My horse, this week, has decided that he can no longer lengthen his trot stride. This is a damned shame because he has a bitchin' medium. I hope it revisits us Saturday. At an appropriate time in the test.
Can't wait to see y'all!
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That is sooo funny Robby... lengthen is what I have been working on as well, Army has NO lengthen! But a h*ll of a stretchy trot! Did you see the ride times? You better be ready to lead the way for me and Army... we are about an hour behind you! I want to hear all about how easy stadium and x-country were! Look forward to seeing you Friday night for that toast!!!
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Geez, all this time I kind of picutered you having that Colin Egglesfield look. (hoping you were not "that guy" pictured on your profilehttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif
Just breath Robby. It's not the end of the world if you don't have a stellar dr test. It's also not the end of the world that you get massive time penalties. As I was panicking last fall while waiting for my go on x-c as there was a hold on course because a rider decided to break his leg on a table, YVEventer said my horse can trot these fences. WHEW! Yes, he can, and yes, we did on some of the combos.
Take one movement at a time.
As Jan Thompson said last week on our x-c walk:
Take one fence at a time.
Don't remember that last fence you messed up. It's over and done with. Go on to the next one.
You'll be FINE Robby - the Precious isn't going to want to get his toes clipped by those rails so he'll keep them up, and heavens, he might chip something if he hits a XC fence, so he'll fly over those too.
Relax, and during your dressage test, stick your stomach out. It's impossible to be tense when you're giggling at yourself trying to do a Santa impression. The real point, of course it that sticking out yoru tummy makes your horse relax too (so his lengthening will return). No one will be able to see that you're trying to do Santa (0r Jack LeGoff, take your pick) so it's just your little secret.
You must tell us all when you return! And go ahead, have that Newcastle- you'll have nerve'd off all the calories anyway.
Remember, you've done this before and Rhodey looks like he could jump the moon. I moved up to Training this year for the first time on my horse that I've brought along. If we can do fine, you'll be fine.
Good luck and we're all waiting for the update on how well things went.