The Warm Up Ring: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Haha, too true. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dressage Different

dressage warm upMy favorite place at a show is the warm up ring. Though the booths selling incredibly fashionable riding gear that I would have to sell a kidney to afford are great, and the classes themselves are informative and ever educational, nothing tops the melting pot of emotions, skill levels, riding and training styles that must co-mingle in the warm up.

There are a cast of characters that are ever present:

The Arrogant Professional โ€“ You move for them. Period. If they are half passing across the warm up and you and Dobbin are on the other side attempting a stretchy circle, well then you better pray Dobbin isnโ€™t intimidated by the fire breathing dragon that is heading your way. Didnโ€™t you know that this horse won the CDI Schrizenhofchenberg last year? And by god they are not going to let that young girl in pig tails posting the trot acrossโ€ฆ

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