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!