Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I was chatting with my trainer about my goals (short and long term), where I am right now, and how I expect to get where I want to end up. I told her that I wanted to go as far as I can in this sport, or until I lose my nerve. Her response was ridiculously insightful:

“If you lose your nerve, then you are lacking a skill. And that can be corrected.”

I don’t actually foresee losing my nerve along the way. The only reason I include that disclaimer is that I have heard so many other riders explain, “I’m perfectly happy to stay at Training level. Better yet, I don’t even need to do that. I’m happy to stay at Novice.” I’m getting older. It could happen.

I also understand that the jump from Novice to Training is rather significant…


I’ve ridden in a whole 2 schooling horse trials at the Beginner Novice level, and my current mount is schooling training level dressage with no cross-country experience to speak of. I truly have no idea what awaits us.

We have the occasional moment of brilliance where I feel a glimmer of the potential hiding inside of both of us. We also have the occasional loss of confidence over a fence. She recently scraped the hell out of the back of her front leg (assuming with the back hoof), likely as we were taking off over a jump. It’s no wonder she didn’t think she could go over the fence after that!

The common theme to my lessons seems to be the same whether it’s over fences or dressage:
- connection
- balance

More specifically:
- obtain consistent connection through the outside rein
- turn the shoulders (the head and neck are more like a hood ornament)
- lift the shoulders (she drops the inside shoulder and it is worse on the left)
- dressage before the fence – dressage after the fence
- STRAIGHT after the fence

There's something to be said for consistency, right?

1 comment:

  1. I do think that there is something to say about consistency, I get rebuked for the same things almost every ride ever lol.



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