Ike and I had just finished our short and productive ride. I initially worked on establishing our forward and rhythmic trot -no four wheelers revving their engines today. We then rode Intro B and Training 1 back to back. I was pleased with our efforts. Broke into trot during our right lead canter, but that was our only bobble. I had started the ride with my dressage whip, but dropped it near the mounting block after a few minutes since Ike’s right shoulder was not as pushy today. I had finished my ride, run up my stirrups, and then leaned over to pick up my whip. For whatever reason, it startled Ike and the reins slipped from my hand. Luckily, they were still over
my his neck so there was less of a chance for Ike to step on them. I said, “whoa,” but Ike said, “No,” and he struts off looking like a high-stepping Dutch Harness Horse. Neck was up, tail was up, and his front legs were perfect right angles. You could have served drinks on his forearms.
Well Ike’s antics got all the horses fired up. Why does he get to run around the barnyard???? Thankfully, all the gates were closed. And more thankfully, the farrier was done working on my friend’s horse. We were able to catch the runaway fairly quickly and calm the barnyard.
Ride times aren’t too bad for a recognized show: 8:48, 10:37, and 12:37. Tests run Intro B, Intro C, and Training 1. If all goes well, I should have my first two scores in hand before the final ride. Same judge for all three rides as well. Best news – Ms. C will be there to school us!
Goals for Sunday: 1) Breathe and enjoy the ride; 2) Keep our impulsion on the circles; and 3) Get the correct leads for canter. Hopefully Ike’s Training Level debut will go better than Cigar’s did. We scored a 49% (yes, that number is correct) since Cigar decided that he was not going to canter that day. Much like a young child who clams up when Mom asks them to speak in public. Would love to get above 60% for Ike’s first try. Is that too much to ask?