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by Tsavo
Sun May 20, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

She said she uses her back so that it feels like the longe line exercise - where the line is behind your hips and if the horse pulls, you resist with your back and core - so when the horse lets go, you don't fall back... so you take the rein right into the back as the hold - not the hands (which in...
by Tsavo
Sat May 19, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My fundamental error
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: My fundamental error

Here's another 1.5...

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2441&p=37970&hilit=vet#p37970

It's been a month since the coffin joint injection. We are where we were... 1.5/5 on LF when going right.


It is hard to keep track of all this stuff.
by Tsavo
Sat May 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My fundamental error
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: My fundamental error

http://www.definitelydressage.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2404&p=37359&hilit=vet#p37317 Recheck today. A. LF lameness is improved over two months ago but is still there intermittently on a circle. He graded it 1.5 (original a 2 when going clockwise). Here is the scale... The AAEP guidelines ...
by Tsavo
Sat May 19, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My fundamental error
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: My fundamental error

I thought your horse was a two in the past. AAEP Lameness Scale 0: Lameness not perceptible under any circumstances 1: Lameness is difficult to observe and is not consistently apparent, regardless of circumstances (e.g. under saddle, circling, inclines, hard surface, etc.) 2: Lameness is difficult ...
by Tsavo
Sat May 19, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My fundamental error
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: My fundamental error

I just saw this recent article pertaining to ringbone - it might interest you. https://thehorse.com/110328/equine-ringbone-process-progress-and-prognosis/ It sounds like you may have found the right management routine for your guy. I would do whatever works best for your horse as each responds is i...
by Tsavo
Sat May 19, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My fundamental error
Replies: 6
Views: 100

My fundamental error

Making a retirement decision on an arthritic horse after he had been rested. In hind sight, this could not have been more ill-advised. I ride or lunge my horse 5 days a week. After a dicey start, this last week he has noticeable improved in real time. First he can't negotiate a downhill at walk, the...
by Tsavo
Thu May 17, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Addressing the weaker leg: a case study in process
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Addressing the weaker leg: a case study in process

Here is Clayton claiming the hock flexes 12-15 degrees. That is enough to produce the differing butt heights on any given day on my horse I think.

http://www.equinemassageassociation.co. ... amined.pdf
by Tsavo
Thu May 17, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Addressing the weaker leg: a case study in process
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Addressing the weaker leg: a case study in process

I have a few thoughts that may or may not be relevant... 1. There is a horse at my barn who when doing a certain first level test will reproducibly do a slight buck when asked to do T-C going right. I think that is very likely physical issue but the horse is otherwise fine. 2. In the past few years,...
by Tsavo
Wed May 16, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"

If someone told you something about the "top of a horse's neck", what part of the neck would you think they meant, along the mane or near the ears? If we're talking about a horse person who would know normal conformation terminology, I would think of the muscling below the mane, as it's c...
by Tsavo
Wed May 16, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"

Here is "top of the neck" used by the same author in two different ways in close proximity! The base of the neck is to some extent lifted, as the horse lowers the top of the neck . The base of the neck is also higher relative to the top of the neck , which straightens, and telescopes the s...
by Tsavo
Wed May 16, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"

If someone told you something about the "top of a horse's neck", what part of the neck would you think they meant, along the mane or near the ears?
by Tsavo
Sun May 13, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO

I recently remembered that I said I was going to retire my horse at 22 whether he was sound or not. I am re-thinking that because he clearly has less pain when in work. His level of arthritis is very tractable at present. I wish I had that perspective before I retired him. It may not stay tractable...
by Tsavo
Sun May 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO

First of all, I mistakenly hit report instead of quote. I hope that didn't go through! tsavo are you still in the market for a horse? I just saw on FB a Clyde/TB mare for just over $11,000. Working first level with a very nice canter. On FB one of their Dressage horses for sale pages. Not until I co...
by Tsavo
Sun May 13, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: transformation
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: transformation

Wow what a nice thing to have DuJardin work your horse! I hope the kid got on right afterward to feel the difference.
by Tsavo
Sun May 13, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO

I lunged him today. Sound W/T/C going right. Picks up trot when I start running. Stays in canter until I ask him to stop. No issue. Going left sound W/T. He is not bending the left hock as much as he should but was willing to go to canter and stay in canter. He shifts his haunches inward slightly to...
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Anyone with experience fusing hocks?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

