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Your best dressage moment of 2007 (I will start...)

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  • Your best dressage moment of 2007 (I will start...)

    Last night, I was riding, and it started to sleet like crazy. (I have an outdoor arena only...)

    For whatever reason, my 5 y.o. chose to remain very focused in spite of the weather. We've been working on shoulder-in for awile, and he has been gradually improving as he gains strength.
    Maybe the weather actually inspired him, because last night as I was doing shoulder-in down the quarter line, I gave him a little nudge with my inside leg. Instead of trying to escape through my outside aids, it was as though the lightbulb just went off in his head. He stepped under with his inside hind, and his front end came up just like a jet ski- and he didn't lose his balance and end up in my hand! I got about 6 of the most perfect steps- and by this point, I couldn't even SEE the other end of my arena. I know I'll remember that shoulder in forever.....

    Anyone else care to share?

  • #2

    Mine would be about 3 months ago my horse was very forward but for once without the tension and he did about 8 strides of what I think was a huge medium trot. He was light and balanced and just floating. Even half of that will be nice when we get there.
    ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~


    • #3
      Walking into the awards ceremony as Champion . . . I was crying.

      8 months before this moment, I was thinking where on earth I could retire an 11 year old, 17.2 ADD gelding.

      Then, of course, my perfect moment was not quite as Disney as it could have been- he spent the awards ceremony in reverse, trying to rear, and I had to abandon my victory gallop halfway through. Oh well! I got to do it again the next day, and we made it around twice!


      • #4
        NEDA Fall CDI in September, Intermediare I, 70%+s from all 5 "I" judges. Still gives me goosebumps. Swept the whole Small Tour that weekend (ah-mazing), but that 70% ride takes the cake.
        spriesersporthorse.com | farm on Facebook | me on Facebook | blog


        • #5
          compared to that, my best moment ain't much but it still was great for me. it was just a wonderful ride on a wonderful horse.


          • #6
            I was doing spirals on a big green warmblood, at a trot, and we just started getting them really good and smaller, he wsas bending well, and perfect on the bit and under himself and suddenly he was just trotting around almost around my inside leg in the tiniest circle, all from my seat bones. I can still feel and imagine it. I got so excited, I almost fell off. I was saying to my trainer, who had turned away (of course!) "lookit! lookit!" and she turned back and saw it. kept the thing perfect coming out of the spiral too. Excellent day.
            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


            • #7
              For years, I was stuck when it came to riding my horse. Long story as to why, but suffice to say, we just didn't have the training that we both really needed to move forward. I've had some nasty spills with her, all shortly after the canter departure, so I've struggled a LOT with my confidence, and because of my fear, had not cantered a horse for over a year.

              When I began taking lessons again this summer, I started off riding a 30 y.o. TB school horse. We had a "love/hate" relationship - I loved her, she hated me. I didn't take it personally, because she was a schoolie and I guess after all those years, I wouldn't be all lovey dovey either. She maybe didn't look as pretty and polished as some of the younger horses, but this mare was a superstar and did everything asked of her. (I think I actually enjoyed it when she'd try to bully me around a little, because it showed how much spunk she had at her age!)

              After a couple of weeks of lessons, my instructor told me that she wanted me to canter. I struggled getting the departure from sitting, so she made me get into two-point, and for the first time in forever, I cantered around the arena like I was on top of the world. Sadly, this mare died just last month, and although I hadn't been doing lessons on her for a while (I'd switched to riding my instructor's dressage horse back in August), I cried, because this mare had given me the best gift during a somewhat rough year - she'd helped lay the first brick in the foundation of giving me my confidence back. For that, I'll always be grateful.
              "I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance, none of the dystopian novels I read prepared me for this but cool."


              • #8
                Finding new love..........;-)

                Me selling my horse with in 2 weeks and then finding the the love of my LIFE one month later! My 8 yo Dutch/TB, Royal Guardian aka "Gabe"! He has given me so much love! He truely is my "Guardian"! LOVE You "Gabeys"!!


