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

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The long and winding road

Still no beach photos from my husband's phone; not holding my breath there. I rode Lance again the day after our beach ride, briefly putting him through his paces. He was okay, nothing bad, but kind of "meh." When I was putting him away, I ran my hands over his hips front to back, on either side of his spine. He had a BIG muscle knot on the left; it didn't seem particularly sore, but it wasn't there the week before. Rats.

I called my friend Laura and talked out my thoughts with her. My intuition usually has a pretty good handle on what to do, but then I like to run it by someone I trust for confirmation. The upshot is that I am staying completely off Lance's back for now. He's getting almost daily time on pasture to move around, and I'm lunging him with just a halter and lunge line (for now) when I can to keep him conditioned. When I get the wide-tree saddle from Mike Corcoran to try, I'll schedule another session with Suzan to check saddle fit, and then take a long-lining lesson from her.

For now I'll leave you with a happy pony rolling in the grass, then deciding to eat while he's down there (Breezy is going down for a roll behind him in that last photo). ;-)


Anonymous said...

Discouraging! I hope the new saddle will solve the problems.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Sorry you are having saddle issues...again. Fun series of shots :-).