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

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Light on her feet

This morning was relatively dry, so I took time to turn out the horses for a few minutes before reporting to work (I'm covering for my husband's secretary when not at my other part-time office job this week). They could have been out longer if I could go about doing chores, but Stella will actively excavate puddles into big holes if left unsupervised. ANYway, I was able to get videos of what I wanted to capture in yesterday's still photos of their play – Stella's "airs above the ground"!

As you can see, the arena is littered with leaves (with many more to fall), which need to be blown out so as not to get mashed into the sand to ruin drainage and create more dust later. Still, Lance and Stella need a chance to move around, and it's either in the arena or slip-sliding around in a pasture, turning grass into a mucky morass.

When time, weather, and lack of leaves allow us to get back to our regular schooling schedule (usually five days a week), I may start posting short summaries of every ride, or compile daily summaries into once-a-week posts. I often think I should document what went especially 'right' during a ride, or note something I need to address, but those things quickly get lost to the busy-ness of daily life. So fair warning, as such posts might not be of much interest to anyone else. 😉


Retired Knitter said...

She is a beauty.

A :-) said...

She really is a stunner :-) Great idea to capture the things that went right so you can refer back, if ever necessary!

Michelle said...

She really is, Elaine; sometimes I just admire her and wonder how I got so lucky as to find and acquire her!

A, it really is nice to be able to look back through records to see how training has progressed, and with a mare it can end up being informative for tracking hormone levels. I haven't noticed any differences in Stella, but heat cycles can really affect some mares.