endless circles – figuring out the canter pirouette

My biggest struggle moving up to PSG has been the canter pirouette.  Monte prefers 2’s over 3’s & 4’s, he has pretty trot extensions, CAN do a nice walk pirouette and understands, at least, what I’m asking for when schooling piaffe/passage. The canter pirouettes though, we’ve both had a mental block with.  Maybe my mental […]

Poplar Place 5/2-3

I decided to take Monte to Poplar after we couldn’t get in to the last Ocala show.  I felt let down that once we had really started to have a handle on all three phases the season was over – and I had set a goal of 4 perfect training xc rounds for the season. […]

RH Spring – Spoiler: two clean xc rounds!

Well… this time around showing both boys, I had over an hour between dressage rides, which was AWESOME! Forrest’s score went down about 5 points from last time to a 39.8.  He still “leapt” into the canter, which the judge knocked me for, but I’m glad she didn’t see how bad it used to be, […]

RH Winter II – More highs, more lows

This weekend, Monte and I set out to redeem ourselves while Alloy and I hoped to have a nice move up to Training from Novice.  And, well, it all worked out in the end. I finally started posting in my dressage tests with Monte along with going for a lower level frame, and it paid off […]

committing is not always a harmonious endeavor

Justin came to me to get fixed before he was ever successfully started.  Supposedly, he turned into a bucking, grunting bronco the moment anyone straddled his back.  I took my time with him, leaning on him, laying over him, having my farrier who would be able to keep me safe if Justin tried anything lead […]

RH Winter I -Highs & Lows

This weekend, I competed Monte at Training and Alloy at Novice, and I came in with high expectations.  My “high” expectations are relative, not unrealistic: I wanted Monte to knock out one of my qualifying rides toward Prelim – under 50% dressage, no more than 16 faults stadium and no runouts/refusals xc.  My main goal […]