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by demi
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

Mountaineer, that is a lovely, lovely picture of you and Laddie. You look so harmonious together and he looks very focused on you. Thanks for sharing. But now I want more pics!!
by demi
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

A week off hasn’t hurt my mental state, I am really excited for my next lesson, but physically, at my age, I am wondering if I am able to do a full lesson. Is your lesson a full hour, and if you feel like what the instructor wants you to do is too much is she okay with taking more walk breaks? We g...
by demi
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

Oh Sue!!!! Dang it. I am so sorry. Take the time to heal and hopefully you’ll be riding again soon. You didnt mention any broken bones, so that’s good. I’m sure you know that hairline fractures may take time before they can be seen on X-rays. Please keep us posted on how you are feeling and doing. Y...
by demi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

I’ve had a week away from any riding whatsoever. I plan to walk on Rocky today and tomorrow and then have a lesson on trainer's horse Wednesday. A week off hasn’t hurt my mental state, I am really excited for my next lesson, but physically, at my age, I am wondering if I am able to do a full lesson....
by demi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

Chisamba, thanks for sharing your progress with Kimba. The latest pic is really nice. I get a lot out of reading what you are doing with her. Your explanations are clear, and the pictures add even more to your explanations.
by demi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

Nice work, Rosie! Good pics and video. I liked the canter pics in both sets of pics you posted. Do you get any comments about his canter? Because I think he has a good one. You and Bliss look so nice together. I know some people aren’t interested in “looks”, but personally, I love really nice visual...
by demi
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

I’m in Michigan for the week taking care of mom. Watching her at almost 90, I can see myself in the future. It makes me want to keep as fit as possible so I can ride as long as possible. Travel, as many of us know, adds a hurdle to dressage training. I don’t have a horse to ride here, so I am going ...
by demi
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

Tio is looking good! I can see the potential. Thanks for sharing.
by demi
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

Bliss looks very good! He’s definitely developed since the last pics you posted. He looks more stretched into the contact and his carriage looks more articulated, which I think that would show up as more cadenced in a video. Thanks for sharing!
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

I am interested in adding lateral work, even on bending lines, to Rocky’s walk program. I would suggest running this past your vet. Usually, any lateral work (even at walk) is not recommended when rehabbing a suspensory injury. Thanks, MC, I will do that. I just planned to do “light” lateral work. ...
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 386

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

I just want to add that I do find Karen Rohlf’s vids on lateral work very helpful. She explains by breaking things down into small components, and then shows each component on video. Unfortunately, online training, even as good as KR’s is still not as helpful for me as a good trainer in real time, r...
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 386

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

One of the things I noticed about my trainer when I very first went to watch her ride and train, was that her lateral work was fluid and lovely to watch. In one of her lessons with Betsy Steiner, Steiner had her do a series of lateral movements (on her GP horse) that I couldn’t even follow the instr...
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

... When I had a horse like to walk for six months, I prioritized walk. I would not have unless the circumstances forced it... Yes, since I am forced to walk Rocky for a while, I have to think about things I might not have otherwise. Maybe this is partly why I was so intrigued with the NO vid that ...
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

... Here is Nuno Olivera using lateral on bending lines: https://www.facebook.com/diamond.harmony.1/videos/552136068202844/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDg2MTU1MzU3MzoxOTI2ODMxOTk3MzU1NTAw/ That was a beautiful video! I hadn’t seen it before. The facebook poster of that vid quoted something from Oliveira that I app...
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 424

Re: Accountability

Have kept carbs under 50 grams per day for two days. I feel better already. It’s one of those thing where I have to get over the hump before it starts to get easier. Chisamba, I think the dog has moved on. She came back for the food the first morning and then hid the dish is the bushes. Poor thing. ...
by demi
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

I had a good lesson today on one of my trainer’s horses. I will be taking weekly lessons until Rocky is sound. She gave me a good workout which is what I wanted. It took me the whole lesson to get her straight at the trot, but by the end it was very enjoyable! When on the left rein, I needed to keep...
by demi
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 642

Re: Musings on leg position

Thanks for all the responses everyone! Very interesting discussion thus far. The more I reflect on this, the more I really think that this more forward leg could work for some body types, but not others. I'm tallish 5'8" and while I have plenty long legs, I also have a decent length torso and ...
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Thanks for that vid, khall. I need to watch it about a thousand times.

