I was a bit cross about your reply to my question about taking up dressage. I think it was a bit ageist. I am more determined to take it up now. Please give me some pointers to the sport.
I am sorry you were annoyed, but you are knocking on a bit and horse riding can be dangerous. I was as much thinking about the practicalities. As you know I have been to your place for tea a number of times, and you have a lovely home, but the fourth floor of a multistorey isn't the easiest place to keep a horse. But if you insist ...
Names are very important in dressage,
- ladies should be called, Charlotte, Fiona or Berranice, (unless
your nan is the Queen and apparently you can call yourself what you like);
- gentlemen should be called Tarquin, Rupert or Cecil (pronounced Cee-sil);
- horses are called Lightning, Flash or Thunderbolt (dobbin or sugarlump don't have the same impact);
- You have to wear a top hat when you ride your horse (no, I have no idea why, I think it might be to show skill in not letting it fall off);
- You have to teach your horse tricks. Because it is posh, they probably call them 'disciplines' or 'required elements', but they are tricks;
- the tricks are - riding up and down in a straight line, jumping
over little fences and the most difficult one is teaching your horse to
count out its age with its hoof. To do this try and get a horse that is
two or three years old - it is easier. If your horse is sixteen you
will be there all day!