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by piedmontfields
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

That is so cool that you got to watch CD teach DJR! I really like her communication style. Well done *all* with the good rides and show experience! I have to confess that Kimba and Ding are among my favorite horses on the board, as I often think that they are ones I would like to ride myself! (nice ...
by piedmontfields
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What makes you happy?
Replies: 9
Views: 70

Re: What makes you happy?

Chantal, I love the photo and the joy that you express! I deal with a similar disease (AOSD) and getting a horse of my own was a huge piece of recovery for me. It took about 4 years of going from MD to MD before we even knew what was wrong with me and how to manage it. Even this weekend when my body...
by piedmontfields
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Best way to clean very dirty tack
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Best way to clean very dirty tack

This sounds like it might be a "Dawn"/dishwashing detergent moment, followed by good leather care products. Hot water helps, too.
by piedmontfields
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10455

Re: Class of 2013?

Great updates!

Yes, need a photo of the Queso-mudball.
by piedmontfields
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What I did yesterday
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: What I did yesterday

That is exactly how it is fun, Chantal. I love the look of your grey! ("when can we go again?")
by piedmontfields
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 25
Views: 318

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

This thread is becoming hysterically amusing for me. I'm one of those people to whom when you say "clockwise" I think, from the point of view above the clock or below the clock (underneath the mechanism)?! I can never tell which view of the "record spinning" people are talking ab...
by piedmontfields
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 18
Views: 214

Re: Regaining confidence

This is a great topic. Sue, my story is less dramatic but echoes some of your insights. I rode for several years with someone who was skilled as a rider/trainer, but really did a number of my belief in myself and my ability to ride and train (despite evidence to the contrary---as I was the one ridin...
by piedmontfields
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 278

Re: She's on the Way!

Happy happy! You both look wonderful. Glad she made the trip well.
by piedmontfields
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 236

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

Re-posting my suggestions for the gang here: These are rugged tall boots that like for wintry days here in the mid=south: Ovation Moorland boots Dublin Pinnacle (? not sure of model)boots. The Calton model looks good too. Both are lined, waterproof, and warmer than a regular tall boot and have a box...
by piedmontfields
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 16
Views: 146

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

Given your fixation on Clydesdale breeding, I'd say you'd have to go where you find them! It is probably worth exploring some fox hunting resources across N. America for leads.
by piedmontfields
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Rudy needs a new bridle
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: Rudy needs a new bridle

I bought a Red Barn on sale from Smartpak and it was terrible leather--so I returned it. Yet I have Red Barn reins that are wonderful. I just ordered a new Passier bridle. Will report back after it arrives.
by piedmontfields
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Thank you for reminding me why I live in the south, Ryeissa (I'm from snowy lands and left for a good reason!). I'm just back from a longish trip to Europe. A student keeps Emi ridden while I am gone. Upon return, I had my usual brief discussion with Em: You will be this forward off just the leg and...
by piedmontfields
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 793

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Tsavo, be aware that "genetic purity" or exclusion of genes prone to PSSM (or other concerns) may or may not be in place via honest papers on an otherwise good horse. Shop accordingly. I agree that narrowing to a horse in steady work (and with a track record of how they do in that work) is...
by piedmontfields
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Video of Rudy
Replies: 10
Views: 249

Re: Video of Rudy

I enjoyed seeing your work! I also really appreciate that you posted a conformation shot, too. We should all try to do this sometimes with working shots or video, as it is quite interesting. I like your partnership and overall I think his neck shape is doing well. I tend to agree with Mountaineer---...
by piedmontfields
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Clipping
Replies: 27
Views: 352

Re: Clipping

If my horse grew a winter coat, I would clip, as it just takes too long to cool out a sweaty horse. But my mare really doesn't grow much coat + she tends to get cold easily---so I don't. Most do full clips here at my barn and then sheet/blanket appropriately (having staff helps). It is fairly common...
by piedmontfields
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Creative 3rd/4th level training exercises?
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: Creative 3rd/4th level training exercises?

I have been checking back on this thread and trying some elements. I appreciate that those of you further down the path of dressage education share these ideas here. tlkidding, I have taken advantage of similar situations to play with a more cadenced trot. I have felt like there is a way that I need...
by piedmontfields
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 278

Re: She's on the Way!

Lots of jingles for Ms. Pal and for you!
by piedmontfields
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 793

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Obviously, I would take a grey :-) When I got Emi at age 12, I thought that the fact that she did not exhibit melanomas was promising. She has a few small ones now at 16. Interesting how the west coasters find the hard-keepers a challenge. Here in the SE and especially lush Tennessee, I would be muc...
by piedmontfields
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Yes, I was confused by your location suggestion, Hayburner! I've used Bates and Prestige webbers (t-bar leathers). The t-bar portion is usually below my knee.

I'm 5'6" with short legs and ride with (relatively) short stirrups. I order the regular size and they are plenty adjustable .
by piedmontfields
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Wohoo, Dresseur and Miro! I am hoping to return to more direct work on the FC soon. I had a very unfocussed mare last night. It's that time of year when the mare-dar/panic button is extra sensitive. When she is like that, she gets extremely tight and I feel like I need to break her out of her shell....
by piedmontfields
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3162

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

He is so handsome!! Very glad he is home and you are already getting to know each other. Many happy trails to you both.
by piedmontfields
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10455

Re: Class of 2013?

Great updates, all! I believe Queso is trying to smile along with you, Ponichiwa. :D
by piedmontfields
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3162

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

scruffy the cat wrote:Thank you. He passed his PPE today and will be coming home as soon as I can find transport.


