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by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 11
Views: 138

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

Most normal work weeks, I do 5 days a week year round. That's about 90% of the time. When I have at home vacation, I ride more (6 or even 7 days with lots of hacking). When I have someone else ride my horse when I'm on travel, she gets ridden less (3-4 days per week).
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Very interesting posts! Just an update from my last lesson. I did an abbreviated form of our slower "dial it up" warm-up (it was cold and windy, I was stiff, mare felt sludgy). But then I just went to asking for better working trot over a few minutes and she was willing to go there (using ...
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1235

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

musical comedy wrote: I'd rather pay 50k for a nice horse rather than for a car.


I do agree on this point! (although I'd probably up the figure)
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup

Blob, I think it would work fine! But I'd probably cut the veggie pieces in a prettier manner then :-) rather than "chunky style."
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Barre classes
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Barre classes

I thought I would share my new "secret" pleasure/torture: Barre classes. For those who don't know me, I am a long time yoga practitioner (and even taught for almost 15 years before health issues interfered with my comfort teaching) and sometime pilates students. Barre classes are kind of s...
by piedmontfields
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup

I just made this again (to go with DH's sourdough bread). I think it's our soup of the winter!
by piedmontfields
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I am totally going to have to read that metaphor a few more times before I get it! But you all are so helpful. I am generally more tight as a human and as a rider, so finding the jelly is useful. Thinking of an eggshell makes me tighten/tense, so I don't think I'm getting that description yet. Is eg...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Phew, Moutaineer! I can feel the post-adrenaline-survival rush in your story. Well handled and glad Laddie shows as very sound! We had super high winds for us yesterday (~40 mph) plus 75 F temps. I avoided the woods and flying objects. Today is back to more normal winter weather (highs ~ 40 F). Exve...
by piedmontfields
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

If you're willing, please share more about jelly, eggshell and other butts! This sounds very helpful for translating methods to well...the butt!
by piedmontfields
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Once again...horses don't lie
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Once again...horses don't lie

Jan & PJ wrote: Yes, I was just about to that point myself but really felt deep down that she was hurting. Thought it might help encourage others to keep looking if they had similar issues.


Yes! So glad you dug deep and could help Jasmine.
by piedmontfields
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

If I want to apply a driving aid, I don't at this point start swinging my seat more (which is what I used to do, and it caused me leaning forward a bit and tightening the thighs). Instead, I engage the very, very low abs and stiffen slightly. If the horse doesn't come forward, I use a leg aid, and ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

the talented horses of this generation can look fabulous without engaging the back. I have never had such a horse, i have always had to really focus on keeping the horses back supple to have any slight chance at elegant gaits. Especially Kimba. so again, perhaps i am biased a certain way Your comme...
by piedmontfields
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes

Your notes were helpful and inspiring, Blob! I went and watched several CS videos after reading them. I really like his clear instruction.
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I have two horses at the moment. One is sensitive, one is lazy. For the sensitive one, I ride with more leg on in 'neutral' than the average horse. He feels reassured when he has a clear, consistent amount of leg (sort of a nice hug). That way I can apply small changes in leg pressure without surpr...
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed-She's almost done!
Replies: 33
Views: 1363

Re: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed-the end is near!!!

I am relieved at the topic, too! Bet you can't wait.
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

piedmontfields wrote:
Chisamba wrote:As usual I have to disagree with the swinging seat driving aid.


Okay. It would be interesting to read why. :-) I am thinking disagreement may have to do with a "shoving" seat?

I'm mulling over other teaching I've had that the seat can drive, harmonize or hold (restrain)....
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Chisamba wrote:As usual I have to disagree with the swinging seat driving aid.


