72,167% First Dressage Competetion

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2After the finishing halt

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So, today it was time. Chili and my first dressage competition. It is a special competition called ”seriedressyren” It is in three different series, LC, LB and LA series, the special thing is that horses and ponies starts against each other in the same class. I started in the LC serie and the finals is within three weeks from now.

It has been a superday and I feel so proud over my Chili.

I will take you through the full day, we arrived in the stable at around 08 in the morning, I started to pack the car and make everything ready in the stable, then I took Chili and started to groom him, I washed his hindlegs and tail, I groomed him well and made his mane in order. Then we left the stable around 10am. We arrived at the competetion and I have a special routine that I make at each competetion. First we show the vaccination and we report ourself in the secretariat.

Then I like to go and view the course, both the competetion course as well as the warm up arena.

I sit down, memorising the program and I visualize myself and Chili, I think through every part of the program, feeling what will be the difficulties as I rund through, prepare and plan for how I should ride and show him the best.

Then I go down to Chili and we make him in order and go to the warm-up arena, I always walk with Chili myslef and talk to him a bit, we reason and discuss and agree. I checked that he listen to me from the ground, walk, stop, turn, check that his focus is at me. Then I jump on and I actually, make the warm-up plan pending on how Chili feels, I have a checklist that I have planned before, but I am taking it in different orders depending on how he feels. You can say I make the plan together with Chili. Today he was hot, hotter than ever and he needed to start with the trot and canter to get some energy out. He bucked and jumped a bit as he needed to release the pressure, Chili would never be mean or try to but me out of balance, he needs to be able to do that.

I feel how I should ride Chili, each part of the way. The important thing for me is to have good time for the warm-up and instead put in walks often.

Then it was my turn and I could feel the pulse go up, and the judge gave us start signal and then it is like all my nervousness just gets blown away and I am just there, just in each moment and all things that is sourrounding the arena, the people at the stand, the noices, the judge it fades out. I am there with Chili and that is my focus, each part of the program, each step, I can feel his heartbeats, his rhythm his beat, his pace, what he can handle how I can manage. The feeling is absolutely amazing. I made quite some mistakes though, I have soo much I can improve. But I am so happy with our performance today, now I will check the films and analyze what I can improve even further.

It felt good, but you never know, It was hars competetion and I had seen many of them at the warmup arena. I now it would be tough. I walked with Chili at the warp up arena, took the phone and the result started to come in and I got 72,167% and up in the lead. I managed to keep the lead and I ended up with the best % of all during the whole day all series, classes and categories.

After the price giving ceremony we went home and groomed Chili and took care of him, he is the best pony ever.It is a special feeling to know that it isjust us as a team, starting from scratch that has built this together. I believe in Chili!

I am so happy, so proud and I got a receipt that my way of training Chili is the right one, I am so greatful for my whole team!

Amazing feeling!

My Development with Chili

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In July when I started to ride Chili he lowered his back and adjusted with higher leg movements. It was then important to get him to find his balance and to get his back up. Only Chili can determine the right balance for himself at any stage of his education.That is why the form of Chili in balance will look different over time.

So I worked to have him to understand that he should move forward and raise his back up towards me. In October I felt that I had achieved the Objective to get him to search forward and lower his nose, thus raising his back. I continued the work in a new position for balance and he built his muscles. In December he could continue to keep is back upwards and also get his head more in balance, not leaning so much on his front, getting him better up on his hindlegs.

Now In February I can get him to find the balance and be self carried also setting his hindlegs under and lifting his back, he takes a very good grip on the bit and really connects in the riding.

One way to see how Chilis focus towards me and my riding has increased over time is to look at his ears. As you can see at the picture from July he has his ears forward, not so much focusing at me, in October ha has still the ears forward, but a bit more focused towards me, in December one ear on me and one ear forward. Now in February he is fully focused at me and my riding, he has a total trust for me and the love between us has grown so strong. The bound gets stronger and stronger each day.

I am convinced that the trust and love is the basics of any further training and development. The communication must be light and trained to be as electric as possible, momentan and direct. Chili feels when I flie lands on him, if harser helps is needed, such as spurs and whip to get through then the basic communication needs to be improved. I sometime use the whip and  the spurs for Chili to get used to them and to help if I need to get him as electric as possible, but I can only touch him light as a fly, nothing more is needed.

