I once had a dream - a dream of a musical dressage freestyle performance. I watched every upper level musical freestyle I could, collected articles, I sat with video footage of Oki and a metronome to determine the normal speed of his gaits, I collected possible music saved in an iTune play list titled "An Oki Event" and figured out what I needed to know in Garage Band so I could put together the music end of the performance. It was a wonderful combination of two of my loves: music and horses. This is the best example of what my dream looked like. Amazing performance! There was of course a major flaw in my plan - since I don't have the riding talent, the execution relied on someone else. And whenever something depends on another, it is completely out of your control.
However, my dreams die hard and this one has been restructured in a way I could have never possibly imagined. That dream was my previous post - musical freestyle with my girls. The best part is that much of the information I had collected to do dressage musical freestyle is applicable to canine musical freestyle. One of my favorite things is finding music, editing, and designing the routines. I have 14 songs already edited down to the standard 2 - 2.5 minutes and more keep popping into my head. Training my girls to do what they need to and when will take much longer but I am having a complete blast. We continue to do library performances and I am learning so much. I have a great teacher and wonderful resources in several excellent dog trainers. The practice I do without my girls to perfect the timing is keeping me physically fit. I am also incorporating my art into the routines. And the great thing is that because it is "free" style me and my girls can continue to do it even if physical constraints affect any of us!
No matter how old I am, I will always have and pursue my dreams - that way I will never truly be old! Pursue your dreams and don't let them depend on others!