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by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 93
Views: 8277

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Great update. I'm really glad the clinic was helpful and a good exchange of ideas! I tend to agree with the "do it without ear pinning" (assuming no pain/problem of course) as a good bit of education for having a good attitude to work. I laughed at the grey horse distraction, too. Have to ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trimmer Rant
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Trimmer Rant

FYI, I have fired trimmers for not showing up one day as scheduled. I am not in a metropolis of trimmers, either. YMMV. Good luck.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Demi, I am super impressed with your steady at your own pace progress. I totally forgot that Rocky is half Arabian! I love all of the ride reports. She is really changing (probably you are too). Flight, one thought on stretching the big fellow is that a sitting stretchy trot might help you keep him ...
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 24
Views: 286

Re: All I want for my birthday is....

Ryeissa wrote:yeah, icky here in the midwest. 95 HUMID.


You are validating what my DH always warns me about in the midwest (he is from there): Icky in winter and in summer!
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 24
Views: 286

Re: All I want for my birthday is....

I hear you on heat. I just spent the weekend in central NC (where I used to live). Being outside in heat 5 F hotter than where I live now was brutal! TN is very humid, but that little bit of a temperature difference really helps. It is fairly rare for it to go higher than 90F in E TN (even at just 2...
by piedmontfields
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 22
Views: 212

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

I am not an expert, but share this recent "discovery" for correcting the BTV tendency on the lunge: Use your leading hand on the lunge line to show the horse to way to forward down and out by taking that hand clearly forward of the horse's mouth. The visual clue helps the horse follow the ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Heal up Rosie! Glad you are getting care. So excited to see more of Bliss (thank goodness the oral surgery went well) and you. Hots4Spots, I'm just devastated for you. I agree that there are various options which are humane, sane, and moral. Flight, I'm sad that your trainer may be moving on. You ha...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

I appreciate the explanations! The fascinating experiment would be to get on each other's horses and see if our various aids work across bodies :D I suspect they would...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

khall, this may be a matter of language, but if you were to ask me "what bends the horse", I would probably say the inside sit bone/leg indicates a direction of bend and the outside leg does the bending. There are degrees of this of course and it can be pretty light and subtle. To tell if ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

Nice looking mare! I love the ever-expanding red-head club on the board. She is in some very good company here.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

I am not Tsavo, but to me the seat for left lead canter is very similar to the seat for left shoulder in. Left inside hip is forward. I think what is hard to understand when reading clinic notes is that sometimes we are guided by a trainer to greater extremes (ex. no outside rein) in order to effect...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: She wants to go left, I want to go right
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: She wants to go left, I want to go right

Congratulations---Ariel is a normal horse. She is reacting to the "drain" of the door towards home. Depending on the horse and rider, there are various approaches I've used, including: -Establish good work away from the drain / avoid more vulnerable activities near the drain (for ex. if st...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

As always, thank you for your notes Piedmont! Lots to digest here. As I'm thinking about the SI notes.... As always, you're welcome! To add to the shoulder in musings: CdeK offered that guidance (let go of the outside rein) when a pair was doing more of a leg yield than a shoulder in (in other word...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

If lateral work minus bend is bad then why is he using LY and plié? There are people who do not use LY and I don't know their reasons. AT one point CdK appears to be in that camp but of course he is not in that camp. CdeK uses a lot of canter plié in teaching. Perhaps because the canter is bent it ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

Can you elaborate a bit on this statement: Canter is a lateral movement, not a pendulum. You sit upright and you rotate. The movement of the whole rein and the torso is a circle. I think the gist of this comment was that a good canter seat does not move forward and back (like a pendulum). It has a ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

She does have it all. Please keep us posted!
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Meet Mikey
Replies: 41
Views: 418

Re: Meet Mikey

So gorgeous! I look forward to your journey together. The mind is a very big deal!
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion

"Never going Prelim?!" aka no problem. You've totally got this.

Go to a recognized dressage show sometime (now, at training level) and see what you've got. I suspect you'll be pleased.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Rain, lost shoes, and barefoot
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: Rain, lost shoes, and barefoot

Climate change is real. Barefoot is an option! Hope all works out for your fellow.

Sincerely,

Emi, barefoot first by necessity (abcess-land) and now by choice (via diet and trimmer)
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

Bien sûr, there was a lot of canter plié! Usually in the warm up, but for greener horses, later in the work.

p.s. I love canter plié and counter bent canter half pass for my horse. Super for the warm-up.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 93
Views: 8277

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

I wish you a rewarding clinic! I am living with just clinics these days (which is a bit far and in between), so I do appreciate the meaning of these experiences. For a barely connected to that moment, my mare's (now deceased) owner used to have a horse competed by Heather Blitz (post Mary Wanless) a...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

The shoulder-in to leg yield movement (FYI, if you or others are interested) was for a horse that "knew" leg yield but did not know shoulder in. AKA, a green horse who started "dressage training" two months prior. And when the pair did it, there was OMG *bend* in the leg yield. E...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 38
Views: 935

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

You know, what I love about your photos is that there is variety of posture and form. Maybe because I'm just off another Charles clinic (other thread), but C H A N G E is what trains a horse and Rocky looks to be embracing that. She is your dressage horse!
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

Overall comment on my experience this clinic: It was more overwhelming proof that classical training just plain works, on every rider and every horse. There was quite a variety of both in the clinic. Although there was plenty of theory presented, I was filled with very practical tools to execute eve...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

