Friday, December 19, 2014

Harvey at ten years old

Here is Harv within the first week that I bought him.  I boarded him in Raleigh, NC at a place called Theys Farm on Theys Road -- it was a co-op barn run primarily by eventing folks. Harv was so much fun to ride, he was my first horse, and I was in heaven...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shire dressage - check out the extensions!

I appreciate how quiet this horse's mouth is, how confirmed he is in the bridle, and overall power and balance. Love!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

101st time is a charm....

The learning curve in dressage is not a nice smooth trajectory, and in my case it looks like shark's teeth. Ri and I were facing a barrier to progress in this last few weeks, and despite good advice and support I was at a loss. Sometimes you have to go back a few steps to move forward, and that's what we did. I needed to re-examine my whole notion of contact, or what I thought was proper contact. I think we are moving in the right direction again!

 This video is wonderful, and came to me at the right time. It ain't the first time I've heard it, but maybe the 101st time is a charm. It has really helped me.