Okay. It would be interesting to read why. :-)
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

This article by Conrad Schumacher with Beth Baumert mentions some of what Blob referenced in her notes and seem related to what I'm exploring: https://dressagetoday.com/instruction/secrets-halt-25099 "A good rider drives mostly with his seat and his whole body, but his driving is invisible. Whe...
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)
Replies: 51
Views: 1450

Re: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)

Very cool! My husband is enjoying his new game camera. At one point, he arranged it to shoot our dog kennels (our pointers are out in kennels during the day, in the house at night). It is hysterical watching deer and rabbits cruise by the dogs like they (the dogs) are are in a shark cage. We are als...
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Some horses need this "backward" way of thinking. He's the only one it worked well with. That is really interesting that you described this with this word, as I often describe Emi as a very "backward thinking" horse! She is actually extremely sensitive and kind of nervy, too. I ...
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

First of all, I will note that the training I'm doing for the horse to anticipate a large aid if a sufficient forward reaction doesn't happen when I let air between my leg and the horse is not my "normal" way of riding. Ideally, it is more like Chiasamba described. But I learned this techn...
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 71
Views: 966

Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

I am just making another thread for this topic--but of course it comes up in all kinds of ways for all situations. I have been re-teaching my mare the whole "when I take my lower leg off, it means GET IN GEAR or there are CONSEQUENCES" over the past 10 days since a new trainer teaching us ...
by piedmontfields
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I should probably start a separate thread for those of us grappling with this issue. But we had a great forward ride today including some fun hand galloping in the fields. Probably helped that it was 60 F, but I liked that the mare was taking the little reminders (like me removing leg and expecting ...
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Also zoom on the short side and then turn your toes forward and cruise on the long side. .. The main takeaway is dont add leg til you have sufficient, add leg till you have a firecracker you need to calm. Threat if that works better, but sometimes you have to know how to chase a cow. Love all of th...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Blob, please know that in another land, I am also a person "going wild" after my very pleasant mare blows off an aid. I'm trying to think of this process as being about "improving clarity" rather than "strictness." Wish me luck. I have obviously been teaching her that s...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Blob, we really do seem to be doing the same investigations. I am trying to stay positive by noting that if we crack this, so many things will be much easier. I think we have skated by looking "pleasant" for too long! I got some ideas recently from a trainer who has been quite successful w...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Rye, I don't know much about your situation, so take these remarks with all the salt you need. From my experience and observation of others, there can be a real difference in the trainer you need to learn say, how to put various horses on the bit and ride them in a 1st level balance, and the trainer...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Blob, at least you have a "magical" trainer who can turn on your mare and get you the right feeling! I am grappling with some of this, too, but have less support. Does your trainer understand what you're getting out of the lesson vs in a lesson?
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1235

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

You can probably tell the difference between two say, dentists or physicians boarding their $80K horses at the same barn. One probably paid cash for the horse and rolls up in a 8 year old Camry, the other is leveraged and rolls up in a brand new leased Mercedes. So very familiar and true! I think y...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1235

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Obviously, most people do not have the resources of the 1% or .1%! That said, if you can train and put in the effort, it is pretty clear that you can transform many bargains into very nice horses. I certainly see people in my area buy 40-50k horses for their *children*. And I am not in a big metro w...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Hope everyone in the polar vortex is coming out the other end okay! It was "cold" here (lows in teens F) which I know is nothing for many of you. I will get 4 outdoor rides + 1 lunge in this week. Maybe the mid-south is not so bad for living?! :lol: I have been working on quicker reaction ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Romertopf Clay Cookers
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Romertopf Clay Cookers

My DH has one of these that he uses for bread. It works well. It is important to heat the cooker in the oven before putting the dough in to bake, or else the bread tends to stick (coated clay cookers do not have that problem).
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gnarly feet
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: Gnarly feet

I have this problem with my hands more than my feet, but I find Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to be amazing. It can nearly make me "normal" in a day. If I use it daily, I don't have problems.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It’s 14 below zero
Replies: 26
Views: 741

Re: It’s 14 below zero

So awful. Stay safe and warm.