No I haven't. However, I have had horses with hock and stifle issues and they all responded to IA treatment, whether it be steroids or IRAP. According to what I've read, it's the rare case that does not. How do you know for sure it's the hocks and not stifile or both? Do xrays show it? Have you blo...
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Anyone with experience fusing hocks?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

I am coming around to the reality that at present, the LF ringbone has largely remitted but the left hock is going to block serious rehab. I did my plan of lunging mostly as walk and canter to warm up and them tested trot for soundness and then got on. He can do everything except canter left with me...
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"

People should NOT use this phrase! It is highly ambiguous about whether they mean the area near the ears or the area along the mane. When I first started encountering this phrase years ago I thought they were referring to the area near the ears but in fact they were not. Then I saw a reference about...
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

musical comedy wrote: but since everyone seems to use this thread for all sorts of topics,


Hey MC, can I ask why this even matters? I mean we are not preserving a court transcript here. :-)

I have tried and failed to understand why "topic drift" on a forum is even a named thing. Can you edify me?
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Solving the warm up

Josette it sounds like you are very attuned to your horse. I think we are in similar spots with our horses in trying to figure out how to help them stay happy and healthy. I am in a great barn riding a second level horse with a gold medal trainer coming in regularly. The only downside is that my hor...
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

When I was in Canada, I saw 3 years of horses come through the barn for training/rehab. I am going to say at least 20. They all improved under a GP trainer. Some went home, got "trained" by their owner, and came back to be fixed again. The horses who don't respond to correct training are f...
by Tsavo
Sat May 12, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Solving the warm up - add PHOTO
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Solving the warm up - add PHOTO

I am rehabbing my 21 yo horse who was retired for about 5 months but came sound again. He is weak and stiff. I lunged him on straight lines in large ovals (running with him) for about 2 months and then started riding lightly. I was doing about 10 -15 minutes of walk on uneven ground and then trot. R...
by Tsavo
Fri May 11, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My horse choked
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: My horse choked

Hayburner wrote:That's great news and he's one lucky horse you were there to react to his choke.


I caused the choke by treating him with pellets! He wouldn't have choked if I wasn't there. :shock:
by Tsavo
Fri May 11, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My horse choked
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: My horse choked

Yeah I later read that using water might not be the best thing. It mainly seemed to trigger coughing which somehow dislodged the food in the esophagus.

We are several days out and he is fine so I don't think he aspirated anything.
by Tsavo
Wed May 09, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 4207

Re: Need some help or advice

Well you made it through all that so you must have something going for you. The key is staying in treatment. Treatments are available and new ones are being researched.
by Tsavo
Wed May 09, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 4207

Re: Need some help or advice

I am very relieved to hear you are getting the help you need. When you started this thread I felt like you were in an emergency situation. There is no reason to suffer when there is help. Treatments can be so successful if you access them and work at it. I think you will be a star at recovery, Linden.
by Tsavo
Sun May 06, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My horse choked
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: My horse choked

kande50 wrote:We've had a few episodes over the years, and it usually had something to do with the horse being very hungry, taking big bites, and trying to swallow without chewing enough.


That was not the case here.
by Tsavo
Sun May 06, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My horse choked
Replies: 9
Views: 198

My horse choked

I was feeding some alfalfa pellets as a treat and he choked. The barn owner got a hose into his mouth and my horse started coughing and got the material out through his mouth and nose. Obviously I won't be giving him any dry food again. My horse just had his teeth floated. I am wondering why this ha...
by Tsavo
Sun May 06, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 1921

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

The corker is that I did not realize it. I was gigged in lessons. I think the outside hind must have been not tracking up. It was hard because I have in my mind that a 20-m circle has practically no bend. I was riding it with NO bend. This was in trot mainly as I recall. When I started giving more o...
by Tsavo
Sun May 06, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 1921

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

I ran into an issue with never giving up the outside... blocking on the outside (going left). To get over this, I had to consciously micromanage the outside rein for several weeks until I found the point of not abandoning ship but also not blocking.
by Tsavo
Sat May 05, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: HANDS - (was various training topics)
Replies: 97
Views: 1921

Re: HANDS - (was various training topics)

The fact is that a line from elbow to horse's mouth, upper arm hanging vertical,thumb upward, is a NEUTRAL position. That is what the ODGs used. But it was also expected that the horse was up/open/ifV/active/etc. So the use then was situational. When the line is broken upward, then it is often a ha...
by Tsavo
Fri May 04, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My lesson today
Replies: 1
Views: 110

My lesson today

I take a lesson on the horse I work from a gold medalist once or twice a month. This horse knows all of second and is training third. We were doing travers and SI in trot. Then she tells me to come across the diagonal in travers. I said, Oh you mean HP. A second or two passed and she said "sort...
by Tsavo
Fri May 04, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Shoulder control sounds right. I was lifting the shoulders (and placing them over) to achieve the corner as opposed to lowering the haunches. That squares with doing this on a first level horse, no pun intended LOL.
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

khall wrote: If the horse is in a "1st level canter" That cannot be a CP 1/4 turn or otherwise.


