So, while Val wouldn’t be considered a fancy dressage horse for most DQs, he’s the nicest mover I’ve ridden in recent memory. (And by recent memory, I mean my entire memory, as it’s pretty forgetful these days). My lesson on him was really fun, and Sarah helped me work on his canter and keeping him consistent to the contact. And keeping his haunches from flying inward, while his shoulders go outwards.
The first thing she said to me was “Yup. This is how you used to ride Kilkee in this saddle.” My Clyde x and I did a lot of learning together. And since I had yet to experience the seat of a dressage saddle at the time, I did what I could in my trusty AP. So, we worked on my leg position and some other things and then got to work on Val and I.
He’s a bit tricky to ride, he’s not a pimped out, broke dressage horse. Which, for me, makes it fun! And difficult. But, I’m not going to learn anything on a push button horse. His trot is great, it’s got some suspension and some front end movement that when I look in the mirror I think looks super fancy.
The best part? He has a lengthen!! I giggled like a 10 year old when Sarah had me lengthen across the arena.
Don’t believe me? Watch the video:
You can hear Sarah tell me to ask for more at the end, and it does make a difference. This was the end of the ride and he was a bit pooped, but he happily was like “Ok, I’ll be fancier.”
His canter takes some work. Especially going left. This may be a Nadia problem, but I was not getting into the rhythm going left. Hello, homework! He’s happy to be a bit strung out, and a bit crooked, but when I ask him to go correctly, he has a really nice gait!
I’ve committed myself to riding him 3 days a week. I’m really lucky to have him- as if I didn’t I know I would be fretting about Georgie WAY more. We DID have our vet appointment yesterday, and I will leave the details for another post, but let’s just say we are headed in the right direction with her…
So, here’s to being a bit of a DQ for the next little bit and enjoying my fuzzy, fancy, Shetland pony looking Val!