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by kande50
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

SI is the cornerstone of collection because it is like weight lifting. The horse must be strong to be able to bear more weight behind and take shorter, more articulated steps. I think that may be the part I've been missing (shorter). I get too focused on keeping everything the same (tempo, rhythm, ...
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

Who rides in full SI? Never heard that one before. Full si as in true si, rather than in sf. Its about the inside leg and outside shoulder more than bending. Something else I was thinking about re: the stepping under of the inside hind. Why do we want the inside hind to step under more when the goa...
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

Ryeissa wrote:
It's not passage-like.


Which is why it seems odd to me that it's called a passage-y trot.
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

My first horse, an Arab mare did this, slow in the hind leg. She was from park horse lines, so they weren't selecting for the "carrying" hind end so much, more of a split in the back. . . . She had great freedom in the shoulder, she could look very pretty doing so. . . My horse has 2 Arab...
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

Tsavo, I believe that it's genetic, but it can also be taught - particularly if you're not careful when you teach a horse to passage or add passagey steps into the trot. I think Ding was showing that in Flight's latest video, and I know personally of a lovely PRE that was taught early on to take pa...
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

Yes, my new filly does this naturally. She just has springs in her legs and this is her equivalent of a jog albeit, head up and back dropped. When I push her forward from behind, the head comes f/d/o and you can see the circle of energy connect. Riding her forward enough when she's just starting US...
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: When you condone the torture-murder of journalists
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: When you condone the torture-murder of journalists

[quote="Tsavo"]Lettered people say this administration is heading down the path to fascism. Germany didn't see it coming either[quote]. So many are aware of what's happening but either refuse to believe it, don't care, or can't stop it. I don't believe that the majority are ignorant of whe...
by kande50
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5773

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

It was really windy and a sign was blown over and Ding saw it happen out the corner of his eye and jammed the brakes on. I hate it when that happens. You go to all the trouble to get to the show and then the tent, or something, blows over and scares the crap out of your horse and ruins your test--a...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 18
Views: 214

Re: Regaining confidence

I also think I was approaching it as fear when it wasn't. I just didn't feel good physically. In my case I knew it wasn't fear because I know what fear feels like. I was just tired, and the whole problem with getting old is that then we never know if fatigue is age or disease related. And now inexp...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 26
Views: 350

Re: Lesson rant

Me too because sometimes you just can't believe that a person won't do the right thing. I used to "assume" that people would do the right thing, but I am long over that now. Providers sometimes make the same mistakes the consumer does, by not asking enough questions. As in, what kind of l...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

The horse is too slow in the hind leg. It does not take a lot more energy to do this. What takes more energy is actually stepping under and carrying his/your weight. This avoids that, he's pushing out behind, not stepping under and carrying. This is why you're schooling those curved lines (in a str...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

Straight horses are sound horses, as are horses that get off the forehand and don't pound the front legs. Yet so many dressage horses break down due to back and hind end issues. In fact, hind suspensory fails seem to be a common problem in dressage horses. Don't know if it's true or not, but better...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

With regard to horse stiff sides being left or right sides, I attended a couple of Gerd Heuschmann clinics. He expressed a theory and he stressed it was just a theory based on observation that horse sidedness is genetic as is right/left handedness in humans. What he had noticed while doing clinics ...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Jaw flexions
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Jaw flexions

Philippe Karl has some good vids on this, and other stuff, too. I like his vids a lot because he's good at breaking it all down into small steps, and doesn't only show the best attempts with talented horses and riders, but instead demos it with a variety of horses and riders so you can see what it l...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 26
Views: 350

Re: Lesson rant

Perhaps also suggest auditing a lesson first to see if their "style" matches what you are looking for? As well as asking if the lesson would be taught by jumper rider or someone else. I totally understand your frustration and disappointment in the lesson, such as it was, that you got but ...
by kande50
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 26
Views: 350

Re: Lesson rant

I have visions of him turning into a giraffe underneath me as the judge stands up as we enter and then the looky loo moments whenever a grey horse comes into view. I found out last Sunday that he seems to be mesmerized by pintos as well. I just keep on filing all the information away for later use....
by kande50
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

In re club foot, that is very clearly to me a shoulder ROM issue and that ramifies to straightness. It may, or may not be primarily a shoulder issue, as whatever it is, it most certainly affects the way they place their hinds, which may very likely affect the way they use their back and who knows w...
by kande50
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

