This photo about sums up what Ike thinks of this late winter/early spring snow and cold weather. Pphhtthhbbbttt! Just when he decided to start shedding his winter coat, Mother Nature decided to unleash the snow flakes. How are we supposed to prepare for our upcoming shows when we are grounded by the crappy weather and I’m stuck at home shoveling the sidewalk? I’d even foolishly loaded up the winter blankets to take them to be cleaned. Guess I will hold onto them for a few more weeks…my poor car will just have to be perfumed with “eau de horse blanket” for a little longer.
The best thing about snow this time of year is that it doesn’t stick around for long. Hopefully we will be back in the saddle again Tuesday afternoon when the temperatures return to the 50s. My recent rides have reminded me how much work there is to get done before show season kicks into high gear. I set high expectations for myself and Ike. What can I say – I am a perfectionist at heart and it irks me to get a 6.0 or 6.5 when I know we are capable of 7.0’s and higher. I’m pretty sure that the judge’s at the licensed show aren’t going to be giving away scores just because Ike is cute.
Our centerlines are still rusty. We are in good shape until it is time to trot on after our halt. If I’m not careful, Ike likes to giraffe his neck rather than staying soft in my hands. “Look over there! I think there is something I need to see.” Ugh. Then we wobble and bobble, and our straight line gets wavy.
Trot circles are okay as long as the rider doesn’t overbend Ike’s neck. Canter circles are stronger than last year, but there are still days I worry that we might knock over a few rails of the arena. If Ike gets a bit too forward, then it is debatable on whether or not we will down transition in the right place or just in the general vicinity. If I half halt too loudly, we trot too early. If my half halt is too quiet, then we bound along like Tigger for a few extra strides. Either way we get nailed by the judge. Boo hiss. I’m still hoping that dressage scoring considers dropping the high and low scores like ice skating before calculating your final percentage. Don’t think it is going to happen in the next month, so I’d better keep working.
No progress on show season grooming. Perhaps that is something I can work on while Ike hides in his stall from the snow flakes.
Keep thinking warm spring thoughts!