Tuesday, August 26, 2014

(In)formal Blog Hop: Transformations

Inquiring minds want to know when a blog hop moves from informal to formal? Is there a tipping point number? Regardless, Niamh at Life of Riley proposed we show transformation photos.

Alas, we are not much further along than we were a few years ago, nor do I have all that many photographs showing when we did make progress. I do have something that promises to be hilarious, though.

Behold, the first dressage test I ever did with Tristan. August 2006. He had been under saddle for about 4 months.

Here is a BN dressage test we did at Hitching Post Farm in May 2012.

So not huge improvements in self-carriage, etc., but hooray for staying in the ring!


  1. Linking devices = formal I think. Any improvement is an improvement in my book, good job!

    1. Ahhhh, that makes sense.

      Tris is improved in many intangible ways that don't necessarily show up in fancy ring work, but they are hard to have pictures of. "Look, my horse gets on the trailer in 10 minutes instead of 2 hours! He doesn't rear and spin out on the trail! He doesn't bolt on the longe line!" and so on.

  2. Ha ha, I love that first video! Well handled!

    1. Sadly, the video cuts off just before the second, even more epic meltdown which resulted in us leaving the ring at a flat gallop, nearly plowing down the ring steward, and me reaching down and actually grabbing the ring of the bit itself to do a one-rein stop before we went into the road. It was a really special day...


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