Quick update... Rode Centenario a few days ago and it went great I even cantered him for the first time because he was being so good I hadn't cantered on a horse that didn't buck in months! It felt amazing, and it was the confidence booster I was waiting for. I haven't had that much fun riding in at least a year. I was so happy until I got home (parent drama ) and I'm going to remember that feeling whenever I start to feel sh*tty.
My mom took a video of the ride and I watched it after I had put Centenario away. I thought my seat looked pretty **** good considering I haven't had a formal dressage lesson since last summer. Centenario could have been a bit more collected and forward, particularly in the hind end, but we're working on it There's a trainer about 35 minutes away from me that I might go see. I'm not sure yet. I've been thinking about it for a month and a half, I still haven't decided.
I've been so busy lately with school I haven't had time to post. But the good news is that I finally finished Sophmore year (+ a couple Junior classes) is done! And with decent grades too (although that's never been a huge problem for me). I got one C, four Bs, and one A. Pretty good, considering how much work I've had to do. Anyway, I'm just glad my summer is finally here (even though it's raining )
I rode Centenario a couple days ago and it went well. My seat wasn't great, but it gets more solid every time I ride. I went to see him yesterday and he was being a jerk. He was doing the typical stallion behaviors (head tossing, prancing, nipping, overall pushiness). I worked his butt off free lunging him because I don't tolerate any of that crap. He seemed to listen and by the end of the session he was behaving better. Still not his normal self, but better than at the beginning. I probably won't be able to ride him tomorrow (today?), but I'll plan on riding him the next day.
I've been obsessing over gymnastics the past two weeks (US secret classic this saturday, plus olympic trials soon). It really makes me wish I hadn't quit two years ago. I didn't ever compete or get serious about it (I was just in the fundamental levels) but I do miss it. No, I miss the dream of it. Ultimately it came down to horses taking up all my time and that's what I stuck to. If I went back and had to do it again, I would still pick horses.
Anyway, today I decided instead of basketball (I play for fun with my brother, it's good cardio for the days I don't ride or days I want an extra workout) I would go out in the yard and see if I could do some handstands. I attempted to do a bridge last night unsuccessfully (that's my goal for the near future, then eventually a back walkover). But to my surprise, I felt like my handstands were pretty good ( I couldn't take any video). My problem is crashing forward on my face when gravity decides to take over. Most of the time I was able to get back down the right way (although not really on my feet) but there were a few times I would be going strong and then would have to bend my elbows because my legs were going forward and I would fall down. But, practice make perfect. I still thought it was pretty good... And it felt great I'll ask my brother to take video next time so I can critique myself.
I had the most amazing ride on Centenario today... And you know what the main reason why was? I rode him with a crop (dressage whip) But seriously, I barely had to tap him and he was forward moving, in the correct frame, etc. One of my previous trainers once tried to explain to me what riding a skilled/talented dressage horse would feel like. I didn't understand what she meant until now. And it's an amazing feeling He even did a forward passage (not completely collected, it was more of a slow collected trot), my first upper level dressage movement It was the first time I've ever done it (I didn't even know he knew how) and I even got video, which I've decided to share.
The videos aren't the best quality, but you can hear my voice if you turn up the volume and see me pretty clearly when I'm closest to the camera. It's my mom talking behind the camera and in the first video one of the BO's is on the left
The first video is of the collected trot/passage and the second video is some canter work
Yeah, it can be scary, especially on greenies and youngsters (Luna loved to buck hard and then throw her head into the canter). Or when they have a huge stride, lol. It's a great feeling when they improve though :)
It's hilarious, you can't see it but I was smiling so much already and then he said that I almost burst out laughing My goal is to be competing within a year, and I'm starting to think it's really going to happen