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by demi
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 21
Views: 532

Re: My Situation

Oh MC, I just now saw this. I have no words. My heart hurts for you. I feel like I know you from the training forum and I have come to respect you and care about you. I know it took a lot for you to express your situation and I hate to think of you alone and scared. Your situation is even harder bec...
by demi
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I have to properly assess my progress wrt my goals but don’t have the energy at the moment. I did ride 17 times in January and so far 17 in Feb. I’m loving my weekly lessons but am still on the school horse. The weather has just been too yucky to haul Rocky. I’m following everyone even tho I’m not p...
by demi
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)
Replies: 25
Views: 874

Re: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)

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Our rescue girls Poppy, 2 years old, and Pip the Boston terrier, 8-10 years old.
by demi
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I cringe every time we get a report on Miro, and can only imagine how Dresseur feels. Just remember he is young and youth is a good thing when it comes to healing. Plus, the partnership has already shown to be two quick studies, so once you get started again, you'll be able to make up the lost time ...
by demi
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1812

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I’m not trying to argue, but to clarify my own thinking. And also to help in how I communicate on this board. When I think of a driving seat, it isn’t like “polishing the saddle”. And maybe it’s just a problem of my own, but I don’t like that discription of a driving seat. I don’t think it’s possibl...
by demi
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1812

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I edited the above post but it doesn’t show tha I edited it. I dont know how to make that happen
by demi
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1812

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Communication is so difficult sometimes. Words can be confusing, and I wonder if we are often talking about the same things but don’t know it because the words aren’t right. Or something. I like to ride the abdomen up not the back down. .... To use my seat for medium canter I simply lighten my seat ...
by demi
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes

Yes, thanks for taking the time to post the notes, Blob! I like Conrad Schumacher, too, and think he gets some beautiful work out of the horses and riders he teaches.
by demi
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1812

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

From the article (and quoted by Piedmont): “A good rider drives mostly with his seat and his whole body, but his driving is invisible. “ So, to me, the swinging hips and driving seat must be in complete harmony with the horse, and wouldn’t cause him to hollow and slow down. Swing hips and driving se...
by demi
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1812

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I cant chime in with wisdom or experience, but I would be very interested in a little more explanation of when you take your lower leg off. Is having your lower leg on like a neutral position? Or is it like your leg is on because you’re in gear, but taking it off is like stepping on the clutch to mo...
by demi
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I just spent close to an hour writing a detailed post on my lessons for the month of January and when I went to preview it, I lost the whole thing! I’ve been training with my trainer for a year and three months now and in January the lessons started getting really interesting and very satisfying. In...
by demi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm going to have to come up with a means of getting Junior on video again. One nice bonus with where I am taking lessons currently is that they have mirrors. I was able to see just how expressive and cadenced Junior is becoming at the canter in my lesson yesterday and it was to the LEFT! which is ...
by demi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Flight wrote:
ETA - Yes, he's more into the bridle in a snaffle but can be a bit heavy for my liking :

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He looks fabulous, even though he does look like a handful!!
by demi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans

I’m getting vicarious pleasure out of this thread. Thanks for sharing. I get tempted to rescue a donkey or mini horse every time I read these threads. Thankfully seeing all the pics is satisfactory to keep my from getting one!!
by demi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

I don't disagree with your guidance, Chisamba, but I know that I struggle to do it especially in canter left. My body is not equally flexible or supple on the left and right, nor does it have equal physical history from 5+decades on earth. I'm much better in trot---maybe because it is a symmetrical...
by demi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

heddylamar wrote: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


This thing is so cute!! I tried to make one like it but don’t have key that makes the sideways smiley mouth.
by demi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Mari, thanks for sharing your recent experience with Odin and lessons. I have a lesson this Wednesday and the weather looks perfect for taking it on Rocky (as opposed to my trainer’s school horse). I have been a little worried about her first lesson back after her injury. I haven’t been able to ride...
by demi
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!

Dashiell Hammett

And my fav: Dashing Danseur
by demi
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

Very pretty pic SueB! It makes me hear jingle bells in my head.

I met my simple goal for this thread. Rocky is rehabbed, and I did weekly lessons on my trainer’s school horse. It’s so much fun to have easy goals!
by demi
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Bit clinics and changing it up...
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: Bit clinics and changing it up...

Boerne, I fell for the marketing and tried a Tota bridle on Emma, too. It didnt make any difference so now I use it on Rocky. Not that Rocky needed a special bridle, but they are nice bridles and it will be nice for showing!
by demi
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I’m in the boat with all the others who are having rainy weather. It really puts a damper on riding (boat/damper- haha). Rocky is fully recovered from her torn suspensory and is ready to rock and roll, but I just havent been able to with the rain. Goals for Jan/Feb: Ride 4-6 times a week Self video ...
by demi
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6279

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Sorry you’re having loading problems heddy, but it will get better. This is probably just coincidence, but the only horses I ever had trailering/loading issues with were mares...they are so stubborn. With Rocky, the biggest help was having my trainer load her several times. But another thing that wo...
by demi
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: goals and how to achieve them and what even are they?
Replies: 17
Views: 678

Re: goals and how to achieve them and what even are they?

