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by Ponichiwa
Fri May 25, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

tlkidding wrote:They have a 2016 palomino colt for sale right now

http://www.avalon-equine.com/gelato-davalon.html


This guy is adorable. Thanks!
by Ponichiwa
Fri May 25, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Thanks for the feedback, all! If I had to describe my goals for my next (and current, really) horse in one blurb, it'd be: Competitive at 3rd and above in local/regional shows, but not necessarily world-beating at TL/1st. So I need 3 clean, workable gaits that can be made expressive and powerful wit...
by Ponichiwa
Fri May 25, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 14
Views: 195

The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

UDBB, I'd like to tap the power of this board for a horse hunt. My current mare is 12 and is going well, so there's no immediate urgency (i.e. I can look at unstarted and/or young horses), which is good because my wish list is ridiculous. True confessions time: I have always wanted a palomino. More ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 22, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 150
Views: 2877

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

Mid-May check-in: I'm having great rides with Kiwi lately. Sunday was Double Bridle Day and the connection was great. Just super. Extensions? Check. Collection? Check. Lateral work in medium and collected gaits? Check and check.

I'm afraid to jinx it.
by Ponichiwa
Mon May 07, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 150
Views: 2877

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

Sue-- the panels and gussets should compact with time if they're wool-flocked. There's going to be some settling. I had to take some conformation shots of Kiwi for her Coggins, and am required to share because look how cute she is. https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31398231_1015640783115...
by Ponichiwa
Mon May 07, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Schleese saddles
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: Schleese saddles

I've got Kiwi wearing a Schleese-- the right saddle fit makes a world of difference. Gratuitous picture because she's adorable: https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31543144_10156407830985990_306290747991130112_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=0370565cb5bb89ddce690de163a9d754&oe=5B94E42B That sai...
by Ponichiwa
Thu May 03, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 150
Views: 2877

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

Khall's got my logic here. I need to improve the sit and carry and turn in the canter to the point that we can transition into and out of sitting and turning at any time. We've schooled a bit of canter square already but the corners have not been true 1/4-pirouettes. They've been a bit of either the...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 01, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 150
Views: 2877

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 t...
by Ponichiwa
Tue May 01, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9860

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

We May-d it! (heh heh heh). Goal check in: 1. I actually lost weight-- 11 lb from March to mid-April. Still a ways from where I want to be, but hey. Baby steps. I have fallen off the wagon for the pre-work workouts though, and my energy has really suffered because of it. Time to get back in the groo...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 17
Views: 438

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

My mare is one of those horses that has a natural tendency to rush the tempo as a response to any increase in pressure-- tension, asking for more engagement, whatever-- and I've found that in my own riding the rising trot helps steady the tempo and then subsequently build the swing and cadence. This...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1379

Re: New flying change thread

I was thinking about that question (Why train changes if you're not planning on showing?) while I was riding yesterday. FCs are a bit of a peak movement, like pirouette or passage. They aren't the next step to anywhere. However, their quality is indicative of the underlying quality of the canter and...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9860

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Lovely updates, all! Kiwi and I have had a breakthrough on the quality and consistency of the half steps over the last week or so. Where formerly she'd get a bit, uh, explode-y if I asked for them to be too on-the-spot for her level of connection, now she's really taking weight behind and coiling in...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: Extended Walk Questions

A Stephen Clarke USDF symposium clip touches on the extended walk:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=56wfiFCP2Tw

With some commentary on common pitfalls and mistakes. I think the walk shown is a bit hurried initially but improves as they continue in the clip.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9860

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Does Capstone still post anymore? I think she's near Dallas and may be a help in settling in. I actually got my start in dressage via lessons with Lyndon and Julie of LTR Dressage mentioned above back when they were located in the Houston area; they're both consummate horsepeople and have an active ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 693

Re: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec

It's interesting how this varies from region to region-- in my former place of residence, there were 0 shows within 3 hours, so I was committing to staying overnight no matter where I opted to show. Nowadays I may have a bit more flexibility, but some shows restrict haul-ins and/or require that you ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9860

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I am having a great spring. Kiwi is now 11, and looking adorable as ever: https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29178445_10156285929355990_6951210564903239680_n.jpg?oh=9cbfd0b933f1c2dc713bca84615babda&oe=5B378D44 I've been riding 5-6 times a week now that it's lighter later, and it's sho...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1379

Re: New flying change thread

Snipping for exercises: Logically if feels that the place for us to start doing these is from a CC to a true C at the end of the long side. Going across the diagonal, which I was doing last year when we got to this point, could get a bit strung out and rowdy. because of the above mentioned ability t...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9860

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

So sorry about your arm, Heddy! Ouch. Chisamba and DJR and anyone else still braving the cold: hang in there. But the next bit might be out-of-sync with your experience. Mid-March Kiwi update: Things are going well. There have been some springtime heat shenanigans that resulted in my pony taking an ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9860