Kande, i agree one may not need to be able to describe what one feels, but I want to be able to describe it so I can understand it. Otherwise it will be hard to improve...i dont know.
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 642

Re: Musings on leg position

This is an interesting thread. I think this board is getting good at discussing stuff :) I can’t add anything right now because I’m obsessing over how to improve the canter seat :o :shock:
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 642

Re: Musings on leg position

Chisamba wrote:My niece is an endurance rider. She is lean, light and fit. She spends much of her ride in the stirrups.

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Then I forgot to attach the picture lol.


What a great picture!! Thanks for sharing.
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 386

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

Yes, for me finding a person with a philosophy and approach you want to emulate applies not just to riding/training but also to how the individual treats horses and people! Exactly. That’s why I listed all those things about my current trainer.There are so many different things involved in make a g...
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

.... demi to me in this pic the up beat is on the downswing, moving from first footfall to second diagonal pair. It is as the horse engages the outside hind in the air as the horse begins the upswing in the canter stride, as the outside hind grounds (which is the collecting leg) the horse is elevat...
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 424

Re: Accountability

Just checking in. I wasn’t hungry so resisted eating breakfast. I had to really resist because I made a nice omelette for DH and could have had half. It was just egg, ham, and cheese which would have been a good protein breakfast. But I wasn’t hungry. ...then everything went upside down because when...
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

So I can know what others are talking about: what "beat" of the canter is this, or how does one describe it? I think of it as the first beat, and the "up" beat is just starting. I am pretty sure that my hip angle is just starting to open and that when the right front and left hin...
by demi
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

I’ve never really thought much about this before, but I think my hip/thigh angle opens (in other words, my leg gets longer) when the outside hind starts to come under me. As it leaves the ground, I stretch up and tuck my seat a little. Is that the up beat? If so, then my hip opens not on the down be...
by demi
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 386

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

I would also like to take a short course from Andrea, especially since I know so much about her training from Dresseur’s reports. The trainer I have been with for almost a year now is just what I need. There are some things that I find valuable in a trainer and some that I find absolutely necessary....
by demi
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 424

Re: Accountability

Oh, BTW Chisamba, I noticed in your more recent pics that you looked like you were losing weight. I just didnt say anything because it’s a personal thing and I always fear saying something that might make someone uncomfortable. You are doing great and I’m inspired by your effort!
by demi
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 424

Re: Accountability

I’ve not been doing well in diet or exercise over the last few weeks, so I came to this thread right now to get motivated. I should have delayed breakfast this morning because I wasn’t hungry but I caved in when DH was making toast out of some nice bakery English toasting bread (that’s the point whe...
by demi
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8889

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

Great picture of Riot! Thanks for sharing.
by demi
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

I just plan to ride Rocky at a walk for 20 minutes 5 days a week while her suspensory tear heals. I will be out of town one week this month and another week next month but that’s ok since I can’t do much with her anyway. I am going to take a lesson on one of my trainers horses this Saturday. I am ha...
by demi
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1299

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

As Piedmont commented, I also think that one handed is a quick way to be very quiet in the contact. It also shows me if I am riding from my seat. Sometimes I get into more hand less seat and I don’t even notice that I am doing it. I want my horse to be working from and paying attention to my seat. T...
by demi
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

I very much like your approach, Dresseur. You are pushing yourself to improve, and you are paying attention to the smallest details. At the same time, you aren’t over-pressuring Miro ( I am thinking of one of the most recent screenshots where you noticed that a deeper seat was pushing him down and h...
by demi
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

.....A friend of mine took her impatient WB up on the hill behind her house and walked him up beside trees and bushes and made him stop and wait while she pruned branches. If I'm remembering correctly, after a summer of that he was not only more maneuverable, but a heckuva lot more patient... That’...
by demi
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

