Just a quick update on Gemma-horse (Dutch warmblood) who is getting her act together with consistent training. One of my friends said to me, "She looks like she could jump a house." Too bad I only ride dressage...
This is the first horse I have owned on who I look size proportionate. You really can not tell that I am an Amazon in size when I ride Gemma.
This trot picture shows Gemma balanced and accepting of her fate. We have had many "discussions" about what she has to get used to. This mare is fussy and has been a long time in taking consistent contact in the reins. She would much rather trot around with me not touching her mouth. Too bad, so sad... Just so you have a point of reference, the feeling of the rein contact should be only that necessary to keep the rein from flopping between my hand and the bit. No heavy weight is pressing on my fingers.
Here is the canter gait. Again Gemma is coming to terms with her job and is lightly taking connection without throwing her head randomly about.
There are days that after riding this horse, I can not help but have a gigantic grin on my face. She is getting more fun to train all the time. I think I am truly blessed to have this wonderful mare!