(“See if he is willing to continue on”)
(“A worthwhile skill to develop is the ability to bluff.”)
If your reaction is “Oh, yeah, everybody knows this,” then simply congratulate yourself. If you are an event rider, a foxhunter, or a trail rider, then what I am about to say ought to be second nature. But especially if you are late to riding and in particular to dressage riding, and even more so if you have acquired a schoolmaster to pursue your dream, then listen up!
(“Ultimately you want . . . “)
(“The first two were short on harmony.”)
(“Sometimes it’s downright shocking . . . “)
NOTE: Although this entry appears here after “Meet the New Tests,” it is out of chronological order and was written as a lead in to the new tests.
(“What ARE you doing out there?”)
(“. . . how unfair that is!”)
(“It isn’t even their idea to be ridden in the first place . . .”)
(“Y’all just take little steps!”)