This year it’s more about continuing what we started. I’ve considered going to our first ever recognized dressage show (both hers and mine) but I’m not sure if we will do that or not. I’m on her time frame, with no schedule or expectation as to where we should be at; when she’s ready we’ll go. I hope to take her to a few league dressage shows this spring/summer, showing her at intro until we are ready to tackle the canter needed in the training level tests.
Her ride-ability is improving so much! Just last week I was noticing how much better our steering has gotten. It’s mostly reliable at this point and I can ride her like a big horse, using both inside and outside aids to communicate what I want. Of course the steering is less refined at the canter but that’s alright, it’s where we are at right now and I’m really pleased with the direction she is heading.
All that being said, for the record, here are my goals for Emi:
- Show at intro and transition to training level by the end of the summer (if not sooner). I think 3-4 shows would be perfect.
- Toying with the idea of doing the 4 year old test (if we go to a recognized show). Has anyone ever done this? I’m sure we won’t be competitive against her warmblood counter parts but how many years can we compete in the 4 year old tests?
- Continue to trail ride (at least once a month and hauling out as the weather improves).