Here’s to the champions. And the future champions. And the maybe, someday champions. And the horses that will always be our own, everyday champions.
I love my days off because I get to spend the whole day with Flynn, relax, and catch up on my to do list. But the next day back at work is always something that I look forward to as well. I guess that’s a good thing – it means I like my job! Today was an interesting day because my trainer left half-way through to go teach an all-weekend-long clinic, and we spent the morning prior to her departure doing regular chores and helping the vet breed (not live cover) one of my trainer’s mares! It’s so exciting to think that she’ll be having a gorgeous foal.
I got to ride two horses in the afternoon: the lovely four-year-old project mare I’ve been working with and the sales gelding that I adore. Both rides were similar in that they started out being not great (the gelding was distracted and the mare had, for the first couple minutes, quite forgotten how to steer). But they both ended really well with me feeling relaxed and like we’d accomplished what we’d set out to do. I think that dressage training has to be about those little moments where the horse finally settles into a through and supple shoulder-in or tunes into the half-halt for the first time or just makes a halt transition without drama. All of those fleeting instants of perfection make the sport addicting!