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Wordless Wednesday: "Dressage With Speedbumps"

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And then we cantered a course!

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He's all shoulder and nothing else. Is it just me, or is having a lesson at 10am too early?? I can barely get up for brunch at 10am, let alone adult Saddle Club. The weather in Florida (and pretty much the whole East Coast) has been wild as of late. Winter is typically very dry, but this year has been unseasonably cold and damp. And I don't even mean just heavy rain here or there, I mean raining for a full week at a time without enough sun to dry everything out. Fuego's turnout bell boots are fully waterlogged. Because of this weather, some lessons had to be rescheduled to avoid literal tornado warnings. This meant that the ring was a bit crowded on Saturday with four different lessons going on. Two were in the jump ring and two in the Dressage ring. It made for an audience. And I do not like an audience. We started the lesson with a different approach to Fuego's trot. The new idea was that he has to actually trot and not do his Western Pleasure best. Off we went with m

Big Boy Pants

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The weekend came, and with it another schedule change. Trainer T was heading out of town on Sunday and needed to do some reorganizing. My lesson was pushed back to 10am, and I was riding with another adult. I was super excited for this. I like semi-private lessons because you still get a lot of attention without all the focus being on you for 100% of the ride. Riding with someone else also means that I get to take more breaks. It was a win/win. While we were waiting for the lesson before us to end, I asked a little bit about her horse. She rides a lovely, young Thoroughbred mare that did a little race training, had a baby, then sat for a while. They've only been together for a few months, but even in that time, the mare has also become a cross tie breaker. We laughed at being the only two to get cross ties for Trainer T for Christmas. I also found it kind of funny to put the two crazy OTTBs in a lesson together. Much to my shock and dismay, both of them were stellar. In fact, the o

Wordless Wednesday: Big Gray Mare

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Next Best Thing

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Once Fuego turned up lame, I was unsure who I'd be riding (or if I could even ride) for my lesson. By chance, one of Trainer T's long-time boarders decided that she wanted her horse used in lessons again. She doesn't ride or handle him much, so it'd be a win/win for everyone. The horse was actually boarded at my old barn for a couple of months. According to my trainer, the owner left because the care was terrible. Gunner is a stout Quarter Horse gelding. His manners on the ground aren't that great, but that probably has to do with limited handling beyond going to and from the pasture. He was used in lessons in the past before the owner changed her mind. The lesson went pretty well, and I'm considering leasing him. The only drawback is that I can truly only afford to ride once per week in addition to lessons, so I'd have to stop riding Fuego weekly. Just something I'm thinking about and not a commitment at this point. I brought my saddle with me this time

Wordless Wednesday: Landshark

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Fun Fact: my saddle is not made for landsharks