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by kande50
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

I usually ride Rocky on the trails in a western endurance type saddle, because I feel more secure in it. Recently though, I have started riding in the pasture with my dressage saddle and it is so nice to ride in a dressage seat outside of the box. I am thoroughly enjoying my rides, both out of the ...
by kande50
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does your horse use gestures to communicate with you?
Replies: 14
Views: 167

Re: Does your horse use gestures to communicate with you?

I don't clicker train our Halflinger much, but I did capture the flapping lips and put it on cue. The grandkids love it, but they're still learning that they need to wait until she finishes chewing before she can do it again. :-)
by kande50
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 13
Views: 85

Re: Learning from dissection

Dissections can help educate one on soundness issues, which could save one from putting more resources into a horse who is too damaged to be able to do what they'd like him to be able to do (not to mention the far more important issue of sparing horses from abuse). Hard to say whether doing dissecti...
by kande50
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you believe in Karma, Guardian Angel, other?
Replies: 11
Views: 254

Re: Do you believe in Karma, Guardian Angel, other?

Nobody was ever able to claim the prize. Also important to note that all of the contestants agreed that the test was fair before they started it. I think most were probably flabbergasted by the outcomes, because they truly believed that whatever it was that they believed was true. I've been flabber...
by kande50
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 71
Views: 4764

Re: Bronc Dressage

For those who have been zapped by electric fences, which is worse, being hit with a whip, poked with a spur, or getting zapped by an electric fence? Obviously, it depends on the intensity of the aversive, but an aversive is an aversive is an aversive, and IMO, it makes no sense to try to demonize so...
by kande50
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 533

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

My rule of thumb is that everything should be positioned in such a way that when the rider is at the top of their post, they can stand in balance for a few strides. It's a self-correcting test. Interesingly, this happens to me fairly often, but not necessarily all the time. Not sure why not, but wh...
by kande50
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you believe in Karma, Guardian Angel, other?
Replies: 11
Views: 254

Re: Do you believe in Karma, Guardian Angel, other?

IMO, this should be required reading in every school until every single student understands it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Milli ... _Challenge
by kande50
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 268

Re: Saddle Suggestions

khall wrote: So out those shipping costs due to incompetent help at Trumble.


Trumbull Mountain? They have an excellent saddle fitter, although maybe not clairvoyant enough to fit saddles remotely?
by kande50
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 491

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

It's best to always consider the ability and/or stage of training of the horse and rider before offering up suggestions. I think what's useful about suggestions is that it's all information that may come in handy now, or later, either for the op or for someone else. Information has all sorts of use...
by kande50
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 10
Views: 173

Re: How does your garden grow?

I'm getting a few cherry tomatoes from a potted plant that overwintered in the house. I got a couple dozen off it during the winter, but then it died back and had to regrow when I put it outside in the spring.
by kande50
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 491

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

It kind of comes out of sf, as they're already in position for a one rein stop so when they go it's just a matter of not going with them. Something else to consider is that calm needs to come first, before any additional training. So if a horse isn't calm on the ground then there's no sense moving o...
by kande50
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

At the very least I *think* SF when I'm riding, although I'd never try to ride SI all the time, and if for some reason (a horse with more potential to stay sound maybe?) I did want to ride SI more I'd change direction/bend often.
by kande50
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 10
Views: 173

Re: How does your garden grow?

I planted quite a few veggies, but the bunnies and woodchucks have been helping themselves to quite a bit of it. I did get some strawberries before the chipmunks found them, but will have to put a strand of electric around them next year. The chipmunks haven't gotten into the peas yet, though. I hav...
by kande50
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 918

Re: Shoulder-in

Those of us brave enough to post pictures and/or video open ourselves (and our trainers) up to criticism. True, but some of that criticism is of the constructive kind, which can be especially helpful for those who, for whatever reason, don't have a trainer, or aren't sure if their trainer is on the...
by kande50
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 918

Re: Shoulder-in

Of course, I know I can block MC, but that seems like a poor solution to the problem. I don't know of a good solution but I am not going to worry about it. This will pass one way or another. If you think someone is stalking you, ignore them. As long as they don't stalk you in real life it doesn't m...
by kande50
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 918

