Monday, August 4, 2014

Day three of the Bac Vacay!

Hey look! A non sticky trot!

Dressage. How do I feel about it? Well, I'm not really sure. I can tell you we suck at it apparently when we go to shows. Probably because I go around clenching my almost non-existant butt cheeks and crash into my saddle with my ass bones. Because, why not? I'm nervous. Bacon is nervous. The judge might or might not be looking (she does that sometimes) and so everything becomes not so attractive.
So beautiful. Just wish she had more weight on her.
Enter Linds. She gave me and the Bacon our very first dressage lesson. Though it was in a very forward flapped jump saddle, I think we learned so much in that first ride. The first concept was learning how to stretch down. This is obviously important to know. You know, to build up a nice topline, and maybe score above a four on our free walk, and to reach for contact.
Lovely canter on this thing.
So we worked on that at all three gaits. And worked on my position AGAIN. Because I fail. I get those floppy "tea pot" wrists when riding, and I've had them for years. So to keep those bad boys straight I may need to tape metal rods to my arms. Thumbs up damnit.

My position is poo. So just look at her.
But Bacon was just awesome the whole time. I feel like maybe we can better our score at the next derby. Pretty damn confident. Because she is great. And that is that.
After the dressage fun, we got a nice jump lesson as well! We took a lot of walking breaks to keep encouraging her to stay calm and to stretch down and work on that topline and flexibility. If she goes for too long, so starts to get pretty rushy and strong, but the small breaks seemed to work really well for her and me. I like not dying.
Nice knees here!

I'm still having trouble. Obviously.
And again, I worked on me some more, and worked on getting the canter I wanted before approaching the jumps. I wish I could do that every day.
The world needs more Bacon.


  1. You two look great, she has a gorgeous trot!

  2. You guys are so classy. Love all the pictures!

  3. I love the first picture! You look like you're having so much fun and Bacon looks great

  4. She has such a good canter, look at that! You BOTH look good!