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by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14902

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: 8
Views: 106

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: 13
Views: 190

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: 214

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: 72
Views: 1338

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: 26
Views: 432

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: 72
Views: 1338

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: 8021

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: 967

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: 325

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: 589

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: 967

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: 8021

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: 8021

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: 8021

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: 8021

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: 8021

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: 168
Views: 14902

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: 1182

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: 1182

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: 13
Views: 371

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: 284
Views: 6828

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...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14902

Re: Class of 2013?

Well. Signed Queso up for a local schooling show. Fewer than 50 rides under our belt-- time to go show!
by Ponichiwa
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 1182

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

Sidebar. Why are so many top stallions nowadays black?
by Ponichiwa
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14902

Re: Class of 2013?

I got a little Texas young-horse training help by way of a botfly over the weekend-- broke Queso right out of his "this creek bed is scary" balk right when I put my leg on to ask for one more step forward. I'd rather be lucky than good any day. His Cuteness before I cleaned him up: https:/...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8021

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

I'm sorry for all those out of commission due to injuries. Heal up and get well soon! Queso and I have been alternating "real" work days (with all that bothersome baby-bending and arena work) with just happily hacking around the property. Things were going well, as we admired the work of t...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Oops! Shame on me for not reading. Good luck!
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Re: Dressuer-- you could also bridge your reins and get a similar outcome as the bucking strap. Chisamba-- the difference of leg vs. seat aids may be an entirely mental game for me. I know when I was focusing on my leg aids, I tipped forward or rocked side to side more. When I think about minimal le...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

walking each new hip bone straight forward Ponichiwa - talk more about this! We're working on sequence changes with not so much counting, just asking when organized. I feel like I've got a bunch of little niggly things interfering with our progress (which I won't bore you with) and your comment is ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 539

Re: I said YES!

Congratulations! What a beautiful backdrop for your photos. Flat-lander envy over here.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Some of the tempi-machine type of horses can do some version of clean changes even from suboptimal canters. I'm not sure if that's the case here. But it is "easier" to get crooked from a canter that's a bit too on-the-spot (vs jumping forward with gusto). I can say is that keeping my chest...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

When I have had tempi straightness issues in the past, it's because instead of walking each new hip bone straight forward, I have collapsed laterally. I've improved it by sitting on the floor and walking my seatbones forward without swinging my upper body-- takes a lot more core stability than I was...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8021

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

My barn held a Ride-A-Test clinic on Saturday. Kiwi and I served as the demo riders for how to (and how not to) ride the intro through 1st movements, and also took the chance to run through 3rd 3 while we were at it. It actually felt pretty easy! I'm glad all the work we did this year to improve the...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8021

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

Happy thanksgiving (American thanksgiving)....to everyone!!! Agreed! Happy Thanksgiving, all, even if you celebrated it one month early (looking at you, Canadians) or not at all. I'm hosting dinner this year and am trying to sneak out for a couple hours to ride before this day gets away from me. Ta...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8021

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

If it helps, Rosie, we all go through the same steps. This year, I've spent the majority of my canter work with Kiwi establishing that yes indeed we can be round and honest in the canter (even when we're going sideways or doing changes). Kiwi has the opposite reaction to increased engagement w.r.t. ...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Grammaristas
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Grammaristas

^^ Agreed, although it does beg the question: what kind of mob is organized? Ok, so while we're strolling around grammar land, I'm going to take a side trip into usage land and tell you that it does not beg the question; it raises the question. Here's an explanation of what "begging the questi...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Grammaristas
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Grammaristas

^^ Agreed, although it does beg the question: what kind of mob is organized?
by Ponichiwa
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Waiting on a video... this is the first horse I have found that might be a keeper
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Waiting on a video... this is the first horse I have found that might be a keeper

If you're on COTH, might want to ping FatCatFarm. I don't know her personally but she seems to keep finding Clyde crosses (usually Clyde x Saddlebred or similar). Looks like she's based in GA.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8021

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

Exciting, Flight! What a neat experience-- I'm glad you went. For us, it's the same story as many above. Rainy/cold weather converged with some sort of flu = I haven't done a whole lot of riding this month so far. Last week we had a couple days in the high 80s/low 90s, and today I woke up and it was...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14902

Re: Class of 2013?

Some nice looking horses coming into this thread. ZinniaZ-- that's some scary stuff. Glad you two have pulled through! Queso and I are trucking along. He spent the first ~5yrs of his life in a stall or roundpen and I suspect he grew accustomed to circling in just one direction. As a result, he's pre...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Jeff Sessions is out
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Jeff Sessions is out

Huh, weird, I thought Graham said that there would be Holy Hell to pay if he fired Sessions? No? So, it's a good thing these dudes don't run a daycare or rehab 'cause they know nothing about setting a boundary and sticking with it. https://nowthisnews.com/videos/politics/lindsey-graham-said-thered-...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 949

Re: Canter

The canter is the most like riding a bike of all the gaits. Once you learn, you never forget it, but more importantly: you need to have enough energy to keep everything upright. It takes a lot of power to collect the canter properly (without breaking the canter rhythm by taking out the moment of sus...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Side Reins!

if the handler is behind the horse its ground driving, perhaps its a linguistic thing, a not being american thing on my part but i did google double longing and got a lot of religious stuff, and nothing to do with horses, and i googled long lining and saw a lot of people longing from the center in ...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 949

Re: Canter

I'd like to think they are, but if the video was better quality, or you were there in real life, you'd be able to see them clearly enough. In fact, you can see when I push him to stay in canter because he flips his tail. The harder I push, the bigger the tail flip. Trouble is, all the pushing in th...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 949

Re: Canter

Correct bend requires more energy than the horse's natural crookedness, so if you're going to ask for more bend I recommend also asking for a bit more power. Otherwise, the horse slows down or gets flatter as the work gets harder.
by Ponichiwa
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1555

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

On the walk topic-- may help to keep in constant shoulder fore or shoulder in. If you have half pass at your disposal, feel free to use that at the walk. Very hard to jig in half pass. For me... I'm never going to be a jumper. I just do not have it in me. And I may never be able to use a whip on Kiw...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Side Reins!

So, my bias is always to have my butt in the saddle vs. longeing, but that's because I am a) lazy about carrying extra equipment around, and b) generally barn-time-limited on any given weekday. That said. I like sidereins for green horses as a non-confrontational way to teach them the boundaries of ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8021

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

Tsavo wrote:
Ponichiwa wrote:Me, ahem yrs old, who even knows what level I am:


You are FEI. You took a fourth level horse and brought him up to GP.


2nd when I got him, but that was ~10 yrs ago.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14902

Re: Class of 2013?

I've joked before that I'm running the world's poorest-controlled experiment: What will happen to a congenial young horse's temperament when: - he gets all-day turnout with a posse of geldings after a life in a stall - he's gelded - he's fed better grain and hay than he's had before - he gets fit An...

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