We're getting snow Tuesday and cold temps (for us) later in the week. In the south, "we" do not drive on snow days so today is for getting lots down in the office and loading up necessaries on the laptop...and riding the mare before the weather changes.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)
Replies: 51
Views: 1450

Re: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)

Wow, that is quite a scene to capture! Look forward to your update.

I got my DH the latest camera you got from trail pro. It is very high quality footage, but we haven't captured anything interesting yet (deer, rabbits). He keeps moving it and experimenting with it (time series), which is fine by me.
by piedmontfields
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Crockpot Lasagna
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: Crockpot Lasagna

I keep reading this as "crackpot lasagna"....

;)
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 571

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

exvet wrote: I consider it a privilege to just be able to work with my beast (a cute beast at that) and let others see how much I am bonded to him and the reverse.


Great point and exactly how I feel with my cute beast :-D
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 571

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

Lots of good ideas here for those of us who just train, too! One little thought for the pile is that it is really useful to routinely ride in front of other people esp. those who rail bird. If you have your own place or are at a very quiet barn, it can be a bit jarring to be at a show grounds. I've ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 301
Views: 8957

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Well, crap. I hope this opening leads to better things and more horses in due time. Do keep us posted.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 172
Views: 16270

Re: Class of 2013?

Wow, so many great updates (and photos!). Glad Queso is justifying the saddle (btw, did we ever get photos of that pretty thing? the saddle, not your golden boy, although we always want to see him) Fergal looks wonderful---freely flowing forward! Glad Maia is incorporating the trailer into her life....
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup

Sorry about that. The title is basically the recipe. Here are the details: 2 tablespoons butter 2 medium onions, sliced, about 2 cups 2 small parsnips, peeled and chopped 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped 1 thyme branch, plus 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, finely chopped 1 bay leaf Salt pepper 6 cups chi...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Ugh, southern hemisphere folks--that is wicked heat! Be safe and don't overwork. Flight, love your experiments and successes! I bet that will feed to a line in no time. In pursuit of the electric mare, we did hand gallop sets in the arena last night. Once Em realized I really meant G O she did very ...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup

Since I have made this two weekends in a row, I must share! It is really delicious, especially during cold weather.I made it with shiitake mushrooms plus some dried porcini, as chanterelles are not a current option. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013910-creamy-wild-mushroom-and-parsnip-soup?q=...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Parsnip Wild Mushroom Soup

Since I have made this two weekends in a row, I must share! It is really delicious, especially during cold weather.I made it with shiitake mushrooms plus some dried porcini, as chanterelles are not a current option. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013910-creamy-wild-mushroom-and-parsnip-soup?q=...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 432

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

Appreciate the ideas and comments on this thread.

Yesterday we did "miles" of shoulder in down the centerline and quarter line in order to keep ourselves honest (and very honest headed straight into the mirror!).
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Rosie, you all are impressive and looking good! I'm especially impressed since it took me 20 minutes to get Em to stop pronking like an antelope yesterday in cold temps. We have a visiting instructor coming to the barn next weekend but the forecast looks so cold.... :shock: We are wimps here in the ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 432

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

I find canter work harder in the arena, too. I feel like the walls press on us sometimes (that is probably my mind, years after a bad fall into an arena wall). But the mare can be a bit more slippery/slide-y, too. And we don't have the same engine as when we are outside (that is on me, but it is the...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4005

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Aw, rest up and get better Moutaineer. At least it's during a fairly crappy weather period (unless you like snow!).

It continues to be 40 F and rainy here...ick..until this weekend when the temps drop dramatically. More ick.
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of the Rail/Wall
Replies: 16
Views: 432

Re: Uses of the Rail/Wall

Hmmm, I ride out in the open quite a lot. Less so in winter, due to footing and darkness, but still usually twice a week. I find the existence of fences and walls quite clarifying for the "straightness" we have out in the open. It can be sobering :oops: Yet, I do think I ride "better&...

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