A few months ago I participated in a Dressage clinic for the first time ever!
Nicole Harrington flew in to teach from Ohio. I had audited a clinic of hers last year and was very impressed with her style of teaching. Last year, DaVinci was not at a level that would make a clinic worth the money at all.
It was hosted at another barn fairly close, about 15 minutes up the road and I figured if anything it would be a good field trip for him to get some experience! My ride time was on Sunday morning, so I trailered DaVinci a day early to get him accustomed to the atmosphere and sights. I also got to use my new Hyndsight camera! It worked great and such an easy system to use, I love that I could keep an eye on DaVinci the entire ride up.
He settled in great! I did a practice ride on him, he behaved most the time (keyword MOST) as we had a moment of bolting that was quite the rodeo. This involved interrupting the clinic as he galloped around the arena and I held on for dear life! Other than that I had a good practice ride.
Sunday morning came, and I was sure to lunge DaVinci beforehand. It was a cold weekend so it worked out well to get him warmed up too!
We had an absolutely fabulous ride! Unfortunately, I didn't get any good pictures but I did get some decent video thanks to my step mom!
My big light bulb moment is that I need to start asking him to bend more around my inside leg to my outside rein. He's now strong enough that I can ask him to be more round and on the bit. Up until this point if I had done this, he would've fallen behind the leg and had a hallow back.
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Fall is coming in fast in Colorado, finally! With the weather cooling off it's been so great being able to pull out my sweaters. Who else adores fall time?
On Saturday, I had the best experience getting DaVinci fitted with a new saddle. I previously had a Trilogy Verago that I purchased used when I first got him as a 4 year old. It was something that fit him pretty good and gave him some room to grow. It was a little big in the seat for me but fit my leg just fine so I was able to make it work.
Now that DaVinci is 5 1/2 years old, has put on a lot more muscle along his back, and hasn't had big growth spurts recently; I decided it was time to invest in my final saddle for him.
This is where Bev at The Tack Collection comes in to save the day with her expertise and thoroughness!
The process started two weeks prior when I went to her shop to sit in a bunch of saddles to figure out which ones fit me and were comfortable. We had about 6 of my top choices that she also felt would fit him as well.
Saturday was DaVinci's turn to try out some saddles! First, she took measurements of his back so that we could have a baseline and keep track of his back shape (she will come out every 6 months to do a follow up).
She placed each one on his back to check the fit and we had our top 4 that I would actually ride in.
It became very clear pretty quickly after I sat in the Prestige Helena, that it was the winner. It was the 3rd saddle and the obvious choice. I felt so secure in it and DaVinci moved so beautifully with it as well. I still tried out the 4th saddle to be sure but the Helena blew the others out of the water!
Anyone in the Colorado area should definitely contact Bev at the Tack Collection for all their saddle fitting needs.
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of trying out my new AA Motionlite show coat. Not only did DaVinci perform super well but this jacket was absolutely stunning! The deep purple color looked amazing and the mesh coat kept me nice and cool in the summer heat.
It comes with nice buttons, and the ability to easily switch them out! I bought some beautiful pearl ones that I was able to easily slip on using the little rings.
I decided to use a white long sleeve show sun-shirt underneath just so there wouldn't be any way to see through the sleeves in the sunlight. It worked out perfectly and I was still nice a cool.
The fit is amazingly flattering! It's the most comfortable jacket due to the flexible material. I could literally do a yoga class in this. Because it's so stretchy I could see it being flattering on a lot of different body types.
Overall, I am super happy with this purchase! It's so worth it to find something unique and highly functional.