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by Flight
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does anyone else drive like this?
Replies: 1
Views: 23

Re: Does anyone else drive like this?

Um no. I'd end up with the front of my car wiped out!
by Flight
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Dresseur, sorry to hear that about Miro, I was hoping to hear he'd come good by now. Fingers crossed you can find out a bit more what's going on.
We've had a bit of a cool change so the last couple of days have been lovely. I'm away at work for a week now, so the ponies can have a mini-holiday.
by Flight
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Barrel Racing friend wants some dressage
Replies: 15
Views: 224

Re: Barrel Racing friend wants some dressage

I think that sounds reasonable. I've helped a couple of friends and I found I wanted to try and tell/change too much at once. So, play it a bit by ear at the start and keep it fairly simple.
by Flight
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Once again...horses don't lie
Replies: 12
Views: 338

Re: Once again...horses don't lie

That's really interesting that you did find a problem, but had to go the extra effort of finding it. Thanks for sharing.
by Flight
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Hi Blob, I'll try and explain it here. So you start with good alignment of the horse, so he's straight, not crooked anywhere (no twisting poll, neck aligned with spine etc). Ask for the tummy to engage by a touch/tap of leg/spur or whip, whatever is needed (but never a hold or a squeeze - that cause...
by Flight
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Just had some really good lessons at a clinic with Norsey. Didn't get anywhere near flying changes, Dresseur! Really working just on his way of going. Activating his core, helping him come up through his chest/sternum and getting a softer/rounder outline and trying to get him to open up through the ...
by Flight
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 54
Views: 940

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

I wonder this too. A lady has a horse that I really like, and she was competing the same level as me and our scores would be very similar. He is a warmblood and he came up for sale. I was thinking ohhh could I afford him? No way, she sold him for 90K. Who are these people who have this type of money...
by Flight
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Late changes

I've stopped trying with my guy and I've got a clinic this weekend, so I'm going to ask for help there. My horse is a quick learner and I'm worried that he's learned it the wrong way, and once he's learned something, it's hard to get him to change his mind. He loves routine and habit, much more than...
by Flight
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk
Replies: 12
Views: 295

Re: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk

Chisamba, I think that is what has helped my horse with his walk.
Lorilu, for us it's basically allowing the head to stretch out and open the gullet, with the neck not low or too high. With SI and half pass, making sure I don't bend the neck too much at that withers/neck junction.
by Flight
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk
Replies: 12
Views: 295

Re: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk

My big horse, who is an Andy cross has a terrible walk, he doesn't track up let alone overtrack, plus he is very lateral. I was taught to try what exvet is saying, and really allow him to stretch his neck out and his gullet as open as I can, then once that is achieved, then take a bit of a feel on t...
by Flight
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm impressed with the riding in the snow Rosie, and looking that good while you do it! Sue B, cute pic of Rudy and nice snow that I wouldn't mind rolling around in right now. We are still heatwaving and I really can only try and pack as much in during the early morning hours. I'm trying to get back...
by Flight
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 551

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

People say don’t practice your test too much at home otherwise the horse will learn it. But I feel you need to practice it and I do this by walking through it warming up (at home) thinking trot/canter etc at the spots and then definitely running through the whole thing. You have to be comfortable wi...
by Flight
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Sometimes you have to push through a few shows to get the practice in Mari. If it’s forecast not too hot then I’d go, if it’s too hot then maybe not?

So strange to think there is snow somewhere when we are truly melting here! A blanket ice carapace (lol) is very hard to imagine!
by Flight
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silk comforters?
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: Silk comforters?

I don’t know, but I liked your story! :)
by Flight
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

Sorry blob, maybe that is a bit hard for now.
Try a half ten metre circle from the wall to the centreline with some outside flexion, then gentle leg yield back to the wall. You can then go straight or turn that into a slight shoulder fore.
by Flight
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

It’s been sooo hot here! I’ve mostly been up early enough to ride both but last night we had some wicked storms and I currently have six dogs here. All of which ended on or around the bed being scared all night, which meant me being awake all night. Fortunately it was a day off today. It’s too hot t...
by Flight
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Late changes

DJR wrote:In summary: wait for a -5C crisp day, then clip your horse. That ought to help with late changes!!!


:lol: :lol: I'd probably fall off!!
by Flight
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

I was given one a little while ago, and while my horses aren't 'green', I think it would help any horses. Start in walk, and a slow walk and take your time initially. You then can progress it up the gaits. Down the longside ride Shoulder in to renvers to counter shoulder in then to quarters in. With...
by Flight
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 336

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

I found this helpful when I rode today. Thanks!
by Flight
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

How was he in the snaffle? If you put a horse in a double before he is really moving into the snaffle, you are going to encounter a problem like this. I was one that moved on to a double too quickly and had this kind of problem. Once I moved back to the snaffle and got a true solid connection every...
by Flight
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: Post photos
Replies: 8
Views: 1264

Re: Post photos

Hi Red's Mum, here is a bit of a guide to show how to resize on a Macbook. Hope it makes sense! Firstly, open your pic up in 'preview' (this is what it should default to when you open up your pic anyway) Open the editing tool Crop as much as you can (select an area with the rectangular tool) and cli...
by Flight
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Hi Red's mum, what troubles are you having with the pics? I have a macbook and can try and help you out if you want to msg me? We've finally got some cooler weather! It's been up to 40 degrees C for nearly 2 weeks and the next week is forecasted for only 30. Enjoying some storms and rain right this ...
by Flight
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Greenholmeshandy - yes that is a hard decision. Not easy to decide what to do.
Nice pic Sue B, love seeing snow pics when we've been having runs of 40 degrees C days here!
by Flight
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3818

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Happy new year :)

Norsey - clean flying changes
Ding for this year - start competing PSG.
by Flight
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: goals and how to achieve them and what even are they?
Replies: 17
Views: 511

Re: goals and how to achieve them and what even are they?

