I've learned over a period of years doing this sport, not every horse is meant to do it, or for
There are multiple reason why a horse fails out of dressage, but it generally has to deal with really signing on to the job description.
Reba was supposed to be a nice upper level horse. Her bloodlines dictated it (Rotspon), her wins in hand proposed it, but in the end the lure of leaving temporarily leaving gravity really won out.
I initially sent her on during my stint in Florida to keep her legs moving with Lauren Neathry who starts my young guys.
A few weeks have now turned into a few months, and everytime I go out and watch the flat, she's a miserable sod. Compression? Too much. Submission? Not interested. All the things that make a dressage horse? She'd rather take a lark.
But put a few jumps in the arena and toss in a few questions, she becomes electric and is keen, the same kind of keen-ness that I enjoy about dressage horses that love their job.
So one spring day last week, we put the fences up and really asked a hard question. Can she do the height?
This past weekend we entered her last minute at Masterson Station fun show (pretty much all you can jump for 60 bucks), her first rounds were a tad shakey, but by the time that the final class rolled she locked, loaded and produced wins and fast times without being pushed. She was happy and a lot of the problems that she was having on the ground, evaporated.
Needless to say, I'm happy she's happy and she'll continue down this path.