What does it look like? Maybe an endless stream of negativity about horse sport, in just about any discipline.
Ever thought about how that shapes what you think, making your sport feel hopeless, a lost case where every one takes short cuts, or worse?
After some of the larger international dressage competitions, half of the Facebook feed seems to be about contorted necks and horses working in pain.
Heated discussions about shady training techniques.
In other disciplines – spur marks, bloody froth, draw reins, horses dying from over exertion, riding with all sorts of training gadgets, and even some temper tantrum millennial mishandling her horse in the show ring after falling off at a jump.
Should thatdecide what you think of modern horse sport? Would it change if we would mostly see good training, good riding, good showing, good horsemanship?
Just a small change of focus can really make a difference. We do what we see others do. We become what we do.
Trying really hard to not focus on bad riding over here, looking up to good riding.
Far from perfect, I’m trying. It really matters what we look at.
This site is mostly safe – not much behind the vertical stuff here. Because it shapes what we think.
If she can go like thatat a show, she’ll do really well. You know how that goes, schooling at home vs showing…
As promised, some outdoor pictures, just hanging out.
Really doesn’t matter what season it is – there’s always somewhere, or something that looks nice and alive, right?
Planning on hanging on to this great feeling she’ll offer at the end of each ride, and see where it takes us. Some nice walk-canter transitions would be really cool, but that’s far off. For now, just hanging out, and enjoying it.
After treading water for some time, things feel looser, easier, less grindy. Sure, that’s not even a word. But it is now.
I think she’s getting to where she really likes the work sometimes, feeling happy and content there. A little less “falling apart” as soon as she gets the chance.
Here’s the photobomb for this time.
Where some horses want to come too low and you have to train hard on short moments of more elevation – Valiosa has the opposite difficulty. She wants to go short and up in the neck. All the time.
It will always be the “trick” to training well with her – getting a lower, more relaxed neck, and coming over the back. We didn’t quite get there in these pictures (surprise), but the connection is so much better. See?
As long as I get a few moments like these out of each ride, I’m thrilled. Gray Mare is growing up and she can be SO much fun!
10 M Volte without hissy fits or a clamping inside calf. It’s happening!
Just because I don’t head out and compete super often.
Best to make the most of it! 🙂
And because my husband was so nice and a super star to stick around in the heat for both tests, taking so many pictures. Very sweet!
The counter canter loop – she did it well (go Gray Mare!) but I piloted just a bit too shallow, not quite hitting X. Easy to do, you just want to get back to the corner 🙂
Next up will be a post on some training issues – yes, with pictures of all the “uglies!’ Figured many of you will recognize a lot of it, and I think it’s so cool when you want to stand on the sidelines and yell out helpful hints. I’ll promise to try whatever you have to say!
Staying at the “new” farm means not being able to see good friends at the “old.”
So many good days together out there, and I’ll miss Nancy, my friend and partner in crime, a lot. Have a feeling we still have some adventures together, just need to come up with a plan 🙂
Today, honoring the wonderful, enigmatic backdrop of the covered arena at Twisted Oak. It is absolutely magical – the colors and vegetation forever changing with the seasons. A treat and an honor to ride there.
I know the beauty can’t come through in the pictures enough (it wasn’t the focus at all when they were taken.) but it can look like a piece of art sometimes when you’re there. The twisty trees, the droopy tiny branches, the shadows, the moss, and the different leaves throughout the year…
So here goes, pictures from several different months! Ignore the riding, just look at how the colors change throughout the year!
Spring time March.
The never-ending summer. August. So hot you can taste it.
The baby rabbits had grown up a lot in just a couple of months. Bunny snuggling is always good.
Meeting the sheep and lambs that took over the stall for a few weeks, after the piglets moved out.
Maybe not as snuggly.
Gray mare likes this guy!
We had a good morning. They promised to be good, not break anything, and take a lot of pictures. Which they did – more or less focused. Sometimes even of the horse. Between macho selfies.
Plus pictures of grass and rocks. And other pictures like this.
I really, reallylove my boys.They make me laugh every day! Sure, they’re not all that great for video making yet. Mostly because horses aren’t all that interesting to them. Here’s their compilation – must view with sound ON.
Next up – some much better pictures from this schooling session!