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    Default Never set yourself a limitation!

    I think we can all be guilty of accepting our lot, doing the same old same old and therefore getting the same old same old!

    I have posted about going to a new instructor and I had a bit of a revelation in my last lesson, although we are going through the motions I wasn't really 'riding it' and Topaz certainly wasn't really 'giving it', this is what happens when its the blind leading the blind . We worked on opening up Topaz's range of movement within the paces and well blow me down, she felt AMAZING and it suddenly clicked what it was I'd been trying to achieve .

    So with the words "what can we do to make it an 8" ringing in my ears, we went out for M61 and M73 on Sunday. I figured what have I got to lose (well the competition ), but thought lets do this, and really rode for the engagement. I know if I get her in front of the leg it curbs the spooking, but what I'd not strung together was she can be forward and collected . First test, felt mega, it's a super easy medium and she is fairly established, but actually it was nice to find it easy and therefore ask more . If she hadnt squeezed a flying change in we would so have been seventy percent... I know its not about the score really, but omg so close and Im really starting to believe that yes she IS a seventy percent horse . 69% and overall first.

    Unfortunately the tests were almost back to back and well the fatty hippo is not renown for her stamina , so not really enough time to get the energy back up between tests, so we were a bit tired . This did mean we scored another 9 for our collection, for our walk . So a slightly less together but no flying changes test for 68% and first again .




    Clever Topaz, it's funny I've loved training her but it's only really now that Im really starting to believe in us and stopped putting a limit on just what we can achieve!

    In other news Skylla is now beyond smug, all the work and years Topaz has put in and she gets the swanky new sponsered bridle from CK Equine , what she isn't banking on is the plan of work for her this season now .



    Thanks for reading!

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    Oh wow, massive massive well done, those are spectacular scores. It is truly amazing when you find a whole new pool of scope in a horse that you didn't believe existed congrats on finding that new instructor.

    Skylla has her work cut out now!

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    Default Re: Never set yourself a limitation!

    Well done! Great achievement.

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    Well done Would be great if you hit the 70% next outing, but these scores are just as exciting!

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    Absolutely fantastic, well done!! I like the “make it an 8” philosophy - I tend to be too chuffed with a 7!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DabDab View Post
    Oh wow, massive massive well done, those are spectacular scores. It is truly amazing when you find a whole new pool of scope in a horse that you didn't believe existed congrats on finding that new instructor.

    Skylla has her work cut out now!
    Thank you, I think I knew she was talented but had no idea how to access it or if I even could access it, new instructor is da' bomb !


    Quote Originally Posted by VRIN View Post
    Well done! Great achievement.
    Thank you .


    Quote Originally Posted by Four Seasons View Post
    Well done Would be great if you hit the 70% next outing, but these scores are just as exciting!
    Yes 70% feels so close now, though I'm still super chuffed as I'd always put us at the mid 60's mark and really she can get the better marks and I can ask more of her .


    Quote Originally Posted by j1ffy View Post
    Absolutely fantastic, well done!! I like the “make it an 8” philosophy - I tend to be too chuffed with a 7!
    This is the problem, or my problem. I was always so chuffed to get a 7 it was almost like this was our ceiling and all I could expect and the pinnacle almost of what we could score. Clearly I need to rethink that attitude and once we've done the strength, balance, engagement training then there is no reason not to ride for those 8's or 9's .

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    Default Re: Never set yourself a limitation!

    That's fantastic, well done to you and topaz.

    Is the CK equine stuff nice? I'm just waiting on a delivery

    Is that how the noseband is supposed to fit? It looks exceptionally low

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheels View Post
    That's fantastic, well done to you and topaz.

    Is the CK equine stuff nice? I'm just waiting on a delivery

    Is that how the noseband is supposed to fit? It looks exceptionally low

    Love the CK Equine stuff, English leather and Topaz's bridles are still going strong 4 years later .

    It's a drop so yes lower than a cavesson would be .

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    Oh marvellous, lovely update. You need to stop squashing her giant ears though ;-)

    I also think she deserves a fancy new bridle haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexHyde View Post
    once we've done the strength, balance, engagement training then there is no reason not to ride for those 8's or 9's .
    Ain't it great when you find another level. The 70% will happen
    Can I just whisper you are at it again. You don't ride for an 8 or 9 you ride for a 10!
    Still looking for a horse to ride / school.

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