Monday, September 30, 2013

Lesson for Linda and Legacy

Today Legacy and I started Classical Dressage lessons.  It has been a bit of a tough summer for a couple reasons....Legacy had a minor, farrier caused , injury that took her out of action for a couple months....I have slowly been bringing her back to training status.  As I worked her though, I would not help wonder if what I did was helping her body develop correctly  or encouraging the wrong things, thus harming her body.  Certainly I did not want to build muscle in the wrong place, and make bad habits to have to overcome later on.
I have searched for a trainer to work under for a couple years. Our area does  not even got all that many good dressage trainers,  much less a driven dressage trainer.  I was busy cleaning out a cupboard and found the name of a  dressage trainer that a friend of mine used before she moved out of the area....so, taking a leap of faith...I called this gal ....and.....after a bit of discussion about my goals, some insurance questions and a discussion on time, timing and other parts of related things....today was my first Classical Dressage lesson !!!!  I am so excited.....excited to know that when I work Legacy I will be improving her body, not doing it damage. I will be back to ground work for awhile. this will help get Legacy back into physical shape to do the work at hand.   My instructor also worked with Legacy and did stretches and body work....I can not believe I have the answer to my needs in one instructor!  and...her name is Linda....how sweet it that!!! "Linda" had so many positive things to say about Legacy. Legacy does use her hind end very well,  very active and engaging.....she can step way up under herself a certain bonus for dressage work. A little shy at first, Legacy was totally comfortable with Linda by the end of our lesson...I can hardly wait until next week!  I will update our progress as we go.

4 comments:

  1. Super choice, Linda! Great that you are going classical, and I wish you all the luck on this journey!

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    1. Thanks Karen, my horses have always been trained classical, but I have not had the education I need to train classical...so, I am filling in the holes in my own training. Thank you, thank you!

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  2. Congratulations on finding the perfect lady to help you expand your horizons! Sounds like a match made in heaven. I hope you blog DETAILS for my reading pleasure. :)

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    1. OK, Susan..I will blog details! today is my second lesson, I will blog details afterwards....My first lesson consisted of 1. an explanation of where Legacy and I were at in our training, and how we got there. I felt my instructor needed some background info. 2. we started lunging work. I feel that Legacy needs to build strength as we restart our driving. 3. I was taught how to learn the proper signs of my horse relaxing and working in frame. Looking for signs of relaxation include lowering her head, sneezing, mouthing the bit softly. Legacy gets a HUGE verbal "good girl" for working correct...more to come!

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