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Kiwi and I are ready to rock this challenge. Here's what our March/April goals look like: - Build cadence in the trot work; ensure that it is consistent within and between movements (i.e.: do not drop Kiwi on her face within or transitioning into/out of half pass, for example) - School half-steps an...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Reflection time. In January, I'd said I would: - Ride 4x/week - Expand the no-change zone in the canter with serpentines, leg-yield, and shoulder-fore in true and counter canter. Commit to only asking for changes when the canter feels very relaxed to improve the anticipation issues. - Touch on half-...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1379

Re: New flying change thread

I <3 flying changes. I'm not a natural at much in dressage but I have been able to put the changes on 5 horses over the years. And they were VERY different types of horses. I'm in the process of transitioning Kiwi's swaps to true flying changes: I'd introduced the concept of hunter-type changes very...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

I bought Kiwi some bell boots because I noticed she's clipped her heels a few times if the extensions get a little... too dramatic.

I failed to remember that she's never worn bell boots before.

There were legs everywhere.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?

musical comedy wrote:You think Kiki is going to be ready to step down in work effort at age 15?


Honestly-- barring injuries, probably not. Ponies do seem to work for quite a while. The above is mainly a justification to myself that it's OK to buy a cute young horse.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?

Ponichiwa I thought of you when I saw a FB ad of a DHH g, 5 yr old. Cool looking horse, good price and already started. Would you mind sending a link my way? I'm not actually actively looking for another horse (I tell myself...) but if the right one comes along I'd be an idiot not to, right? Right....
by Ponichiwa
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?

Sadly a moot point at the moment-- someone offered on the horse I was looking at approximately 12hrs before I did. Thanks for the feedback, though!
by Ponichiwa
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?
Replies: 12
Views: 647

PPE on a Young Horse-- WWYD?

Hey everyone, I am potentially out of my mind, but I am inquiring about a young horse (yearling) that has caught my eye. If you were the buyer of a dressage-bred WB yearling from a well-known barn, how extensive of a PPE would you go for? I'm assuming no flexions since that's a young young horse wit...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Yonka aka The #blondebastard
Replies: 19
Views: 1191

Re: Yonka aka The #blondebastard

Too funny about the sweating. I rode a mare that had been living the leisure life for ~10 years between getting started under saddle at 3yo and when I arrived on the scene. She had some very definite opinions about what constituted fair questions; "NOBODY makes me sweat my own sweat. NOBODY!&qu...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

I also keep an eye on the horses-for-sale sites because I'm a glutton for punishment. Found a palomino Gelderlander/Hanoverian yearling that I want real bad. Talk me down! Do it. Don't wait. Ride as many horses as you can as often as you can so that you'll never look back and regret playing it too ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows
Replies: 20
Views: 1174

Re: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows

I've heard the same thing and am disappointed. The rider's egregious behavior (one-handed whipping, reefing on the bridle after the halt) is independent of qualifications AND the rider actually has some decent scores at I2. In other words, a qualifying system would not have prevented that ride. You ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Found a palomino Gelderlander/Hanoverian yearling that I want real bad. Talk me down! That little description alone makes it hard to talk you down. I think you need to share a photo. At your age and with your experience, I'd definitely go for it. So long as you have a place to board it so that it g...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 3290

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

I think the rider was being extremely unfair to her horse, especially w.r.t. her use of the whip and reins. I also think the reaction to it is at least in part magnified by the perceived income/status of the rider and the fact her horse looks like a saint. I don't think it would have gotten the outc...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

We've made it to the half-way point, and here's what's happened: - I've been working out in the mornings for 30min before work as a part of a workout pact with my sister. I'm actually feeling more energetic in the afternoons now. Psychosomatic or real? Either way, it's a good thing for getting rides...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rideability: What does it mean to you? How do you develop it?
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Rideability: What does it mean to you? How do you develop it?

That's a helpful way of describing it. When watching the Graves and Dover clinics, I was struck by how often they both said something like "you need to work on your horse's rideability" or "he needs to be rideable here" (so that the rider could influence and improve the horse). ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rideability: What does it mean to you? How do you develop it?
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Rideability: What does it mean to you? How do you develop it?

Chisamba nails what rideability isn't. For me, rideability is the horse allowing the rider to provide input without resistance. That means changes to bend, balance, and tempo are accepted without much fuss. Horses come with different baselines of input acceptance and that baseline may shift over tim...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Strategies for lateral work
Replies: 23
Views: 949

Re: Strategies for lateral work

Lateral work in the walk can reinforce the rhythm, so it's not usually a risk to the purity of the walk. My sister had a horse that had a very lateral/pacy walk when he was tense, but if you put him in shoulder-fore or slight shoulder-in, his walk rhythm improved dramatically. His impure walk was ac...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 32
Views: 1564

Re: Get me out of training level!

