Hating On The Short Stirrups But Still A Great Ride

Here we go! – A whole slew of pictures.

Back from vacation.  Hers:  in pasture.  Mine:  in the cool mountains.  Now back for more long weeks of hot summer.

Definitely didn’t expect her to go as well as where we left off (in the shots below.)  But she was even better!

Go Gray Mare!  Usually, rides after some time off are awkward and sort of “rusty.”  This time – happiest horse to date.

schooling dressage

young horse schooling dressage

schooling dressage on young horse

Still working on riding, and straightening her, from the right outside rein when tracking left.  It’s getting a bit better.

canter through corner


The less overbent to the inside, the better!  It’s been hard to decide just the right amount, but we’re getting there.  Her specialty is to immediately shut down if she feels “clamped down on” in any way – I’m working hard on resetting my own riding to be more open, or however you’d describe it.

trotting with young horse


Something as easy as a canter diagonal has been a struggle.  Although not a hot horse at all, she can get rushy and flailing there, and like many young horses just flop on her forehand.

So happy with her here, staying balanced and with me!

schooling canter diagonal

staying balanced in canter on diagonal

That’s all from this crew today!

dressage with young horse
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26 thoughts on “Hating On The Short Stirrups But Still A Great Ride

  1. She is just such a gorgeous horse!

    Also, I LOVE the picture of y’all turning away from the mirror. It’s such a beautifully composed shot.

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    1. Oops, I could have explained that better.
      Well, I was riding w heel lifts, very thick, to help break in these schooling boots, and it really cramped my feel in the stirrups. Made the whole leg feel shorter and in need of lengthening 2 holes. Which, if I did, made it impossible to ride.
      Anyway, it saved the skin behind the knees. Think we’re good now 😎

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  2. Hi Elinor, glad you had a holiday and came back to start off again together, relaxed and happy it sounds! I’m currently focusing more and more on balance and straightness in my horses as a way of “training physiotherapy” if you will – any tips on specific exercises with this? With love from the Alps, Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny!
      Thank you for coming to my blog! Come back to see us 🙂
      You’ve hit it on the head with both balance and straightness – in dressage it’s what we strive for all the time. Some of us more or less successful 😉
      I can’t offer tips on specific exercises for it, I think it really is an individual case for each horse. That said, I do see you work from the ground a lot, and I think that can do a LOT for re-training a horse and offering a way for them to rebuild their muscles the right way before adding the extra difficulty of performing under saddle.
      I see you’ve already got quotes from Nuno Oliviera – go with that! I think he’s got classical thoughts, aimed to help and never hinder the horse, and he most definitely wasn’t interested in doing any modern type of dressage in the interest of showing.

      A straight, well balanced, walk canter transition, done correctly with the horse really using itself, coming over its back, is really strength building. As is small voltes (not repeated, just once, straight, and then again.) where the horse has to learn how to balance itself without falling in, falling out, or loosing tempo. Well, I’m far from perfecting that with my own horse 🙂


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