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by Chisamba
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

If you watch Mecum auctions you know some people spend lots of money on classic cars, some people have two homes, a live in home and a home on the shore for summer weekends, people have boats, RVs campers, etc. Art, antiques, historical items...some go for hundreds of thousands. So, some spend their...
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I think changing is hard. I look at my videos and my riding errors are far more consistent than change!!

changing, changing is really hard. No wonder the SRS likes to take greenies and put them on the longe for 6 months. Lol.
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does anyone else drive like this?
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Does anyone else drive like this?

I got honked at and nearly rear ended for stopping behind the line once. I stopped, got out examined my rear tires and asked the guy "do I have a flat". I dont recommend it, it could yet you shot or run over by some dick with road rage, but in that instant it felt pretty good. Lol
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Ryeissa wrote:Yeah I have a truck and know the cost. Its just hard to talk about money as people have such different cultures and attitudes.

And yet you come off as mocking me for quoting lower end working truck price.
by Chisamba
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I lost most of my savings in the big financial crap shoot a few years ago, i am not particularly smart, so i trusted an investor, and obviously was not nearly diversified enough, then hubby lost his job and we had to live on one income for a while, and you are right, that is a huge financial drain. ...
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 11
Views: 138

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

Kimba lives out 19 hour and in 5 hours a day, she has companions and a hillside and room to play around. (Although this year it's been very muddy)

Because she gets reasonable out time, 4 days a week we do dressage, once a week we do other.
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

So, I think focus on some basics has paid off. I also am recognizing specific riding errors I have. Kimba will lose balance and rush during medium to extended gaits. My modus operandi is to collect, rebalance and go again. Suddenly the penny dropped, kick her forward and insist she balance forward t...
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Actually MC on this one I agree with you, having spent quite a lot of my career in national levels trying to get better scores on limited horses, I finally bought an expensive horse and lucked into a truly talented young horse, and the ease of progress was just dramatic. So now I have Kimba, a mista...
by Chisamba
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Do your thing, enjoy your ride.
by Chisamba
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

It was intended in a positive way , I think a relaxed seat is a huge positive. from the beginning of the thread I have consistently advocated against a driving seat. How can it be insulting to compliment you on your relaxed seat. I was never a gymnast, but to watch, gymnasts look like they are about...
by Chisamba
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pine Tar Soap/Shampoo
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Pine Tar Soap/Shampoo

It seems quite heavy and hot, but it breathes well and allows sweat to evaporate so it's not as hot as it looks.
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Chisamba- isn't it interesting that real progress in getting the horse forward comes from working on the seat? Its not about the leg aids, really. Take away what hinders the horse from moving and you don't have to "kick". I do think it's a combination, everything is co ordination but I re...
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pine Tar Soap/Shampoo
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Pine Tar Soap/Shampoo

Gwen's mare who us in my care does very well with her "body condom" for allergies. It's a Boett sweet itch blanket. https://www.boettusa.com/
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Horse chewing on wood
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Horse chewing on wood

Does she have free choice hay?
by Chisamba
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

And eggshell butt?? Peter knew l learned through metaphors. The idea is to remember to have a completely relaxed phase is each seat aid. So jelly butt, relax and soften all of the buttocks and hip muscles. Egg butt or eggshell butt , make your outer muscles like an eggshell, but remain liquid with ...
by Chisamba
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I sure hope Miro comes right! We had a few lovely spring days but it's back to frozen now. Titan is back to work barefoot. I pulled his shoes, he has an old hoof injury and I am just experimenting to see if it can be maintained barefoot. If not we will put fronts on again. Kimba and I are enjoying o...
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

The jelly butt, eggshell butt, jelly butt method of seat aid was taught to me by Peter Bowker, so it's not mine, I just use it because it still makes sense to me. It was particularly emphasized in tempi changes to make sure there was a moment of jelly butt in each change to avoid pushing too much ho...
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pine Tar Soap/Shampoo
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Pine Tar Soap/Shampoo

The South Africans used pine tar to cover harness rubs on their horses donkeys and cows. We thought it harsh and sticky but it seemed to work. I think shampoo should be ok
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: French horn again
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: French horn again

Nice!
by Chisamba
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I think we forget how subtle an aid can be. I breath out when I do downward transitions. On occasions when I have been using my horse for a lesson to teach lateral movements the rider has sighed and got a downward transition. Or been breathing heavily and complained " she keeps stopping" I...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I’m not trying to argue, but to clarify my own thinking. And also to help in how I communicate on this board. When I think of a driving seat, it isn’t like “polishing the saddle”. And maybe it’s just a problem of my own, but I don’t like that discription of a driving seat. I don’t think it’s possib...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes

demi wrote:Yes, thanks for taking the time to post the notes, Blob! I like Conrad Schumacher, too, and think he gets some beautiful work out of the horses and riders he teaches.


i noticed the leg off on lazy horses comment lol
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I have said to dresseur numerous times that maybe it us because I am heavy strong and muscular but all of my riding experience has taught me to be kind with my seat and back. Even professionals who are far more experienced and educated than I am, I dont consider their word irrefutable because their ...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I like to ride the abdomen up not the back down. Let's assume you ride a 1200 lb. Horse. That's a reasonable big beast. And you weight 120 lbs, that's a fairly petite human. So without including the saddle that is 10 %. Ok. Go on your hands and knees, have someone put a weight on your back that is 1...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

As usual I have to disagree with the swinging seat driving aid.
by Chisamba
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 70
Views: 960

