I was looking forward to this week’s lesson as I’d had a pretty good come back. However, I’ve been exhausted, as I said in my previous post due to a poorly puppy.
I helped out a bit at first and once I had my lesson, I felt positive if not so much with my head in the game. Everything was flying out of my concentration zone and I was shuffling, not being effective and in turn, Bella went onto shut down.
I worked my butt off but my RI stopped me and told me to think I was in a dressage arena and was about to do a test. How would I act? Would I be kicking on, urging the pony loudly to do as I was asking, shuffling around and looking a mess? I said no and she asked what a judge was looking for from you in a test?
I said neatness, effectiveness, working as a team and she said that was right. So she asked me to walk around pretending I was in a dressage test and everything just changed. Bella was listening, I was effective with my aids and it just worked. I was told to come up the centre line after a good solid walk around the track and salute.
I hate to admit this, I had no idea what it meant to salute. So my RI showed me. So, Bella and I hit X, successful in our dressage mode and saluted. It was a good end to a not so fabulous lesson.