With Addy's move actually in sight, I'm once again getting very excited about riding. I can now pick up Dressage Today without feeling depressed, and I daydream about sweat-drenched summer afternoons at the barn.
This will be a new beginning for us. Since we've both been out of work, correcting bad habits (hopefully) won't be too difficult. She's been out in a pasture using her body as she naturally should, not being forced into any unnatural way of going by an uncoordinated me.
I've been thinking a lot about my goals for the two of us. It's been over two years since we've been in training, and that's quite a long time. So first, we need to get fit. While she's trotting long easy curves on the track, I'll try not to interfere. I'm going to concentrate more on my own body, making sure I'm correct.
My long term goal is to be a balanced, effective rider with a balanced, happy horse. I'm hopeful that I've finally found the right trainer and facility in Maryland. It's taken a few years, and several tries, but I think we've got it this time. Time will tell.