Measuring success at horse shows-Episode 13; The trail to the World Show

What would a perfect day on horseback look like for you?
I like both showing and trail riding…so my perfect day involved both:)

On this day, in this video, I decided to take Gabby to a ranch riding show to test my question: Is Gabby ready to ride one handed and do flying lead changes? If you remember a couple episodes I decided ‘no’ and showed her in a snaffle and did a simple lead change.

I judge my ‘success’ in the show pen on several levels.
#1- will my horse show the same as she rides at home?
#2- how does my ride stack up against the other competitors?

At this show I learned that much of the training at home did carry over…but as I suspected, the lead changes are not quite solid enough for one handed at a show.

I headed home and then saddled up Willow for a trail ride. During this next month while I take a break from showing I will still be training. And trail riding. Lots of trail riding.

I will take this month and reevaluate my plan for the rest of the summer and leading to the world show in October.

In 2019 I plan on showing two of my horses in Western Dressage with the goal of showing at the Western Dressage World show in October.
Along the way, I am also training and showing in traditional dressage , reining and ranch riding with Willow and Gabby.
I’m going to be sharing my journey so anyone who is interested can learn along with me.

Some products that have been featured in this video series are:

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall ProTack Oiled Split Rein, 5/8-Inch x 8-Feet, Brown:

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall Stick and String:

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall Rope Halter, Medium, Black with Blue Nose:

Weaver Leather Pull-Up Fashion Chinks with Floral Yoke Set [] Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall Activity Ball, Medium, Blue: [] Weaver Leather Trail Gear Pommel Bag:

Jeans: Cowgirl Tuff-

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