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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: 118
Views: 2144

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: 132

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: 132

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: 10
Views: 221

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: 118
Views: 2144

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: 139
Views: 11849

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: 158

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: 576

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: 508

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: 576

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: 576

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: 44
Views: 676

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: 508

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: 118
Views: 2144

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: 139
Views: 11849

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...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Do MC and I really have different gripes with Trump?
Replies: 43
Views: 533

Re: Do MC and I really have different gripes with Trump?

Speeding is also a misdemeanor. In some states, so is talking on the cell phone while driving. The penalties applied to those illegal actions are much less severe than illegal entry to the US (detention, deportation, separation of families...). I see the spectrum here, not strictly black and white. ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 118
Views: 2144

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

I wish this was my goal. I'd be NAILING IT. RP (6 year old, green, pre-training level): [snipped] Put on some weight! 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, co...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8764

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

There must be something in the air this month. Earlier this week, Queso tried to jump the arena fence (~5 ft) and twanged off the light support and gave himself a heck of a bruise. He's luckily sound, but what on earth possessed him to try his hoof at jumping? Horses, man. He then compounded his rid...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 33
Views: 577

Re: Regaining confidence

I've always had the worry that if I got an airvest, I'd be a doofus and forget to unclip it when I got off and then the whole shebang would go le BANG and then I'd really have a situation on my hands.
by Ponichiwa
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Thinking about using a buyer's agent
Replies: 28
Views: 616

Re: Thinking about using a buyer's agent

https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDe ... erID=19007

Not much of a discount on the asking price, but here's an option.
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Safe Sport
Replies: 24
Views: 556

Re: Safe Sport

This is an attempt to remedy the systemic issues that US Olympic athletes (among others) have faced from the Larry Nassers of the world. More cynically, I see it as a way the USOC can get some immunity from prosecution in the future. However, if it helps prevent a Nasser-type person from gaining a f...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8764

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Somehow it's almost the end of October already, and I've managed to: - Lose the same 2-3 lb 3x - Canter Queso under saddle consistently. In fact, he'd prefer we canter everywhere. My trot is now MIA. - Get really quality half-steps towards piaffe steps on Kiwi. Granted, the smell of nearby wild pigs...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

A couple of years ago, but caveat emptor: https://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/forum/discussion-forums/off-course/4654-500-just-to-look-wtf?t=52287&highlight=Virginia+Sport+Horses https://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/forum/discussion-forums/hunting/68837-anyone-with-experience-shopping-with-virginia...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

There are intermittently some Clyde crosses posted in this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dressagehorsesforsale/ This group (Foxhunting Prospects) may actually be your best bet. The threat (as always with horse shopping) is that the level of training may not be what you want. https:...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8764

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Great work, Chisamba!
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 139
Views: 11849

Re: Class of 2013?

Just. Why, Queso? Why? https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44302794_10156849198025990_5841848932145037312_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&oh=8a98a3c8ee7c886d8106aab8e56be2c4&oe=5C5CE840 But he was so proud of himself. https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44255922_10156849197925990_22211...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 139
Views: 11849

Re: Class of 2013?

It's finally feeling like fall where we are-- a little crisp, a little nippy, a little chill in the evenings. As a result, yesterday's ride was LET'S CANTER EVERYWHERE. I think Queso thought he was being a bit naughty, but his canter is so balanced I just let it happen. And it happened everywhere. I...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 27
Views: 506

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

I'm right-handed but am hopeless at differentiating left from right. I started taking shepherding lessons with my dogs, and it turns out I'm also terrible at differentiating clockwise from counterclockwise. Spatial awareness is just not for me. I separated my right shoulder a couple of years ago, wh...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 30
Views: 667

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

I've got an Ogilvy pad for showing-- I really liked it for my big guy but it's much too long for Kiwi (and probably also Queso). I'll check whether it's the baby or "dressage profile" version when I get home.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1246

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

I was a working student at a barn that had a lot of Friesians (well, they had a lot of horses, period). Anywho, they had a couple FEI Friesian stallions, but all were retired from showing/riding by the time they were 16-18. Those poor horses really struggled in the heat and were tough to keep fit. A...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

More Texas options: 2014 Holst (Cubito x Linero/TB) mare. Some cautionary language in the ad that might be a red flag: She is athletic and quick, but can be reactive to new stimulus. She would be best suited to a confident amateur or professional with a consistent program. https://www.warmblood-sale...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

