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

Friday, January 10, 2014

Check

Managed to steal another ride from the weather (that's what it feels like when I get in a dry ride during wet weather) this morning; yay! At the top of my long mental list of goals today was to have a horse with a foamy mouth, indicating relaxation. We've been missing that the last couple rides at least, and those rides weren't stellar in other ways as well. It's all connected; it always is.

Towards the end of yesterday's ride I was racking my brain to remember all the things I'm supposed to do (oh, to have the time and money for weekly lessons!), and when I corrected my position and got out of Lance's way, he was suddenly able to give me what I was asking for. Of course.

Apparently I rode better from the git-go today, as evidenced by Lance's improvement. And this:

Double-yay!

4 comments:

  1. Im totally with you on the whole having money for weekly lessons part!

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  2. Happy pony! That's interesting, I never realised that the foamy mouth was a sign of relaxation, now I will be looking out for it to see how we are doing!

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  3. Sometimes getting out of our own way is the hardest part of making progress.

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  4. I'm sure our horses would vote for our getting weekly help, huh, Tarra?

    Horses, like people, often hold tension in their jaw, Rio, and when they do, they don't get a nice, foamy mouth.

    Yep, in lots of areas, Sue!

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