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by Ponichiwa
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3299

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: 834

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: 141
Views: 3299

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...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14309

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Congrats, everyone, we made it to the end of October! Glad to see rehab/lameness progress from many of you, and love the photos. Here's what I said I'd do: Man. Am I ever glad July and August are over. It's been a heck of a stress the last 8 weeks. Dresseur and Tsavo, sorry to hear about the lamenes...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14309

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

I haven't posted in a while. I've been in a funk for quite some time with regards to balancing riding against the nonstop demands of work, working out/dieting, family... none of this is unique to me. You all get it, I'm sure. I'm at the point in my career where the decisions I make now have massive ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Las Vegas Shooting
Replies: 34
Views: 1013

Re: Las Vegas Shooting

I get that guns don't fire themselves. Additionally, that it is unlikely that any law/prohibition/etc. will stop 100% of malfeasance. However, this is a board of horse people. Make the wrong answer hard and the right answer easy. It should not be easy to kill 58 people and wound another ~500 in the ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Las Vegas Shooting
Replies: 34
Views: 1013

Re: Las Vegas Shooting

No, that modification to the gun is very very illegal! There are many kind of gun owners, so please do not lump everyone into the same category (ie- all support the same thing, all conservative, etc etc) Remember that there also many ways to "own guns"- hunting, collecting historical guns...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Third Level DEBUT - show report
Replies: 15
Views: 583

Re: Third Level DEBUT - show report

Congrats to the both of you! What a great accomplishment.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Would you compare yourself to a dressage master?
Replies: 29
Views: 925

Re: Would you compare yourself to a dressage master?

Do you think Charlotte DuJardin looks at Carl Hester or Nuno Oliveria or Klimke and thinks she is right up there with them or does she "aspire" also? She may. Maybe she is? Not everyone thinks Hester, Oliveria, and Klimke are the best there is. FWIW, I didn't read MC's reply as snarky. My...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: DHH - A commentary on the sport? or No?
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: DHH - A commentary on the sport? or No?

I think there have been some part DHH at elite levels over the years though I am hard-pressed to recall any names. DHH are more suited to dressage, old or new sport, than Friesians in my opinion. Verdades would be one. Gelderlander on the dam's side, which is a Dutch driving horse. The Amish have i...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Need new thoughts: Half pass on the harder side
Replies: 19
Views: 723

Re: Need new thoughts: Half pass on the harder side

Already some good advice above. Remember that when you ask for things to get harder-- and in this case, true bend means that the hind leg will have to take more weight and carry-- the horse's natural reaction will be to change the gait quality to make the movement easier. Whether that's by reducing ...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pony trot?
Replies: 106
Views: 5180

Re: Pony trot?

I've spent several years installing a "forward" button (as in, move off my leg in whatever direction I ask you to) on Kiwi as she's definitely got whoastorm tendencies. When she was younger, these would sometimes have threats of going upwards. But it took a recent schooling show to make m...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pony trot?
Replies: 106
Views: 5180

Re: Pony trot?

I've spent several years installing a "forward" button (as in, move off my leg in whatever direction I ask you to) on Kiwi as she's definitely got whoastorm tendencies. When she was younger, these would sometimes have threats of going upwards. But it took a recent schooling show to make me...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fitness trackers?
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Fitness trackers?

I have a Fitbit Alta wristband. I'm not much of a fashionista and wear the black bands that it came with, but there are many accessory band options and it's fairly narrow and inobtrusive as compared to some other fitness watch options. Its battery life is fairly good-- lasts the better part of a wee...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Was Robert E. Lee a traitor?
Replies: 13
Views: 890

Re: Was Robert E. Lee a traitor?

George Washington was a traitor-- to Great Britain. Similarly, Benedict Arnold was a patriot. Again, to Great Britain's cause. The loss of the war did not immediately grant all black Americans equality, despite the 13th-15th amendments. As early as the Reconstruction era, the governments of the erst...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Was Robert E. Lee a traitor?
Replies: 13
Views: 890

Re: Was Robert E. Lee a traitor?

Lee was considered by many in his time to be a traitor. Obviously, not Confederate supporters or the majority of Virginians shared this view. If you were a parent from Pennsylvania and Lee's army had just killed your son in Gettysburg, you might have a different view. Simply put, though, the Constit...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14309

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Man. Am I ever glad July and August are over. It's been a heck of a stress the last 8 weeks. Dresseur and Tsavo, sorry to hear about the lameness struggles. Best of luck with their resolution! My goals are different than they would have been had we not been hit with a hurricane. Kiwi and I have lost...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

We are incredibly lucky. I got 40ish inches (rain gauge errored out at 30" on Saturday night, and we had a ton of rain on Sunday) but we got a 12+ hour break in the rain and now it looks like nothing ever happened. My garage has some damage due to high water, including massive erosion around th...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....
Replies: 35
Views: 2095

Re: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....

