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by Ponichiwa
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1654

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

We have 4-tempis. I repeat, we have 4-tempis!
by Ponichiwa
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 179
Views: 17623

Re: Class of 2013?

Linden, that's quite the dramatic backdrop! Hope you're feeling well and up to riding soon. Anne-- my guy is also a food-hound. I threatened him with a grazing muzzle until the clover bloom is over, but couldn't follow through. As a result, he's now approximately spherical. Queso did his first Train...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2634

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

On the topic of cheapo vs. expensissimo: The expensive price tag may be a better sign of the quality of training (commiserate with age), bloodlines, soundness, and temperament, or it can hide things like double-dipping commissions or an inflated sense of horse worth due to barn- or agent-name recogn...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1654

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Dresseur-- you have so many grey horses! H4S-- hurray!! I bet that's a weight off your shoulders now that he's back to his old self. As for me and my two, we're trucking along and actually ticking off the activities we need to do to get our goals down. Queso and I have been out on the trails wheneve...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun thread: What is your super power?
Replies: 22
Views: 397

Re: Fun thread: What is your super power?

Too bad I'm so klutzy. I'd be the best of spies, and the worst of spies...

Truth time: I've had recurring nightmares that I won't be able to put a solid change on Queso. Totally normal fears over here.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How do you end a friendship?
Replies: 15
Views: 403

Re: How do you end a friendship?

I'm with heddylamar on this one. I honestly believe that telling people like that why you're backing off gives them continued power over your happiness. Every time I've actually told people something cutting, even if it's truthful, I've felt worse for it. It's better for me to let them go without co...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun thread: What is your super power?
Replies: 22
Views: 397

Re: Fun thread: What is your super power?

I attract overshares. So many people I don't know well enough to warrant that kind of closeness have told me about their medical issues, love lives, etc. Even complete strangers! Wonder what it is about me that triggers them to drop TMI on me.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 590

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

Agree with the other comments re: white noise, and the onus on the rider to be clear in their own aids to aid the horse's understanding. This, though, is the real crux of riding without ambiguity to me: I have long been an advocate of clear and consistent, I think riding without ambiguity is another...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 21
Views: 509

Re: My Situation

I don't have any advice, just sympathy. I'm so sorry for your loss.

You may (or may not) find it empowering to master some of the tractor work. Just a thought. I also very much understand outsourcing some of that work-- very few tractor implements are designed for ease of use/ergonomics.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2634

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

I once told that to my trainer back in the day-- "I'd love to sell a horse for $75k!" And she told me that no, actually you'd look at that offer, and you'd find out that you can't buy a horse as good or better than the one you're sitting on for that purchase price, so you'd probably say no...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1654

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Brr! Stay warm up there. I've got some simple goals for myself and my two horses: Kiwi: - Incorporate our newly-compliant half-steps into a more regular schooling session (at least 1x/week), and use them as a tool to improve medium/extended trot - Improve flying change relaxation such that I can sta...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6200

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I had postponed making an update last weekend because the weather was so nice, I figured I'd have a couple more rides this week to really settle some things. Resounding no on that front, I'm afraid. This week we're getting all the stormy weather it sounds like Mountaineer, Exvet, and Khall are missi...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Ignorance and getting rolled
Replies: 46
Views: 1707

Re: Ignorance and getting rolled

I disagree again. Statistics alone aren't malicious or evil either; the issue is usually the application of those statistics to draw conclusions. Example. I've got a bag with 20 marbles in it. I'll let you draw 2. Both turn out to be green, so 100% of the marbles that you've drawn are green. Nothing...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Ignorance and getting rolled
Replies: 46
Views: 1707

Re: Ignorance and getting rolled

Pet peeve alert: Numbers do not lie. Math is not biased towards a certain outcome. However. Context is critical. Neglecting to mention boundary conditions, assumptions, and limitations of the dataset can skew the interpretation of the data. I have seen a rise in the "Well numbers lie and expert...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6200

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

My 2-month goals aren't going out with a bang, but with a whimper. Having a very hard time getting myself up and out of bed in time to work out, shower, and get to work on time... so I've just been skipping the workout part. As a result, feeling flabby and unpleasant. And I didn't even get back to s...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2634

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

I just bought a new truck last year-- $50k is on the low end for a decent towing vehicle! And that price tag doesn't drop much until the truck has lived a long (or hard) life. Where I raise my eyebrows is the 6yo 1st level horse advertised at 75+k-- feels like not-so-long-ago when the fancy young ho...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

Back when I was in college and had much more time (although at the time I thought I was THE MOST STRESSED), I was riding 6-7 days/week and flying up the levels (1-2 levels/yr). Now that I'm older and have more working hours per day, I'm lucky to get to 5 and currently average around 4, and my progre...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 1230

Re: So what are you reading?

