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by Dresseur
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 8
Views: 106

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

I know it's boring work for the rider, but simple is best when it comes to greenies. You do have to keep building on the work you're doing, because the real meat and potatoes of suppleness comes from the lateral work. So I would start thinking of doing mini-lengthenings, do lots of serpentines, and ...
by Dresseur
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 13
Views: 191

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

Was it when it became a ring sport or when a select few started making all the rules so that people would buy their fancy imported horses ;) :lol: :lol: I personally don't blame the ring, I blame the methodology and $$$$$. That being said, you have a 100% valid point and I think a lot of people woul...
by Dresseur
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 13
Views: 191

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

Chisamba, I don't disagree that you need to leave the wall often to make sure that the horse is not reliant on it. I fully agree that open spaces are good for the horse, and I like to ride outside as often as I can. But, I also feel that the wall/rail is an excellent tool. To my point, the beauty of...
by Dresseur
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 13
Views: 191

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

I was taught to use the rail a lot - basically it works as outside aids so that you don't have to give stronger aids if the horse wants to swing or drift, and it helps the horse to learn new movements. So, leg yields are taught by using the wall as a magnet (eventually the horse progresses to doing ...
by Dresseur
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein Length
Replies: 7
Views: 214

Re: Rein Length

I try not to change my rein length. But, on some horses that want to suck back in a particular gait or carry themselves differently, I change my rein length to find them and then keep trying to lengthen the neck so that the rein length stays consistent between gaits.
by Dresseur
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 204

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

Piedmont, thank you for posting. As you can tell from my input, I tend to struggle in the canter. There's a difference between riding every stride and driving every stride and I'm trying to figure out what that means for me and my body :lol:
by Dresseur
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1342

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Chisamba, I was definitely thinking of you when I wrote that :lol: I went from having to output a great deal of effort with not much response to only having to give a small effort with a lot of response and I didn’t catch that my effectiveness had changed. Being able to ride a huge variety of horses...
by Dresseur
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1342

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

We are finally frozen, and expecting snow later today. I'm not sure what's worse, the mud or the frozen, pitted ground. Miro just finished his second course of Equioxx. I need to wait a few days and take new video to send to my vet. Last I checked him (about 2 weeks ago) he was almost 100% - but tha...
by Dresseur
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anyone want my dream job?
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: Anyone want my dream job?

Yea, I'll keep up the conversations with her to see if there is a better way to word it. I just hate seeing her so worried about this.

Edited to add, she is looking for a stall cleaner.
by Dresseur
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anyone want my dream job?
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: Anyone want my dream job?

Thank you piedmont. And yes, I've spoken to her about the difficulty there... It's a 16 stall barn. Stalls get cleaned in the am, and then picked around 3pm. Grooming for riding/lessons in between. And training/lessons is included - if you are a good rider, you can ride more, but she's not looking f...
by Dresseur
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anyone want my dream job?
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Anyone want my dream job?

So, mods, I'm not sure where to put this, as this is more of a PSA for someone to come take my dream job - so delete or move as necessary! Long story short, Andrea's long, long time barn manager/groom is moving closer to her family. A has been looking for a while and nothing has shaken loose and she...
by Dresseur
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1342

2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Happy New Year all! 8-) 8-) What are your short and long term goals? My Jan/Feb goals are: get Miro healthy and back under saddle again. Start really nailing down the 1 tempis - not sure if it's doable, some days it feels like more of a possibility than others. My long term 2019 goals are: get Miro ...
by Dresseur
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Late changes

Lol! Willie did that for a bit- we had to put a stop to it immediately or he would have been the poster child for late changes. For this, we did a figure 8 and only did a change when he was facing a wall. I’ve seen that method used for quite a few leapers with success because the wall backs them off...
by Dresseur
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Late changes

I just wasn’t sure how far along Norsey was with his changes- and yea, based on your description it sounds like you need to hold the shoulder back- basically don’t allow the front to change. So, he may need to sit in the collection and wait- don’t throw him away up front as you execute the change. Y...
by Dresseur
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Late changes

Are the singles clean or are they going too? And unfortunately, it's really hard to help diagnose unless you have video or see it in person. My snap judgement would be to think that the canter quality got too big or strung out somehow, but to be safe, I'd wait for eyes on since late changes are such...
by Dresseur
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

