Louis – our first dressage competition ~Foo Fighters: “Razor”~


After years of always wanting to do dressage but never having the guts, the transport, or the horse at the same time, I finally entered a local dressage day. Louis competed in the Prepatory 2 & 4 Walk/Trot classes and while the P4 test (which was run first) was pretty average as he wasn’t settled, I couldn’t have been happier with the work he produced in the P2. I know there are many rider faults in there, and some moments of resistance, but I was very proud of Louis for learning to execute decent walk/trot transitions in the space of a week and pulling them off in the ring. We scored a solid 59.4% for a 4th placing, with 7s for the walk movements. A lot of the critique for this test was in regards to him being on the forehand a lot of the time, but for a prep test I couldn’t really care less – he was submissive and worked with me, and did me proud for a horse who couldn’t trot in a straight line, would flick his head around instead of putting it down most of the time (he could do it but not consistently), and liked to try and pace (even though he isn’t a standardbred!) in between walk and trot 3 months ago!
Your comments and constructive critique are welcomed.

As a side note, I did hear someone comment on my wearing spurs in a Prep test today. Fair enough, they didn’t know the horse but my reason for doing so is that he gets very worried when I ride with a whip – I’m not sure exactly of the history behind this but I think I can probably guess. That being the case, I decided to ride with spurs for the comp and the week leading upto it as he took to them very easily, but now the comp has been and gone, we’ll be returning to spurs-free work at home and slowly getting him used to the dressage whip.

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10 thoughts on “Louis – our first dressage competition ~Foo Fighters: “Razor”~

  1. PonyDazeProductions

    I’ve been watching …
    I’ve been watching your videos on Louis’s progress and he looks lovely, really did you proud on this test bless him.

    Good work :)

  2. cheekywb

    He’s an Aussie …
    He’s an Aussie thoroughbred from some very American lines….by a Danehill stallion (Danzero) out of a mare from the Mr Prospector line.

  3. LouiseJ1995

    yeah i agree with …
    yeah i agree with horseluver1699 u do make it look easy although i dont wanna do Dressage cause i know its to complicated i just wannna do Show Jumping,anyway well done congrats on the 4th place for your 1st competition u did very good.

  4. horseluver1699

    oh wow that’s good! …
    oh wow that’s good! i don’t do dresasage so you make it look easy

  5. cheekywb

    Thankyou! Yes we …
    Thankyou! Yes we did, we scored 59% and placed 4th. I couldn’t have been happier for a first outing on a horse who has come a of a long way in the past 3 months :)

  6. cheekywb

    I’m not sure …
    I’m not sure whether you read the info posted with the video, but if not please do so. I’m not a rider who likes to use spurs, it was a short term solution for the competition only and the week before it for a horse who is scared of the whip and definitely not comfortable enough to ride with it in a comp yet. I will now continue working on getting him used to the whip as I think it is a much better aid for teaching the beginnings of lateral work, and backing up the forward aid, than the spur.

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