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by demi
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Good video on tense horses

What a coincidence that you posted this vid, khall! A friend of mine just got a new horse, 10 yr old half-Andalusian, who is proving tense and difficult. She found him on Craigslist and he was previously a rescue. My friend is not interested in dressage but I told her about KR’s vids and she said sh...
by demi
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 122
Views: 2184

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I'm in the same boat as many here. Rain, cold and high winds yesterday and since I can't longe I didn't ride. Today is colder but no rain or wind. I'll turn her out and ride later. I want to ride every day now that she is rehabbing but the weather and circumstances prevent it. Oh well, I'll take wha...
by demi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

heddylamar wrote:
...I LOVE running in sub-20 weather!! If it’s snowing, I’m running. If it’s sub-20, I’m running....


I love this. How I wish I still had that youthful exuberance. But I can still feel it through heddy’s posts :)
by demi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: US Dressage Finals
Replies: 13
Views: 268

Re: US Dressage Finals

I agree, Chisamba, it was a very respectable ride. She ended up in 9th place. I could tell she was happy with her horse when the test was done. She almost didnt go because the travel is hard on him and showing is out of her comfort zone. Getting to the finals takes a lot of effort as I know many on ...
by demi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: US Dressage Finals
Replies: 13
Views: 268

Re: US Dressage Finals

No. She was before him.
by demi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: US Dressage Finals
Replies: 13
Views: 268

Re: US Dressage Finals

I sent pm’s to Piedmont and Flight but not sure if they went through. Looks like they are in my outbox...my trainer is riding GP open tonight at 9:07 EST.
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: US Dressage Finals
Replies: 13
Views: 268

Re: US Dressage Finals

9:07 Lexington time
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: US Dressage Finals
Replies: 13
Views: 268

US Dressage Finals

Anyone else watching live stream?
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ex-trotter owners? Horse moving too much upward
Replies: 26
Views: 377

Re: Ex-trotter owners? Horse moving too much upward

Another hearty welcome! I am just an amateur so I don’t have any advice on this one, but this is a nice, supportive board and I hope you like it here. I hope you post some pictures!! I personally enjoy all pics, not just the training ones!
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 328

Re: Another theory question

Thanks for clarifying that, Ryeissa. Suppling is something I dont have a natural feel for and this video just made it very clear for me. I have watched a few of Karen Rohlf’s vid on suppling and tried some of the exercises but for some reason the JS vid just clicked. Who knows what will turn a light...
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 328

Re: Another theory question

Did anyone watch the JS suppling video on the Rudy thread? I found it very useful and think it’s pertinent to this discussion. I think it would be a good exercise to personally get on video and then post for helpful critique (yikes!!!). When watching the the vid, I couldn’t see every little thing th...
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Video of Rudy
Replies: 17
Views: 553

Re: Video of Rudy

I think it’s a great video! Very good explaining. I need this vid!

Thank you for posting it, Josette.
by demi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

My carb craving is gone! I first noticed it last night. I go to a lively Bible study every Thursday night and every single time when I get home I am so wound up (in a good way!) that to calm down I eat.Carby stuff. Last night I came home and just settled down with one glass of low carb, very dry, sa...
by demi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

If I try to go too low carb I eat a lot of calorie dense fats. I do not count carbs but only eat vegetable carbs, no pasta, rice potato bread cereal carbs, but I eat squash, veggies, carrots, and leafy greens, no counting. I measure blood sugars because I am diabetic and those Atkins bars are fake....
by demi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

Good for passing on the doughnut and ice cream SF! Yes, interesting about my doc. He has said for years that keto, if done right, is healthy. It’s just so freakin hard.He also thinks a lot of gluten intolerance has to do with the way wheat is grown in our country. He never exactly explained that to ...
by demi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 122
Views: 2184

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I’m up to 8 minutes of trot with Rocky. Not all at once, but a couple minutes at a time. She is more on the forehand than before, and was for the whole ride. I wasn’t pushing to get her off the forehand, but allowed it because she has only been trotting for a week or so. During the last two months o...
by demi
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

Ha ha! Don’t get derailed by the holidays!!! I know to well that it only takes one cookie to derail me, let alone crazy holiday eating! BAD holidays!! BAD!! My doctor is really into the keto diet, and my reaction has always been that it is just too difficult. He has reccommended books for DH and mys...
by demi
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 510

Re: Side Reins!

