Things here are great. Morten just got home after
two weeks away and I'm SO GLAD he's back! It's fun to have extra riding when he's gone but it sure takes its toll. And of
course it's great to have his eyes on the work again.
I finally feel like we're
really back on track with the Orange Goodness. There have been a lot of ups & downs since her back treatment. I've felt
like I'm doing the right thing but lacked confidence in my plan at times. And of course, this Grand Prix business is REALLY
Last week she came in from the field with a cut on her hock; it was just superficial,
on the skin, but I still decided to take it easy Friday morning. So I put on the snaffle (which I generally hate on
her) and spent a lot of time in the walk, making lots of transitions to halt, riding them how I wanted all my transition
to be. Then after we pooped around at the trot & canter, I realized that I was having one of the best rides ever.
All the transitions were soft, quick, and from my seat. She bent evenly both ways, her frame was uphill, steady, and held
by her - not me. The whole feeling was harmony!
It was really cool and
was a big aha! moment for me. It's so easy to say 'slow it down, take the pressure off and it comes
faster,' but to actually do it? That's hard.
I've stayed in the snaffle
(which I normally hate on her) this week, lunged Sunday and rode yesterday and today, and I'm SO EXCITED! I feel like the
last two months of basics & boring have given us such a better foundation for the harder work. Far from perfect (is it
ever?) but really getting fun.
After not seeing us for two weeks, Morten came in to the
ring this morning just as we were doing on the spot perfect canter pirouettes, then he complimented our flying changes. We're
still making mistakes in the one-times, but now we don't freak out, we just fix it and keep going. The passage was incredible
today too. Morten told me to think about the front legs more today and by doing that the rhythm got better, she stayed super
behind, and did she ever lift! It was the best she's ever felt.
wants to look at the show schedule and get us entered in the "hard Intermediare I," which is easier than the Intermediare
II. It asks for only 5 one-time changes and small piaffe & passage bits. This means we will have a goal to work towards;
I'm looking forward to it :)
All of the horses were great today, so it made me look
smart on Morten's first day back. Gotta love it when they all step up for you like that, I'll try to remember it the next
time they embarrass me in front of the judges. It was funny, I was so, so tired this morning; the knowledge that Morten was
back just made me think thank god, I don't have to work them all! and I was dragging my ass around for the first
hour. But then Countess was a rock star, as was the Banana, and then the next and the next. And having Morten giving me pointers
here and there, bringing everything from pretty darn good to great, well before I realized it I was back in high spirits and
full of energy. I love days like this!