|Such dressage babies that this was our "good" attempt at coming straight down center-line. Yes, I know we aren't centered...|
Since I obviously don't have enough stuff going on in my life... I decided to join my barn's dressage team! It was totally an impulse decision as Casey and I have ZERO official dressage training and we are totally under qualified to be on this team, but due to the set-up and situation we are able to be a part of it anyways.
|We want to be part of the dressage team so that we can be fancy! (this is only partially in jest)|
Even though we are not actually a dressage pair, Casey and I have been learning snippets of dressage here and there. In our lessons, we have been learning basics and in my spare time I watch other people's dressage lessons. So even though we are not dressage-rs I feel as though we have potential to be. The test that we are going to be doing this month is the Intro level test. It is only walk and trot and is fairly easy. I'm going to be having my lesson on Tuesday night to film the test (so that I can submit the video), but I have been spending the past week preparing for it.
|Our Intro Test|
My way to prepare for the test is:
1. Learn it on paper. I printed out about 10 copies of a dressage arena and then sat down and drew out the test on paper (until I thought I kind of knew it).
2. Memorize test. Once I thought I knew the test, I then tested myself to see if I actually did know everything. If I could draw it out on the arena paper without having to refer to the test, then I knew it. (Note: You can have someone read the test to you, but since I wanted to practice on my own, I needed to memorize it).
|I had to memorize it, so that we could practice it on our own!|
|For instance, I need to ask trainer if this actually is a "working" trot, because I really don't know!|
|Like, what will they tell us about how we can improve our trot?|
|Can it really go so bad when really it just means spending time with my horse?|