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 17, 2014

When you can't ride, spend money!

Ha! Actually I did get to ride today, but I also spent money updating the last of my necessary memberships (USEF) to be able to show this year. Now I just need to save money for entry fees . . . and lessons. The first show in my sights is not yet "live" (DevonWood in the Spring, April 13), so my checking account can catch its breath for a little while at least.

It has not yet rained today like the weatherman said it would, and my son left to go swimming with my neighbor and her grandkids. Whee; that means I got to ride! Lance had some really good moments – and a few bad ones. I'm keeping in mind that our schooling sessions haven't been as regular as usual these past few weeks. It didn't help that the peanut gallery (Ollie and Breezy in their paddocks overlooking the arena) were antsy, wanting a chance to get out and stretch their legs, too. So when I was done riding, I turned all three loose to roll and play. It's a testament to Lance's good character that he saved most of his shenanigans for after our ride!

Oh, and spring is officially on its way – Lance is starting to shed his blaze! Yay!


8 comments:

thecrazysheeplady said...

We're starting to she'd here too. Glad you got some pony time :-).

Tarra Gakstatter said...

We have our eye on Devonwood in the Spring too :) My trainer sent an email to the secretary because it says that entries open on the 25th. We might just see you there!

Alanna M. said...

Oh boy, I'm good at spending money when not riding too! :)

Ranch Girl Diaries said...

Ha ha, love the title of this post....so true! I found your blog from another. Your horses are lovely...great photos! Which one is your mustang? I have a mustang too! She is a 3 yr old mare, just really started under saddle last fall. I do hope to do dressage with her someday....which I just started lessons in.

Michelle said...

Every ride's a blessing, Sara!

Michelle said...

That would be great, Tarra. Let's rock the non-traditional dressage mounts!

Michelle said...

At least it wasn't on more STUFF…. ;-)

Michelle said...

Welcome, Ranch Girl, and thanks for leaving a comment! My mustang Lance is the tallest of the three with the taller whites on his hind legs. In the above group photos, he's in the middle, on the left, and in the middle (being a goober, as usual!). The other sorrel (Lance is technically a red dun, but it's hard to tell) is my husband's quarter horse, and the little bay is my son's pony.