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by mari
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 669

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

We had a show yesterday (2nd level). Was not amazing. My riding time was at midday, and it was blazing hot. Did a very insufficient warm-up because I was pretty sure I was close to a heatstroke incident. Odin, in comparison, was strong as an ox, and just as plank-like. Not a good combination. In tot...
by mari
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spin-off: What are your greatest strengths?
Replies: 21
Views: 573

Re: Spin-off: What are your greatest strengths?

I have a pretty good feel for the subtleties of what is happening beneath me. I'm also very quiet in my body without being tense, and I have great control over all my bits. So if my instructor wants me to lower my right shoulder a bit to help with a lateral movement, for example, I can do that easil...
by mari
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2 hardest things to learn - Riding skill & dressage element? Then?
Replies: 13
Views: 556

Re: 2 hardest things to learn - Riding skill & dressage element? Then?

Hardest general concept was timing of aids vs. release. And it was a lot of experimentation, and instructors willing to talk me through it stride by stride for HOURS until the feeling became ingrained. Hardest movement so far is flying changes. I can ride them pretty smoothly on other horse, but Odi...
by mari
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Rosie, whenever I see pictures of you riding I get serious leg-alignment jealousy :D
by mari
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter - Suppling or Strenthening or ???
Replies: 47
Views: 1446

Re: Canter - Suppling or Strenthening or ???

I have a much better trot after a canter warm-up. He just feels looser and more ready to work. And it really helps with the forward. Odin's favourite part of any workout is the halt, and if I warm up in trot I often have to demand (or nag...) for forward, where if I canter first the trot is much rou...
by mari
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 180
Views: 20713

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

I agree with Tanga, that is a nice canter. And you rode a really accurate test. He certainly seems like a little powerhouse! I don't like the "horse with limitations" comment, he's completely lovely. His gait scores will get better as you train more, and the moments of resistance and trans...
by mari
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

That sounds like an awesome lesson Exvet! Methinks I also need to refresh these concepts at least once a week. It's just so dang hard for me to remember to enforce that level of response with every aid, every ride.
by mari
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Mari looking good! What a lovely arena too. Are they houses so close to the side? I used to have terribly busy legs and I couldn't keep my lower leg still at all, way way way worse than yours!! It came from a riding a more lazy type horse and I had to concentrate so hard on keeping them still and m...
by mari
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Mari, you must be excited and proud of your progress. Since you asked for your leg to be more quiet you will have to train him to give a better response. Honestly even to get his front up, it's all about a quicker response to the leg. Your baby half pass will have more freedom for the shoulder to l...
by mari
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I had a clinic lesson today with an instructor I ride with every 2 months or so. Everything was about self-carriage and getting him less reliant on my hands for balance. And coaching me every stride to readjust, up-up, leg, give. It was hard work, but I think if I can practice my aids and timing to ...
by mari
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Flight - awesome pictures! So cool that they get to go out and do different things.
by mari
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Here is my test. It was the Elementary, which seems to be equivalent to US 2nd level. Is this sort of what you guys ride in the US? How do your second-level tests compare? We can always start a new thread on this if this is not the right one. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/NYM09iMBiOfNkWL_RDfXAPp...
by mari
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Our show yesterday went pretty well. I was actually riding properly and not just sitting there like a lump. We had some mistakes. There is one part where you have to transition to canter after a trot sequence, and in typical Odin fashion I gave the canter aid at C and he went "Whaaaaaaaaat?&quo...
by mari
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 440
Views: 14335

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I am embracing the suck of second level and am torturing myself with yet another show on Sunday.

Those of you who posted photos, you are truly damn awesome and inspiring. I will post my own early next week. And then you can all go to town :lol:
by mari
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Sue B wrote:Doesn't anyone have a horse that sometimes changes behind but not in front????


