Well, I've had a revelation. An epiphiny, if you will. I've realized that, even in a year or two, when I'm allowed to jump Rainy again, will we be ready? Here at HF, it's every dressage fanatics favorite saying:
Jumping is just dressage with speed bumps.
As much as I've been annoyed and irratated with this saying, I've come to find it's true. Anebel's post today really hit me. I need to be serious about the dressage basics before I even consider jumping. And so, here I go. About to dive into dressage. I'm going to turn into one of the fanatics- all of my horse friends (mostly gaited people) are going to be driven nuts. However, I find that it's necessary. Laura is constantly telling me how great Rainy could be in dressage. Well, maybe now's the time to see if it's true. I'm going to talk to her about it, and I've made a post for advice as well. It's going to be an adventure, I know. But it'll be a fun one. I have a feeling that it will help us in many aspects in the long run- not just jumping. More control of her canter, I'm hoping, and speed of her trot. Getting that headset in the walk as well as the trot and canter, and bending and flexing better as well. I'm so excited now. I used to hate dressage. Now I think I'm in love.
In other news, I rode yesterday. She did so well! Towards the end she was a little rushy with her canter, but I think I've started to figure out the ideal workout for us.
1. Warmup walking lots and loose rein trotting- letting her get out all of the excess energy and being free to extend as she pleases- but no cantering.
2. Start really working. Collected, headset, walking, trotting. Circles and leg yielding too.
3. Once she's good and ready to focus, canter. The second she rushes, we come back down. We attempt to do some canter circles, but the moment she starts doing barrel racing turns, we stop. (Laura said to lean to the outside to try to counter-act the barrel turns. It seems to work, so far.)
4. After getting a collected, head set, non rushing, correct lead canter both directions, we calm down. More trotting, walking with headset.
5. Now is when we put in ground poles, if wanted. Only trotting and walking over them, and only if she's being calm and good.
6. Cool down. (self explanatory)
Sounds good, no? This may change, depending on if advice from HF and Laura says to throw in other stuff for dressage. :) I'm so excited now! I can't wait to get out to the barn.