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by Rosie B
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Best comments from judge
Replies: 12
Views: 282

Re: Best comments from judge

What a great thread Shirrine! That must have been so nice to see on your test. I love it when judges have a sense of humour. I remember the first time I did a 3rd level test with Prussia (the summer I showed her at 2nd) she did an enormous leap in one of the changes and after I finished my test and ...
by Rosie B
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 1370

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

I haven't ever seen anything in person that I felt needed to be addressed that wasn't handled by the judges, stewards, or show management. If I did, I would probably talk to the show management to understand how to make a complaint with Dressage Canada. I am not familiar with the systems/bodies in t...
by Rosie B
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 1370

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

Agreed there were some good points raised in that thread. Unfortunately they were in the minority. And there is absolutely grey area there. At what point does it go from people expressing opinions to bullying? I can't answer that question without a great deal of thought, and in the end that would on...
by Rosie B
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 1370

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

You are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts. Fact: No one's life was in jeopardy. Fact: Posting anonymous negativity about someone on social media is NOT the same as warning a crowd of people of a potential and imminent threat to life and limb. If the person on ...
by Rosie B
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 1370

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

Let's say I see a person setting a pressure cooker down near a crowd and walks away. Should I just let it go because hey, I don't KNOW that is a bomb. This is a nonsensical analogy. On the one hand you're comparing a failure to take action in the present moment that could cause loss of life and lim...
by Rosie B
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 1370

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 Rosie B
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 1370

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

I see attacking people online as cowardly. Especially if you're hiding behind a handle. In my interactions online, I try to act the same way I act face to face. I often wonder (and not just with the Del Mar thread) what these people are like in real life. Would they behave that way in person? Of cou...
by Rosie B
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

We had an extremely rare weekend of beautiful above freezing temps. I got some video yesterday and I'm pretty happy with this. I think Bliss looks like he's really starting to use himself correctly. It's nice to have the video to confirm that yes, what feels great also looks pretty darned good. :) W...
by Rosie B
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

On Sunday I managed to arrange transport to a local indoor for Bliss and I. I was very pleased with him. He loaded like a complete pro, was super chilled about the whole experience, and was super forward and was beautifully in front of the leg from the word go. YAY! We worked on transitions and cant...
by Rosie B
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

We had to be evacuated because there is a dam behind our subdivision and there had been so much rain (after a long deep freeze) that the combined pressure of the additional water and the thick ice was in danger of breaching the dam. We are on the highest ground in the subdivision, so the horses were...
by Rosie B
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

Flight - Woot woot!!!! You go girl. :) Those changes looked super. Can't wait to hear how you make out at your next show. :) Demi - nice to see pics of you and Rocky in action. I'm envious of your totally unfrozen arena. Dresseur - Miro is looking very regal. Thanks for sharing. Mountaineer - that a...
by Rosie B
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 25
Views: 634

Re: Get me out of training level!

There are lots of reasons why some people get out of training level and some people don't. Trainers and schoolmasters and lessons are only part of it. They're not the complete picture. Some people manage to go far without those things and others get nowhere even with them. In my opinion, there are t...
by Rosie B
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cozy and quick: Roasted butternut squash + pesto over pasta
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: Cozy and quick: Roasted butternut squash + pesto over pasta

piedmont - Thanks to this thread I tried the squash + pesto combo for the first time and YUM!!!
by Rosie B
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

Thanks to our weird and wacky weather, I actually had a proper ride today! The past 3 days have seen above freezing temps and copious amounts of rain. All the ice in my arena was finally gone this morning and I had a ride in the gale force winds and torrential rain. Despite not having cantered since...
by Rosie B
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 869

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Found it. It was in Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot. The contributing author was Brian Hampson. Brian conducted a 4 year long PhD project on the wild horse foot and since then has continued to research equine foot care and foot rehabilitation. "Lightweight GPS data loggers mounted on...
by Rosie B
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 869

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

I'll see if I can find the graphs when I get home tonight.
by Rosie B
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 869

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

I have read a fair bit of Jamie Jackson's work on natural horse care and I also have his paddock paradise book. In his books he has graphs that show how much horses move on average vs how much turnout space they have. It turns out you see the biggest increase in movement when you go from a very smal...
by Rosie B
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Reading For Comprehension
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: Reading For Comprehension

This is one of the reasons why I have been off facebook for years. Last summer someone snuck onto a local farm, took pictures of the older sick horse the farm had been rehabilitating from a neglect situation, and took pictures of their somewhat messy yard, and posted them (without permission) on fac...
by Rosie B
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

