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by HafDressage
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 22
Views: 332

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

I think Hafdresage is so sure she is right no amount of comment, thoughtful, kind or snarky, is going to knock her if her pedestal of perfection. Lol, I'm only as convinced I'm right as you are. I'm not someone who bashes top riders, nor did I bash LG. I think she probably is all of the above nice ...
by HafDressage
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 22
Views: 332

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

I'm sorry but the mouth opening and closing every stride is not "emotion." That is laughable. The mouth should be relatively quiet or have soft chewing. That is not what is shown. This could be any pair and I would have the same comment. So in your opinion, never having the poll as the hi...
by HafDressage
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 22
Views: 332

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

This horse is being asked to.perform approximately five minutes of hard task after hard task in a challenging environment and he is not allowed to chew? Or show his concentration and engagement in any way? What do you want? Emotionless performance. Dont expect that from a living breathing animal. G...
by HafDressage
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 22
Views: 332

For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

Stealing the thread name. :) Okay so... https://www.facebook.com/USADressage/videos/10156669843408395/UzpfSTExNDIwMjEyMTk5MTU5MjpWSzoxMDE1NjY2OTg0MzQwODM5NQ/ On the one hand: I mean AMAZING passage, excellent piros. Lots of foot perfect things including excellent activity behind. On the other hand: ...
by HafDressage
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 512

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

Hayburner - Interesting problem. So, my three suggestions, which will be non-traditional are 1) don't make her walk at first. Get on and go. If that is what she wants, then I would go with it. Burn a little of the hot off and then come back to the walk and work on it later. It's very much like a hor...
by HafDressage
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spurs!
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Spurs!

So I'm looking into a new pair of spurts and there are SO MANY OPTIONS. SO I'm kind of at a loss as to what to order.

Short/long, rowls/no rowls, spiked/smooth, sideways/normal, swan neck/straight neck.

So, what spurs do you guys use and why?
by HafDressage
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 656

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

Clearly there's some luck involved in keeping a horse sound. There's also good management practices. I wouldn't dream of giving my horses more than a couple days in a row off unless they are sick or something. I'd pay someone to ride or lunge them or put them with a trainer. That said, this has nev...
by HafDressage
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind
Replies: 69
Views: 1134

Re: Quick Hind Leg aka Quick Behind

I don't have time to read all the posts, but quick behind in reference to most horses (esp. warmbloods and big movers) is that they are either slow behind which means the gait loses purity or that they need to spend less time in the air with their hind legs. So, in the trot many horses that naturall...
by HafDressage
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.

So I haven't watched the specific ride you are talking about, but I very likely agree based on the other rides of this combo I've watched. The piaffe and passage is better than Valegro, but everything else is not and is being way over scored. The extensions are all up front and nothing behind.
by HafDressage
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Metalab bits?
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Metalab bits?

I've decided I want to switch from my curb with short shanks to a standard shank bit. He isn't picky about bits and so I think i like the look of the standard length better, so I'm going to switch.... this of course has led me into bit land, which has way too many options. Before I buy another HS bi...
by HafDressage
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 569

Re: More leg? Not really...No

Do instructors really say more leg? I don't think use ever said it or been told more leg. I've told people on hot goody horses that if a horse can get used to a blanket, they can get comfortable with a leg. I've said drap, keep your leg under you and many such suggestions, but I don't think I've as...
by HafDressage
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 569

Re: More leg? Not really...No

Sorry. I didn't mean to offend. OH Tuddy no you didn't offend at all!!! I was just having an internal philosophical commentary about the concept of more leg, which is currently trending on facebook...and driving me nuts There are definitely times when you need more leg and on a hotter horse I would...
by HafDressage
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: RIP Centerline Scores???
Replies: 3
Views: 191

RIP Centerline Scores???