StragihtForward-- If you're looking for a kind of heartwarming look into animal behavior, look into "King Solomon's Ring". The author was an animal behaviorist in the 1940s, and the book is a non-technical approach to animal behavior through the lens of the author's various pets through th...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 179
Views: 17623

Re: Class of 2013?

It's maybe a bit more glitz/glam/flash than your run-of-the-mill dressage saddle, but here is Queso's new (to us) togs in a photo from ~Christmastime: https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/48374549_10156979142125990_6669245450819731456_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&oh=7...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 150
Views: 14505

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

He looks like a totally different color! What a chameleon!
by Ponichiwa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6200

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

The night is always darkest before the dawn, but on days when it's dark when I get to work and dark when I leave work it's hard to remember that at the very least, I'm thankful it's not 90F outside. That said, my crew is hangin' in there. I had a couple tough rides on Kiwi late last month and could ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1797

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

On top of the good thoughts here, remember that there is a strength component required to be soft, supple, and also powerful. Anyone who has taken a barre class can commiserate! So your horse may be compensating for fitness (or muscle-soreness). If you are asking for increased engagement and power s...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 1230

Re: So what are you reading?

Josette-- I thought that book was pretty well-done and enjoyed it. Hope you do too! I just finished "Ravenmaster" by Chris Skaife-- a memoir-type treatment of the Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London charged with the care and maintenance of the Tower's raven population. Skaife clearly love...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: French horn again UPDATE
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: French horn again

Truth be told, I trained my ear (which was not good) and learned how to play my horn at the same time, so it wasn't a very painful experience at the time. (I'm not vouching for my parents' or sister's experiences during this phase of my playing) Years after I got fairly good at my baritone/euphonium...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Any Schleese Obrigado Owners here?
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: Any Schleese Obrigado Owners here?

I've got an 18" for my short-backed slope-shoulder GRP mare. The shoulder relief/cutback shoulder is what made the biggest difference in her way of going. It's built on a smaller tree than their typical 18" and also has the short panels, which makes it sit well short of her 18th rib. I don...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: French horn again UPDATE
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: French horn again

Hurray! Quality instruments do make a dramatic difference. Good for you! I made some really great friends through music (high school/college band), and a few of us still do some small ensemble playing together nowadays, a good 15 years after we started playing. It can be a lifetime passion, even if ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Barrel Racing friend wants some dressage
Replies: 15
Views: 386

Re: Barrel Racing friend wants some dressage

I was going to mention turns on the haunches and turns on the forehand-- these are classic "barrel racer" exercises that help standing up the shoulders (which is key to not knocking over barrels), as well as getting the hind end under. I'd approach them from the walk and turn a 20m or 15m ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 755

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

I am not a world-class level show rider, but I have been reasonably successful when I've implemented the following strategies: 1. Know your test(s) inside/outside/backwards. I visualize my ride via going through the test on foot (usually in the aisle in front of my stalls, which gets some fun looks ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 179
Views: 17623

Re: Class of 2013?

Lovely pictures, all. Heddy-- congrats on the trailer loading progress! Already starting to look like a non-event. Anne-- you and your guy look great. I'm impressed with his balance; looks like a big horse now! Short update on Queso: We've got leg yields. I repeat, we've got leg yields. I think his ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

I'm in a similar place with my greenie. We've gotten to the stage now where we're not hitting major milestones every ride anymore-- I guess we're actually starting on some "dressage". What we're doing: - Transitions off of the rail (centerline, quarterlines), including halts. Starting to g...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 554

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

I've been struggling to get across the need to sit and also turn in the canter pirouettes with Kiwi, until it hit me that I can do them towards the wall. Immediate improvement, even though we were easily still 10m away.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein Length
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Rein Length

I suspect this (once again) may be a function of type of horse that you ride. People riding horses that tend to curl may subconsciously push out the neck in the canter to fill the rein. People riding the big long horses will notice that the canter, because of its uphill beat, does put the horse in a...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6200

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

2019: Great start, tough follow-up. In my first week back at work after the holidays, I was a paragon of accomplishment. Workouts before work? Check. Eating well? Check. Riding both horses after work? Check, and also they were great. On the up-and-up. Then all of the leadership got back into the off...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 1230

Re: So what are you reading?

