Tuesday Evening Diary – welcome to dressage Maestro

Tonight my lesson was with the beautiful Maestro. I’ve only been on Maestro once before and I will be honest, I was nervous. Tonight, there were no nerves. I watched my trainer briefly ride him before me, just so I could see how he moves. It was now my turn. I got on him confidently.Continue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – welcome to dressage Maestro”

Sunday evening diary – Alfie wants to do more work, so we will do more work

In September 2019, Alfie and I competed in our first ever dressage horse show. It was a huge undertaking for us as we had only been in the world of dressage for less than 6 months. It was a walk/trot competition we entered. I wasn’t sure we were ready, but my trainer had every bitContinue reading “Sunday evening diary – Alfie wants to do more work, so we will do more work”

Tuesday Evening Diary – a lengthening of the stirrups, a little canter and the box

You may remember a few weeks ago I lengthened my stirrups with Alfie to assume a more “dressage” seat with a longer leg. It took me a few rides to adjust but I love it now. So tonight, I felt I was ready to lengthen them with Martini. The first thing I notice, my anklesContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – a lengthening of the stirrups, a little canter and the box”

Saturday evening diary – no really Mom – can we please trot over the pole?

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when it comes to Alfie and our lessons, Alfie’s needs, feelings, and fears are all taken into consideration before whatever I would like to learn or accomplish with him. Many might disagree with my approach and that’s ok. My goal with Alfie is to enjoy our riding time togetherContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – no really Mom – can we please trot over the pole?”

Tuesday evening diary – pretty please can I have my stirrups back???

Today, before my lesson, I had the privilege of watching my trainer Kari ride Martini. “Tune up” rides is what she calls it. Martini is a school horse so he is used to working at the levels of the students who ride him. When my trainer got on him, all she could say was “heContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – pretty please can I have my stirrups back???”

Sunday afternoon diary – a rare solo ride for me and Alfie!

Wow! It’s a Sunday diary entry!! It does happen but it’s rare.😊 Sunday’s. My day to relax with Alfie. In the summer – it’s a trail riding day. In the winter, it’s a clean tack kind of day. But today, I wanted to ride my boy. I got up, put on my now fitting sizeContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – a rare solo ride for me and Alfie!”

Saturday evening diary – getting round and skinny at the same time!

If you are reading the title of this entry, you might be a bit confused – I mean getting round and skinny at the same time doesn’t sound possible, but it is. Let me explain.😉 Getting round. In the dressage world, getting round refers to the horse’s form while walking, trotting and cantering. I’ve referredContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – getting round and skinny at the same time!”

Tuesday evening diary – He likes it when I sing to him

Martini and I go way back. I’ve been riding him over a year now. In the past year, Martini has been a steady man under saddle. He’s well trained and will always take care of his rider. Despite his incredible talent and willingness when riding, his manners while grooming and tacking – well let’s justContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – He likes it when I sing to him”

Tuesday Evening Diary – come on Judy, breathe!

My lesson tonight was with the fabulous Martini. We worked on completing an entire dressage test at the proper gaits – so there was a lot of trotting. Something you all might not know about me…when I’m concentrating really hard when I ride, well, I tend to forget to breathe. Yeah, I actually hold myContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – come on Judy, breathe!”