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by Dresseur
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Half pass zig zags
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: Half pass zig zags

I'm going to echo what Chisamba wrote. I was taught to arrive straight and a touch early on centerline (or quarterline or where ever) Ask for shoulder in, point the ears to the letter and go. Andrea had me school it from quarterline to the wall and back again first so that I could more easily contro...
by Dresseur
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Flight, that change is technically clean, so I would say yes, definitely a step in the right direction. The canter was much, much better quality, but you are going to have to work to keep that leap bottled up so that he keeps those hinds quick and short in that direction lol.
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just want to gush for a minute
Replies: 15
Views: 288

Re: Just want to gush for a minute

That is very cool! Now we need pics of your 'stang!
by Dresseur
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 709

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Piedmont, imo what she's getting at is switch the rhythm of the pelvis from canter to the trot. That will "quicken" the pelvis and let the horse know that you're expecting a gait change. Young horses will often follow these rhythm changes before they truly understand what you want them to ...
by Dresseur
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Awesome updates from so many people! For those still in the soup, hang in there! Flight, I echo what Chisamba said. And, especially on that L-R, he seems to get a bit slower and a bit more out behind/takes bigger steps behind. But, at least in the sequence that you showed... he did a lovely change, ...
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Thanks all. I feel like there's a way forward, and the new PT guy told me that he was not going to waste my time. He said that if I don't see improvement in short order, that he will facilitate getting me into the Vincera Institute - they specialize in hip/core injuries for athletes. He feels that w...
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Okie dokie... I've told a few people this, but this is a "me" update, not horse. (Horses are all doing well.) I got the MRI done and a hip specialist looked everything over. So, the good news - adductor muscles seem to be in order - all is healing/healed there. So, why so much pain? I have...
by Dresseur
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 1969

Re: Good connection

I’m on board with what Chisamba wrote re connection. That’s how I would describe it. I’m not privy to the side rein war, other than that I know some people don’t like them. I firmly maintain, that when used correctly, they absolutely have a place in the classical system in terms of preparing a horse...
by Dresseur
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Demi and Amity, I'd encourage you to leave progress updates here too. I don't think you have to have concrete goals to participate in this thread. Progress is progress, even if it sometimes goes sideways, backwards and the long way around before it goes forward. And working on what needs to be worke...
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I think he'll grow into himself and be just fine - but for now, it's great to laugh about. Poor buddy.
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Rye, he's photogenic when moving... I'll give him that. But, when he's standing still he is a horrendous collection of parts with a huge roman nose and a head that he definitely needs to grow into lol.
by Dresseur
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

So, it's good to be working with a horse again instead of just brushing my horse's hair and telling him how beautiful he looks lol! Moose settled in very well. On Friday, I tacked him up and we did 3-4 laps of the round pen in each direction just to see how he'd handle everything. He's sensitive but...
by Dresseur
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Well, I'm back-ish... not really lol. I'm still broken, have an MRI scheduled for later today to see exactly what damage was done to my groin way back in Feb. But, Andrea and I did a switcheroo yesterday. She has too many training horses, not enough time for her horses, and I can't ride... so, yeste...
by Dresseur
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1496

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I would classify trainer B as "riding through you". I have mixed feelings on this. Sometimes it's incredibly helpful, but at some point I feel it becomes a crutch. For the students that I've continued to work with, I tend to take this approach at first, and then I start asking questions, &...
by Dresseur
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for

Re the lateral movements on a circle, SI on the circle is very hard to do correctly for most horse/rider combos (not saying it's not useful - but most combos end up making a pseudo-leg yield or overbend the neck) - I find that I get more bang for my buck keeping it on straight lines against the wall...
by Dresseur
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for

So, when I'm riding (still down and out due to non-riding related groin injury :( ) I use (and was taught to use) lateral work every "working" ride. I liken it to strength and dexterity building since you can isolate which hind leg is loaded - so on the road to GP, each horse does whatever...
by Dresseur
Sat May 18, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Abby, I’m so sorry. And yes, Flight, do tell!!!
by Dresseur
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

For some reason, she keeps getting hired in our area. I find her behavior to be consistently miserable with not very constructive feedback that shows a fair amount of bias. She definitely has a "type".
by Dresseur
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Oh yes. Cindy Canace - she's lovely at shows. (I am DRIPPING with sarcasm here.) If I had seen your post earlier, I would have told you to avoid her at all costs. She's absolutely miserable. My latest experience with her was at the show we just went to - she was having a fit that the show had schedu...
by Dresseur
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

