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by piedmontfields
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle fitting two saddles
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: Saddle fitting two saddles

Are you all really a fan of foam saddles? I like the look of the Forestier, but most foam saddles I'm familiar with have a pretty short lifespan for comfort....(and are harder to adjust)
by piedmontfields
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

I google a lot of stuff everyday, but frankly most of it is physics-related!! (or politics, but not going there here)

I'm sensing that living "Duggar-Free" is a fine zone. :-0
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7803

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

So many awesome updates. Flight, I'll just say that I remember when you were sharing Ding's "exhuberant" changes. Now look at you!!! So exciting :D Mountaineer, getting 8s is quite the achievement! I suspect your future is filled with some awesome show performances. GHH, I love that you di...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

Who are the Duggars?
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 366

Re: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

Lovely addition to your family, Chancellor! Keep sharing stories and photos.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic

More notes from Susanne Von Dietz clinic These notes focus more on general principles and specific exercises. General principles Once the horse is out of balance, they can’t work in balance. Fix the balance first. We may need to ride “piano” (quietly). Ride a bit slower and smaller to secure the ba...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

What it means to me is that if something feels good, it doesn't mean the horse is going as well as it could. I think back of one day doing and extended canter and the trainer said "good" and I said "it felt terrible". He said "doesn't matter, it was correct and looked good&...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I doubt that phrase about "feeling" resonated with everyone the way it did with me. I'm just struck by it because I used to be a rider who (over)reacted to feelings! I was also struck that many very, very good riders are simply not especially verbal people. It was hard for them to come up ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Notes from Susanne Von Dietz Clinic

Here are selected notes on position, exercises and rising trot. These are not quotes or a definitive explanation---but are simply my notes from what was presented. Seat Exercises In canter, stand up in a dressage seat, sending the hips forward. Ride for three strides, then sit three strides, then st...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

but I don't think a horse NOT trained to do that will respond to this "ride the balance" paradigm. Based on observation of 10 horses a day for 2 days, I disagree. They really seemed to! (including quite green horses + re-train projects) All the participants were instantly able to "ri...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I agree. You can't ride the balance without first feeling where the balance is....If forced to deconstruct/demystify this comment LOL, I would say she is trying to say instead of feeling that a horse is against your leg or grabbing a rein, try to do SOMETHING ELSE DIFFERENT such that the horse stop...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

Riding the balance vs riding the feeling. This is a guess, based on my understanding from her and from Jeremy. When we ride the feeling, we might think, oh, he's a bit stiff on the left, oh he feels too quick (running), etc. and then make adjustments in response to that feeling. When we ride the bal...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

Wow, that was 2 days of intense learning and observation! I feel like I just came back from an in-depth yoga or somatic studies weekend (something I used to do a lot of). Susanne is an encouraging, detailed clinician with boundless energy and specific attention for each rider-horse. There was a mome...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Quality of Life ?
Replies: 15
Views: 259

Re: Quality of Life ?

I personally prefer not to wait until its a crisis. Agreed. I want to say goodbye BEFORE major trauma, not after. Both very good points. Also, good weather (good for that particular horse, a nice time of year for them to feel as good as they can) is a factor, I think. I would rather avoid a big wea...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 72
Views: 1091

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added

I do appreciate you sharing video over time, Rosie. My sense is that your seat has more integrity or structure in the latest video. I also felt that Bliss was on the cusp of very good canter work. The trot work was also steadier. One technique I like is to touch the inside hind leg with the whip in ...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Update/Chisamba thread
Replies: 13
Views: 401

Re: Update/Chisamba thread

Great post and update. Thanks for sharing your on-going journey. George looks very happy!
by piedmontfields
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

I really can't speak for how other people learn. I know I am much less talented naturally as a rider than my husband, though, so many things which are obvious and easy to others took me years. My body proportions (long torso/short legs) are not ideal, either. I am so much worse at riding than I am i...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

FYI, here is a little bit about Susanne's background. While she is a very capable rider, her focus has been on biomechanics and especially back health. I have enjoyed both of her books, but I've heard that the DVD Riding in Balance is also very good. About the clinician: Susanne earned her Physiothe...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

Interesting that Tate requires so many adjustments. That's encouraging for us...not. I can't sit still for long, so auditing clinics is something I don't do. I'll just say that if you ride as well as JJ does before she tries for any further improvement (she is very much that type of trainer/rider--...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

You should go! Getting to watch JJ make adjustments in herself is like a master class in itself---and then we'll have Susanne to translate.

p.s. I think correct posting trot is incredibly hard.
by piedmontfields
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 633

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I think some of the basic principles are simple. But not easy to execute or understand!
by piedmontfields
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 52
Views: 564

Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

FYI, Susanne von Dietz is teaching at JJ Tate's farm in Landrum SC this coming Tuesday-Wednesday. Most rides will be JJ, but auditors get to watch and learn! I will be there. I've always found Susanne's books really interesting and helpful and have heard great feedback about her teaching in person. ...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 633

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I like that quote that says "dressage is simple...but not easy."

