Having the proper boots for the occasion is something that this winter has taught me well. I am all for wearing the tall proper dressage dress boots all day for riding and teaching, however this winter has given me cause to re-think my footwear. This winter has been sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice and mud. I went from my traditional boots to some insulated riding boots, but then they failed and couldn’t handle the wet snow. Time for me to consider tall insulated and WATERPROOF riding boots! It was the waterproof part of these boots that saved me in the snow and they are great for the MUD as well. I was concerned about riding in them but they work well, and also allow room for warm layers. They come in many different brands and are comfortable enough to wear all day with thick socks! What is your favorite footwear for this weather? Please share it here with us!
The wonderful book titled ” The Legacy of Master Nuno Oliveira” was written by Stephanie Grant Millham who was one of his students. The book was published by Xenophon press who is a publisher of Classical dressage books.
Stephanie gave a great talk at the Middleburg Library about what it was like to train with such a master. I highly recommend her book for anyone who is looking to learn what it was like to be a student of such a master of dressage. Stephanie has written a clear and wonderful book that you are sure to enjoy! Stephanie is a great lady and I have fond memories of riding with her when I was home for a summer in college. I have looked up to her ever since I saw her ride a beautiful Andalusian stallion at an ODAA show when I was in high school. She rode that horse so well and effortlessly! Since this winter seems to be dragging on, grab this book and enjoy the ride
I have never participated in Throwback Thursday on Facebook before. Although I have been tagged in a couple of throwback pics, which always reminds me how long I have been riding and training horses! I always enjoy seeing throwback pics, so I thought that I would extend it to my blog!
Although my focus currently is dressage, I started out as an event rider. Here is a picture of “Lad” my first horse who was an Andalusian crossed with a TB. I broke and trained him as a newly gelded three year old. Together we did everything from hunter and jumper shows to preliminary eventing. He was very athletic and versatile, which looking back was a huge blessing. I still jump most of my dressage horses to keep them fresh and interested. I consider the cross training and hacking part of a program that improves the horses overall willingness to work. Having horses that are versatile is a lot of fun and keeps me happy as well. So, here is a throwback Thursday shout out to my first horse Estudiante Indiano who taught me so much.
I must start out by saying that for those of you that don’t know me I try to stay positive no matter what. Seeing the good in everything can be difficult at times, especially with the severe winter that we have gotten here in Virginia this year. But, there is a silver lining for my dressage horses. That is that they have been working on interval training sets in the snow! The benefits of the deep snow for dressage horses is that they naturally pick their legs up higher and thus push off beautifully with their hind end! Think of how you feel after walking in the snow, so make sure that you don’t overdue it with your horse! Also, watch that your horse is not slipping or having snow balls. Once you feel that your horse is balanced and comfortable try a trot! The feeling of your horse lifting and dashing thru the snow is bound to put a smile on any riders face! Let me know if you try it and please share how it goes! Here is a pic of me dashing thru the snow on one of my mares, she enjoyed it and it was her first time ever doing it. Riding thru the deep snow is a great way to test your partnership and trust with your horse. Enjoy the ride and have fun Janie
With all of the snow and ice that this winter has brought with it, fox hunting has come to a screeching halt for many hunts. Some hunts have been able to continue off and on, but the majority have been side lined. This fox hunting break is giving our resident fox hunter here at JL Training some dressage time. Yes, he is working on bending, leg yields, transitions and shoulder-in. This fox hunter is now soft in your hands and sitting on his hind end! I know that the benefits of all of this dressage work will shine thru in the field if this weather will ever turn for the better! What do you do with your fox hunters to keep them working in between hunting?