|Dressage mare can dressage|
|Braids courtesy of Braid-eez. Need more practice though|
|Nice relaxed canter. Now need to package it back up|
|Nice relaxed canter the other direction. Still need to package it back up|
|What the what, what mare? Why apply the brakey brakes?|
Cross country actually had me a little nervous. We hadn't ever been there before, we hadn't gone actual XC schooling since September and finally, there were no warmup xc fences. We went off and she was a bit looky, sadly I actually had to smack her over the first 2 fences bc she was going to stop. Ugh! That happened last year, if you recall, when she had 3 refusals at our first Horse Trial of the year. At the 3rd jump I smacked her out of caution, but by then she had decided/realized we were going XC and my XC machine was back. We went over fence four and I had to haul on her to get her to slow down for the water crossing. She couldn't possibly go straight to get to fence 6 so I brought her back to a trot and trotted to 6. Seven was a bending line from 6, with a down and up hill. Time was not ticking by fast enough so I brought her to a walk down the hill (it was pretty steep) and trotted over fence 7.
Fence 8 was an easy log, as was 9. Mia couldn't have cared. I was getting dangerously close to speed fault time so we slowed down to fence 10 and over the ditch (without a glance) of 11. We had 2 fences left and almost 90 seconds till optimum time. Oops! I put Mia in the slowest dressage canter I could and we finished at 4:10. Speed fault was at 3:41 and Optimum time was 4:59. Well, that isn't all that bad lol. Not long after I finished, the person behind me finished and we chatted. She was sitting in first place and said she went double clear. I was excited, 2nd place!
|XC fence one, required several smacks, and now off center|
|Smacks applied, not really needed|