Loved that video and I am not even a big jumping fan! What a pair! That is real trust between a good horse and good rider.
by demi
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

Haha Mountaineer! I quit reading it after the 3rd page because of all the drama! I had to go back to figure out who you are on that board! I agreed with your comments, of course! I was glad I went back to it because there were some more good comments worth reading.
by demi
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

It’s been a week since my last post and I’ve only ridden Rocky twice and worked Emma twice. I had big plans after I got back from staying with mom in Michigan for a week, but I promptly got the flu/cold. And that in spite of getting a flu shot. I doubt I’ll get a video by the end of this thread whic...
by demi
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: Year In Review

Blob, I missed your post as I was posting another. I love these stories of sticking with horses that are challenging. Aren’t they all challenging, really? Your mare, with her active hind leg is really a neat horse. You’ve done well with her so far and I hope to hear more good things in the future. T...
by demi
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: Year In Review

I think you and Pal are a good pair, Imperini. She has had a lot of big changes and that would bring up training issues for a lot of horses and amateur rider/trainers. As Chisamba suggested in another thread, be kind to yourself, and take the pressure off for a while. I think you’ll figure out how t...
by demi
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout
Replies: 12
Views: 586

Re: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout

If I remember right, she isn’t a high energy horse so that might make it easier for her. She may be just fine on 5 days a week working and the one hour turnout on the other days. Could you play some games with her, like clicker training when she’s on her turn out? I was in a situation very similar t...
by demi
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: Year In Review

Good thread idea, Tuddy! Thanks for starting it. The biggest event of the year for me has been being in a regular training program with a trainer that is right for me and my horse. I started with her late in 2017 doing weekly lessons and then backed off to every other week. She rode Rocky for a lot ...
by demi
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

I am also interested in Piedmont’s new bit. Emma has had head shaking issues and I’ve tried a few different bits. Her problems are complex. I am figuring them out, but can see trying some different bits in the future. I don’t think the right bit will be the complete answer, but it could make an impo...
by demi
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

Almost two weeks left for this thread so maybe I’ll get a video before the end. I am pleased with Rocky’s recovery. I am also reminded of where we were 4 months ago, in terms of training , before the injury. The few rides I’ve had since she has been cleared to go back to work, have all been in the a...
by demi
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!
Replies: 14
Views: 572

Re: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!

Sweet picture, Chancellor!
by demi
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself
Replies: 28
Views: 931

Re: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself

Flight, my mood too, used to be impacted a lot if I had a bad ride. When I use to ride more than one horse, having a bad ride on the first horse of the day would often spill over on to the next horse.Now, I can admit that it’s largely my own attitude. I think I finally have the best attitude I’ve ev...
by demi
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself
Replies: 28
Views: 931

Re: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself

It’s a lot about connnection for me. I want to feel connected and in tune with Rocky. I want a softness and a harmony, and I want to be able to have her power as if it was my own. I’m going for the feel these days, and worry less and less about being correct. I think it has to be correct enough if ...
by demi
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself
Replies: 28
Views: 931

Re: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself

I’ve been thinking, too. Maybe age has something to do with it, but I realized a while back, that I don’t need to be as critical of my riding as I tend to be. It’s a trap for me, and maybe a lot of us, that I obsessive about the things that are important to me. I tend to over focus and over do. But ...
by demi
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

I’m not complaining ;) but I sure wish we could see a pic of your new mare, MC! I know I’ll like her. I appreciated your training posts, but they would be easier to visual if I knew what she looked like. Just sayin.... I’m anxioust to get back into real work with Rocky. She’s ready to increase her w...
by demi
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 139
Views: 5728

Re: Accountability

Tuddy, we must have the same breeches! Mine are stupid, too!!! Especially my white show breeches. If the white ones weren’t in such excellent condition (I didnt show much) I’d just throw them out and get myself some smart breeches.
by demi
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

The App Store says for iPhone, iPad and I touch, so probably not.
by demi
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

After playing with the app some more, I definitely like hearing the test as I watch the diagramming. This is way easier for my visual self than reading. Also, the little horse body changes shape and color. Yellow and short for collection and white and long foe extensions. The color gets more yellow ...
by demi
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

Best wishes for all the recovering horses! Rocky is still in rehab stages, but I can so relate to not being able to ride her. Time passes slowly as they recover...
by demi
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

I cant compare to Equi-tests, but Test-pro seems really neat, to me. I don’t know if it is available for android, yet.I like that it has intro and training levels in both small and full size arenas. In the App Store you can get a preview which will give you a better idea than what I can explain. Whe...
by demi
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

Thanks for the encouraging responses on hauling! This is what I needed to hear. I very much appreciated the people on this board. I will plan on hauling her weekly to the lessons. Since she is recovering from the torn suspensory, I’ll start every other week for the first month, and then go to weekly...
by demi
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 2419

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

Wow, MC. I cringe just looking at it!

(That mare looks like my Emma!)
by demi
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11357

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

Sorry to read about all the horse and rider injuries and all the weather related problems, but at least we keep on keeping on. Rocky appears to be recovering from the torn suspensory. I added canter last week and it feels very nice. The 25th of this month will be the 4 month mark since the injury an...
by demi
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 17
Views: 831

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: 332
Views: 11357

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: 139
Views: 5728

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: 677

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: 677

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: 677

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.

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