Wow, reblogged!

Wasn’t even sure how to push that button.

The Reblogging button that is.  And absolutely not sure I was writing anything worth Reblogging.  What a treat!  Happily clicking away here, and suddenly realizing that what I say is actually resonating with other riders.  How is that for inspiration?!

Grateful for this.

Sabrena, at her blog Better So Dressage, has welcomed me to the club of the Lone Riders.  That’s what we are.  Amateur dressage riders across the land, seeking the ride where we finally feel we’ve arrived.  That’s when we can finally start learning.  For real.

She’s further along than I.  This in itself is inspirational to me.  Go and read some of her posts, get inspired, and join the club.  Of the Lone Riders.  You’re probably already in it, no?

Leaving you with Mr. Jaworzno, cooling off after this morning’s workout.  He’s got all the answers.

Done!  Where's the cookie?

Yes, still at the “old” Castle Rock Farm.  Word is the new arena is complete, but the new barn is delayed for another week. Fine with me – it’s SO pretty out here now!

Despite all pretty – there’s been some local road trips.  Ione, Oroville, Turlock (say what!) Ione again.  It will all pan out in a couple of months.  New ideas.  I think it’s all Marty’s fault.  At MC Dressage.  More later.

Arena games with MC Dressage

Another visitor at Castle Rock this week.

This time Martin Courtney.  Enjoying access, perhaps for the last week, to our arena at Castle Rock farm.  A dressage lesson was a great way to say goodbye to the grounds.

Cooper was calm and ready to work.  No extracurricular spooking.  In such great shape now he didn’t even really break a sweat.  Granted, we worked a lot at the walk and not too much canter, but he was working.

The concept of lateral moves does not come naturally for him.  Also still much prefers to counterbend at any given time.

Finally, Fall is Here!
Finally, Fall is Here!

Overall very happy with the ride.  Cooper is a bit tense to the idea of someone instructing close to him from the ground – he clams up.  The next day, trying some of the leg yielding on a small circle on our own, he didn’t completely loose his forward.  Wondering how long it will take to show him how to do it…

Marty spent a lot of time with us, – really fun to get some feedback and new ideas.  Need this more often!  I’m always open for new ideas.  Next time he comes back it will be at the new property.  Can’t wait!

You can find Marty’s website Here.