Mine! If he is disunited after a change attempt, 99% of the time he has not changed in front.
by mari
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Flight do you mind if I ask, what do you do to let him know that is not particularly appreciated? I personally prefer to discourage bucking and or rearing. I'm usually just trying to get my bum back in the saddle! It is a leap more than a buck and when he's trying to do a change and I've hung onto ...
by mari
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Marius Schreiner clinic went well
Replies: 21
Views: 1315

Re: Marius Schreiner clinic went well

I really like the photos! Can you give a bit more information about how you worked on the half-steps? We often attempt them as part of warm-up, to remind Odin that he has hocks. But I'm not an upper-level rider, so I like hearing what other people want to feel and what they are looking for.
by mari
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Aaaaaw Moutaineer, it happens. If he's fit and not tired after the show yesterday, I would give the troublesome movements another go at home today or tomorrow. If the same issues crop up, then start problem-solving for the physical issues you are worried about.
by mari
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Putting the medium canter first in the canter section of second level is a rather unkind bit of test writing IMHO... But that's probably why it's there... It is flat-out diabolical! :D So that bit of the test goes: (Tracking left), after P, turn on the haunches in walk. F: Working canter. KH: Mediu...
by mari
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Oh Mari, I am right with you! I did elementary with Norsey on the weekend too and we sucked. Really badly, in fact I feel my face going red thinking that people saw us. I have video and I don't even think I could fashion a nice still from it! We were opposite in that we had no collection, long and ...
by mari
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Left/Right versus Inside/Outside
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Left/Right versus Inside/Outside

Easy for me. Which one am I pulling on like a numpty? That one would be the right rein. :oops:
by mari
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Having a wobbly moment. Had a show yesterday, rode Elementary 3 again (2nd level). It was not amazing. Odin was not amazing. And I was definitely not amazing. The warmup felt pretty good. But in the test, after the medium canter, he just tanked me around. Obedient transitions in the sense that they ...
by mari
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Flight - Such a lovely picture! He looks ready for pretty much anything. One of my biggest struggles with Odin has been in the canter work. We've been going in a French link KK snaffle for years, and after a suggestion from a friend and some hugely frustrating rides I tried a Baucher. And the last t...
by mari
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Yes, I think I'll give it a rest for a little while! The upside is Norsey no longer even bats an eyelid at me ending up around his neck or hanging off the side :lol: :lol: :lol: Oh my sympathies... Mine doesn't launch upwards so much. He sort of flings his head and shoulders up and kicks out like a...
by mari
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 12518

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Our plan for the last few weeks have been to find our counter canter again. And it has mostly come back, yay! For the next few weeks we want to really push his body around in the canter, lateral work all ways, so that he is more accepting of my legs in the canter. Over the last month or so our trans...
by mari
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Well done Moutaineer! I think we are currently serpentine sisters, mine sounds exactly like yours :D
by mari
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 1303

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for

We use the SI in the walk on the centerline as a warm up exercise--with halts in the SI and move-offs still in the SI alignment. Working towards the mirror, so no cheating :) Helps him with suppleness and getting the hind leg stepping through and under, and helps me with straightness and body align...
by mari
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Exvet - sounds like a really productive lesson. I really like " the concept that my legs are for not just for requesting that he move his energy into a forward momentum but that he move his inner energy over his back into the hand/bridle and recycle". We're also working on that, with varyi...
by mari
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Lovely happy pic Flight! Rosie - you are super inspiring. Actually, you all are, and I love these threads. We had a pretty good test this morning. The canter strike-offs were horrendously wrong, which is very frustrating as they are supposed to be our strong point, and we got a very expressive 'chan...
by mari
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

And smart to get that second level stuff done before focusing on changes. I lost part of my show season last year because I started introducing flying changes. I did it just in time for regionals, so even though we qualified, I didn't go because at that time we had neither a confirmed change nor a ...
by mari
Fri May 31, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Flight wrote:Oh Mari, I'm sure it isn't terrible! But I do hope you have a good show. I'm doing one on Saturday and choosing to do Novice so I can do rising trot ;)


I'm less sure :lol: But I'm going to have to go out and suck at this level for a bit before I can get better. Good luck for Saturday!
by mari
Thu May 30, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I have a show next weekend. Sitting trot is terrible. I'm currently terrible at it, and everything is terrible, and we are going to be terrible. Yay shows...
by mari
Tue May 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 5042

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

Some really good ideas on this thread. Our canter was our best gait some months back, I hated riding trot. And suddenly (probably not actually suddenly but that is how it feels) the trot is completely lovely and canter has gone to hell. We will be working hard on canter the next few weeks, will chec...
by mari
Tue May 21, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Flight - thanks so much for that video! So many good points that I can use too.
by mari
Mon May 13, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 19634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

My personal theory is that being able to listen to your horse is a primary consideration. Let's be honest, some horses will move away from a slight nudge and others you can thump se veral times with a flat hand before they say, oh , were you asking something I was chllaxing here as i step on your f...
by mari
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 1926

