Why Savanah Kicks Butt
I started my lesson yesterday on the longe with Savanah, working on my position / seat. I love these lessons. I actually feel an improvement every time. Not sustainable without repetition, but very motivating. This time I stayed with Savanah after we took the longe off and we worked on my position off the longe line, while also practicing aids she knows and Rogo is learning. She is SO FUN to ride. She is very big (her picture is on the right sidebar; she's half draft), but very flexible and sensitive to the aids. I love riding Rogo, but he just doesn't know what she knows and it's so great to be on a horse who reacts to each half halt, moves easily / quickly off my leg, goes forward energetically / enthusiastically in the trot when asked, even lengthening easily, cantering from walk without thinking about it, etc., etc. She only went as far as Level One test one when I was riding her, but she knows this stuff so well. I'm hoping Doug will finish Level One with her this coming year so they can start Level Two the following year. She's very ready for that.
After riding Savanah I longed and rode Rogo and was able to carry over my position work. Now to practice and solidify it - heels down!
There was a lot of ice coming off the roof when I rode, but both horses were really good. I'm the nervous one :)
Speaking of drafts and dressage...Have you seen the video of the Pony and Shire Pas De Deux? Although I think there were some snippy comments on You Tube (by far over ridden by positive comments), I think it's great. I had a look and there were actually quite a few Shire dressage videos. I'd love to ride one. Jeni at Supersize My Cob is doing dressage with her 17 hand Percheron (and she's only 5 feet). I'm jealous!