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by demi
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: His first x-c experience
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: His first x-c experience

heddylamar wrote:Lol! I do have freakishly long arms!


Ha! Do you have calluses on your knuckles where they drag on the ground!
by demi
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2032

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

SF, maybe a little gin and tonic for Annabelle before her test! Just be sure to give her a peppermint afterwards so the TD doesn’t smell alcohol on her breath haha. Seriously, good luck!
by demi
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 834

Re: Shoulder-in

... So be it, just remember there are many of us who benefit from the few who share their training journey. We would even benefit from MC! ;)... Thanks for pointing that out, Sue B. I have benefited from many of the pic/vid posts. I have also benefited from MC's criticisms and I think she has a goo...
by demi
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 834

Re: Shoulder-in

Wrt stalking, I apologise, I overstated the case. I do think that some one was being picked on specifically over more than one thread on more than one topic. We like to pretend we are all convivial and supportive but there are certain pairs of posters that you can guarantee I'd ons says something, ...
by demi
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 834

Re: Shoulder-in

...I think if you really add up how many rides your trainer has done on Rocky, it isn't as many as you're recalling. Based on your posts, which I read, there is no way that mare can be fit and strong enough to be working shoulder-in (and especially haunches in) a whole long side... I reallly added ...
by demi
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 834

Re: Shoulder-in

My trainer has been riding Rocky for 8 1/2 months, once a week for the first few months and then every other week since then. She started SI several months ago and just did a few strides at first. Yesterday was the first time she did the whole long side and it was very steady. The angle was the same...
by demi
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 518

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

I want to add that just because this is the course I am taking with my own horse, doesn’t mean that I dont see the value in other methods. We are individuals and so are our horses.
by demi
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2032

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

My goal for this time is simply get back in the saddle. Hoping for 4 days a week by the end of August. We have had 11 days in a row of over 100 degrees but that is normal for us. I feed by 6:30 and ride by 8 and with just one horse it works. Rocky had a very good lesson with the trainer yesterday an...
by demi
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 518

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

What I think MC may have been looking at, is how Rocky look s a little contracted around the withers , so the neck shows elevation without a corresponding degree of lowering of the haunches. You were there and know your horse, so you know if she looked to be honestly recycling the energy, but that ...
by demi
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 31
Views: 355

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

Shoo fly leggings. Valley Vet Supply. I tried all different kinds of leg protection for Emma and these were the best. I was very skeptical at first but they turned out to be way better than any of the others. I leave them on 24/7, turnout and in the stall. I can easily lift them up every day to chec...
by demi
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 518

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

...MC, my guess is that this is the more elevated frame that Rocky can now spend some time in vs. the starting frame---but I'm sure Demi can explicate if she desires. Sometimes that change of frame is a real challenge to balance and thoroughness... Yes, Piedmont actually looked at the other recent ...
by demi
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic

Not sure which of the two SvD threads to put this in, so just picked one :) On p. 94 of “Balance in Movement”, she describes the effect of the thumb position on the wrist. In theory, I can see why this is very important, but when I go thru the exercise, I can’t feel any difference in whether I hold ...
by demi
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 518

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

Is this the posture you lunge (and ride) in all the time? Do you ever have the horse stretch down? This looks posed to me and not connected, sorry. I do lunge and ride in different postures, including stretching down. My trainer knows I have been lunging in sidereins. She rides Rocky every other we...
by demi
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

So I have just two things to add for May/ June: 1.) Video at the end of each month. 2.) Enjoy my riding. I will also continue to enjoy everyone else’s progress! I do enjoy the variety on this board :) I agree with Straightforward, the last two months have just flown by! I had a few unplanned circum...
by demi
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 518

why I find lungeing helpful

I have been lungeing for the last 5 weeks, 3-4 time a week, 15-20 minutes at a time. I lunge in sidereins and am getting a better feeling for how to adjust the length. I am working only at trot. The first three weeks were just spent figuring out the length of the sidereins (yes, it took me that long...
by demi
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic

I'm just over halfway through "Balance in Movement". It is not a quick read, at least for me. I haven't even been riding for the last 5 weeks so am not able to try things out. One of her "Maxims" that I highlighted was "Being moved, not moving actively, this is the motto!&qu...
by demi
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

