3 Small Things To Keep My Riding On Track

Because planting the backside in the saddle is not enough…

  1. Setting goals.  Riding for ridings sake is fun of course,  but just like in any sport there has to be some accountability.  Without it, it’s easy to continue the same way as before.
  2. Spending time around “bigger and better” riders.  Better skills, better horses, better trainers – hopefully a combo of all.  It’s super motivating, even if it’s not every day.  (Or even every week.)  Our small, happy, barn is not a show/training barn – I try to get out and watch when I can.
  3. Riding something OTHER than green horses.  Because, truthfully, it can feel a bit cheerless to work on the very basics, over and over, while not knowing if it’s coming along correctly.
About that number 3…

With a green horse, there’s not much time for the rider to work on her own riding.  For me, I’m suddenly missing other, earlier, green horses.  Forgetting all their faults and difficulties.  Funny how that works!

Elinor Yee blue roan

Sure, I even miss Copper a little sometimes.  He could be really fun.

And Gaucha, who actually was really fun, and everything wasn’t so complicated.

Elinor Yee

So, I have to work a bit on number 3 – ready for some different fun this fall!  A bit of work at the breeding and dressage training barn in Somerset.  Somehow squeezing in time for at least a little.

Short saddle time on a well-trained horse = Supah Motivation.

Thinking about throwing in a quick picture here and there of the beautiful PRE horses.  Want to see?

 

20 thoughts on “3 Small Things To Keep My Riding On Track

  1. Wow, Gaucha! LOVE. Yes, I agree with your goals, all will help you toward your aim of improving both you and Valiosa! When you sit on more educated horses, you can take that back to Valiosa and say, “I know what this should feel like. THIS is what I mean when I ask for this…THIS is what it should be”…and you will find she progresses much more quickly because you can be much more clear about your intentions and aids. Not to mention that it is fun to mix things up and be on other horses sometimes. You will appreciate your own darling that much more.

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    1. Miss Gaucha was special. Young, too, I showed her 1st level test 2 and 3, but she had gone 2nd level, dabbling in 3rd with her owner.
      I always felt as if my body fit just right on her…

      Mixing things up is my cup of tea all the way! Anyone offer their horse to ride I’m usually game. (Sometimes to my detriment. ..)
      ji
      Think I’ve said it before, while sometimes able to just whisper the aid, I’m also the Queen of conflicting aids…. these horses at S

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    2. Miss Gaucha was special. Young, too, I showed her 1st level test 2 and 3, but she had gone 2nd level, dabbling in 3rd with her owner.
      I always felt as if my body fit just right on her…

      Mixing things up is my cup of tea all the way! Anyone offer their horse to ride I’m usually game. (Sometimes to my detriment. ..)
      jim
      Think I’ve said it before, while sometimes able to just whisper the aid, I’m also the Queen of conflicting aids…. these horses at Somerset will show me how wrong that is!
      First out wad Botijo, former seasoned Grand Prix stallion. He barely moved for me 😉
      I’ll make a 3 second wednesday special on the horses there each week if can.

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  2. “And Gaucha, who actually was really fun, and everything wasn’t so complicated.”

    Bingo! That is the best way to describe these youngsters. I am definitely going to remember that. Izzy is soooo complicated that sometimes it isn’t as much fun to ride him. I have to be thinking very hard for every single stride. That’s why I almost always ride Speedy after riding Izzy. Speedy is so much easier …

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  3. Watching good riders is really worth while. I am lucky to have that available and to see them in their lessons as well. Getting to ride a more advanced horse would be excellent. Today my coach said that maybe it would be good for me to get on a more advanced one. We were working on getting the passage and I have never done that and neither has Biasini. So her idea was that if I could get the feel for it on a horse that knows it well then I would be able to know what I was “feeling” for with Biasini. Keep us updated with how you realize these ideas/goals Elinor!

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    1. Will do!
      It’s not easy, as for most of us who are trying to both keep our own horse to ride, and staying ahead of the training of ourselves at the same time. I see that you can relate!
      Today, I tried some work on the schoolmaster on my own and failed with so many things I just had to laugh at it all. In the end, I couldn’t even produce a correct bend to the right. He was a really good sport about it all though 🙂

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        1. 🙂 well at least it wasn’t a polo player!
          This morning I’m out there again. Trying to find my way to some of the good stuff that we had 2 weeks ago. I am not all sure what I did to change it.

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  4. I like reading your posts. Goals are important and motivation even more so! (for artists it’s the same) So watching someone really good is super helpful. If you know how to watch. (Some people watch without seeing) What is a PRE horse please?

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    1. Hey Frank! Looks like a new (or newish) picture!
      PRE – Pura Rasa Espanola. An Iberian horse, this one being the true Spanish horse, often called Andalusian (which is incorrect with breed afficionados.).
      Picture the sturdy, round warhorses ridden by kings back in the day – those are the ones.They have one of the most confident and sweet personalities and always stick out among other horses. I’ve become a big fan of them and I find them easier to “read” somehow.

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  5. If you lived closer, my daughters would put you to work. 🙂 They’ll have you do what they do, circle and grid exercises, the mainstay of all hunters regardless of level. Some low jumps, none of the 1.45-1.55 m stuff they do. Perhaps on Mr. Ed, Elizabeth’s golden palomino – the easiest one to ride or perhaps SAM. Both have a slew of blue and red ribbons to their name, so nothing “green” about them except those real big ribbons they get time to time.

    We prefer using the term Iberian horse rather than Andalusian, that it is simpler to say ‘Iberian’. Also, calling them Iberian gives the sense of the exotic.

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    1. Sounds like a fun trial as a jumper 🙂 On someone who’ll lock onto the jump without also going stircrazy (I’m remembering my days as a 16 year old out on some crazy eventing jumps on a slit-snow grass field in winter. Ugh!), maybe I’d brave it to 1 M. A nice little skip almost, not jump, for your awesome horses.
      Sometimes we all need a break from it all – your girls too, I’m sure. This morning was a particularly unsuccessful ride where I thought I might as well take up competitive trail riding, not dressage. Back at it again tomorrow – still grateful to HAVE a horse 🙂

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