Accurate Figures

There are so many benefits to having an indoor, but the one I took advantage of today was that it is full-sized.  For years, I’ve been practicing my tests in rings that were too wide or too long or too small.  I was only able to ride in a real-sized ring at shows – not good.  The letters got put up the other day, so we were all set (PJ spooked the first time he saw the white little square signs – silly pony).

Today I rode through both of my tests, concentrating on the geometry.  I’ve been able to figure out what a 20-meter circle looks/feels like, but the shallow serpentines at the free walk and trot in TL3 were an issue.  I was a little short in the free-walk and didn’t make it to M.  At the trot I didn’t get my bend correctly to be able to hit X.  I’m glad I was able to figure it out at home.

Scribing at horse shows, I see all sorts of geometry.  It’s a silly thing to loose points over when there are so many other things to mess up on. Since I’ve never had a regulation sized ring to practice in, I’ve had to improvise.  I have found that seeing the components of my test on a scaled down piece of paper helped a lot.  Those Whinny Widgets are great for that.

May all your circles be round and that you always halt at X!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s