From Endurance to Dressage
Back when I was still riding with JL, the hunter/jumper trainer in my neighborhood, I had a lesson twice a week. I knew I had it good. Her barn is walking distance, her lessons are relatively cheap, and she rarely reschedules.
These days? I have to drive two and a half hours to get a lesson. By dressage standards, the lessons are moderately priced, but I also have to add in the price of gas and the haul-in fee. I am pretty much down to a lesson once a month. They're great lessons though, so the cost and effort are worth it.
Today, I have two issues that I want to address. First, I want a specific exercise (more would be good) to pull out when Izzy has lost his cookies and just can't concentrate. I want something that I can use to unlock his tension and redirect his focus on me.
I am asking because I had two rides over the past week where he was so tense that his neck was ten inches shorter than normal and his back felt painfully uncomfortable to sit on. I tried everything in my arsenal, but I never did get relaxation. He behaved (eventually), but he never relaxed.
The second thing I want to check on is whether he is accepting the outside rein better than he had been. I know he is, but I want to see where we are in that department. Of course, if we can't work through the tension issue, the lack of throughness is really hard to address.
I better hit the road. See you tomorrow!
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%