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  1. #1
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    Default First Dressage party

    So happy today, took my 4yr old, meadmoor zephyr to his first dressage competition. It was also his first ever show under saddle

    Ive owned him since he was a yearling and I broke him myself and until 4 weeks ago we were both happy just plodding around the farm but due to no facilities (last year I booked him to go to a friend for extra schooling) but on the understanding that I was going to go and help her and we could learn together

    So in the last 4 weeks my baby boy has been on a trailer (we've got a lorry) used a walker, been clipped, shod and been going well on the road and in the school. So last week cher (my trainer) decided he was ready to go to his first party. No pressure just a nice experience for us both to do.

    So Sunday dawned earlier (due to the clocks) and away we went. we were in 2nd to do intro a which was brilliant as the warm up was empty. warmed up slowly with lots of halt walk transitions, i was so nervous he was so good and was having a nose at everything and when two other horses came into the warm up he was interested in them but listened to me the whole time.

    warming up

    having a good look around

    with cher




    So onto the test
    he was so amazing, didn't look at the boards and was ok with the car
    The test went lovely, didn't ask for contact as we wanted him to encourage him to go forward for now. but he listened to me the whole time. was so pleased with him

    The test
    http://youtu.be/Tqi_3AzDs5g

    So i was so pleased with the test didn't mind what score he had as I knew what we'd achieved but was amazed with 62.2% and a lovely 6th place rosette and a nice 8 for our final halt

    So chuffed with my baby boy sorry for the long post

  2. #2
    Schoolmaster
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    Midlands
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    Default Re: First Dressage party

    Well done! Onwards and upwards if he has achieved all that in a few weeks- what a honest ponio!

  3. #3
    Just backed
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    Ayrshire
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    Default Re: First Dressage party

    Well done. Cant beat taking your own that you've started to their first show

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    Default Re: First Dressage party

    What a lovely baby, he is going to be super - well done
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  5. #5
    Sport horse
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    Aug 2008
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    Oxford
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    Default Re: First Dressage party

    Sweet horse, but I am struck by how you continuously 'kick' him. Since he is a young horse and not a dulled riding school slave, I would be concerned that you desensitivise him to your leg.

    I like to see the open frame in which you allow him to move. With a bit more focus on your position and balance you'll make a great team.
    Ceterum censeo Hyperflexionem esse delendam.

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