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by kande50
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Obsession
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Another Obsession

(to follow on the training board thread) It's morel season! And yes, yesterday I was lucky enough to go morel hunting on horseback. :D We find them here from the middle to the end of May, and sometimes into the beginning of June. They're too small to see before the second week in May, and usually g...
by kande50
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Classical Piaffe
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: Classical Piaffe

Bouncing up and down has to do with the balance (ie like tapping on top of the croup). Horses 'spin out' behind when they are over postioned laterally, sort of like a motor boat. When I see a horse going consistently btv I then look at the hinds to see what they're doing, and I don't believe I've e...
by kande50
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Classical Piaffe
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: Classical Piaffe

I totally disagree that the horse's ability is necessarily seen before that exercise is developed. There are horses that actually need piaffe in order to develop correctly. If the croup is bouncing higher rather than lowering more, that's obvious long before the horse gets to piaffe. I can see it i...
by kande50
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Classical Piaffe
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: Classical Piaffe

I have seen horses which no one look at twice do lovely piaffes, they are the bloom on the rose. But they come from training toward lightness in hand and self carriage --- and that can never come from compressed outlines and torqued curbs. mho if we look at what the hind end is doing in all the mov...
by kande50
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 737

Re: Various Training Topics

calvin wrote:Observation, but not sure if it is important. The line from bit / hand / shoulder in the photos is straight. Very straight.


Excellent observation, Calvin.
by kande50
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 737

Re: Various Training Topics

Someone mentioned the SRS and Phillipe Karl. Karl's whole school of legerete is based on doing the demi arrets and releasing - bringing the hand up high and often wide to lift the base of the neck. A quick search of him will show him with a broken line at times. I had to go to a clinic to figure th...
by kande50
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

you know what Kande, you are right, and perhaps that is the one thing that carries forward from clicker training into dressage, identify the target behavior, decide if it has been offered, reward, choose if you need to refine, re establish or can go on. Exactly. So to avoid Kimba anticipating, i ha...
by kande50
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rules and they way the mind thinks
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Rules and they way the mind thinks

PS - when I dismount off my quiet horses, I kick both feet out of my stirrups, swing my right leg over my horse's neck and slide off "Indian Style". It makes me feel like such a rebel. :lol: It's just so much easier to learn the rules, no matter how stupid, and conform to all of them inst...
by kande50
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 68
Views: 737

Re: Various Training Topics

I think being able to touch some point in front of the saddle without needing to move the hands much is a good teaching tool to try to get a rider to use less hand and more seat/leg, because when I'm trying to get my horse to do something that I can't get with seat/leg I do sometimes try to get it b...
by kande50
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Returning to topic if I may. Kimba continues to do well when I focus on not only my aid, but how she has assimilated that aid, and communicating it more simply and clearly if she has not. I am employing the same technique in my teaching and riding other horses. It has been so successful and so enli...
by kande50
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

So this is my baseline for 2018. I can't seem to let go of my need to get him to bend more on the corners, even though I keep trying to convince myself that it's likely not a great idea to try to get him to bend just as much to the left as to the right. So my goals for this year are to continue to w...
by kande50
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

It doesn’t. I was not unaware of the curling, so I momentarily lift my hands to bring him back up. Not sure what exactly was going on, and I only noticed this once when I was riding yesterday, but when Sting put his head down it seemed like he was trying to figure out what I wanted rather than evad...
by kande50
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Look the fact that your hands are not always in position tells me you are probably correctly responding to what your horse is telling you given how crazy my GP instructor's hands were when riding a crooked rehab. This. Making ourselves even is what eventually makes our horses more even, but trying ...
by kande50
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Last night sitting on the couch with the dog on one side,the cat on the other, a glass of wine, and my laptop, I was all gung ho to video today....but the day turned out chilly and overcast and all my motivation disappeared. I did manage to ride but the thought of dealing with the vid was just too ...
by kande50
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior
Replies: 12
Views: 137

Re: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior

I fed a lot of pelleted complete feed last winter, both to the toothless wonders and the hard keepers. The tooth challenged are both late 20's so not yet having problems keeping weight on, nor are they on free choice complete feed, yet. They both quid their hay. The old guy, who could eat hay, was o...
by kande50
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Hot4Spots wrote:Anybody else have any suggestion re a SEVERE lamness that has jumped from right leg to left leg (a month or more apart between) and disappears in 24 hours??


