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by piedmontfields
Fri May 24, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 82
Views: 4248

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

I love the Coat Defense powder for when I think a situation might be brewing. It's a preventative act for us.

Note: I don't deal with scratches or sweet itch, but with fungus galore.
by piedmontfields
Fri May 24, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

The south or even the mid-south is not for everyone! The heat and humidity is real...as is the amazing rainfall where I live (next to a temperate rain forest). Add ticks, chiggers, biting flies, fire ants and venomous snakes to that mix, too...plus now armadillos! (we didn't used to have dillos in T...
by piedmontfields
Fri May 24, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

For extra fun, pick up a counter canter and start renvers down the long side. Slowly change flexion to shoulder-in, remember to breathe, and flying changes will come raining down upon you. I love counter canter lateral work. It really enables you to get into the canter and make it very straight and...
by piedmontfields
Thu May 23, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Centered Riding
Replies: 13
Views: 299

Re: Centered Riding

Thanks for describing. It sounds more like finding *extension* in the thigh out of the hip (through the psoas) rather than flexion.

For flexion of the hip, think of heading towards more of a crouched or fetal position. Most of us are already fairly talented at this and don't need to practice! :D
by piedmontfields
Thu May 23, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: How do you pronounce Butet?
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: How do you pronounce Butet?

Looking forward to "boo-tay-ful" updates!
by piedmontfields
Thu May 23, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: How do you pronounce Butet?
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: How do you pronounce Butet?

Boo-tay.

They are very popular in eventing land and that is the "fringlish" version that I hear. They are French-made foam-filled (not wool) saddles. Lovely leather, but not the kind of life and adjustability many of us in dressage-landia expect.

Very excited to hear about the new horse!
by piedmontfields
Wed May 22, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dear Miss Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Dear Miss Manners

Usually (because we are both control freaks), we just cut to an appropriate size and plate everyone's dish in the kitchen before bringing it to the table. In a buffet situation, I would just make the breast pieces smaller. Maybe even less than half-size, as when you are tasting a spread you often wa...
by piedmontfields
Wed May 22, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Centered Riding
Replies: 13
Views: 299

Re: Centered Riding

D's mom, thanks for the description. May I ask what you mean by "flex through the hip"? Is that opening the hip angle, closing the hip angle or moving the hip bones in or out from midline or ?
by piedmontfields
Wed May 22, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

OK, so I tried different degrees of renvers in counter canter tonight (in 90F after work). WOW! This is a super tool. Initially, I went too far and got a nice clean change our hard way. Then I realized the degrees of it and how it jacks up the canter (I mean increases engagement in the canter). This...
by piedmontfields
Tue May 21, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Flight, thanks so much for the detailed video and comments. It's very helpful and I appreciate how calm and quiet you and PK were in the work. That's not me in the vid!!! That's just a vid I found on the internet to try out with my horse. Ha, I'm such an idiot! I was wondering why the horse didn't ...
by piedmontfields
Tue May 21, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 111
Views: 2962

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I have had access to much larger spaces (1000s of public acres) at past barns, but I am grateful for the not quite 200 acres I have access to now.

Hills here are no joke. One of our routine routes has a 35%+ grade.
by piedmontfields
Mon May 20, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Great updates! I do enjoy hearing your specific achievements and news. I love the visual of the FEI big trot entering the reining area, Kelo! Sue, the short interval transitions yielding consistency makes sense to me. Well done! Flight, thanks so much for the detailed video and comments. It's very h...
by piedmontfields
Sun May 19, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 111
Views: 2962

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Yeah, we usually need something like the batwing mower opening up and dropping behind us to get into a proper gallop...and even it is incredibly slow.

Piedmont and what my DH calls my Spanish cart horse
by piedmontfields
Sat May 18, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I like CC-trot-CC on a circle, too. It makes it very clear for Emi that she must wait for my aids. I am also a fan of a bit of forward/back in CC so that they don't get too stuck (but really, that is my horse's issues, so I do that). Emi responds to CC work with very good energy---it both wakes her ...
by piedmontfields
Sat May 18, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 111
Views: 2962

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I would love access to a galloping track. I was doing some aerobic laps today. After a hack to the XC field and about 10 minutes of trot warm-up, we did 4 sets of 2.5 minutes canter, 30 seconds-1 minute walking rest (switching leads each set). It would be easier work in the arena or on a track, but ...
by piedmontfields
Fri May 17, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 111
Views: 2962

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Xan, with rehab it totally makes sense that you have to deliberately get in the minutes! It just struck me as kind of a lot, but you are doing it in small chunks. I would say that when I do trot or canter sets, we are in a working gait. I'm posting or in a light seat. It's not "collected" ...
by piedmontfields
Fri May 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 111
Views: 2962