Re: Shoulder-in

I have no evidence to back it up, but feel like changing the nature of an exercise frequently, whether it's changing the bend or changing the direction, has the potential to be less damaging than doing the same thing repeatedly, even if the repetitious exercise is done for a shorter duration than th...
by kande50
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

Seriously! My horse is neither sound enough nor old enough for me to do a Century Ride (yet), but BO has a 25 year old Trakhener mare....I've sounded her out about borrowing the mare a year or two down the road - assuming the mare is still with us as am I! :D Another friend has a 25 year old Oldenb...
by kande50
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I'm definitely not against PPE's, they have their place. But in terms of long-term soundness, apart from glaringly bad PPE issues, a good PPE does not guarantee long-term soundness. And, conversely, a not-so-good PPE does not mean the horse won't remain sound for its lifetime. The goal of a PPE isn...
by kande50
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

One reason is because their vets tell the not to retire them and to ride more. That advice may be offered in the context of, if the horse has to continue to work then he'd be better off if he was worked regularly? Or, it may be offered by vets who have become so jaded that they've given up trying t...
by kande50
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

One thing I do for my horses is trim their feet, so they never go more than about 2 weeks without a touch-up. I think this is beneficial in that the length and angles of the feet always stay within narrow parameters, rather than being in a several-week cycle of getting long, then a significant amou...
by kande50
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 609

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I am in agreement about more horses failing PPE than passing it. The better diagnostics get, the more obvious it becomes that horses are programmed to hide weakness as much as they can, so by the time they become lame enough that humans can see it they're often way past the beginning stages of lame...
by kande50
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 918

Re: Shoulder-in

I met someone on another group who was a victim of what I think was stalking by a bunch of computer nerds! Her stalkers went so far as to threaten her and her family, and her only recourse was to get off the internet whenever they found her again. Can't remember her name right now, but that was the ...
by kande50
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

Hot4Spots wrote:
My b'day is July 21st. 73. I think the GP ship has sailed....... :lol:


Now it's more about The Century Club than GP. ;-)
by kande50
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

I know I have gone off topic here, but there are lots of reasons many of us non-pros don’t progress faster. I think it is somewhat pertinent to mention those reasons. Personally, I'm grateful that I didn't have the time nor money to immerse myself in horsie activities any more than I did, because I...
by kande50
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

It's been like that for a couple days and there is no break in sight. That sucks. Up here it's supposed to break on Friday, and then highs in the 70's and 80's for at least a week. But more importantly, it should get down into the 50's and 60's at night so it'll be cooler for longer before it warms...
by kande50
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 563

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

The #1 reason I lunge/do liberty work is so that I can see the whole horse, because one of my goals was to learn to see the difference between pseudo-collection and true collection. Now that I'm pretty sure I can see it I might be able to see it in hand too, but I couldn't before because I needed to...
by kande50
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2363

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

I have a friend who retired her gelding, and i told her again and again, humans have mental issues and horses do too, but some how i want to think i can solve Denebs. If you can find the time try some more clicker training with her--not so much as a training method, but as a diagnostic tool. Diffic...
by kande50
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 31
Views: 415

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

I very vaguely remember treating my horse for scratches on his lower hind legs once when he was about 2, and again about 5 years later. Not sure it was the same as what you describe though, because I don't remember any bleeding, and I think I probably would because both his back legs are white. I di...
by kande50
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 563

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

I happen to think that not every time a horse builds muscle should it have to carry weight. However I also believe posture, carriage and balance are not improved with liberty work. I think the benefits from liberty work are more about coordination and balance than muscle strengthening, although of ...
by kande50
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 563

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

My disclaimer is I am not an experienced lunge person or ground driver. Same here, Josette. I'm not good at lungeing, nor do I want to get good at it so I don't do it. Maybe if I was grounded and couldn't think of anything else I wanted to learn how to do I might do some lungeing, but I have about ...
by kande50
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A big whine
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: A big whine

I don't like having mine out at night because cars have gone through our fences before, but when it gets too hot and/or the flies get too bad I let them stay out at night. A neighbor's horses got out at night and got in the road and they were both killed.
by kande50
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 843

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

their genetics??? Are you saying religiosity is genetic otherwise the parents made the decision to live this life and the children have had it foisted upon them. none of it genetic What I'm saying is that there may be no such thing as free will, and the decisions people make are already predetermin...
by kande50
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 843

