I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
You gotta love the Italians! They do great coffee, great food, and they came up with "Cavalletti." Cavalletti is the schooling of horse and rider over ground poles. It enhances their rhythm, loosens their muscles, and tests their ability to learn. Maddy started going over ground poles at the walk and the trot. I had the closest 3 poles at my trot lengths and the farthest poles on my walk lenghts. I first walked both directions with her and exaggerated my step. She was fine, so we move on to lunging near the poles at the walk, then over the poles, reverse directions. All seemed well, so we went on to the trot. Wow! I have been waiting for her to lower her head, maintain her gait, and stay relaxed and the cavalletti exercises we worked on today did the trick. Her stride was so long and she looked just beautiful. I think she even impressed Michelle Merkin, my trainer. I am still giddy about our work today. So cool.