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I think it depends on your goals and your horse what's a lot of work. I've been reflecting a lot lately on doing "just enough" work and not wasting time getting to the real work (if we need more warm-up time to feel ready, we walk more---as I'm pretty convinced that it is hard to break a h...
by piedmontfields
Fri May 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 111
Views: 2962

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

For what it's worth, I think 20/20/20 minutes of w/t/c is actually quite a lot of work for a horse. Of course I'm thinking of the trot and canter being "real work" in balance with patterns, not just covering ground with lots of breaks in between. I know if you ride endurance, you'll think ...
by piedmontfields
Wed May 15, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Your favorite luggage?
Replies: 9
Views: 117

Re: Your favorite luggage?

I generally do the "on sale and distinctive" sort of selection for luggage, since it gets so abused during air travel. I do love the spinners; however, if you are navigating stairs/uneven terrain with your luggage, something that works as a back-pack is easier (I am very weak in the hands,...
by piedmontfields
Wed May 15, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I am the bravest
Replies: 5
Views: 109

Re: I am the bravest

You go, Paula!

Isn't it lovely to express (or fake) confidence and have a good mare.
by piedmontfields
Wed May 15, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I rode my first Grand Prix test. :D While it was packed with stuff we need to improve, I kept my wits, my horse did his best and we got through the test! The judge had a keen eye, but was also pretty encouraging for me, I brought home a number of things to work on. Wowza! Congratulations---and the ...
by piedmontfields
Tue May 14, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tips for dealing with a male chauvinist
Replies: 29
Views: 893

Re: Tips for dealing with a male chauvinist

Only 4 days? Lucky you.

Sincerely,

a feminist in a male and masculinist-dominated field
by piedmontfields
Mon May 13, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Wow, I'm all teary at George's sudden departure. Both for your loss, Abbie, and for the fact that you found each other and shared such love for one another. Also---I am excited that Slick is coming to you because I "know" him through rec. eq. Great photos, Moutaineer. I always say that you...
by piedmontfields
Mon May 13, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Centered Riding
Replies: 13
Views: 299

Re: Centered Riding

That sounds like a great experience. Could you share more about your foot placement? (what you were doing, what you changed)

I'm making plans to go audit Suzanne von Dietz again next month as I found her teaching so eye-opening last year.
by piedmontfields
Sun May 12, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I appreciate your comments, Demi. It was really just this winter after repeated observation+ comments from a friend/dressage rider/trainer that I trust that I really understood just HOW HARD Emi tries, *all the time*. She doesn't say "No", she says "Is this it?" It is incredibly ...
by piedmontfields
Fri May 10, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Houston folks, how are you?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Houston folks, how are you?

The Welshies are lucky to have you all!

I do get how it is bizarrely different, depending on location. I'm glad your place is okay.

When we bought our place 10 years ago, I didn't really think that much about the house being on top of a hill....now I'm very grateful!
by piedmontfields
Fri May 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Houston folks, how are you?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Houston folks, how are you?

Shocking flooding reports from your area...hope you are hanging in.
by piedmontfields
Fri May 10, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Nice photo updates! I totally get the feeling vs. viewing experience, Demi. For ex. when I reviewed a few sessions, I was thinking before I saw it that I had Em way too low/contracted in canter, but she is actually quite okay most of the time. But I often need even more bend than I think I need at s...
by piedmontfields
Tue May 07, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?
Replies: 26
Views: 422

Re: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?

I love N NM/S CO. You will have so much fun. Between Santa Fe and Jemez Springs, the Valle Caldera is really lovely: https://www.nps.gov/vall/index.htm

There are also a lot of hot springs to explore in N NM if you are into that...
by piedmontfields
Tue May 07, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Wow, there sure are some gorgeous chestnuts on this board! I hear you on the hard work of a young horse Chantal, but you two look great! The cow friend photo in other thread is hysterical. I notice that Autumn is wearing layers---eeek! :-0 How great that you have tons of space in her new home and sh...
by piedmontfields
Mon May 06, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

That was Xan's story, but I have actually done that! :oops: :oops: It was fine, but the trainer was later shocked (I was exercising horses at the barn, but took out the wrong horse).
by piedmontfields
Mon May 06, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

MC, that's a great lesson update. I was having a conversation last week with a friend who is a long-time student of a very experienced FEI level trainer. The trainer was explaining toher just how different the effective approach can be working with different horse characters, even as the overall fou...
by piedmontfields
Mon May 06, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2218

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Love seeing Bliss in action without snow! :-) Nice to "see" Quinta, too! I look forward to all of your updates. I think we need new Laddie photos, too (hint hint). And I look forward to your photos/video Demi! For those of you who have survived winter, be safe, have fun and enjoy riding ou...
by piedmontfields
Fri May 03, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Goofy horse
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Goofy horse

