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by Dresseur
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

Chisamba, I meant no insult! I will admit, I have negative experiences with horses that have been trained using that flexion in the extreme and with people who have used that method exclusively. I will counter flex here and there, but I do have a hard time seeing the value in putting the neck at a 9...
by Dresseur
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

I don't understand the fléchi droit at all. In my book, that is just neck bending. I don't understand what gymnastic benefit there would be from disconnecting the neck from the rest of the body of the horse. They talk about that it tests stretching the outside of the horse - not really, you need the...
by Dresseur
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

I'm about 2 weeks into this canter seat re-tooling effort. The first week and a half, I was on my own, practicing on Miro. We shortened my stirrups a 1/2 hole so that I could feel my stirrup a bit more in an effort to stop the floating lower leg, and I had to keep thinking 1. get him in front of me ...
by Dresseur
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 453

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I use the HP to SI if I am not losing the haunches. The HP to HI is a curative for the horse that wants to leave his haunches in the next county. But IMO both of those are better in terms of fixing issues than the LY... although, maybe I am not seeing or understanding something. I think it's an easi...
by Dresseur
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 453

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

The exercise becomes a zig zag. I know a lot of people do this exercise, but personally I don't get it. Usually if the horse is losing bend or falling over, it's because you either need more haunches - which I would refresh with haunches in, or you need to hold the shoulders back - I think it's more...
by Dresseur
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 198
Views: 2440

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

Soft goals are to take him out 2nd level in November, and then do 2nd level freestyles in spring so that we can spend some non-stressful time in the ring. We’ll work changes this winter. IF he gets them under his belt in a meaningful way, we’ll try for 3rd and the 3rd level freestyles. (I want my br...
by Dresseur
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 198
Views: 2440

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

Greenhomes - I agree 100% with what Chisamba said, we ride because we love it. If being out in the wide open is you and your horse's happy place, you don't need to justify it to anyone! I'm slogging through more crap I created on Miro, or rather let slide because I didn't recognize it. I think I had...
by Dresseur
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 453

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I wrote a post yesterday while I was on a shoot, but it poofed. I use leg yield on very green horses, but I rarely use leg yield once the horse has a sense of SI and HI. When I do use it, it's a test during warmup to see if the horse is listening to my leg. If I feel as though the horse is not, then...
by Dresseur
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Favourite suppling exercises
Replies: 22
Views: 316

Re: Favourite suppling exercises

I have started to think about suppling a little differently. Basically, I want the horse loose and relaxed through the body so that he can answer my requests laterally and longitudinally without stiffening. But, I want the connection that feels like a little bit of positive tension so that the back ...
by Dresseur
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 387

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

I'm very lucky in that I found a trainer who became a mentor. She is a stickler for position (and yes, she does short courses as well as video lessons :lol:), and she has experience starting 100s of young horses and retrains, and she teaches so many lessons that there isn't something from her experi...
by Dresseur
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Tsavo, you are correct that it's not really an issue on a Miro, or another lower level horse. The reason that I'm so hell-bent on fixing this is because in the tempi changes - particularly the 2's and 1's, I don't have room for error in my strike off. Each change is a basically a new strike off, and...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Rye, there is nothing that I hate more than knowing that I'm doing something that A. I know better than to do, and B. that is stupid, but doing it anyway! I need to activate with my leg more to make sure he can listen to a lighter seat aid. Khall, I can sit upright on M, as in the first pic, but I t...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

It’s not intermittent, unfortunately. Those were from after she had me do a bunch of changes. And I’m sorry if I was snippy. I do appreciate insights and tips, I read it differently than was intended.
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

MC, I appreciate the perspective you bring! Yes, this seems like a small worry, for me, it’s something I’ve struggled with for forever and it’s now hindering the upper level work. I assure you, I also have many other more major issues too- sometimes we inexplicably have no breaks or steering- that k...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

E3022583-870C-46B4-A492-DF9AEBDA27AC.jpeg 8E808EF0-5269-4CD1-A282-B069BAC019B0.jpeg These are stills of some of my others. I start fine, then let go instead of keeping my hips pressed up. The first I was sitting a little lighter. The second I was sitting a bit deeper, you can see how it squashes hi...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Actually, she does. And her hip is fairly behind her. Again, the issue is how I tip my pelvis, which sets off a chain reaction. I came on this thread to share my story (as asked for in the OP), what I’m doing and how we’re addressing it. Not to give training advice or to get training advice from 2 t...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

