Starlight is at a stage where progress happens fast. I know plateaus will come soon enough, but I’m enjoying her willing attitude and aptitude for dressage.
What a dance partner she is!
A fellow blogging friend challenged us to a “before and after” post about our horse, so here we go: the first five months with Starlight
Starlight in March 2016 when I bought her:
A few weeks later, under saddle as we got to know each other. Looks at those happy smiles.
In April, at the Woodside HorsePark on a cold windy day, having a clinic with Miguel Tavora, Starlight gets a little TOO enthusiastic about the canter depart!
Our first show, Training Level, six weeks after I bought her. She was very tense, but obedient and safe.
By our fourth and last show at Training Level (hooray!), she feels like an old campaigner. Works beautifully in a crowded warmup ring, has no problem with the judge’s booth or the flowers on the ring, knows her job and does it. A little tension in the first test but performs very well.
While we continue to struggle a bit with reaching over the top for a solid connection with the bit, Starlight improves weekly and always has a willing spirit. I can’t say enough good things about the Andalusian – when you find a good one. For me they are the perfect combination of trainability, willingness, good sense, forwardness, comfortable gaits, and beauty. You can tell I’m besotted. This horse would follow me anywhere and do anything for me. It is a precious trust.