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by Ponichiwa
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress
Replies: 24
Views: 551

Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

RosieB-- you and Bliss look great! I can't believe how grown-up he looks. The next two months are going to be a test of my fortitude. Texas summers are no joke. I'm already dreaming of fall. Time to get used to sweating as soon as you step outside, and multiple changes of clothes per day. Queso goal...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Kelo-- Congratulations! That's such an accomplishment. Matt looks pretty nonplussed in his ribbon photo-- it's hard being that good all the time. Ironbessflint-- lovely photos. I'm such a sucker for the blonde horses. End-of-session wrap up (as always, just a little bit late): Here's where we're hea...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban
Replies: 46
Views: 1313

Re: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban

If the past 4 years have taught us nothing else, it's pretty clear people don't "believe it when [they] see it." But my point is they don't believe because they do NOT see it . safe sport is quite secretive. I am not for or against it but there is a huge problem when they are not naming n...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Blob-- Show riding is a whole skillset of its own and it just takes time to develop. There's a good book by Kyra Kyrklund that talks about her path to GP. She said you've got to go through 1000 GP tests in order to feel comfortable at GP... but there's no rule that says you've got to physically ride...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban
Replies: 46
Views: 1313

Re: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban

Rob Gage and George Morris' victims have stood up and said NO MORE in very public forums. They were numerous, and it's heartbreaking that they saw the need to make their stories known. That's the lifetime-SS-ban precedent: multiple decades of abuse. I don't need to know anything more about McDonald'...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban
Replies: 46
Views: 1313

Re: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban

Predators like this know how to cover their tracks. That's why they're able to have multi-decade sexual abuse careers. So on the one hand, it's not surprising that their friends/family don't see the signs-- they're purposefully hidden! But we do a disservice to the survivors by asserting that becaus...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Not peeing when she has to
Replies: 5
Views: 181

Re: Not peeing when she has to

I had a gelding that did this. Best practice with him (which may or may not be practical depending on your barn setup) was to pull him in from the pasture and stick him in a stall for 10-15 min. I'd busy myself cleaning tack or wrapping polo wraps, and he'd use the time to pee. Fresh shavings appear...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban
Replies: 46
Views: 1313

Re: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban

In the Dressage News article it does make it sound like there is one person and one allegation. I think he is doing the right thing by requesting an Independent Arbitrator especially if he is 100% innocent. If I was accused of something I didn't do, I would stand my ground too. I'm staying neutral ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

^ Queso has a yearling brother for sale! I know the feeling well, peidmontfields. Currently I'm resisting the urge to buy another one. Do I need one? Absolutely not. But... In fun and exciting news, Queso offered 2 nearly-clean flying changes last ride. We're still in the reward-any-attempt phase of...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban
Replies: 46
Views: 1313

Re: Bob MacDonald SafeSport Ban

The only party presenting the timeline of events as "one time 47 years ago" is the accused. Same move as Rob Gage and George Morris, actually. And then lo and behold it's not just one time 47 yrs ago, it's actually a pattern of predatory behavior.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Moutaineer wrote:It's been snowing here in Utah. Dampens the spirits somewhat.


On average, you and I are having a pretty decent riding weather kind of day. Individually, not so much.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Is anyone else having a hard time with all of this?
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: Is anyone else having a hard time with all of this?

I have seen more honest questioning of peoples' own stances this time around (as compared to the '14-15 Ferguson and related BLM movements), which gives me hope for change instead of status quo. I do worry that how we're arming our police forces looks more like a branch of the military than the keep...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: 4 year old tense when lifting hind leg
Replies: 26
Views: 1066

Re: 4 year old tense when lifting hind leg

LSP88-- so sorry to hear about the bad vet news! Stick around in this sport long enough and you get a load of heartbreak. And yes, it's usually all at once instead of distributed around. Hoping for the best outcome for your guy, and hang in there.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Dresseur, sounds like your guy and my guy share shoulder habits! I too have been working on the feeling of narrowing in front to make sure that he's not escaping out the outside shoulder in lateral work or during turns. We're not quite as far along as you and Miro, but already I can feel the progres...
by Ponichiwa
Fri May 15, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Took a lesson today with The Melty Cheese and ended up executing about a million transitions. I had gone in asking for some help with solidifying the connection. While he is in fact a Very Good Boy, the connection breaks during most transitions of gait, exercise, or direction. And, shame on me, I've...
by Ponichiwa
Wed May 13, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Neck conformation
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Neck conformation

Demi-- I don't think that photo shows her too low at all. It takes quite a bit of strength to carry that front 1/4 of their bodies up and balanced, and she might not just have it yet. You guys look great! I'll also pass along the kind compliments to Queso. Can't resist, so here's a picture of him tr...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 12, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Neck conformation
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Neck conformation

Agree with that, Piedmontfields! I was cruising around on Queso yesterday and was struck by the realization that there's nowhere to hide an imperfect connection with him. He's the sort that needs to be very straight and correct through his body (especially his shoulders) before he can be honestly on...
by Ponichiwa
Mon May 04, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6022

