It's my favourite time of the week again! Riding!
My week has been filled with pacing my activities and recovering from my lesson last week. My FMS pain and fatigue levels has been up and down, and the other symptoms nagging at me, but this week has been an ok week, illness wise.
But, I have been going through everything my instructor told me last week. Trying to memorize everything I had to do to get Pink down on the bit and moving forward as well as my position.
I am pretty determined to improve and to be the best I can possibly be. My main problems are keeping Pink going and keeping his head down. My legs tire very easily and so sustaining trot for very long becomes tiring and very painful.
I received my dressage test via email at the weekend so I printed it out and drew it out in an A4 piece of paper with the letters of the school around the outside edge.
I am getting more excited about the competition now and I am finding myself even more focused than I have ever been before. I am putting everything I am told in to practice and I'm sure I am improving each week, at least I hope I am!
My lesson started with me warming Pink up. I rode him around at trot with periods of walking in between so I didn't tire to quick before my lesson even got started.
My instructor asked me to do a 20m circle at trot, with which Pink and I complied. I had pink going quite nicely by this point.
I rode Pink through my test a couple of times and found a few areas which needed attention.
My turns were bad and my transitions were sloppy.
So we focused on the turns first and after a few goes I got Pink turning reasonably nicely. We moved on to my transitions and I picked that up pretty quickly, getting Pink to walk dead on the marker at one point - If all my transitions are like that I will be very very pleased!
I just have to remember it all for next week!
I finished the lesson very tired and sore, my pain levels starting to increase from their normal levels.
I got home and fell into bed for a lie down to rest my muscles and took a pain killer.
I hope I will recover enough for me to get the best out of my lesson next week.
As I write this I am feeling exhausted and my body hurts like I've been bashed about, but I am happy, I had a lesson where I felt I have achieved a lot, Pink went well for me and I was very pleased with it. I am really looking forward to the competition and riding the best that I can!
A HUGE thank you to my instructor and and all the helpers at our RDA group for their valuable time, and of course to Pink!