Saturday, November 27, 2010

Getting it together.

In June Steady and I took our first lesson with A.  It was a slow start and the idea that I could ever grasp dressage seemed far fetched.  I we had probably close to 8 lessons since then.  One every two weeks for about 4 months.  A would give us something to work on and in our daily ride we would practice and go back to a two weeks later.  Sometimes ready for something new and some times needing help with the last task.  The thing we worked on the most.  I mean hours and hours each week was getting a consistent, collected trot.  She would show me how to ask for it and he would show moments here and there of the dimond in the rough.  But all of our rides consisted of me working and working for those few good moments.  Once I would feel his mouth feel for the bit, his back come up underneath me I would praise and praise him.  I loved the day that A pointed out that "he really listens to you, when you praise him".  Ever since I make sure each ride he knows how great I think he is.

Today I was out for a ride and about 20 minutes into it I realized there is no more working the entire ride for a few good moments.  He has got it together, he knows what I want and he stays collected, on the bit and BALANCED!!!  It is a beautiful feeling.  I amazed at how far he has come in such a short period of time.  I feel we are ready for the next step.


  1. That's me hope. I would love to event, but I'm sure my mare would never get it together for dressage, especially due to her conformation and how much she trails in the hind...hopefully we'll get to the point you're at as well. :)

  2. The consistency of your work and practice, and the praise, have made the difference. He understands what you want and is happy to do it for you - how nice is that!

  3. Mell- lessons made all the difference in the world. We would have never made that progress without them.
    Kate-thank you, it is soooo nice.

  4. That is so great! I love that he listens to your praise. I sometimes wonder if they value verbal praise at all. I guess Steady does! I'm glad your lessons are helping you out so much. :)


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