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

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Equine/equestrian equations

Alfalfa + atmosphere = "Arab"

It's been dry, but brisk and windy today. I got Lance out for a ride this afternoon, and as I was leading him to the arena I stopped to take some photos. He danced around at the end of the reins and continued into the arena on tippy-toes, so I decided to tie up his reins and turn him loose for a bit to work out the yeehaws. That didn't seem to help much; there were obviously horse-eating dragons in the neighborhood!
(It's amazing how much shorter his back looks when he's doing his Arab impression!)

Slow ≠ stupid

I decided we'd make faster progress under saddle, so I mounted. No, I wasn't wearing my helmet – that was me being slow. It didn't take me long to decide that if we were facing horse-eating dragons, I'd better be smart enough to don full armor!

While Lance never completely forgot about the dragons, he did give me some really nice work. I could have asked him for more, but decided to end on a good note and put him back in the safety of the barn with some hay to distract him.

Quality > quantity


Theresa said...

The evil nothings they come on the wind, just ask some old time dragonslayers....Tails and noses up, snorting monsters back, they drop at least ten years too. Handsome, handsome Lance and that's a pretty good Arab impersonation. ;)

Laura said...

Dragons are great for impulsion!! He looks a lot different than he did when we were camping!!

Mary said...

He's got his "cocky trot" going on....

Mary Ann said...

Oh, I need to catch up on the Adventures of Lance. He is getting to be such a beauty!