From Endurance to Dressage
New Year's Resolution(s)
I made two this year: one is not at all relevant to horses, and since it's a wee bit personal, I'll leave that one alone. The other is very much related to the horses. It is this: I want to work on being patient while having a good attitude. To me, that means being happy in the now no matter how tough things seem, but being hopeful and open to the changes that I want to see realized.
I realized that simply stating I was going to be patient while having a good attitude wasn't exaclty specific or measureable in any way, so I had to be a little more clear with myself. I realized that what I really meant was that I need to figure out a way to be happy with Izzy, or I need to send him down the road.
Okay ... so what does that mean? In short, I realized that I am not entitled to a finished, medium level dressage horse. Nowhere does it say that buying a horse with potential guarantees you a horse that moves up a level each year. It will either come with great patience and hard work, or it won't. I asked myself if I am truly committed to this horse and whether or not I am willing to put in whatever work it takes.
My friend Jen is one of my inspirations. She has taken her home-bred gelding to the international levels, but it wasn't easy. She's not wealthy (not even close), but she works hard and has taken her time. My other inspiration is Laura Graves and her gelding Diddy. Have you read that story? That's patience.
I've had a couple of weeks to get started on this better attitude thing, and to be honest, it is making me feel better. I am less frustrated by Izzy's immature moments and find myself sympathizing with him. In fact, when I really stop and look at his face, I see a very young horse. His size makes it easy to assume that he is more mature than he actually is.
I like Izzy, and I want us to have a long partnership. Since I truly want that partnership to come to fruition, I am simply going to go at a pace that Izzy can handle. With less of a focus on SHOWING and more work on the relationship, I know we'll get there. It might not be where I first thought we'd end up, but we'll be somewhere!
1/9/2017 07:31:45 am
I like this resolution! You've had quite the struggle with him, so here's hoping that 2017 will be your year!
1/11/2017 05:20:14 am
Thanks. I wouldn't mind some success this year. :0)
1/11/2017 05:20:35 am
It definitely does. :0)
1/10/2017 10:16:25 am
I really like this and it relates well to where I'm at with my young horse also.
1/11/2017 05:21:32 am
Young horses definitely show you where your shortcomings are. Apparently, I have a lot of them. LOL
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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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