A big mainly dressage barn about 10 miles south of me had to evacuate their 80-someodd horses by boat yesterday. Basically, my worst nightmare. I hear that all horses and staff got out safely but what a stressor that must have been. I saw some blue sky today, so it looks like my side of Houston is s...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....
Replies: 35
Views: 2095

Re: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....

Demi, thank your DH for me as well. Yes, I'm about 40 mi west of Houston. We got absolutely hammered with rain yesterday-- something like 18" over the course of 12 hrs yesterday. Rainfall totals are near 30" at my house. There's a (normally dry) creek that's about 1000' away from my house ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

9 pony refugees from south of us pulled into our barn today. Cutest refugees ever. Water levels are still rising. My house has already gotten nearly 24" of rain but is due for another 24 over the course of the next 2 days. The creek that is normally empty and 1000' from my house is over its ban...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

We're going to get so much rain. Fingers crossed, everyone. Stay safe, Demi!
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

demi, you're not kidding about the TX heat. Kiwi and I are melting even when we ride at 7:30 or later. It doesn't help that both of us are too fat for the weather, but we'll ignore that. Current progress: - 45s side planks are becoming easy(ish). 15s to go to hit my stated goal. - Flying changes are...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Why Aren't You (g) In A Regular Lesson Program?
Replies: 72
Views: 3592

Re: Why Aren't You (g) In A Regular Lesson Program?

Horses can suffer for lack of training. I've seen enough real nice, cute young horses become unhappy/jaded 8-14yo horses after a couple years of the wrong type of ride to believe that. We do have a responsibility to our horses to keep them healthy and well-adjusted to norms of modern horsekeeping (i...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Jeremy Steinberg Clinic in NJ - Sept.
Replies: 28
Views: 1452

Re: Jeremy Steinberg Clinic in NJ - Sept.

What a kind offer, MC!
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Why Aren't You (g) In A Regular Lesson Program?
Replies: 72
Views: 3592

Re: Why Aren't You (g) In A Regular Lesson Program?

I'm not in a regular program now, and haven't been for at least 6 years. I've had some decent success despite that streak-- some competitive rides at the local and regional level, although definitely not national-quality, and have consistently moved my horses up the levels. When I was living in the ...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Hurray, Mountaineer and Chisamba! Re: jumping in dressage saddles-- the point billets on dressage saddles can interfere with some of the jumping motion if you're jumping big(ish?) jumps. If you don't have point billets, ignore this line. I've got a Tale of Two Cities situation here. My new bits arri...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)
Replies: 22
Views: 922

Re: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)

It's unlikely the USDF Connection articles are peer-reviewed. However, Clayton has a significant body of work in gait mechanics/force plate studies/etc. that have been published in various journals and peer reviewed.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Wonder if it varies horse to horse as well as rider to rider. I'm a sample size of one with a horse sample size of two (with the changes to ones, but only one that did 15 in a row), so essentially am presenting the worst research data ever. However, once I got the 4s, the 3s came pretty easy. Once t...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I always thought the 1s were the hardest. You get 0 time to fix the underlying canter at all, so things can go sideways (sometimes literally) pretty quickly. Additionally, make sure you install a good "off" button. Otherwise there will be 1-tempis everywhere. Ask me how I know. Cool front ...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

My GP horse was both easier and harder to ride than greener horses. Easier, because he and I had so much history together that he knew what I meant when I asked for things, even if I wasn't spot-on accurate with my aids. I did train him myself but ultimately it felt like he took some initiative to d...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle

Snork and Canyon-- agreed. I was ready to buy another bridle from them only to realize they'd closed their doors 4 weeks previously. Bereft.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Lots of commonalities here. Here, too, it's been hotter than blazes. And I've got a pony who may be described as dumpy and round. I ground-drove her yesterday and had to drop her surcingle to the bottom hole on both sides in order to get it wrapped around her pony girth. Not a proud moment for Kiwi....
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Spinoff of Prudent -- your riding genesis
Replies: 19
Views: 1583

Re: Spinoff of Prudent -- your riding genesis

My parents have been incredibly supportive of any endeavors I had/have/will ever have. I'll just start there. My sister and started off in the horse world taking group lessons from a local woman who roped, barrel raced, and pole bended. So I got a crash course in staying more or less in the middle a...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Katie Prudent on the state of horsemanship today
Replies: 20
Views: 1389

Re: Katie Prudent on the state of horsemanship today

I could maybe buy into that if Prudent herself wasn't part of the system that encouraged that behavior. Her barn was the model of the behavior she's now decrying. Selling those very same "fearful, talentless amateurs" the $$$$ horses. Full-service grooming/training required to board. Not t...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Connection or Lightness: bit choice
Replies: 23
Views: 1475

