From Endurance to Dressage
... Down the Drain
We had it, and then we lost it. It was great while it was there, and I hope we can find it again, but damn that right lead canter to Hell!
I saddled up yesterday in good spirits, ready to improve on the work we had done the two days prior. Who knows what happened? Maybe Sydney was sick of trying to canter. Either way, it just wasn't happening to the right.
I really tried every trick I knew. We did turns on the forehand, turns on the haunches, 10-meter circles, counter bent circles, and even lots of walking. I just couldn't get him to let go anywhere. By the end, I was all over that inside rein and vainly working my inside leg. The more effort I put into getting a bend and moving him off my inside aids, the more heavily he charged through them.
As I drove home, disgusted and frustrated, it occurred to me that the real problem was probably that I let his haunches escape to the outside. I have another lesson Monday; I hope JL can get me back on track. Today is another day.
10/13/2013 10:39:41 pm
I almost wish it was physical, Teresa, but I don't think it is. Sydney sees his vet regularly, has excellent dental health, sees the chiropractor regularly, and I have my saddle refit once a year. I work with two very knowledgeable trainers who agree that it is simply his personality to be tense or anxious when he doesn't understand something.
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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