|Waiting for our first test! She was interested in her surroundings, but very VERY well behaved!|
Intro A had some really nice moments. We had all 6.5s and 7s (I had forgotten that the half points are now allowed! Cool!) and just one 4 on our first right trot circle at A. Reva tried to exit quickly at A and we nearly left the arena. LOL! I am pretty sure at least two, if not three, hooves left the ring. We had to "jump" back into the ring with her front feet. I was a bit rattled, but what can you do? I laughed it off and rode the rest of the test with more attention to her tendency to want to blow through the outside aids. When Reva is tense, she really sucks back behind the vertical and takes choppy mincing steps. It is a catch 22 in a way; while I am pleased she is no longer trying to trot around like a racing giraffe, I also don't want her behind the vertical (you'll see what I mean in the pics) and I want her to use her body properly. She has a lovely big trot stride and we have developed a good marching walk. But when she is tense, she gets mincing. If I ask for a bigger stride, I run the risk of pushing her go button. We are still trying to sort out half halts away from home (aka she understands the concept at home but at shows and at lessons she "forgets"). Still, we scored a 62.9% and earned a second place ribbon! :-) The judge (Adam Cropper) wrote, "Well matched horse and rider. Horse could cover more ground in both gaits." All my collectives were 6.5s except rider position was a 7!
|Yay mare! Super cheesy smile for our Intro A second place ribbon!|
Professional pics are here.