Even more horsing around

While I’m still waiting for the weekend to come so I can get the manure I need, I figured this would be a good opportunity for me to try learning something new in the horse world: Western Dressage.

This is something I’ve been wanting to try with Hank for the past few years, although we’ve kinda been busy with other show prep and learning how to jump during that time.

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Our first jumping class at a show. We placed 5th in this 2′ hunter hack class (out of 7) – after 11 other classes that day, he was a bit tired.

Anyway, I’ve had an inkling that Hank would be fairly decent at Western Dressage; he’s a pretty willing guy and listens well (most of the time).

So I’m jumping head-first into this new world, using the Western Dressage Association of America’s website to learn more about it and to find virtual shows we can enter.

Unfortunately, our home arena is only capable of setting up the small arena (20m x 40m), so we’ll be limited to the Intro and Basic Level tests for the time being. That’s okay, though, because these tests give us a chance to learn more about all of this.

Although it would be neat to see what he would do at an actual show catering to this discipline, it’s nice that the option of virtual showing is out there for us. There really aren’t many places local to us that offer this anyways.

(We did try a pattern, known as a test, yesterday to see what it’s all about and to see what we might need to work on before we actually film and submit a video for an online show. The arena was a bit soggy and he wasn’t paying the best attention during this, but overall I’m pretty pleased for a first try.)

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