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by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Half pass zig zags
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: Half pass zig zags

Although it's written as you say-- half pass to letter, half pass away from letter-- it looks more polished and rides easier if you "land" the first half pass a stride or two ahead of the letter, straighten, and embark on the next half pass. So in your example, I'd ride it like this: K to ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 709

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

RE: canter timing... I always ask for transitions (incl. lengthening/compression of the canter) so that they happen in the "up" beat of the canter. That's when the canter stride begins, which means you're not breaking the canter stride to end up in a different gait. By the time the hind le...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

The worst part about crimes like this is that they just don't stick with "just" one accusation. Yes, but it was consensual. Yes, but they were an open secret. Yes, but he's a really sexy guy and can't help that young women throw themselves at him. Until one more comes forward, and one more...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

And another thing! I firmly believe the rules apply to everyone. That's feminism. That's equality. Nobody should get an exemption from acting lawfully because they're attractive, or talented, or rich, or their family loves them, or whatever. The world hasn't always been like that, but I for one am g...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

I think it is interesting that feminists, and I certainly consider myself one; I had a strongly political feminist mother and was raised with prochoice marches, MS magazine, Betty Friedan, etc etc etc. have somewhat of a disconnect regarding women and victimhood. Women should be soldiers, firefight...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Fans for inside trailer
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Fans for inside trailer

Can't help on the fans, although I really want some!

Best practice for trailering in Texas, though: throw a bag of convenience-store (although I guess any brand will do) ice in some shavings underfoot. Acts as natural air conditioning. Refresh every 2-4 hrs or as needed.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

Who should I have reported to? EVERYBODY KNEW. He was found not guilty in an actual legal proceeding. What is the protection for an accused against potential liars and vindictiveness? Or is it just a too bad for you buddy/girl if you are falsely accused? The top sentence does not paint the picture ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

Lifetime bans are not getting handed out because someone dated a 17yr old for 2 weeks before their 18th birthday. As in everything, context is key. That said, I'd argue that probably you should have just waited 2 weeks before going on a date. There might not be an emotional difference between 17.98 ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

Sex crimes are very hard to convict because the preponderance of evidence is testimonial. He said/she said. Add in the "but it ruins the man's life!" element, and there you go. Lots of exit ramps to end without conviction. But the paucity of hard evidence does not make rape any less a crim...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

Here's the USEF Safe Sport policy, which defines jurisdiction (who investigates what and when) and enforcement policies.

https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/YXj0R68 ... ort-policy

It's worth a read if you think there's a lot of bad info upthread.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

Just to be clear, Ryeissa: You consider training to be "acting like police." As we say in the polite south, why bless your heart! POINT 1 No, I'm talking about Safesport INVESTIGATIONS. Not training. I don't think its the job of USEF to go after offenders. It's not. It's SafeSport's job t...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 585

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 Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Keeping head cool under helmet
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Keeping head cool under helmet

Depending on humidity, it may feel cooler to ride outside than indoors-- you get more evaporative cooling outside.

That said, over here in the sweaty uncomfortable armpit of Texas, I've just accepted my fate: I'm going to be hot and I'm going to be sweaty, so may as well work my horses anyway.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10061

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Blob, you/RP and Queso/I are in similar places. I learned recently that while Queso's great at patiently halting and standing on a loose rein, those skills don't necessarily transfer over to on-the-bit patient halts. In fact, they 0% transfer over. So we've been schooling 5-10 sec immobile (ish) hal...
by Ponichiwa
Thu May 30, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2718

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

I also thing transitions in gait are far more important than any lateral work in canter. Lateral work is fun but not necessarily helpful in the development of carriage, muscling or collection. Maybe I am too traditional. I had this on the brain when I was riding Kiwi yesterday. I have noticed that ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed May 29, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Done deal, I bought a horse!
Replies: 53
Views: 1985

Re: Done deal, I bought a horse!

