It’s a necessary evil, isn’t it? Without it we’d have an unbalanced horse who doesn’t listen to us and runs at jumps like an un coordinated mess.
But what happens when we look at dressage as fun? Or actually start to enjoy it? I mean, even when your instructor is yelling at you to do 5 different things at once all of which seem impossible and you are actually thinking “Huh, this is kinda fun.”
That happened to me today and it was super surprising and unexpected. My lesson was tough, and I got worked, but I could understand the concepts, and Georgie was able to be pushed further than before. And the things we were working on were… fun. We both worked our butts off and I will admit that during some especially long canter work I was ready to curse my instructor, but then we had a couple magical moments that made it all worth it.
So, what’s my point exactly? Well, for one, I think there comes a point in dressage where things just come together. And all that hard work working on straightness, roundness, suppleness and the minutia, payoff and you have the partnership you’ve been working so hard to achieve. And this is certainly not to say that tomorrow there won’t be more minutia. But it is to say that there’s a light at the end of the dressage tunnel. Where what you never thought was achievable, is. What you worked so hard to attain, is attained.
And then, in your next lesson, or next ride, you delve deeper and work hard to make it even better. Which is frustrating and tough and makes you dislike dressage all over again. But oh, that moment where it all comes together. That makes it all worthwhile.