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by musical comedy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 272
Views: 6529

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

MC, yes, he can - although I didn't ask him in the trot set in that video, I do ask frequently for him to stretch FDO. The trick with him is 1. he needs to reach out and 2. he can't just drop his back and leave his hind legs out behind him. So, I don't let him drop too, too low and I don't do it fo...
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 272
Views: 6529

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I wasn't offended by the wonky comment. Compared to his trot, it's his weaker gait. He will eventually do piris etc very easily - but we have to make SURE that he is not just doing mini-levades, but that he is connecting honestly and using back in a more undulating manner and not dropping his back ...
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

I am a person that has difficulty doing a good rising trot. It has to do with my conformation (and probably other things) that I won't get into here. With a just started horse...no...I don't sit. Once they understand the outside rein and have rhythm and regularity, I start sitting after the trot war...
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 272
Views: 6529

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I actually like the canter work on Miro. I love the roundness. If he is not totally into the contact, he disguises it well. He moves very much like my mare, especially at canter. Changes will be easy for him and also pirouettes.
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My outside arm
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: My outside arm

Laura Spreiser blog's talks about using an ace bandage around the body to help with elbow wings.
http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/fou ... -right-now
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Clinic this weekend....

I sometimes use counterbend. Me too. When the hollow/soft side is the inside, I can't think too much about inside leg to outside rein. I have to think about bringing the outside shoulder over. Check out this J. Moore clinic clip. He's trying to have the rider leg yield over to the outside rein, but...
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Clinic this weekend....

There are definitely people who claim they don't ride inside leg to outside hand including at least one GP trainer. Coupled with the crawling along comment suggests this guy is probably influenced by some French school. I don't show and while Werth is not among my favorite riders, she is top of the...
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Clinic this weekend....

I haven't heard J. Ashton Moore's name mentioned for a long time. I've never seen him teach and don't know anyone who has ridden with him. I actually know nothing about him. So, I googled. :lol: I found a couple older videos on youtube of him giving a lesson. My almost immediate impression was negat...
by musical comedy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Seniors...will you buy another when....
Replies: 122
Views: 12181

Re: Seniors...will you buy another when....

Well Seniors, I did buy another horse. She arrived on December 23, 2017 right in the middle of the coldest days we've had here for a long time. I bought sight unseen, because I do not fly and cannot be away from the farm too long. No way was I getting on a new horse in the freezing, blowing wind eve...
by musical comedy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1049

Re: New flying change thread

Why not? Logical step of training IMO. SRS doses not show yet their horses do changes, PK does not show yet his horses do changes, AB does not show yet her horses do changes. Showing and "moving up the levels" is not the end all be all. Dressage is about training not showing, at least for...
by musical comedy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1049

Re: New flying change thread

I'm curious. Why would someone that isn't planning on showing up the levels care about teaching flying changes.
by musical comedy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What happened to the New flying change thread?
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: What happened to the New flying change thread?

khall wrote:Had a new flying change topic going and now it has gone poof. MC had posted today and I had wanted to respond.

Hi Khall. I deleted my post because I thought maybe it would be interpreted as offensive. I'll repost.
by musical comedy
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Prascend how do you administer?
Replies: 28
Views: 340

Re: Prascend how do you administer?

For scratches on the pasterns, Panlog clears it for me always. It requires a prescription. Have to keep picking the scrabs off. For the kind of body rainrot that Palogal has, I would try an antibiotic. Not SMZ's, but something stronger. I was talking with my friend last night about subjects related ...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Prascend how do you administer?
Replies: 28
Views: 340

Re: Prascend how do you administer?

He's only been on 2 pills since March. I raised him 1/2 a pill at a time. I live in daily fear of laminitis... so far so good. He Has had 3 abcesses since Oct. Prior to that he'd had one abcess in his life due to a hot nail. I've barely been able to ride him since Oct. because of the abcesses. Then...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Prascend how do you administer?
Replies: 28
Views: 340

Re: Prascend how do you administer?

musical comedy - He was on the Prascend when he lost his appetite. His ACTH had gone up to the low 60's and we tried to raise his dose to 1 1/2. He stopped eating so we dropped it back to one. Later, we tried again to raise the dose and he did it again. So back to one pill again. Now, I have no cho...
by musical comedy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

By the way... I'm really appreciating the civil discourse here, even when there is disagreement. :lol: Maybe I shouldn't post anything then. i think everyone has good points and less good points Haha, yes. The thing is that we here are not all on the same page. We do not all like the same BNT's. Al...
by musical comedy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018

Ok. I was wondering about if you warm up long and low and then progress to more compressed/collected (iow, asking more) if this is what he is saying not to do. I value his input, but he is not one of my idols. Well, I relly don't have a dressage BNT idol, but he isn't one that appeals to me enough t...
by musical comedy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018

"In the warm-up, don’t give your horse something that you’re going to take back later in your ride. Don’t change your mind or your standards."