It’s not contradictory at all, this is what she wants me to do, lead with my hips. My feel of what I’m doing vs what I’m actually doing is off in the canter. Now, the reason she says she wants me to do this on Gala is because M is so green in the transitions, I run the risk of squashing his back dow...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 59
Views: 800

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

This thread is incredibly timely for me. As of this weekend, we are ripping apart my canter position and seeing what we can improve. So, I have a tendency to sit a touch too forward, which rounds my shoulders - only in the canter. I have a tendency to get my reins too long and my elbow is a bit far ...
by Dresseur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 198
Views: 2440

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

I'm excited to follow everyone's goals over the next two months! For those of you with new projects - how exciting! For those of you still recuperating (horses and humans) good luck and hang in there! I'm finally out of work hell, and I celebrated by taking M for 2 days down to Andrea's to check in ...
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

Tuddy, good luck, I'm excited for you!
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

That irks me as well MC.
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

I'm an associate creative director and while I really enjoy what I do, it's hard to be on all the time. Also, I'm the lead creative on several large, national accounts that are gearing up for TV production and are launching new campaigns, and the timelines are all right on top of each other, so I'm ...
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: " competed through to the FEI levels"?
Replies: 34
Views: 796

Re: " competed through to the FEI levels"?

Riding horses is never about riding the clock or riding the money we put into them. On the time thing, there's an expression, "quit while you're ahead." There's a reason for that. On the money side of things, just because we, as humans, say that we put x amount of dollars down, doesn't mea...
by Dresseur
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

Work is sucking my soul right now. That is all.
by Dresseur
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?
Replies: 84
Views: 1078

Re: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?

which is why I think that one of the questions owners need to ask themselves is, "what would I want if I was my horse" Many owners would look at a rainy day and think, if I was my horse, I'd want to be inside and dry and warm and comfortable, yet most horses will happily stand with their ...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 859

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

Yes, rotation of the rider to stay relative to the track and spine of the horse. But not separating the shoulders and hips of the riders. IMG_5264.jpeg I'm saying that I do as in the top scribbles... where the hip and shoulder seen from the above are the same - but they stay perpendicular to the hor...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 34
Views: 484

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

Imo, I'm not a fan of the chambon. They're better than the de Gogue or Pessoa, but they are still designed to "show a horse the way to the ground" so I don't think that it would be appropriate for Baby Bronto, who needs to stay off his forehand and gain strength in his topline through the ...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 34
Views: 484

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

They sure can, but imo that's why it's important to set them (height on turrets and length) appropriate to the horse's conformation, level of training etc.
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 859

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

Khall, we're saying the same thing. I'm saying that yes, I rotate my hips - but with my shoulders attached, so hips and shoulders are not separating like a barber pole. But, the spine of the horse is curved, so I'm following the line of the spine - which arcs away from the wall. For a 10 meter circl...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 859

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

Sorry, I was not following who was disagreeing with what, I need more coffee! So, I agree with you regarding the hips of the horse - you DO want them as straight as you can manage though, so that the horse doesn't escape the loading of the hind quarters. I do not agree that the rider rotates the wai...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 859

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

The horses hips do not stay 100% square because the inside hind leg has to sweep up and under the center mass of the horse. The inside hind ideally comes all the way into the outside front's print. Otherwise, if the horse is just tracking dead even with the hips, there is no loading of one leg or an...
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 34
Views: 484

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

This is tricky to explain. I DO canter in side reins. In fact, I used it to help with M's under saddle canter. Typically, I do a lot of transitions as opposed to long bouts of cantering. In terms of the neck. So, yes, I want to be able to elongate the neck - but as a result of what's happening behin...
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

That's devastating Hot4Spots. My heart is going out to you and your boy. Rosie, get well soon and Flight, I hope you figure out the trainer situation. I feel for our members who are struggling right now.
by Dresseur
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 859

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

As always, thank you for your notes Piedmont! Lots to digest here. As I'm thinking about the SI notes.... As always, you're welcome! To add to the shoulder in musings: CdeK offered that guidance (let go of the outside rein) when a pair was doing more of a leg yield than a shoulder in (in other word...
by Dresseur
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 859

