To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Still turning . . .
When I got back on, Cohort's attitude was still less than cheery, but to his credit he kept moving. We trotted circles and long lines and shoulder-fore and leg yield; big figure eights and small half-eights to change direction. I kept him trotting longer than usual just to see if he would say "enough" or keep going, and he kept going. After cooling him out at the walk I asked for the trot again, just to test him. Two full figure eights – again, not totally willing, but not terrible – and back to the walk on a long rein to finish cooling out. Yay!
There's a glimmer at the end of the tunnel, and I don't think it's a train. :-) Before long, I am hopeful that we will be able to start working on rhythm. Yes, that's the beginning of the training scale. Sometimes you have to dig yourself out of a pit to get to ground level!