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by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

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: 12
Views: 125

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: 14
Views: 186

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: 600

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: 600

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: 600

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: 600

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: 1388

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: 1388

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: 77
Views: 1638

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: 600

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: 1388

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: 1664

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: 600

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: 318

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

Chancellor of many talents! Very kind of you to offer support and education.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

The dressage standing position was used, in the lessons I observed, to help the rider quiet the legs and ground the feet. It is pretty challenging for most people to do dressage standing with their regular length stirrups! But the super talented/experienced riders who did it may have bobbled for a m...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: About skin cancer.........
Replies: 18
Views: 318

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

It's quite common. Both my (outdoorsy) parents have had multiple lesions removed over the years. Wishing you rapid healing!
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

OK, I totally missed any reference to stirrup-stepping in the video. But I am pretty foggy in the mind due to illness right now! This is just from my experimentation, but see if these comments are of any use: From posting and landing in a slightly different place (around the hours of a clock face), ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Yes. This rider showed a "sophisticated" version of not allowing the mare to go forward, but it was quite vivid the change realized with the exercises. I think you have to be quite skilled (able to make lot of quick adjustments and experiments) for her clinics. But there is a lot to learn ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)
Replies: 34
Views: 557

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)

Lots of jingles for you and the living; tons of hugs for you and godspeeds for Panache. Colic is always shocking.

p.s. quite a nice stitch job on Finn
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

MC, it's a good question. They are both very good but also seem quite different. I'm not sure that Mary was/is a GP rider and trainer of GP horses (Susanne was/is). Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I know Mary has worked with GP riders like Heather Blitz. I would generally describe Mary as helping r...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

I'm slow sharing some of my learning from the Susanne von Dietz clinic in June. One point she made with a number of riders was to understand the action of the seat through a transition and how it relates to the different shapes a horse takes when walking, trotting, or canter. I thought you might fin...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 77
Views: 1638

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

-Chantal, I think your photos are solid evidence that you are going through the process of young horse riding/development! Congratulations, especially given working with health impacts. Be safe and patient...hard I know. I agree that you will be amazed by the difference in a year. -Khall, so much go...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

MC, your property is beautiful. It reminds me that I really am a "flatlander" at heart! (rolling hills and open fields = lovely; substantial ridges and mountains---what I want to look at not live on :lol: ). I suspect, without seeing your home, that the land is worth quite a bit more for d...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

As I tell northerners who are excited about coming to Tennessee, the land of few taxes: Enjoy, but don't expect any services. Property taxes for us on 20 acres with a decent home are around $1500 (includes an ag exemption; without it, taxes would be more like $3000). And there is no state income tax...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 77
Views: 1638

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

Nice to read the updates and plans. Dresseur, do get a research hospital involved in assessing your care if you are not already there. This can be really helpful with weird cases. Speaking of which, I'm super sick with a flare from my rare rheumatoid disease (not RA). And it's incredibly hot, so I w...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

The Ringoes property would probably be listed for similar or a bit more near Knoxville TN, and more like double near Nashville TN. But a lot of that is because taxes are so low (so you can ask more for nice properties).
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 1664

Re: Good connection

No, Rye, YOU are being dramatic (again). Please stop. Thank you.
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "When you give the rein, give something!"
Replies: 1
Views: 99

"When you give the rein, give something!"

This was a very interesting comment from the Susanne von Dietz clinic I audited a few weeks back. "When you give in rein, give something! Give balance! Give relaxation! Give power! Give bend! Give room to learn! (etc.)" But don't give emptiness. Don't give nothing. It was a very good point...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question for the tech/app smart folks
Replies: 12
Views: 243

Re: Question for the tech/app smart folks

Q, if I'm understanding correctly, you are basically setting a clock alarm without the snooze feature? (alarm must be manually shut off) But you want to associate this alarm with some action or ?
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

Tuffytown has some beautiful homes. That sounds very interesting, heddylamar! I actually love modern shapes in houses----I just like more rustic, natural materials where I interface with the house. My dream house would be an open burnished steel box with large windows and lots of wood and cork on th...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 76
Views: 8279

Re: Get me out of training level!

Xan: Aarrrgggghhh!

That is all. Fingers crossed.
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1388

Re: Trainers riding through you.

