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by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 17
Views: 229

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

I've very aware of fee-based advisors. It's around 15k so they can tell me I need to be in a 60 bond 40 stock portfolio. I'm no newbie to investing. OK! I think your comments have said it all!:-D :-D :shock: I'll ask again what do you think they meant by Transportation Costs? Typical transportation...
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 17
Views: 229

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

I don't think you will regret talking to a trusted qualified financial planner. No! BTDT. I'm not paying someone 1% of my money each year nor am I paying the expense fee to a fund manager. As Tsavo mentioned, there are fee-based financial advisors whom one pays for their consultation time only. I a...
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Vaccine reactions
Replies: 9
Views: 67

Re: Vaccine reactions

One more simple strategy is to make sure she gets turnout afterwards. It can really help with swelling.
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Default brain settiings
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Default brain settiings

This is how people advance in my opinion... they have successful and quick warm ups made possible by their body not their brain monitoring the situation and not having to consciously address a million things every damn ride. This resembles what I hear from a friend who is deep into excellent traini...
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Marius Schreiner clinic went well
Replies: 20
Views: 336

Re: Marius Schreiner clinic went well

That would be great if Marius can do 2 x year near you. It is a great photo and I love how you described how he worked with you and Kimba (appreciating her qualities and what she brings to the work).
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 183
Views: 4992

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

Argh, that is annoying, Moutaineer. Good luck. While there are mini dramas that come and go at my barn, I am grateful that the overall vibe is one of cheerfulness + engineered efficiency and attentive care.

p.s. I take it Walker is healed and feeling good if he is going on walkabouts??!!
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any greyhound people?
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Any greyhound people?

A question for Nancy P: How safe does a fenced area need to be for grey to blow it out and run? We have 3+ acres fenced (with woven wire) on our 20 acre property but it has trees, shrubs and meadow plants. Basically it looks like a bird field for training bird dogs. Would sight hounds just get torn ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: To thine own self be true...
Replies: 20
Views: 467

Re: To thine own self be true...

Chisamba wrote:Well, regrets cannot change the past but they can guide us in future. Trust your instincts more but not completely.


Lots of wisdom here. So sorry to hear that happened, Wicky.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any greyhound people?
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Any greyhound people?

No direct experience, but I've high prey-drive dogs for years (without cats). The greyhound people I knew over the years from dog parks with cats said with an indoor cat, it was usually fine, but they would expect an outdoor cat to die from the dog(s). I do love the quiet temperament of the greys......
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Marius Schreiner clinic went well
Replies: 20
Views: 336

Re: Marius Schreiner clinic went well

It sounds like a very good experience. Chisamba. Did you get to watch many other rides?

I love the suggestion to add in small circles in half pass work. That is so brilliantly simple---and I know it will be a helpful exercise.
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: To thine own self be true...
Replies: 20
Views: 467

Re: To thine own self be true...

It is frustrating. I think the lesson from this experience might be to open to leasing your next horse...
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Default brain settiings
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Default brain settiings

Well, from another point of view, these are things I have to remind myself of on most rides! -Less left hand, more left leg (my old problem) -Check availability of even contact in both reins -Amplify reins aids with shoulder down/back--not flailing hands (keep hands in box) -If the neck shortens, HH...
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 750
Views: 142604

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Yes, the garden is pumping out food now!

Last night, I roasted veggies from the garden (eggplant, zuchini, peppers, onions) and then smoked a side of salmon. Served with a lemon tahini sauce and of course some sliced heirloom tomatoes. Desert = French melon
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do

5. I think it's called 'thread the needle' or something of the sort in that 101 dressage exercises book. But there's an exercise where you do a 20-meter trot circle at C (or A), then do a half-circle and diagonal back to the rail at E, the circle again at A, and then the half-circle back to diagona...
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel and the purple halter
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Ariel and the purple halter

Copper mare, don't care!

