Monday, October 25, 2010

cutest dressage test ever - and they earned 70%!

10 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

That was adorable, what a cute little pony! Actually, I thought the rider was pretty good too, considering how young he/she looked.

billie said...

Arlene, this pair is actually taught by a local dressage trainer whose work I really respect. If you watch closely (it's hard to stop looking at that pony's cute forelock trim as he goes through the test!) you will see the little rider's hips moving with the pony's back during the walk, esp. the free walk. I also love how the little girl combs the reins as she comes in to halt at X.

Kate said...

What I love was the pony's expression and pricked forward ears. He is certainly eager to please his young rider, moving forward with bounce and spring and not soured at all. I think he is actually enjoy this exercise.

forever in blue jeans, Beth said...

A "fall in love" moment for me !!

billie said...

Cindy Sydnor and her daughter Eliza (who is working with this adorable young pair) train and teach classical dressage with a focus on harmony between horse and rider. It tickles me that that shows up in such a small/young pony/rider team.

billie said...

Beth, I think a lot of folks are having that reaction. I would have loved to have seen that test in person. :)

Kate said...

Very cute, and you rarely see a pony who's so engaged and willing in the work!

billie said...

Kate, I agree. This little guy is not a Thelwell!

Dougie Donk said...

Cute as anything & not a sign of rollkur. Just as it should be !

billie said...

No spurs or whip! No double bridle! No bleeding tongue! Isn't it amazing?