Located in Kansas: 2013 RPSI Gelding, jumping x dressage/TB breeding. Some freejump video. Looks like a cute guy. $15k. https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDetail.asp?HorseID=52445&UserID=18308 Located in NY: 2013 TK mare, dressage/baby hunters video, $20k: https://www.warmblood-sales.com/Horse...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

Given the example of Flynn, it is an enduring mystery why draft crosses do not dominate Olympic dressage! Hey now, he's more QH than draft! 5/8 QH, 3/8 Belgian, according to this article: https://www.dressagetalk.com/single-post/2018/03/12/PMU-Rescue-Horse-Faces-Biggest-Hurdle-On-Quest-To-100th-Gra...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

Have you seen any reasonable selection of draft crosses in the SE? I haven't. I have been here since 2006 and have never seen a horse like mine whereas the barn I came from in Calgary had 5-6 draft crosses all doing dressage. I would wager there is NO barn in NC with 5-6 draft crosses able to be tr...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

I've got another one. Sternlicht x TB, 2015, started under saddle, $12k, located in Maine:
http://www.hilltopfarminc.com/horse/schonheit/
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

A bit far (TX), but has some jump chute video. Classic Event breeding (WB SJ lines on top and bottom + some TB on bottom). Says started under saddle but there's no video to prove it. 2014 mare, $15k: https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDetail.asp?HorseID=39953&UserID=10761 Another on the TX fro...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1246

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Chisamba wrote:I would only consider a friesian if it was virtually free.


Yes. Ten thousand times, yes.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1246

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

In a horse I buy, I am willing to pay extra for among horses who have decent PPE results: 1. barefoot and able to perform like shod 2. history of soundness in work with proof 3. negative Lyme titer in Lyme-infested areas Horse I like but will discount, sometimes heavily, for the following: 1. grey ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ryeissa he reminds me of Riot!
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Ryeissa he reminds me of Riot!

Scores to the low 60s at I-1... that's not anything to sneeze at. I suspect he takes a pretty correct ride to get a great score, but that's probably why he's $40k and not $140k.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2778

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

Those young horses can bulk out a LOT between yrs 4-6. The mare may end up looking a lot draftier when she matures.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Casually looking for my last horse
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: Casually looking for my last horse

That 3 yo mare is super (love the comment about the feet!). I am not familiar with 3 yos... is that a lateral canter and is that normal for being on the lunge at that age? Will it sort out as she is trained? I think I am too old to buy a 3 yo. I am going to be 59 in a few months. But I will keep n ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 139
Views: 11849

Re: Class of 2013?

Ouch, Red's Mom and Sue B. I hope you both heal quickly. Weekly update from me and Queso: we're canterin' fools. We're also longe-free fools after I took a gamble and got on cold one day for a trail ride and nobody died (or even got close). On the cantering front, I had a bit of a "duh" mo...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Clipping
Replies: 27
Views: 535

Re: Clipping

I clipped when I lived in Pittsburgh. Tried the full-body and trace clip options and preferred the full body clip for my guy that was in heavy work. Plus, it gave me an excuse to buy a ton of liners/coolers/quartersheets, which is always fun. Now that I live in a much warmer spot, my horses don't re...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 862

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

On the topic of fly sheets for horses with broad shoulders, I really like these from SS Tack: https://www.sstack.com/test_inactive-site-testing_fly-sheet-product-test/mosquito-mesh-fitted-v-free-bellyband-fly-sheet--closed-front/ They've got an open front version if you don't like the over-the-head ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8764

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Helloooooo October! Rye, I'm also going to be in saddle-buying hell (heaven?) because despite the fact that I own more saddles than I do horses, none of them really fit Queso. And how can he be expected to perform at an elite world-class level if his saddle doesn't fit? More vanity questions: should...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 105
Views: 2131

Re: Accountability

Congratulations, Chisamba! I've been lurking on this thread for a while, and am finally stepping up to the plate. I'm in week 4 of a diet/lifestyle change because I quite badly need to get healthier. While I'm not seeing much of a result on the scale, I'm finally getting stronger in my core and ches...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 166
Views: 6572

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

The Queso Fundido (although he's keeping his "real" name because I just got his papers back from the AQHA) has some big news: Today, he cantered under saddle for the first time. Nobody died. Nobody even got close to dying, actually. He struck off on the correct lead like a trained horse, t...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 139
Views: 11849

Re: Class of 2013?

This has been a great week for Queso. Today we successfully cantered under saddle, both directions, and without any drama. Once more, for those in the back: successful canter strike-offs both ways like grown-up horse. I'm so happy with the little guy. He's a cantering machine! He's also done some tr...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 4187

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Congratulations! What an exciting day.

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