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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Perrydale Trails, Part Deux

Wouldn't you know it? PT's owner sent me her photos yesterday evening!
(This was Lance's first trip through the water crossing. Never fear; we did it several more times at a nice, quiet WALK.)

Coming up: my Tuesday lesson with Julie and a book review!


Mary Ann said...

What a beautiful horse he has turned into! I follow Glock Performance Horses, and they took two of the show-ring jumpers and a dressage horse on a trek through the woods as a relaxer this weekend!

Mary said...

Good position as you 2 are coming out of the water hazard :-) We have a trail course at my barn and Nick will do most of it except the tire. Any tips?

Michelle said...

Why Mary Ann, I've ALWAYS thought my Lance was beautiful! I'm not biased, of course.... ;-)

Mary, I'd advise taking it in stages, praising any attempt without letting your horse evade the question, and coming back to it different days. The first time we visited PT, I kept the tire in front of Lance and kept asking for forward motion. Eventually he put a foot up briefly, then finally both front feet but still very briefly. I praised him profusely for being a brave boy each time a foot went up on the tire. Apparently that first experience was positive, because there was no hesitation when I asked him to step up on this visit.

Mary said...

Thanks Michelle, it seems so high when standing on the ground!