Congratulations!
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 28, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tips for dealing with a male chauvinist
Replies: 35
Views: 1615

Re: Tips for dealing with a male chauvinist

Preach, sister. I recently had a run-in with a very similar individual and did not rise to the occasion. At the end of a very tense meeting, he was no closer to confessing his incompetence and I ended up looking like a total jerk. It's hard, but every time I mentally take the high road I end up fari...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 28, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tips for dealing with a male chauvinist
Replies: 35
Views: 1615

Re: Tips for dealing with a male chauvinist

I work with several of these. Good news is that they're not nearly as slick as they think they are; other people do see right through them, too. And there is absolutely no glory in trying to get them to admit they're wrong/don't know what they're talking about. You just end up looking like a terribl...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 28, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2718

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

My question to those of you contributing to this conversation is: what kind of exercises do you do to teach the horse about engaging the thoracic sling and lifting from the base of the neck? I think canter is the easiest gait to get across the need to lift and carry the "brisket" all on t...
by Ponichiwa
Wed May 22, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10061

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Lovely work, all! OK, so I tried different degrees of renvers in counter canter tonight (in 90F after work). WOW! This is a super tool. Initially, I went too far and got a nice clean change our hard way. Then I realized the degrees of it and how it jacks up the canter (I mean increases engagement in...
by Ponichiwa
Fri May 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 75
Views: 2498

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!?

Your neck of the woods, colt with good breeding, and $9500:

https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDe ... serID=1084
by Ponichiwa
Mon May 13, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Your favorite luggage?
Replies: 9
Views: 377

Re: Your favorite luggage?

I've got one of the Samsonite bags that StraightForward mentions-- I love it, but the wheels did wear unevenly and now it's a big pain to drag around. But the rest of the bag is still great! To its credit, it has been 6 years or something of semi-frequent (monthly) travel for the first 4 years.
by Ponichiwa
Fri May 10, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Houston folks, how are you?
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Houston folks, how are you?

The trouble with these storms is that they're shockingly variable. Where my horses and I live, we've gotten maybe 5" over the course of the last week. Areas just 5-10 mi north and south of us have gotten 6" in a night. We're just lucky to be between the worst of the rain bands! My sister h...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 07, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10061

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I get my fill of SMART goals/actions/deliverables/etc. at work, but looking back through the various 8-week threads I still default to that general structure anyway. Classic case of becoming the thing that you hate. Demi-- did you make it through all this crazy rain without issues? It's been a slow ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu May 02, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8870

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I'm pretty happy with where my herd ended up. We more or less kept to the goals outlined in the start of the thread: - Kiwi and I have been touching on the half-steps and the pirouette canter more consistently, generally doing one or the other (sometimes both) at least twice a week. This has come at...
by Ponichiwa
Thu May 02, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 1060

Re: Medium trot

Other exercises that help with medium trot carriage and expression: Shoulder in from corner to R, short diagonal in medium steps, shoulder in (or renver, your choice) on the opposite wall. Rinse, repeat. Helps the medium in the same way that half-steps help the medium: the haunches are already more ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8870

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Good for you, Sue B. One of the traits I really appreciate in a trainer or clinician is the quick assessment of the horse's capacity for increased expectations. The best I've ever seen at that is Ann Gribbons. I only rode with her 1 weekend 3 years ago and I still remember just how quick and accurat...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8870

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Love the picture, Flight! And condolences, Rosie, looks like winter isn't ready to give up just yet. Down south, winter has well and truly given up. Temperatures hit (and exceeded) 90F this week for the first time this year, and we're all wilting a bit. Kiwi is starting to get the pirouette canter b...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Microchip requirement for dressage?
Replies: 10
Views: 562

Re: Microchip requirement for dressage?

It looks like the microchip rule is limited to competitions with USHJA licensing (hunters/jumpers/equitation): https://www.usef.org/learning-center/videos/horse-microchipping https://www.chronofhorse.com/article/safe-sport-microchips-and-freestyle-qualifications-what-you-need-to-compete-in-2019 The ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 1287

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

I love the ISO ads that stipulate FEI experience, under 12, bay/black gelding, over 16.2h, with a budget of $10k. Yeah, alright. The horse that has all of that for that budget is guaranteed to have red flags. Otherwise they'd be hawking him for 10x. And I say this as a person who has had an unrealis...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers
Replies: 33
Views: 1729

Re: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers

Scruffy, that's the most depressing/infuriating sales story I've heard. "I'm so sorry" barely covers it.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8870

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I can see why some QH people can't understand the ground manners issues that some of the dressage/jumper barns have. Queso is essentially "born broke". He follows anyone with his eye at their shoulder (or lower); when he was led into the barn by one of the young lesson students, he almost ...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8870

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: 191
Views: 21789

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: 103
Views: 5126

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: 213
Views: 8870

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: 1014

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: 20
Views: 1318

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: 1014

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: 1376

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: 41
Views: 1858

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: 103
Views: 5126

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: 213
Views: 8870

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: 10265

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: 2598

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: 2598

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: 10265

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: 103
Views: 5126

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: 14
Views: 914

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: 2142

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...

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