It's interesting that several weeks ago, all of the wheels to the bus fell off and I was starting to miss single changes again and yesterday and the day before, I was schooling 1's again successfully. Now, mind you, I don't have control over them, BUT, I'm able to ask for them, and she's locking int...
by Dresseur
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: Year In Review

Tuddy, excellent thread! This year for me has been wonderful, even though Miro decided to end the year with a literal bang to his hip. :cry: :x I learned so much by having the opportunity to ride for Andrea. I shored up basics, found holes in my understanding or execution, and started down the path ...
by Dresseur
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8024

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Lots of good updates here! Miro is still on stall rest - but much improvement. I'm hoping that this is resolved soon, I really don't want to miss the upcoming show season. For the first time ever, I'm excited to show :( MC, that's a tough one. Don't give up, keep trying things. In terms of all issue...
by Dresseur
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Another little onion layer peeled off. I had a great ride yesterday. I did all my changes into the mirrors, so I was riding some interesting patterns to make the most use of them. (Only one long side has mirrors.) One of the things that I had noticed on another horse was that I tend to leave my left...
by Dresseur
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Thank you Piedmont and Flight! This last lesson went well - I'm practicing collections on quarterline into the mirrors so that I can see if I get her crooked in the set up, and then we went into changes. She was quite crooked yesterday as she had taught what amounted to an up/down lesson earlier in ...
by Dresseur
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Well, I'm starting to be a lot straighter, I knocked off some beautiful 3's and then ramped her up way too much for the two's. My baseline canter is much better, so Andrea told me that I was doing way, way too much. Back to riding on 1/4 line and making sure that Gala is ship straight and that I am ...
by Dresseur
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8024

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I also bought the app, and got the bundled FEI and 1st-4th level tests. I personally don't think that the interface is any where near as nice as the Equi-tests, but if you've never used that app, you probably won't mind it. What I loved about Equi-test was that they had the directions on the right, ...
by Dresseur
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1555

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

MC, that's a fantastic photo! I'm laughing that you also call that a postage stamp saddle - after a few years of straight dressage - I sat in one and couldn't believe I had ever been comfortable :lol:
by Dresseur
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1555

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

KootKat, for me at this point, it's a guts issue... I used to do some dumb, dumb things - got close to 5' with horses that shouldn't have done it. But also got tossed enough times by some bad actors that I started to develop fear and defensive riding habits to fences. At this point, I haven't jumped...
by Dresseur
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Bridging the reins and holding onto the front of the saddle definitely helped me keep my hands under control I think that this is going to take a long while for me to learn how to ask for the 1's - especially since I can only practice once a week. :/
by Dresseur
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Familiar in what way, Chisamba? Because you've experienced that or because I've complained about it before :lol: :lol: I had my lesson today - she was my 5th horse of the day, so I had 4 to practice the idea of pushing my knee forward. I have to say, I instantly liked the more subtle movement of my ...
by Dresseur
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Well, tomorrow I have a lesson, but I was able to take a half day of work and ride 2 horses today. One of those horses was Gala. I bridged my reins and it was informative. I'm not pulling on the rein to create the change, the pull happens after - and it's most pronounced on the left to right change....
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Ponichiwa, yes, I'm going to do that - I think I had mentioned it in one of my first posts - and I'll certainly report back!
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Chisamba, you know that I respect what you have to say! I'm just struggling to explain how I ask for the changes, my guess is that I'm explaining it nqr and that I am using more leg than I think that I am. TLK, no bucking strap - could probably grab the front of the saddle. And I only ride the mare ...
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

This is also what I mean by using my seat when I ask for changes - a kind of back and forth slide like nordic skis. The problem is my hands decide to do other things and help out.
by Dresseur
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8024

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

SF, that is really crappy news. I am glad that you have a diagnosis though, that helps IMO. Just goes to show you. Horses suck. Sigh.
(I'm totally saying that sarcastically :)
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

That's a very good point. I will say that she's difficult because she can get stuck. And she's VERY gifted in bringing her hind legs under so I have to be very vigilant about that.
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Ponichiwa, that is something interesting for me to ponder. I do seem to have the canter quality - because I can get the changes as long as I don't do something stupid :lol: :lol: My guess is that this is the last vestige of my hunter jumper roots. I'm ashamed to admit that I learned changes the way ...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

I think next time, I'll try to bridge the reins to stop myself from pulling one way or another - if that gets me somewhere, I'll try one handed. I'm encouraged by the exercise on the circle - now I just have to figure out how to stop pulling her around. After she did so much showing with me, she too...
by Dresseur
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: Tempis and straightness...

