Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dressage Is Fancy

That chicken is demonstrating a very nice free walk for us.

I just made myself a proper dressage arena.  I measured it out and everything.  You need to have a proper arena to really "do" dressage.  Every Dressage Queen knows that.

I made mine out of milk jugs and my cavaletti poles (which are actually just leftover fence posts).

The view from C


Dressage is a very fancy sport.


17 comments:

  1. You qualify as an elitist now for sure! ;)

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  2. I just put Dressage Arena together at my boarding facility too. Using jump rails and cones. Use DQ's must be inventive!

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    1. Jump rails and cones?! What are you, an Olympian? :D

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  3. Milk jugs and chickens? Next you'll be drinking beer and waving giant foam fingers! What is this world coming to? ;)

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    1. I actually have one of those foam fingers! Because I'm super classy that ;)

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    2. "I'm super classy like that". Also, I can't type today. Probably all the boxed wine I've been drinking.....

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  4. You've gotta have a correctly measured arena. Brett still teases me about how he made me an arena but it didn't measure right so I made him re-do it. It's the only thing he's ever had to re-do. :)

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    1. I am terrible at judging distances. I have to have a visual aid.

      Tell Brett I had to measure mine several times before I got it right. Thank goodness it was just milk jugs!

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  5. Perfect!! I love the inventiveness of horse people. Talk about making silk purses out of sow's ears. (With apologies to Shakespeare.)

    But what sets your arena apart from the rest is the rooster! That is truly an inspired touch. *G*

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    1. A true DQ knows how important it is to properly accessorize a dressage arena. Some go with flower pots on the letters, but I thought the rooster really tied the space together.

      I wonder what I could do with sow's ears....

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  6. [indignant sniff] WELL! I hope you enjoyed your ever so fancy boxed wine afterwards! [flounces off]

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    1. Haha! I just snorted boxed wine out of my nose!

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  7. Very nice arena! I remember making myself a dressage arena using old car tyres where the letters should be.

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    1. Very nice!

      Tires are heavy, though. I'd hate drag them around! Although, one of my milk jugs did get squished today when I over-cued a leg yield and Spider ran it over. Tires probably withstand such mishaps much better!

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  8. Great work! The chicken is a nice touch. :)

    I made one with those little orange soccer cones one time, but the lesson riders notoriously hit every cone and they went flying. I patiently replaced them over and over again until I just couldn't take it anymore. I spent more time replacing cones than riding in the arena!

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    1. Haha! I'm not much better than the lesson riders! I totally squished a jug today. Then I had to find the cap, refill it (I put water in them for weight) and remeasure for where it was supposed to go. I guess there is something to be said for the more permanent structures.

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