Re: Medium trot

My appy x has no medium trot. Enormous canter, choppy pony trot. Two things have brought some improvement. The first is to really work on the collection end of the see-saw. Improving our collection has led to more scope for the bigger trot too. The second thing was 'chasing' him at the biggest trot ...
by mari
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 2226

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

Another thought is to be quiet. Once my horse gives a response, I use quietness if seat and aids to signal, as it were, that I appreciate the response. How long I can remain quiet in the contact depends on the horse, I do this often because it's my way if saying yes, you did good, this us our goal,...
by mari
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 14422

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Flight - lovely photos! I think trying for explosive reactions is better than lukewarm ones any day of the week, so I will applaud that comment.
by mari
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 14422

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Odie's first jumping show of the year. My instructor piloting. He jumped lovely clear rounds, and got placed in the competition class. The turns in the jump-off were fabulous, but he is so not built for speed :lol: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dcGsj5PV-_I48Jh5jVh-JWytFfS_H97WcfXcj5sbVQ-84W3IZEK...
by mari
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Dresseur - sorry to hear about Miro. It's just never easy... I rode for the first time in a few weeks, did the flatwork part of my jumping lesson this morning. Did not jump a single thing, but did do trotting poles. In typical Odin fashion, he didn't pay attention and faceplanted over them. Having C...
by mari
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Blob - RP is completely adorable!

I'll be in a neck brace for a few days, no riding til the end of next week. So no show. Don't even really know what to say about it. I'm fit and strong and oh-so-very careful and now I'm out again. Struggling to find my grace this time around.
by mari
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Lovely photos Exvet! Congrats on your results. I'm entered for a show on the weekend. Had a lesson on Saturday, Odie gave a huge buck/kick in anticipation of a flying change, and my already delicate neck is now in a neck brace again. I'm just so completely over this, and I want to abandon everyone a...
by mari
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Awesome job Flight! Don't know how you guys survive in the snow. This is what you're missing in sunny South Africa :lol: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/D72p11w0eZ6gnR7NpIADfy8qAxvELLJF_SO7NaWs-AekgrEclnOc_067Ss-d1w0HqPhb2yojaJRW-oXh_aA892c0OWnlYG1gguIoDwDhjykR6wyMXYZVMDdUK5A5UYJ_Ott98qUjQmhfht9rt...
by mari
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 2072

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

Good thread :p I like to know the test inside and out. I practice the arena layout constantly, and can recite the letters in any order. Then I learn the test patterns about a week before, and ride them in my head constantly while driving. I cannot practice riding the test too much with Odin, he is a...
by mari
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Thanks everyone! I know I need to do it more to get better, and I really do want to show, but it feels like this year is kicking my ass motivation-wise and it's only January :D At least we had a lovely hack yesterday, and splashed in the dam.
by mari
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 1661

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

A very simple but hugely effective exercise to test how sticky your horse is to the wall, and to loosen him up a little: Pick up trot. On the long side, ride very round but shallow turns off the wall, like little loops, you should try to fit in 3 or 4. Rereading that, I'm not sure if it's making sen...
by mari
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I've managed to ride 4 times this week so far. The afternoon rides were unbearable hot. I'm on for about 30 mins, only really schooling for 10 minutes or so, with a walk break every few rounds. Had my first jumping lesson of the year this morning. Odin was very lazy, but perked up when we started do...
by mari
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 14716

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Sorry for all you guys in the snow! We're having a heat wave in South Africa. Between the afternoon thunderstorms and the 40C days, riding is going to be tricky over the next few weeks. I've been away on holiday for 3 weeks, had a lesson this morning. My instructor started up the engines by riding O...
by mari
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 22455

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

Thanks everyone, I need some encouragement (25%) and a kick in the pants (75%) :lol: Mountaineer - I so understand about the forward! Our first outing at this level, I was so tense and nervous that I slowed the trot down to a crawl, and we got a 51%. This time I actually *rode* the horse, and we wer...
by mari
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 22455

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

We had a show yesterday. Elementary (2nd level). My first show in 2 years since my neck injury. I was happy with my ride, but the judge wasn't really. We ended up with a 58%. Much to work on, but a nice day out for both of us. So frustrating not being able to recreate what is coming so easily at hom...

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