Sounds just like Lyme (or another tick borne disease) to me, but I don't know if you even have Lyme, or ticks, out there?
by kande50
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

It's a balancing act and I am challenged. Me too, but my plan is to just continue to get as much as I can get without feeling like I could be further damaging my already damaged (club footed) horse, continue to focus on the details instead of trying to take shortcuts, and be satisfied with what he ...
by kande50
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

This sounds like what I call "forward HHs". It is the only HH I was formally taught. The rest I had to find during experimentation. I was thinking that it sounded more like what some call riding with a forward hand rather than a forward half halt, but it could be either because neither te...
by kande50
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I think we need to consider ground and/or in hand work as our pre ride check list. My DH is a private pilot, he would never get in a plane and fly off without doing his pre flight check list. I can only hope that it's not a pre-flight checklist, but mine consists of leading my horse around the ring...
by kande50
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Emma
Replies: 68
Views: 9014

Re: Emma

demi wrote:So a month ago I found Ashley, a talented 21 yr old NH trainer,


Fantastic! Sounds like a win-win all around. Looking forward to pix.
by kande50
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How do you introduce spurs?
Replies: 12
Views: 396

Re: How do you introduce spurs?

The rule requiring spurs at FEI while simultaneously allowing toy spurs at FEI is in the running for dumbest rule. So many rules, and most of them dumber than dumb. How about Rule #1: This is what the horse should look like when he's doing such and such correctly, and Rule #2: Train the horse howev...
by kande50
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pysanky anyone? (Ukrainian Easter eggs)
Replies: 14
Views: 427

Re: Pysanky anyone? (Ukrainian Easter eggs)

In that period when I didn't ride, I produced just over fifty pysanky. LOVED doing it. Last winter was the first one in decades that I didn't ride all winter, and I enjoyed it so much that I think not riding may become a new winter tradition for me. :-) Course this last winter was worse than most s...
by kande50
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

....So, basically, I'm riding forward - and trying to learn how to push him out to the bridle. In my lesson, I felt glimpses of him drawing out - and that paved the way for a great weekend of riding ....., she was telling me about how when she has him where she likes him, there is a pulse in his ba...
by kande50
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pysanky anyone? (Ukrainian Easter eggs)
Replies: 14
Views: 427

Re: Pysanky anyone? (Ukrainian Easter eggs)

Really nice, and I like the idea of bleaching the brown eggs. Someone I worked with did Pysanky and gave me a kistka, which I used to draw on eggs in non-traditional ways. But my kistka went under years ago and never re-emerged so I've been painting eggs instead of drawing and dyeing them. In fact, ...
by kande50
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 742

Re: Extended Walk Questions

When I start to push too much it can become a bit hurried and not as supple, so it's a fine line to balance it. I usually get 7s. My instructor made a good point in my last lesson, which was that I shouldn't be pumping my seat to get a longer walk. I said that I felt like I was following the walk w...
by kande50
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 742

Re: Extended Walk Questions

i love how certain people can criticize everything but never attempt to demonstrate anything Way better, IMO, than posting videos of cramped up, btv horses who couldn't sit and lift their forehands if their lives depended on it, because their riders have been convinced by the submission police that...
by kande50
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I was really tired yesterday evening from non-horse things, and didn’t feel like riding. But I decided I’d just get on to stretch out my legs and hips, and also just to get in my 5 X/week. Well, I ended up having a really nice ride. Good for you to get out there at all. I think it gets harder and h...
by kande50
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 742

Re: Extended Walk Questions

A horse should be allowed to bascule/telescope within the walk. The horse in that video is pecking/nodding up and down, and for me is over tempo, but with overstride, yes. Interestingly enough when the horse (at about 2:30) goes to collected it merely shortens but is not collected. I would postulat...
by kande50
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Stormy Daniels - Mot what you think.
Replies: 12
Views: 491

Re: Stormy Daniels - Mot what you think.

I am not being snarky, however, when I say I really would like to ask her what kind/where she buys her sports bras. I'm not being snarky either, but I think if they're sewn to the muscle underneath they're much more stable. Not that I'm implying that they are sewn in, but when they are they do stay...
by kande50
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What to do... horse at home, or horse at boarding stable?
Replies: 13
Views: 521

Re: What to do... horse at home, or horse at boarding stable?

I've always thought that if I had to board I'd just plan to go out and spend time with my horses every day. It would still give me a lot of freedom because I wouldn't have to go, but on the days that I could I'd work it into my schedule so that I didn't just stop spending time with my horses because...
by kande50
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 238
Views: 5877

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I think I will continue to get more fit but I am still am carrying around 15-20 extra pounds. If I could lose it, I would have more energy. It's like carrying around a small dog ALL the time. Ah, but because you're carrying the weight all the time you may actually be stronger, and have as much or m...
by kande50
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: cheap but decent video camera
Replies: 46
Views: 1276

Re: cheap but decent video camera

Sometimes I forget to turn on both cameras, but it doesn't matter because I almost always remember to turn on one of them. And they're easy enough to transport and set up that I do it almost every time I ride, so I end up with plenty of footage. I've used a lot of different editing programs and ther...
by kande50
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: cheap but decent video camera
Replies: 46
Views: 1276

Re: cheap but decent video camera

I have 3 Sony Handycams, but the two more expensive models are ten times the camera that the cheaper model is, even though they only cost about twice as much ($500/$250). The cheaper Handycam records to an internal hard drive, but the quality of the video is crap compared to the other ones because i...
by kande50
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 7236

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

heddylamar wrote:You need lots of snow sliding off that roof Dresseur, make it a non-event!


