Summer showing season is well on its way to full swing around here. No more shows for me yet, but I have two on the horizon that weren’t there until recently. More on that later.
Last weekend I helped out at the local dressage schooling show where some friends had great rides, then we had a group summer birthday party. My birthday was earlier this month and I was gifted a second pair of Smartpak Hadley breeches. I bought some at LRK3DE and managed to get the wrong size, and by the time they got sent back I decided I needed the refund more than the pants. So that was a nice surprise!
Juice’s allergies have been terrible this year. I had to have the vet come out for him and he was put on a couple days of dex and an antihistamine, and he’s much better with no more coughing. I must add that if your horse will eat it, Cough Free does work, but I felt like he was miserable enough to need stronger meds this time.
Since I’ve gotten a little more consistent with my dressage lessons, I’m starting to understand the feel of it and riding in the new saddle much better. That doesn’t stop me from gripping with my whole leg like an idiot the day after I do a jump ride, but it’s a work in progress. It goes so against my entire riding foundation to be more “loose” in the saddle, but I’m trying. I’ve never been one to shove my heel down super hard, but it’s so hard to try not to do it at all.
At the same time these rides are coaxing a brand new big and lofty trot out of Juice that I’ve never even ridden before, so my body is like OMGWTF as I try to get my core stronger. I hope to have some media of said trot later this week. Fellow eventers or those who have done both jumping and dressage: what are some concepts that help you to improve your position? As long as I get Juice going forward I really don’t have to worry about him for stadium or xc, so the dressage saddle is seeing a TON of action this summer.
That’s good because we are finally going to ride training level in a week and a half at a big schooling show. I’ve been so busy trying to get my body to cooperate I haven’t even learned T2 & 3 yet besides practicing loops and stretchy circles, so I guess I should do that. We’ll also do a couple jumper rounds that weekend, but I’m keeping us at 2’3 and 2’6 so it’s not too tiring.
And a week after that, I may have signed up for the same recognized HT (Champagne Run) we went to last summer at the Kentucky horse park. Staying at starter for peace of mind. YOLO, I guess!