Monday, January 7, 2019

Watch & Learn

I know Cupid would be a lot further along if he had more pro rides, but I take some sort of perverse pleasure in seeing how far I can bring him along (with the support and guidance of my wonderful coach).  However I do occasionally ask her to ride him, both so I can see what he is capable of and so she has a better understanding where he's at and what works for him.  It has been a while, so I thought it would be a good time for her to get on.   We haven't had a lesson for over two months, but I told her Cupid has felt really good since his break and she should feel a big difference since she last rode him. 

Watching my trainer ride did not disappoint, she had Cupid looking great!  She kept it simple, doing the same kinds of exercises I have been working on - except she actually has Cupid connected and coming through.  She wasn't pulling on him, just keeping the contact steady and supporting with leg.  It was quite inspiring, and makes me determined to keep putting the work in so I can get him looking like this too (or at least come closer to it!)  It also made me proud of the progress Cupid has made, and of myself for the part I played in getting him there.
Looking like a real dressage horse!


  1. I'm the same. I like to do most of it but when things start to plateau or I get discouraged I love having Shanea ride and show me what is possible.