No time to read the article you cited ATM, but the quote is very interesting, even more so since it’s from SA. Thanks for posting.
by demi
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic

Thanks for sharing these notes. I am reading SvD’s book at the moment and the notes make more sense as I read the book. Her stuff is not all easy to understand and I have to scratch my head a bit. But once I get what she is saying, it makes a lot of sense. The illustrations in the book are so helpfu...
by demi
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I am lunging Rocky in side reins 4 X a week, for about 20 minutes. She looks good as far as how she is moving and how her body is developing. She is getting steadier in the bridle, and her rhythm is also steadier. I’ve started to do trot lengthenings on the lunge and she is understanding what I want...
by demi
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

And once again, I am impressed with Miro. In spite of the lay off, he continues to look stronger and in better self carriage with every picture. I like how he steps under himself. I might get flamed for making the next comment, as I am only a bunny, but Miro’s way of carrying himself has a lot to do...
by demi
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

GHS, thanks for sharing the pic of Shandy. It’s really quite lovely, and even more so because you’ve shared the journey with this board, and I know how much of yourself you’ve put into her.
by demi
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Ding looks fabulous! And you look great, too, flight. I love that Ding looks so freely forward even in the highest of collection. If he looks this good now, I can just imagine how good he’ll look as he reaches his full strength.
by demi
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 874

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

Dressage takes little physical effort on a well trained horse, which is why riding a test becomes so much more about mental effort than physical. That is totally incorrect. How would you even know unless you rode a well trained high level horse? I agree with MC on this. Riding dressage well takes b...
by demi
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 805

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I started thinking about "riding the feeling" when piedmont first mentioned it in one of her JS posts. I was confused because I believe I do ride the feeling. It used to rile me when some instructors would say "if it feels good you're doing it wrong!" because with a few BNT's, in...
by demi
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1088

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I am trying to imagine two horses trotting side by side at exactly the same tempo. One is quic behind, the other is not. In the same amount of time, the “quick”horse will close up the angles in the hip, the stifle, the hock, and maybe even the pastern, and the non quick horse will only swing his leg...
by demi
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1512

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added

I watch your progress and appreciate that you share it! I have no doubt that you are on the road to producing some really nice FEI work with Bliss. I wish I had some helpful comments other than just positive reinforcement. I understand the “reflection of a moment in time” thing very well, and factor...
by demi
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Progress is good on this board, and it’s obvious that even though the bad stuff happens, things have a way of turning around to the good again....if we hang in there. Dresseur, Miro is looking great. The mare, too! I can see why you are getting excited about her. She can really step under herself wi...
by demi
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1088

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

Interesting article, thanks for posting it. (I guess i need to subscribe to DT, after all ;) )
by demi
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 805

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I am looking forward to your personal reactions and notes, Piedmontfields! Learning about SvD came about at just the right time for me. After your initial post, I ordered her “Balance in Movement” book (arriving tomorrow!). Then I read some more posts and your post about her background, and I cant b...
by demi
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 805

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I just googled Susanne von Dietze because I had never heard of her before. ...You must not subscribe to Dressage Today magazine, because she does a piece on analyzing rider photos. ... You’re right. I used to get “Dressage and CT” many years ago but didn’t like it after it became “Dressage Today”. ...
by demi
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 805

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I just googled Susanne von Dietze because I had never heard of her before. The first thing I clicked on was a book by her on balanced riding and there was an illlustration of a skeleton on a horse in a dressage saddle!! Since I have recently had my first experiences with physiotherapy I have been th...
by demi
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/35426611_434311506994664_2092329713799266304_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=d455ef74be5fe9580b1011b3b78dbc3a&oe=5BAC47C3 https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/35413506_434314406994374_682638120591556608_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=7fdd115203da7e4adee20d6...
by demi
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Planning Rides

Imperini, ride planning, and how to do it, might become more obvious when you move to your coach’s barn at the end of the month. My riding routine has changed since I’ve been hauling in to a trainer every other week. I watch what the trainer does, and look for things that I think I can do myself, th...
by demi
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Rocky was completely off work for 19 days with my injury. Fortunately, we have nice big pastures so she has been on all day turnout. On Tuesday I was able to start lunging her. She has a lesson on Monday so I will at least get in 5-6 lunge sessions before the trainer rides her. Hopefully, my injury ...
by demi
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I try to keep up with everyone’s progress here even tho I don’t always comment. Sometimes things are slow on the board but other times there are so many posts (some longish) that it takes me so much time to read and try to understand, that I don’t have enough time to make a thoughtful comment. I lov...
by demi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Update/Chisamba thread
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: Update/Chisamba thread