The schoolmaster + full training + lessons route helps a lot, for sure, but it's not mandatory to get above 2nd-- as DJD clearly illustrates above. Riding the movements on a schoolmaster helps you develop feel. Full training helps your horse connect the dots. Taking frequent lessons helps you mainta...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Progress already! Lovely changes, Flight. I had a great, albeit not goal-progressing, ride on Sunday with Kiwi. It was our 5th straight ride (a 2018 record) and so I took it easy and went out for a stroll in the fields. As recently as 2 years ago, that meant keeping her on the bit for the majority o...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone in NC or TX?
Replies: 30
Views: 1437

Re: Anyone in NC or TX?

Car insurance rates are on my list to check, so thank you for the heads up! I'm hoping my insurance agent can get me some comparison quotes if I give him zip codes. So it sounds like in order to work w/in 30 minutes of home (our goal), we'd have to live in-city, if we chose the DFW area? Turnout is...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone in NC or TX?
Replies: 30
Views: 1437

Re: Anyone in NC or TX?

khall wrote:Abby that would be equine nasopharyngeal cicatrix syndrome, quite familiar with it and can be some nasty stuff. Pretty bad in TX this year especially after the drought then hurricane.


Agreed.

It's also been cropping up in NC and FL: http://www.performanceequinevets.com/we ... awareness/
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone in NC or TX?
Replies: 30
Views: 1437

Re: Anyone in NC or TX?

Texas resident here, in the greater Houston area (which is, btw, massive). Commuting here is rough. This town gets to work early and stays late; rush hours are 3+ hrs long on both ends of the day, depending on where you are. Uninsured drivers are a huge problem in TX so auto insurance may give you s...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2020

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Having been on the bargain-dressage-horse hunt sporadically over the years, I can say that the low-mileage quintessential trail horses that I've looked at have not appeared dramatically sounder than their sporthorse (i.e. trained) counterparts. That said, I'm hardly habituating the rarefied air of t...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2020

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

I'm not all that surprised, to be honest. "Lame or stiff" encompasses a lot of area. I know I've had several horses with low-grade arthritis stiffness that they warmed up out of. Would be interesting to see what other horse populations average using similar methodology. Are pasture pets or...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 8954

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Down here in TX, we're also having unseasonably chilly temperatures. Kiwi is wrapped up in 2 blankets and looks like Ralph from A Christmas Story. She is not a fan. Needless to say, my riding this year hasn't been terribly consistent. I went for a ride on new years day, enjoyed the (brief) sunshine,...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 11663

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Sounds like everyone made it through the holidays happy and mostly healthy. Here's the final check-in for me and Kiwi: What I said I'd do: These 8 weeks, I'll work on: - Riding 4x/week - Playing with changes in bend/stride length/direction in the canter to expand the no-change zone, as it were. - To...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Position as it relates to effectiveness
Replies: 48
Views: 2549

Re: Position as it relates to effectiveness

On the topic of seat aids: My goal for my horses is for them to choose to go freely forwards unless I ask for something different-- which means my seat is passive unless I'm asking to increase collection or, in some cases, reinforce or regulate tempo. But the horses generally don't start at that poi...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Commercial horse
Replies: 17
Views: 1270

Re: Commercial horse

Back when I was a low-level no-name trainer in the Pittsburgh area, I had one of these horses as a lesson student that I put occasional rides on. Really neat brain-- that mare had a really amateur-friendly temperament but could take a good bit of pressure in training situations. Tried very hard. How...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Test Questions:4-1
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: Test Questions:4-1

My strategy for the changes (when I rode this test several years ago) was to space the changes very evenly and center them in the arena-- quarterline, centerline, quarterline. As Dresseur says, it shows control of the changes and gives you some points for polish if executed well.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 11663

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Firstly, I'd like to acknowledge Moutaineer for the proper spelling of duct tape. It's one of those things that gives me the warm-and-fuzzy feels: you're one of my people! Moving on to the main event. We're nearly 3 weeks in and the initial scorecard for me and Kiwi is a solid B. On target with the ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 2653

Re: Positional challenges and projects

Vault off?!? Sorry, but I'm going to have to request that your Sr. thread membership be revoked :lol: I dismount like a proper Sr. by leaning forward so I can slide my right leg over till I am laying across the horse, and then carefully and slowly let myself slide down. :lol: :D But do you drag you...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 11663

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

My November started on just the right note (except that Kiwi and friends went cavorting through their 10acre pasture when I was trying to catch her for a ride). Really pleasant trail ride after I finally caught her. We turfed up a quail and tackled some rougher brush like a seasoned trailhorse. Thes...

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