Here are the videos. For those who missed my tantrum a few weeks ago, Zeb was losing energy and our dressage on the 1st August was pretty poor, I was very disappointed, he was easily distracted, not engaging from behind and seemed to be pulling him self along with his front legs causing a weird head nodding action (he's done it many times before so I know it's not lameness, as soon as he starts working properly he stops nodding ) on the whole there's only so much you can do with a 21 year old living out 24/7 in the summer. the really weird thing is that the judge gave us exceptionally high scores, she must have got the test sheets muddled up or something because I would not have scored them over 60% it wasn't just Zeb, my hands were all over the place and I just felt both tests were very average. If you just watch the first minute of one of them you'll see what I mean as they're a bit boring The scores are on the intro's to the vids, I can't remeber off the top of my head.
So then YO kindly agreed to bring him in at night for a week before the next comp and he was so much better Only thing is that all his mates got to stay out and he was in on his own, I tried to manage the situation so he wouldn't get stressed but to no avail So he definitely had more energy but he was quite tense with it. This time I feel we did better but the judge was very strict She picked up on every tiny imperfection which was a bit ouchy but she also gave us loads of feedback so at least we have something to work with
My 2nd centre line was awful, don't know what happened there but all in all it went better than the last show so I was pleased with him.
This one I was quite worried about, in the walk across the diagonal it was medium walk to X then a free walk but by the time I had almost achieved medium walk it was too late to get him to stretch we did manage to get a bit of medium walk nicely at one point though later in the test. Also I broke into canter in the second medium trot then I had to get him to relaxed and stretch on a 20m circle - no chance! We got a 4 for that movement but I was pleased that we did get a bit of stretch even if it was only a couple of strides. This is a test I would love to do again as there's a lot to improve on!
He looks very good to me, I think you're being hard on yourself! He lacks energy to start with in the first test, but seemed to improve as he went on. I didn't have a chance to watch all of them, but you look great together
RIP Blossie - 1985 to 8/8/09 - "All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl."
Lol lilholley thankyou, I just get frustrated as I know we can do better and I have no other way of competing after this showground ends for the season (other than doing it online) so I want to get it right, lil bit of my OCD shining through there haha