Is summer almost over yet?

It has been a long hot summer in a lot of ways and the other day I was wondering why on earth I had ever complained about the cold last winter! But in spite of the heat I have been riding pretty frequently and getting in a lot of clinic lessons, so all is well.  This week I have been out of town on a business trip.  I love my job and a break at times is a good thing, but I always worry about missing a whole week of riding.  I find myself sitting in my conference with my mind drifting to what I need to work on with Tiara when I get back home.  But in a lot of ways I have really enjoyed the break and I’m sure Tiara isn’t complaining too much either.   Luckily she is pretty much okay after having a break from work.  And she threw a shoe the day before I left and my poor husband had to hold the horses for the shoer this week.  The good thing for me is that the shoe is back on for when I get back home again this weekend!

Labor of Love is only two weeks away and we have lots of things I want to work on before then, so we will do what we can when I get home this weekend.  I love having my horse at home, but at times I do miss having a resident trainer around to help out when I’m not sure if what I’m doing is right or not.  Or to push me a bit beyond my comfort zone to the next step.  However the up side is that I have learned to think for myself a lot more than I ever did before.

After Summertime Blues I realized that maybe I need to regroup a bit and not push the lengthenings quite so much.  When I got Tiara she wasn’t real forward but after the last show I realized that she is indeed very forward now and she has decided that lengthening is so much fun that she likes to throw them in where they don’t belong.  At first I found this fun and amusing, but now I realize it is time to remind her that she needs to wait for me to ask and that coming back to a regular working gait is a good thing!  So one of the things we are going to work on the next couple of weeks is just doing very short (as in only a few strides at a time) lengthened gaits and coming right back to working.

So much of dressage training is patience and building the right muscles and foundation for the next steps.  The Championship show will be here before I know it and I’m hoping we are on the right track to put in a good showing there.

-Lisa

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