That's what I would have said before I rode that horse. He was able to slow in the corners and let me pick up his shoulders. This was a bunch of fun that he could do this.
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Okay in roll back the horse is first halted, yes? That is not what I am talking about. Maybe it's called a 'roll back' in western reining, but roll back is also a term used in jumping. You can google it and see how it's ridden. Basically a tight turn. On another note, that western riding makes me c...
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Okay in roll back the horse is first halted, yes? That is not what I am talking about. I am saying I am on a straight line in canter and negotiate a 90 degree turn by HH and picking the shoulders up and them landing on another line in 1 - 2 strides all while in canter. I think that is technically a ...
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

What is a roll back?
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well this was a first level horse who allowed his shoulders to be picked and placed with core. I don't think he could do higher collection than required to do a first level test. Cattiness is the word I use to get across how easy it was for him to do something like a canter square that requires fast...
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

tsavo not ponichiwa but for me to do the squares is developing the CP canter, so collect with activity almost to the spot and turn, turn then forward so they don't stall out. I think if you HH too hard you can block them, so IMO smaller HH and keeping the HQ activity so the horse sits behind and ca...
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tell me about your colonoscopy
Replies: 18
Views: 339

Re: Tell me about your colonoscopy

I had a colonoscopy last year. The prep is better now than it used to be. It is fasting and then two large cups of a concentrated salt solution separated by several hours. You have to drink equal quantities of water after each large cup but you don't have to do it that quickly. I have to tell you th...
by Tsavo
Thu May 03, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

It is almost like plie' canter, but you also have the bending line to encourage that lengthening of the outside of the horse. Will he not take the rein in a stretch at the canter? While plie is away from the lead, I have also done canter LY into the lead. This is harder than plie in terms of horse ...
by Tsavo
Wed May 02, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

My goal for my horse is to continue to bring him out of retirement. 24/7 turnout plus riding 5 days a week on hills and uneven ground is working to keep him sound on most days. My goal for the horse I exercise is to solidify second level work and move onto third level work. I have been flexing him a...
by Tsavo
Wed May 02, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

It is almost like plie' canter, but you also have the bending line to encourage that lengthening of the outside of the horse. Will he not take the rein in a stretch at the canter? While plie is away from the lead, I have also done canter LY into the lead. This is harder than plie in terms of horse ...
by Tsavo
Wed May 02, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 133
Views: 2279

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

3. By end of 2-month challenge: be able to execute 20m square exercise with 1/4 pirouettes in each corner. What is the key skill of canter squares? I was able to do them easily on a first level 16 HH QH and yet had trouble doing them on my 16.2 1/2 HH second/third level draft cross. I think it is a...
by Tsavo
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9631

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

My horse was shod up front to address the mincing and it didn't seem to help at first though today he was increasing his stride length. He is doing the ground work very well and loose so I think his stiffness is abating. The weakness is another story. I am doing plenty of walking on contact to ask h...
by Tsavo
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 17
Views: 418

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

science can be very interesting. It can blow long held tenets right out of the water. It has recently been shown, using pressure sensors that the posting trot actually causes hind leg stride unevenness in young horses, on the up stride. There are people who post really well, remain engaged in the c...
by Tsavo
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 17
Views: 418

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

I am a person that has difficulty doing a good rising trot. It has to do with my conformation (and probably other things) that I won't get into here. S. von Dietz says posting trot is technically difficult and few people do it correctly. I agree with that. I recently was trying to help someone who ...
by Tsavo
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9631

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Dresseur wrote: In any case - here's a picture that I just love of he and I. Mostly because he's just so darn pretty! I'm hoping he doesn't shed out to brown again lol :P


Really really nice work, Dresseur.
by Tsavo
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: Clinic this weekend....

Did I hear that comment correctly about how she won't be able to do something but it doesn't hurt to try???
by Tsavo
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Clinic this weekend....
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: Clinic this weekend....

I sometimes use counterbend.

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