We headed off to unaffiliated dressage today and rode 2 prelims (1 and 4) at Rockrose.
We ended up with little warm-up time before the first test (even though I arrived in plenty of time??) so it all felt a bit rushed which was actually what the judge said in her comments. She said he was a lovely horse who had oodles of talent but I needed to not rush him so he has time to take quality steps.
We had lots of warm-up for the second test but ended up with very similar scores (both high 50s). We did get one 7 but disappointed there were not more. I thought he felt nice until we went into canter and then it all got a bit wild. The judge commented on needing to work on the consistence of contact - esp. through our transitions. She did comment on a good transition back to walk but as usual we got 'fell into trot from the canter'.
The positive on the day is that we had no comments about lack of activity or needing to work through from behind so looks like we have solved that issue. Now the challenge is to slow things down but keep him working from behind.
Photos to follow :-)