After reading this thread yesterday, I was highly motivated when I went out to ride - because really I think I could excel at this discipline. Last night I think we were Olympic caliber in WTD.
The very FILTHY (even though he was bathed the day before) gray horse was wearing a lovely black saddle, with a brown bridle and tan reins. I was appropriately dressed in green breeches, a white shirt with a horse slobber stain on it and a beige bandana tied around my head to keep the sweat out of my eyes because it is two thousand degrees here. And really, the only movement he had last night was to run to the nearest shady spot and abruptly halt in aforementioned shady spot. Clearly it was far too hot for him to work - so I had to kick/spur with every, single stride. That makes for such subtle use of the leg aids...
When we were done, we were both covered in sweat and grime. Such a lovely, polished look!
Originally posted by horse_poor:
But KB, did you horse break a halter and go on a unaccompanied and unauthorized farm tour while being hosed down?
That would have required an expenditure of energy which was not going to happen....and the largest fan you have ever seen was parked in front of the wash rack...so he stood there with his face in the fan.
He did stand in the wash rack and scream for treats though.....
I know that I sure as heck won't be wearing a helmet because it would flatten my very big hair. (Unless my aquanet-hair itself qualifies as a helmet.)
I used my Bedazzler to make my own rhinestone-studded browband, noseband, and reins. I did the cantle of my saddle, too.
I've been having trouble with my crot/tranter transitions. I think maybe I haven't been rushing into them fast enough. Are hot pink dressage whips legal in WTD? (And yes, I bedazzled the cap of that, too.)
What are the rules for horse turnout in WTD? I'm now familiar with the rider rules (hot pink whip/boots and the helmet-head hair requirement), but would my mare get extra points for GENERATING MUD WHILE WORKING? She was so dusty prior to the ride and it was so hot and humid during the ride, that she was creating mud all over herself (and the reins. don't even ask what the underside of the saddle pad looked like later).
What were those stupid little tchotchkes that started out as "clay" figurines and if you watered them, they would turn into little grassy squirrels or whatever? I wonder if I had dropped seed on her, instead of showering her afterwards, would I have a moving pasture?
This is too funny! I'm not sure my horse could qualify (though he is far from quality dressage my trainer insists on making him go correctly, so I at least know he has it in him http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif), but I was thinking about another horse at my barn and I wondered...should we also have a manners class (for the horses, not riders)? Similar to in hand class, but you don't have to do anything in the ring, you just have to be able to get the horse ready without being trampled, bitten, kicked, or covered with dirt (transfered from your horse). I used to take for granted the ease of tacking compared to actually riding horses, but this one makes me think differently!
Proud owner of Race for the Stars (aka Spirit), OTTB!
"You can lead a horse to water, but if you can teach him to roll over and float on his back, then you got something."
What points do we get for spinning around movements,facing the rear end of the horse toward the judge, raising the tail as high as horsey possible and not so discretely pooping? . Are their extra points if this can be done more than once in a WTD test?
Are hot pink dressage whips legal in WTD? (And yes, I bedazzled the cap of that, too.)
My dear, you really should take a peek at any good catalog dedicated to barrel racers. One can get neon pink and lime green NYLON breastcollars, spur straps, tiedowns, reins, headstall, girths, saddle pads, curb straps, etc.
I think that Western tack assessories on a dressage saddle should get extra points for turnout, dontcha think?!?!?!
And instead of a helmet, you need a trucker's cap with hoop earrings ala Gretchen Wilson.
As far as crowd interaction, there is always the fun of "Horse Spooking at Skoal Quid at H."
No, darn it, no video. Mac acutally did this in a big parade on the 4th of July, as we were catching up with the float in front of us. The crowd was snickering big time.
At the Kentucky Derby Parade in Louisville, the minute he got on the street he parked out and peed. Little boy's jaws dropped in awe. Keep in mind that I was riding sidesaddle, all dressed up like Sleeping Beauty in pink satin and roses. Class act for sure!
Tulsa-QH; Schnickelfritz-Holsteiner; Atikus-Danish Warmblood; Buddy-QH/TB; Winston-Shire; Thomas-Percheron/TB; Mac-Belgian Draft, gone but never forgotten