Taming the Dragon
I had a dressage lesson today on my lovely Abigail, and it was almost a real dressage lesson.
As you may have picked up from previous posts, we call Abs “the dragon” because she is rather reminiscent of a fire-breathing dragon when the mood strikes. She looks like a dragon when she goes after other horses, ears so flat they disappear into her snakelike neck. She also uses this snakelike neck to avoid going round in dressage. She’ll bend her neck any way but the way I want.
After getting some moments during our last dressage lesson, I was quite excited by the possibility of perhaps scoring under a 40 in our next dressage test. After this lesson, I’m convinced it might actually happen. Not only was she round most of the time, but she actually started to push to the bridle and swing through her back. Today was the loosest and most willing she’s ever felt. Our transitions were prompt, though trot-canter transitions were not round and it took about half a circle to get her soft in the canter.
I have to remind myself not to nitpick. Obviously, I want her round and swinging all of the time, but I need to remind myself that this is a huge improvement in a relatively short amount of time. Especially for a dragon. Dragons aren’t made to do dressage, you know.
I love my Babby!