I stopped riding Dressage in any formal capacity over two years ago. While I like the discipline, I hate showing. It seemed rather pointless to practice for perfection when I had no intention of showing it off to anyone. So I rescued a gaited horse and hit the trails. I still use dressage principles but it's not the same.
Now, in an effort to rehome a few horses, I'm back in the dressage saddle again. I've been thrown into riding 3+ times a week, from zero O_o Sufficient to say, my body hates me & certain muscle groups are barely on speaking terms.
On the upside, I'm dealing with nice horses not hopeless cases. The one horses is quite talented, but hadn't been ridden from early spring to December. We're both out of practice, which isn't helpful when folks are interested in what she is capable of doing but want to see it first. Saying she can do X, Y, Z doesn't mean much without proof.
All would be well & good if I could find the video from when she was showing, but it's missing. So I tried to make a new sales video tonight but I utterly buggered the ride. I don't even want to watch it to see what can be salvaged. She knew I was nervous (remember that whole 'hating to show' thing?) and we spent more time vaulting sideways than going forward. Yeah, maybe I'll post it for y'all to watch - could at least be amusing, 'though I'd be as embarrassed as hell!
Funny, I know I'll ride tomorrow (after a healthy application of Advil and Icy Hot) and she'll be fine. I'm irked she unsettled me this afternoon when I know we've done better in the past few days. Anyhow, I'm off to pamper my poor, sore muscles. Maybe I'll post some of the less embarrassing clips later.