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

Sunday, January 5, 2014

On to year two!

Last Thursday was the one-year anniversary of Lance's arrival here. It went by without fanfare, but we had a good schooling session after our recreation the day before. That night the wind brought a change in the weather, blowing out the fog and smog from the inversion that sat on us heavily for two weeks and ushering in sunshine. Without the blanket of fog its getting colder at night, but not so cold as to solidify our arena footing. In other words, it's great. I just came in from another good ride, as well as some excellent ground work in his stall and paddock before and after with the help of "sticks and carrots" (a dressage whip and lots of commercial treats).

Last night our Christian trail-riding club had its annual planning meeting. I am looking forward to taking Lance on more horse-camping trips, another visit (this time with the club; any of you want to join us for the group rate?) to Perrydale Trails, and hopefully, several more day-trips to the beach and elsewhere with my friend. I've got four dressage shows bookmarked so we could possibly earn enough scores to qualify for USDF All-Breed Awards, too. It would appear that this is the Year of the Horse, all right! I'm excited, and so very thankful to have this special partner in my life.
Lance & me, one year ago tomorrow, our first ride at home

5 comments:

Alanna M. said...

Congratulations. I can't believe it's already been a year.

Laura said...

It'll be 2 years for Tang and I in a couple of weeks. I always think of getting her in February, but it was the end of January - a late birthday present.

We haven't done as much as you and Lance, but we have made progress - she loads herself in the trailer!! I'm still hoping to get out and ride before the first week of the year is over!

Briana said...

Happy "anniversary"! :) I would love to join your trail riding club but I think it's a bit far of a trailer ride for us! ;)

Debashree Chakma said...

I would love to join your trail riding.

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Kim said...

Can't believe it's been a year. so glad you have Lance.