Chisamba, it's funny that you mention hands. I'm undergoing a bit of a shift in my riding and am actively trying to keep my hands a bit lower overall. I had a tendency to keep raising my hands higher and higher, which contracts the neck. I haven't practiced it enough that it's second nature yet, but...
by Dresseur
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Tempis and straightness...

This is half musings, half exercise ideas. Maybe someone has been where I'm at now and has some sage advice. If anyone has followed my story throughout the years, I struggle with the canter. A lot of that is experience - up until I started riding for Andrea, I had not experienced many canters, and c...
by Dresseur
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches

It is fun to hear updates! Especially as my riding time is severely reduced right now :( For the trot/halts, it’s normal to have horse in your hand at first- this is where you need to be like side reins. If you give in the moment of transition, they learn they can pull through you. If you pull back,...
by Dresseur
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" the Canter: Your approaches

Trot/halts are the best remedy (imo) for a lot of this stuff. Both for fitness and for not leaning on the hand. To paraphrase the Duke of Newcastle, “the whole object of the dressage horse is to get the horse upon the haunches, and let me tell you the best exercise I know: that is to trot and stop, ...
by Dresseur
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8024

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Just an update. Miro is still down for the count. I had a second opinion and while nothing is fractured, and nothing changes on flexion - meaning his joints (stifle, hips etc.) are good - he palpates very sore across his pelvis and he definitely has scar tissue built up around the wound. Vet feels s...
by Dresseur
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" the Canter: Your approaches

This seems to be a bit of a catch 22, because in order to ask for more, sometimes you are asking before the horse is capable of sustaining or holding it themselves, the horse naturally goes a bit into the hand. So, what I try to do, and what I've been taught to do is to add a bit at a time and then ...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" the Canter: Your approaches

Ah! In that case, make the set up be part of the cue for changes. At first, the horse is not on the aids and the change happens when it happens. If you keep the set up the same, collect, then change, the horse starts to understand that the collection is part of the set up and they will start to anti...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" the Canter: Your approaches

I'm sure you've heard it before, but when the horse gets so comfortable with CC, it can be an ordeal to convince them that you want something else. You almost want them to be uncomfortable on the wrong lead as you head into changes, so that when you collect on the "wrong" lead, they want t...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" the Canter: Your approaches

It's tough, because it is horse dependent. You don't actually want too much power in the canter, because then you risk it all going into your hands. For the first changes - the hind legs should be quick and almost together, you almost never do your first changes out of a regular canter. But then eve...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: "Revving up" the Canter: Your approaches

Personally, what I've been taught, and what I've experienced has shown me to not do too much counter canter if you're going to start working on changes. What you need is for the hind legs to jump closer together so that the horse doesn't need to make a huge movement behind to switch it's hips. I'm f...
by Dresseur
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Another theory question

Can good bending be accomplished without having a horse connected over the back and into the outside rein? MC, I go back and forth on that. I'm trying to envision what I do on green horses, so this is a bit stream of consciousness. I think that true, good bending the horse has to be connected, but ...
by Dresseur
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Another theory question

But there is a limit to how much of anything we can get without losing something else we want, too. I'm not sure I agree with that in the end. Maybe in a particular phase of training. But I think that this ends up being very rider/trainer dependent. You're either good enough, or not. And if you're ...
by Dresseur
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Another theory question

That’s totally horse dependent. I’ve ridden some WBs that were stiff as boards and some that were noodles. But if you have a stiff horse, you definitely need to work on bending and suppling. Starting with leg yields and circles and gradually increasing the difficulty of the exercises and the amount ...
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Another theory question

I did indeed! Thank you, I'll edit!
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Another theory question

its not crazy stuff. It is why if you have too much forward motion in one direction with no balancing force they can't collect. It has nothing to do with overflexing the neck. Of course it does, because as soon as the horse is ridden with his neck over flexed then he's unable to collect. As much as...
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Another theory question

Just to add that while inside leg 'reach' is nice, too many people confuse it with engagement which is shown in the 'stance' phase, as you say. I can't tell you how many times I've read comments (in various places) using engagement when they mean reach. It's clearly stated in the USDF Glossary. I'v...

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