I think of the above photo as double longeing. When I think of long lining, I think of the handler being behind the horse. I like both double longeing and long lining and have done it with Rocky. It took some time to get her used the the lines touching her, especially in double longeing with the lin...
by demi
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 122
Views: 2184

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Beautiful Exvet!! In the canter pics he looks like a German Riding Pony! All the pics are good but I especially like the last of the 3 pics you posted on the young horse forum. In that pic he has quite an expressive front end without losing the engagement in the hind leg. It’s especially nice consid...
by demi
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 578

Re: Canter

It looks like Sting is working with you and that’s a good thing. Personally, I place a high value on having a good partnership with my horse. I had a thought about the difference in the segments where he canters only a few strides before dropping to trot, and the segment where he maintains the cante...
by demi
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

Haha Mountaineer! I feel the same way. My family goes nuts over them but not me.
by demi
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

Good for you SF! A partial bottle of wine is a good deal. I opened a bottle while making dinner and FaceTiming my mom. Mom was supposed to have wine with me tonight but my sis is visiting her from Chicago and they are stuffing huge artichokes. Mom said wine would make her tipsy and sis would get mad...
by demi
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 44
Views: 677

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

C2AC8F6E-9F3C-4DF0-94DF-841D593B2826.jpeg My precious Emma. Just took this pic today. I was hoping that since the summer weather has turned into fall, that she wouldn’t have to be suited against flies to go outside. I left the sheet and leggings off for two days and she had she ended up with bites....
by demi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

Sheesh, i just re-read my post above and I imagine some having apoplexy over the fact that I said “No backward hands” is just a rule! Before I get jumped on, let me say that I KNOW the dangers and problems of backward working hands! It is a GOOD rule, and I try hard to keep it, but sometimes, being ...
by demi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

Very nice photo essay, Chisamba ! Thanks. I think part of what I like so much about what you’ve accomplished here, is that you’ve stuck to the principles while allowing for your own, and Kimba’s, individuality. (I think this board is unique in that we have a lot of individuality) Anyway, I think rul...
by demi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 19
Views: 486

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

Chancellor wrote:I think your horse might be lame. Just look at how he is standing.


She probably uses sidereins!
by demi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

My lesson today was almost all on the rein connection. Last week, on the same horse, I felt I had finally gotten a good rein connection and we were able to do lateral work (leg yields and a little halfpass) as well as work on lots transitions (trot-canter, canter-trot, trot-walk, trot-halt...fun stu...
by demi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 19
Views: 486

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

They look ok to me. But I’m wondering, is your horse a little on the spooky side?
by demi
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

Nice pictures and description, SF. Thanks for posting. Lots to think about and analyze here. I will try to get similar pics with Rocky soon (yay! Soloshot!) Although no canter for her yet, i think I will be able to see a lot about my rein length now that she is trotting again. The trainsitions, and ...
by demi
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 122
Views: 2184

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I am in this time, but just barely. I will aim for getting Rocky rehabbed. She has had 2 months of just walking and now I am adding trot. I will add more trot gradually, and in three weeks if she is still sound, I can add some canter. I am hoping for her to be ready to get back to full work by the e...
by demi
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8791

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I didnt have any goals this time so no report. Rocky is rehabbing nicely. Today we did our third day of adding 5 minutes of trot. She feels really good to me. I am glad i was able to give her turnout this whole time. I think, and so does my vet that has known Rocky all her life, that she probably go...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8791

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

We really go through the wringer with these horses, don’t we!? Hot4spots, I feel for you and your boy. I sure hope he ends up in a good, if not better situation. At least he has you looking out for him and that’s a good constant in his life. Dresseur, that doesn’t look too bad. Just remember that yo...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

And the young auction horses go very steadily under riders with vertical upper arms. (PLEASE NOTE: i am not advocating lots of lunging in side reins, and I also understand that NOT all auction training practices are good!). Yes, but as I wrote above, you're pointing to an example of someone that ri...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