Sooooo, is this website still working for anybody else? It looks like it's down for me, which is super sad. It was so helpful. Anybody know what happened?
by HafDressage
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 569

More leg? Not really...No

Okay so recently I've been seeing all of these riding memes' on facebook that are like "more leg" is the answer to everything. And also the thread on here...more leg more leg....and I just have to say.... NO...LESS LEG. Like maybe more forward or more from behind , but 100% not more leg sq...
by HafDressage
Mon May 21, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fussiness with bits in double bridle
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Fussiness with bits in double bridle

Fzybrfrm - I'm sorry I just saw this. Not sure where to say to try to find a sliding one in that size. Given that you might need to try a couple, you might want to do the bit testing thing with dressage extensions. It will cost a little in shipping, but also will give you some options. Below are a f...
by HafDressage
Thu May 17, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 968

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

My rides are 30-40 minutes, and only 10-12 minutes of trot. I was really surprised by that because I was sure I was doing 15-20 minutes of trot. I can see the big clock in my barn from the arena, and I start trotting after 10 minutes of walk. It sure seemed to me that, except for a few minutes walk...
by HafDressage
Mon May 07, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 968

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

Okay so I'm totally obsessed. I love it. Even if it's not 100% accurate, it still gives me some idea of what is going on and definitely helps me understand some of my flaws. For example, I seem to track left (his easy side) more than I track right, which is totally unintentional. I'm putting screen ...
by HafDressage
Sun May 06, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2616

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

I do not agree with hafdressage that the inside rein is the rein of direction, because you can absolutely have a flexion left and be on a circle right (meaning to!). The inside rein is the rein of flexion and bend, but should not be used for direction. IMO it is the seat aids more than the rein aid...
by HafDressage
Sun May 06, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2616

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

So, "what you take up on the inside, you give out on the outside." So, if you were in a corner and you have more inside flexion and bend, you would allow more with the outside rein. I've heard that advice many years ago. I ask, why would you ever 'take up on the inside'? I think Ingrid wa...
by HafDressage
Sat May 05, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2616

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

Ingrid's favourite sayings throughout this weekend: Do not give with the outside. The outside always stays. Only the inside gives. Thanks for sharing Musical comedy. So, I probably subscribe to this for the most part, but there are many trainers who advocate a bit more give (not giving) in the outs...
by HafDressage
Thu May 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Clinic this weekend....

I'm sorry that you had mixed feelings about the clinic. I'm not familiar with him, but watching the video that MC posted brings up a pet peeve of mine. How the heck do people teach effectively from the sidelines??? Sure you can see and comment on some stuff, and maybe it's just me, but I'm used to ...
by HafDressage
Thu May 03, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Clinic this weekend....

Thank you to many of you for the supportive words! Sorry I haven't been able to respond. It's been a BUSY week. We actually went to a show! More on that in another thread. So, after a week and half of reflection, I still have really mixed feelings. I do think he made some good helpful points, but I ...
by HafDressage
Thu May 03, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fussiness with bits in double bridle
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Fussiness with bits in double bridle

My guess is that you need to experiment with some other bits. I would agree with Gallop's recommendations as well as tell you to look into some of the Neue Schule bits. They have lots of interesting options. I also agree about the curb chain being tight rather than loose. You could also try a tighte...
by HafDressage
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Clinic this weekend....

Sooooo this weekend I took a lesson from Jeff Moore, who traveled here from Cali, and I have to say I walked away with super duper mixed feelings. On the one hand, he said some things I agree with and had a couple of good tips, on the other hand it seemed to come with a lot of "bullshit and pos...
by HafDressage
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Classical Piaffe
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Classical Piaffe

While were back to some interesting and more controversial threads, I need to add another fire to the flame. Perhaps you all will hate me for saying this, but I totally don't get how judges are scoring piaffes now days from some pairs versus others. Like yes it is an insanely difficult movement, but...
by HafDressage
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 2616

Re: Various Training Topics

I haven't read most of the responses on this thread, nor the other thread that it's referencing, so I have no idea what's going on with the discussion, but I'm going to chime in some thoughts. :) What about Steffen Peters? He rides with his hands relatively low compared to others? I wouldnt say his ...
by HafDressage
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 1266