What do you think this means?
by musical comedy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Injured ACL in knee
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Injured ACL in knee

Just going to update this. I'm glad I had the ACL reconstruction, it was a long rehab but my knee is great. No instability at work, and I just ran my first half marathon! What am I saying first.. my only! :) :o 8-) Oh, how I wish I was in that kind of shape. A big congratulations to you. During one...
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

Hey guys, I edited the title of this thread to HANDS. If not ok, let me know and I'll change it back. When I first put up the thread, I didn't intend for it to include a mish-mash of training topics. I was trying to say that I like it when specific topics are spun off so that are easy to find and al...
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Prascend how do you administer?
Replies: 28
Views: 340

Re: Prascend how do you administer?

musical comedy - I started 2 yrs ago with the compounded version and it worked very well. Then I got the second batch and I believe it was bad. He soon started to have problems and his ACTH started to rise. A different Vet strongly urged me to switch to Prascend and I did. He believes this is not a...
by musical comedy
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

Re: Various Training Topics

Sue B wrote: This quote is why some people take offense at what you write.
Anyone offended by my posts can easily ignore them by putting my user name on your FOE list. You do this in your control panel.
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

Re: Various Training Topics

I would like to point out that Musical Comedy did not criticize SueB.. The criticism was for the advice she got, a specific technique. It was a suggestion that this technique not be added to accepted riding norm Thanks. One can't criticize anything on these forums. Everyone just wants positive stro...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

Re: Various Training Topics

Musical Comedy (and anyone else who misunderstood me): Clarification: My hands are NOT FIXED. They are in contact with the pad in front of the saddle. Easier to understand when you see horsie irl; he has massive withers that rise sharply, so I have a perfect contact area right in front of the saddl...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 272
Views: 6529

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Excellent point, MC. People can say anything. The proof is in the riding pudding. There are many departures from party line equitation. I just mention broken line upward because it seems like one of the most frequent departures from the party line among elites. I think that the successful riders wi...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior

I recently saw a photo on a facebook page of a soaked hay cube with particles of twine in it. Google produces various places where that has happened. I hate hay cubes. I think they are floor sweepings and you don't know whats in them. jmo. I realize junk can get in pellets as well, but it is much mo...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018

Jeremy "Being consistent is key to a program that shows the horse every day that this force (this energy expectation, this balance expectation, this bend expectation) will be applied to his body. And of course, we want to do this without blowing the horse’s mind!" So so important imo. I ha...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018

I"m glad you all find the notes useful. While the topics addressed in this clinic were not so different from past times I've seen Jeremy teach, I suppose I am starting to understand some topics a bit better. He uses the term "adrenalized" to refer to a horse who is not relaxed in the...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 272
Views: 6529

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I agree everyone says ride with a straight line. My only point is that many elite riders don't do that for some reason. Classical texts and rules also say ride with heels lower, don't drop your head, straight line shoulder/hip/heel, toes in, etc. etc. Yet, those rules are broken routinely by highly...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018

MC, at one point I posed a question about reactivity on this board. The general consensus was that one should be able to return to relaxation at any point, I think. For me, the more "reactive" Em is, the more we have a shot at doing proper dressage work. However, the more reactive we are,...
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

Re: Various Training Topics

If I may... Regarding hands. I personally feel that a low held hand is unforgiving and inelastic. Yes for a novice rider to learn to be still it's important but an educated rider who can operate from stability needs to be able to respond to the horses mouth, not mimic side reins. Agree. I especiall...
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Notes from Jeremey Steinberg Clinic - April 2018

As usual, excellent notes Piedmont! So much good stuff in there I don't know what to address first. Actually, I got a little tense reading it, thinking about how some of those things would feel is a bit scary. What stands out to me first is something I've posted numerous times on the board. You real...
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 764

HANDS - (was various training topics)

I read the goals threads. Within them are always short discussions on various training issues. When a new goals thread is started, those discussions about training (like hands) are lost unless someone has a good memory and can easily go back and find them. Granted, I'm a reader that doesn't like thr...
by musical comedy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Prascend how do you administer?
Replies: 28
Views: 340

Re: Prascend how do you administer?

