To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ready or not, we're gonna have fun!

Tack is cleaned and loaded, as are show clothes. A hay bag is filled and ready to hang. Lance is bathed and wearing a sheet to (hopefully) stay clean. I did manage to flood the trailer tack room while filling the water tank in there; I need to take a plastic trash bag to stand on when I change. :-/

The cool weather will be a huge blessing; rain during the day would be less so, but we won't melt.

Rick called me this evening to toss me a curve ball. One of his draft horse clients (not the one for which Brian is driving Thursday night) needed me to drive for the Ladies Cart class at 1:00. I tried to deflect that ball to Debbie since she's going to be there with me; after all, she drove hitches for Budweiser for three years! When I couldn't talk her into it, I suggested Kate. She caught the ball and is going to run with it, so we'll get to watch her compete in the horse show tomorrow as well!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just in time

We received at least an inch of rain this weekend; hallelujah! Besides all the obvious reasons to celebrate, I had two more. When I rode around the hill on Friday, I noticed that propane cannon had been set up in the vineyards we've been riding through. While I haven't heard any go off yet, Lance and I will be avoiding the area until the "grape wars" (otherwise known as harvest) are over; good thing my sand arena got watered! We took advantage of that this afternoon – just in time to help us better prepare for our show this Wednesday.  :-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Getting excited

I've picked the music for the liberty class, I have friends coming to support us, and we may actually get rain soon so I can school in our arena once or twice before our day at the fair. Yay!

Lance and I had a good ride around the hill this morning, before it heated up. I pondered how much he has changed in two years. He's grown up and filled out, knows more and trusts me more, too. Someday I hope we can focus more on dressage again, but I'm happy with my mustang no matter what we do together!

Friday, August 21, 2015


v:  Simple past tense and past participle of commit.
adj:  Obligated by a pledge to some course of action.
adj:  Consigned involuntarily to custody, as in a prison or mental institution.

Ha! Yesterday I mailed off our entry for the State Fair Mustang Show, so we're committed – or I should be! Lance and I are going to play at Trail, English Pleasure, Dressage Suitability, "Dressage" – whatever they mean by that . . . and Liberty! (Why not? He's has a pretty reliable recall, likes to play, and my friend Kate has a lot of liberty music from showing miniature horses.)

I haven't had the time or arena footing to do anything but ride around on our hill, so what we do in Salem on September 2 will simply be a demonstration of our relationship and training together to date. I'm just going to clean my tack, give Lance a bath, ignore his rubbed mane and tail, and be prepared to laugh at our mistakes and have fun with other horsefolk. If that includes any of my blogpals, even better! We'll be showing out of my trailer to save a little $ and for a little more bio-security, so you can look for us in the arena or at the red Ford F250 with the white Logan three-horse trailer.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I'm getting down to the wire for submitting a State Fair Horse Show entry. I had fun showing with other mustangs (including Lance's sire!) and their owners two years ago, and Lance is far better trained now than he was then. And this year they've added "Mustang Dressage Suitability" and "Mustang Dressage." Not sure what that second class is, but would love to support it regardless. Gotta decide if I can spare the cash and time to go, the latter being even tighter than the former. Rick will be at the State Fair the day before the Mustang Show as Horse Show veterinarian, and Brian will be at the State Fair driving draft horses the day after the Mustang Show. Oh, and I'm demonstrating spinning the Sunday before all that. Can we just put work and other life responsibilities on hold for a week???