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I do not teach my horse to go when i take off the leg. My goal is for the leg to tell the horse to activate the hind legs and i cannot think of an occasion where i would want the horse to go without the rear engine activated. I do turn my toes forward when i want the horse to flow forward, the leg i...
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I agree with MC particularly extrapolating to time and progress. I might have learned a lot riding misfits, but the same amount of time and skill on the right horse with good disposition goes way way WAY further.
by Chisamba
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I have bought one expensive to me horse. (20 k) I took a year to pay her off and kept her insured til age made it unfeasible. My next horse was el cheapo from an Amish breeder. Guess who was the better horse. Sadly lost them both that horrid night, and have not even mildly been able to afford to loo...
by Chisamba
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Blob, you have a trainer so maybe this is really superfluous but I have train two effort averse horses. The thing I try so hard to teach their riders is not to nag. So ask with the pressure you would like to use to get a good response. If the response is not forthcoming ask with enough pressure to g...
by Chisamba
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

At a certain temp, surviving is more important than riding. Making sure everyone has food water and exercise, dealing with frozen hoses, taps, pipes steamers, cleaning stalls where the urine comes up in blocks, etc. I am not a fan of cold and ir wont hurt my feelings if this is my last winter in the...
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cavaletti
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Cavaletti

galopp wrote:(I have seen riders and horses hit the square ones and get injured.)

I've seen horses and riders hit round poles and get injured.
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk
Replies: 12
Views: 320

Re: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk

Lorilu, I do 3 things. I longe the horse with no side reins and attempt to get it to relax enough on the longe to reach down and out with the neck, I really look to see what height of poll and position of nose allows for the most relaxed and lengthened brachiocephalagus. I will even include trot pol...
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gnarly feet
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: Gnarly feet

I soak and debride with a stone. I am diabetic and those baby foot wraps are not recommended for those with diabetes. Which, by the way, means they carry a danger of causing infection. It needs daily attention. By the way, I went to a professional shoe fitter who caters to athletes and runners. Wear...
by Chisamba
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk
Replies: 12
Views: 320

Re: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk

I find most people focus on the hind legs too much in the walk. I find a truly free shoulder is key in making room for the hind end to step through. That said the thing that restricts shoulder freedom most is the under neck. Having the underside if the neck relaxed and stretched opens the door for a...
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cavaletti
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Cavaletti

I find squares safe when attached to a cavaletti. The "problems" with squares happens when loose. Jmho.

Definitely dont use pvc
by Chisamba
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: New to the Board
Replies: 13
Views: 370

Re: New to the Board

Hello. I think your name is familiar, says the person who is terrible at remembering names!
by Chisamba
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dressage Today
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Dressage Today

I had the EXACT same thing happen, my DT runs through June 2019, and I stopped receiving the mag last November. I called them and they had no record of my account except for one year back in 2000. I have had a continuous subscription for almost 20 years! After a frustrating, go nowhere conversation...
by Chisamba
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

It's very brrrr, as in sub zero here. Just taking care of everyone and thing was all if my energy.
by Chisamba
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I am a terrible show rider. I ask too much lose relaxation, get nervous, dont want to be there, then I settle.

The more I show the more I enjoy it, the less I show the more I hate it.

I used to be intensely motivated, show monthly. Now I wait til I'm ready and do a show. It's harder this way.
by Chisamba
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

I like to ride a really accurate ovalish shape. 10 m half circle centered at A then being very careful not to drift into the corner, an arc to E, the to a 10m half circle at A, then an arc back to 10m half circle at C. You dont quite to a half circle just enough to meet the arc
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

If I am honest, things like shoulder in and renver are far more successful if started along a wall, I also like to start flying changes toward the wall and definitely turn on haunches and pirouette.

Fir me personally canter work is far more challenging in the menage
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

Well just consider what happened to hunters when it became a ring sport. ;)
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

Having said that, yes we can find a silver lining in the cloud by using the wall. Use the corner to teach the horse to bend around the inside leg and I like turning toward the wall for quite a few advantages. Those mentioned by Dresseur too.
by Chisamba
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

It is my opinion that riding in enclosed areas does more harm than good. This is why tests are ridden with edges as minor and discreet as possible . I think we are inclined to let the wall turn the horse, straighten the horse, finish the exercise, turn circles into squarcles, and that is just a smal...
by Chisamba
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

It was 10F this morning, it took so long to warm up I did not get training rides in. When its below 15 I do mostly walk work and I let the horses roll in the indoor. Lol I hand rake after :)
by Chisamba
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 338

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

I still vote for sitting quietly with an elastic seat and simply moving with the horse with draped legs. Close your eyes for a safe stride or two and focus on feel. Start be just following the motion, then progress to matching it. Once the co ordination is there you can subtly influence, not just ma...
by Chisamba
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I cannot even remember how many times I have commented that too much focus on seat creates a hammer of a back. With the admission that since I am strong and heavy perhaps that emphasizes it. It I admit it's been six years since I was even schooling PSG, and I only had one GP horse, so .. But it was ...
by Chisamba
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Seedy toe
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Seedy toe

It's easier to treat unshod. Try treat daily. Get whichever treatment you prefer as deep as you can. I like Durasole
by Chisamba
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4000

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

We must be in a similar weather pattern. For us unseasonably warm, rain almost daily. It's mud, mud, mud and more mud. I have horses that live out and they don't like spending much time in their shelter. Going with their heavily mud crusted legs is an ongoing nightmare. Everyone is slightly sore. I...

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