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    Run free Mr Wonderful.
    MT you can do lateral work at the walk.

    One of the most exciting things I have ever seen was in a Spanish display. It was about 3 strides of shoulder in to travers to shoulder in to travers. It doesn't sound exciting but with the music, costume and lights and it was in canter, it was magical.
    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


      He's coming to TN! I posted a few pics and video links on the Racing Forum if you want to see him. Under Conformation Critique.
      My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


        PF, Congrats!! I went to the racing forum to take a look--he's lovely and seems to have a great brain. He looks a lot like Sky, so that may be why I love him.
        I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


          Thanks, Dewey! He does look like Sky. I'll take that as a good sign!
          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


            Paradox - Keeping fingers crossed for you!!

            Mustang - Our outdoor has been closed for weeks now. Luckily our covered arena is big (I think 100x200 feet) but that also has it's own challenges with practicing our geometry, especially since there are usually jumps in there.

            Cupid and I had an awesome show on Sunday!! A big improvement from our last show, last fall. Here's a link to one of tests if anyone is interested:

            I took Cupid there on Saturday so we can school in the arena. But the show was in a covered arena, which he seems fine with so I'm not sure if/how much that helped. Especially since he was a bit excitable Sunday morning, but eventually settled down again. Cupid's pasture mate was also there, so what you hear in the video is Cupid and his buddy talking to each other. That horse is 20 years old, and my friend earned the final score for her bronze medal on him so that was really exciting.

            Last week I promised Cupid if he was good at the show then we can do jumping in our next lesson. He held up his end of the bargain, so today we had our first jumping lesson in about a year and it went really well. I have gotten a lot more secure in my position, and also (or largely because of that) more confident. We did a 2'3"-2'6" course focusing on straightness and trying to land on the correct lead (or if not, doing a smooth trot change as we aren't doing flying changes yet)


              Faye- so sorry to hear about Mr. Wonderful. Hugs to you. Here is the link to the article with Bitsa's pic.

              MT- I like to play dressage with Pony, except we always have a drunk walk to C Hoping to ride Sunday, back to my usual schedule. Not gonna lie, I'm super nervous- may even wear my Vest.

              PF- can't wait for you to get to know New Guy. I sincerely hope he is everything you need him to be!


                TC- I'm glad your show went well and that you had fun jumping. What a lovely test- I love your long leg, something I'm trying hard to develop.


                  Lucky - Thanks so much! It has taken 2 years of very concentrated effort to get there, now I just have to work on getting my heels a bit less busy!

                  Paradox - Yay!!! I'm so excited to start following your journey!


                    A lovely test TC. LOL at neighing in virtually the same place both times. Such a lovely swing in his tail in trot throughout the test and 2 square halts.
                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      Oooh PF it is silly how excited I got watching him. I want him. You can ship him here!!!!!

                      Keep that high head carriage. Yes try and stretch the topline to the bit, but he moved lovely at the trot. He was so calm mounting, in canter and over the cross rail.

                      He doesn't look like he needs time off to me. JMHO.

                      I do not need another horse. I do not need another horse. I do not need another horse. ​​​​​​​I do not need another horse.
                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                        TC, great dressage test!! You and Cupid are really looking great. You look like a dressage rider, as opposed to me who I feel look more like a h/j rider in a dressage saddle, haha. Great job. Cupid has come a long way and he really looks like he's matured not only in his training, but in body as well. He looks great. I'm proud of you.


                        Thanks, all, for the kind words. I'm excited about the new boy. If you read the race horse forum thread, you know he's a ridgeling. Well, he's having his surgery today to be "fixed". Send a few healing jingles his way if you can. The vet will contact me after the surgery. Hopefully it will be an easy, quick "find".

                        My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                          P.S. I found it kind of cool that New Guy's dam's grand sire is Tay's sire. I found a picture of NG's momma and she looks just like Tay!
                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                            TC - What a great test! He looks great - relaxed in his body, listening to your aids, etc. Thank you for sharing. You should come to Rancho Murrieta in for the dressage show in March


                              TC: Great test!! Cupid is all grown up! Maybe you need to negotiate with Cupid more and do more jumping!

