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

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

As the needle to the pole(s)

Lance likes ground poles. If we are walking around on a loose rein warming up, taking a breather, or cooling out, he will turn and walk over them on his own volition – like today.

His breeder told me that as a youngster he would free-jump obstacles in his paddock just for fun. I haven't found him that eager to jump; when faced with something like a log, he almost always chooses to step over. That's okay; jumping is not the kind of "air" this dressage rider aspires to. ;-)

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Sweet! Cooper loves gates. Point him towards a gate and he practically jiggles with anticipation.
Not much of a jumper here either, but Dandy loves to pop over logs and is very good at it.
Glad to see you riding!