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by Ryeissa
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 453

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

My horse gets wound up more with galloping, so I had to take everything slow/down a notch. What I found helps: flexions/ground work where you hold the reins as if you were riding. Make her walk, halt, walk. Then start gradual small circles. It slows the brain down and helps them wait. It also helps ...
by Ryeissa
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2032

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Piedmontfields, she looks pretty content there and that is a lovely paddock. Was it Tsavo who mentioned the canter-trot-canter trans in SF? I couldn't find the comment again, but I thought I'd give it a go with my big horse who I've had a bit of a struggle with to keep straight. Thought I'd video i...
by Ryeissa
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2032

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I'm sorry CB.... Back on the riot front, we are doing a trail challenge and a HJ schooling show this month. Yes, dressage shows are slim pickings this year, they need to rehab footing at some of the local grounds. However, riot is game and it's actually a really good way to build his collected and m...
by Ryeissa
Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A little update
Replies: 12
Views: 340

Re: A little update

I will have to check, I think CESMT. Cert equine sport massage therapist?
by Ryeissa
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A little update
Replies: 12
Views: 340

Re: A little update

I'm so happy for you! That's a wonderful update. I am certified in horse massage and love it, although its just a side job for me. I still have my main man, my pinto Riot. He's as awesome as ever. Still trucking along in dressage and now some jumping. He's really good at both! He is 14. Oh yes and m...
by Ryeissa
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

To each their own, these threads are what you need them to be- moral support, goal updates, or daily journals. I am someone who writes notes after every ride, however, here I don't post personal stuff (I would if it was closed/un-public). I don't mean to hide anything, it's just the online world is ...
by Ryeissa
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2888

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

One thing to consider with buying a palomino or horse of any odd color or one that has spots is that you stand out and are remembered. That can be a good thing, or a bad thing. sure, but in the end no one really cares about anything but their own horse. I have a colored arabian, and SMALL, the trif...
by Ryeissa
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 671

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

Yeah, I agree that rides can be too long. Horses can't maintain that much collection or work no matter how fit! I like to give my horse a good long walk break after every 10 mins or so. I also do a lot of stretching. It all depends on the horse, mine holds too much tension and can be prone to over-w...
by Ryeissa
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: More leg? Not really...No

Over use of the leg causes a multitude of problems.

The day I realized leg was a negitive, my little German heart died a bit, but I became a much better rider. Tempo with enough power, but not too much.

POWER, which comes from balance. Not driving aids.
by Ryeissa
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Lovely pic of Kimbra! Beautiful!
by Ryeissa
Thu May 10, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5036

Re: Need some help or advice

Oh dear! I'm sorry to hear that all, but glad you checked in!
by Ryeissa
Thu May 10, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What a few months it has been
Replies: 25
Views: 736

Re: What a few months it has been

echoing the above ^^^ very sorry to hear of your health issues and the loss of your pets. Please keep us posted!
by Ryeissa
Thu May 10, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: transformation
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: transformation

Thanks for sharing! really lovely video. I'll be sure to watch it a few times
by Ryeissa
Wed May 09, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I've never had a new saddle before so I don't know how much they change during the breaking-in process. Anyone here know? The saddle, btw, is super comfy for me; I have absolutely zero sore spots from riding in it. Some can change quite a bit! My fluffy saddle made my eyes bug out, but sure enough ...
by Ryeissa
Tue May 01, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

snow? And I thought I had it bad, 16" 2 weeks ago Anyways, back to a real spring! Started in on these already, doing great. 1. practice all 1st level tests and 2:1 for shows 2. Trail ride and hills 2x a week 3. Clinics/shows- already lining them up! 4. Jumping practice. Obviously the same old d...
by Ryeissa
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Pickle is coming home from the trainer's when I get back from my work trip, but not for the right reasons. We're going on a hunt for any physical reasons for her misbehaviors. Not sure what we'll do if we can't find anything, but I'm trying to stay optimistic. Good luck! :D I'm sorry that it's not ...
by Ryeissa
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Yonka aka The #blondebastard
Replies: 19
Views: 1476

