Sunday, well we went from fairytale to nightmare!
I’ll start with Yara. 33 dressage which we were quite pleased with, I have been working on slowing her down which then meant that although we had impulsion it was perhaps a little too slow, but we can gradually increase and lengthen. I was just pleased she did not rush it. The she had a clear show jumping – this is a phase was have been really working and she struggled with before she came to us, so I am very pleased. The unfortunately she incurred 20 penalties at the first water in the XC. Later we discovered she lost a shoe, but she can be sticky at water so not sure what it was or maybe it was the combination of the two things.
Then came the mull man.
Well we certainly did some fancy footwork in the warm up of the dressage, all looked good, we had to wait a while to go in to the test so
Mull was a little past his best but still did a decent
test we ended up on a 31 even with a buck in the middle of it! He was certainly
full of himself, rearing 4 times on the way back from dressage. Then the show jumping.
Oh God – what happened. Jumped superbly in the warm up and then when he went
into the ring, he became so strong, I struggled to hold him together, he
spooked at everything, then because I couldn’t getting him sitting back, he got
too long, flattened most things in his
path and then did a last minute slam of the brakes on. That was when I ended up on
the floor. No harm done, little bump to the head. Pride dented. Back to the
drawing board. I felt even though he was being naughty, I could have ridden it better and was a bit cross with myself but Alice and Sarah both said was a difficult horse to jump, they have been very supportive, given me some excellent advice and I am determined not to let
it get the better of me. Since last weekend we have been out twice show jumping.
He has had a bit change and some other tack tweaks and we are back on form –