He looks much better in the second photo. I love seeing horses as they start to bloom, and your work is making a very nice difference in George’s appearance. He looks happy enough in the first pic, but he looks engaged in the second pic. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more pictures in the ...
by demi
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1512

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

http://www.arrowequestrian.co.uk/erikarticle4.php While not about lateral work an horse types, this article by Erik Hebermann covers tuning different horse types. It's a quick read but full of some of the best advice on tuning a horse to the aids. It has some great insight on horsemanship and discus...
by demi
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

Rocky is a cozy pal and a coworker. I have almost always picked hotter horses so that getting them to put out physical effort doesn't take much physical effort on my part, nor do I need to be a taskmaster. I am not a taskmaster by nature. I really enjoy dressage, but it isn't the most important part...
by demi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2888

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

https://austin.craigslist.org/grd/d/4-yr-old-bay-roan-aqha-gelding/6597099483.html Not yellow, but colored. Not cheap, but not WB expensive. Only 4 and he looks athletic. He’s in Texas although not close to you. Seller has videos so it might be worth just having a look at them. Some QH’s are very at...
by demi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Kyra's mom, you're not JUST on the back of your horse! You are RIDING! And IMO, you are doing dressage. Your contributions to this board are thoughtfully written and valuable to an amateur like me. I am fine with being simply an amateur dressage rider. I consider myself meek, but I do not just nibbl...
by demi
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Hoping June will be better for me and Rocky because May didn't turn out as I had planned. The goal was to video (iPhone taped to the fence to be more accurate!) my ride yesterday but I haven't ridden or even lunged since May 22. My piriformis seems to be getting better but the leg is weak and I have...
by demi
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: More leg? Not really...No

My experience has been that sometimes "more leg" means use the leg more often, not necessarily stronger. Years ago,I had two horses that were opposite in temperament, that I rode at the same time. They were the same age, 13, when I got them. One was big boned and a little lazy the other wa...
by demi
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2888

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Any quarter horse people willing to help me out with some bloodlines? There’s a nearby breeder who has a couple potential prospects for sale— Mr San Peppy/Dual Blue Boon bloodlines. Looks like cutting breeding to me. Any experience turning cutters (unbacked) into dressage horses? Ok, this is JUST O...
by demi
Wed May 30, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Seniors...will you buy another when....
Replies: 132
Views: 15082

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

Josette wrote:https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDetail.asp?HorseID=50426&UserID=11582

I enjoy watching this trainer/rider's videos.


Thanks for sharing that. She lives in Texas but Ive never seen her ride until that video. I really enjoyed it.
by demi
Wed May 30, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)
Replies: 46
Views: 1209

Re: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)

musical comedy wrote:If I were younger and a better rider, I'd grab this one. Dutch Harness Cross Filly Yearling.


Be still my heart ❤️
by demi
Wed May 30, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fussiness with bits in double bridle
Replies: 16
Views: 520

Re: Fussiness with bits in double bridle

piedmontfields wrote:
Ponichiwa wrote: Trustworthy over soft, and the softness comes with the consistency.


I need to repeat this like a mantra and DO IT!!!!


Me, too!! And in I’m still in a snaffle. Soft just always seemed so important to me that I put it first especially with the sensitive types I have always ridden.
by demi
Tue May 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Mountaineer, thanks so much for the advice and info. I have an appointment with my primary care phys on Thursday. He is a very thorough dr and will refer me if necessary. I am hoping there are no disc or spine problems. Sciatic pain is a killer!!!! Flight, Ding looks so good! I love that you do so m...
by demi
Mon May 28, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I’m off my horse for a while. The pain from my sciatic nerve got so bad we went to an urgent care clinic yesterday. I got predisone and pain pills. I feel SO MUCH better today but I need to give the muscle that was irratating the sciatic nerve a rest. I’ll lunge Rocky 4 times this week and then she’...
by demi
Mon May 28, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 40
Views: 2270

Re: Get me out of training level!

Congratulations Xan! Thanks for sharing

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