Why is it that when trainer yells "super" it feels bad to me? When I get a super at canter, I feel like it is the kind of canter I'd have approaching a 3'6" fence. Maybe that's the canter I should have. Dunno. I think I've been riding with horses behind the leg for so long that when ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

Just to join in the brown floor club, here is a photo of the tile we put in our current house. We call it "southern dirt colored"....We miss those red brick floors in the old house. They were completely indestructible. Incredibly hard on the body, though. MC, that bedroom with all the wind...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

Even though I am not a fan of pure white kitchens, I have to say your old house is now a horrid combination of beiges, MC! Our previous house had a weird addition put on to accommodate a lower level master bedroom and ramp. Some of the exterior photos here are old (pre-addition) and some include it:...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: caveletti and hill work for the dressage horse
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: caveletti and hill work for the dressage horse

I guess I don't really "cross train"---I just work in and out of the arena, up and down hills, over and through trails :-) I do think good walking work going up and down hills can make a huge difference. It is fascinating to me how straight Emi can be going downhill while much younger/&quo...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 9852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Demi, I am using Equithrive Original Joint (in the powder form; it also comes in pellets). It is basically a glass of red wine for horses :lol: (resveratrol) Of course, Emi has started a hunger strike against supplemented feed (this happens 1-2 times per year, usually when she is cycling or protesti...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

Exactly. Tastes can be very different and distinct. Or you could conclude that you have taste and I don't! LOL I grew up in a 200 year old center hall colonial...and I confess that it has influenced my future preferences! (give me wide plank hardwood floors, please, and lots of wood beams, beautiful...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1305

Re: Real Estate Discussion

MC, I'm thinking white ceramic tile in a kitchen---ick! But seriously, tastes change and are also very generational. We redid most of the surfaces in our current house. To us, it now seems more contemporary and up to date---but I'm sure the prior owners (who built the house) were shocked that we rem...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 9852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Dresseur, fingers crossed for your MRI and Miro's continued healing. It is nice you get to work with a young horse in the mean time. Love everyone's updates and photos. Flight, look how tuned in Ding looks in your photos! To reflect on my soft "goals" for this period ("I think that is...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: Moving into town

I got a smart phone today. If I can do that, you can move into town, especially to a charming stone house with a barn. This is why I like this board so much---it is filled with wisdom and encouragement! :-) M., I will be interested to learn from your process. It is hard to give up a lovely home + p...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Stamina
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: Stamina

I have always thought that being long-legged with a moderate torso was best as a riding physique. And I thought that I had the complete opposite of something useful for riding! I do have to work on lengthening my legs and my outcomes are not impressive. I think von Dietz was just emphasizing that yo...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: Moving into town

In our retirement planning discussions, Mr. Piedmont and I debate the rural/town plan. We have been living in the countryside (probably more accurately called the hinterlands) for nearly 30 years in a few different houses. We both love the peace and quiet, and the feeling that we get to go home to o...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Stamina
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: Stamina

For aerobic fitness, I've found that a guided spinning session (with a heavy interval focus) gives me a lot of cardio impact in a fairly short amount of time (2-3 days a week for 30 minutes). If it's the strength to maintain position while riding, you might try out some barre-type classes. It's a lo...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 76
Views: 8279

Re: Get me out of training level!

Go Boy Bronto, go! (and report back)

Have fun and good luck.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1388

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I really just see this as more evidence that becoming skilled in dressage is just plain hard! Also, we all bring different strengths to that challenge....and we all have to grapple with our weaknesses, too (eventually!). If we didn't, we'd just be talking about how great we are on the internet----an...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1388

Re: Trainers riding through you.

These are the kind of quality things that I suffer with during lessons and frustrate me. The more you realize how faulty your work is, it's depressing. I am not unfamiliar with that depressing feeling about (still) addressing very basic things! As my DH says to me sometimes, how is that 20 m circle...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 76
Views: 8279

Re: Get me out of training level!

If you can do the little loops in First Level, please go for it. The lengthenings are truly ideas in these tests IMHO.

Can we call him Boy Bronto?

Rooting you on from way too wet and humid Tennessee.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 9852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Mark mark! You simply have no idea how lucky you are to have Hots4 as your human. Oy!! I audited a Susanne von Dietz clinic again this past weekend. Lots of great insights, but I am not yet at the point of putting it into words. Have been having great, responsive rides on Emi, although she has been ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 41
Views: 1817

Re: My Situation

Yes, any amount of money is no guarantee of 1. good care or 2. actually being able to afford care over time (it's pretty easy to blow through a lot of money on extreme care and supportive care). We don't want to be where we live now beyond work requirements, plus there are no services. After decades...

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