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by Dresseur
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 15
Views: 213

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: 116
Views: 2106

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: 15
Views: 213

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: 15
Views: 213

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: 15
Views: 213

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: 15
Views: 213

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: 15
Views: 213

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: 327

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: 327

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: 327

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: 327

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: 327

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: 327

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...
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 327

Re: Another theory question

Here are some photos to illustrate. charm1.jpg So, Charm has a decent front end mechanic. His problem, he wants to dwell a bit, and he'd love to stay flat. So, I move him out quite forward and do lifting hh that I release quite quickly so that the canter doesn't get too big and so that he can't lean...
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another theory question
Replies: 32
Views: 327

Re: Another theory question

It facilitates strength. As you position the hind to further under the body mass of the horse, it bears more weight. Shoulder in and other lateral work isolates one hind leg or another - think of it as weight lifting for horses (in addition to the suppling aspects). Eventually, as the horse gets str...
by Dresseur
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 116
Views: 2106

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

Flight, here's some advice to take or leave... If it was me, or if Andrea was telling me what to do, she would say go back to larger working piris and make sure that you keep the haunches well in and keep the rhythm. You should, in those larger working piris, be able to push it closer to a medium an...
by Dresseur
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 575

Re: Canter

Yes, and to achieve that, you need more impulsion and a better response to your aids. That's all ;)
by Dresseur
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 575

Re: Canter

I can imagine that containing a little impulsion would feel like "against the bit" when you usually ride on slack reins. I think it probably depends what one thinks is a pleasant ride, and I want to ride a horse who is between the hand and the leg rather than against the hand. Others seem...
by Dresseur
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 575

Re: Canter

It sounds like you are thinking that collection is an either/or state. Collection is the act of carrying more weight behind. There are many degrees of this, and you *should always be working towards more collection. But if you send a horse forward, and give a hh, the horse carries more weight behind...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 575

Re: Canter

The force plate studies - unless you know of others- were from piaffe to levade, and what that proved was that the hind started to carry more weight, which lightened the front - not that the front punched off of the ground. How do you get the hind to carry more weight, by putting the hind legs close...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 116
Views: 2106

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

Yes, he's an OTTB. I forget how old. 5-6? I'll ask his owner what his JC name is. Funny thing is, when he's going well, he actually feels really amazing. If he gets his act together, I could see him easily doing 3rd level. Edited to add: Shemps Boy is his name. A 2011 model. https://www.pedigreequer...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 116
Views: 2106

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

Rye - for the first time, this horse IS fun to ride, and even more importantly, he's enjoying himself. A year ago, my student and I were discussing selling him because he was angry, and in my view, borderline dangerous, and she's by and large a beginner. I advised her to go hunting with the vet befo...
by Dresseur
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 116
Views: 2106

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

]Greenholmes, so glad you are having fun with your horse! Blob, that's scary - I hope you get to the bottom of that soon, and without getting hurt. I have zero trust in horses that screw around after or during mounting, that's when the rider is most vulnerable. SF, hoping for good news from the vet ...
by Dresseur
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter
Replies: 49
Views: 575

Re: Canter

Kande, about your note on trying to straighten him - more power and thrust will straighten him for you. If I have a horse that is particularly crooked or wiggly - I go more forward and it straightens out all on it's own. Not 100% of the time obviously, but, it's something to think about!
by Dresseur
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 44
Views: 675

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

MC, I agree, that's frustrating. But, while frustrating, doesn't sound like it's dangerous so it's something that if you don't intend to show, is something that could be lived with if you decided to. I'm type A, so I'd want to solve it and figure it out. I had two horses like that in the walk, and t...
by Dresseur
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 44
Views: 675

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

Ah, I see. So, I think that given enough time, most problems can be improved upon. Not necessarily solved, but improved upon. It also depends on goals. If your goal is to show - then that crappy extended trot may never get more than a 5 or 5.5. My theory, collect the 5.5 and move on. Find something ...
by Dresseur
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 44
Views: 675

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

I will never jump a fence over 5 feet. Could I, maybe? But I don't have the guts or the horse to do it with.... and to think at one point I wanted to be a GP jumper! A problem that I will never be able to solve? Hmmm... I will never be as good as I want to be. Is that a bad thing? Maybe, maybe not. ...
by Dresseur
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Same. He comes up and waits, and then walks on all by himself. :)
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

I'm of course now in full panic mode now because it was a puncture that I missed, and now was not treated for 2 weeks. I'm having nightmares of a deep infection spreading up to the hip joint etc. etc. sigh. :( sometimes even with trt you still can't get the infection out. My horse Rye had surgery f...
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Ryeissa wrote:is anyone healthy around here :(
Knock on wood, riot is fine but my dog is having some issues.

