Yesterday I put Lance in the arena for some exercise. Had to shush him around with the lunge whip to get him to exercise, because after rolling,
this is all he really wants to do:
So shush him around I did, with camera at the ready. I caught him in a lovely uphill, positive DAP trot,
and a lofty moment of canter.
But he's always looking to either stop and grub around, or come trotting up to me. Have I mentioned lately how much I like this horse?
Lance isn't a 'dressage horse' (as opposed to a horse who does dressage); he doesn't have the natural self-carriage and suspension that comes from generations of breeding for the sport, or the fire that makes for a brilliant (if difficult) competitor. But I know from experience how dressage can transform a horse from an 'ugly duckling' into a 'swan,' and Lance is by no means an ugly duckling – just a young goose. ;-)