Going into this show, my husband’s goal was to do better than last time. Since last time Eugene decided 2 nights before dressage that he could no longer turn right, this seemed like a pretty achievable goal. Eugene still isn’t great at dressage even at home, but he gets extra tense at shows, especially ones with big, crowded warm up arenas. To help him settle down, we trailered in pretty early on Thursday and they did a lesson with Kate that afternoon and spent some additional time riding around their court. On Friday, they did a short lesson in the morning around 11:00, gave him another bath and let him relax for a few hours before the actual warm up and test at 4:00.
Because I was volunteering as a scribe in the afternoon, I braided Eugene before his first lesson. I’m pretty happy with how the braids came out, but I think I am going to try some wire next time. I’ve been experimenting with the running button braids because his mane likes to unwind itself from running braids. I really like the idea, but I need to practice more and get the sizing a bit more equal. Don’t worry, his forelock got tucked under the browband for his actual test.
1. A Enter working trot. C Track right
Judge’s Comments: “needs down stretch , horse braced on underneck”
2. B Circle right 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: “needs downstretch and bend. Too braced”
3. KXM Change rein
Judge’s Comments: “needs down stretch. Braced throughout”
4. E Circle left 20 meters working trot
Judge’s Comments: “needs down stretch. some head tossing”
5. Between K and A Working canter left lead
Judge’s Comments: “too braced”
6. A Circle left 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: “needs down stretch and bend”
7. Between B and M Working trot
Judge’s Comments: “hollow affecting rhythm”
8. HXF Change rein working trot
Judge’s Comments: “needs down stretch. hollow”
9. Between F and A Working canter right lead
Judge’s Comments: “slow to canter. Needs down stretch.”
10. A Circle right 20 meters
Judge’s Comments: “neck to outside. hollow on underneck”
11. Between E and H Working trot
Judge’s Comments: “ditto”
12. C Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: (no comment)
13. M – E Free walk. E – K Medium walk
Judge’s Comments: “needs down stretch in FW”
14. K Working trot. A Down centerline
Judge’s Comments: “very hollow”
15. X Halt, Salute
Judge’s Comments: (no comment)
Final Score: 43.8
Final Comments: “Determined duo needs to find and maintain a steady downward stretch over neck to properly display acceptance of contact.”
Kate and I watched the test together and both agreed that it was a lot better than the May HT. It wasn’t good, but it was an improvement. In addition to being able to turn right this time, Eugene was more relaxed and less dramatic. He was still a bit erratic. He’d go nicely for half the movement and then throw his head up or change pace. He really needs to get more consistent which will come with time. My husband felt like the test rode better and was happy to have an improved score.
It is better. It’s harder for Eugene too because of his neck confirmation but he’s getting there.
I agree about the conformation. I think it’s harder for him to look right for dressage.
how bout a flash or drop nose band to try? I have a flash on Remus not that he needs it but every once in awhile he goes back to his go to move of BRACING and opening his mouth like Eugene so it might help. Not sure if you have tried.
I think he is getting better. He is much steadier than he was when I first started following your blog. He looks cute braided too! Congrats on a well ridden test (husband and Eugene, sorry I just blanked on his name) HA!
We’ve tried a flash and it doesn’t help the fussiness.
Eugene always looks like he tries so hard!
He really does. I think he’s the most honest horse I’ve ever known.
Aww. Eugene, the sandbox isn’t so bad. Surely the judging booth ogres have already eaten their fill of cute bay llamas by now. Plus everyone knows that llamas are tastier than well-behaved horses. Best keep that head down just in case.
He does think the judge’s booth is a death machine.
Is it just me or are his canon bones HUGE. Why have I never noticed this before.
He’s got those heavy mustang bones.
Eugene thinks they should drop the whole dressage portion and just do an extra cross country course.
I think all eventers think that.