Re: Yonka aka The #blondebastard

that sounds great! Keep us posted. YES GO!
by Ryeissa
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Yonka aka The #blondebastard
Replies: 19
Views: 1476

Re: Yonka aka The #blondebastard

how it going now? He's so funny. I love that pic
by Ryeissa
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Emma
Replies: 71
Views: 11371

Re: Emma

Yes, happiness is so important! thanks for sharing your journey with us.
by Ryeissa
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I don't think the canter looks weird? It's how a lot of smaller backed/short neck horses canter. I'm still kickin' and reading along. I SOMEHOW learned to sit the trot this winter, like for real! Still refining my summer plans but it's more of the same ol' same 'ol Riot is 14 now! what happened? He ...
by Ryeissa
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: Clinic this weekend....

Sooooo this weekend I took a lesson from Jeff Moore, who traveled here from Cali, So, I'm curious if any of you guys have done lessons clinics with him and your thoughts afterwards. Anyone? Nope, never seen him in person. Perhaps audit another before riding again? I'm sorry you had a mixed experien...
by Ryeissa
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rambling on about nothing
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Rambling on about nothing

I think that makes a lot of sense, each horse represents a different time for us and they have unique characters.
Keep in mind things can change and grow with Ariel too, give it some time.

"And it makes me happy to see her. She brings me joy."
that is awesome! I am so happy for you!
by Ryeissa
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 10780

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

-30 °F -34.44 °C
-20 °F -28.89 °C
-10 °F -23.33 °C
0 °F -17.78 °C
10 °F -12.22 °C
20 °F -6.67 °C
30 °F -1.11 °C
32 °F 0 °C freezing/melting point of water
40 °F 4.44 °C
50 °F 10.00 °C


^^^ handy conversions :)
Hardly riding either, been -20F. yuck.
by Ryeissa
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

I didnt say she “needed” to quiet her lower leg, I simply made a comment about my own experience. An ankle can be quiet AND supple at the same time. It could very well be that quiet ankles, as you point out, have “no bearing on how the horse goes”. On the other hand, for some, the total picture a d...
by Ryeissa
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

Gah, you have grass! It's around -20F, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
My horse is getting a week off, even with an indoor. Too cold
by Ryeissa
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5036

Re: Need some help or advice

how are you doing now Linden? the holidays can be really hard....
by Ryeissa
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 3100

Re: Positional challenges and projects

piedmontfields wrote:Good for you, Ryeissa, if it works and your horse cooperates. But please know that this is not safer and you should not assume such.


I'm the most cautious, safety first rider I know.

if I am faced with data and evidence I can change my mind. Drop it, please.
by Ryeissa
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5036

Re: Need some help or advice

I'm sorry for your losses, Linden. I don't have any words, really. I always say that you feel what you feel, but don't let it become your story. There is wisdom in feelings. we can't just change them instantly. You guys know I lost my horse 5 yrs ago this time of year, and it put into motion a lot o...
by Ryeissa
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 3100

Re: Positional challenges and projects

yes, I dismount by putting my leg around the front of the saddle. ... I thought it was easier/safer than balancing awkwardly on the back of the saddle to get off. Definitely not safer, as it puts one in a more difficult position if the horse moves, etc. I'm not sure what you mean by balancing on th...
by Ryeissa
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

I agree, much more harmony between back and front rosie! nice job
by Ryeissa
Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

happy thanksgiving! Riot is doing great!
by Ryeissa
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

She has mild arthritic changes between C6 and C7. She was never unsound in a clear way, it was more of a change in attitude that both my trainer and I noticed, and it took a while to track down so she had quite a lot of time off. I’m building up her fitness at the moment, and am treating the arthri...
by Ryeissa
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

Gwen-
Being on the forehand isn't the problem.... the tension and fussiness is the greater issue, esp on a horse who is rehabbing like Callie. I think being off the forehand is best, yes, but that isn't your first priority. Sometimes horses put the head excessively low when the back hurts.
by Ryeissa
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

