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by khall
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: OMG! It's a pony
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: OMG! It's a pony

Ah yes, the equines who don't always recognize equines of different flavor! A good friend of mine had a loud leopard app gelding and took him to a dressage show. One silly WB took great exception to this wildly colored horse approaching him and had a melt down :roll: I'm sure a mini would cause grea...
by khall
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Fun update on Gaila, trainer took her to a WD show this weekend (she's never shown before) and just did WT tests because they were showing on grass. She scored 72 and in the 80's! Apparently was rather undisturbed about being at a show, was able to stand tied at the trailer and was just an overall g...
by khall
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I don't think of forward but active, so the horse is quicker with their reactions. Those uber movers with the big trots can hover rather than engage. The horse has to engage the HQs (balance) but also be ready at any time to open up and move (movement) key though is to not lose the balance while in ...
by khall
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 26
Views: 321

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

Me too Rye, there was good stuff to take home there. I liked the uber movers don't make GP because they are not quick enough in their reactions. Makes sense to me! I've just liked so much of what CH puts out there, I like he put the work into Nip Tuck aka Barney to make an international horse. He se...
by khall
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 454

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

chisamba, was it at the base of the neck or the middle of the neck? Like I said I've seen Mark do this to teach a horse to step over and under with one who was very green or remedial. So yes I can see the value of this for a remedial or difficult horse done at the base of the neck, cannot see the va...
by khall
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 23
Views: 154

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

I hose after every workout during the hot months. I bath tails and Joplin's long mane fairly regularly, at least a couple of times a week. I rarely give a full bath, though with Joplin's lighter color I have done so a couple of times this summer. After hosing they get a good scraping and a toweling ...
by khall
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Farm Fest!
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Farm Fest!

That looks like fun!
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 474

Re: Accountability

Great work on the weight loss everyone and the desire to be fitter everyone! I've been eating clean (for the most part) for about 45 days now and have lost 15 lbs with another 20 or so to lose. I don't exercise formally but my lifestyle is very active with 15,000 steps a day being the norm. I do wan...
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 101
Views: 1623

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Good luck scruffy! Jingles that one fits the bill and passes the PPE. Can be a bit of a slog horse shopping for sure.
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 212

Re: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed

Jingles for a safe and good learning experience for DD. I would be a mess I know. It's hard to let go and let them live their lives. I've just faced having to let DS go off to college, DH and I are empty nesters now.

Hope the new horse works out! Seems like new horse is a theme here lately.
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

piedmont, highly unlikely BB will jump the fence from the walk which is the gait Xan said she was struggling getting the halt from. I am well aware of possibilities of jumping fences. Mark used to want me to use the fence when Rip was in one of his I'll just take over now thank you deals, Rip is jum...
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Xan have you started SI with BB? If so try halt in SI against the fence. You can also use CSI so BB is facing the fence to halt. Mark taught the halt aids as individual closing of the rein as each front foot grounds to slow the front feet down. Aim towards the fence and apply to stopping aids, using...
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!
Replies: 35
Views: 633

Re: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!

Congrats KathyK! What a lovely elegant chestnut mare!! Love the Wolkenstein II lines! W was one I had thought about breeding to, put good minded athletic offspring on the ground.
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Tsavo there is a heat index scale where it is dangerous to ride horses in. I know the humidity can be just as bad as the heat (last week we had humidity from the hurricane and heat on top ick) Horses can sweat but does not evaporate and cool them. When the Olympics were in ATL in '96 they did so muc...
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 25
Views: 311

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

Wow Ponichiwa! Kiwi has some ninja skills! Brave mares vs chicken gelding: Blowing and windy one day, had a branch get in the pasture where Rip my filly and their now deceased pasture mate were. Rip was having a duck, snorting and trotting back and forth not going near it, pasture mate was not inter...
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 26
Views: 321

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

This is what I have learned over the years, we are rarely going to agree 100% with what a trainer will bring to the table. CH is dealing with competition dressage horses at a high level (usually international) so while he may do things that I don't 100% agree with, there is much more that I do agree...
by khall
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Sue hope you feel better soon and jingles there are no fractures! Xan your accounts of BB are hilarious. Sounds like you need to teach him tricks! He's too smart for his own good:) DJR did you ever figure out if there was something going on with Finn? I know you had some concerns with him. Glad he i...
by khall
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 454

