Hello? Maybe we can do some real training now..?
I’m back to walking, sort of (A gimp. As much pain as before. So, might as well get used to it and carry on.). And Valiosa’s period of teeth problems and interesting behavior is over.
She has continued training and is in the same shape, but I can’t really say we’re in a different spot with dressage than we were, say, 6-7 weeks ago.
That’s OK. I know many of you are struggling with snow, mud, and intense cold and have some downtime for a while. I’m lucky to be able to continue through the year. That’s what we’ll do.
Today, celebrating the small things.
1 Back in summer, when the right bend was so hard, rides often started with just counterflexing toward the rail a few strides in trot. The only way to get any bend at all. I think we’re past this stage. Yay!
2 Cavaletti work is still happening. Once per week, not endless rounds. Just a bit to keep the right muscles triggering. Doing them on the lunge is easy, if for any reason you’ve wrecked your self and can’t ride for a while, I promise.
3 Canter strides with toe forward, not pointing out! The holy grail! (Told you we’re celebrating small things!)
4 And hey, we’ve got this little arena improvement now too! An edging, rail road ties, along the long edge. Footing stays inside the arena.
Rumor has it we might get these on the other long side as well.
All really good stuff!
Enjoy the weekly commute view to the Andalusian farm – always the most beautiful in fall and early winter.
Pictures from my friend Michele Dodge, who is great with her camera. And who actually takes the time to stop…