DiDi is part of my life and without her there would be a big gap. Which is what horses do to some people, me especially. She was bought to fill my days in retirement
The problem with dressage in general is that not many people properly understand the theories behind it and then along come fashion and short cuts which add to the confusion. Being someone who rode for many years on a long loose rein, forward style, believing the most important thing was that the horse carried me safely, I come from the opposite side of any discussion.
Sadly the one thing DiDi doesnt do well, ie behaving like a Gentleman's Riding Horse, means that I have to find her another role in someone else's life. Hence I have to poke my nose into something I don't uderstand that well. I am trying to learn and, from time to time, the HF helps me understand.
DiDi will in due course be passed on. The only question is to whom.
I have to find someone who has similar ideas to my own, otherwise my Girlie will soon find her self strapped down tightly with leather and being shouted at. In such a home, she will not last long, especially when they get the whip out.
In the meantime, as long as when I turn up she trots over and gives me a lick of welcome and a look asking "Where the heck have you been?", all is acceptable. Bearing in mind how many good horses are being discarded these days, DiDi has got it made and if she does well, that's great. If she doesn't, then we had a day out together.
If only I could find the key to her skittishness then all might come right.