From Endurance to Dressage
Okay. I am committed. And no, not that kind of committed. I mean the kind where I now have to put my money where my mouth is. The entry has been sent in, but what makes it even more of a done deal is that I put my plan out on the internet. I hate, HATE, HATE talking about doing something before it's been done. I am much more of a doer than a talker although if you've been a reader for any length of time at all like say 5 minutes, you would disagree and say that I talk ... a lot. But I digress.
I mean I am committed to taking Sydney to a show. We worked on some bending at Wednesday's lesson. I worked on those same concepts on Thursday. I can see where we might have a bit of trouble. It's not a brand new issue, and I have been schooling it, but I can see that entering at A on the right bend might be a bit hard as will tracking right at C. Hence, A is for trouble.
Those two turns, essentially 10-meter turns, are more difficult to control because Sydney wants to pivot on his hind end instead of following his front feet. If I don't use a LOT of leg to push him out, he'll either take out the rail as we enter at A or throw a fit right in front of the judge at C. With that in mind, I worked those 10-meter bends pretty thoroughly on Thursday evening.
One other issue we'll have is stalling out. As I send him sideways, he tends to lose steam and wants to fall back into a walk. I am hoping that he is actually a little perky which might give me some added rev to his engine. Although honestly, stalling out and walking is way, way better than bolting through the corner with his head jacked up into the air with me wailing, sh********t as we careen around the court.
I have a week and a few days to really get those ten-meter turns more fluid and balanced. I really don't want to report back that I yelled sh******t in the middle of a dressage test. That would be pretty unladylike.
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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