Thanks Rye - that's handy! Winter has thrown a major kink into my plans. Wednesday evening I rode only briefly - Bliss and I were stalked up and down the driveway (in the dark) by wildlife - I think it was a very large fox but it could have been a small coyote. It kept following us up and down the d...
by Rosie B
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Nuts and body memory
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: Nuts and body memory

I am with you on the memories of nuts during the holiday season. My mom also bought mixed nuts in the shell. The big thing that brings out an appreciation of body memory for me is playing the piano. I played piano for 10 years as a kid (from grade 1 to grade 11) and haven't practiced or played much ...
by Rosie B
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 152
Views: 3449

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

Hey guys! No one else has started this so I figured I may as well. We're having below average temperatures here and have been for over a week now. I plan to keep riding though, modifying the workload and exercises appropriately to the temperatures and footing. My goals are as follows: * Ride at leas...
by Rosie B
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Well here was my goal list in early November. I didn't meet all my goals due to a slight direction change after the clinic with Cindy Ishoy, but I am really happy with where we are now. * Continue to ride at least 3 times a week despite the dark and cold. YES! Rode minimum 3x a week with the excepti...
by Rosie B
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

I’ve recently come to the conclusion that a natural hollow in my back is necessary. If I don’t have a slight hollow, I can’t keep my structural integrity. I would worry less about the hollow and more about not absorbing through the waist. It doesn’t look like you’re doing that to me, but if you feel...
by Rosie B
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Flight - Wow. You guys are looking super. HUGE improvement!!!

Where do you feel like your position needs work? It looks pretty darn good to me.
by Rosie B
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Position as it relates to effectiveness
Replies: 48
Views: 1335

Re: Position as it relates to effectiveness

Awesome thread Tsavo. I've spent a lot of time thinking about position, watching people ride, analyzing (in great detail) my own riding and other people's riding, both good and bad. What follows is my own personal opinion. In my mind there are two components to "position" that are highly c...
by Rosie B
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

-35 here with windchill.

Bliss is also getting some time off. It shouldn’t be as cold next week!

And thanks guys - if We looked that good all the time I’d be pretty happy! As it stands I’m still pretty happy we looked that good for a moment. Lol.

Dresseur - Miro looks very advanced there!!!
by Rosie B
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Dresseur Miro is looking great! Thanks for sharing the pics and video. I took the afternoon off today so that I could do some shopping and also ride in the daylight. I took some video and got this pic, which I'm quite pleased with. I've been experimenting with my position and it's been paying off I ...
by Rosie B
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Mountaineer - that sounds very positive!!! Bliss and I are keeping on keeping on. We've ridden in some nasty weather and it's just going to get worse. He is such a trooper though. Last week we rode in the dark and the rain with howling winds and he didn't put a foot wrong or even bat an eyelid reall...
by Rosie B
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gift ideas for serious eventers?
Replies: 7
Views: 424

Re: Gift ideas for serious eventers?

How about Walter Zettl's "Dressage in Harmony"? Or, any of the other classics. :) Depending on your budget, Harry Boldt's "The Dressage Horse" is also excellent, but expensive. One very nice thing that book has is a whole chapter devoted to the best dressage horses of the past ce...
by Rosie B
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Thanks Rye. :)

Piedmont - that sounds like a fantastic exercise.

Flight - I watched your test video. He looks nicely active! :)

Dresseur - Miro is soooo cute. How tall is he now?

StraightForward - how's the reflocked saddle working?
by Rosie B
Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US! Since my lessons with Cindy I've been focusing on getting him and keeping him IN FRONT OF THE LEG. I've just been doing big figures and tons of transitions. I videotaped today, but it was so windy the wind turned my camera so that it was recording the fenc...
by Rosie B
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Dresseur you were right on. This is exactly what we did in the lesson yesterday - lots of quick transitions. It was really eye opening how much quicker he needs to be off the leg. He does tend to hover. It was a very interesting lesson yesterday because the theme was much the same as my lesson in Se...
by Rosie B
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Thanks for the feedback guys. Rye - that's an interesting observation. I had planned on getting him adjusted before the clinic, but I had to head to a conference for work for 3 days at the beginning of the week (on short notice) and I couldn't make it happen. I read what you posted about him being t...
by Rosie B
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