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

I can judge the parents. If they want to be like that then fine but don't force your kids into the life. Maybe it was "forced" onto the parents by their parents, so you can't really blame them, either? Some adults are able to reject at least some of what they learned as children, and othe...
by kande50
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 843

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

The parents are such tools of their religion that they limit their kids so much. Speaking of limiting, I know parents who refuse to let some of their kids go to better schools, or take advantage of their spouse's much better health insurance plans, because they don't want any of their kids to have ...
by kande50
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

Do not pay several hundred dollars for professional advice from Dressage Training on Line or Dressage Clinic on Line. You can get free information right here on Definitely Dressage. Yes you can, because there are a lot of people on here who can see it even if they may not be able to train or demo i...
by kande50
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

See the lesson in the video hafdressage posted is an exact example of what I do not like.. it is an exact example of using an unclear buzz word to disguise poor teaching. The instructor gave nothing. No I indication. of how to be supposedly quicker behind. The horse in my opinion needed a change of...
by kande50
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 883

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

The question remains as to how older expert riders who do not work out manage to ride at a high level. I think their proprioception and timing and tact is honed to such a point that they can get by on a normal amount of core. you have all those skills, riding may reduce to a relatively easy isometr...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

asking for a greater effort on the horse's part to keep those hind legs more under i.e. quicker off the ground so they can tuck the pelvis and engage/lift the sling. More under, yes. More thrust, yes (or at least the same amt of thrust but in a different direction). But quicker off the ground? I do...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 883

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I didn't say a high level horse. I said a well trained horse. Riding a well trained horse that actually collects is physically easy, which is why very old, out of shape riders can do it.
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 883

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I absolutely agree that dressage is simple but not easy. Fundamentally all we're asking the horses to do are variations of go, turn, and stop; progressive training just provides nuance to each. The "not easy" part is that all of the rest of our lives have not prepared us to be riders. We'...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 883

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

It's taken me AGES to understand that I get my horses rounder by allowing my hands 'up and forward'. I have to say to myself 'up and forward', 'up and forward'. I always want to drop my hands and pull them back. My instinct to do that is strong and I'll admit, I have to fight it hard! My instincts ...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

Ok, here's another thought about it. Let's say we are in a lesson and our horse is doing a passagy trot or a lumbering canter. The instructor says to us "more energy" "more lively" "fill in your word of choice". What is the solution? Isn't it to activate the hind end? ...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

To my understanding, it's not a term that's intended to encapsulate perfection-- just one positive aspect that, if overemphasized to the detriment of the whole, can be problematic. Now I'm wondering if "quick behind" or "quick off the ground" means that the horse turns his back ...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

[quote="khall"]...for those who don't understand or feel that the terminology is problematic, then just ignore it. There are so many different ways to convey thoughts and ideas on riding/training not all will fit everyone. If I'm taking a lesson and my trainer tells me my horse needs to be...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 817

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

Jeremy noted that "feeling" directed riders often focus on softness and suppling but never really get their horses moving powerfully in balan)ce. Maybe so, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a cause and effect relationship (if one focuses on soft and supple they'll never get to p...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 817

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

Posting trot w/o stirrups should not encourage clamping, it should be the opposite. I do remember that after taking hunt seat lessons for several years I was very annoyed to finally discover that posting was supposed to be "minimal" rather than exaggerated, and that I'd never been told th...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I've heard "quick behind" as shorthand for "quick off the ground with the hind end" as well. Horses who dump on the forehand and bounce their hinds higher are quick off the ground with their hinds too, so I'm not sure that phrase describes what may (possibly) be meant about quic...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

when people say quick behind, i imagine those sewing machine horses that scurry. I really dislike the term. but since we are talking about it, would you say Totilas was "slow" behind? Would slow be the opposite of quick, or would slow be the opposite of fast--and sluggish the opposite of ...
by kande50
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1106

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I think it's like any other sport in that jargon just develops over time. There does however, seem to be a trend toward using the same terms that are used in the rule books, which IMO, is a very good thing because then at least the well defined terms can be used to try to clarify what is meant by th...
by kande50
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9618

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

Moutaineer wrote: I know, in the abstract, I shouldn't care about what other people think, but of course I do!


What's ironic about it is that by the time we truly do get over caring what others think, we're too old and tired to want to go to shows, anymore. :-)

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