Just as I was putting Lex's cute blue schooling boots on, the dressage trainer and one of her clients went into the ring with their horses (well, the client had a pony, and a really cute one at that). I don't want to throw shade, but the dressage trainer is, erm, loud. And her horse enjoys kicking the wall when he's mad.
Fortunately, both the other riders were fine with me lunging Lex. We stayed in the middle and out of the way, and Lex was good for the first half of our lunging experience. Then Big Fancy Dressage Horse started acting like a stinker and that freaked Lex right out. She was paying much more attention to Dressage Horse than she was to me, but we had a discussion about how we don't cause problems in the indoor when we have company and she settled in. I think this was really good practice for horse showing, because she's going to have to deal with plenty of impolite horses and loud riders at shows. And also ponies. I've ridden enough horses who'd never seen ponies until show day to realize that it's good to expose them to ponies before the warm up ring. Lex is fine with ponies. I don't think she cares much either way. It was cute, though: the lady riding the pony put her daughter on him and led him around at the end of her ride, and I let Lex have a break in the middle. She watched that pony and the little girl the whole time. I think she thought it was adorable.
The ride went pretty well. She was definitely tense, but so was I. I can only take so much loud incessant commentary before I start to grind my teeth. I talk to my horse a lot, but so quietly that most people wouldn't be able to hear me, and I try not to disturb other riders. Dressage Horse was really being a jerk today, all four feet off the ground at many points, and Lex didn't do anything bad. When the trainer and the other rider left, Lex and I really got to work on that inside leg to outside rein connection. She didn't settle right in once the dressage folks left, but she did eventually relax. And honestly, some of the trot work today was our best. It was just a stride here and there, but there were moments when she was really pushing from behind, lifting her back, and reaching for the bit. Carrying herself correctly, if you will. It feels really great.
|I love my saddle but I hated those stirrups. |
They're not good for those of us with titanium ankles.
Tomorrow I'm heading to Virginia and then to Florida for a few days, so there won't be any work on the goals I set out last time. But the good news is, I get to see this girl: