From Endurance to Dressage
After getting Sydney nice and supple on Saturday, I woke up on Sunday and today with a very sore back. My shoulder blades are on fire and my lats are aching from using my back to tell him to lighten up. I think the soreness means I am doing something right!
I repeated the suppling work on Sunday and was thrilled that it all happened much more quickly. I got on him and told him that I meant business, and it felt like so many different puzzle pieces just fell into place.
I didn't worry about him bolting, feeling pressured, or checking out. It all made perfect sense. I was doing work that would help him be more comfortable, so I stuck with it. I insisted that he get light in my hands while still moving forward.
At the trot, life got really great for him. It was only when I wanted to work on the canter departures that he got tense again, but I took it as an excellent opportunity to show him what I wanted. Our departures didn't miraculously get perfect, but I walked away from the ride with a whole different sense of feel, and I think he did, too.
I have a lesson with JL this morning, and I am eager to show her what I am feeling.
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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