Midnight Magic. 19th May 2015- The start of the Dream coming true

Midnight Magic. 19th May 2015- The start of the Dream coming true
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First Ride of 2015

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Today was the first ride of the year and it was an eventful ride, it wasn't the best riding that we have ever done but it was good enough for me to know what I need to work on before my competition in march. 

We started up warming up, Fiona said that I needed to figure out what the optimal warm up time for both Gatsby and I is, for us this is no more than 20 minutes, probably 10 minutes in walk/trot stretching,  followed by 5 minutes to completely stretch out at a walk and relax, then another 5 minutes starting to collect him and add a couple of little bits of canter in! I've got to remember that this is mine and Gatsby's first trip out together so we might not win but we can only do the best that we can do. Also that I am not to put myself under extra pressure just because this competition is at Broomfield, yes there are going to be people there that want to see what Gatsby is like now but I am not to let that bother me. 
stretching and Gatsby doing his giraffe impression, stretching. 

Starting to pick up the contact slowly, just look at how he's looking now and his muscles! Gorgeous boy!
After we had warmed up for about 25 minutes we realised that we were working at our peak moment, that was how we figured how long we needed to warm up for. We had some lovely canter work, it was really good. Our first canter transition went from the trot in to the canter in an outline, it felt amazing! However the problem was that we couldn't quite keep it together so we need to work more on this in the next couple of weeks, instead of having a jumping lesson on a monday we are building up the canter and keeping the canter going for as long as possible. This will be hard work but by March I want to be able to go around the school and do a circle three times before feeling tired. 
Pretty pony! love how this horse moves, so glad to have been back on Gatsby and to have a good first ride of the year! 
Head definitely needs to be slightly straighter he's just popping his nose to the left a little bit, we also need to get Gatsby in to a snaffle. 
Canter, he has such an uphill canter, need to work more on that sodding lower leg though I will get there one day.
After we had talked about this and decided on this we moved on to practicing the dressage test, the test that we needed to look at was Prelim 14 but there is also Prelim 12. I'm not quite sure which test I am going to be doing yet but when I do know i'll let you all know. The test wasn't ridden to the best of our ability because by this point I was starting to get quite tired, I rode the whole test through once and then Fiona gave it me to copy so that I can learn it, to be able to ride it. The canter parts were okay, they were better during the second time cantering. Over all I am really pleased with the work that I have done and I know what I need to do to get better work in the future and how to get the best results on the day, lets be fair, this was only practice one we have three months of practice to go. 

I adore this photograph, I don't know why it just feels like everything is slowly coming together, so happy with this horse and our work, we will get there one day, after all dreams do come true!  
 The Next thing that I have decided that I want to start doing is running, I need to improve my stamina which will help to improve my riding. So I've been looking on the internet and think that I want to do the Couch to 5k running challenge, I am not 100% sure how this will go asI'm not a natural runner, but I'll keep you guys up to date on that. 
I do quite like this photograph too! Leg position looks a bit better but hands way too low, One day Gatsby and I will get there! 
Just before we broke in to trot.

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 


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