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

Flexion and bending and counter bending and even counter flexion (where you have bend one direction but flexed the other) all make sense to me. But I have been taught to ride the horse as one, not in pieces, taking the neck away (their balancing rod) has got to be disconcerting to them. The over ben...
by khall
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 26
Views: 321

A good read, Carl Hester

Some great take home information in this article.

http://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2018/0 ... exclusive/
by khall
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kokanee are spawning
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Kokanee are spawning

Beautiful! How fun!! BTW my Eagle Scout DH says you are camping when you haul the tent in on your back! He does not think a camper is camping:) I hiked part of the Appalachian trail with DH before he was DH, that is enough camping for me! So sorry for your unplanned dismount off Tio! Feel better soo...
by khall
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 25
Views: 311

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

I've been lucky that I have bred raised and owned and started quite a few mares now in my life. My mares by far have been easiest for me than my geldings have been. Rip is the only one I bred, raised and started though I have owned other geldings, one pretty difficult but very talented OTTB and one ...
by khall
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Creative 3rd/4th level training exercises?
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: Creative 3rd/4th level training exercises?

HI on the circle (T and C), transitions within and between gaits in lateral work, half steps to canter, RB to canter. W piri to medium trot, CSI through short side to medium trot (or SI through short side to medium trot), canter plies (sp), SF in canter, R in CC, moving from CSI, to R to SI to HI W ...
by khall
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 454

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

Dressseur totally agree on the flechi droit, IMO not what I want my horses to learn! Strong trot, what spoke to me the most is the up and open which is where I have to go with Rip. I've seen where some trainers (Mark was definitely not a proponent of this though) uses the strong trot to teach the ho...
by khall
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 454

Interesting read, discussion?

http://myhorseforum.com/threads/three-m ... ng.538212/

Never tried the flechi droit at least meaning to! Yes to the strong trot!! and to lateral work on the circle is a big yes from me:)
by khall
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 101
Views: 1623

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

I'm sorry about the no go on the horse PPE! That is heart breaking for sure, but better to know before hand.
by khall
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 101
Views: 1623

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

What I have found is that mares tend to be more workman like (at least all the mares that I have ridden have been) where as my geldings tend to have focus issues, they are busy minded or playful creatures compared to my mares. Out of all the foals I have bred raised and trained, Rip was my first col...
by khall
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Congratulations Rosie! Glad your debut went well. I have decided to not show next weekend, biggest issue is Rip's strained muscle and frankly the heat. Supposed to be 97 early this week with mid 90's later. Ridiculous to get much done here riding wise to prepare and off of Rip anyway until early wee...
by khall
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 78
Views: 1324

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

Tsavo based on his age alone I would be screening for cushings. After reading the article TK wrote about is enough for most of us to realize that our older horses are at risk for this issue even if they are not showing symptoms. I was just relaying my experience with my older mare (she was 20 when s...
by khall
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Well Rip has been a bit weird with his R SI in hand, felt nothing US but knew something was NQR. Had my vet out (yes she is holistic, but is just a damn good vet all around and yes she does acupuncture/chiro on Rip several times a year) and she found some strained muscles inside the RH. Pretty much ...
by khall
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Gosh Flight I would be happy too! Those are a really good start! Great job Ding:)
by khall
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: *Add histopath report... Vet visit... one surprise after the next. Report and photos added
Replies: 33
Views: 639

Re: *Add histopath report... Vet visit... one surprise after the next. Report and photos added

That's great Tsavo that he was able to get clean margins. Hope your guy will stay squamous cell clear now!
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 473

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Chill exvet, you were agreeing like I was with MC which was in reference to HP/LY zig zag. I too feel like I can get better reaction with yielding to the leg in bend from HP (so HP R, yield L with R bend) when I feel I am losing the bend and/or the inside shoulder is getting in the way. I have tried...
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

piedmont I feel ya! Those draft cross can be interesting to ride:) This one not only is draft but also has weak conformation for dressage work. Heavy in the shoulders, long weak back/loin and straighter hind leg so we have had to be careful and methodical to develop her. Add in owner who is learning...
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 473

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Per USEF rule book: Rule Book describes the leg yield as a movement in which “the horse is kept almost straight, except for slight flexion of the poll away from the direction in which he moves, and the inside legs pass and cross in front of the outside legs with the forehand slightly in advance of t...
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 473

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I agree with MC and exvet here but I don't consider that to be a true LY since there bend.
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A different kind of competition...
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: A different kind of competition...