And I’m not saying THAT Is how you canter. It just worked for that horse at that time. I also remember that my seat changed very little from the trot or walk to the canter. The horse felt so nice because he was carrying me. All I had to do was balance on my seat bones and stretch my torso up while s...
by demi
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 791

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

I am enjoying this thread and cannot thank the contributors enough. Especially the posts with pictures and personal experience. I love the canter, but it is also the most dangerous gait for an older, slower reflexes person on flighty Arabians. Of the two half Arabs that i have, one is injured, and t...
by demi
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

I think what is so “neat” about the 20m circle, or any circle, really, is that if you have the horse positioned correctly, and going steadily into the contact, and going at a very steady rhythm, the circle ends up close to perfect. Ok. I am drinking wine. But really, it is so neat to think about. Yo...
by demi
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2390

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

This is probably a side bar, but i had a friend who had the hardest time developing a connection on her horse, she also had a very difficult time with circles. I literally had to buy fourty cones, twenty pairs, and measure a 20 m circle and put it out there and she could barely stay between the pai...
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1299

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

I didnt say firm contact, I said light. And it’s at the walk because walk is all I can do with my horse right now. She has a torn suspensory. But I do want to be able to have a light contact at the walk anyway, just not for a long time.

DH is bugging me to go. More later.
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8889

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

Thanks for the pics, Flight. I always enjoy seeing what you are doing. I follow your progress and appreciate that you share it. I’m glad you found a classical trainer and it will be really interesting to see how you like it.
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1299

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

I fixed the typo MC, thanks for pointing it out. I find it harder to ride the horse into light contact while riding at a walk. MC talks about keeping her horse on contact at the walk in another thread and I can relate to what she said. My horse goes BTL if I ask for prolonged walking on light contac...
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1299

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

A horse won't pull or resist against a loose rein, but they won't be connected either (unless already an established correctly trained advanced horse). ...A horse won't pull or resist against light contact either, so I think we create resistances by trying to get too much too soon, or by trying to ...
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1299

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

And of course, it’s more complex than I can easily explain, and as I was walking the dogs after the above post, I realized that I had left out the part about getting a good response for getting the horse IFOL. Her half hearted response to my leg was due to my ineffective (half-hearted) request for f...
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1299

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

Rosie commented on a pic of me and Rocky ( on the July/Aug goals thread ) that fits into this thread. The comment was that my reins were too long and my hands were too far back. It was a really good call. I had spent the last two days working on this. Rocky was getting behind my leg and heavy in the...
by demi
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 39
Views: 4366

Re: Anna Banana

She’s looking good. You do fit her well and it looks like you’re becoming a team.
by demi
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 424

Re: Accountability

I waste more time drinking coffee and staring into space when I could be jump-starting my metabolism for the day and getting some fresh air. The story of my life, although there was a time long ago when I could get out of bed and get dressed and go out and ride without having to fiddle around for a...
by demi
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8889

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

Wow! Thanks MC! I took her noseband off for the summer because it’s so effen hot and muggy here that it chaffs her thin skinned nose and cheeks. It will go back on as soon as I start lessons with her again. After watching my vid yesterday I thought I needed to lengthen my stirrups a hole but decided...
by demi
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Soloshot info
Replies: 26
Views: 375

Re: Soloshot info

Hayburner, I really like mine and havent had any problems with it. At that price it might be worth getting it for the future. Maybe by spring or summer your mare will be able to go in the outdoor. I don’t know how many units Soloshot has but they are only selling while supply lasts. The Pixio does o...
by demi
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8889

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

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by demi
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8889

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. I rode Rocky 18 times in July and 21 times in August. This is the first summer in years that I rode consistently through July and August. I would have gotten more rides in July except I was out of...
by demi
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Soloshot info
Replies: 26
Views: 375

Re: Soloshot info

The SS3 is working great! I recorded my ride this morning and even tho it was just walking, reviewing the ride was very helpful. I watched it immediately afterwards and as I was watching, I could remember a lot of what I was feeling so that was very helpful. One interesting thing was that I would se...

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