Why not? It can be quite smart especially in a darker purple.
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)
Replies: 13
Views: 295

Re: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)

I would like to go to Wellington once, without a horse, just to watch the scene. I'm aware that I would have to avert my gaze from some of it! I have a friend who used to do the Welly-world thing with her horses. After a few seasons, she realized she was becoming a horsewoman who was just trying to ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Stirrup Positioning
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: Stirrup Positioning

As I recall, DeKunffy is a toes on the stirrup person. Yes, he is. Some people seem able to do that beautifully...I cannot...I am quite tight these days, so even keeping the heel down a centimeter takes some effort. Heddy, that is a good example of our personal conformation intersecting with riding...
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Stirrup Positioning
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: Stirrup Positioning

This makes sense to me, as the calf is less "bulked" and less in position when you are more on the toes rather than on the ball of the foot. When I'm in the right place posting, it is easy for me to keep my calf on the horse and it is easy for me to drop and pick up my stirrups. Posting tr...
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Left/Right versus Inside/Outside
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: Left/Right versus Inside/Outside

Argh, that is frustrating. I am a righty and prefer inside/outside. Left/Right distinctions are much slower to me.
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Treat Suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 283

Re: Treat Suggestions?

If you don't need to worry about sugar, Vanilla Wafers are easy to break into pieces and appreciated by many horses.

I use Hilton's Herbs Herballs...(sugar free) but I don't give treats under saddle (but will in hand). They take a bit of time to crunch but are not large.
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 89
Views: 3405

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)

Glad Sami is recovering well! I also have a very insecure, detail oriented horse (tell me what's happening before it happens), so I am watching these ideas :-)
by piedmontfields
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 183
Views: 4992

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

Blob, that is just crazy crappy for BP! Please update when you can. Fingers crossed. Heal well, Rye. Aleuronx, that is yet another gorgeous picture of you and your young partner. :D What a good mare working right next to the Coverall! (My old barn had one of these, and I often found that horses thin...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: FREEEDOOOMMM! I'm out! I'm back!!
Replies: 17
Views: 657

Re: FREEEDOOOMMM! I'm out! I'm back!!

Take your time, take good care of your new life, and things will evolve and your beautiful horse will be there for you. Nice to have you back.
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: N. CA buddy at dressage champs?
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: N. CA buddy at dressage champs?

Maybe post on COTH, too? What about NorCal GMO FB sites?

It's a good idea to try to find a buddy. Good luck!
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 89
Views: 9086

Re: Get me out of training level!

Xan, I think you know that we all really feel for you and boy Bronto. Is he settling into the stall rest at all or is that a whole other tragedy? In the areas of the equestrian US I'm familiar with (Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia), it is not that hard to find a free lease sane OTTB or other who need...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Clinics
Topic: Spanish Riding School rider Marius Schreiner clinic in NJ
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Spanish Riding School rider Marius Schreiner clinic in NJ

I'm look forward to your description of the clinic! Hope you get a full roster of rides.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 34
Views: 801

Re: What's good in your world?

Yes, your lovely cattle dog girl will train him well! And so will the cat! (that clip was hilarious!!!)
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 34
Views: 801

Re: What's good in your world?

Aw, thanks for the Weim baby video. He is such a little terror :-D.

(We had Weimaraners for many years....our last one from field trial lines was so awesome that we decided we could never find another like her so we switched to pointers.)
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fourth Level debut!
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Fourth Level debut!

