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by demi
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic
Replies: 2
Views: 113

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 638

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: 565

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: 66
Views: 650

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: 79
Views: 1168

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 66
Views: 650

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: 565

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: 565

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: 565

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 196

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 403

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: 79
Views: 1168

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: 471

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: 98
Views: 2420

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 480

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: 98
Views: 2420

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: 14517

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: 34
Views: 882

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: 443

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 352
Views: 7835

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: 2078

Re: Get me out of training level!

Congratulations Xan! Thanks for sharing
by demi
Mon May 28, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2420

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

https://m.youtube.com/watch?ebc=ANyPxKp ... iZ2YR3B58A

She might make a nice dressage horse. And she’s in Texas.
by demi
Mon May 28, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The little things that make you happy
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: The little things that make you happy

Awwww!! Literiding what a sweet post! The pictures made me happy, Thanks. The pic of your black horses side by side in their stalls is worth framing.
by demi
Sat May 26, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

... One thing that I've noticed as I look at photos is that now that he's more up in the shoulder, his shoulder freedom (which was always incredibly impressive) has really become expressive. But, interestingly, now, if you look frame by frame, there are moments that look as though he's got all the ...
by demi
Sat May 26, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

Kyra’s mom and Imperini, I can SO relate to hip pain. I over did my butt and thigh exercises on Tuesday morning and then went on trail ride. The combination of doing lunges deeper than usual, and then riding in a western trail saddle, inflamed some muscle (I’m thinking piriformis) and it is pinching...
by demi
Sat May 26, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

Rocky had a good lesson with the trainer on Monday. She has been going very steadily at home, which is a nice improvement. I just love this new steadiness that I think is coming about because she is starting to understand the program. At the lessons, the steadiness isn’t there, and after talking to ...
by demi
Tue May 15, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 799

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

I am using the app every time i ride now and have data for 8 rides (I would have 10 but twice I forgot to “start” the ride). I think it is quite accurate. I have only done 6 dressage rides and 2 longeing. I havent done any trail or hill work in the last two weeks as I have been trying to build my st...
by demi
Sun May 13, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

What a good report, Mountaineer! You've put in the time and effort, you've done you're homework, you've paid your dues!! and it's paying off. Just thinking about hauling on the freeway in rush hour and driving rain for an hour makes me nervous. And then all the rest on top of it...well, that takes g...
by demi
Sat May 12, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

Sorry to hear about your horse, Hot4Spots. I wish I had something better to say. Ground work at the walk? Or clicker training tricks? But really, a 1300 lb pet is kind of cool. I have a couple of them myself. Emma is a high maintenance, temperamental half-Arabian pet, but I’ve noticed that since I h...
by demi
Tue May 08, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 799

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

I used it again today and found it to be VERY useful for my particular situation. I need to build my own stamina and having the break down of walk/trot/ canter minutes will let me know if I am improving. For now I am just going to try to increase my trotting. When I see significant improvement in th...
by demi
Tue May 08, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

I rode today for the first time in a month. I lost ground as far a stamina. Rode for 32 minutes, all walk except 6 minutes of trot. I was a little disappointed at first that I only trotted 6 minutes, but I wasn’t pushing myself so I need to find out how much trot I can do if I push. I wont be able t...
by demi
Mon May 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

All I can see is a still photo. Which is lovely! I look forward to reports of her progress.
by demi
Mon May 07, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

Rocky had a lesson today and it went very well. It has been a month since my last lesson due to getting the flu, and then having a family crisis. I was so pleased that she loaded in the trailer without issue, both coming and going. I rode her at the last lesson, but since I havent ridden much in the...
by demi
Mon May 07, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7835

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

Nice reports, everyone! Susan, wow. Good for you! I find it very encouraging to read of your progress, knowing how much you’re up against. And I agree, SF’s Annabelle is really looking good. Her pictures and videos do look like a different horse! Kiwi looks fabulous. Thanks for the picture. Mountain...
by demi
Sun May 06, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2284

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

I have a good friend that grew up in a musical family of 7 kids. Two of her older brotheres went on to play in famous bands. She learned how to play the piano and sing as a toddler. By ear. She won singing contests, and fiddling contests along with her brothers. BUT, when she was in her teens, she s...
by demi
Sat May 05, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2284

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

True. So much of what we try to describe is meaningless without visuals, as what one person sees as a good hand position that contributes to shaping a balanced horse, others think is less than ideal. But even with description AND visuals, we can’t always get the full picture. The histories of the h...
by demi
Sat May 05, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2284

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

Of course some of the information is specific only to certain cases, but much of it is just good general information. I highlighted the parts that I personally need to pay close attention to, and then printed it out. It’s on my desk where I’ll see it several times a day and will be reminded.
by demi
Fri May 04, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2284

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

I liked the comments also. They are worth printing out and leaving a copy on my desk to glance at frequently. Thanks for sharing MC.

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