There is a downside to all of this saddle seat riding. I have gotten so adapted to having the horse’s head UP in front of me that the stretchy circle is going to come as a shock.
DRESSAGE DIVISION, page 14
Stretching the Frame … lengthen the reins as the horse stretches gradually forward and downward.
Emphasis mine. The idea is to demonstrate relaxation of the back and acceptance of the bit, AFAIK. For an alternative interpretation and a line drawing of the maneuver, see The Dressage Curmudgeon: The Stretchy Circle. Like the nipples on batman’s suit.
Therefore, one must adjust to the horse’s head disappearing. I discovered this because …
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… I have been sitting on Rodney. The operative word here is sitting. We don’t move, that is the point. We shift into park and watch Milton work. When Rodney buys into the relaxation, he will give a major yawn and stretch his head. Gulp.
We have moved a bit. One day, we did a set of weave poles. This was a conflict for the poor horse. He loves his poles. (Really, really, loves them. To a pornographic degree. Although he has stopped flirting with me. [Speciesism]) He is less enamored of riding. He is not at sure what to think of riding 😦 through poles 🙂 . As with with all things Rodney, the work is 99% mental.
Milton has been lunging. Yeah Milton. He also long-lined. It did not go well. Green horse, green driver. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Truck and trailer have both moved. Next step is power-washing, lights, & a test drive.
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