A Saturday date with Charm

This past Saturday I took temporary leave of my senses and rode Charm in the first of Karin Bielefeld’s two annual spring dressage clinics at Willow Tree. These events are valuable because they give you practice riding with an audience (something you need in order to be successful at a show), they illustrate how difficult it is to transfer what you do easily any time it doesn’t count to the situation where it does count, and it gives your horse an opportunity to go ppppfftttt in your face (to repay you for all the hard work you’ve made her do).

Here, then, are 45 minutes condensed into about 1 minute 14 seconds. I have included music and subtitles to keep you entertained while you try to figure out exactly what it is we’re trying to accomplish. Don’t worry if you feel left behind, just look at my mare’s luxurious mane and tail and covet all that gorgeous red hair for yourself. She certainly has enough to share, although I doubt she will give any of it up easily.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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9 Responses to A Saturday date with Charm

  1. anne leueen says:

    Good job! And yes she does have a nice tail!

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  2. Nancy Powers says:

    Very nice; I love those “haunches in” and, of course, Charms’ charming mane and tail!

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  3. Ann says:

    Love it, though you are right! I have no idea what you were trying to accomplish! Music choice was funny and entertaining! Nice work lady…

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  4. Jan says:

    Good job….transitions were really nice….your legs look long and still…what was she doing to your leg? You could have put up a little longer video!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      She was showing me how it is indeed possible if you work hard enough at it to relax your leg behind the knee allowing your lower leg to remain dropped down while you move your thigh (without bending your knee–meaning, move your entire leg) back an inch or two. You also must refrain from moving your shoulders back at the same time. When you can do this successfully, your seat bones change position and you can get an enhanced forward movement from your horse and a lengthened stride. Of course, you have to do this while the horse is actually moving at some gait or other. Charm says, “show me!”…


  5. The mane and tail does look lovely. Even if I can’t really understand what you are trying to accomplish, I can enjoy the pure beauty of it.

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  6. Alli Farkas says:

    Otto, I think what lower-level students of dressage like me console ourselves with is that although we actually look like the video of me in this post, when we are riding we THINK we look like the riders in this one!


  7. I loved this post!! Great job on creating this video. You always make me smile! I love it that you put this together!!!

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