I have mixed emotions following dressage today.
I was disappointed in myself for letting test nerves creep in once I got in the boards. I backed off and became tense, which produced the same output in our test. I really needed to just pull my brave pants up and kick on so Harry was forward and focused on me. However, up until that point I hadn't felt any nerves, I had been excited by the prospect of competing, and was attacking the day with a positive mindset.
My struggle is that it is so easy to compare how you ride at a competition to what you know you can produce at home. I also have to remember me and Harry are just learning how to harness this new found movement he has, and at times I think both of us become overwhelmed by it. But that's the thing, we are learning. It won't happen over night and it will have its ugly moments, but we will get there. I was able to feel when it was wrong and I know what to work on for next time.
Despite some of the ugly moments, which you can see in some of the videos, we managed to get our first qualifying scores towards the Petplan Associated Championship classes and for the RoR Northern Dressage Horse Championships 🙂