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!”

Saturday evening diary – Supporting your partner is so important.

Having an older horse comes with a lot of challenges that most younger horses do not have to deal with. My sweet Alfie is 26 years young. He will be 27 in a matter of weeks. Every ride I have with him is truly a blessing. Over the years, our lessons have always been private.Continue reading “Saturday evening diary – Supporting your partner is so important.”

Saturday evening diary – slow, steady, consistent work gives you amazing results

After my less than ideal lesson with the fabulous Tally-Ho left me in tears, I was excited to ride my Alfie today. First step – the mounting block. For those of you keeping score, Alfie’s streak of standing at the block ended 2 weeks ago. Last weekend, my trainer and I worked with him againContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – slow, steady, consistent work gives you amazing results”

Tuesday Evening Diary – hello Tally-Ho

Let me start by saying, today was an emotional day for Alfie, which translates into an emotional day for me. Several years ago, a lovely spiritual psychic told me that Alfie and I were connected in such a strong way that we feel each other’s emotions. It’s very hard to put into words, but IContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – hello Tally-Ho”

Saturday evening diary – I love learning how to dance with Alfie

So I posted Laura Bechtolsheimer’s Olympic performance in dressage from 2012 because it is incredibly beautiful. Also, because while watching it, I can now identify many of the movements she and her horse are doing and that’s just really freaking awesome. A few years ago, I would’ve just thought this routine was beautiful. Now afterContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – I love learning how to dance with Alfie”

Tuesday evening diary – I found a horse with a slower gait than Alfie!

Tonight was my second lesson on the amazing Maestro. My trainer Kari rode him first to warm him up for me. While they were walking I looked at Maestro’s gait and realized that although he appears to be moving slowly, his walk was forward enough where his back feet were tracking his front feet whichContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – I found a horse with a slower gait than Alfie!”