Learning From Your Tests!

I competed last Sunday with the superstar Abe. It was our first time out for a little while, and I have been working so hard and was really excited to show our new skills!!!!

… and…

… wait for it…

Epic fail.

Well no. Not epic fail. But fail. Boo. Sad face ๐Ÿ™

Ahhhhhh. Yes I love learning, love it love it love it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


So what did I learn? What did I notice, and what do I need to change?

I learned lots, heaps, loads… but specifically…

1. I had tried a new training technique to improve the piaffe and passage. I had started playing with it that week, so yes it is definitely improving the piaffe/passage, unfortunately we haven’t had enough time to consolidate it, so in the test it was quite the disaster.

So that has to be ok! I did something to improve the marks, and it is working – the work is much much better, it was just a case of bad timing. Riding him this week, he is so much stronger and better, and I know he will peak at the right time in three weeks for the Victorian Dressage Championships!! ๐Ÿ™‚

2. He is anticipating some of the movements in the test, the walk, the canter. Not on. So again my training has to be smarter – so we have been practicing the test walking instead of cantering, and cantering instead of walking. Again – I can train that, but I didn’t know that was a problem until Sunday. That is probably the most challenging thing to deal with – you are riding in your little fabulous land, and all of a sudden SLAM – the horse does something completely out of left field and your are like … what the?!?!? Why are you doing that?!??!?! But that’s just my lack of experience at this level.

3. There is a movement in the test which to my… happiness? … we can’t seem to nail in the test, all it is, is a flying change at X in between the two pirouettes. It’s not hard, but for the last three tests this movement has turned into a disaster! Hmmmm… I take responsibility for everything that happens, so it must be me. So – ok it’s me in the test doing something … but what is it?!?!?!?! My head is going crazy figuring it out! I can practice it at home – perfect – practice it in in the warm up – fine, do it in the test… fail… What the?!?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

All I know is I will figure it out! I love challenge, I love having to be creative, step up and be more! It’s all good! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my training challenges at the moment, and you’re having as much fun as I am working through your challenges!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

To Your Success!

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p.s. โ€“ Love to hear how this has helped in your riding decisions

p.p.s. โ€“ To read more on how to learn from your tests, click here if you are a Dream Team, or Your Riding Success Program member. For more information on how to become a member of the Dream Teamย click here.