I got the pics that Gigi took of Heather and me riding yesterday -- and, wow, she's a great photographer! As you can see, I'm using draw reins on Salem right now. I'm still a bit on the fence about using them, but I do see that they're an effective tool in showing Salem what I want from him. I just don't want them to become a crutch. Oh, and yes, I am riding in the lovely $8000 Devoucoux saddle. OK, enough blithering -- on to the pics! (Please disregard my horrid equitation and hunchback-ness!)
It looks like Salem is biting Sid here, but I assure you
that he is not quite so ill-mannered
Gah! The dreaded Hunter Perch!
(Just focus on Salem's bulging muscles and shiny coat :-P )
This started as the training journal of Salem, a 5 year old Thoroughbred gelding, as he progressed from Total Greenie to Slightly Less Green-ie.
After six months with me, Salem went up to his owner Raffie outside of Chicago. Her goal was to make him into her dressage horse.
Sadly, Raffie passed away in March of 2011 and Salem made the journey back down to me. While I'm thrilled to have him back, I wish it were under better circumstances.
Neither Salem nor I have the desire (or the talent) to be dressage superstars. Eventually, I'd like him to be my trail-riding, hunter/jumper eventer; but for now, I'm just content that he's safe with me.