Love it! What a unique competition.
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 398

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

Haf there are predators in all walks of life (think Catholic church and boy scouts). I can see how all the young girls involved in the horse industry would be a magnet for a predator. We have got to teach our children to speak up and let us know when they feel wrongness in a situation or with certai...
by khall
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Your welcome demi, it's interesting to me to watch this type of work. Anja B embodies it as well. Like I said on the trainer thread this type of work just makes sense to me. Will comment on the other thread to follow up.
by khall
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Chisamba the TB/Perch is not mine, she belongs to boarder/friend who bought the wrong horse and was injured pretty badly on her in spring 2017. We've had to remake the horse in order for the mare to be more suitable for her rider. Being maneuverable and lighter to the aids was imperative. BIG mare, ...
by khall
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Chisamba I was not trying to "win" anything. This was a discussion. I'm sorry I did not catch your sarcasm, was late and tired reading literally. Gallop was the first I had heard of this movement on the old UDBB. What I find interesting is that there are some trainers that do not use movem...
by khall
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Gallop had talked about it years ago. Mark and Cedar both use it for the more advanced horses. I like mixing the lateral work up to address the horse's issues. I've been amazed with the TB/Perch mare how much she has changed just with in hand work. Once it cools off I want to get on her again and se...
by khall
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Dresseur, paying attention to the shoulders and what they are doing is so much of my riding/work in hand and on line! Rip was one to be on his left shoulder, so left HI and renvere were much harder, what helped with him was to think of his shoulders moving away from the bend a 1/2 step. So in HI L, ...
by khall
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 677

Re: Musings on leg position

Let's just say if I rode with stirrups as short as Rye I would spend more time on the ground than riding Rip! I have to have longer legs to be safe on him. Even trying to raise them a hole feels unsafe. What I need to concentrate on is engaging my ileopsoas to raise the pubic bone and bring my knee ...
by khall
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 230
Views: 2749

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

DJR I hope we don't face that soon. We have 2 wells also, acidic water which is not kind to fittings or any metal that is in the water pipes (which is what happened yesterday). We have a filter system but this was before the filter and of course the well pump (ours is submerge too) is also before th...
by khall
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: *Add histopath report... Vet visit... one surprise after the next. Report and photos added
Replies: 33
Views: 639

Re: Vet visit... one surprise after the next. Report and photos added

Wow that was involved. I've not seen this particular surgery before. Hope your guy comes through it fine and within margins.
by khall
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 64
Views: 914

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

This slow mo video might help. Shows clearly when the horse is on the last beat (leading leg) of the canter is when the rider's seat is the most open. Seat closes on the up swing of the stride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81u5lIp6sTA For me, when asking for more collection, the open and closing ...
by khall
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 64
Views: 914

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

chisamba I like the first and third picture. The first may not be the best for a horse that is not strong enough, but for a strong fit horse being erect like this pic to me is correct. The 3rd pic is just very fluid very horse friendly. The 2nd to me looks like backwards riding with elbows to me loo...
by khall
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 677

Re: Musings on leg position

Tsavo it is more about my pelvis than my legs. I hate riding with shorter stirrups and 2-3 holes would be a no go for me, need that leg on Rip for safety. I have a very mobile hip/pelvis/spine and need to keep the tone better with the illiopsoas to keep the pelvis correct and leg correct. It comes f...
by khall
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 677

Re: Musings on leg position

I have the total opposite problem and that I have worked on since last year. Trainer in Spain really helped with this. I rotate my pelvis forward and my leg goes too far back. I have to think about bringing my knees forward and lift the pubic bone (engage the illiopsoas). I have never ridden on my p...

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