The passagey thing has got to be genes. Didn't he always do that? Look at the difference between the first pass coming down the long side and past the blue barrel, and the other passes. The first one is the example of the stiff trot. The rest are his normal trot. The stiff trot is fairly subtle on ...
by kande50
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What I did yesterday
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: What I did yesterday

That's how I've always ridden out (give the horse the reins and learn to ride what he does). I always felt that over-controlling the horse to make it easier to stay in the saddle was a missed opportunity to develop a more secure seat.
by kande50
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

Yeah very much the passagey trot and not in a good way. Sting is not going forward and is using this half trot half passage to reduce the work load. I don't think this has anything to do with conserving energy, because I think it actually takes a lot more energy to do this than to just trot forward...
by kande50
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Re: Hovering?

I'm thinking he's just bracing a bit against the bend and so slows down and drops his back? I could be wrong. What happens in walk? That's my take on it, too. He doesn't do it in walk or canter because I've only ever rewarded him for it in trot. I liked it at one time because it was so up, and beca...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Calm trail horse turned evil bolter on longe
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: Calm trail horse turned evil bolter on longe

First time they do that I give up on the lunging until I can find a place where they can't do it, because once they learn they can for some reason they will. Don't know why? Maybe they get dizzy? I know that things that didn't bother me when I was younger can be quite disorienting now (late 60's). A...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 55
Views: 3999

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

It's always in the direction I want the horse to bend although exaggerated sometimes and of coures looking down too... Of course, as my focus is always on my hands and the horse, so naturally I look down. :-) Although I think that might be getting better as we've started moving forward more freely,...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Video of Rudy
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Video of Rudy

I really appreciated the vid, and what you’ve done with Rudy. The conformation shot was an eye opener! Some of us work with “less than ideal” conformations, temperaments, and conditions, and it is nice to see what can be done in those circumstances. Hoping that you will be riding again soon so we c...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 65
Views: 1063

Re: Musings on leg position

Same as Demi, plus my saddle has external knee rolls (BC Vinic X, picked because it fit the horse not for the external rolls) I cannot ride with short stirrups. I can ride with shorter stirrups, but that just allows me to brace my thighs against my giant thigh blocks and I don't want to do that so ...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

I also, (I suspect many lefties are like this) don't automatically know my left from my right so there's always a beat where I have to think when someone says "right rein!" which drives some instructors nuts--when I was a kid it was always "inside" or "outside" and I c...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 314

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

I had an instructor in college, and old cowboy no less, who taught all his students to practice everything from both sides. We learned how to mount from the ground and practiced it from both sides, we led from both sides, bridled from both sides, etc..., and luckily, it stayed with me so I had plent...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 18
Views: 214

Re: Regaining confidence

Sue B wrote:Since then, I have not allowed ANYONE to dictate my level of confidence in myself and my abilities.


Hear! Hear! We are who we are, and they are who they are, and if we don't mix well then, bye, bye.
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 18
Views: 214

Re: Regaining confidence

demi wrote:I also really get riding with a trainer who doesn’t really understand your horse. I got lucky and found one who does.


You are lucky, because I think we get fussier about what we want as we gain experience, because we've already figured out what doesn't work for us.
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 23
Views: 304

Hovering?

Crappy video, but I'll get another one with a better camera and lighting next time. Looking at it from this angle (I usually put the camera up higher so I can get more area) it looks like he's hopping more than hovering. It's in about the middle of the first pass when we start to turn to go around t...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 18
Views: 214

Re: Regaining confidence

I think it would be helpful to take lessons from any good, repeat:GOOD trainer, just to get on a confidence builder. Of course, working with a dressage trainer is the best, but they dont always have the right school horse. I got lucky. I would like to hear of others experiences. My problem was less...
by kande50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 55
Views: 3999

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

Kathy J, my instructor is always telling me to rest my chin on her poll...and believe me I try...I just have so many bad habits. I could have some arthritis in my neck, probably do from years of pruning Christmas trees and looking up...but I think it is mostly habit...sometimes my neck gets very ri...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

it should not actually slow down. The tempo of a (GOOD) piaffe should be the same as the tempo of a (GOOD) passage, should be the same as a (GOOD) extension, should be the same as a (GOOD) collected trot. The energy level should increase because of the shorter, higher arc. I'm glad I asked, because...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My Horse's Favorite Author is Robert Munch
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: My Horse's Favorite Author is Robert Munch

As long as they don't mess with the tractor. I had to start taking the key out of mine because they just had to go down and poke at it, and they turned the key on one time and drained the battery.
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 235

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

I'd be uncomfortable with wearing pac boots in a stirrup. The big lugs can and will catch on a stirrup iron. We don't use them with irons because we've never been able to find irons wide enough. I don't ride in the boots with the lug soles, either. Sorel, and probably others, make boots with what's...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 55
Views: 3999

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

Backyarder wrote:Worked on canter today...no where near perfect but we're trying...I'm trying hard to be a soft but effective rider . I have a lot to work on.


