Regrettably, it has been a while, but at last I have sat myself down to write another update from Trondheim, Norway 🙂
Spring has come to Norway, and with the spring comes a bit of spark in the horses. Lars is no exception, and each year once the snow has melted, it is as if we start anew. This particular friesian loves a bit of wind in his mane for whatever reason, which means that once the outdoor arena is cleared of snow, he is ready to show off his best moves
For this reason, we have had a bit of breakthrough on the piaffe/passage front during our weekly lessons.
As recently as last week, Lars was serving us a few steps of proper, rhythmical, ground covering piaffe, and I’ll tell you this – nothing is like a peek into what the future could look like 🙂 As a result of the sudden progress on the collected work, his canter has had a reincarnation! Not only is the quality much better, it is easier to ask for and easier to keep going, which is simply fantastic. We have also started introducing flying changes, which he finds a bit hard to manage with four legs to sort out in only three beats. But, the does try, and he does change on the front legs when you ask for it, which is a start. 🙂 As you may notice in the pictures, he does fall a bit too deep and behind the vertical, which is why I would like to point out that there is just a matter of strength, as there is no pulling from my hand what so ever.
Otherwise, we spend a lot of time hacking in the nearby Norwegian Woods (pardon the pun), which is great for increasing both stamina and strength. In other news, spring does not only make the horse fresher and fitter, it also makes the grass grow. Luckily, Lars lives at an equestrian centre with several green fields, where he now spends every morning enjoying his breakfast in company of his buddies. In other words, I have one very happy horse. 🙂
Another thing I would like to bring up, which actually was supposed to be the main topic of this entry, is that we have now had two lessons over Skype, if you would believe that. The past couple of years, I have been riding lessons for Dave Thind, who has come all the way from Boston in the US or Warendorf in Germany to run clinics. Recently, we have been talking about Skype lessons, which he has tried out earlier, with other students. With a tablet/smartphone/any other device with a Skype application, a handsfree bluetooth ear piece, someone to film you, and a wireless internet connection, I have been riding at the local arena with live instructions directly from Boston. Despite the fact that Dave often uses visual explanations to show what he means, such as making a pair of riding gloves either represent the reins, or the feeling of the horse underneath you, it does feel like he is actually in the arena with you. Even the authority that he brings with him when he is present, is sort of pushed over on you while you are riding. I will admit that Skype lessons are not very audience friendly. Thanks to the ear piece, the rider will be the only one hearing the actual teaching, which to whatever audience you might have, simply makes you look like you know exactly what you are doing.
It is not breaking news that I have issues being brief, and it seems that this entry is no exception. Well, now you know why I am utterly useless on Twitter; I need far more than 140 characters to express myself, even if it is only one thing that I have to say. See, I was supposed to write briefly about the development of my horse and lessons over Skype, and here I am writing about Twitter. Perhaps not too good signs when considering my English exam next week.
Now that I have apologised, I hope you enjoy the pictures, and hopefully I will come with another update shortly 🙂
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