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Today’s the day…

We’re at the show at San Juan Capistrano. Today is the jog for the CDI. And today is the day we put Lance back in his double bridle…

double bridle

Two bits, two sets of reins and a noseband. Required for riding at this level.

We have been working him in a snaffle bridle all week with a drop noseband (so there is no irritation to his cheeks) and Lance’s cheek has almost totally healed. Today’s the big test day…work in the double bridle.

A very exciting day ahead. (who said “jog” day was boring!!!)

Off to battle I 5 freeway traffic….grrrr….




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We didn’t jog yesterday…

Grown up 1


Yes…now we get it…

Lindsey had a great ride yesterday morning…in the snaffle, lesson with Shannon, in the CDI ring, with Olympian riders, with the Canadian Technical Advisor observing, working Grand Prix movements…in a snaffle. She rode masterfully. Lance was learning and listening and working, working, working.

The snaffle bridle has a different noseband than the double bridle. There is no irritation to the cheek in the snaffle noseband so we worked him in the snaffle for 2 days hoping the inside of his cheek would heal and we could put him back in his double bridle. We have to show him in the double bridle where there is some chance of irritation to his cheek. I checked him after yesterday’s ride and made the decision that the inside of his cheek was not healed enough for us to show him with his double bridle.

Difficult decision


And that’s why Peter Pan has it mostly right…Grown up 3

Grown up 4

So we put our adult faces on and made big decisions, decisions that will affect the next two shows.

Lance is now back at Arroyo; turn out this morning, treadmill and a good brush…but most importantly healing for the CDI show next weekend.

Difficult decision 2

One step at a time, forward and upward, keep on going….but look back and see where you have come from…and smile.

Off to work Fred and William and to be back to the condo in time to watch the Grand Prix online! Go Team Peters!!!


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(v) to do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work…

Meraki…I think I’ve found the word that describes this passion we call dressage. Meraki…work done with soul, creativity and love with a canvas that is this amazing creature equus…

And dressage is also a sport. The balance to meraki in this sport is an added dimension, a true balancing act day to day.

Meraki and keeping your eye on the goal in competition. Meraki and getting two athletes ready for game day. Meraki and going for it.

Lance and Lindsey worked great in the snaffle bridle yesterday. Yeah! We had two (we needed two!!) therapists working on and with him last night.

Lance is happy, we’re happy and we’re ready for today…one more warm-up in the snaffle and then a decision about the jog for this CDI.

Meraki…ohhhhhmmmmmmmm…grrrrrrrrrr….game day!!!




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