I don’t know why I do this to myself, but in the spirit of Rolex coming up I started a new Instagram and polyvore where I’ll be posting outfit ideas for jog ups! It’ll e a fun way to combine my fashion loving side and my hardcore eventing side.
Annie is leaving on Sunday for Ocala, and I’ll be following her in a little over a week! That will give her plenty of time to settle in and adjust to her new home. By the time I get there, she’ll be ready to get back into work!
I’m really anxious, but also really excited. I may have the opportunity to show some nice young horses in addition to managing the barn and I just found out there will be some other part-time help hired to help me keep everything running smoothly. With 20-22 horses on property I’d be hard pressed to get it all done by myself every day in the most efficient way, so I’m happy that I’ll have an extra set of hands around!
There’s going to be a lot to do and I’m going to have to dive in head first, but it sounds like it’s going to be a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started!
On another note, one of my lesson kids yesterday finally got “the feel” in her lesson! Teaching what a soft, over-tracking, relaxed horse is supposed to feel like is so hard to verbalize, and E is still pretty inexperienced when it comes to dressage. Usually her lessons are half-flat and half-jump but when I asked her if she was ready to jump she just said, “Ugh no I just really want to get him soft and round!!!” so we spent the second half-hour of her lesson in the walk working on getting her to coordinate all her aids properly. In the last like 5-6 minutes she finally got it! At one point I hopped on just to show her, and had her feel the connection I had in my hands and to show her how I was using my leg. Then she hopped back on, we tweaked a few of her aids a little bit, and voila! I was so, so proud and she was super excited! It was her last lesson on Newt because last week her parents bought her her first horse and he just came into town from Florida the other day, so she hasn’t had a chance to get lessons on the new one with her normal coach yet. He’s much more easy on the flat than Newt is, haha.
Anyway, I really love it when my students finally get something! It all just clicked and the smile on her face was totally priceless when it all came together. It may have only been at the walk, but now that she knows what it’s supposed to feel like at the walk, it’ll be much easier for her to get it at the trot and canter.
Transitions. Cavaletti and trot poles. Lots o transitions. More transitions. Make them prompt and correct. The horse should be pushing from behind in all transitions and remain stretching softly into the contact over their back. Don’t settle for “okay”, push for “exceptional” and when the horse really gives you exceptional transitions several times in a row, call it a day and end it on a good note.
Lots of hacking also helps. You need to build up the horse’s strength before you can expect it to properly and consistently carry itself.
"But, Mr Emerson—-"Such and So" has a loose lower leg, he jumps up the neck, he looks down in the air, but he wins."
Yep——he gets away with it, just as I did with Victor Dakin back 40 years or so, but does that make it correct to teach WRONG basics?
No—-stick to correct style, correct basics, because as Bert De Nemethy once told me about a world famous “sloppy” rider—-
"Yes, he`s a great rider. But, if he was correct, he might be even greater."
transformation tuesday. holla.
This is what I mean when I say that exercise can change a horse’s conformation, the weight and muscle this horse has developed in less than a year has changed their entire body.
Just look at that neck!
:3 Thanks so much! Lots of TLC, a good nutrition program, and long, slow miles of conditioning to build up her strength really made a huge difference.
Pretty decent dressage ride today.
She’s had two days off because work has been crazy for me, and she definitely felt like she had two days off. This week we’re really going to be focusing on her canter work and I’m going to start really asking her to sit down a little more and use her hind quarters and be a little more balanced. She was really not a fan of me asking her for that today, so we had some unpleasant moments for sure, but by the end I was getting some nice shoulder fore in the canter and really getting her to push from behind a bit better.
More of the same tomorrow, I think, hopefully with less drama and theatrics on her part.
She’s a 2008 (6 years old) Thoroughbred. :) Thank you!
Thank you! She definitely thinks so too. :3
Haha, my stirrups are just longer in the flat photo for “after”. I kept them short the first couple months I rode her because she could be a little unpredictable. But thank you!