Re: Connection or Lightness: bit choice

I'm with your approach, Dresseur. The risk with the bit that makes her light in the contact is that it won't address the reason for the heaviness, and may as a result cause her to compensate in other ways that may actually make it harder to get her to be honest in the connection. Things like curling...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Katie Prudent on the state of horsemanship today
Replies: 20
Views: 1389

Re: Katie Prudent on the state of horsemanship today

That whole "fearful, talentless amateur" thing was rough. It hurts 0 people and horses to have 2'6" classes in shows. The lower levels keep the upper levels financially viable, same as in dressage. Doesn't hurt me at all that there's an Intro level now in recognized shows. Really, it ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle

I love white padding! Only downside is that it highlights poor tack cleaning, but other than that it looks super on horses that have minimal white on their faces. I know from experience from having made the wrong bridle padding choices in the past.

Don't judge me.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Just a update here re sweltering weather: at 10 am this morning combined air temp (F) and humidity was 159, with dew point of 76. We sweat but cannot cool off because the air is saturated. I can deal with heat, it is the humidity that kills me. No way I can ask horses to work in this weather just t...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Jeez. Getting hot outside and inside, I guess. I do agree with MC on this one. Dressage to me isn't fun. It's a lot of things-- challenging, rewarding, interesting, invigorating-- but it's not a stress-free laugh and a half, which is how I interpret fun. Add on that the fact that my ride times are l...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle

My bridle showed up yesterday! So I took Kiwi on a nice long trail ride for her debut double bridle day. I think it looks pretty cute on her (left): https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19959144_10155554266210990_6021806572512303079_n.jpg?oh=e0d97a3b9be58a9b2abeb4b24620a43b&oe=5A0C910F
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Chisamba-- Hope Deneb heals quickly. I hate the two steps forward/one step back training/health tango. Hope all resolves soon. Yesterday was the holiest of all holy days. That's right-- it was Introduce the Double Bridle Day. Initially, Kiwi was not enthused: https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle

Good eyes, Canyon! Last time I looked at DressageExtensions, the (now-discounted) Royal Oak weymouth was still $300+, so I wasn't willing to compromise on the padding and French caveson options. Now a) there's an option I know fits Kiwi, and b) that it's SO CHEAP-- well, dressage-standards-wise; thi...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle

Any feedback on Bobby's leather quality? How about Delfina? http://www.delfinasaddlery.com/Bridles-Reins-Parts-Accessories/Dressage-Bridles/Delfina-CUSTOM-BROWN-Padded-Dressage-Bridle-p228.html Never having felt one, I'm a bit hesitant to order. Additionally, I'm spoiled by my current bridle. Has ev...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle
Replies: 13
Views: 706

ISO Brown Cob Double Bridle

Virtual tack shoppers, I need your help. I'm looking for a brown double bridle for my GRP mare, who has a cob (or maybe slightly smaller) face. Right now she's in a Jerry's Harness snaffle bridle which I love, but unfortunately for me they've closed up their shop. Parameters: - Brown - Cob - Under $...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 16832

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I (kind of) sat out the last progress thread. I'm all in this time. I went to a schooling show as ground support for my sister and her clients last weekend, which was a nice kick-in-the-pants for getting motivated to get back out there. It's been nearly 2 years since the last time I showed-- where d...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Goals and Progress May/June 2017
Replies: 329
Views: 20808

Re: Goals and Progress May/June 2017

Thanks, everyone. Bucky and I kind of "grew up" with the old UDBB. I've appreciated having that (and this) resource.

It's hard saying goodbye.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Goals and Progress May/June 2017
Replies: 329
Views: 20808

Re: Goals and Progress May/June 2017

Tough way to end June. Yesterday I had to put down Bucky, my first-and-only GP horse, due to a freak pasture accident. I'm brokenhearted. I will always miss this view: https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1897660_10152243644215990_44184989_n.jpg?oh=33ce2ab0447114001dd20fa67d6c288a&oe=59...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Goals and Progress May/June 2017
Replies: 329
Views: 20808

Re: Goals and Progress May/June 2017

All, I'm impressed and inspired by the progress month-on-month and year-on-year. Gwen, I'm enamored with your pony. She's adorable! Kiwi and I are checking in late for this one. In some respects, it's the same story as in months before: lots of job drama (turbulent times for my industry), inconsiste...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: pasterns - normal or too long?
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: pasterns - normal or too long?

The hinds in particular would worry me. I've seen that type of conformation ultimately cause too much stress to the hind suspensories and then you're in a cycle of constant rehab (if he's got the wrong disposition for stall rest and hand walking).

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