Starlight and I had a fun ride with Fred Kappler today at Lane Cove Dressage in Greene, NY. We emerged not at all horrified and demoralized, as I feared, but instead, I was very pleased and she was her usual willing and steady self.
|Still standing after our ride. Photo by Trish Pierce.|
For Starlight, it was her first dressage lesson, doing 10- and 20-meter circles, serpentines, quarter turns and the like. It was positively the hardest she and I have worked ever during a single ride together.
I was amazed, once again, by this pony’s cooperative personality and game demeanor. She’s such a rock star and she received many compliments from Fred and from my friend Trish Pierce, of Foxwin Farm, who joined us on the journey and was very helpful as a groom, photographer, companion and pony complimenter.
Starlight and I were quite bad at the canter, but we did get it going both ways. We’ll work on that.
Fred was a kind and perceptive clinician, giving us the type of work we needed to knock the rust off of me and get Starlight using her body in a new, better way.
Now I’m yawning and she’s dozing. Two sleepy critters, content with a good day’s work.