It was gorgeous out at the stable tonight; the weather was exactly like the Pooh story about the blustery day, very crisp and windy, trees bent almost double, horses all doing aerial ballet. If Kip had been any more airborne, I could have towed him along like a big Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. :)
Since I can’t ride him yet, we were working on long-reining, only at a walk. He was good, and as usual I hate the feeling of the long reins; perhaps I just suck at it, but I feel as though the contact is too heavy, too late. It’s probably me – I’ll have to practice. Lighter lines would help, as well, since I’m using regular lunge lines which I think are too heavy.
Congrats to Lee Pearson from Staffordshire, who just won a gold medal in the Paralympic Games in Dressage. Lee has won in open competition, against fully able riders, which is incredible. I can’t remember what his disability is, something muscular. Someone at the stable (his brother shoes horses here) said that he had to have his arms and legs “set” in a more usable configuration. I think that is amazing, and I feel like an idiot for complaining that I can’t realise my dreams because of stupid reasons.
Lee Pearson, from Cheddleton, Staffordshire, won the gold medal in the grade I individual dressage competition with a score of 67.96 per cent in Sydney today. Lee was supprised at his result -“I was aiming for a medal in Kur (freestyle to music) so this was a bonus. We’ve still got the team championships, that’s the most important. I just want to do well on Saturday for the team.”
Yaay, Lee! And your stunning, gorgeous horse, as well, who I have lusted after for ages. :)