Thought it was time for an update! It's actually not going to be super picture/video heavy today
Okay, so our show is on Friday. Yikes! I spent hours timing and planning the movements (after the weeks it took to find the right song!). I can't remember if I ever explained the process so I will here just in case. For a musical freestyle, you want a song that matches:
1) The horse's beats per minutes/ strides
2) The horse's personality, if you will
3) The performance (i.e. lighthearted or serious)
4) Tempo changes enough for walk, trot, & canter
5) The song changes for enough movements
I actually used all the math I was taught (imagine that- math useful in my everyday life!
) to find the distances of the diagonals, the circumference of circles, etc. Then I had to find how many feet per second Tessa moves so I could time it so she'd end up in the right part of the arena at the correct part of the song.
In Dressage you ride to the letters, so I'm attaching a picture below to show where those letters are. We have a short arena at my stable, so the test is according to those demographics. Also, the spectators will be at A, not C, so the test is kind of "backward" from what you'd normally see. For example, instead of entering the arena at A, I'm entering at C.
Without further ado, here is my test. I will post video from the show as soon as I'm able. The song is Aladdin Medley by Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Since this is our own show, we've taken a few liberties that otherwise wouldn't be allowed in the show ring. It's going to be a fun performance!
Update for miss Sioux as well! It was just too much to try to get her ready for a show as well, so we won't be doing a liberty performance. I thought my limited time with her would be better spent doing more confidence building to help her get over some of her biggest fears.
She's scared of the farrier and vet...and she's scared of men, which both our farrier and vet are. She's gotten a lot better with me handling her feet and propping them up! I can also examine her as a vet would. It's hard to work on her fear of men since there are very limited opportunities. But one of my friends is in a Pre-Vet program and he agreed to come out. He spent 2 hours
with us and by the end of it (with much patience) he was able to put his hands on Sioux. Doesn't sound like much, but it is HUGE for Sioux girl. Additionally, she approached him of her own accord without me standing by him. I've never seen her do that before! I was also able to handle her feet and examine her body as I would on my own. She was more nervous since there was a man standing by her, but it was good classical conditioning for her.
I also got the saddle with the girth on and tightened. Whoever originally introduced her to the saddle caused a lot of pain. She came with blisters and sores, so not only was she cinched up roughly, but the saddle fit incorrectly.
It's a lot for her to overcome, but she's doing great! I'm not sure where the original video is, so I'm posting a link to where I posted it on my instagram
I'm almost done with my massage certification and have been completing full-body massages on multiple horses. My arms have never been sorer https://www.instagram.com/p/B0z6fa8nLNR/