Although I frequently think that learning dressage is like learning ballet (can you even imagine learning to dance on point as an adult?! :lol: )
by piedmontfields
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Planning Rides

Josette, I agree with your point, too, that we ride the horse under us! Case in point today when I did an early ride this morning. My "plan" was to go to the fields and work---but what we did was very much about the horse today (she was pretty amped and not exactly obedient, so we addresse...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Planning Rides

One more thought for Imperini: During the work portion, I do think about how much of each exercise/movement I'm asking for, and it is based on past performance/capability. This is probably what is most similar to human workouts. Basically, I'm always trying to push a little bit beyond the prior effo...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Planning Rides

Like Mountaineer, my next rides have a relationship to what I saw/learned in the last ride. I think of a week of ride planning. I usually do a straight arena ride 2x a week in summer and 3x a week in winter. It varies by weather, but I like to avoid 2 arena days in a row. I also avoid doing 2 canter...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 72
Views: 1091

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

"I think one hard aid is less mean in the long run than frog in the pot riding. " I completely agree---and my mare finds it absolutely fair (and there is no cruelty or marks, and the strong correction is over in a hurry). But since I am but an amateur and modest rider, I admit to feeling a...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

Wow, our sedums bloom in spring/summer. Different strokes (climates)....
I hope your neighborhood takes note of your lovely yard and follows suit!
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pica: your experience, input?
Replies: 7
Views: 214

Re: Pica: your experience, input?

Thanks for sharing. Please post the update, too!
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 690

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. Fingers crossed for Kammie continuing to cooperate and stay healthy.

The filly's star screams the name India to me (which I think is beautiful).
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7803

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well, like Dresseur I appreciate lightbulb moments and everyday tasks. Because training is a slow process, commiseration and encouragement are both appreciated! (without saccharine drippings, but please with a touch of kindness). I so wish I had more time and horses to spend on this learning, but yo...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 72
Views: 1091

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

Great thread and great update, Rosie. I'm learning lots. p.s. It is embarrassing how mean I am to Emi at the walk if she doesn't immediate react to leg. I nail her at walk at the beginning and then the rest of the ride is much more peaceable. I've just gone through this again as my working student (...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: study on how to learn skills faster
Replies: 9
Views: 236

Re: study on how to learn skills faster

OK, I admit that I'm in the middle of this book, but my take away is that small specific practice steps need to be *highly accurate/specific* in order to build neural pathways towards excellence. To me, this is a little different than "exaggerations" or "approximations" (which I ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

What a gorgeous design! Thanks for sharing the early and mature photos.

I use sedums a lot here in wet east TN. They do really well in our chert-y (rocky) dry slopes and are tolerant of Tennessee deluges!
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me find my new horse!
Replies: 24
Views: 533

Re: Help me find my new horse!

My only suggestion to save time and travel money (and heartache) is to pre-vet before you try if the horse for sale does not have a current set of x-rays. Many horses in that price range do...but alas, many do not.

Have fun shopping!!
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7803

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I would enjoy threads of each pair (rider-horse) and their progress....although I would probably be embarrassed to highlight our efforts with a headline!!
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: study on how to learn skills faster
Replies: 9
Views: 236

Re: study on how to learn skills faster

Tsavo, did you read The Talent Code? (if not, it is a somewhat different perspective on effective learning/practice)
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 470

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

Xan, from your description of baby bronto, I would probably not do a hilly mile hacking before arena work (given the 24/7 turnout). I'd separate the hacking and the arena work, so that it was "less" for his brain and body. I wonder if that might change his arena attitude (for 20 minutes o...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 409

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

My friend who was recently pony shopping found it very useful to do PPEs in advance of traveling. It was shocking how many people with very nice high dollar ponies wouldn't bother to do that before putting the horse not he market. Then she'd show up and they would present a lame pony or big concerns...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 690

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Wow---what a lovely big filly! Kammie looks like the ultimate broodmare.

(Susan, I think she said it is a full sibling, so yes)
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 470

Re: Walter Zettl

I remember your description of that ride, DJR.

He was a true lover of the horse and of education.

RIP, Walter.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Oooh, MC wins on the chrome quotient! What is the breeding?
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 470

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

I am really enjoying these descriptions. Heddy, your generations made me LOL! I agree with Mountaineer's short summary: I'm (benevolent) management. My mare is a great staff member! We have a collegial relationship, but I control the budget/decisions. Xan, figuring out management and degrees of Emi'...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 470

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

Xan, from your description of baby bronto, I would probably not do a hilly mile hacking before arena work (given the 24/7 turnout). I'd separate the hacking and the arena work, so that it was "less" for his brain and body. I wonder if that might change his arena attitude (for 20 minutes of...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 470

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

Great topic! I did choose the type of horse I prefer to work with on purpose. I like hot, sensitive, a bit of a scaredy cat (so they look to me for leadership) and a bit social (so they like the interaction but are not trying to get in my lap). Sometimes this is hard to do...(buying at a distance or...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

What is a week when the task is a casual, impossible quest? For some reason, I have in my mind a very pretty pony/horse, like the Lusitano that Laruen Sprieser's mother owns: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/baby-adventures Helio.jpg (just warning you----and one day I would like a buckskin versio...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

It's interesting to read about different approaches. Obviously, horses do survive many kinds of management arrangements! The upper level event horses at my barn do gets lots of turnout (including overnight), but are also watched for good behavior (and brought in if too wild). And turnout is managed ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

MC, I don't know if it is a regional phenomena or a change or just a matter of horse-keeping philosophy. And working students hacking or tack-walking seems to be a fairly normal part of the job for the trainers I know who do this. That's why the working student does it--and not the trainer (to save ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

Where do you see this? Do you have several FEI dressage trainers at your barn? In my dreams! No, I'm at an eventing barn (where works multiple times a day are normal). I've seen this from a number of trainers (who have assistants and working students) in NC and SC. I do think it is related to much ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

BTW, another pattern I see with FEI trainers is to work the horse that shorter period of time after warm-up (20 minutes), and to also have the horse hacked quietly for 30-45 minutes at another time of day. I think this works well for many pros since turn-out is more limited or managed for upper leve...

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