June 2015

Date written: 30.06.2015

Practise makes perfect

As the summer's closing up on us the amount of shows here on the west coast goes down. Sadly, for me that means I only got to compete Molly twice in Norway. I'd love to do some more shows on her here but seeing the situation that doesn't seem to be possible.

On the other hand, that allows more time for training, lessons and practise. The training we do at home is where we learn and can work on our faults whereas the show arena is where we show off what we've learned at home.

June 18th I graduated from college and that means I would be moving from the yard I've been at the past 3 year soon. It also means the end of the top athletics program and the two weekly lessons we've had for the past years. Despite that we've had some tough but good lessons where I've felt like some missing pieces have been falling into place in this still new partnership between me and Molly.

Here are some raw-videos from our last jumping sessions:

Today, June 30th was our last day at the yard I've called my home for so long. Leaving was sad but will allow a new chapter in our history to begin which I'm very excited for! I'll let you all know what's going on very soon ..

Date written: 05.06.2015

Great horses are not often easy horses ..

"They have big egos and idiosyncrasies and quirks and foibles

Horses of a lifetime do exist, but only for riders so skillful, tactful, and courageous that they can unlock and then reveal the brilliance of their equine partners" - Denny Emerson

.. A brilliant qoute I suppose a lot of riders can recognize themselves and their horses in. The term of a good horse is widely used, but in my eyes a good horse is one crazy enough to believe it's capable of being best- a horse who's crazy enough to canter confidently towards a fence the size of itself. A horse who believe he's capable of dancing like a queen or run with the speed of light.

These horses are rare to come across, and in a lot of times they are disguised as troubled or hard to ride. But, sometimes that's the price you've got to pay. For me it's always been obvious, of course a great horse will, in most of the cases, be a hard one. And that's something that makes me happy, because nothing is as satisfying as working with these "hard" horses and see their progress as time passes, and even more to see yourself improving as a result of their quirks.

In my eyes- they mostly reflect your riding. Some horses will settle with rider mistakes, some won't. You make a mistake, they tell you! Fair, and often a wake up call for the rider.

My horse(s) don't serve anything on a silver plate. It takes blood, sweat and tears to go forward with them, but I wouldn't have it any other way. They make me want to improve even more, to sort out my mistakes to be able to handle them. To fix my faults to stop annoying them. To be better.

For the newest addition to the team, Molly, she's not one who will accept a lot of rider mistakes. If I do something the wrong way or ask the wrong questions, she will let me know. And for me that's perfectly fine, as animals they must be allowed to express their emotions the way they can!

My horse might be quirky, hard and sometimes seemingly full of nonsense- but for the quality and ability they hold they deserve the possibility to have some quirks, and they surely deserve the ability to tell their rider when something is wrong.

Hard horses make great riders.