Seven years ago I had a major accident, decided I no longer wanted to ride English, so reverted to Western, and got involved in Western Dressage. It’s been a great journey with lots of learning, first on my saint of a QH, who has to retire way to early, then my opinionated red headed mare, then finally a fantastic, talented, wonderful TB.
All these horses have been great in their own way, and brought me a long way, but I was still the tense old lady riding in a safety vest. The TB was safe, sensible, but forward bound, athletic, beautifully trained, has scored well at 2nd level, and proved to me that my limiting factor is me, not the horse.
So I listed MrTalented, and he has sold, and I have a little 15.1hh paint. He has nothing much that was on my shopping list, too small, too white, don’t like the blue eyes. Then there is GREEN, although he is 8, used to be a stud, so had limited miles on him. Turns out though. He is my unicorn in waiting…not waiting anymore, he is here.
I’m now riding without the safety vest, feeling comfortable, and enjoying the ride. We call him Mellow, because he is, it’s a whole new experience for me, like when he had his only big spook so far, my only two thoughts were, stay on, stay off his mouth, not necessarily in that order.
While we are having fun though, have been told by a lot of people that I am riding a lot better…because I am relaxed I guess. When I bought him the idea was to do Western Dressage, now I don’t care really if we compete, as long as I’m riding and enjoying, that’s it, we won right there!