Day 1, Training Level Test 2
This was our super tense but obedient ride. I'm OK with that for a start.
Day 1, Training Level Test 3
Note the error. Oops.
Day 2, Training Level Test 2 (cut short 'cause Hubby's phone died)
This was actually my favorite test, because the scores were consistently higher and nothing below a 6.0. Progress!
Day 2, Training Level Test 3
Not as many 7s, but the 8s make up for it.
I'm sure y'all will notice that he's behind the vertical. Trust me, the judges noticed too. :) He thinks this is a great evasion whenI hold him with my seat and don't let him charge around. We're really working on having him come up into my hand instead of falling behind, but it's going to take time and better timing on my part. It's always something!
You may also notice that I'm sitting the trot in all the tests - at this level, you're allowed to choose between sitting trot and rising trot. It would be better if I posted, because he's freer in his back. However, he's got a quick stride so posting makes him look even faster, and I can't regulate his tempo very well yet at a posting trot (rider failing), so sitting means a more consistent tempo.
Overall, I feel like our tests look much more polished than they did just a month ago. We still have a LOT of work to do around balance at the canter, but it's starting to happen. I don't think I'm going to do any more shows until the fall (I could do one in June but it's hot and whyyyy?) so we have the whole summer to work on things. And maybe this fall... First Level?