Georgie and I had our first lesson since coming back from Galway this week. I opted for a dressage lesson as we have entered a schooling test of choice dressage show at our barn this coming weekend. I opted to do the Prelim A eventing test for the show. My reason being Georgie and I need to keep progressing and doing a Training test after doing the Training 3Day seemed like a regression, or at least a stalemate. Also, we all know that in barn schooling shows are the perfect place to push your limits and maybe get a little out of your comfort zone. The Prelim A test has the following movements I am not comfortable with:
- A loop on the quarter line in the canter.
- A change of rein, change of lead through the trot over X
- Another loop on the quarter line in the canter
- A medium canter
But, hey, I figured we could work on it in our lesson.
Well, weirdly, it didn’t all come together like magic after one lesson. We worked our asses off to try and attain straightness so that some of these movements could actually be possible. Georgie is in such a different place than she was 4-6 months ago. Riding her I can ask for so much more. And even better, I understand so much more and can feel what’s right and what’s not right ALMOST as quickly as my instructor sees it. I lack natural feel. It sucks. I envy people who have natural talent for riding. And while it made me sad to realize this, it has made “getting it” and “feeling it” that much more rewarding. Dressage has become fun. I was exhausted and my inner thighs and core were killing after my lesson but it was GREAT. Honestly.
Straightness was attainable, so therefore most of the above movements were as well. They will NOT be lovely, or at the level I would ideally have for the show, but I don’t really care. I’m just happy we are working towards something difficult, yet within our grasp.
I’m loving Georgie, loving dressage, and loving how sore I am from riding after a month reprieve.