March Show Videos and Test Sheets

Dressage Mom Archive on March 21, 2009, 10:27 pm

Finally, what you've all been waiting for! Show videos with test sheets. This is a long post. Enjoy.A note about the videos - Albert's owner took the videos for the first two days of the show, and she is self-admittedly not a very good videographer. Some of the videos are hard to watch because she had a hard time holding the camera still, plus it was really cold for some of the tests and her fingers were frozen. I brought our tripod but she didn't use it. So, sorry for the shaky videos!For non-dressage
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Working on it

Dressage Mom Archive on March 18, 2009, 2:05 pm

So yeah, I'm working on getting the videos and test sheets posted here.I'm stupidly busy at work (with regular work plus a special project that I am on which will probably cause me to work late a few days this week), still trying to clean up and do laundry from the show, and trying to get to the tack store to buy a boot for Kaswyn so that he will keep his foot wrapped when he gets turned out. Oh, and work horses and clean the house too.Seriously, our house is way out of control. Craig decided to
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March Show - Day 3

Dressage Mom Archive on March 16, 2009, 12:37 am

Whew! I am so tired. And sore. I think Kaswyn was also sore today due to his antics in the ring yesterday. He was very uneven behind in his trot work. I couldn't feel it, but my trainer told me about it after my test. It was bad enough that she thought the judge might ring the bell and excuse us for lameness. We did Prix St Georges and he got a 55%, but not because of the uneven strides. He got a low score because we had quite a few yucky movements in the test. He got a 6th place out of 7.Albert
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March Show - Day 2

Dressage Mom Archive on March 15, 2009, 1:16 am

Again, a quick update tonight. More details tomorrow or maybe Monday when I get some time. This morning I showed Kaswyn Fourth Level Test 1. He was SO excited to be back in the show ring that he couldn't think straight. Although he was sound, all of his adrenaline was clouding his brain and he just could not focus or concentrate. He wasn't naughty, though, and I had to laugh at his behavior. I also had some bad behavior and went off course, causing us to get an error and lose two points. We got
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March show - Day 1

Dressage Mom Archive on March 14, 2009, 2:24 am

Here is a quick recap of the show.Kaswyn went to the show because the vet thought the foot looked fine. If he's sound on it tomorrow like he was today then he will show Saturday and Sunday.Albert won his Training Level Test 1 class with a 66% (the second highest score of the day).Albert also won his Training Level Test 2 class with a 67% (the highest score of the day).I will post video and my test score sheets so you all can watch the tests and read what the judge had to say. But that will have
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Wow, talk about a bad decision

Dressage Mom Archive on March 13, 2009, 1:28 am

Unwrapping Kaswyn's foot was a huge mistake. The foot looked like it was closing up and healing on Tuesday and Wednesday, but today it had completely broken open and is now bigger than before. Dr. B said it was a tissue granulation process and will make the wound bigger and might produce proud flesh if I don't keep it pressure wrapped. He needs to stay with his foot wrapped for 3 to 4 weeks. During that time Dr, B says I can ride him and he can get turned out in the arena, just not in mud at all.
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Tiny glimmer

Dressage Mom Archive on March 12, 2009, 2:44 am

Tonight I went out and rode the boy. I spent some time in the stall doing some stretching exercises with him, and then gave him a good grooming - he's shedding like a monster! His foot is looking much better, which is a relief. For our ride I decided to go with the snaffle bit instead of the full bridle, since I planned on doing a lot of stretching and bending and thought the snaffle bit would be better for that.We started out on a long rein with him long and low. I made him stretch his neck out
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Show season 2009 - Over before it even began?

Dressage Mom Archive on March 11, 2009, 2:05 am

Times are tough right now. The economy sucks, everyone is worried about their investments, their jobs, and how much stuff costs. Things just got scarier for our little family today. Craig's work has been laying people off rather steadily for months now. He's been able to dodge the bullets so far, but the problem is we never know when it could happen to us. We have been through this three times in the past, so we know that we can make it through again if he were to get laid off. But we'd really like
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The decision made

Dressage Mom Archive on March 10, 2009, 12:51 am

I decided not to wrap Kaswyn's foot tonight. After I hand walked him I unwrapped the foot and it looked very wet, but it didn't really look infected. It did have a funky smell again, so I wiped it clean with sterile gauze pads. Once I got all the goo off of it I could see that some of the flap was adhered back to the foot, while some of it was not. I cut off the parts that were not stuck down and then pressed on the wound with the gauze to get it as dry as possible. Then I gave it a good coating
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Trying to decide

Dressage Mom Archive on March 9, 2009, 12:13 am

I went out to the barn this afternoon and walked Kaswyn around the arena. Well, I got on him bareback and walked him because he's such a pain in the butt to hand walk. After the walking I unwrapped his foot. I think the flap of skin might actually stick down and not leave a gaping hole in his heel. There is still an open wound, but it's more like a slash instead of a hole. It was awfully wet and soft, and the heel around it has started to soften up as well. It didn't look like it was infected, which
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I love my horse. However...