Susan, it is good to hear an update from you, scary extra leg and all! I remember when I broke my wrist and had a weird splint that I needed to spend some time explaining the scary creature on my arm to the little mare...especially when I wrapped it in plastic to groom/bathe ! :lol: What's funny is ...
by piedmontfields
Thu May 02, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Medium trot

Love this list, Ponichiwa. I have found that renvers is kind of a secret weapon for us to use in that mixing way you describe.
by piedmontfields
Wed May 01, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Medium trot

It's helpful to share different experiences and ideas. I have used the short sides for opening up to a medium gait, and then return to collection through the corner. With a horse who does not have a natural lengthening, a big trot on the short side is an obtainable goal! Doing a medium across a diag...
by piedmontfields
Wed May 01, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Real Rules of Dressage
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: The Real Rules of Dressage

It's a great list. I especially feel/laugh/grimace at this one for myself:

"25. The result of an expensive lesson from a top pro is that you will stop believing in that tiny piece of innate ability that was holding your riding together."
by piedmontfields
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6214

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Bliss looks like he hasn't missed a beat. Impressive after your winter! Here's my recap of goals/performance: For my work with Emi, my main goals are: -Keep up/improve clarity of aids (and keep that nice reactivity) ---Generally, this is continuing to go well. When it doesn't go well, it is usually ...
by piedmontfields
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

I know I'm lucky. Some horses really suffer. Splitting shots helps, prepping with pain relievers help, turnout helps, time off helps. I do flu/rhino *4* times a year to meet my barn's protocol. :-0 I am not convinced this is that useful, but my horse does not react so I do it. In spring, first round...
by piedmontfields
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

Yes, I vaccinate the horse annually for rabies. She is actually on a pretty thorough vax schedule due in part to our location (mid-south) and the amount of visiting horses (sales) through our barn. I am fortunate that she does not have reactions to any of the shots. I give her 1 day off in case of s...
by piedmontfields
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Medium trot

Well, to affirm Cedar's approach, I'd say that is exactly what the trainer and her students does at my eventing barn with the jumper-line bred young WBs ...who are VERY athletic!
by piedmontfields
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6214

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

"This is not the same as a horse I've known for years suddenly having a moment. This is a horse that hasn't ever really been stable in the time I've had him, but also has not had much stability in his life. " Very wise words. Be deliberate and see what you learn from the dentist or other p...
by piedmontfields
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Medium trot

I am getting good ideas from this thread, so thank you all! Thanks Blob for making the explicit connection between baby passage and improved mediums. I will put a vote in for saying that particular Friesian video did not seem to demonstrate a medium trot. Have I seen Friesians demonstrate an accepta...
by piedmontfields
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Medium trot

"My biggest issue is trying to build that desire in him to WANT to GO (without the leaping around crap)." Is it GO = "Yay, leap around" in his mind? Or it GO = "really hard for me --leap around to get away from that effort"? (for my horse and most horses I've known, it ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Medium trot

I second Mari's two points, at least in my experience with Emi. The collected work has helped us, and she has had to spend time in a bigger trot in order to get comfortable with that size movement as an option. The other note I'll make is that Emi needs quite an open throat latch to do something lik...
by piedmontfields
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Discuss your experiences with front leg splint
Replies: 17
Views: 278

Re: Discuss your experiences with front leg splint

If they are cold and unchanging, I would just go on as others have said.

If it at all warm or sensitive, I would image it and see what is going on (having had a horse with a splint fracture on a hind that was sound the whole time...but truly needed time to rest and heal that non-displaced fracture).
by piedmontfields
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6214

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

That is a really fantastic update, Hots4! Have a great time in KY. I wish I could make the time to go (must do, as it is so close to me). Just a random note: If you have not read a lot of Mark Rashid's work, it might be interesting to you for ideas on continuing to develop Mark's adjustment and conf...
by piedmontfields
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training of horse and rider is not always fast....or linear! A case study
Replies: 12
Views: 437

Re: Training of horse and rider is not always fast....or linear! A case study

I really love seeing these photos grouped together! Kimba is like a different horse. Love MM's development. This is really why I love dressage training!
by piedmontfields
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6214

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

"These are exciting times." That is an understatement, Ponichiwa! Great to hear your two very different partners are both doing so well.

p.s. Although we LOVE Queso photos, we miss Kiwi photos....
by piedmontfields
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training of horse and rider is not always fast....or linear! A case study
Replies: 12
Views: 437

Re: Training of horse and rider is not always fast....or linear! A case study

I like seeing them all together, but it is up to you Chisamba!

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