DJR, that is a wonderful achievement with your beautiful boy! Really happy for you and inspired, too.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)
Replies: 67
Views: 5993

Re: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)

Snow horse, I am going to watch all the footage later, but wanted to say that I love the roadrunner clips!! Also that coyote with the stripe on its back fur is so striking.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 183
Views: 4992

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

Wow, so many great photos and update. Agreed on the good job of hanging in and settling in at your show, Blob (and nice photo evidence!). Rosie, I swear Bliss looks *taller* in these photos! His carriage is really changing. Flight, your clinic experience sounds fantastic and love the Norsey at the r...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 89
Views: 3405

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)

just an FYI, every single Sir Donnerhall ive sat upon has had an attitude problem. might consider steering clear You're a bit late. Horse is bought, paid for, and in the barn. Indeed! And best wishes for tlkidding and her few fellow. I was reminded of the Sir Donnerhall temperament when I read abou...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 183
Views: 4992

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

I like your work with Kyra, SF! The straightness you achieve in the later part of the video is very nice. Your other still photos in the what's good post were lovely, too. It is so helpful that you and Susan can work together with her. I have students ride my horse while i'm away, but they are not s...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 34
Views: 801

Re: What's good in your world?

I'm feeling tons better after a horrid flare of the disease I live with.

My mare was very quiet and steady my first couple of rides back. Then she decided "You're fine! Let's go!!" and was her spicy self again. :D
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

Darn!! SF, this has been quite the challenging road.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just want to gush for a minute
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Just want to gush for a minute

Thanks for sharing your great progress! Another vote for photos :-)
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Thank you all again. Today I again tested the "only do transitions from the up phase of canter." It works great! And it also solves my sometime need to catch up to the motion in trot during canter-trot transitions. Really, it's so easy I feel like an idiot for not paying attention and doin...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Piedmont-- a 'lightbulb' moment for me a few years ago was a clinician saying that when you go from canter to walk, you should do so on the down part of the canter, but for the trot you should actually ask as the horse is coming up in the canter stride so the horse can stay balanced and uphill and ...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Piedmont-- a 'lightbulb' moment for me a few years ago was a clinician saying that when you go from canter to walk, you should do so on the down part of the canter, but for the trot you should actually ask as the horse is coming up in the canter stride so the horse can stay balanced and uphill and ...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Dresseur, thank you. This may be all she means, and am not unfamiliar with that. Here is what I am doing to transition from canter to trot--feel free to tell me I'm all wrong here! little half halt (mostly in the body, not the hand) change sit bones to trot position, dropping outside sit bone more i...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1955

Re: Trainers riding through you.

Don't want to comment or judge someone who didn't ok publishing the video on a forum and being discussed. I don't agree with that, sorry. If a video on youtube or elsewhere is Public, then it's open for discussion anywhere. jmo. Exactly how does someone 'ok' a video for being open for discussion? D...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1955

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I could not bear to watch much of that second video. The horse is not going forward at all. It's painful to watch for me. Why be working on shoulder-in, etc. with a non forward horse? The first video instruction I liked. A bit off the topic sorry, but I liked the way that horse was going, because I...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 183
Views: 4992

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

I hope the saddle alterations help, Blob. That is really kind of a bummer. I got off way too easy with my saddle switch. Be safe with RP and hope you get him sorted.
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

I agree that on most horses there is definitely more swing side to side in walk than in trot. I think this was v. Dietz's point. So we deal with that in the walk-trot transition. But in order to sit the trot well, I think you do have to open your hip angle. If you focus on narrowing your own seat, ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1955

Re: Trainers riding through you.

This is a mini-example of a trainer I love riding through/with her student: https://vimeo.com/313667677 And a slightly longer version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2uG8qeeKxQ You notice that there are a lot of shorthand terms/ideas communicated to help the rider---JJ usually teaches students the...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 2458

Re: Good connection

The chain illustration is great! I like your other descriptions of contacts too, Chisamba, especially:

"The horse tells me through the weight in the rein 3 things,
-How comfortable it is with the work.
-How strong or weak it is behind
-How balanced it is."
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

"what part of a horse narrows in the trot and what is the source of this information?" Well the horse is obviously the same horse! But the point was that the walk swings the belly much wider side to side than the trot. So in trot, the horse feels narrower both to the rider and to itself. A...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: About skin cancer.........
Replies: 18
Views: 546

Re: About skin cancer.........

Chancellor of many talents! Very kind of you to offer support and education.

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