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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back on track

As of this morning, I've ridden Lance three times in the arena. We review proper Mr. Manners behavior before starting, then we walk for up to 30 minutes. I let Lanc stretch in between making him march, accept contact, leg-yield, halt, rein back, and pivot on his front and hindquarters. He has been very good, and has a nice, foamy mouth during each ride – something he didn't get on our road/field rides.

We will ride out and about again soon. I am confident last week's bad behavior was a temporary lapse in Lance's "new world order." He didn't not learn R.E.S.P.E.C.T. from his breeder; when he doesn't get regular reminders it is easy for him to revert.

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