Dressage On A Dime – Stomping in Place

Becoming a horse owner of a less than stellar dressage prospect meant going very quickly from this, –  with Gaucha early winter:

To this, with La Prima in early January:

In the rare event you’re not a horse person and don’t see much difference – this was not an improvement…

This horse and I have an incredible long journey ahead to become decent even at the lowest level in the dressage arena.  If we can actually stay in the arena.  While going forward.  And being that we’re doing it on our own, it’s going to take longer than average.  That is if we do not run into injuries, get completely stuck in the training, or run out of funds completely.  Get stuck with the wrong horse, injured, incapable, what have you – and you’ll be doing the same amount of work for the same amount of money, but will never leave the 20 m circle.

Dressage is a heart breaking sport, where money, the right training opportunities, and having he right horse to start with dictates whether you will ever approach riding the FEI level tests.  Let alone 2nd Level, which is where most get stuck – due to either the horse or the rider capping out there.  That doesn’t stop most adult amateurs from continuing to ride, and enjoy their horses immensely though, and the majority of this sport is filled with horse owners who will never own a horse costing more than a new car.  Getting on the show  circuit and being in full training just isn’t going to happen for most of us.

I don’t even have the monthly boarding fee to be at a training stable with decent arenas and footing – instead I work off the board, and use all funds for supplements, farrier, and vet care instead.  With some luck, I will be able to set up a spotty schedule for lessons, (love lessons – please come and HELP us!) but need a small stream of cash for that to happen.

It’s inspiring to read about others doing the same thing, going up the levels with horses no one ever thought would do much more than putter around in pasture.  I see a lot of patience and dedication in that.  People passionately moving forward with what they really care about – in any area – are very impressive to me, doesn’t matter what they do, just that they do it.
Beautiful. 
Let’s go create something beautiful!

4 thoughts on “Dressage On A Dime – Stomping in Place

  1. I Love this Elinor!!!!! I love that you are passionate about the relationship between you and your horses & that accepting that sometimes no matter how hard one works, many people never get above lower levels. That doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoying the ride!!! When I get out to Sacramento to visit my sister, I would come help you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you! You are so sweet! I would be thrilled to have you come out, see the pretty farm, and help with the measly trotting in the arena ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be an adventure – for you(!) Many good laughs ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Just let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ Heat here now of course, even in mornings, all through August, but of course no where nearly as humid as in SC, so might not make a difference for you. When you get ready to go visit with your family, I’ll be ready in the arena!

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