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by Ponichiwa
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 17
Views: 209

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

The only place where he really dips behind the vertical is in the one passage section. By and large though, he's really not that bad in the shape, and it gets better throughout the ride. The p/p transitions are a lot smoother than most pairs, and that says a lot IMO about the direction the training...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 126
Views: 2170

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Lots of progress in this thread, and Dresseur-- glad to see you're recovering from your slump. I'm familiar with the feeling; I think I oscillate into and out of slumps on a week-to-week or month-to-month basis. Updates for me and Kiwi are very similar to others in this thread: 1) It's hot. So hot. ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 17
Views: 209

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

I like this pair a lot-- Verdades looks and moves a lot like my old GP guy. Almost identical-- except for the huge score and the fact that Laura is a 10000x better rider than I am.
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 233

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

It has been scientifically shown that all breeds require 7 years to finish growing. They all mature the same way, with the same growth plates maturing in the same time frame. Studies of thousands of horses have shown that they receive 95% of their growth height at 22 months. In my opinion any devia...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 233

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

In summary-- pretty sure the only time your horse won't grow after 3yo is when you need them to.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 473

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

I reread this post and realized I had more to say... https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia1.giphy.com%2Fmedia%2Fk68QNmNboqOUo%2Fgiphy.gif&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fgiphy.com%2Fexplore%2Fi-just-have-a-lot-of-feelings&docid=wVEUup3eTg4HOM&tbnid=udH59oasqhxtlM%3A&vet=10...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 473

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

My advice is to find the exercise that your horse finds relaxing, and use that until you can get her ready for a walk break. My pony's Xanax exercise was a ribbon-candy serpentine in the trot. They'd start tense and tight but by the time we'd made it up and down the arena twice she was in a much bet...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 233

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

That said, it’s worth verifying the horse is actually 15.3 to start with...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 233

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Can’t vouch for their sobriety, but Kiwi grew 1 hand between 4 and 7. Her sister grew 6".
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Impossible things in dressage
Replies: 10
Views: 278

Re: Impossible things in dressage

Oh for sure. It's easy to get _a_ flying change. It's not so easy to get a _good_ flying change, and is much harder to get a good set of tempis.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Impossible things in dressage
Replies: 10
Views: 278

Re: Impossible things in dressage

I still tend to twist in flying changes. It might be that I suck or it might be that its easy to do badly I was just thinking about this yesterday as I defaulted to looking straight down at Kiwi's shoulder like some sort of gargoyle when she was slightly late to the flying change aids. On trained h...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 355

Re: Downward Transitions

Chisamba, my horse doesn't know rein back yet. I'm a little concerned about teaching that to her at this point. She's a hot mare, and reinback can be an evasion and end in rearing on certain horses. Yes-- like mine. This is an exercise that is great for the energy-conservative horses but can feel t...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 126
Views: 2170

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Loss is hard— be It a beloved pet or dreams of a successful partnership. Condolences to both of you, cb06 and Chisamba. Tasteless transition: Kiwi is doing stellar. I played with the canter work from 4-3 and nailed the 10m half circles from true to counter cantered both directions. All the shoulder ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 560

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

Sidebar to the Andalusians/Lusitanos-- I've met and/or know of several with neck issues. Not sure if it's breed or just that one line-- all 3 were related. Additionally the barns that have trouble with WB soft tissue injuries appear to have the same trouble keeping the Iberian horses sound as well. ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 126
Views: 2170

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I'm finally back on a roll. Yes, it's hot. Yes, it's humid. Yes, walking outside feels like walking into a weirdly sticky inferno. Despite all that, yesterday I got 4- and 3-tempis and today was successful 1/3 pirouette triangles.It feels good. Feels really good. So, for the next 9ish weeks, here's ...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9591

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Thanks for kicking this off, Tuddy! The long days are really helping my goals this year. Next threat: Texas summers. Time to hydrate. Goals this month for me and Kiwi are: 1. Up the ante on the changes by asking for changes to counter canter from true canter at least 1x/week. 2. Build power in the ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Multiplex Lyme test within a PPE? Others tests you would add?
Replies: 11
Views: 186

Re: Multiplex Lyme test within a PPE?

