Hey friends. You know what?

Bet I’ve been told in more than 20 ways that I’m not doing it right.

Not a shocking surprise to you either, if you ride dressage.  It’s needed, or we’ll never get better, right?

Still, we’re doing it!  Mounting up as often as we can, and trying to love it all the same.  And get better.  For our horses sake.

grey small dressage horse close upTomorrow, another show with miss grey mare.  Maybe the last one this year.  I don’t feel super confident about it at all.

We’re behind in the training.  (For whoever decides the pace, whatever.)  Then that last pep talk I paid for had the complete opposite effect!  It made me consider doing something much more productive with my time, like arts, hiking, or taking up playing the piano.

Got a trailer ride to a full size arena at good friend’s yesterday to ride through the tests.  Because I believed the earlier You-Suck pep talk, we did…

So today – my own Pep Talk Photo Bomb.  We can do this!!!

Elinor Yee

grey dressage horse
Yes she CAN do this! We’re going to go for it and create this tomorrow again.

beautiful horse pictures

inspiration for riding dressage when things are not going wellIf you’re showing this weekend – ignore anything unconstructive, and have fun!

Love my grey mare!

Elinor Yee

14 thoughts on “Hey friends. You know what?

  1. When I worked as an actor we always used to say that if the tech and dress rehearsals went badly the opening night would be good. So will your show tomorrow. All the best to you and Valiosa!

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    1. I think that works in reverse, too! Last weekend we had a great warm-up/rehearsal the day before the show on the very showgrounds. Then the next day it all went “splat”! Moral of story–if you’re horrible today you will probably be at least OK tomorrow. And then there’s my favorite saying, “the judge is blind when scoring your test, and overly kind when scoring someone else’s” 😉

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      1. I hope both you and Anne, earlier, are right!
        And I do hope you’ve gotten over whatever hysterics she pulled last week, insects and all, and plan to go out and play again later on 🙂

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    2. Never fails to amaze me how many of all those “little things ” have to come together just to pull of just ONE simple test in the arena, for some 5, 6 minutes…
      Sometimes makes me want to stay at home, practicing more. But then we’d never get out 🙂

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  2. Photos are looking really good! Go out there and ride the way you know how to tomorrow. In other words: give your mare a good and positive ride, with forward energy, relaxed and happy, plenty of praise for effort, and a smile (not a grimace) on your face. Let the mistakes pass and move on. That’s the good thing about dressage – each movement is graded separately. Ride the corners! Think forward! And regardless of how this one goes – great or not so great – there will be plenty more shows next year 🙂

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    1. Needed this. Thank you Edie!!
      Yes, corners! And smiles. When things go well I grin like a kid in there sometimes 😉
      Dark cloud is a tiny pasture wound – now causing swelling 😦 I have no idea what it will look like tomorrow morning, if the same she’ll stay home…

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      1. Oh dear. I hope the swelling stayed minor. If not lame, I would have cold hosed, put antibiotic ointment on, and gone to the show. Starlight scraped half the hair off her back leg right before a two day show last summer (put her leg through the fence kicking the annoying gelding next door – thankfully, they have moved him and we now have a much nicer gelding). Some swelling but no lameness. It looked kind of scary but it was all surface so I went ahead. They are like kids, they will have nicks and bumps. I check the tendons/ligaments carefully and watch that it does not get worse in any way. Hope things turn out fine and that you were able to go…but if not, well, there are always more shows.

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        1. I subscribe to the exact same treatment regime 🙂
          It was worrying, because some small swelling Thursday was larger and warmer on Friday, and Saturday, despite using a clay wrap it was still swollen.
          We did go Sunday, she had a cool feeling leg in the morning!
          Glad it was just a tiny nick, have no idea what she did, but yes, she goes in a large pasture with tons of natural obstacles like branches and the like.
          Always such a worry when they get hurt though 🙂

          Little report coming right up!

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          1. I don’t think it gets old as long as you keep challenging yourself! And you can always throw in a freestyle for fun some time, if you’re looking for more difficulty (!). That’s my goal for this year: master the art of riding Freestyles! Ha ha ha ha….especially since I’m being cheap and doing my own music and choreography this first time around. Let me tell you: it is not easy. But it is a fun creative challenge!

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          2. Nope, not easy. Kudos to you for going for it – so much fun, and yes, creative!
            The music part is difficult, I know you want it to reflect just right both the movement and personality of the horse AND the actual choreography. Plus some little worry that the music may or may not appeal to the judge…
            Much more fun to do it on your own though! Always been my motto.

            I demand posts on this process if you pull it off next year! To keep on file 😉

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