I spend a lot of time to train Chili from the ground. He needs to play a bit and get the energy out, but then he actually chooses to listen, I can trot, canter, stop, start and turn him  on a circle and he chooses to stay with me, to follow me I have earned his trust. That is anamazing feeling, it warms my heart up and gives me the greatest feeling ever.It si difficult to describe it.

The experience I gain to educate a young horse and to get the insight of how to build the bound and connection is unvaluable for me, I am so greatful to be able to do this journey.

Just Love My Chili

Planer för Chili och GHS

Jag ser fram emot GHS i år extra mycket, jag kommer att vara mycket i PS of Swedens monter och även på de flesta föreställningarna. Har ni sett PS of Swedens vår kollektion? Helt amazing, ska bli så roligt att få se den live. Det är så många färger som jag bara måste ha. Så snygga.

Jag tycker GHS är den bästa mässan av alla ridsportsmässor jag har vart på. Ska Ni dit, jag hoppas att vi ses!

Så planer med Chili, jag försöker att variera träningen så mycket som möjligt, då känns Chili bättre. Han måste hitta rätt läge, han har lite svårt för det ibland och hamnar antingen i väntläge(blir nästan lie seg) eller så springer han ifrån. Vi börjar hitta rätt läge mer och mer och han vill verkligen förstå. Jag har gått in i fas 2 med Chili och det innebär att jag ställer lite mer krav på formen och att han är redo för att orka arbeta lite mera.

Helst vill jag att Chili ska gå i manegen max 2 dagar i veckan och nu börjar det bli ljust på eftermiddagarna när jag kommer till stallet så då blir det lättare att vara mer ute. Jag hoppas att det ska bli plusgrader så att man kan använda uteridbanan och även galoppen för att träna kondition, det är för hårt ute för att träna galopparbetet för mycket.

Igår så var det en jättefineftermiddag och då passade jag på att rida på ängen och träna övergångar, han var framme för skänkeln och tog hjälperna jättefint. Så duktig han är.

Snart dags för årets första tävling, känns superspännande.

 

 

Ute ridning och klättring med Chili

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Igår åkte vi iväg för att rida ut. Vi har inte några bra ridvägar vid stallet där vi står. Vi har ett fantastisk ridhus, en galoppbana och äng och paddock. Men uteridning är inte så bra. Jag tror att variation är viktigt och nödvändigt för Chilis motivation och utveckling.

Han är helt amazing, vi åkte själva så han hade ingen med sig, ändå var han toppen och lyssnade så bra på mig. Han fick klättra i backar och han tyckte det var såå roligt. När Chili tycker det är roligt så tycker jag att det är roligt.

Han är bäst min fina Chili.

 

Hoppning med Chili

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Vikten av variation blev så tydlig för mig idag. Vi åkte till ett par vänner för att hoppa Chili. Så rolig dag och han skötte sig utmärkt. Chili får A++ på sitt beteende. Vi lastade ur och mötte Anna, Charlotte och Ebba, så tog vi in Chili i stallet för att göra i ordning honom. Han var så duktig!

Sedan var det dags att rida, jag värmde upp honom och hela manegen var full med hinder och platsdjur och massa annat, men Chili var hur duktig som helst, han var super. Sedan red Charlotte honom och red över lite mjuka bommar och sedan avslutade jag ridpasset.

Jag är så imponerad över denna ponnyn, han har en helt fantastisk inställning till arbete, han vill verkligen göra rätt.

Chili tyckte nog att det var lika kul som jag tror jag!

Chili

Chili vilade efter tandläkaren i tre veckor. Sedan satte i igång igen och han behövde verkligen vilan, han har mognat jättemycket. Han är så söt och snäll. Det var längesedan som jag skrev på bloggen, men nu ska det bli ändring det. Det ska bli så kul på GHS, jag har gått varje år. Hoppas på att träffa alla kompisar som man annars bara ser på tävlingar.

Idag var det dags för Chilis ute och joggingdag,så det fick bli paddocken, han blir ganska spänd där och rusar omkring mest. Men han fick springa av sig och han behövde verkligen det. Idag tittade till och med solen fram en stund så härligt.

I helgen är det dags för träning, kommer att bli så kul.

Hoppas att Ni har en toppenvecka!

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