Last month had the first weeks of “quiet” at our training barn.
Between 18-20 horses with trainers, grooms, owners, and some riders moved out. Around 25 lucky ones still there (Can’t keep track.) and between all the activities, it wasn’t all that quiet after all 🙂
Barn management does a fantastic job keeping a clean, well-run facility, and prep work before shows starts days before.
In May alone, there was a 2-Day jump show. Then a 3-day dressage show. Then another 3-day dressage show. With riders coming in early before the show and all sorts of prepping, weeding, cleaning and lights installed in the portable show stalls for the season.
Great stuff – we need lots of that while schooling! To stay focused with distractions around, you’ve got to have some distractions.
Other news; a short-term training opportunity for Valiosa and I this month. Very exciting, and definitely not planned for earlier in the spring. More later!
She had 5 days off since I got really sick, and then sort of pathetic work since it’s hard to ride when you’re still sick… Today: Day 10 – Fresh start!
Care to share a dressage show warm-up tip? I know there’ll be many that’d like to read it!
For Valiosa’s warmup after two earlier days of rushed, spooky and more stressed out warm up, my only goal was to have her go on the aids without too much tension before going in the ring.
Super pleased with her for pulling off a sort of “blah” canter, despite multiple other horses in the arena, announcers, and audience. Success!
My goal was to have her reasonably attentive and when there were more than 7 horses in there we did several walk-trot transitions instead of trying to fight for space.
Some trainers like to warm up their student’s horses really forward and deep. Really proud of Valiosa for doing her thing just with me, even when some ponies came close and large horses breathed heavily down her hind.
Have a warm-up tip, below Fourth Level? We’re all ears!!
Wouldn’t it just be so nice to trade in for something more talented? A little more disposed to dressage. Something with natural ability?
Or how about something that’s been started and done right for the past 5-6 years… Anyone can daydream.
Next morning in the cross-ties after riding, patting the troll-looking mare. Her sweaty neck and shoulder gritty with dirt and foamy flyspray. Realizing there’s absolutely no way you could ever let go.
Definitely all YOUR horse.
But so much more fun his way.