I’ve had a little idea in my head lately that I haven’t been able to shake. Indulge me for a moment.
Once upon a time, Jen J came over and played dressage with Simonpants. I was all, “Wow, you make him look fancy!”
And she was all, “I know. I’m the coolest.”
And I was all, “Wow. I look like a sack of potatoes!”
It was fun, but then I was pretty much like, “Bye flatwork! Time to jump all the things!”
But this winter happened, and we needed some major flatwork boot camp. Boot camp commenced, and I realized that I strangely enjoyed it. My horse suddenly had buttons he didn’t have before.
Sometime during boot camp, jumping became a little bit more scary. Not “I’m quitting and I’m never jumping again scary,” but rather “Maybe I might like to try and be competitive in a ring that doesn’t involve hurling my terrified body over large fences”. You know, something like that.
You probably see where this is going.
I talked to my trainer last week about cross training some in dressage. I’ve been playing faux dressagz on my own for a while, but I think I’d like to experiment with the real deal some. With dressage tack. At shows. In the sand box.
I promise I’m
very not intoxicated while I write this post.
Tell me your thoughts dear readers! I can get my horse traveling in what I imagine is a decent training level frame at the trot, therefore I obviously know a lot about dressage and am ready to go win at rated shows.
Kidding, I know nothing and will be tortured.
There are some logistics to work out like training and access to shows/tack, but my trainer is open to the idea. I’m concerned that my jumping loving horse will not enjoy moonlighting in a new career, but I also know that proper flatwork will be the best thing for his weak hind end and arthritis. I also don’t want to “ruin” my hunterland riding style, but let’s face it… I’m not going Grand Prix anytime soon. In theory, dabbling in dressage should allow me to do both quazi properly up to a certain level?
Hit me with advice or comments telling me I’m crazy. I can handle it.