Well, I wanted to get to intro level eventing (for us 80cm - 2'6'') thinking that all horses can do that. Well Ding can't, he just doesn't have the bravery to jump unless everything is perfect. So, I'd be inclined to buy one that already can jump the height you want, or one that is jumping lower but...
by Flight
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another exciting New Year’s Eve
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Another exciting New Year’s Eve

I went to bed at 10pm for our NYE! Could have gone to a party but too lazy. Well, I'm on days off and had busy shifts so just grateful for an early night sleep in my bed to be honest. Up early and rode this morning before it got too hot. I'm definitely getting old when a good night is an early sleep...
by Flight
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 55 horses
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: 55 horses

Ooh impressive!! And snow!
by Flight
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila
Replies: 21
Views: 571

Re: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila

Glad both are getting better, and you have some idea why it happened. Plus help with vet bills!
by Flight
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I don't know who you are on coth, Moutaineer. I find those threads a bit hard to follow but I'm glad for the links to the youtube vids though. Bit of nightshift viewing :) Just looking at what I put for my goals: Norsey's changes - have been working on them, but not so well DIng's piri's - yep they ...
by Flight
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Late changes

Blob, your girl did impressive leaps too! I LOL'd at my facial expression in mine, wasn't quite expecting it.
Yes, he doesn't do those leaps now thank goodness!
by Flight
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Late changes

I haven't had a chance to ride yet (thanks to having to work and now 40 degree C days), but thanks again for replies. DJR I will try that and report back too. Fzybtfrm, I find my late changes on the soloshot as well. I'm starting to feel them now which is good. The leaps I can definitely feel :D :o ...
by Flight
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sometimes holidays are difficult
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: Sometimes holidays are difficult

So sorry Sue B, that is sad :(
by Flight
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 61
Views: 1691

Re: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse

Fingers crossed he stays ok!
by Flight
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Late changes

Thanks Dresseur! I will go away and do this for a while :)
by Flight
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Late changes

It's not Ding, it's the big bay one. Thanks for going through all that dresseur, reading your post I think he might be going through my hand. He was anticipating for a bit there, and he'd do these big leaps - where he'd leap forward and change in front, land and change behind. Now, he doesn't do the...
by Flight
Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Late changes

So Norsey has started doing late changes, where he is late behind more often than clean so I'm panicking slightly. The problem is I can't figure out the difference in the preparation for when he does them clean and when not, so I'm not sure why he is now choosing to do them late. I've tried collecti...
by Flight
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

How do you prepare for the change? I had a lesson with a guy from Portugal and no one else had told me that the stride before you change, you put your legs in position to ask for the change, and then leg aid for the change in the next stride. So, I think I now put my leg back in the 'down' phase of ...
by Flight
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ready to call it a career...
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Ready to call it a career...

That sounds very tough. I wonder if leasing her for a while will give you time to get your foot fixed and the opportunity to see how you would feel without her?
by Flight
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself
Replies: 28
Views: 689

Re: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself

I think it's interesting how a 'bad' ride can have an impact on my mood for the rest of the day.
As MC said, its additive with some not so good side effects. Sometimes I like doing something totally non horsey as a break. But only for a couple of days because then I miss riding again!
by Flight
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!
Replies: 14
Views: 415

Re: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!

Merry christmas!!
by Flight
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I never thought I would say this, but I think one of those balance-before-movement trainers would be helpful to me. There are none in my area though. I happened to think that not all issues are solved from behind. Right now, I'd like to have a more supple poll/jaw even at the expense of losing hind...
by Flight
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 19
Views: 466

Re: Warm slippers

Tuddy, those are adorable! I wants!
by Flight
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 989

Re: Tempis and straightness...

I started doing that with Ding, just ride straight and ask when straight. I still do a tug the rein to the left for some stupid reason. Only a bit related, but just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks for explaining previously how you teach single changes. All clean changes today with Norse...
by Flight
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 19
Views: 466

Re: Warm slippers

Proper sheepskin uggs. I live in mine in winter and they last for years!
by Flight
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I had a bad last show of the year. Nothing major just lots of little things. It was forecast hot, and there is no shade at the grounds so I was thinking about scratching. Ding doesn't go well in the heat - black, fat and fluffy. I was due to ride early afternoon so I plaited up in the morning and we...
by Flight
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Blob, the instructor come down 4 times a year and does live in Australia so hopefully I can keep working with her :)

Mari, it is so hard to get it right at shows and I think the people who show a lot might come close. Your photos are nice, and great to be out there after a long break away.
by Flight
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Mother Nature creates some lovely backgrounds
Replies: 18
Views: 557

Re: Mother Nature creates some lovely backgrounds

Love your pics!! I know living with snow must to be hard work but I have to admit looking forward to everyone's pics each year :)
by Flight
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Do you find it the switching between instructors and systems beneficial? It seems to be working for you, but it wouldn't for me. No, I really dislike it. I had an instructor who followed the more classical style of training and I liked it but circumstances happened that I could no longer ride with ...
by Flight
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Did you feel he was still a bit braced in the under neck up? Or did he feel good relaxed? So long as I didn't brace with my hand (like I am in the photo - but didn't have a lot of photos so used this one), he was pretty good. It came and went, he's not consistently soft yet though. I should be gett...
by Flight
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9501

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

So last week I attended a clinic with a woman that works a lot with biomechanics and rehabbing horses. She has been the most precise instructor I've been to and was able to tell me subtle things to look for in my riding and in how Ding was going. I've always had conflicting advice on what to do with...

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