It's cold here too. It's been hovering around -5 to -10 with wind chill. On Monday it was 19 degrees. (from 66F down to 15F for you Americans!) Yesterday's ride in the clinic was good, but I didn't feel like I really had him through like I can get him at home. That seems to be a thing at this arena ...
by Rosie B
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Tomorrow and Sunday we’re off to the Cindy Ishoy clinic! I’m so excited. Here’s Bliss enjoying his pre clinic primping. He’s a little fuzzy. :lol:
by Rosie B
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 7528

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Thanks for starting this again StraightForward! My goals are as follows: * Continue to ride at least 3 times a week despite the dark and cold. * Continue to develop quality of gaits, every ride, with lots of transitions within and between gaits. * Continue to improve travers, renvers, and HP * Conti...
by Rosie B
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

My goals were as follows: - ride at least 3x a week - check! I rode 4+ times a week every week except one, where I only rode twice. - consolidate the gains in the connection and develop Bliss's fitness and stamina for the collected work. - check! He has gotten a lot stronger as evidenced by signific...
by Rosie B
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Wow there are lots of things here worth a YAY! Chisamba - what beautiful scenery to ride through!! khall - sounds like you're on the right track with Rip!! Good luck with the changes! Tuddy - that looks like fun! Yonka is so cute. The expression on his face is priceless. DJR - YAY!!! That is all won...
by Rosie B
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

A few more. Sorry I can't resist posting these. :)
by Rosie B
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Yay AnnaBanana!

She looks beautiful. Sounds like a successful outing.

We had lesson 1 of a 2 day clinic today. It was great. More later but here are a couple pics. I know my hands are too far back in the second one.

Edited to post my new favourite pic instead of the other ones. lol.
by Rosie B
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Rye - congratulations! It must feel so validating to have your hard work pay off. What level did you end up doing? Were you happy with your scores? :) Dresseur - thank-you for letting us live vicariously through you. It's always a pleasure. Red's mom - what would the instructor have had you do? Were...
by Rosie B
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Would you do it differently?
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Re: Would you do it differently?

First off, if you were able to lease a horse and move up through the levels that way, congratulations!!! I also leased a horse and took her from training level to third levelish over the course of the 4 years of weekly lessons and another 3 years of leasing. It was slow going because of the weekly l...
by Rosie B
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Awesome! Thanks for the tip Piedmont! :)
by Rosie B
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Flight - there needs to be an APPLAUSE emoticon. Fantastic. You must be thrilled with that. :) It looks effortless. piedmont - glad to hear your surgery went well. Sorry you are missing the lovely weather. This weekend was like full summer here. It was so hot we even took the kids swimming at the lo...
by Rosie B
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Mountaineer - That's great! You must have heaved a sigh of relief. I just had another look at my goals for this session. I am working well on most of them but have lost sight of riding my corners. But I have some video proof that I AM incorporating HP into the mix! Lots to work on, but the HPs feel ...
by Rosie B
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

DJR - who are you trying to kid?? Let us know how the clinic goes ;) I would love to respond to everyone (and I am reading all the posts as I can) but I'm back at work now full time and with the kids, horses, doggies, and work I don't have much time for posting. Happy riding to all that are in the s...
by Rosie B
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Adventures in lunging
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: Adventures in lunging

The only time Bliss ever acted like that on the longe was when he had an abscess that I didn't know about. It was only on the one side that he went DefCon1. I am not a qualified barefoot trimmer, but there are some on this board. I do trim Bliss and Princess though. Sounds like he's got foot pain. H...
by Rosie B
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pony trot?
Replies: 120
Views: 10610

Re: Pony trot?

Demi I read a great article recently from dressage today. I think it was by Ute Graf but I could be wrong. She said that you almost never ask for 100%. Instead you ask for 75, or 80% at most during your training. Knowing where that line is though is the hard part. The way I look at it is "how w...
by Rosie B
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 29350

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Chisamba - I was specifically told if the instructor didn't HEAR it, it wasn't a proper kick. So it was definitely not your style of "kicking" that I was doing in the clinic. Imperini - I find I have to ride with a looser leg if I want him to be sensitive to light aids. I also can't hold w...
by Rosie B
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pony trot?
Replies: 120
Views: 10610

Re: Pony trot?

Which point are you not 'with' the clinician on? About the kicking? I wasn't 'with' her on that one either. :P And I'm still not. In the lesson, I had to at least try what she was telling me. Yes, I only had one lesson. I had signed up for two, but was told at the last minute (a couple days before) ...

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