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by demi
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 967

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Piedmont-- a 'lightbulb' moment for me a few years ago was a clinician saying that when you go from canter to walk, you should do so on the down part of the canter, but for the trot you should actually ask as the horse is coming up in the canter stride so the horse can stay balanced and uphill and ...
by demi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 967

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

And as i sit here and think, for my own understanding, I have to remember that the pelvis and the sacrum is a solid unit not able to widen or get narrower, so the “narrowing” must be from the musculature. Similar to the horse narrowing in the trot simply due to less side to side swinging of the bell...
by demi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 967

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

If I may, SvD talks about the narrowing of the hips in the video that Josette posted. It’s starts at about 13:3 minutes and she says in front the hips we have muscles that wrap around and go to the sacrum. This wrapping around is where the narrowing of the seat happens. She says it’s hard to describ...
by demi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 967

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Thanks for revisiting this topic and the Eliza/SvD video, piedmontfields. I can’t remember how much time has passed since you first posted about SvD, but now, after having read the book (Balance in Movement), and having had many of my own lessons, it is easier to digest that particular video. My les...
by demi
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 2346

Re: Good connection

I got the point!! I have removed all of the offensive posts. :oops:
by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 2346

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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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Views: 2346

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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 2346

Re: Good connection

Flight, I love that pic of you and Ding. I aspire to that! Your seat looks deep and connected, your position is super, and Ding’s attention is glued to you.
by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 2346

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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
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by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 89
Views: 9024

Re: Get me out of training level!

Well shoot, Xan. It seems like we have had a lot of long term bad luck here, not just you, but Dresseur, Straigthforward, and Hot4 too. And that’s just the horses. Poor Kyra’s mom! Hang in there. One thing about horsewomen is, we don’t give up easily!
by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I never use to find cantering or galloping to be scary until my late 50’s after a bucking running fall with several broken bones (it was a neighbor’s horse not mine). I was 57 when I got Rocky as a 3 yr old. I’ve never let her run and have been over cautious about any kind of speed. My trainer knows...
by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 163
Views: 4678

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Kyra’s mom, YAY! I think you’ll be back in the saddle one of these days.
by demi
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 163
Views: 4678

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

It has been a little cooler than normal here, but it’s Texas so it’s still HOT. We are going to do a lot of walking for the next two months. My trainer even said this is a good time of year for walk work. I guess I could set riding in the woods as a goal this time. It is shady and the grass doesn’t ...
by demi
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

May and June GOALS: Continue with 1 lesson per week. did this except for one week when we had severe thunderstorms and another week when I was in Michigan. Ride 5 times a week: 2 on trail, 3 in the arena including my lesson ride. I rode 21 times in May and 17 in June, but in June I was gone for a w...
by demi
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Aww, sorry you’ve got the blues, Mountaineer. 17 isn’t really that old by today’s standards, but maybe it’s just old enough to feel the affects of age off and on. He sounds a lot like the the way I feel myself. Some days I’m stiff and a little off, or gimpy, but once I get going the stiffness goes a...
by demi
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Dresseur! I am so glad you’re “back-ish”! Totally agree with Mountaineer that we need you back riding. Some of these injuries can take a long time to heal. Hang in there. These 2 month goals and progress threads are the best. I just quickly skimmed back over the previous page and laughed where Chant...
by demi
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

My lesson on Tuesday was interesting wrt “analyzing” my trainer (haha). She gave the lesson while riding the same horse she used in my lesson the previous Tuesday. We warmed up together and when I picked up the trot, I thought “wow, this is a REALLY nice trot!”. I know trainer was watching because s...
by demi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I cant seem to get away from this board this morning! I have two minutes left before I have to go, but I read Blob’s last post and I wanted to tell her not to worry! You are not out of your league. I know this from your posts and pictures. I have more to say but no time now. I am sure others will ch...
by demi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I find this thread very interesting. I did some trainer analyzing in my lesson yesterday ;) and when I have more time I want to write about it here (again!) Writing this stuff out is so good for me...
by demi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

demi wrote:Thanks for the pictures, Goldhorse! He’s a handsome boy, and that tail!! I will enjoy watching that team on their journey.



I should add that Goldhorse is a big part of “that team” :)
by demi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I had a lesson today and wrote a long post and then lost the whole dang thing. I’m going to bed!
by demi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Thanks for the pictures, Goldhorse! He’s a handsome boy, and that tail!! I will enjoy watching that team on their journey.
by demi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I don’t think there needs to be constant verbal instruction given in order for the trainer to ride through me. In fact, lots of chatter can be distracting. If the work isn't as correct as the trainer feels it should be, then there is going to be dialog. Maybe I'm not as good as others and I need mo...
by demi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Flight, I remember when you started changes with ding. You posted a pic one time and prefaced it with “Don’t laugh!”. I laughed because I thought if had riding him I would have ended up on the ground. I am pretty sure when Rocky is ready for FC’s I’ll have my trainer teach her! The shoulder in thing...
by demi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Glad you posted, Goldhorse. Your journey is just as valid and important as anyone else’s! The only requirement here is that you must post pictures! (Just kidding, but I do love horse pics no matter what level the horse and rider are!)

