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

Friday, July 17, 2015

Feelin' left out

Recently a blogpal posted photos from a dressage show she competed in. I recognized it as the same venue where Lance debuted at Training Level two years ago. Now a trainer I know and love is posting photos of her students schooling and showing at Devonwood, a gorgeous facility nearby where I have competed many times through Prix St. George, just not with Lance.

Our rides are limited to going down the lane and through whatever agricultural ground I have permission to use; there's no point in paying for a lesson with Julie when we haven't been able to school the tools she gave us last time. This is a far different reality than I used to inhabit. I miss working towards goals and getting feedback on how well we are accomplishing them; I miss the camaraderie of other equestrians; I miss getting my horse and myself spiffed up to dance in front of an audience, then entertaining questions about his breeding.

But I have much to be thankful for, and I shall focus on that....


Mary said...

ah, life is hard sometimes, isn't it? I have nothing but understanding and sympathy for you.

I am paired with the exact right horse for me, with my vulnerable back, and I love him and his antics. I cannot train and compete anymore but I still miss that level of equestrian sport.

Acceptance of limitations in time, ability, and health is so hard!

Alanna M. said...

Sorry you aren't getting to dance like you want to. Hopefully soon!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Time issues for you or is he still having health issues?

Michelle said...

I feel the same way about Lance, Mary; I am so thankful to have him and be able to ride!

Thanks, Alanna. Keep posting about all your shows; I love reading your experiences and seeing your photos even if I can't be there right now!

Sara, it's a matter of time and money; Lance is staying sound and strong. I am keeping him out of that dry sand arena to keep him that way!

emma said...

Sorry your current riding life is taking a different shape than you're used to - glad lance is sound and strong tho. That arena will still be there for you when you're ready to return!