|math face v similar to dressage face|
While I was talking to JenJ about a solid dressage ride the other day (srsly everyone needs horse friends to nerd out with), I realized that a lot of dressage can be explained with math.
For example, I started a dressage ride with a horse camped behind my leg, stuck all through his back and neck, and braced against the bit. My first inclination was to kick him forward, but on a sticky thoroughbred, the following equation ALWAYS applies.
inversion + speed = inversion + speed AND tension
|all the trotting|
leg (a log) = tired legs
There is no change in the log. In case you were wondering. It's brutal.
At this point, I was a couple of fails in and still sitting on a camped-two-miles-behind-me horse. Obviously we needed a new plan. I remember reading Karen's post the other day about her struggles on her own greenie and where they got her.
So we tried that.
A Log + (leg + contact) + chain saw to break up log = shoulders moving
|plus yay clinic this weekend!|
And somehow I ended up riding butter. It was amazing. Once I was able to break Courage loose, he started swinging everywhere. Moving forward. All of a sudden, we had contact. Bend. Transitions.
Honestly, Courage is really starting to "get" dressage, and moments like that are just so damn cool. Even if we have to do a lot of math to get there.