We last left our heroes in the warm up ring by themselves. Nibbles was very tense and thought going sideways was the answer to leg. Again, Trainer E showed a lot of wisdom and was careful about which fights to pick and which to let go. By the time they were to go into the ring, we had forward reinstalled but Nibbles’ preferred to go around with her nose in the air and all the tension thank you very much.
I present to you what is possibly the most tense baby dressage test ever.
If scores for “tranter” were a thing, she would have nailed it. Alas, they are not a thing and she nailed almost nothing. I had a blast watching. I cheered like a lunatic when they saluted. She stayed in the arena (although around 1:16 in the video you can see she thinks about it) , she didn’t kill her trainer, she didn’t injure the judge. Huge massive baby success!
I don’t think you can hear it on the video but the judge is totally and completely nice. At the end of the test, she thanked Trainer E and sagely added, “This is where it all starts.” Trainer was really pleased with her and concurred it was a good first experience. Super-de-duper tense but a positive learning experience and that’s what we were going for. She was scored a fair 54.8%. and pinned 4th out of 4. She did get a white ribbon so yay unexpected satin (for beating no one hahaha).
Her first test was around 8:30am and her second test wasn’t until 1:30pm so we had plenty of time to hang out and watch other riders go. I felt like I was home, even though I wasn’t riding. It hit me how much I missed showing and how glad I was to be back on this path.
About half an hour before her second test, it was time to head back to the warm up. Things started off spicier than the morning even though she was very laid back in her stall. She didn’t seem too pleased that it was two rides in one day.
The main warm up only had one other horse in it and was being dragged so in Nibbles went. Go figure, she could care less about the giant tractor. We joked that we wanted to request that she follow it around because she went quite nicely when she could follow it around the warm up.
Nibbles got the boot once because she was way behind the leg. That resulted in two pretty pathetic bucks. In her trainer’s words, Nibbles never does anything dirty. Her “no’s” aren’t really no so much as don’t wannas. She said she never feels like she’s in danger which is really awesome to hear because I am not a professional and this is supposed to be fun. I’m totally convinced Nibbles is the right horse for me after seeing what it looks like when her brain explodes. Frankly, it isn’t that bad (although Trainer E made it look like a cake walk sooo).
Intro Test B. It seemed to go better to us but the judge was still fair with her 58.0% this time, no surprise satin.
Again, tense is the word of the day but I feel like you see a couple nicer moments. I cannot emphasize enough how nice the judge was. She made my day with her comments on the second test.
Stay tuned for Part III: the aftermath and overall thoughts!