Rainy day again… Good day to look over earlier videos and try to learn something. For the thousandth time I watch my videos of previous lessons and clinics to refresh my memory. For the thousandth time I find something that I didn’t notice before and seems suddenly profound. I am never sure if these revelations become clear because of recent events, but that’s immaterial anyway, might as well just take it like it comes.
This particular instance comes in a lesson I had two years ago at Hassler Dressage, with the King of young horses, Scott Hassler. I believe Scott is the future of dressage. I spent a week in Maryland at his beautiful facility and have never ridden with anyone more positive and encouraging than Scott. It is no wonder he is so successful with the young horses, they are such willing partners as he is extremely knowledgeable, and incredibly respectful, patient, and kind to every horse he trains.
I have attached a clip of my lesson on Lucy, a very lovely, but quite hot, little Oldenburg mare that belongs to my friend Kimberly Vernachio. I have included this piece of video, as the explanation Scott gives about “coaching” her through her tension, especially when there are loud noises in the unfamiliar arena, are of particular interest to me. At the time this video was taken I had not been riding very long after a bad fall and was quite reactionary to loud noises. Scott’s advice, riding the horse’s body and not the noise, was, to me, a very meaningful analogy. I have watched this video time and time again and have never before caught the quick explanation.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to ride with a trainer I respect as much as Scott. And very glad to have gotten it all on video, as I will continue to learn from it years after the experience!