Friday, February 4, 2011

Hurray for Outdoors!

For the third time this year, I was able to use the outdoor arena. Izzy is still going through this, "omg can see outside the fence" phase, which is kind of annoying, but ok I guess. Annoying because it's nearly impossible to hold her attention, ok because it does give us a lot of forward energy.

I had a dressage instructor tell me that we were only making progress if we were correct at least 50% of the time. I thought at the time that it was a stupid thing to say, because obviously, it's going to be less at first as we figure stuff out. I still think it's a stupid thing to say, but I do think that we are finally approaching that figure, as far as Izzy being forward and me being quieter and more in position. IN FACT, one time I checked my position after Izzy had an "omg PASSAGE the neighbor's horses are out!!" moment, and I was actually correct. Huzzah!

So. Slow, steady progress. I like it. Also, I found out that one of the riders who I rode with in the show/clinic last year is definitely coming to Izzy and I's goal event to compete. Competition!! Well, actually, my goal is to compete at least a division above her. Wish us luck.


  1. Having a goal to ride for always makes things more focused. Planning for that event...and a great motivation.

    Sounds as if you used Izzy's silliness to your advantage with "forward." Well done.

  2. Good luck, you guys are coming along great :)


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