I would also be sure to scope the airway to look for NCS, especially if the horse is from TX, FL, or the Carolinas. Definitely worth the PPE screening.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9591

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

DJR-- good for you! I love breakthrough moments.

Speaking of, I got greedy with Kiwi's changes and asked for changes on a 20m circle. And they happened. And they weren't dramatic. And we got 3 of them on a 20m circle. Tempi changes, here we come!
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 841

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

kande50 wrote:It's also possible that the environment they're in is the best environment they could be in.


Paging Dr. Pangloss.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1104

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

Remain active Dont lose suspension Allow shorter bascule Do not block with your seat or arms Rebalance and allow Spiral in on the circle in medium canter I can think of quite more useful comments and assists that are less obscure and more meaningful than quicken the bind end. (The guy in the video ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

All-- thanks for the continued links! I really appreciate it. Currently am following up on some leads. A little over budget, but quite a fancy pony right in your area: https://www.dreamhorse.com/show_instant_image.php?horse_id=2114068 I've actually seen this horse at shows. Cute, but not my type of ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1104

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I've heard "quick behind" as shorthand for "quick off the ground with the hind end" as well. Horses who dump on the forehand and bounce their hinds higher are quick off the ground with their hinds too, so I'm not sure that phrase describes what may (possibly) be meant about quic...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1104

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I've heard "quick behind" as shorthand for "quick off the ground with the hind end" as well.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1517

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added

Question I am pondering right now, could this have been prevented earlier on? Rosie this is aimed at me and I will start another post about this topic. I don't think that you can prevent a horse's natural tendencies w.r.t. movement. You meet them where they are and you work to improve them. You wor...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1104

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I think articulation is part of it - the horse that travels with open joints tends to drag their feet. Kande, yes, you load the hind, but you don't want the hind to get stuck and dwell in one spot for too long, because ideally, collection is kept at about the same tempo as your regular work. You do...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 882

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I absolutely agree that dressage is simple but not easy. Fundamentally all we're asking the horses to do are variations of go, turn, and stop; progressive training just provides nuance to each. The "not easy" part is that all of the rest of our lives have not prepared us to be riders. We'r...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Yeah, that'd help, huh? Sorry about that! I'm near Houston, TX.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Well, I think the OH lead is likely not going to work out. I'm sure he'll find a good home. Which means I'm still on the hunt. Xanthoria and others, thanks for the links. I think for my purposes the west coast is likely too far, and I'd like to limit the search to horses under 6yo to space out my cu...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: study on how to learn skills faster
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: study on how to learn skills faster

OK, I admit that I'm in the middle of this book, but my take away is that small specific practice steps need to be *highly accurate/specific* in order to build neural pathways towards excellence. To me, this is a little different than "exaggerations" or "approximations" (which I...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9591

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

My own progress thread would be embarrassingly repetitive, I'm afraid. Much better for me to blend right into a bigger thread.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me find my new horse!
Replies: 24
Views: 678

Re: Help me find my new horse!

Hurray! Hope it works out-- that guy is a looker!
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

I'm confused about the pending rads. Doesn't the vet have a digital machine? Why are the feet rads pending and the other rads not pending? One more thing about horse size. I don't know what size saddle you need, but with the smaller horses they often can't accomodate a large seat saddle w/o going p...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Update on the PPE: Currently measures 14.3 1/2 at nearly 3yo and, as per the vet, "could stand to gain some weight". Needing weight gain is not a normal problem in Casa Ponichiwa. Still pending rads on feet.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Feedback on substance is noted, although as a late 2yo there's still plenty of time to add bulk. I'm not very tall-- 5'4" is generous-- but most of my height is legs and I do have more "substance" than I'd like (darn easy keeper + desk job). Working on it.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Good google-fu! This one is a full sibling. 3yo, currently measuring 15hh as per seller (but vet will confirm).
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Thanks for the feedback, all. PPE is this afternoon! I've got my vet on standby to do a second review of the rads (if we end up taking them). This horse is more Welsh than anything else, and as far as I can tell there's not a high incidence of PSSM or DSLD in the welsh world. CA, yes. However, sire ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1517