                              PF: I am jingling mad you get in so we can follow your training story! It is amazing that they have the same sire, totally meant to be!

                              MT: Ah the Murieta show! I remember clearly as thats the only show (Halloween show) that Toff had a melt down (there were smoke coming out of another horse's costume)


                                PF This is all so exciting, I'm jingling as well for you big time! I can't wait for this journey, how exciting to finally do it. He is very charismatic!

                                TC Wow, what a great test, he looks really relaxed in the back. How did it feel as you were doing it? So glad you did a jumping lesson to check in on how that was and realized how much progress your riding had made. that's awesome!

                                MT: Loved the update, so glad he's feeling so good.

                                Faye I am so so sorry about Mr Wonderful. How are you feeling? Has travel sky rocketed again?

                                I had a great show on my borrowed horse. We were champion in the adult equitation and second in a medal. I was really proud of that bc I was competing against all the juniors in that one!


                                The horse is superb in the ring, so easy to ride and really handsome. It was a good confidence booster for me. I go back out again this weekend and then next week to Florida. Can't wait to see my horses!


                                  Paradox - I watched your videos and your new boy is lovely! He does not look fresh off the track. So you haven't ridden him yet?
                                  And thanks for saying that, I was a H/J in a dressage saddle for a very very long time. I know you all have been patiently listening to me discuss the struggle for the last two years! This picture was less then a year ago (yes it's just a moment in time, but a pretty accurate depiction of my riding, and how it didn't allow Cupid to use himself fully):
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                                  Even at the trot:
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                                  I once even had a judge write on my test sheet something about how I have an "elegant H/J position" but need to work on sitting up! Maybe you'll be a faster learner then me though!

                                  Mustang - away shows are tricky with the baby but maybe!

                                  Faye - I didn't know you've shown at Rancho Murieta. I actually have not.

                                  Greys - This is kind of silly, but I was so happy and overwhelmed after that test my eyes were tearing up after our final salute! I know it's not perfect but we've come such a long way and it's been quite the journey.
                                  Congrats on your great show, and have fun in Florida!


                                    Greys- you looked like a team in the video, I wouldn't have known he was borrowed and that new to you

                                    PF- finally saw the videos. He seems very willing and non-plussed for having just raced. I didn't realize how tall he was- you will look good on him


                                      Wow at the before and after of your position TC. That is such a big difference. You have a right to be proud of yourself, and such a big difference in Cupid's outline.
                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                        I had to google ridgeling. My spellcheck doesn't like it either! I know it as a rig.
                                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                          Suzie: Shivers was new to me too. Based on what I have read, it usually presents early, so I'm not sure if he has just started showing signs (at age 20+) or he has always been at this minor stage. I think they received him for the lesson program "as-is" for very little since he's a hard keeper, but if he didn't have these issues, he'd be a schoolmaster.

                                          Mustang: Good point. I have a whole note on my phone of all the questions/notes I want to address prior to a lease. I can thank everyone here for those! Given how they have acted when my lesson was cut short due to lameness and their general flexibility, I suspect it won't be a problem, but it's good to get that in writing. I love the image of a traffic cone. 😂

                                          PF: I saw your other post - he sure is a handsome fella! 😍 Now you really need to blog...

                                          TC: Great job!!


                                          Mr. Old Guy is still out of rotation for the week, so I rode the QH again. Lucky for me, he was sunning himself up by the barn, so he didn't make a fool of me trying to catch him again. I've really been improving the past 2 weeks, and my trainers are noticing, so that's really nice to have the work recognized! Maybe it's all the dressage videos I've been watching... I've been working on my sitting trot with no stirrups, and I felt really good about it today. I got to do some figures with poles since we had the arena to ourselves. I actually quite enjoy the QH; he's a lot smoother and more comfortable with all this trot practice.