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

I third the appropriate title comments-- especially given that I've already committed to canter cultivation with Queso. We've got a decent and reliable working canter but it's time to start adding grades of collection and extension to it. We had a lot of success yesterday with a "rubber band&qu...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 9704

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

Well, it's almost the end of April, and gotta say I'm pretty happy with how the last two months have gone. Since mid-March, the dogs and I have logged some 100+ miles of lunchtime walk breaks. I'm hoping the heat stays away while this work-from-home phase lasts; it's been a very relaxing break in my...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Too much separation of the hind leg in canter?
Replies: 20
Views: 980

Re: Too much separation of the hind leg in canter?

If he's stepping big but slow behind and has issues compressing the canter a bit (and I recognize in a 4yo this is a big ask), take a look at his stifles. He may be compensating for imperfect stifle action by taking bigger strides. Avoids having to compress and load the hind end with a quicker stride.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 9704

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

Exvet, you and your horses are the ones that TAUGHT me it was possible to get a non-Warmblood to FEI :lol: So this is all your fault. Chisamba, that is such a great point! I appreciate that so much. I had a friend who rode the GP tell me "you need to practice that test 100 times" but your...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 9704

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

Kelo-- awesome news! It's super hard to maintain that level of focus, and 61% isn't anything to sneeze at. Congrats to you and the cowpony! I will say that while I could nail the 15 1-tempis at home, every time I went to a show I made a mistake somewhere in there. 13, 17, 8 + stride + 7, etc... my m...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 9704

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

I'm also in work-from-home mode, which is both frustrating (as I battle for bandwidth with 50k of my coworkers) and satisfying (as I take my lunch break via a walk with my dogs). Can't fault the commute, though, and I'd be lying if I said my personality didn't fit right in with the social-distancing...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 11565

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

We made it through Jan/Feb! I'd had a pretty ambitious slate of things on the docket for these two months, and it'll be a depressing roll-call to check against actual accomplishments. So in the spirit of always-forward-never-back, here's what we managed to do these past 8-9 weeks: Queso: - Went to h...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper
Replies: 22
Views: 2034

Re: Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper

Chisamba wrote:Has anyone on earth been given more trained top horses to ride than Steffen? Two already trained grand prix horses for every olympics on a platter


At least three-- Floriano, too, was GP prior to Steffen getting the ride on him.

https://www.chronofhorse.com/article/dr ... r-floriano
by Ponichiwa
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Denny Emerson on Jump training
Replies: 18
Views: 1645

Re: Denny Emerson on Jump training

Spatial reasoning is a skill that takes time to develop. Nobody's born knowing what a 12' or 14' stride looks like until they've paced it off (a lot). Nobody's born with the intrinsic knowledge of what a 10, 15, 18, or 20m circle is to ride until they've ridden tons of them. I can lay down a 20m cir...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2020 training hopes and dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 2152

Re: 2020 training hopes and dreams

Oh, honey. Oh, sugar. Oh, sweet summer child. My horses have been on the back burner due to work, but this year I'm going to be more purposeful about my riding. I don't think the work stress will disappear, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the horses' work has to suffer. It does mean that I ca...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 1440

Re: Your preferred spurs

Only downside to rubber vs. metals is that they tend to rub more hair off/pull more hair out with use. So you may avoid the staining but get a bald patch.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 11565

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

I love these threads, despite having sat out for the last two. Self-imposed work-related dressage exile. But I'm back in the saddle, literally and figuratively, and have had 2 solid weeks off work to get re-centered. Things we're working on: Kiwi: - Relaxed posture even when the work is tougher (lot...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2020 training hopes and dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 2152

Re: 2020 training hopes and dreams

2020 already! Could have sworn yesterday was March 15th. My horses have been on the back burner due to work, but this year I'm going to be more purposeful about my riding. I don't think the work stress will disappear, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the horses' work has to suffer. It does mea...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Random things that annoy you (a thread for venting small things)
Replies: 53
Views: 5149

Re: Random things that annoy you (a thread for venting small things)

I almost made a new thread for this, because it's clearly not a small annoyance. It's an abomination. But here goes:

Coworkers who microwave fish in the communal break room.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For those schooling changes
Replies: 10
Views: 1538

Re: For those schooling changes

I will say, you can see just how small you have to make the canter on some horses. Interestingly, the horse did the R/L change a few times cleanly, but she stopped and re-struck cc. I'd be curious as to why. In my mind, she should have pushed the horse forward once the change happened cleanly, othe...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Preparing your horse for the warm-up ring (and other adventures)
Replies: 5
Views: 935

Re: Preparing your horse for the warm-up ring (and other adventures)

A riding partner can help, too. Follow-the-leader can work wonders for the tenser/more anxious horse. When the tension ebbs, you can start working separately on your own things. If the tension ratchets up again, follow-the-leader until things settle. Rinse, repeat. The tensest moments are usually wh...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Intermediare A and B
Replies: 11
Views: 1545

