Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!
Thanks guys, it does feel a bit like everytime me and Coco get somewhere something else medically sets us back again but everything crossed we are in for a good year now (Please please please!) and every year we improve and get a bit further on so really looking forward to what we can do together this year! Plus my friend now has her HGV licence and her horse is at a similar level to Coco so she has offered to throw us in the lorry wherever she goes to compete so we can go a bit further afield which will be ace!
Dollymix - dont worry about forgetting a movement, I have done it many many times, practiced the test on Coco, in the office on paper, in my lounge and yard and just in my head and know it perfectly, get into the arena and half way through bam my mind goes blank! Towards the end of last year I managed to get them right but I think a lot of it is nerves and you are concentrating so hard on what you have to do to keep the horse straight, bending correctly, going forward nicely into an outline you forget where you are going! Sounds like you too will have a fun year ahead! I wil be starting off doing Intro's but hopefully by summer we will on the Prelims once his canter is a little more polished!
TommyTank - I never knew you were nearly hit by an ambulance, how scary! The lanes by us are very queit but we do accoasionally go out on main roads (short bits to get to the good bridleways or the ridign club) and Coco is fine with it, but if you are nervous high vis yourself to the hilt (always makes me feel better tha me and Coco could be seen from the moon we are so high vis'd up) and maybe get your hubby to join you out on the bike the 1st few times or something. Have you any other horsey freinds that could ride out with you down there? That could help with the nerves too. Good luck though, competely understandable that you are nervous but I am sure you will be abck out on the roads soon!