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Me, I’m headed to Jump Start Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park. (Perhaps I’ll see some of you there?) Sound off, Horse Nation: We want to know your weekend plans!
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Hunter rider scratch that. Eventer playing hunter by day, real life high schooler by evening!
AKA going to practice some show jumping at a show, running home and getting ready for homecoming. Yes, I will be wearing a dress and look girly! :O
But will you SMELL girly? Make sure to take a shower before you put on that dress:)
We’re still working on practicing T3 for the show, but now perfecting the stretchy circle, a 20m circle ridden when you allow the horse to stretch down and forward. Athene gives me her nose down to the level of her knees, but brings it back up in a few secs. Enter a tip from my instructor, who says when you’re preparing for the stretch by asking your horse to raise her head, you request some inside bend so that when you loosen the reins–outside rein first–you still have a bit of bend left. If Athene raises her head before you ask for it, you ask for more bend. The bend controls the amount of stretch you allow or request, something I didn’t know. When you gather up the reins at the end of the circle,start with the inside rein, followed quickly by the outside rein, so that she stays round.
I’ll be doing that all weekend, so that stretching is so second nature to Athene that she does it even when she’d prefer look around at everything that’s distracting her. Good thing my instructor is so knowledgeable: I’d be lost without her. That’s why I got a 50 at the last recognized show I went to, bc I didn’t have an instructor then.
Good tip! The stretchy circle can be tricky!!!!
picking up blankets from the blanket lady, and cleaning my tack in preparation of getting on Alfie for the first time since he bowed that damn tendon in April. SO HAPPY that the first ride is right around the corner!!!!
YAY Alfie!!!!!!! Cheers to his recovery!
The real Riley of Horsin’ Round is at Jumpstart this weekend. Stop by stall 1332 for autographs !
OMG!!!! I just got this–I wish I had met him!!!
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