I've been on a nonfiction/biography kick for several years now. I've just finished Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Leadership: In Turbulent Times" and really enjoyed how she framed the 4 presidents' path towards channeling their own leadership qualities through their own crucibles (war, economic d...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6200

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Happy new year, everybody! I'm always in for these threads. I love watching everyone's progress! In the next two months, here's what we'll be working on: Kiwi: - Half steps 2x/month - Transitions between collected and medium or extended trot - Fluency in half passes - Canter pirouette work 1x/week Q...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11319

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

Well, it's very nearly time to wrap this thing up. Here's what I said I was going to do: My crew and I are in. Looks like there may be some new-to-the-thread "faces" around here, so here's a quick rundown of who we are and where we're headed: Kiwi, 2007 GRP, consistently schooling somewher...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!
Replies: 54
Views: 1663

Re: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!

I wouldn't have even thought of that, Piedmontfields. Pollyanna over here, thinking quietly to myself that PPE results are essentially worth nothing to me once I've had the horse for a while, and certainly worth $0 if I sell the horse, so I wouldn't be especially put off by a request to see them. Th...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sometimes holidays are difficult
Replies: 17
Views: 630

Re: Sometimes holidays are difficult

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Pets take a little bit of us with them when they go.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 881

Re: Year In Review

I, too, can chime in with a challenging horse! I've even dedicated a thread to mine (from 2016): http://definitelydressage.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1408&sid=a1ab0c469bb7100fff3177b88b9b0d87#p22093 This year has had its triumphs and nadirs: - We solidified the 3rd level work with Kiwi to the p...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!
Replies: 54
Views: 1663

Re: I need help with a sale ad

Agreed with the above-- would also consider leading with "No vices" instead of "No rear, no buck", but ultimately up to you.

I prefer a more matter-of-fact approach to horse descriptions vs. flowery language. Good video and good pictures go a long way.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11319

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

The answer is to anticipate the upbeat! That's why counting (out loud) several strides before you think about asking for a change is really helpful.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11319

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

Blob-- are you a musician by any chance? I've found asking on the "up beat" of the canter helps clarify the timing issue. By the time you get to the downbeat (ONE-two-three of the canter), it's too late to aid. Counting out loud, even if it makes you feel a bit silly, can help solidify the...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11319

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

This isn't a huge community, so it's a bit of a bummer when anyone gets the boot (or chooses to leave). Drat. Was looking forward to her finding the perfect horse.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11319

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

Did Tsavo ever find her dream horse? Haven't "seen" her around lately.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 11319

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

I took my horses to a show on Saturday and am pleased to report that Kiwi broke 60% on both 3rd level tests (although there was plenty of room for improvement thanks to tension), and Queso handled a busy warm-up ring in a strange place like a champ. His scores aren't really anything to write home ab...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 179
Views: 17623

Re: Class of 2013?

We're back home from the show, and guess who won his first class? This little cutie: https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/48278067_10156973477595990_7270263855459074048_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&oh=460f4ebf7b91ca82580a1c7702b632b5&oe=5CAC8C60
by Ponichiwa
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 1679

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

I can't blame you... https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/47390665_10156958357685990_3835782910636457984_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&oh=ec00b98963e103891d8d253a31b706de&oe=5CAF7EB5 I honestly have never had a horse that had perfect conformation for dressage (even...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 1679

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

Sidebar. Why are so many top stallions nowadays black? I noticed that too. A lot of imports coming from Europe are black as well. I think black horses are more of a "dream horse" color, intense, etc. Could be trendy or just genetics playing out-- I don't have anything to do with it so it'...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent
Replies: 17
Views: 767

Re: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent

MC, how frustrating! I've got Kiwi in an Obrigado (sigh) and love it, but it seems that the Schleese experience really is regionally sensitive. That said, you may have better luck getting in touch with Schleese central vs. the local saddlefitter re: getting on a fitting schedule. If you can get a he...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 301
Views: 10651

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

If you're not already, you might want to get in touch with the COTH poster Xctrygirl. She's imported 2 horses in the last yearish from the UK (jumpers, not eventers) and may have some tips for you. Potentially both contacts and logistics. https://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/forum/discussion-forums/hu...

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