The title of this post is a line from one of my favorite American Musical Comedies, Company, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The song happened to be playing on Pandora when I watched the video below. I’m sure this video will make the rounds, but I found it so astounding to watch that I just have to share it here. If just one person sees it, who would not otherwise have come across it, then it is worth joining the crowd!
I have posted videos of this pair before. Alizee Froment is a French rider who embodies what Dressage means to me. The relationship she has with Mistral du Coussoul is what comes from years of working to develop a partnership – not just riding to compete.
The video starts out with their performance being bitless, and ends bridleless. Double-bridle Dressage performance should be as good as this! Enjoy!
Aside from the correctness of the training, there is an element of trust from both of them that is far too rare, these days. How many of us would be so comfortable galloping at top speed out of the arena, with no bridle? I’ve had horses I would have trusted enough – but came from years of developing mutual trust.
Above all else, they are clearly having fun in this performance – both of them! As Sondheim would say “That’s what it’s all about it, isn’t it?”
Be good to your horses!