Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So Far, So Good

The weather has definitely improved. Clear, sunny days with just a hint of crisp fall air. This is going to be a very fun Autumn for Team Brego.

Brego loves the change in the weather. Nothing saps him more than humidity, and with the dry air and reduced temperatures, you can see the relief on his face. He got a bonus day off yesterday because I was on the hunt of yet another elliptical trainer (stupid craigslist junk). So today, when I pulled him out of the field, he was coasting on three full days with no work. His right hind leg felt exactly as he left.

I tacked him up and we just went for a ride around the farm. The amazing barn owners had mowed down a field as a track so I would have a place to condition him outside of an arena. I can't believe how lucky I am to be at such a wonderful barn where my every desire is met. Although most of the riders there are hunters, they indulge my bizarre whims to help me improve in my sport, letting me put out dressage letters, mowing out a track for my conditioning, not panicking when I jump up their landscaping like it's a bank, etc. Eventer's paradise.

Anyway, Brego and I just played around in the fields, walking and trotting. I brought him into the arena only to let my jumper trainer watch him trot and canter. He felt lazy and stiff through the neck, but even. He looked great from the ground.

So another week or so out of the sand and, if his leg remains unchanged, I will start jumping work again. I am still working on the chiropractor, I do want him looked at no matter how good he is moving. Better safe than sorry.

I don't have any shows coming up, so we're taking a break from the dressage and jumping and just working on conditioning and riding out. This weekend, I will be riding to the hounds in New Hampshire, second field if The Brego is up to it (I can gap the fences if needed). Then next weekend, I have another clinic with Steuart Pittman. It will be cross country on turf, so I am sure Brego will be in good shape by then. And then, in mid September, I've got a little schooling 3 phase, which is very little pressure.

So now is the perfect time to build back up and get our bodies and brains excited about work again.


20 meter circle of life said...

Hey Daun
Kleins mom suggested I write for the name of a book concerning how to get a horse deep and round. Thanks

Laura said...

Sounds like you and Brego are doing well - I really like how you plan out your rides and training events. I'm sure his conditioning will improve quickly...

Sounds like you have a great barn - I'm jealous! lol I'm having herd turnout problems at mine, so I'm thinking about trying to find another one...not so much fun...

Daun said...

Hey Jewel,
Klein's mom is very generous in thinking that I know anything about deep and round. I tend to ride Brego according to more classical principles because he is not a huge strided warmblood that I can push into my hand. So I like Paul Belasik, Phillippe Karl, and this book.

Long and low is very hard for Brego and I because of his tendency to travel on the forehand. So a low stretch MUST be accompanied by more impulsion from behind. This is a "baby steps" issue for him. The stretchy trot circle in T3 and T4 will be much harder for him than shoulder ins.

If by "deep and round", you mean rollkur, there are plenty of FEI dressage books which address it. I don't practice it myself so I can't be much help. As is obvious from my videos, I would rather my horse travel slightly in front of vertical with good push from behind, than behind the vertical any day.

sidetracked said...

Ohhh you sound so much like me. Are you close to Maine? Are you riding with the Wentworth Hunt Club? I have always wanted to do that. I too jump anything and everything with my rescue appy. We ride hunters and eq but dabble in jumpers. He's not the most athletic guy, but he sure tries. I don't have a horse trailer or truck so transportation is hard unless I always bumb a ride from someone else. Where do you show?

Daun said...

Yep I am in Maine, near the NH border. I will be riding with Wentworth, if I can figure out how to get the proper location!

I've been showing locally, at Green Acres, Hilltop Equestrian, Echo Ridge, etc.

Where are you located?

sidetracked said...

My horse is boarded in Otisfield at Avalon Meadows. www.avalonmeadowsequestriancenter.com

It's a geat place, no snooty people and everyone does their own thing. We have the show people, the pleasure people, some western and trails as well. We also breed Perch/TB crosses and have a lovely Percheron Stud we stand. COme check us out sometime.

Daun said...

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. That farm looks lovely!

I don't usually head up your way but if you head to Snowfields, please let me know. I am always looking for schooling opportunities and love to meet up with good horse people!