Category Archives: My Riding

Changes and Changes and Changes through the Circle

Before I even started riding Zeta,  I knew that I wanted to do changes through the circle with her.  I’ve learned this exercise from Carole, and I really believe that when done correctly, it’s the best way to work on … Continue reading

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Fear 2.0

I know that I’ve posted about fear before, but working through fear has been such a huge part of my process with Zeta that I feel like I need to put it on paper (so to speak). I’ve been afraid … Continue reading

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Zeta

Zeta.  Zeta Zeta Zeta. Wow.  Ok.  So, Zeta pushes every single button that I have.  She is 17 hands, so she’s bigger than any horse I’ve even ridden.  And she knows it.  She’s aggressive.  Not dangerous, not bucking or kicking, … Continue reading

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Breakthrough!

So the last time I wrote about Tonka, we’d had a breakthrough after a particularly difficult week of riding.  This week built on what we’d figured out last week, and I learned so much my head hurts. Lydia came out … Continue reading

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Leo Week 3

Another steller week! This week we continued with free lunging before each session.  He stays in at night, so it’s a good chance for him to stretch his legs and get any baby stallion crazies out of his system before … Continue reading

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The Trials of Tonka

Tonka and I hit a major roadblock this past week, and it was one of the few times that I actually wondered why the heck I keep doing this dressage thing.  It passed, but it’s been a challenging week. It … Continue reading

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Leo Week 2

So last week was really good.  Leo got his “sea legs” back underneath him, and started getting used to work again.  This week, I’ve worked him 4 days straight, and he’s progressing quickly. He LOVES his work.  We free lunge … Continue reading

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Perspective and Praise

One of my biggest problems is never being satisfied.  Although that sounds like a good thing, and in certain doses it is, I often get so wrapped up in what’s NOT working that I ignore the things that ARE working. … Continue reading

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Side Reins

Many tools that are be used to achieve roundness in a horse can be controversial, with rolkur being the most prominent.  Thanks to the use of video, dramatic uses of rolkur are available nearly everywhere, and the response to those … Continue reading

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Deanna

When I started at Isaac Royal, Deanna was one of the senior students on the program.  She had already received scores at first and second level, was working toward third level, and was starting the USDF “L” judges program.  She … Continue reading

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