Overheard at a hunter barn
Teen rider: I would have rocked it if it was an equitation class.
Trainer: It *was* an equitation class.
Teen rider: Oh, I thought it was... What's the other option?
We laugh at the teen's foggy notions of her sport -- but at least she has hormones as an excuse. There is an equivalent mental fog in many adult dressage riders. As upper-level dressage rider and Dressage Chronicles author Karen McGoldrick points out in a Facebook post:
"It amazes me how little most students actually study...this is a discipline and not just a sport. No need to reinvent dressage when it is laid out in front of you in texts that have the wisdom of the ages behind them."
This is where I hang my head in shame. I want to be an upper level rider someday but when a trainer instructions me to ride "renvers on the long side" or asks me about the training scale, I reach back into the recesses of my brain and come up with -- fog. My chances of producing the right answer is 60/40 at best.