Doesn’t seem like it, I’m even down and out with a plague.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

I'm of course now in full panic mode now because it was a puncture that I missed, and now was not treated for 2 weeks. I'm having nightmares of a deep infection spreading up to the hip joint etc. etc. sigh.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

I put in a call to the vet. I want the peace of mind. Horses suck.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Safe Sport
Replies: 24
Views: 556

Re: Safe Sport

I've completed mine today. I had no problems on Chrome. Not everything was intuitive as far as what to click on, but overall, I think they did a nice job.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Well, I came home from Austin to find that Miro is still not 100%. The wound on his hip was actually a puncture, and while it isn't infected, he is still slightly sore on it even after two weeks off. I'm torn between just giving him more time vs calling the vet out. He has no temp, is not flinchy wh...
by Dresseur
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

I'm sorry Khall, jingles for a quick and uneventful recovery.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Jaw flexions
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Jaw flexions

Waterfords are used because the horse cannot lean on the bit because of the amount of movement in the balls. That also means that it won't be very suitable for flexions - because in good contact, the horse should make contact with the bit. Usually, horses that are "strong" are horses that ...
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 27
Views: 505

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

That's why I was wondering if he might be stepping under too much, as it looks like his left hind may actually be stepping past his mid line at times. But maybe that's what he needs to do to compensate for his right front club, so I'm going to ignore that and concentrate on transitions and HH's for...
by Dresseur
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 27
Views: 505

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

SI is the cornerstone of collection because it is like weight lifting. The horse must be strong to be able to bear more weight behind and take shorter, more articulated steps. In SI, it’s not just stepping more under, it’s stepping more under center mass of the horse. And, because each lateral movem...
by Dresseur
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 28
Views: 541

Re: Hovering?

I’m not sure if it was only under saddle or not. All I know is that they never found anything, and he wasn’t given a huge chunk of time off to resolve it if it was a physical reason. I do know that it was off and on at first, then always lame under saddle. They did all their tests, found nothing, an...
by Dresseur
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 28
Views: 541

Re: Hovering?

Tsavo, I believe that it's genetic, but it can also be taught - particularly if you're not careful when you teach a horse to passage or add passagey steps into the trot. I think Ding was showing that in Flight's latest video, and I know personally of a lovely PRE that was taught early on to take pas...
by Dresseur
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Dresseur here, signing in from my home for the next week: Austin, TX. Khall, Flight, Chisamba - congratulations! That's amazing news. I'm chomping at the bit to get home and ride. This is like torture for me, punctuated by amazing food.
by Dresseur
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New USEF tests are out!
Replies: 20
Views: 319

Re: New USEF tests are out!

Got 'em! Will have to take some time to review them.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

Mine lifts his entire body and hovers when he gets confused when I want him to bend. If I try to use the inside rein to bend him he just gets higher, or tries to get higher, and if I try to leg him forward he puts more energy into bouncing higher. My fault, because I've rewarded him for it in the p...
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

Rye, yes, that is super advice! I forgot to mention doing circles during the lateral work. I do a lot of those and it helps.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

So, lateral work by nature tends to suck some of the forward out. Also, if you happen to have a horse that likes to hover a bit in the trot, they can't hover and stiffen in the back when bending is introduced, so I find that those horses like to slow more than others. So, before going into any of my...
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Demi, in my experience, with enough wear, suede gets really slick. Just something to consider!
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Thank you! He's already almost all better, but I'm leaving on Thurs early am, so no point in riding one day and letting him sit. I may as well just continue his vacation.
by Dresseur
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 8733

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

Great updates everyone, and I love seeing the photos! I'm grumpy because I'm going to be traveling for work and will be away for a week. And of course, the little bugger decided to slam his hip into something in turnout (the shelter???) so was quite sore with a fairly deep laceration for the last fe...

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