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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Proof of life

Lance and I are still here, still getting saddle time. In fact, I try to ride nearly every day. Nothing too long or strenuous; while he's breathing easy in his stall now, he's quickly winded by exertion thanks to the changes in his lungs. I've received some good information via Kentucky Equine Research's e-newsletters; this article helped me understand Lance's current limitations (and yes, we're going to try to reverse some of the damage using that therapy).

We use our arena,

and we ride down the gravel lanes, enjoying the changing scenery.

We even competed in a show recently! The American Mustang and Burro Association's new Marketing and Event Director organized an "Internet Horse Show." Competitors submitted free entries, photos (for halter classes and the "Ride the Brand" class) and/or videos (for the pleasure riding and trail classes), which were judged and placed. I thought, "Why not try?", and solicited Brian's and my neighbor's (at the mailboxes) help in shooting video. Here are the videos of us negotiating all the requirements of the trail class:

I figured Lance could manage the 30 seconds of trot and 30 seconds of canter required for the pleasure riding class, but even that caused a coughing fit in the middle, poor guy. I fumbled my way through iMovie enough to edit that out, though; here is the video I submitted:

(Thankfully the arena is dust-free now, and Lance no longer coughs.)

Out of ten participants, Lance WON the Halter Gelding class, and came in second in both the riding classes! Since he doesn't have a BLM brand, being domestically bred, we couldn't compete in Ride the Brand class or have a chance at winning Grand Champion, but it was fun and I'm looking forward to the promised Spring internet show.


Theresa said...

How fun, an internet show. Good for you and Lance. Interesting article, a bit thin. Have contacted the researchers cited at the end?

Terry said...

So happy for you the you are able to have that view between the ears.

Michelle said...

No, Theresa, but Rick and I did click through to the actual studies and read them.

Me, too, Terry!

A :-) said...

Oh how fun!! So glad you and Lance did so well!! And very glad to hear that there might be a way to reverse some of what's been going on with his lungs. Sure hope so :-)

thecrazysheeplady said...

How fun was this! :-D