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BLOG: Striking a balance

Dressage ready!


The past couple of months have been extremely busy, trying to balance both my university and riding commitments.

Since the release of my first blog, Aarmani and I have competed in the Wagga Wagga Show as well as the Leeton District Dressage Competition. Whilst primarily an eventer, this year I have chosen to focus on Aarmani’s dressage, as it is his biggest weakness of the 3 disciplines. By taking him out and about to more dressage competitions, I was hoping to get him more used to the atmosphere and gradually more relaxed. Whilst he was quite worked up at Wagga Wagga Show due to the nearby rides and whip-cracking, I was very pleased that he felt calmer at Leeton Dressage Competition. Despite not having scored his best marks, I was just happy to see and feel an improvement in his overall attitude and mentation. If he continues to become more relaxed, I have no doubt the scores he is capable of, will follow.

When not competing, I spent a lot of time riding whenever I could get the chance. I am usually able to ride 5-6 times a week, however, with this degree, there is no such thing as an ‘average’ week. This is mainly due to commencing internal rotations this semester, which involves varying contact hours and assessments each week. This can make it difficult to plan ahead and fit riding in, particularly when after-hours commitments are required, such as when on surgical or equine clinic rotations. Nevertheless, this variation keeps the Veterinary Science degree so interesting and provides me with the unique opportunity to learn from some of the best veterinarians and specialists in Australia.

With the added commitment of internal rotations this semester, I was very grateful to have an indoor arena to use, which avoids having to sacrifice riding due to an early start or a late finish.