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

Monday, February 18, 2013

Always learning – and relearning

No time to ride today as I was providing 'Mom's Taxi Service,' so I listened again to Jane Savoie's teleseminar while driving Brian to the coast. Uh, yeah; I needed that. I have not been making Lance take responsibility for maintaining whatever gait I put him in, nor making him respect my 'go' aids. There's probably a lot more I have not been doing, but that was as far as I got in the teleseminar. Sigh; I have no business taking Lance into the dressage show ring without these basics in place! I'll work on them this week if I get the chance; the weather forecast sounds wet. If I don't, oh well; a little humble pie never hurt anyone, and it's still experience.

Last Friday was unseasonably warm and sunny, so I took the opportunity to give Lance a quick shower after I rode him. Now he's wearing a sheet so he'll hopefully stay cleaner for our Sunday show. If I'm going to braid his mane somehow I'm going to have to get up at o'dark thirty; our first ride is at 8:07 a.m.!


sylkan said...

What a shiny boy! Don't be a perfectionist... you KNOW you are not required to braid for Bears. Especially if you are riding in a vest or sweater.

Michelle said...

I know it's not required, but I think a long mane makes the neck look short. And I don't want to pull it! I'm thinking a braid down his crest shouldn't take TOO long...