We don't. The suspensory is not really an issue. It didn't make a huge difference when we blocked things, the primary injury is to the hip. The only thing left to do is a bone scan. We did trans rectal u/s, palpation, tried to xray it etc... but we all agree (including the vets) that to do the bone ...
by Dresseur
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I've struggled with writing this update, because with each telling, I get a little sadder, and a little angrier about the heartbreak that horses bring. Miro went through two rounds of shock wave, and after a total of 5-going on 6 months of stall rest, 2 treatments, lots of diagnostics, lots of alter...
by Dresseur
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 2156

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I don't know. I think horses are smart... and the type of work required to try to stay with another horse or get oneself worked up in a lather over bugs or being herd bound is different than when we ask them to do something difficult physically taxing. I've known plenty of horses that create games o...
by Dresseur
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 2156

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I think that the horses that are anxious to please their riders are actually the toughest because if you reprimand for anticipation, it actually decreases their confidence because they think that they are doing exactly what you are asking for. Those are the horses that you have to kind of not react ...
by Dresseur
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 2156

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I think that this is a good topic! I agree... when people say that the horse has your number, it's one of two things...either they are blaming the horse or they are saying the rider isn't good enough to handle the issue. Like you said, horses have different personalities - some are anxious and insec...
by Dresseur
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: PSA for the Musical Freestyle rule change.
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: PSA for the Musical Freestyle rule change.

Blob, I agree. I think that horses should be rewarded if they are spectacular movers. But a spectacular mover with tons of errors in their tests should not beat a steady, error free test. I hate the "halo" points. And that's also part of why I find it such a spectacularly bad idea to raise...
by Dresseur
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: PSA for the Musical Freestyle rule change.
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: PSA for the Musical Freestyle rule change.

So, a lot of it is the way in which they did it. They forced it through as an extraordinary rule change and didn’t let members know it was even a consideration. The other part that I find so egregious is that they are not raising the score qualifications to get your medals- you need 60% (at any test...
by Dresseur
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: PSA for the Musical Freestyle rule change.
Replies: 6
Views: 411

PSA for the Musical Freestyle rule change.

From my FB post... If you are a member of USEF/USDF, they are preparing to roll back the extraordinary rule change that was passed last year to raise the qualifying score of Musical Freestyles to 63%. However, this resolution won’t pass without the competing memberships’ input. If you compete, if yo...
by Dresseur
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Thanks Rye. She's come a long way and under difficult circumstances. We haven't had a lot of time to really focus on her because we were so focused on keeping everyone safe. And, I'll say that I do tend to stamp mini-me's as riders lol, but I learned that from Andrea - who also stamps her dedicated ...
by Dresseur
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Ok.. I have one happy update to give on one of the gray horses in my life! My student and I were able to coordinate a maiden voyage for Charm in her new trailer. We brought him over to my barn - which is 15 mins away for a very low key work. His story has been a long, slow burn. Basically, he had so...
by Dresseur
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 1376

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

In general I agree with the chart. I personally wouldn't put contact, straightness and rhythm on this chart as I think that comes from proper development and gymnasticising the horse as opposed to a cue or aid that is taught. And for the hands/legs vs core... I go back to para athletes that have no ...
by Dresseur
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 1376

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

Chisamba makes excellent points. I think that of course, riding as quietly as we can is the goal. But horses are also able to tune all manner of things out. Again, consistency is the key. If you are consistently flapping without asking for anything - the horse will learn to tune it out and go along ...
by Dresseur
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Excellent Hot4Spots! Keep being careful, but I'm glad to hear that things are settling down for you both! So, while I don't have any goals for myself right now, I'm happy to say that we're able to finally start getting some goals on the table for Charm, my student's horse. He's been a solid citizen ...
by Dresseur
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 8871

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I love the photos, updates and goals! It seems like it's been a rough year for horses and humans alike. I can't wait for spring. Miro received his first round of shock wave on Wednesday. When I walked him yesterday, he looked like he was feeling REALLY good. He had his normal 3-4 hoof print over tra...
by Dresseur
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 10266

