My husband’s dressage test was up first. We left Levi in his stall and he proceeded to try to kill himself kicking the walls, banging at the door, and spinning while screaming. Since he’d figured out how to open his door, I had tied it shut with bailing twine and then he managed to get his foot stuck on his bucket while kicking it and the door had to get cut open. After that I had to remove everything from his stall before leaving him. Fun times.
Anyway, off in dressage land, my husband warmed up well and went in for his test. I thought it was a pretty good test for them. Eugene was fairly relaxed and steady. The judge didn’t hate them, but she thought they needed to be more on the bit. Which is true, but gets a bit boring as a comment.
1. A Enter working trot. C Track right
Judge’s Comments: “Straight. Show more ground cover bend and turn”
2. B Circle right 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: “Steady strides. Needs bend and rounder topline”
3. KXM Change rein
Judge’s Comments: “a little braced”
4. E Circle left 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: “needs more bend through body”
5. Between K and A Working canter left lead
Judge’s Comments: “Above bit”
6. A Circle left 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: “stays above bit and counter flexed”
7. Between B and M Working trot
Judge’s Comments: “Little braced. Not straight.”
8. HXF Change rein working trot
Judge’s Comments: “Above bit”
9. Between F and A Working canter right lead
Judge’s Comments: “labored and hollow”
10. A Circle right 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: “needs correct position to inside”
11. Between E and H Working trot
Judge’s Comments: “not straight or on bit”
12. C Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: “Smooth. Show more march after”
13. M – E Free walk. E – K Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: “Stretch more down. Cover more ground.”
14. K Working trot. A Down centerline
Judge’s Comments: “More bend in turn”
15. X Halt, Salute
Judge’s Comments: “needs straighter halt”
Final Score: 43.0
Final Comments: “Capable pair needs correct position to inside”
This score left them in 13th out of 15 going into Stadium.
I had to race back from watching my husband’s test to get Levi tacked up for my own. We had an okay warm up with lots of transitions and change of pace within gates to get him listening to me. Then we went in and he decided that he couldn’t possibly go right.
1. A Enter working trot. C Track left
Judge’s Comments: “Be straighter. More on bit”
2. E Circle left 20 meters working trot.
Judge’s Comments: “Needs bend. More ground cover.”
3. Between K and A Working canter left lead.
Judge’s Comments: “little reluctant”
4. A Circle left 20 meters working canter.
Judge’s Comments: “counter flexed”
5. Between F and B Working trot
Judge’s Comments: “should stay more on bit”
6. C Medium Walk.
Judge’s Comments: “More fluid at C. March after”
7. HXF Free walk. Between F and A Medium Walk.
Judge’s Comments: “Needs stretch down. Show more purpose in walk”
8. A Working Trot
Judge’s Comments: “quite hollow”
9. E Circle right 20 meters working trot.
Judge’s Comments: “Above bit. Needs bend and ground cover.”
10. Between H and C Working canter right lead.
Judge’s Comments: “wrong lead”
11. C Circle right 20 meters working canter.
Judge’s Comments: “Canters on wrong lead”
12. Between M and B Working Trot
Judge’s Comments: “Be more on bit. Keep straighter.”
13. A Down Centerline.
Judge’s Comments: “Above bit. Relax bend”
14. X Halt, Salute
Judge’s Comments: “fairly straight”
Final Score: 45.3
Final Comments: “Capable pair. Practice your canter departs with correct bend and balance to be more secure during test.”
I was pretty pissed off after that test. We have already practiced right lead canter departs. A lot. He got them all in our warm up (and in the practice show the day before) so I really wasn’t prepared for him to just flip me the finger on that during the test. After we walked out, I took him back to the warm up where he once again tried to ignore my request for right lead and he had his ass kicked. I don’t mind greenness or mistakes. What I hate is when he purposefully ignores me regarding things he knows how to do.
I think the judge was overly generous for my test. Maybe because intro isn’t a rated division? I don’t know. I certainly didn’t deserve a 4 for cantering on the wrong lead for 2 movements. We ended 12 out of 13 only because the 13th person was eliminated after doing BN B instead of A. I think it’s rather sad that our disaster of a test got a score only 2 points off from my husband’s when Eugene was trying so hard to be good and put in a really steady test. I think judges just like Levi and he scores higher even when he’s an asshole.
Levi is certainly causing his share of difficulties these days! It’s too bad because when I look at him I can see his potential for dressage once you get his head in the game and get him understanding that he doesn’t need to dump his balance all on his forehand.
Eugene is coming along nicely. He’s such a sweet guy.
I think Levi has potential too, but he isn’t interested in participating in dressage.
Eugene is really coming along so nicely. Levi will get there once he stops his youngen temper tantrums
I’d just like him to grow up a bit faster
Eugene is really coming along! Hopefully Levi will get through this stage of…being a wholly terror? and get over himself? Sorry he’s being such a pain.
I’m hoping he’ll grow up soon.
Whoa Levi! He sure is a handful, isn’t he? I thought Eugene (from the pictures) looked much better than a 43. Hopefully Levi grows up soon!
I don’t think the judge’s will like Eugene until he goes on the bit. Every judge at every show has the same comment.
Sassy Levi! Your coat looks freakin fantastic as a side note.
Thanks. I love that coat.
What a little packer Eugene is turning into <3 Love him!!
Levi will get there too!! He's just… sassy lol
Sounds like Levi is going through his terrible two’s! I do agree though, the pretty factor does seem to woo the judges.
Eugene looks like he’s really starting to relax more in the show ring!
Pretty has it’s advantages, but I’d take a good mind over pretty any day.
i’m sorry 🙁 the way you describe it, it sounds pretty freakin miserable competing Levi in his current state of greenness and level of training
I think most of it is our relationship at this point. I’m so annoyed with him, everything he does wrong just annoys me more. He’s not really that bad of a horse.
Eugene is looking much better! He’s showing such a big improvement from the “guard llama” protecting the world from horse-murdering judge booths we saw not that long ago. Sorry Levi’s being such a butt. He used to cut a more studly figure, but all that bad behavior means he’s losing popularity to Eugene big time. All the mares and humans-with-food love a horse that brings their A game to the sandbox. 😉
Exactly. Eugene is definitely winning me over with his desire to be a good boy. I feel like he’s improved a lot over this season so it’s a shame to not see his scores go up much.
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This park sounds like it’s a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the details with us!
I definitely see improvement in Eugene compared to past tests! He looks much less drama llama and much more trying-to-do-the-Thing. Levi. Damn, Levi. Who pissed in your Wheaties that morning? Good gracious.
Levi’s been pissed about his life a lot lately.