Haha, don't we all. :-)

One nice, or sometimes not so nice thing about Morgans, is that I've never had one who was shy about taking a contact.
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

So, lateral work by nature tends to suck some of the forward out. Also, if you happen to have a horse that likes to hover a bit in the trot, they can't hover and stiffen in the back when bending is introduced, so I find that those horses like to slow more than others. Mine lifts his entire body and...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

What a change. I went from CO when I was in college, to California for a few years, and now I'm back in MA again, but I have an indoor so can't use winter as an excuse if I don't want to ride in the winter. AFA the lateral work, I've been trying to do a few steps of lateral work, and then going righ...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 19
Views: 308

Re: My hay delimma

For an old horse (I have one of those too - she is picky, and 29), I get hay pellets - alfalfa timothy mix, and soak them with beet pulp... It is more expensive - except there is NO waste. I feed one of mine a pelleted complete feed, and while I haven't figured out exactly how much it costs, I don'...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 235

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

Unfortunately, if I were riding, (which doesn't happen in the fall/winter for me much, see -40 note above lol), I would have to take them off to girth up. As long as the rest of me is well enough insulated so that I'm warm, then I can take my gloves off for long enough to get stuff like that done. ...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hey, there, folks!
Replies: 23
Views: 346

Re: Hey, there, folks!

fallingwaters wrote:I figured it out and am here too. I missed this crew like crazy!


Yay!
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 235

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

AIn the winter I usually ride with a larger stirrup to allow for the extra width of winter boots. Same here. I wear arctic pac boots with the felt liners, and they need to be a bigger size than I normally wear so there's enough extra air space. I have some extra wide stirrups I think I ordered from...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 669
Views: 102526

Re: "What's for dinner?"

They did the same... Adopted an older bitch (approx 5yo) who did not fit in with the breeders' other dogs, and went on waiting list for puppy. The older dog was an absolute delight and fit in to their house really well. They collected 3mo puppy then found out only days later that the bitch had a la...
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hey, there, folks!
Replies: 23
Views: 346

Re: Hey, there, folks!

You made it! Welcome back, and I hope the others who expressed interest will be here soon, too.
by kande50
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Teaching a horse how to learn
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Re: Teaching a horse how to learn

Horses already know how to learn, as does every organism.

Didn't watch the vids, but just guessing from the title, what he may be demonstrating is how to teach patterns (behavior chains) that the horse can learn to recognize?
by kande50
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 669
Views: 102526

Re: "What's for dinner?"

They are away for 2 weeks in the USA and have a 5mo Airedale terrier. My sister got a ~3 month old Airedale pup to go with the one she got from the same breeder two years ago, and I just got an 8 year old ChihuahuaX for my mother. So it must be all kinds of fun and games on the days my sister is th...
by kande50
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 737

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

I think there is a ton of sexism in barns. If z mare does anything at all, she is marsh, bitchy, a slut. Or whatever insulting gender related term. Not such thing with geldings. I'd a gelding pins his ears, oh he is unhappy. If a mare pins her ears, shes a bitch. I've seen it hundreds of times. Thi...
by kande50
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 27
Views: 239

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

With the seamsright, I bought the Lite Box Quilt. I loved it. I have one still unused that I saved for showing. LOL, showing that will never happen again so I may as well use it. I just starting using my white pads for everyday too, and if a miracle happens and I decide to go to a show again then I...
by kande50
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Collected trot - more cadence
Replies: 13
Views: 187

Re: Collected trot - more cadence

Kande that's what it feels like at times, when he comes up more in front. It is a big effort for him though! That's what I'm discovering, too. I thought my horse was naturally well balanced for dressage because he rears easily, so I thought collection might be easy enough for him. But now I'm not s...
by kande50
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 793

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Beorn wrote:
.. and complain bitterly.


I don't complain about the cold because I want to save it all for summer because I hate the heat so much.

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