Obviously this topic is on my mind! I agree that, in general, it should be easier to keep a vertical upper arm on a purpose bred horse, than on one not built for the job we have in mind. Rocky is half quarter horse and built down hill. I almost relegated her to trail a few years ago because I found ...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

I ride with a vertical upper arm when neutral, I would release forward as a reward or to lengthen the neck without lengthening my reins. I also release slightly forward before the half half, and yes, I half halt using my rein too. So rein length. An instructor had us negotiate a pattern where we we...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

I just want to add that I would be very happy with SF’s connection, and I can see the change from the beginning of the lesson to the end. I think that you are working on the issue much the same way I do, and that is, to keep harmony while figuring out what needs to be done. I think your trainer is d...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

... If the horse is very steady and together, I think a vertical upper arm makes a lot of sense. However, young horses have a larger range of motion of their head and neck while learning to balance, and engage, so I think the vertical arm ideal is unrealistic at least until collection is started, o...
by demi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 1133

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

I have been dealing with this lately. It is a complex issue. I am much more comfortable with my upper arm parallel to my uppper body and my elbows at my hips, but to do this, I seem to end up with too long a rein. When the rein is too long, as you mentioned Hilda said, I tend to have to break at the...
by demi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 33
Views: 577

Re: Regaining confidence

With the air bag vest, I wondered if the hiss of the inflation might scare an already scared horse and he might kick at the sound and kick the rider. Horses are so freaking quick and athletic.
by demi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

I have a love/hate relationship with logging my food. I love data and the apps have a lot of fun ways of looking at the data. Like graphs and charts of cals, macros, weight, and more. And then the charts and graphs can be manipulated in various interesting ways. But I hate collecting the data, even ...
by demi
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 33
Views: 577

Re: Regaining confidence

This is a good thread. It shows a lot of individual differences and the different possibilities that exist. I think it is great that Chantal’s trainer has so many different horses for her to ride. Since she has a youngster, and a big one at that, it can require a lot of different riding abilities. B...
by demi
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: For red-headed mare owners...
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: For red-headed mare owners...

I literally laughed out loud!
by demi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Red Headed Mare
Replies: 27
Views: 390

Re: Another Red Headed Mare

She is very, very cute and perfect for you! And I am not biased toward half Arabian mares! (Well, I do happen to have two half Arab mares!) This is interesting: the pic is right side up on my iPad but upside down on my MS surface. The easiest way for me to post pics is to post them on Facebook first...
by demi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My horse and his little goat family
Replies: 15
Views: 358

Re: My horse and his little goat family

Awwww, nice picture! Thanks for sharing.
by demi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense
Replies: 91
Views: 1286

Re: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense

... I'm not sure what preaching about science to a group of well-educated, middle aged, and I'd daresay left-leaning dressage riders does to advance your purported cause... OMG SF! leaning to the left is why you drop your right shoulder! If you think you’re dropping the right shoulder because you s...
by demi
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Safe Sport
Replies: 24
Views: 558

Re: Safe Sport

Thanks for the heads up. I need to start thinking about this if I want to start showing next year.
by demi
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8791

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Sorry SF and khall :( Hopefully both mares will heal up just fine. Rocky is ready to rehab! Vet said she looks great. He said 3 weeks of gradually increasing the trot work on straight lines. I can trot her on the long side of my short dressage arena, but not around the corners yet. If she holds up f...
by demi
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2145

Re: Accountability

Mountaineer, you sound like i feel. Sorta. Mine is more of an angst than torpor. But the extra poundage contributes to the angst. I hope the encouragement on this board will help us all. Got up at 4:30. DH ate at 5:30 and i had to refrain from eating. I wasn’t hunrgry but have the tendency to eat ju...
by demi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8791

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Beautiful, Chisamba! and I don’t see any tension in your face, just lovely concentration.
by demi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 33
Views: 577

Re: Regaining confidence

I think the right horse is essential and knowing oneself. Agree and agree. But both getting the right horse, and knowing oneself, are not necessarily easy things to accomplish. It can take much time for some (most?) of us. That’s why, for me at least, I think it was important to learn how to enjoy ...

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