Goings on

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.

I have no recent media so here is Juice being cute by the pond

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!

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9 thoughts on “Goings on

  1. Emily June 28, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Oh Champagne Run would be fun! My mom is in town that weekend, but maybe I can convince her to take the drive to KHP with me. 🙂 Good Luck!

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    • Allison @ Pony Reboot June 28, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Thanks! Lots of people from my area are going and we’re attempting to be stabled together. That would be awesome if you came by! Let me know and I’ll give you my ride times!

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  2. Centered in the Saddle June 28, 2018 / 10:03 am

    No real advice – I just have to say that I relate so hard to your comment about not putting your heel down for dressage. It is so. hard.

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    • Allison @ Pony Reboot June 29, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      It’s maddening, isn’t it? My trainer says my stirrups could go down another hole and that might eliminate some of that, but I am NOT ready for that yet.. plus being on a pony, I feel like if they’re any longer my feet will be dragging on the ground.

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  3. Tracy June 28, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I struggle just to get hunters right, much less 2-3 different types of riding! Eventing looks so hard, hah. So excited to show with you at NV in like… 10 days!

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    • Allison @ Pony Reboot June 29, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      It is a lot to think about sometimes! Excited to show with you guys too, and maybe a little relieved I only need to concentrate on the smaller jumper classes, ha.

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  4. Emma June 30, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Oh man the switch to a more dressage type position after jumping and esp riding hunters is so freakin hard. I feel like I’ve been chipping away at small pieces for so long and am still so far away lol. For me (and ymmv) I’m finding that my leg position really starts with my seat/pelvis position and if I’m tipped forward there then my leg doesn’t have a chance. It’s a tough habit to break tho lol!

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    • Allison @ Pony Reboot June 30, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      That is for sure. My trainer spends about half my lessons telling me to sit back. Yesterday I had an ok lesson, but it was really hot and humid and Juice wasn’t helping me out much, and when she asked why I don’t take more of a feel of his mouth I wailed “because he feels like he’s a thousand miles away in this saddle” and she said it was time to be done. She was not wrong. lol I’ll get over myself eventually

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  5. L. Williams July 5, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    haha I totally understand what you mean about the body protesting big and lofty gaits. I feel like my body is constantly screaming at me for getting a big moving horse lol.

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