Hi! I'm Maureen, an aspiring dressage rider. My horse, Lancelot, and I live in Northern Virginia where I'm a working student. This year, in our quest for dressage greatness, we're showing the FEI Juniors, with hopes of going to NAJYRC! :)
Yesterday the saddle fitter was here for Lancelot, and he was standing on cross ties when she walked in.
Her: “Oh, so you trim his feathers?”
Me: “Uh, er, no, he’s not actually a friesian. I don’t know what he is.”
Her: “Are you SURE? He looks like a friesian!”
Me: “He could be anything, I guess. I was told that he was a Thoroughbred cross.”
This isn’t the first time somebody has told me that Lancelot looks like a TB/Friesian cross. Hmm…neither of them are the ‘ideal’ dressage horse. I guess the moral of the story is you don’t have to have a horse with a fancy pedigree, all you really need is a good work ethic, good movement, and decent conformation!
Yesterday Lancelot had a serious itch when I was brushing him, so I was scratching his neck with both hands and he lifted his hind leg up and mimed scratching, just like dogs do. It was pretty hilarious.
Cleaning stalls took me a long time today because MAYBE I was watching all the pretty horses through the window.