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.
Haha. I like this. I heard the other day that we spend the first part of our dressage journey teaching the horse to move "away from the inside leg and into the outside rein," then we spend the rest of our journey making sure to guide the outside shoulder around so they don't fall out.
8/6/2014 03:29:13 am
Isn't that the truth! I feel like I am dribbling a soccer ball most of the time. A little to the left, to the right, too much, back to the left. The problem is, most of the time I have one eye closed and I am on the tennis court! :0)
8/7/2014 04:45:27 am
You're welcome! :0)
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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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