The test was honestly not my focus of Heartland, but it still deserves a mention. We got 3rd in a class of probably 9 or 10, with a 67%. It could easily have broken 70%, but someone turned into a fire breathing dragon the second he realized we were showing, and we lost several accuracy points as a result.
|This down transition was supposed to happen at M, but happened a few feet late. My too-long reins and too far back elbows did not help here.|
When we were going around the outside of the ring, he started prancing, and also crow hopped and did a squeal/whinny combo. I don't mind his extra energy, which he often gets in the show ring, but I do need to learn how to channel it. I did a good job with that on Saturday in every part except the canter.
|We are so braced against each other here, although at least my body is forward instead of back, and it's just my arms contributing. (That's a partial position win compared to normal).|
Our scores ranged from 5.5 (that late transition in the first picture) to 8.0's for the left lead canter and final halt. Our negative comments were things like "rushing", "hurried", "late". One time the "late" was because of pilot error, but two other times they were due to Connor being a challenging ride.
|I will take that 7.5 for rider position, thank you very much!|
|We still like the stretchy trot. Also, my PRI pony pad shifted during the canter. Need to figure that one out.|
The biggest thing is going to be relaxing my position at the canter so that we can resolve the rushing issues. Controlling the canter is going to be key for us in the move to Second.