I need to start every warm-up checking in with my own body and with his.
|Rolling with my entourage. PC: Leah|
Adding those extra ten minutes on Saturday really helped. We've both noticed that starting my on-the-contact work with HI/HO on a 20m circle really helps Connor loosen up and get on my aids, and it also gives me a chance to check in with my position too. I need to warm up at home like I do at shows.
Plugging into my back has to become my default.
|Connor: Learn how to riiiiiiiiide. PC: Leah|
Otherwise I pull. And that's not good for anybody.
I only go off course when CGP is watching my test.
|Studying my test in the USDF TestPro app. PC: Leah|
Don't know what to make of this, and I acknowledge that it could be a red herring, but the only times I've gone off course in the last 5 years have been the first time I've done a new test and when she's watching. Something to think about and work through.
His dietary changes could have totally been the placebo effect, but I definitely had more horse than ever before throughout this show.
|Still cruising along with more than enough horse on Day 3. PC: John Borys Photography|
Still debating on whether to even write about what I changed because I know I often influence people to buy things (MEGAN), and I can't prove that what I changed caused the difference I felt. What I do know is that because of the timing of when he went to CGPs and when the show was, I was only able to do one conditioning ride before the show, yet I had more horse than I ever have before, stamina-wise.
2-2 can die in a fire.
|Entourageeeeee. PC: Leah|
If you voluntarily ride 2-2 for fun, I do not understand you, lol.
If jackets are waived, it's not even a decision.
|My jump saddle is so small, I can use it with a Dressage pad and you probably didn't even notice that until I said something. PC: John Borys Photography|
It's not that I can't ride well when I'm uncomfortable, but it's definitely harder, and I've put together a jackets-waived outfit I'm excited about being photographed in. SO, yeah, unless it's required or it's cold, I'm taking my jacket off every chance I get in the Midwestern heat.
Competing at Waterloo definitely helped.
It changed a lot about what I did at Pony Cup, from the timing of my warmup, to the decision to get a tack stall, to recognizing the need for a bunch more hooks and straps for hanging things, to deciding to change his diet. There are shows that I'll do that matter a bunch by themselves, like Pony Cup and ride-offs, but there will also be shows that I'll do that matter more on the timeline of my show season, and Waterloo is definitely the latter.