From Endurance to Dressage
I know I said that last lesson post was (probably) the last one, but Chemaine Hurtado (Symphony Dressage) sent me one more video chunk. It's a good one which is why I want to share. The picture and sound quality are quite good, so it's a good one to watch if you're struggling with the canter.
In the video, we're schooling that pesky right lead. As you watch it, you'll be rooting for Izzy because he's so close to getting it. He did about 50 flying changes in an effort to avoid the right lead, but when he finally gets it and holds it, you'll want to cheer for him.
The best part of the video is the transformation in his body as he goes from stiff and resisting to softer and giving. Let me know what you think.
2/29/2016 06:50:24 am
Great progress! Go Izzy go!
2/29/2016 12:26:46 pm
Thanks. It might not look like much progress, but it really is. Chemaine said that I may discover that one afternoon (soon) he might just flip a switch and have it. I hope so!!!! :0)
Oh my goodness. You weren't kidding about rooting for him! I was sitting here going, "Come on boy, you can do it!.....AGhhh. Ok, try again!" over and over. But he got it and the physical transformation was beautiful!
2/29/2016 12:28:25 pm
Thanks, Sarah. I never watch my videos more than once, but I've been studying this one closely. It just looked so simple! He was so close so many times. But yeah, once he got it, I almost applauded. Thanks for rooting for him. :0)
2/29/2016 06:46:38 pm
Awesome!! He is such a handsome boy! Good riding!
3/1/2016 07:15:36 am
Thanks! I think he's pretty fancy. :0)
3/1/2016 03:59:54 am
That was so much fun to watch!
3/1/2016 07:16:08 am
Thanks, Val. He's a challenge, but he's a good learner too. :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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