Thursday, October 19, 2017
October HT wrap up
My BIG MOVE UP at the October show was a big fat fail.
This is me, dismounting off of Stella in the middle of a massive XC melt down in which she got eliminated the day before and snorted around part of her derby course like she'd never been in a field before, got eliminated the next day in stadium at fence three, and lost her freaking mind when I was stupid enough to think that all our schooling experience would make a difference and we could just treat XC like a schooling day.
This happened a few weeks ago and I've honestly just not blogged about it because, well, it's sad. I feel like a failure. I don't feel like I'm riding terribly. Not as well as in lessons for sure. But this? To get this kind of behavior just because I'm nervous? Is it all me? Do my nerves cause this dramatic behavior? Have we just not warmed up for an XC show enough that it had her this on edge?
So it's hard for me to find a going forward from here point when I'm not sure where here is. Keep taking lessons and working on my nerves? Stop showing until I'm comfortable 6 inches over what I'm showing at? Continue showing at a much lower height until I'm comfortable and confident at that height. Sell Stella and buy something more suitable? Hard to wrap my head around when I feel like we've been improving as a team all summer.
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