I’ve had a couple Ah-Ha dressage
fails moments this week.
I have this fancy shmancy unbelievably bouncy dinosaur of a horse.
My struggles to sit his trot have been epic…… mentally and physically.
While riding our first Prelim test where sitting the trot is……
half way through, I found myself wheezing like a dying animal.
This was, in spite, of being the fittest I’ve been in decades.
Let’s face it. My apologies to all the cross fit champion DQs out there….. but dressage is not exactly known for requiring <cough> the most athletic riders of the equestrian sports. And I certainly didn’t think my severe lack of oxygen had anything to do with fitness.
Sure! You need flexibility and some core body strength, but not aerobic fitness. Right?
During the end of season break I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I need goals to keep me motivated and having never run more than 5 miles in my life I decided to enter my first 1/2 marathon. Makes total sense, right?
So I’ve been running my shoes off………training for my
My 1/2 marathon is next weekend and I’m feeling pretty amazing about my fitness.
When I took my first dressage lesson this week in nearly 2 months, I was prepared for A LOT of suffering. I hadn’t sat the trot in weeks and I assumed I would’ve taken several steps backwards, as if it was possible for my sitting to trot to get any worse. I’ve had flat lessons where the fearless leader told me I could post if it meant I wouldn’t cry during lessons.
I was braced and ready for the physical and emotional suffering.
but something very unusual happened.
There was no wheezing………..
and at least 50% less bouncing…………
Who knew dressage required so much fitness?!
My Road ID even survived a Tough Mudder in perfect condition! Forget those awful armbands for jumping, get a Road ID!
My Devoucoux saddles definitely help me be LESS Bad at Eventing, check them out! And please tell Road ID & Devoucoux that Bad Eventer sent you.