Saturday, September 18, 2010

Best Ride Ever

I finally managed to get in a ride on Dawn this afternoon - the first ride since she had her chiropractic work last Sunday, and in fact the first real work session since her fence-collision injury on September 5. It was windy and cool, and most of the other horses were out in the pasture, and there were many small children running around near the arena, and she hadn't been ridden in a week, but I just saddled up - using the dressage saddle and her snaffle bridle - and got on and we went to work. We started with some figures to help us both focus. Then we moved on to lots of shortening and lengthening work at the trot. She was incredibly soft and responsive, and moving very well. I think it was the best ride we've ever had. By the end of the session, she was giving me a true medium trot while remaining soft - the first time we've been able to do this. After a while doing that, she was starting to get pretty revved up, although she was still completely responsive, so we did a few small figures and turns to help her relax a bit, and then did a lovely center line halt from the trot, and we were done. We stood for a bit by the barn and watched horses coming in - part of our just standing around work. Then I took her in and untacked and told her what an excellent horse she is!

18 comments:

  1. So happy for you and Dawn! Congratulations on a great ride. :-)

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  2. Sounds like the chiropractic work helped her. That's great!

    It always feels so good when you have a ride like that. :)

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  3. That sure does sound like an amazing ride! Good for you and Dawn!! :)

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  4. It does sound like the chiro work was helpful. Good for both of you.

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  5. Great news, so glad Dawn is feeling better :)

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  6. A-w-w-w-w. What a good girl. Amazing what a good chiropractic adjustment can do. I know it always makes a difference with my horses.

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  7. Your ride sounds wonderful. The chiro work and maybe that dressage saddle seem to have made a new woman of Dawn.

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  8. Oh yay! Your ride sounds lovely.

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  9. Good for you two. With all the work you do, you both deserve it!

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  10. Fantastic! She is feeling great and had plenty of soak time too!

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  11. Sounds like a nice ride . Good to read that although whe was feeling spry she remained responsive,that makes for a nice ride

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  12. Sounds very rewarding for both of you.

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  13. Sounds like the perfect session, all your hard work starting to pay off. Well done!

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  14. what a lovely sounding ride. How nice to get back on and for Dawn to go so nicely.

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  15. Awesome! Gotta love those rides!

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  16. Kate, It sounds like a truly wonderful ride on Dawn- so glad she felt well and you both had a good session. I think it's funny (:)) that you have "standing around" work time also! Sounds good!

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