|first level by spring? i think yes|
Until Redheadlins lent us her fancy French thing. Oh my.
Courage warmed up quite nicely in the arena. I got to play with my imaginary show warm up a bit and see how he did with it.
No really. Whether it was me riding like a (training level) badass or the big, open field that let him roll forward, or the fact that he's really starting to get this dressage thing DOWN, I don't know. But it was great. Courage was balanced and listening and solid into the contact and it felt so good.
|and this sweet twist in my shoulders. whoops.|
I had a half halt off my seat, I had just enough weight in my hands. I was sitting up, intermittently looking up, and having a great time.
We rolled right up in to canter, which was just so fun. Up and down the little hill and all around the field and I wanted to play flying changes SO BAD, but I don't think training level dressage horses are supposed to do jumper changes.
Haha oh well.
I didn't know how the right lead would go, since it's been hit-and-miss lately, but it was fantastic. I should not have worried.
We made several lovely trip around the field while I grinned like a happy idiot, which I was.
Then Redheadlins recommended that Alyssa and I canter around the field side-by-side on our OTTBs while she photographed the aftermath.
I didn't hear that sinister note when she said it the first time... haha.
|most fun on horseback|
As in, you thought I had an idiot grin before? No. Now I had a whole new level of it. For about three strides, Courage asked if we were racing. When I said no, he just cantered like a perfect riding horse and OMG guys he is just so cool. And so is Bacon, but that's Alyssa's story.
|love this shot of everyone. especially prisoner.|
And yeah. Everyone needs solid pony friends and a perfect vacation barn, because that was way too much fun. Can't wait to do it again!