Scott Hassler came to us on Tuesday for his monthly (or so) clinic here. Beltway traffic is pretty much deadly, so he leaves his farm in Northern Maryland at 3:30 a.m. to get to us by 6:30 a.m. Eww.
Midgey was a superstar; he’s really coming into his own. I started focusing on the piaffe about two months ago—I’d played with it before, but after our last show I decided to make it a priority, and he just GOT it. Huzzah! And it’s not only improved my half-halt at trot, but it’s really improved the rhythm of his canter, particularly on the scary right lead.
Ella, who’s been a little tricky in the last few weeks, seems to have really rounded a corner. She was going like gangbusters before Gladstone, and then when I came back I tried to bring her back slowly from her week off, but I think perhaps she got a little sore, and then got PISSED about it. Time off and a few appointments with my WONDERFUL chiropractor/acupuncturist/DVM Dr. Tim Casey has put her right as rain, but she was still a little resentful until last weekend, when she took a big deep breath and got over it, and Scott was particularly helpful in resolving some of the lingering contact problems.
They’re both really powerful horses, and so the development process that all young horses go through, going from babies with rogue body parts flying everywhere to proper dressage horses who can actually hold themselves up was quite a journey. I’m really excited to be seeing the other side!
The most important part of the clinic (duh!) was lunch, where we celebrated Midgey’s seventh birthday with a big cake. Yes, I am the type of person who gets birthday cakes for her horses. I also don’t get out much.
Today it’s off to Dressage at Lexington (Va.), one of my favorite show venues. Midge will do his first musical freestyle, which is completely and utterly adorable, and Ella will do her first real Prix St. Georges. Woohoo! My mom is also showing her marvelous and perfect Andalusian stallion, and I’ve got three other clients with four horses coming along. I have to make sure I stop at the Lexington Walmart tonight to stock up on Diet Pepsi… I’m going to need the caffeine!