Tuesday Evening Diary – the beginning of a flirtatious relationship.

Tonight was my official 2nd date with Maestro. Riding to me is all about forming relationships with the horse. After all, these animals have the power and ability to seriously injure you if they truly wanted to. To put it in perspective – Alfie and I are like an old married couple. Martini and I,Continue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – the beginning of a flirtatious relationship.”

Saturday Evening Diary – focused and confident – a rare occurance

Focused and confident – that’s what I was feeling today. Experiencing both of these on the same day is not an every ride occurrence. In fact, it’s more of an anomaly. A few years ago I realized that my ability to be focused and confident in my riding was tied directly to my – IContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – focused and confident – a rare occurance”

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”

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???”

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!”