Also nice to hear from Borrowed Freedom. (Pics, hint hint!!)
by demi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Good job Mountaineer! And the scenery in that second picture is beautiful. I always enjoy your posts. Good descriptions and good attitude. Part of me really wants to do some shows but I know I will have to work at keeping the right attitude or it wont be fun. I did some showing with an Arab gelding ...
by demi
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

PaulaO, I think you’re doing super with MissA. TB’s, especially red mares!!, require lot’s of patience and understanding. I hope you post more often. Bliss looks great! How are things going in your lessons? Will you try to ride with the clinician that comes once in a while? I watched the lessons you...
by demi
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Reporting our first successful trail ride in years.......I quit while I was ahead and praised, petted and rewarded him with peppermints, a nice roll in the sandy round pen, and a shower, followed by an apple and carrot rich lunch snack. :) :) Thanks for posting. I love the way you take care of your...
by demi
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I don’t think there needs to be constant verbal instruction given in order for the trainer to ride through me. In fact, lots of chatter can be distracting. There just needs to be a constant connection between the rider and trainer. A lot of stuff goes on non-verbally when when the trainer is on foot...
by demi
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1904

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I like it when a trainer can “ride through me”. But agree that THEY REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT! It’s like finding any good trainer, you’re lucky when you find one. Even more than just knowing what they are talking about, I think the trainers that could ride through me, were also...
by demi
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More videos from Jeremy Steinberg
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: More videos from Jeremy Steinberg

Thanks for posting this Piedmont. I had almost forgotten about his youtube channel. I have watched all Augie’s previous videos, some of them several times. I look forward to seeing this newest one. Now that I’m in a “new place” with my own horse, it will be very interesting to go back and watch his ...
by demi
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Trainer was on a horse riding in front of me, so I could watch and copy as she explained exactly what she was doing. That is such an awesome help! I would find that kind of teaching very helpful. I've often thought that I would enjoy a semi-private lesson with a similar student or two just so I can...
by demi
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: When you develop a new standard for a gait...
Replies: 27
Views: 1016

Re: When you develop a new standard for a gait...

Today’s ride was interesting and some of what I read in this thread yesterday was in the back of my mind as I was riding. I started with About 10 minutes of walk as usual, but while I was walking, I focused on EQUAL weight in both seatbones, and equal feel in both reins. I was going to the right the...
by demi
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

MC - I read that Demi was in right-shoulder-in, and was weighting her right (inside) seat-bone, and getting the bend around her right leg, is that what you thought?. Demi, I appreciate your detailed explanations, particularly as I'm trying to teach the young-one SI at present, it is a good reminder...
by demi
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: When you develop a new standard for a gait...
Replies: 27
Views: 1016

Re: When you develop a new standard for a gait...

Good topic. My brain is too spent from today’s lesson to respond, but some of the comments got my attention. Tomorrow.
by demi
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Nice reports from all. Congrats Rye and Riot! I think I’d like to trot down the road with SueB. And Blob, You said something about getting both your mind and body on board and I felt like that in my lesson today. I don’t know why it’s so hard to put the two together, but I wonder, if it’s because th...
by demi
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My training with Gunnar Ostergaard
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: My training with Gunnar Ostergaard

Thank you for sharing your lesson, ElaPae. I’ve heard of Gunnar, but never watched a lesson. After watching your lesson, I love the way he trains. He is so steady, so clear, and he obviously liked your mare and he appreciated your own good points. Of course, he mentioned the problems that have gone ...
by demi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 192
Views: 22665

Re: Class of 2013?

Anne, you look like a Texas cowboy saddle bronc rider !!!!
by demi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Schooling show for me tomorrow! Riding the first level test. Of course it's going to rain tonight and I have a white legged horse. Send me some Jingles as I plan the rest of my year. I don't want to see too much on a public forum but I've had some behind the scenes boarding barn stress I just now s...
by demi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2956

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

Demi - I'm working on the same issue as you except it is our left side. Your exercise was very informative as I had forgotten about using the square. I was doing more leg yields on straight lines. However, I tried your exercise the other day (before our heavy rains) and will try again tomorrow. I'v...
by demi
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for


nice video AmityBee. Although I didnt understand your trainer’s language, I could get the feeling of it, especially when she said “Ahhh”!. She sounds like a good trainer! And the video is a good addition to this thread.
by demi
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 11673

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Thank you for saving that guy, Chisamba. You have a good ❤️.

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