Spin off: CESAR PARRA CLINIC - excuses, excuses, excuses
the LIDCTA clinic with Dr. Cesar Parra was a huge success.
Quality riders on quality horses getting some impressive input from one of the masters.
Before the lunch break, he sat down with riders and auditors for a mini-lecture. We all got a kick out of his theme, "what excuse do you make for your horse and his lousy test score?"
(not his exact words)
He asked each of us to come up with an excuse. It was a round-robin session and we all laughed. At the end, he had us promise that NONE of those collected excuses would ever again be used to justify a bad score (kinda along the lines of "culpa equestribus, non equis")
The excuses ranged from "the judge hates Paints" to "a plastic bag flew past as I was halting at X" ... and "he didn't like the deep footing at B."
So - please share your "excuses, excuses, excuses."
... It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Shwung
The tied up palm trees sounded like rattlesnakes in the wind, the farmhand driving down the road at 50 mph straight at our arena looked like he was going to hit us as we werre warming up and I almost fell off laughing when my mare did a Pepe Le Pew style sprong and land stock still INTO the arena at C. Got a 65%. Judge's comment -"I expected a much more interesting ride."
My ya'll ride in some interesting places. Mine is it's a 20 something grand prix pony sleeping through w/t class. Or if you want to really see an interesting test I'll have her ask him to canter and we can take bets on how many bucks it takes to get the tots off.
Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
Originally Posted by alicen:
What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.
Someone on here once posted about a pony that had been trained to lie down in sand, to let a physically impaired rider get on/off it. "Halt at X" in a sand arena proved.... interesting.
Excuses for maresy: she's the original ADD pony. In our first recognized show, there were clearly monsters in the doorway at E, plus monsters overhead (in the form of the arena's metal roof creaking as the temperature warmed.) In the second recognized show, she decided that canter departs would be performed as big leaps into the air.
In general though, "excuses" for her are my own cr***y riding, plus people and horses all over the place, and she really is an "in charge" herd mare so she must keep track of *everything* *all at once*. Her personality is entirely too large.
How about... Gali got bored with the training level test, so he decided he should end the test with a canter centerline! Or, Gali got bored with the training level test so he thought an extra serpentine would be a great idea!
Or! He thought the judges had cookies and so being IN the judge's box was the best way to get those cookies.
My OTTB heard about the Spanish Riding School and wanted to get in. Never mind the wrong breed, gelding, etc. He was going to demonstrate his Airs Above the Ground, darnit! (See my signature for my real explanation - it's all about me learning how to direct his energy into showing him off to his best advantage, because he's a WHOLE lot more flashy, athletic and beautiful than I am!)
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
Originally Posted by katarine
If you have a fat gay horse that likes Parelli, you're really screwed