My mare Jewel is 20 this year. That is hard to believe. And for the first time this spring, she really showed her age coming out of the winter. She wasn’t thin, but she really lost her topline. While you could never see ribs, her loin muscles definitely vanished. Sigh. It is hard to admit… Continue reading Building the Topline
Ok, so the new year was a while ago. Heck, its actually daylight savings today, which means we’ve been in this new year for a while now. But that’s ok. I am excited (to the point of being a bit sick to my stomach about it) to officially say that I really want to earn… Continue reading New Year. New Goals.
So training methods seem to always bring up controversy. There are many roads to Rome. I have been lucky enough to take regular lessons from a gifted, and rather unknown, trainer named Amanda Pisano. She was trained in French Classical dressage and studied under Jean-Claude Racinet, one of the classical trainers responsible for bringing French… Continue reading Riding In Lightness
So a couple weeks ago, I shared a photo of my mare working on the lunge line as part of our warmup. I was thrilled with her topline development and how much it is improving. My trainer suggested that I find a photo from earlier to see if I can really visualize how much her… Continue reading Developing the Topline
So if you asked me a month ago what kind of riding I do, I would tell you with a bit of a smirk that I attempt dressage. I have schooled 3rd level on my mare, although that seems like many moons ago. Indeed it was over 3 years ago, as that is when she… Continue reading Jumping Jehosaphat!
I had the opportunity today to meet and photograph a very special Thoroughbred named Captain. Captain belongs to Beth Gagliardi, owner of Excelsior Equestrian Center in Hobart, IN. I had been invited to EEC to do a photo shoot for the boarders. The last horse to go was Captain. Captain is a Thoroughbred, and not… Continue reading A Special Bond
I’ve been thinking recently about how long it really takes to bring a horse along from track horse to show horse, specifically dressage horse. It takes a long time. And in our case, the journey was not without pitfalls. Three years ago this coming weekend, Jewel suffered a bout of colic that resulted in surgery… Continue reading The Long Road Back