|Lori and Loki during Dressage warm-up|
here. (Warning: my sister's phone froze at the end of the test so she missed the last canter and the final halt. Although, she did tell me the canter looked about the same and he did pick up the correct lead. Thanks Mindee!!!) You can definitely see the tension he is carrying and there is quite a bit of resistance in some of his downward transitions but I don't see anything that makes me too unhappy. Actually, quite the opposite. I am very proud of him! But he only scored a 47.1 which put him in 12th place (out of 13) after dressage. Boo!
Stadium was a double clear!! Well, actually there was supposedly one time penalty I've been told but it is not present on the online scores so I'm not counting it! This put him in 11th place. The time was very slow because Loki has a tendency to rush between fences. It is sort of his way of dealing with tension I think, perhaps remnants of his race horse days when work and crowds equaled run really fast. So Lori really brought him up sharply in a couple of places to make him take his time. He is actually a lot better than he was at any of the schooling shows we went to last summer and his actual jumping looks TONS better. Last year we had a lot of deer jumps but for the most part he looks nice and round over the jumps in the video which you can see here.
|I got the stadium jump from someone who posted it on facebook for my trainer. I'm not sure how many more I will get.|
So looking at his d score, I am sure you are disappointed and I am too, but there are tons more good things to point out. His warmup was good, he didn't really want to take big steps but he stayed soft and round. He just got tense in the ring and didn't come back. His stadium was better than expected, he wanted to run and listened when I said no which is why we got the time penalty. He jumped everything easily and with no problems. All and all a successful outing for his first in a long time. We just need to keep working on that relaxation. I have no worry about him refusing a fence, he has the jumping down and is jumping in fantastic form. Once he lets you adjust his balance he could easily go training and most likely higher than that. Looking forward to this summer, and really getting him to use his back and be adjustable. Take care will report back about tomorrow:)So I can't be more happy than I am, really. We definitely have some work to do this summer. The name of the game really will be relaxation and balance. We might play around with some different bit options, not stronger bits, mind, but just some different options. He has gotten very comfortable with leaning on the bit he has now and that is the biggest reason he tends to lose his balance, in my opinion. I may even try some bitless options. We'll see...
Until next time!