Last night I had a FABULOUS dressage lesson. I had a goofy smile on my face the whole time, and even erupted in giggle fits periodically.
I was aboard the fabulous Brodie:
He’s the smallest horse in our training stables, and he jumps the largest jumps. And he makes it look easy. Not to mention he has perfect ground manners, is super snuggly, and is just as cute as a button! His owner, Ashley S., and he are an absolute inspiration to me.
I’ve been wanting to take a dressage lesson on Mr. Brodles for a while – ask and you shall receive! I’m so glad I did – it was fun and I learned a lot. Here are the highlights:
- He made me work to get impulsion, but was very willing to get on the bit and stay connected. And it just. felt. right. OOOOooooh – THIS is dressage.
- When I asked him to leg yield, he practically jumped sideways! So Laurie shouted “You’re driving a Maserati tonight!” Apparently he doesn’t need half as much leg as Spirit does. =P
- My first time doing an actual, real, dressage extended trot. OMG fun fun fun!!!
- I had to be demanding with asking for impulsion, but subtle for most everything else (transitions, shifting body parts, etc).
- Canter was like floating on a cloud.