|Tiny jumps, great position|
Sugar has completed two events with her young 20-Something Friend. It's been a great pleasure to watch the two of them compete - Sugar with all of her beauty, power and grace and her 20-Something Friend as beautiful a rider as the mare, solid in her seat and hands, and lightening fast with the whip to catch an errant spook.
It was confirmed again, that Ms Sug is not an easy ride. After leaving the dressage arena at Groton House Farm, I asked our Friend whether she still loved her. She replied, "Well, I will always love her, but right now, I don't like her." That was a great improvement over my Event Trainer's comment after the last time she competed her ("Sometimes, I hate your horse.")
She may not be an easy ride but she is a talented, athletic and OBEDIENT mare.
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- Learnin' lesson 1 - As the two of them galloped along... Stay focused and if she seems spooky, tell her that she must jump and reassure her that nothing scary or bad will happen to her.
- Learnin' lesson 2 - Sometimes that discussion is with a touch of the spur or a tap of the whip. She really does try hard to please. It's just that she can't help herself.
- Learnin' lesson 3 - Darn, those jumps look tiny
- Learnin' lesson 4 - Sometimes a tree is just a tree.
|Riding the spook|