So, if you hated the last video, don’t watch this one.
I thought entering him in the walk/trot test would be a nice little “toe in” for us both, but it ended up being a bloody awful test.
Me, reading through the Prep C
Granted, when you’re only doing walk/trot, they obviously have to give you “stuff” to do, but considering I am unlikely to come across the 15m half circles again or have to go straight into a serpentine after a trot loop I think they could have used less “stuff”.
Bumper did not like “the stuff”.
Bumper did not like that he didn’t have a moment of peace before I asked him to do more “stuff”.
So for this reason, the prelim test actually suited him a lot better, because it might have canter (which he loves anyway tbh) but the other moves are bare bones and basic. Circles, diagonals, you know, nothing special. When he is being a “good boi™”, I can just sit quietly and let him chill for a bit before the next move.
This test allowed no such peace for him, so he did not want to be the “good boi™“.
Obviously, I could, I dunno, ride him better but look, this was the last day we could film and this is the best one we did, so this is what we got.
So, in summary…
On the plus side I have learnt quite a bit from this little exercise.
Like the fact I need to ride a straight centreline or I will always throw marks away there constantly.
Or you know, actually go into a corner with my horse.
Because I am throwing marks away for just not being where I am supposed to be.
I wonder if he will forgive me, for being cute the way I always forgive him for being cute. Probs not.
I’ll also remember to not change my horse’s bit in the run up to a competition and never ever forget the fly spray again.