Our focus today was on trot-canter-trot transitions and helping Jewel to stay soft and springy through them.
For those of you who know me “in real life” you know that this journey of mine with my beautiful mare has been a long one, with a very twisted, jagged path. It was never a straight line (in any direction) — especially not upwards, and many times not even forwards. However, as my fitness… Continue reading A Dressage Horse
In the past, I have had some pretty good show nerves. Nothing that made me puke, but I did have to watch what I ate for breakfast and be relatively close to bathroom if you catch my drift. So, since I would actually like to show my horse, I figured I ought to get some… Continue reading Unexpected Results
A little more than a year ago, Jewel sliced open the inside of her right front fetlock. Best we can figure, she cut it with her other front shoe. It was a long recovery process and while there hasn’t been heat for a long time, there is still visible scar tissue on the area (aka… Continue reading Facing Reality
I’ve had my horse for nearly 12 years. Its one of the longest relationships of my life. I’m so excited about where we are compared to where we were just a year ago. But in looking further back, I’ve been here before…right on the edge of (in this case) being a *real* dressage horse (schooling… Continue reading What a Journey
On all the online discussion groups or forums that I frequent (ones dedicated to OTTBs), there are always people who have just gotten their first OTTB from the track, the horse has little to no training, and as it turns out, neither do many of the new owners. Now, while this isn’t ideal, it is… Continue reading Fresh From The Track
So maybe rider fitness is a hot topic for you. Maybe not. I’ve been overweight most of my adult life. I didn’t get that way until my first marriage failed and I self medicated with food. That was about 15 years ago. Some things become clearer with time, but I digress. Anyhow, I’ve been on… Continue reading Tracking My Fitness