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

As always, thank you for your notes Piedmont! Lots to digest here. As I'm thinking about the SI notes - I touch the inside rein to indicate that I want the shoulders to come off the wall, but then I let the horse bend away from my inside leg. I can let go of the inside at any point. I don't do much ...
by Dresseur
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

Chisamba, I really enjoy that photo of you and Titanium, I'm glad you are feeling reproducible effects! In terms of my saddle, it's definitely an optical illusion. Now, do I need to sit down and back a little more, absolutely! lol. But, the pad that I'm using tends to tuck up into the gullet, so it ...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

So, I'm pretty darn happy with the bug-boy. He's got the message about moving off my leg in the hp. IMG_5233.jpg IMG_5232.jpg But even better, he's really starting to figure out the haunches in on a circle in the canter and it's making huge changes in his regular canter. He's keeping a large step be...
by Dresseur
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 38
Views: 1204

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

Demi, well done. That looks very appropriate in terms of placement of equipment and movement. One thing, and without vid is hard to tell, but make sure she's trucking along - the second picture she looks pretty ideal. The first looks a tad backed off and short in the stride.
by Dresseur
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

So, first off - my shoulder injection was a success! I feel amazing and have finally slept through the night!!! I celebrated by taking off work and riding 6 horses lol. Hey, they said NO restrictions! In any case, I'm still retooling my canter, I can tell things are improving by paying such close at...
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What does "submission" mean to you in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 552

Re: What does "submission" mean to you in training?

Kande, I think that the horse's personality also plays a role in how cooperative, or not, they are. I have known horses that from day 1, were a bit cheeky and had an, I don't have to if I don't want to attitude about life. Carefully managed, these horses were upstanding citizens, but they would stil...
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Helmut Oberhauser clinic report
Replies: 13
Views: 461

Re: Helmut Oberhauser clinic report

Chisamba, it sounds like you had a really rewarding experience. I really enjoyed the notes and reminders in your recap.
by Dresseur
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

Chisamba, I can identify with that 100%. I'm looking forward to clinic notes. Rye, good job! And, I have to say, good eye - Andrea also felt that he was sliding a bit back and forth underneath me in the shoulders. But, she was very happy with the baseline canter. I did get taken to task on the haunc...
by Dresseur
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

Ryeissa, I agree with you 100% about my arm placement. And right now, I literally can't hold my arm out that little bit, which is affecting my other arm as well because I'm compensating for the pain. If any of you have ever had a frozen shoulder, you know what I mean. If you haven't - I hope you nev...
by Dresseur
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

There were a few 'no hands needed" mentioned in the posts following mine, and I think that I had written this So, those were my notes. I will say that in the haunches in around the circle, I could clearly feel him shift the balance and there was no hand involved. What I meant was that I wasn't ...
by Dresseur
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What does "submission" mean to you in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 552

Re: What does "submission" mean to you in training?

I personally dislike the term submission because the definition of it includes the idea of yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person. I know that we define it differently in dressage terms - but I think that a better word world be willingness or tractability. I'm not...
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

Yes, and actually, Jeremy is a good one to watch in terms of being in a similar system. Since we've broken ties with PB, I'm not sure if Jeremey is still working with him, but JS was working quite closely with Paul Belasik and follows a similar system to Paul and Andrea.
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8913

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

We are in an absolute sauna. Luckily, it's not crazy hot, but we have what equates to an atmospheric river above us, just dumping rain. We're expecting an additional 2-6 inches over the next two days. I've moved Miro into a stall that has a run so that he can choose when to go stand in the rain. So ...
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hinneman article
Replies: 18
Views: 388

Re: Hinneman article

I also didn't read anything too nefarious into the article. I do think he's a typical german and says things bluntly and very matter-of-fact. I think that the way he defines submission as one who “does everything you ask from behind to front, front to behind, left to right and right to left.” is som...
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 28
Views: 838

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

Chisamba wrote:The first time I went up through the levels I assumed that once I got to PSG , GP would be easy. What an ignorant pip I was. The chasm from PSG to GP is bigger than training level to fourth.


Nothing to add right now except, amen to this.
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 1051

Re: Learning from dissection

Well, there are two points of discussion on this thread. Some are referring to dissection, and some are referring to anatomy. You specifically asked for differences once you knew about the anatomy. Can you give an example of how you did some aspect of riding differently once you knew the anatomy? So...

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