Super! Congratulations and safe travels for your new friend.
by piedmontfields
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

My dirty horse will go in a black saddle pad since he is now cream and I can't bathe him in the 30s and 40s. Because I have a white (grey) horse, I am not allowed to use a white saddle pad---ever! Khall, I totally hear you on not letting the heavy horse drop too low. It's just way too much mass whe...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Wow, that's a great surprise clinic ride Moutaineer! I hear you on the challenge of "sitting chilly" in the lateral work and calling the horse to it. I'm becoming convinced that anytime my body isn't within a fairly small range of motion (similar to hands staying in a relatively small box ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone looking for a prospect?
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Anyone looking for a prospect?

I was loving Ponilas, so we could call them PoPo.

He is a fancy prospect!
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3162

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Let's hope for luck of the Irish! There are tons of ISH at my eventing boarding barn. Solidly nice horses--although with a hotness variation according to breeding---that I would be very happy to show in dressage. And man, can they jump! Lots of "Fernhill" marketed horses in our area. Any i...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

[quote="Ryeissa"]basically I think about what results I need to fix a certain problem and decide how to position the horse. /quote]

Basically I "stack 'em up and sit 'em down."

Different strokes! :lol:
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: French horn anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: French horn anyone?

This is hysterical. I just have a clarinet!
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 650

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

Yes, some of us need all of the donations of Green Spot Remover we can get! It is funny how even with the same coat color there is such a difference between individuals. I agree with MC on getting rid of sweat/salt + cooling the horse down. But I'm also not in a restricted water environment like CA ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3162

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Woohoo, good luck with the PA fellow! And have fun at Devon.
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3162

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

"Additionally, that's why I'm wary of buying anything off video... a strong and/or tactful enough rider in the saddle can hide a lot of ills." Very good caution, especially if there is a certain feel/fit you need as a rider on a horse. A good rider can make a not so trained (or soft) horse...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 650

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

OK, that's fair Moutaineer! But you know I get things like this to deal with--especially during rainy spring and autumn periods: dirty mare.jpg We are getting 1-2 inches a rain day for a few days this week, so I'm sure Em will soon have an opportunity to replicate this look. I am very close to wishi...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

my horse was throwing his haunches out, everything else about the horse was placed correctly. So it would not be correct for me to move the shoulders when it was the hind end not tracking with the rest of the horse. So your horse is throwing itself into renvers in the canter? We were discussing cas...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Yes counterbending at canter is fine. That's what I was doing preparing for FCs. SI not so much Me, too (similar use). We can now do this in CC, too. I also like counter bending in canter half pass sometimes as a way for the SI to release (a challenge point in my horse). Tsavo, I think travers at c...
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 650

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

I just want to say that I am a bit jealous of all of the extra time you folks with nice bay, black and chestnut horses have! At least I don't have to clip my grey girl (she grows very little hair).
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Tsavo, yes, your "crazy" HP method has a lot in common with my "go ahead and do travers for real down the long side" method! :lol:
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Mountaineer, I hear you on the canter straightness process. I try to remember that we have made progress/are making progress! Recall that my mare was given up as "untrainable" due to an inability to canter by multiple trainers. Looking back, I realize that her pickiness about being properl...
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Another note I forgot to include: It is now equally easy to yield left or right rein (or both reins) and maintain the same canter. It used to be easy for us on one rein, but not the other.
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 101
Views: 1928

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

Well, my updates are much more modest. But we are continuing to have improvement. I'm able to get that "perpetual canter" feeling quite quickly on both leads now. My leg is staying much longer and softer in the canter, thanks to more opening of my hips. And I'm finding it much easier to go...
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Wow---look at Jet's canter! That is an awesome update. Glad you had a good clinic.
by piedmontfields
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shameless Bliss Update
Replies: 15
Views: 314

Re: Shameless Bliss Update

I love seeing the larger photo collection! Such a good outing for you two, especially after quite a showing break. I think being skilled at showing is a real skill (different from riding and training). Well done!!
by piedmontfields
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 650

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

No, of course not. You just have a gorgeous chestnut mare! Your method is common with bay and chestnuts horses at my barn. I confess that in summer Emi gets a quick or long bath most days after a workout (very sweaty here in the south). I do use a very mild shampoo and she does not show ill effects....
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I agree, shall, that what I want is for a horse to halt (and half halt) off my seat. I actually was on the verge of degrading my comments to a "balance before movement" vs. "balance through movement" tangent. Then I realized, I'm willing to try both and see where the opening is f...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

This technique does rely on the inherent laziness of a grazing animal :-) BTW, they sometimes do spring forward as you work through this. But actually, that is eventually what you want them to do in halt (be forward into the halt and bring their hind legs under themselves). And yeah, using a solid o...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 355
Views: 5787

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

The rest of the time he just hit my hand and LEANED down. Does he need a correction when he hits the hand? I mean, that itself should be a correction, right? But it obviously doesn't bother him. And I don't want to be yanking his face about, but the lean is RUDE. So I just rode someone's horse the ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 27
Views: 510

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

SF, your recommendation makes me want to try that bridle on my mare. Thanks for describing.
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 79
Views: 1624

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

I agree, this thread has had an awesome pile of ideas (which I've shared with others).

A new to me product I just ordered (for seasonal fungus, but supposedly helpful for scratches and summer sores, too) is Coat Defense. We shall see...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 737

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

Oh my! Miss Kiwi, you are scary-mare. I do get those seek and destroy moments. It's "survival mare" at that point :-0 Em actually is my bird-watching horse. She is awesome at spotting hawks, eagles, turkeys, sandpipers, etc. and saying "See! Look at that! I found it." Only a grea...
by piedmontfields
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3162

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

The "it's a horse" reaction is telling. I remember shopping and going to look at one perfectly nice fellow and my DH was like "Why? He looks dull compared to what you like." As soon as I saw him in person I agreed. And passed on the horse. While it is hard for many horses to show...

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