Re: Extended Walk Questions

Thank you everyone for all of the posts and comments!!! I especially really appreciate the videos. So that first horse, his walk is naturally a 10 and honestly it's shocking to me that anyone can collect that walk without it becoming tense and lateral. So, I think the trainer is doing a pretty good ...
by HafDressage
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extended Walk Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 1266

Extended Walk Questions

Okay in my never ending "signing up for a show" panic, I need some advice on extended walk. I've been watching some videos, but there seem to be MANY interpretations of this exercise. Some keep their horses shorter, some more like a free walk. What is ideal? What are the judges rewarding? ...
by HafDressage
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How to deal with "The Borrowers" ~ sigh . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: How to deal with "The Borrowers" ~ sigh . . . .

Be thankful they haven't decided to "borrow" your horse ... I had that happen once — an eagle eyed, smart mouthed friend happened upon that situation; there was a verbal blistering, my horse was removed from the situation by aforementioned friend (who was the horse's emergency contact), a...
by HafDressage
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec

Seriously I do. Okay so as you guys know I'm kind of gearing up for showing and I almost just fell out of my chair when I realized my USDF renewal was $90. When they say this is a sport of adult amateurs or that dressage is driven by adult amateurs, they clearly must mean "my husband founded Ya...
by HafDressage
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Show Warm-up - How long do you warm up?
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Show Warm-up - How long do you warm up?

So as showing is getting closer and becoming a reality, I'm starting to freak out about how long to warm up. My boy warms up like the laziest creature on the planet, but then works out of it and gets the zoomies by the end of my ride. So, at the end of every ride, I have a nice forward horse. Well a...
by HafDressage
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What is the quote about speed and collection?
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: What is the quote about speed and collection?

Thanks guys! I thought it was something along those lines. Much appreciated. :) It's so tempting with horses like mine (little stockier build) to try to canter the wheels off them to try to improve the quality of the canter. So you see lots of cob types cantering around at lightening speed (or I do ...
by HafDressage
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What is the quote about speed and collection?
Replies: 8
Views: 543

What is the quote about speed and collection?

Hi Dressage Peeps, I know I've heard (and I think read on here) and quote or saying about speed being the enemy of collection or something like that. Can anybody recall? I wanted to post it on someone's FB post about their haflinger (they asked for thoughts), but I didn't want to mis-quote. Much lik...
by HafDressage
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff

I must admit I don't really watch the videos where it's just them sitting and talking about the exercises as I don't really have the time or patience for that. It might be different if they were actually riding, or working with a horse and rider at the same time and had only one video instead of a ...
by HafDressage
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: cheap but decent video camera
Replies: 46
Views: 2287

Re: cheap but decent video camera

Hi Dressage Friends, Update: Bought this to use with my celly- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07799XTMB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 So, you have to set the zoom you want before hand of course, but it took relatively high quality video and the stand held the phone up really we...
by HafDressage
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: cheap but decent video camera
Replies: 46
Views: 2287

Re: cheap but decent video camera

I don't know if this will help or if you will want to slap me for telling you things you already know, but anytime you "message" a picture directly off your phone via messaging, email etc., you will normally lose quality bc phones automatically change the picture quality to send them. Two ...
by HafDressage
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows
Replies: 20
Views: 1530

Re: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows

I watched the ride, and it was horrible and honestly hilarious. The internet blog that some wacko wrote that got everyone stirred up, however, was equally terrible and wildly inaccurate. I'm not for or against a requirement system, but a few notes below: 1. In all the time I've been riding, I've nev...
by HafDressage
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles

Thank you everyone for your responses!!! I read everyone's posts and did a ton of online research. Soooo drumroll.... I bought a truck! I actually wasn't planning to buy one so soon, but the dealership I went to had 2 trucks that fit my parameters and they were ready to play ball. So, I tried a 2015...
by HafDressage
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles

Literiding - Thanks for your response! Soooo I'm not sure what I mean with the brake. In her truck, if you let off the accelerator, the break kicks in and you barely need to actually apply your foot to the brake until you are relatively slowed down. After hunting online, I would say that perhaps it'...
by HafDressage
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Trucks! Need help/opinions on tow vehicles

Last year I bought a 2017 2 horse Gooseneck Sundowner. I've been using my trainer's truck, but now it's time to purchase my own truck. Soooooo...I'm lost. She has a Dodge 3500 dually diesel with airbrake that is awesome, but also hard to find used. So, my question to you guys: 1. What do you haul wi...
by HafDressage
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Test Questions:4-1
Replies: 8
Views: 808

Re: Test Questions:4-1

Got it! Thank you so much for the responses!!!! :D SO I read 4-1 last night before I posted and was like okay this is doable and were not thaaaat far off from this...BUT then I read 4-3 and died a little on the inside. Dear lord 4-3 has A LOT going on in there. Sooo many flying changes. So...it will...
by HafDressage
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Test Questions:4-1
Replies: 8
Views: 808

Test Questions:4-1

I have a couple of "how to ride the movement in a show" questions about 4th 1. As we're working on 4th level stuff, I want to have some of this in my head for how the test should be correctly ridden. 1. Movement 5: X-G shoulder-in right, C track right. I know if I were on a long side, I wo...
by HafDressage
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Spinoff - Seat usage
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Seat Spinoff - Seat usage

Very interesting to so far! Piedmontfields & Dressur - I think your conceptualizations are what my trainer is trying to convey. She doesn't mean a deep leaning back driving seat, but rather that the seat/seatbones sort of work in an active way towards creating movement. So what I will say is tha...
by HafDressage
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Spinoff - Seat usage
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Seat Spinoff - Seat usage

The CDK thread got me thinking a bit about different philosophies on the use of the seat. Most of the trainers I've worked with advocate a sort of following quiet seat that is sort of just balanced, but passive. My new trainer, however, is a big advocate of "creating the motion" with your ...
by HafDressage
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: DHH - A commentary on the sport? or No?
Replies: 7
Views: 1191

Re: DHH - A commentary on the sport? or No?

I think they are all registered with the KWPN, but the KWPN does separate dressage horses from Gelderlanders and driving horses. So, I think there is some designation within the registry. Also the stallion testing for the Gelders is at a different time than the other stallion testing. https://www.kw...
by HafDressage
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Nicole Weinague clinic
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Nicole Weinague clinic

Good to know! Do you happen to know how much each ride cost riders?
by HafDressage
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: DHH - A commentary on the sport? or No?
Replies: 7
Views: 1191

DHH - A commentary on the sport? or No?

I love to keep an eye on the horse sales market. At some point I'm going to purchase a second horse, although probably not for another year or so. BUT, still I love to keep tabs on what is for sale and for how much. So, I follow a bazillion of the facebook dressage sales horse pages. Probably over t...
by HafDressage
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Need new thoughts: Half pass on the harder side
Replies: 19
Views: 2437

Re: Need new thoughts: Half pass on the harder side

Thank you everyone for the responses!!! I am going to try some of these exercises. I think I'll start with the counter SI and trying to lay some poles on the ground on the diagonal. It's definitely that I get out of position, but that becomes a circular thing where I get out of position, he gets out...
by HafDressage
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Article on Lightness
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Article on Lightness

Oh very interesting article! It was a little hard to follow at times as to who was saying what, but I think interviewer (who seemed to have a lot of opinions) was in subtle italics and once I figured that out it was much easier to follow. In general, I thought Lief made really good points. The sort ...
by HafDressage
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Need new thoughts: Half pass on the harder side
Replies: 19
Views: 2437

Need new thoughts: Half pass on the harder side

I am stuck in a half pass rut on my right side. It is my tubby ponies harder side...I don't want to say stiff side, because it's really not stiff, just that he would prefer to bend left and bulge shoulder out right, so the opposite of his hollow side. Anyway, left half pass in trot and canter is com...

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