                • #9
                  i posted a few weeks ago about a perfect flying change...

                  and having Trixie be able to show again after a double colic surgery...i've very fortunate!!


                  • #10
                    For me it was definitely watching my horse win the 4-year old FEI Dressage Championship in Lexington, KY this past September.

                    Waterloo S. E. had qualified in 18th position, so I didn't exactly get my hopes up. But then he went and won the warm-up on Friday with very good marks (8.14), and repeated his feat on Saturday with a HUGE win and 8.62 points!!
                    Siegi Belz
                    2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
                    Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.


                    • #11
                      Qualifying my little Orlov mare for winter regionals just 5 months after an operation for what was potentially a career ending injury. The op was all or nothing - it would either work well or not at all. Thankfully she went for the first option and was sound within 2 weeks of the op.


                      • #12
                        I have two if that's okay
                        1. My horse, that was blinded in his left eye this past winter, and I did a tack free dressage demonstration for a large group of people off our farm for Memorial Day. It was a big accomplishment for both of us.

                        2. I was riding my horse sans tack in the threatenings of a storm (thundering, can't see lightening, but high winds) he spooked and bolted about 4ft into the air, my balance was compromised. I leaned and whispered 'whoa' into his ear and immediatley he calmed down and continued as normal
                        chaque pas est fait ensemble


                        • #13
                          Realizing that I am improving

                          Those three lessons a week are paying off.

                          After I shattered my ankle last year I had to start from scratch on a really old school horse. I put my horse in training and now take three lessons a week.

                          Things that were so hard a few months ago are now things I use as part of my tools.

                          Of course, just when I am feeling competent, we raise the bar.
                          A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton


                          • #14
                            After feeling like all I was doing was bouncing around at the canter "hoping" for a flying change. I have got it! Last ride, we did a smooth foward (but not to big) change once each way on the 1/4 line. Heaven!

                            Now we just have to conquer the straight long diagnol line, LOL
                            ~ Kimberlee


                            • #15
                              There were a number of wonderful moments in 2007, but the one which stands out is when my mare Dame d'Allemagne scored 92.2 % in Materiale - made my day, week and month !

                              Happy Holidays, everyone !

                              Perfection is not attainable, but when we chase perfection, we can catch excellence - Vince Lombardi



                              • #16
                                A few weeks ago I was working my Missouri Fox Trotter gelding, The Hindenburg, just as the sun was going down. His previous owners used him for coon hunting, so anticipating the chase he tends to get a bit hyper when ridden after dark. We have been schooling the working trot for two years as his gaits are a bit "soft". A deer ran out from the woods in front of us he picked up his head and for about twelve strides he took solid actual trot steps. I'll never forget it.
                                U.S. Olympic Waterboarding Team- Beijing 08


                                • #17
                                  Wow, Elly!! That's enough to make your year!! :-)

                                  Siegi Belz
                                  2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
                                  Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.


                                  • #18
                                    A nice treat for a cold miserable evening

                                    Congratulations, everybody! How wonderful to read about all these good (and great!) moments.
                                    For me, a very small one...getting some willing collection in trot from the new, "diificult" jumper mare which nobody thought had it in her. Of couse in the next ride she did her best to break my nose, so the swelled head was of very short duration. So we learn!
                                    Never give up. Never give in. Never, never, never.


                                    • #19
                                      Yesterday I had one of the best rides of the year on my homebred 7 year old. For the first time this year, he gave me 3-4 perfect pirouette steps to the left without dropping his shoulder or trying to squeak out his hind end. It was a beautiful moment.
                                      Most friendships in the horse world are just an opinion away from doom.


                                      • #20
                                        My best moment of 2007 was being able to get back onto my horse after 8 weeks when I broke my leg - hurt like H but it was the best feeling to be back on him.

                                        Funny thing is - our riding has improved tenfold since then and in hindsight the fall ended up making us a much better team. I read a lot - watched a lot of lessons, absorbed a lot more and am a much better rider because of that fall. My horse too seems to try so much harder and really seems to appreciate me - he hated everyone else who rode him while I was off.