for each of us, I would consider that a success! Mia's homework is to get her OUT and get her cantering forward in as straight as a line as possible. This girl needs a lot more exposure.