Melody, I have read (on Dr. Kellon's Cushings Group) that it is very common for horses to go off feed, but this is temporary. Mine did not go off feed, but he became extremely lethargic almost like he was tranquilized. It subsided in short order. I just increased to two pills within the last couple ...
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior

My coming 24 year old has advanced EOTRH. I chose not to do the extractions because I do not see any signs that my horse is in dental pain. Of course, we know horses are stoic, but he does things that he wouldn't do if in pain. At some point I will have to get them extracted if he doesn't die earlie...
by musical comedy
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Prascend how do you administer?
Replies: 28
Views: 340

Re: Prascend how do you administer?

My horse loves bananas. He gets 2 Pracend. I slice two small pieces of banana and stick the pill in the center. I've done this with other meds as well. The great thing about the banana is that he pretty much swallows it whole since it is so soft. To put the pill in something that requires chewing, h...
by musical comedy
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How do you introduce spurs?
Replies: 12
Views: 422

Re: How do you introduce spurs?

To the extent that Gal rides legs away pretty much, if you can get through a test without leg, you probably can get through a test without spur. :-) And I will repeat what I noticed and my GP trainer confirmed... she does NOT work on forward with her GP. If he is in the ring working, he is forward....
by musical comedy
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How do you introduce spurs?
Replies: 12
Views: 422

Re: How do you introduce spurs?

Not on topic but I have always wondered if spurs are not for forward, and yes I've heard the mantra, why grand prix riders use them I extended gaits, and for piaffe and passage. ;) Maybe because they ARE for forward. When I first started eventing, I showed up at my first x-country school w/o spurs....
by musical comedy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 769

Re: Extended Walk Questions

For me, looking at fabulous horses doing great extended walks doesn't really help me and probably many other ordinary riders. One good way to see how the extended walks are judged would be to looked at the individual movement scores for the National Championships. They were (still are?) up on either...
by musical comedy
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 769

Re: Extended Walk Questions

I just went and look at my Extended Walk marks on 24 dressage tests. I wasn't pleased with what I saw. There were a few 7's, but mostly 6's. One might ask why I didn't pay more attention to it. That would be because (I guess) I wasn't unhappy to get 6's at 3rd-4th level and paid more attention to th...
by musical comedy
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 769

Re: Extended Walk Questions

It's definitely on contact. Here's the section on Extended Walk from Dressage Canada rules: 3.3 Extended walk: The horse covers as much ground as possible, without haste and without losing the regularity of the steps, the hind feet touch the ground clearly in front of the footprints of the forefeet...
by musical comedy
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec

If you go to big 3 day shows, have a trainer fee, need to stay overnight, and need a stall, then I agree it's pricey. Not everyone is in that situation, thankfully. I'm not showing anymore, but when I did, I went to one-day recognized shows. I trailered in, so no stall. No food. I never paid a train...
by musical comedy
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1049

Re: New flying change thread

good hunters don't change late behind, they sure as hell don't win if the do. i am a great admirer of how hunters put a good single flying change on their horses with no big sweat about it. They make their horses wait til asked, and make lovely clean flying changes. Sometimes i think we dressage ri...
by musical comedy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff

I'm glad you're getting a lot out of it StraightForward. I would not even have known about it, had it not been for you. It just seemed I got bombarded with messages and notifications and it seemed like there were several 'courses' or what have you going on. It was overwhelming for me. Perhaps that i...
by musical comedy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 477

The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff

I always like reading his internet posts and his book. I signed up for (I'm not even sure what) on Facebook. I get bombarded with lots of posts, messages, and notifications. I have to now figure out how to block them. Who are earth has time to read all his stuff and follow his course?? I 'tried' to ...
by musical comedy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 59
Views: 5496

Re: Class of 2013?

You're really talented with the young horses. I'm impressed. Getting on an unstarted horse bareback :shock: I like this young horse a lot and you fit him well.
by musical comedy
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 2495

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

I think back to my own example. Back when UDBB was struggling near its final end, I stumbled upon a thread about UDBB on COTH. In that thread, a few people were choosing to kick me around the curb as blame for the demise of UDBB. While it wasn't nice to see that, what really upset me was when some ...
by musical comedy
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?

You think Kiki is going to be ready to step down in work effort at age 15?
by musical comedy
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows
Replies: 20
Views: 934

Re: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows

Lorilu, your friend was judging at C. She could have eliminated the rider early on forthe one-hand whipping. Why didn't she? I think to be fair, where the judge was sitting, it may NOT have been obvious that she took her hand off the rein. It was obvious in the video because the camera was on the s...
by musical comedy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: cheap but decent video camera
Replies: 46
Views: 1300

Re: cheap but decent video camera

We have a Sony Handi-cam and have been using it for at least 15 years I think. Works beautifully. They were costly when we bought ours, but I think now they are around $200. More than you want to spend, but work very well even in a dark indoor. I love that I can watch my video through the window, pa...

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