After all these weeks of uncertainty, it is fantastic to finally start to see a light at the end of the tunnel!
While a lot of people have been making the most of their netflix subscriptions during social distancing, it would seem horse riders have been hitting the training hard and not giving up on smashing those 2020 goals. I have never been so busy coaching in my life!
It has actually been a pretty fun time, and I have been taking the opportunity to really challenge riders to take their training up a level, and aim for those few extra marks per movement. Whether it is improved accuracy in the tests, improved quality of the paces in the movements, or really just nailing those transitions, these small corrections all add up. One extra mark per movement adds up to 10% over the course of a dressage test. Going from a 60% to a 70% seems a lot more achievable when you think of it that way!
On the home front, Banjo has been trying his hand at some speed bumps on the arena. I don’t think he is ever going to be a jumper of any particular talent, but it is certainly fun giving him new little challenges. He has worked out that he has to get from one side to the other, and kind of be airbourne in the middle. His style is a little bit dressage horse meets grasshopper, but he has a good attitude and never says no. He has been having a few teething issues lately, so he is now going to have a little well earned rest, while his teeth settle down, and most probably continue to drive me insane with the silly crap he does in the paddock!
In some other exciting news, this weekend I will have the very beautiful Bazzy come to stay for a few weeks. He is an absolutely stunning horse, but he is very broken and has been incredibly let down by the humans in his life. I will share some of his background and talk about the rehab work his wonderful new owner and I have been working on with him next week. He is a very special boy, so can’t wait for that one!
Happy riding everyone, and hopefully it won’t be too long before we are scoring 9’s on the centreline once again!