From Endurance to Dressage
Ob*liv*i*on (noun): The state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening.
I have been having a good, repeated AHA moment with Speedy. It has to do with him leaning on my inside leg. That simple AHA has led me to a more important and complex understanding which is this:
I am finding that there are two things that hold up my progress.
During my last lesson with Chemaine, she helped me work on getting a correct bend by getting Speedy off my inside leg with a poke from the inside spur. As soon as Speedy jumped away from my leg, I could feel the inside bend. For so long, I thought that inside bend came from the inside rein. Now I see that the horse has to be stepping away from your inside leg in order to curve around your leg.
This is great. I now see and feel a new problem area, which brings me to number 1, but fixing this issue is proving to be hard. I am poking Speedy at nearly every stride as we enter a corner, but he has dug in and is waiting for me to let the issue drop. That's been a pretty standard attitude for him over the course of our (lengthy) relationship.
In the beginning of our dressage journey, I asked, got no response, and quit asking. Later, I asked a few more times before I quit asking. Now, I have to prove to him that I will not quit asking before he finally acquiesces to my demand.
Right now, I am working on the lack of bend by doing every curved line I can think of - loops, serpentines, tear drops, and ten-meter half circles. I think the problem is getting better, but it's frustrating that it's taking so long to explain this to him.
Even though I feel a little bit hampered by this newest impediment, I also feel encouraged to have become aware of something new. That means there are even more things about which I am oblivious, but each time one of them reveals itself, I will have the opportunity to make even more progress on our dressage journey.
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
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
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2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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