Monthly Archives: June 2012

Frustration + Thinking = Success

My lesson started out with 90+ temperatures and PJ having his own agenda, plus I couldn’t sit straight, which may be been caused by either or both of the former. Barbara wanted me to ride squares.  I was to half-halt … Continue reading

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Where’s Your Motivation?

I don’t know what has gotten into me.  I sometimes get to the barn and have no desire to ride.  Not sure why.  Lessons have been going great.  I actually have been seeing progress – it should inspire me  to … Continue reading

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Straight to go Sideways

Barbara’s back and I had a great lesson today.  We worked on leg yield.  To get the horse to move over, he needs to be straight and you need to use your outside rein.  It doesn’t make intuitive sense to … Continue reading

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From Schoolmaster to PJ

One of the other things I realized from riding Jesse was that I ride too much around the ring.  It comes out at shows where I have to do a test that I have trouble doing circles.  Today, because Bridget … Continue reading

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The Value of a Schoolmaster

Barbara is away all week, so I decided to take a lesson with Bridget on Jessie, Bridget’s Prix-St.-George schoolmaster! I’ve been anticipating it all week.  I rode PJ first and then tacked up horse number 2. He felt so different … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Saddle Makes

There’s no question that PJ loves his new saddle.  Every ride since we got it he’s been much freer in his back and much more willing to go forward at all three gaits.  Me? I haven’t been as thrilled. Linda … Continue reading

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Festival of Champions It Wasn’t

Our barn had a road trip to Gladstone to watch the Dressage GP Selection Trials.  We saw Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Gunter Seidel, and Jan Ebeling, among others ride the GP Special.  I hate to say it but if this … Continue reading

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