Re: Intermediare A and B

I don't think I would've known that either. I mean, I've heard about them, but none of the shows I go to even offer I-A or B as a possible option....so how are you supposed to ride them, then? They're typically offered via FEI Test of Choice classes. This has been a rule for a while, though-- I rem...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Piaffe and Passage aids
Replies: 31
Views: 3690

Re: Piaffe and Passage aids

Typically you need to borrow on the opposite of the movement you're in to improve it. Pirouette canter improves lengthened canter, and vice versa. Extended trot improves passage which improves extended trot. Piaffe/half steps improve extended trot. Reinback can also improve piaffe, depending on how ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!
Replies: 23
Views: 2633

Re: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!

Men might refer to younger women as a "little lady" if the person is obviously older than a child, maybe in their teens or 20's, but not middle-aged. One typically hears that term coming from older men. I can't remember having heard a 20- or 30-something refer to a female as "little ...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Houston folks, how are you?
Replies: 3
Views: 706

Re: Houston folks, how are you?

My travel plans must be cursed. I was in Calgary during the June '13 floods, for example. And now I'm still waiting for a flight that can take me back home-- although it looks like I've finally got one. Luckily for me and mine, we got minimal rain. My heart goes out to those on the east side of the ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage
Replies: 63
Views: 6204

Re: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage

In discussing this with someone else, to segue on to what you said earlier about conformation, I wonder if it has something to do with the types of horses she prefers. She seems to pick horses who are piaffe/passage masters, and is there something about that conformation that leads to not being abl...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage
Replies: 63
Views: 6204

Re: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage

Where are you showing? the impressions of "the state of US dressage" varies widely. I have known and see many different breeds successful at GP but I do understand the concerns. Can we see pics of you lovely horse? where have you been showing and what is the vibe? are you happy with your ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things I wonder about wrt modern dressage
Replies: 13
Views: 1852

Re: Things I wonder about wrt modern dressage

I always struggled with the nose-points-to-where-the-foot-lands argument... because clearly if that were the case the nose would move during the stride as you cover ground. And would it just point for the one foot or both feet? The mechanics just don't work. I do think there's a tendency to use idea...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 40891

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

That may be why the programs that gave winters off back in the day were able to get back to where they had been fairly quickly-- all the training is there, you just have to rebuild strength (and you have the opportunity to do that in a systematic and even way). I don't buy into that, but it's my op...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 40891

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Ponichiwa, what is happening with the palomino? He's doing super. We're in the very boring-to-update but necessary phase of training that's nothing but building muscle and improving reactions to the sideways and forward aids. But he's definitely my go-to horse for a low-stress ride. He tries really...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 40891

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

It's just funny in an embarrassing way that when your body has the muscle memory to do x, your perception of the forces being applied is very off. In a way, this injury has re-set all that, so I have beginner muscled strength with the mind/knowhow of an advanced rider, so I'm taking this opportunit...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 40891

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I've been abstaining from posting for a while due to pervasive ennui-- very hard to keep up progress when I can only ride in the afternoons during the week, and temperatures are still > 99F until the sun goes down. This summer, just like all the other summers before, has been brutally hot. I'm not c...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: One bell boot
Replies: 30
Views: 3796

Re: One bell boot

Agree with the prevailing winds here, but will also add that external aids like this (and like the belly bands/KT tape/etc.) don't ever offer release for the horse, and you can accidentally work yourself into a worse injury if you're not cautious.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?
Replies: 37
Views: 3897

Re: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?

Tsavo wrote:So then what is the correct word for denoting that a trot does not vary versus a trot that varies but both maintain the same tempo?


In a word-- that horse is lame.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?
Replies: 37
Views: 3897

Re: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?

Metronomes fix tempo, but the rhythm is free to go bananas. Rhythm is the precise regularity which evokes the metronome motif. The absence of tempo changes. Rhythm is actually the pattern of repetitions of beats. Think of a classic oom-pah march; the oom-pah is the rhythm, but you could play it at ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?
Replies: 37
Views: 3897

Re: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?

Metronomes fix tempo, but the rhythm is free to go bananas. You can canter along to 60 bpm, and you can trot along to 60bpm, but you're still putting the full sequence of footfalls for those gaits within that tempo. When I hear "metronome trot", I think of horses that keep a consistent tem...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Is it wrong that I?
Replies: 13
Views: 2076

Re: Is it wrong that I?

A couple years ago, I had an intern for the first time. My first stint at management! Was tough to navigate those professional waters with just a couple years between me and college graduation, but I was (I thought) nailing it. Until I walked out of the building one day in my breeches and heels-- be...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 125
Views: 14515

Re: Safe sport

We don't know that the Morris accusations aren't more recent. His PR firm has put out a statement alleging that the events occurred '68-'72, which has done a great job of framing the story in his favor. But we, the general public, don't know if a) that's true, and b) there aren't additional complain...

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