Dressage Mom Archive on March 6, 2009, 2:30 pm

...sometimes he is an ass.For some reason my horse has gotten into the bad habit of running into his stall when he is brought in from the pasture at feeding time. This happens every now and then, and I'm usually able to fix this problem, or at least make it a little better. Yesterday Susan brought him in and he started to run into his stall. She stopped him, but he got all antsy. She thought she had him under control, but at the last second he leapt into his stall.This is the result of his action.What
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Freak me out, why don't you?

Dressage Mom Archive on March 5, 2009, 3:37 pm

Yesterday the ponies had the day off so I showed up early to get the chicklets from school. They deserved a special treat because they had been getting good reports from their teacher and Macey had been eating all of her dinner (without time outs - this has been a struggle). I decided that we'd all go get Slurpees.So we're all sucking down our Slurpees in the car on the way home. Just as I'm approaching our house and pressing the garage door opener, I see a man standing across the street from our
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Excited times 2

Dressage Mom Archive on March 3, 2009, 7:42 pm

The first excitement of the day...After many years of trying to find my first riding friend, Jean, I have finally gotten back in touch with her. It's scary how easily you can fall out of touch with people and then have no way of reaching them. Even in this age of technology, some people are just not findable. Well, unless you pay a fee to some people finder service. And that is too much like stalking for my taste.The last time I spoke with Jean I was married to my first husband. Two more husbands
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Dressage Mom Archive on March 2, 2009, 8:33 pm

My trainer cancelled our lesson. We're going to try again tomorrow at 5:30.Besides that, both boys have been working well. Albert is ready for this show. He's fit, supple, and knows what is expected of him. He just gets a little excitable at home, and if he thinks he's made a mistake he gets tense. Now he just needs to calm down a bit and listen in the show ring and we're all set.I rode Kaswyn in the double bridle yesterday for the first time in probably four years. He felt pretty decent, and we
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Muddy frustration

Dressage Mom Archive on February 27, 2009, 5:33 pm

Last night I was all set up to clean poop out of the arena, have a nice ride on both horses, followed by a fun filled session of arena watering and dragging in preparation for my lessons tonight. However, when I got the the barn Kaswyn was literally dripping with wet, sticky mud.Usually if my horse is muddy it's dried so I can scrape and brush it off, but the booger must have just rolled before he was brought in from the pasture. Not only did he plaster both sides of his face, smoosh it in his ear,
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In some cases, size does matter

Dressage Mom Archive on February 25, 2009, 1:46 pm

An official dressage show arena measures 60 feet by 180 feet (20 meters by 60 meters).The arena at our barn is 60 feet by 120 feet. Which is 60 feet too short.Trying to ride a Fourth level test in a 60 x 120 arena is extremely difficult.Trying not to panic here, since I don't have easy access to a large arena to practice my tests in. I mean, I know I'd be more than welcome to ride in my trainer's arena, but we have a little problem... neither Susan or I has a trailer and my trainer's barn is not
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Dressage Mom Archive on February 24, 2009, 7:12 pm

A few weeks ago my trainer was telling me that she put her horse on a great supplement that really helped him recover from his injury. She called Smart Pak and said that the woman on the phone spent a good deal of time with her explaining her options and suggesting the supplement that would benefit her horse the most due to his age, usage, and condition. I decided that I should probably call Smart Pak too and get their recommendations, since I've never had a supplement evaluation for Kaswyn. I've
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Finally a post - two lessons, more food, and an award

Dressage Mom Archive on February 23, 2009, 4:39 pm

Things have been so busy I just haven't had a chance to post. Ten days flew by faster than I thought. Evenings are busy with riding horses, and then with playing with girls, and work has been crushingly busy. So there has been no time to write. I imagine that I won't get this post done in one sitting, let alone one day. But let's get this started, shall we?Both horses are coming along well for me. I had a lesson last Friday on each horse and my trainer was basically happy with both, but less so
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Dressage Mom Archive on February 23, 2009, 3:35 pm

Hello! Yes, I'm still here, and I've been working on a post since last Thursday. I've just been stupid busy and have had no time to write. So busy that I missed the deadline for entries for the first show! Luckily the show secretary told me to send them in and it wouldn't be a problem, so Albert and Kaswyn will be entered today (as soon as I get to the post office after work!)So March 13-15 I'm going to be showing again after not showing seriously since 2002. And I'm showing two horses! I must be
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Super Cuts

Dressage Mom Archive on February 9, 2009, 1:53 am

On Saturday the horses got the day off. They also got clipped. Albert was a hairy beastie and would get sweaty even in the coldest temperatures. I knew we were going to get warmer weather this week so that hair had to go. I only gave him a blanket clip because when the horses go out sometimes they are out all day long and I didn't think it would be nice to clip anything that would stick out from under his blanket. Well, I did clip his belly because I thought it would look weird if I didn't. Anyhow,
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