And there lies the problem with the snow sliding off the roof.... I've often thought I should just record it and play it over and over again all winter until my horses got used to it. :-)
by kande50
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 7236

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

I realized that my SI and HI were very dependent on the fence, so am doing them on the quarter and centerline. Centerline is harder for me than quarterline so today I set the camera up at A. What and eye opener!! :shock: It is in some ways, but when you're using a single lens (instead of two eyes) ...
by kande50
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 1831

Re: Needlefelting project

Love them!
by kande50
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 7236

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Well darn. If you lived close to me I’d free lease you Emma. I just can’t manage enough energy to work two horses and Emma is getting the short shrift. Maybe your trainer would like to sit on her during your lessons? Rocky would likely be happier trailering with a buddy, and your trainer might be a...
by kande50
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 2436

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

I think people forget that the subject of their outrage is a person too. A person with feelings and emotion. We are all human, we all make mistakes, and I would challenge the person who has *never* treated an equine unfairly at any point in their life to throw the first stone. It sure as hell won't...
by kande50
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 7236

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

I also keep an eye on the horses-for-sale sites because I'm a glutton for punishment. Found a palomino Gelderlander/Hanoverian yearling that I want real bad. Talk me down! Do it. Don't wait. Ride as many horses as you can as often as you can so that you'll never look back and regret playing it too ...
by kande50
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles
Replies: 16
Views: 580

Re: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles

I'm now a believer in the saying " There's no such thing as too much truck". I'll say. We bought a GMC 4500 in 2003 because we were going to a lot of wagon trains back then and liked to put a wagon in the back of the truck (with camping gear and feed for a week) and tow a 16' trailer with...
by kande50
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: George Morris weighs in on alt vet med, inter alia
Replies: 71
Views: 1982

Re: George Morris weighs in on alt vet med, inter alia

Now they go straight to woo woo which never used to be the case and doesn't help a damn bit as far as anyone can show. That is the point Morris was making and I agree with that also. *Some* may go straight to woo woo, but they may be the ones who wouldn't have called the vet, anyway? What more, IMO...
by kande50
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Reading For Comprehension
Replies: 11
Views: 749

Re: Reading For Comprehension

Facebook has become a centralized repository for the Internet lynch mob. It's only going to get worse, which is why I post less and less. My strategy for those who extrapolate wildly from what was written and then answer their own extrapolation as if someone else actually said it, is to ignore them...
by kande50
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Vets that DO NOT euthanize your animal
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Re: Vets that DO NOT euthanize your animal

I was never more angry about anything in my life and i still do not understand why it was done that way. And vets wonder why we insist on staying with our animals. I understand that only a few vets are untrustworthy, but there's no way to know which ones they are. A friend who runs a rescue had a v...
by kande50
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Position as it relates to effectiveness
Replies: 48
Views: 2082

Re: Position as it relates to effectiveness

d'endrody quote "Lack of easiness in the hands is the greatest disadvantage of riding, and it causes a high percentage of the difficulties encountered by the rider. Therefore it is of utmost importance to free the hands from the least rigidity." okay, vent over, sorry Easiness is a good w...
by kande50
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 1499

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Would be interesting to see what other horse populations average using similar methodology. Are pasture pets or trail horses just as lame as this sport horse sample? My gut says that after a certain age, stiffness will show up regardless. Now that would be interesting. It's a shame that mri's are s...
by kande50
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tomato Cheese Cauliflower Soup
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Tomato Cheese Cauliflower Soup

PaulaO wrote:Did you a grilled cheese sandwich to go with it?


I put enough cheese in the sauce that a cheese sandwich would have been redundant, but did have toast with it, with butter, which is probably why I'm gaining weight. :-)
by kande50
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: This is coastal Virginia - NOT Wyoming!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 521

Re: This is coastal Virginia - NOT Wyoming!!!!

It always seems odd when our weather ends up in places it shouldn't be.
by kande50
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tomato Cheese Cauliflower Soup
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Tomato Cheese Cauliflower Soup

Just this morning I was thinking I should make some soup on the wood cook stove, because it certainly is hot enough! And then when I came in from chores I was looking at facebook and America's Test Kitchen had a recipe for tomato soup, which I never make, (tomatoes=summer; soup=winter). But the reci...
by kande50
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Nuts and body memory
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Nuts and body memory

And do you know how hard it is for me say that I"m 60? Not out of ego, but because I'm really not sure when and how that happened. Okay, now let me tell you about my aches and pains! My lack of drive has developed slowly enough that I've been able to see where I was headed, so was able to avoi...
by kande50
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Nuts and body memory
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Nuts and body memory

I still love nuts but my hands ache and my old skill is definitely limited. Probably why I use a hammer and a pair of pliers. I've noticed the same problem with squeezing the nipper handles, though. If I don't wear thick gloves, blood vessels in my fingers pop and then those fingers apparently don'...

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