From Endurance to Dressage
After our less than pleasant lesson on Wednesday, I rode again on Thursday and Friday. Initially, I was worried that the leap and rear might come back, but nothing like that happened. Sydney was his handsome, Captain Awesome self.
He had the weekend off since I was out of town, but he got turned out to run and play on Sunday. By Monday morning, I had actually forgotten all about Wednesday's trouble until JL asked me about the rest of last week's rides. She was glad to hear that the drama seemed limited to that moment in time.
I don't even know how to write about Monday's lesson without boring the breeches right off you. To say that somebody deserves a pat on the back would be a colossal understatement. All three of us, JL, Sydney, and I have put in a lot of effort over the past three years, and the results are finally being seen.
For the last few lessons, JL has had a very smug cat-who-ate-the-canary look on her face. I actually teased her about it on Monday. As a teacher myself, I know how totally gratifying it is when a student FINALLY gets something. It's hard not to feel proud of yourself, and the feeling is well-deserved.
She actually made the comment that we had perfect moments during the right lead canter. And there were moMENTS, as in plural, not just a singular occurrence! According to JL, I am finally riding my horse and actually helping him to be balanced.
To the left, my homework is to just continue to get Sydeny to lighten up so that he carries more weight on his hind end, but the canter departures are getting better and prettier. Since we can now walk, trot, and canter (at home), we're going to start working on more changes of direction and cantering the long sides.
I am really, really proud of what I've been able to do with this horse. JL reminded me on Monday that there would have been no shame in selling him two years ago; that's how difficult of a horse he was. It's not that I didn't know how to ride, I just didn't know how to ride such an anxious ball of tension. I am very glad that I stuck it out with him. He has made me a much better rider.
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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