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Chisamba, that is a super update, and fairly fast progress! I hear you on the seasonal depression, not only is it still cold, dark and gloomy, but the weather conditions have continued to be challenging. I know a lot of people are really struggling this year. Everyone else, I am reading updates and ...
by Dresseur
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 10266

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Well, the latest depressing Miro update is in. We started an exploratory mission to see if there were any other structures involved other than his hip, and he blocked 50% sounder when we did his hind suspensory. So, while his hip is still the main culprit, apparently he tweaked the hind suspensory i...
by Dresseur
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

You can push the door with as little or as much connected core as you want. Anywhere from a tiny nudge to a big push. But it’s only for a moment. So from regular trot to passage will be a bigger drive as you ask the horse to stay forward, yet bring the hinds up with activity, and from passage to pia...
by Dresseur
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Lol, yup. I rode with him for 10+ years, got to see it demonstrated many times. There was also a demo sitting where you would sit in a saddle on a rickety saddle rack that would rock back and forth. You had to hold your hands in riding position and move the rack without moving your hands. In any cas...
by Dresseur
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Sue no, a swinging seat doesn't have to be a driving seat - often times, seats that just swing along without any core control can be fairly ineffective actually. And, a driving seat doesn't need to be leaning back. If you really tense your muscles and sit heavy - you can drive like hell and be perfe...
by Dresseur
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 103
Views: 5126

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

IMO you're either going to pay up front or in training. Sometimes both :lol: :lol: For a lot of people, paying up front for the training is a good bet - then you can ride the horse and maintain the training rather than to drop the horse into a high dollar training program (this is assuming that you ...
by Dresseur
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I fully endorse making sure that there isn't soreness, and giving time off... but, when you longe again, make sure she's forward on the longe as well - when horses are behind the aids there too, they can appear short and stiff in their movements because they aren't moving freely forward. If she is b...
by Dresseur
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

But right now it feels like an impossible struggle. And I tend to leave my rides either feeling completely ineffective or like I have been unfair. Blob, I can commiserate. And, IMO, this is completely normal, and you will start to figure things out. I'm sure that you and your instructor have discus...
by Dresseur
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Rye, I agree that focus on the horses hind end solves a lot, including a lot of bridle and straightness issues. You need enough forward to funnel the horse, and I find that the more I work on myself, the easier it is to listen to the horse. I think where people get into trouble is that they forget t...
by Dresseur
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I definitely love that metaphor.
by Dresseur
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 10266

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Hope everyone dealing with weather sees some respite soon! The conditions have not been easy for most! I have a Miro update, the vet came out yesterday to check for soundness and Miro was still off. It is getting incrementally better, but the vet says he expected this to be better at this point. So,...
by Dresseur
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Since the original teaching came to Chisamba from Peter Bowker, she will have more context behind the explanation, but I can try to explain what it means to me. So, when you are first learning to ride - you are a bit stiff, trying to hold your position in a similar way to that of a dancer who is fir...
by Dresseur
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

The jelly butt, eggshell butt, jelly butt method of seat aid was taught to me by Peter Bowker, so it's not mine, I just use it because it still makes sense to me. It was particularly emphasized in tempi changes to make sure there was a moment of jelly butt in each change to avoid pushing too much h...
by Dresseur
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Rye, it's funny, because in the past, I had to expend more effort because I wasn't connected - at some point, my mechanics got better, and I didn't adapt to the change of feel in my body. So all of a sudden, I went from decent rides, to everyone landing in my hands, and transitions NOT getting light...
by Dresseur
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 4438

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I know this thread has morphed a bit, but my understanding of driving has shifted pretty dramatically over the last few weeks. I think that the driving seat/back has a time and a place, but in my case, I was driving all the time (primarily at the canter) and wondering why horses were getting heavy i...
by Dresseur
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 10266

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Miro had his spring shots, and while he wasn't 100% as of last video sent to my vet, my vet wants me to start hand walking him. He feels that controlled exercise (walking) will help. Especially with Miro's weight problem. At this point, I can't feed him any less. It's worrisome and discouraging. Als...
by Dresseur
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 1383

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

We practice parts of the test leading up to the show day, and then do 1, maybe two full run-throughs just so that you have a sense of where things are. One thing we do to avoid anticipation is to put transitions past the letter - so the halt at X, we halt past that so that the horse isn't quitting 6...

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