This also makes me think about how JS rides in the big jumping arena, and how doing dressage outside of the ring lends itself to developing quiet, minimal aids. For example, in the standard dressage arena, the turns come up fast and often, but in a much bigger area, the rider has a lot more time to...
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (3)

Sampling of Exercises Centerline, 4 steps half pass left, 4 steps half pass right, then go left. Repeat. You can go from half-pass to a half circle in haunches in (a kind of “trot pirouette”), and then bend the other way and turn the other way. This is very helpful for the lumbar back. From the cor...
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (2)

On Collection Collection is not making things small and miserable. It is amplification of the gaits: “I slow you and sit you down behind the saddle.” Collection is not inactivity. It’s a very special activity. The horse has to *experience* collection (to learn it). Haunches-in is useful for collect...
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Notes from Charles de Kunffy (1)

(These are my notes from a clinic. I have combined comments from a variety of rides into broad topical areas.) Rider Responsibilities The warm-up is a time for limbering up. It involves changes of rein all of the time. Watch the outside leg. Toe up + heels down bulks the calf appropriately for aids....
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Barn fire-Update on horse
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Barn fire-Nothing bad happened

I appreciate you sharing this info and perspective, goldhorse. Fire is just super scary.
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Meet Mikey
Replies: 41
Views: 418

Re: Meet Mikey

Wow, Mikey is so lovely. I am very happy for you Chantal and look forward to updates!
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion

Maybe with his pssm, etc. he is not cut out for what it is you want to do. While this is something to really manage, I suspect it is more developmental (strength building), given other descriptions of how well the PSSM is managed by Xan. Of course, in eventing land it may become clear that a certai...
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

Re: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!

I think you may have gotten the good end of the deal! She looks quite lovely even during the "awkward" year. I look forward to more updates. And she sort of "matches" Anna (in a giant way).
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Helmut Oberhauser clinic report
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Helmut Oberhauser clinic report

Great notes! Thank you.

I love this comment: "be proud you are riding" So so true.

How wonderful that you got to feel such changes in Kimba.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildfire
Replies: 18
Views: 292

Re: Wildfire

Really terrifying. Fingers crossed for you, yours and your area.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Repurposed materials-- found a website
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Repurposed materials-- found a website

The gymnasium flooring is super cool.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What does "submission" mean to you in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 423

Re: What does "submission" mean to you in training?

I like the suggestion to think about the term "permeable." A horse who is permeable to the aids is very rideable.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I will look for the clinic report, Chiasamba. Thank you in advance!

After a hard lesson or lessons, I like the next ride to touch *very* briefly on a key topic from the lesson (could just be checking in on a reaction or position) and then just do a walking hack.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

We're learning this showing stuff, it's getting to be more fun and less stressful. He's now very chill about the whole thing, happy to stand by the trailer in his coolcoat with his head in the manger, I'm getting to know this batch of competitors, who are mostly really nice folks all trying to go o...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 35
Views: 2652

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

Gorgeous, smart and fun! What a great update. I love a nice Morgan.
by piedmontfields
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Straight hind leg versus appearance
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

It looks slightly straight but as MC noted it is impossible to tell from these photos. Stand him up properly and shoot that.
by piedmontfields
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Oh wow. Great notes, Dresseur. That hits something very useful and important. I am going to re-read and re-read and explore.
by piedmontfields
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Go Laddie, Go Mountaineer! Going to shows is a most excellent way to get good at showing .Good luck and *have fun* with your beautiful fellow.
by piedmontfields
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion

While I agree with this in general, what about a case where the rider has the reins too short and is expecting the horse to tolerate working into such short contact when said horse is not strong enough or does not have the ability to do so. Oh, absolutely true. These notes are really about just abo...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 52
Views: 2887

Re: Get me out of training level!

Or better yet you could NOT show at all but continue to progress in your schooling and delightedly tell all and sundry that you are schooling 2nd/3rd/4th, etc!!!! :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen: :lol: :roll: :mrgreen: Uh... this hits a bit close to home. But think of the cost savings on shows! It is the ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion

Xan, I'm going to re-post some old notes from JJ Tate's teaching that I think might be useful to you (and they are always useful to me to remember!): In training, horses *cannot learn* that: -They can take their neck away from us, or -They can gain rein, -They can open their neck and get the rider's...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Last night's ride
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Last night's ride

Nice improvements from just last week! Looks like you will have a lot of fun developing her.
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Dresseur, your notes are so helpful. "I need M to stay a bit loose in the canter - not sloppy, but his back can't tighten either. I was getting a tight back - more like the canter we'll want to teach him changes out of. For collection, the back should be firm, but have a loose quality to it.&qu...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 652

Re: Saddle Suggestions

OP: If you have a saddle fitter/used saddle seller near by who would do an appointment with you and let you try various saddles, I think it would help you tremendously in narrowing down the general features you and your horse need for when you are ready to buy. It would be worth a some $ to do that....
by piedmontfields
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What does "submission" mean to you in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 423

Re: What does "submission" mean to you in training?

This is an interesting thread. Many of you across different experiences and perspectives dislike "submission" as a term or consider it synonymous to obedience. For obedience, I tend to think of demands like we ask the horse to trot-halt and the horse trot-halts. But with acceptance (my vie...

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