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Because the Tuesday weather wasn’t supposed to be much better than today, my showjumping lesson was moved to Thursday. So apart from working on the HorseOz Classifieds site, which is now enabled for premium video content, haven’t done much outside. I checked the ponies to make sure they were cosy and warm under their winter rugs (I’m sure it was summer yesterday). Had a look at the dressage test for the horse trials this Sunday at Melton, but it’s pretty basic.
So Thursday showjumping, Friday just a bit of run out, Saturday a bit of dressage just to prepare for Sunday.
She made us work, or should that be she made me work Occy hard. Nothing like a bit of self motivation, and Occy doesn’t have a real good work ethic. The main thing was to slow down his tempo and still get him moving his legs with energy. So we were trying to work on 3 things. Rhythm, tempo and size of steps.
I could get the tempo slowed with energy, then when asking him to lengthen the steps Occy would mostly try to speed up the rhythm the little cheat. I would love to have some mirrors on the arena at home to see what Occy does with his legs when I slow the Tempo. Anybody have any cost effective (cheap) ways to install an outdoor mirror?
But it’s raining intermittently. Only had one ride out on Tuesday so for a bit of a gallop. Tracks were soft but slippery in places. Hoping the drizzle will stop so I can either smudge the arena or ride on it or hopefully both. Yes I know I can ride in the rain and wind without melting, but it’s a lot more pleasant and productive to ride in good conditions. Also have a few flat lessons booked over the next three weeks in an indoor with Julia Battams in a dry and cosy indoor.
I am also looking to get an extra three sets of jump wings so I can set up a more varied grid or course at home. Also need to work on my forward for jumping. I saw a video of myself at Wandin last March and do need to work on that forward issue.
Early start and a long drive today to get to Lara. Weather wasn’t looking too promising, but it turned out ok apart from one brief shower. Got there about 9.45 for a 11.10 dressage test. The test was obedient but felt like Occy could have been a bit more forward. And the judge agreed. And there was that one and a half Tempi Changes where he should have just stayed on the right lead canter that we got an unbalanced comment for. Went we got back to the float Occy hardly waited for me to get off the saddle before doing a huge wee. Another full bladder test, but overall still in the top 10. And that is where we stayed Cross country was clear and only 2 seconds overtime. Occy did feel a bit sluggish though. Showjumping was clear. And we ended up in 8th place.
A couple of short videos here, one of Di Politz in Level 5 showjumping and another one of another Level 5 rider doing Cross country. You don’t always have to jump big to have a ball.
Di Politz and Stormy Level 5
Level 5 Cross Country
Here are all the things I take to a Horse trials plus some things to make sure I can keep on going if something fails.
If having to leave early I hook up the float the night before, and make sure everything on the float and car is mechanically good. Nothing worse than going to hook up a float in the morning to find a flat tyre. I’ve probably forgotten something on this list, but as my packing the car is usually fairly automatic I don’t tend to end up forgetting much
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