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

I do (get her point about the overstride)-- some horses have a walk that's so big that when you try to compress it by shortening the "wheelbase", the walk gets lateral. Doubly so if the walk also gets sticky. You can school counted walk to really separate the hoofbeats and maintain rhythm ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Is there a genetic test (hair, blood) for DSLD? I thought it could only be diagnosed with biopsy, which is a pretty invasive procedure for a PPE.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1517

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

Does walk lateral work help him at all? I had a gelding with a similar attitude towards self-propulsion who really benefited from lateral work in the walk during the warmup (usually HP zigzags or SI to renvers to HI-- mainly, the key was asking for a sharp reaction to whatever lateral movement I wan...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Thank you all for your responses! Greatly appreciate it.

PPE is scheduled. Doing rads of feet and hocks (if the feet are clear). Fingers crossed!
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 542

PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

If you're following my Casual Impossible Horse Hunt thread, you know I'm on the lookout for a budget-friendly palomino. I've found one that hits both criteria, but is not local to me and is, naturally, not broke. Because he's not local, I'm tempted to ask for a PPE without flying out to see him (las...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Week 1 update: no real progress, to be honest.

However, I've got a lead on a 1/2 welsh, 1/2 WB (holst) gelding that might work out. I've honestly really enjoyed all the welshies I've worked with over the years, and they tend to be athletic hardy little workers. We'll see.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

khall wrote:Damn nice QH! My all time favorite color too, blue roan, swoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXXeH2dHHck


Oof. Whole lotta nope for me on the former "dancing" horses. Talk about a retraining project.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 559

Re: More leg? Not really...No

So Kiwi has always been in-front-of-the-leg horse, to the point where I rode with my legs off her barrel for a significant portion of her under-saddle career to avoid unintentional acceleration. It was only later that I realized that what she actually needed was more leg-- or, more accurately, a mor...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

That's definitely the risk of a lower budget. Because of that, I'd rather not import; it's much easier to weed out prospects in person! I really wish this mare was palomino, because I've liked all the Benidetto offspring I've seen (from afar-- never have actually interacted with any in person). And ...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

That's a good-looking horse, redsoxluvr! I understand the challenges of retraining, especially from the shut-'er-down type of training. It's hard to get them back from that, but it looks like your guy is doing well. I went to go see the craigslist quarterhorse, and he's actually pretty darn cute (pl...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2906

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Any quarter horse people willing to help me out with some bloodlines? There’s a nearby breeder who has a couple potential prospects for sale— Mr San Peppy/Dual Blue Boon bloodlines. Looks like cutting breeding to me. Any experience turning cutters (unbacked) into dressage horses?
by Ponichiwa
Thu May 31, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9591

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

First really hot week of the year has come, and I was not ready. I may never be ready. I may melt for the next 3+ months until temperatures get back under control again. But I did have a bit of a breakthrough on the one day where I scrounged up enough motivation to actually work and not just hack a...
by Ponichiwa
Wed May 30, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fussiness with bits in double bridle
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Fussiness with bits in double bridle

In my limited experience with the double, I find my gal is fussy if I'm not steady with the contact, while she's fine if I give her a place to settle. I think all the hardware intimidated me into trying to be "soft" especially warming up, and not taking a feel or giving away what I did ha...
by Ponichiwa
Wed May 30, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)
Replies: 46
Views: 1218

Re: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)

Yesssss. 100% support this behavior.

Also saw this Clyde/TB mare (Ottawa, $7k):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dressag ... 463231508/

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