Here's an honest trotting shot from our first-ever legit dressage lesson. In the post, I talked about how Courage had a short, quick stride (thanks to me), just dropped his neck at the withers, and took multiple laps of the arena to do a single decent transition from walk to trot. At this point, the plan was to do dressage for three months, then go back to jumper land in the spring.
It's been a long, personal struggle, but Courage and I are committed to dressage. It's a great fit for us right now. We've spent the year doing lessons and clinics, plus getting out and showing in pursuit of a more broke, less-green horse. We did decently at training level for the year and have now doubled down in pursuit of first level next spring. This shot is Courage in a clinic a couple weeks back. I just love the engagement and connection he's showing.
More than that though, I love what this year has done for our relationship. After everything this spring, we finally reached an accord. Courage is really MY horse now. I don't threaten to sell him after another giant spook at whatever-it-is this time--I just laugh at his antics and put him back to work. I've had a crappy history as an adult with horses in which the longest I've had any creature is 3 years.
I'm looking forward to blowing that number out of the water with this little guy. <3
Here's to many more years of progress and learning :)ReplyDelete
You guys have come so far. I can't wait to see what the next year holds.ReplyDelete
He looks great and your position is really coming along. Nice progress in a year!ReplyDelete
2015 officially not for sale! You go Courage! ;) great progression shits!ReplyDelete
You guys have really made amazing strides in the last year. Hard work pays off soooo much!ReplyDelete
He now looks like a sexy dressage horse instead of just cute OTTBReplyDelete
You two look fantastic.ReplyDelete
Hot damn. he looks great.ReplyDelete
I tell people all these things about dressage all the time, but nobody ever believes it until they do it. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your one year milestone!ReplyDelete
Yay! You guys have made so much progress! Congrats!ReplyDelete
WOW what a huge change!! He's looking amazing these days :)ReplyDelete
You have had a heck of year, but it's clear how much your relationship has grown from it. Here's to many more!ReplyDelete
A year of hard work to be proud of. You really are bringing him along so well.ReplyDelete