Awful! That's what we were today. AWFUL!
I had a very fresh horse who kept trying to think for me. He was all about cantering when we went to a corner. Going straight wasn't easy and occasionally we could actually halt at X. He was just busy, busy, busy.
I rode him and I cantered him around to get the edge off. I STILL can't keep my seat in the saddle. I get so aggravated with myself. I'm trying! I really am! Sometimes I can do it but I just can't maintain it. I have to think of myself as a jellyfish in order to do it.
At any rate, I'm committed to showing on the 3rd and by George we'll do it come hell or high water. We guarantee to help any others who may be competing in the Intro levels. I even video taped our best effort this morning. Truly - it's our best effort for today. We were pathetic! Ollie just had "GO!" on his mind. In hindsight I should have lunged him first. I have to remind myself that he's like Amos. Amos, our not yet 2 yr old lab mix, needs to run around and get his yahoo's out before we work on obedience training. Otherwise he just can't listen. He just wants to play and go! Ollie's the exact same way. If I want a good citizen then I need to let him get out some energy to get there.
Note to self, ride him a good long time before we go in for our tests at the show...
So here is our video for this month. It's not pretty but he's SO CUTE when he goes well if even for a few strides... The song is by one of my favorite artists K T Tunstall (think Black horse and a Cherry tree song) - Hopeless!