Well crap. Rip has had a relapse of NCS. Our last two rides were difficult no where near what we were doing just the week before and I noticed him snorting while eating. So he is back on pred and upped the throats spray to daily. May need twice daily spray. Also moved him to a different pasture. Ha...
by Ryeissa
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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 Ryeissa
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

Dresseur wrote:Well, this is happening! I'm being VERY careful, and I trust the little shit as far as I can throw him, which is not far, now that he's not so little. :lol: :lol:


I'm glad to see you riding! I get it, I do.... :lol:
by Ryeissa
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

still alive! I am so pleased with how RIot's back is really filling out and widening due to increased fitness/throughness. It's funny because he has been worked very !!! consistently for 5 yrs but I guess it takes a lot of time and effort to get going....
by Ryeissa
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 3100

Re: Positional challenges and projects

yes, I dismount by putting my leg around the front of the saddle. I keep a good bend in my knee, so it's a very contained movement. I draw my knee up high and pivot around my saddle- i'm not throwing my leg over the head :lol: my horses never cared, or noticed. I thought it was easier/safer than bal...
by Ryeissa
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 3100

Re: Positional challenges and projects

I move my leg around the front of the saddle, not the back. Much easier! :)
by Ryeissa
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trotting, or not
Replies: 19
Views: 1797

Re: Trotting, or not

:) super news!
by Ryeissa
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

ETA: I forgot to mention my ride on Rudy Nov 2. Our big accomplishment was to stay "on the aides" and "through" despite a wild Tom turkey wandering in and out of the arena displaying his beautiful feathers every time we passed by. :shock: :shock: yes, that is quite an accomplish...
by Ryeissa
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13188

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

sorry flight! :(
I met with my trainer to set out specific goals around 2nd/3rd. Nothing really new, just building more strength in collection. i have a clear riding plan for my 4-5x a week. (which isn't unusual, but I want to be careful I preserve relaxation)
by Ryeissa
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So I had an idea.... UPDATE
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: So I had an idea....

crrepy! :) nice job
by Ryeissa
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 46678

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Ah thank you demi. For those who use to bitch about my endless pictures, at least I'm not polluting the Internet highway with endless photos. Hard to believe that anyone would think it was a good idea to waste time bitching about posts that were interesting to others, instead of just scrolling on b...
by Ryeissa
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 46678

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Getting towards true mediums with power...my horse is VERY enthusiastic about well, everything! so he didn't quite get the "not faster but power" part. in 5 yrs trot lengthenings have been my nemesis....turns out we should have just skipped them. really, on to mediums. SI better, collected...
by Ryeissa
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do They Want to Lease or Not?
Replies: 7
Views: 885

Re: Do They Want to Lease or Not?

As long as you are sure they receive communication (ie- text went through,right email address) i would say no way. If they are this bad now, how much worse in 6months? It's the same for me no matter what the lease looks like, a pain in the butt owner can be awful and really ruin the experience. I ca...
by Ryeissa
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The horses are out today
Replies: 19
Views: 1562

Re: The horses are out today

My horse won't be white till May, I fear..... unless we get a lot of snow that cleans the feet and legs.
by Ryeissa
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My only hiccup with horses
Replies: 20
Views: 2192

Re: My only hiccup with horses

Oh goodness yes, my horse is too affectionate. He runs over to the gate, would rather be with me than his friends. He is always playing with me (in a good way) and gives me kisses. (not in a pushy way) you can never yell at him, ever. Everyone adores him.
by Ryeissa
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: In Which I Seek ze Legerete (long)
Replies: 22
Views: 2210

Re: In Which I Seek ze Legerete (long)

yes, balance before movement has been essential in my riding....that is what I spoke of on the other thread. However, I still use a lot of the german theory. Flexions have been very helpful, as well as in hand work
by Ryeissa
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 46678

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

My first horse, Rye, had a club foot and diagnosed neck arthritis --it was inadvertantly found in a nuro exam, when she was very sick, but explains some issues...(It was in no way related to the neuro disease) ust wanted to mention it! She had a lot of arthritis everywhere, so who knows... if they ...

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