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by DJR
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

I worked on T-W-T in SF tonight, very useful. I'm only riding Panache these days (while Jet is getting a driving refresher). I'm really enjoying him again. Why is it that "for sale" horses feel so good that one rethinks selling them ... just before a prospective buyer is due to come and tr...
by DJR
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

I finally found time to ride Panache after almost a month off (only because I was too busy with hay & work). He was foot perfect, and amazingly easy to sit once he was warmed up. I put him through a bit of everything, but kept it light & short sessions between walk breaks. I was very pleased...
by DJR
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 341

Re: Downward Transitions

I like to imagine the hind legs stopping last and stepping up & under. I also use an upward hh during downwards if the horse is leaning or bracing, which my 7-yr-old is prone to do. A great exercise for teaching the horse to stay active behind through any downward is to do trot-almost walk-trot ...
by DJR
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

So sorry to hear about the losses. Cb06, that is never easy losing our beloved dogs to hemangiosarc. Nasty cancer that is. My condolences. That pup is awesome, though! Chisamba - so sorry that Deneb has had to be retired. I definitely understand that choice. I hope she is more comfortable in the yea...
by DJR
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 533

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I do PPE's on any horse I buy, and make informed decisions based on what the rads tell me, and as I said before, work is managed from an athlete's perspective. M I did a PPE on Jet, my Friesian/Perch. The first vet who saw him felt that his stifles were a weakness and a major concern. I had a 2nd v...
by DJR
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 533

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I agree with most of what others have said. Good luck is underlying all of it! Movement is important. My guys live out 24/7 on varying terrain. They move all the time. I do board in the dead of winter (because if I want to ride, in wintertime, options are otherwise limited), and I do board indoors b...
by DJR
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

Moutaineer wrote:The eyelashes on that baby, DJR!


I know! She still takes my breath away every time I look at her.
by DJR
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

My personal goals: -ride at least 4 times a week -go for morning walks more days of the week than not -cut back a bit on carbs I unfortunately did not achieve any of these goals. I'm still struggling with all of them. I did join a 6-wk challenge at a local gym that is within a 3 min drive from work...
by DJR
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

My goals are a bit different this month. That's because of a slight change in plans. Jet, my Third Level boy, has gone for a 1-month driving refresher at the trainer who started Finn, my 4-yr-old, under harness. The reason is that I bought a lovely carriage for Finn and it will work with Jet, too. I...
by DJR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I don't have a lot of experience with the FC, but my experience in the 3-yr odyssey of teaching them to Jet was that it sent the rest of our canter work to crap here & there. Not all of it all at once, but here & there, sporadically, just related to him going through the process of figuring ...
by DJR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I rode Jet last night after dark (I'm SO glad I had outdoor lights installed for my outdoor ring!). It was cool & breezy, perfect conditions for him. I had quite a nice ride so worked on his changes and canter HP. He felt really good so I tried the 3-change diagonal line that is in the Fourth Le...
by DJR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I appreciate the perspectives people have offered re: my "slump." This weekend I was going to show my daughter's large pony QH, Sawyer, but he came out of the paddock lame in the LH. He doesn't want to put the heel down so I'm thinking/hoping it's just an abscess. If it isn't that, it's hi...
by DJR
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

DJR, I wonder at where you find all the energy sometimes! You have a lot on your plate professionally and personally and I admire all that you accomplish! I can commiserate with the slump - I think that no matter how passionate we are, we all go through it from time to time. In those times, I usual...
by DJR
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

How do you even keep up with their comings & goings? Do they still have a tv show?
by DJR
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 874

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

It's taken me AGES to understand that I get my horses rounder by allowing my hands 'up and forward'. I have to say to myself 'up and forward', 'up and forward'. I always want to drop my hands and pull them back. My instinct to do that is strong and I'll admit, I have to fight it hard! Ditto! And a ...
by DJR
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 874

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I think the quote about dressage being simple but not easy is sort of accurate. For me, when my instructor points something out and I follow her direction, my horse goes better (and so do I). Why didn't I think of that then? Well, because I was thinking about 5,000 other things and forgot about that...
by DJR
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I had another dressage clinic weekend with my beloved FEI instructor. As usual, lots of good stuff to work on. Yesterday, with Jet, she introduced counting exercises in anticipation of canter zig-zags in the future. It was eye-opening! We did 8-count LY from the wall to quarter-line (or thereabouts)...
by DJR
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I had such a busy work week that I did precious little riding. I managed to ride this evening, though. First I rode Sawyer, the large pony QH gelding that I'm tuning up for my daughter. His feet were trimmed today and I found him ouchy on the gravel driveway but fine on the grass and in the sand rin...
by DJR
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: Walter Zettl

I remember in the 2nd clinic I attended, it was very chilly that morning with frost in the air. Everyone was wearing winter jackets, including Walter. At noon hour, someone brought him another hot chocolate and asked about his welfare as he was in his 80s then. He said, "no, no, I'm not cold at...
by DJR
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Kammie is doing great with no untoward after-effects. Thank goodness! I have more photos but I'm too tired to upload them tonight (12-hr work day ... unexpected ... again). I'm thinking of naming her "Lady Galadriel", with Gala as her barn name. My dressage horses all have Lord of the Ring...
by DJR
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: Walter Zettl

I didn't know him, meet him or ride with him. So I'll take your word for it. But, Linda Parelli claiming he lives on through her is enough to make me vomit. His association with the Parellis happened later in his life. I choose to ignore that aspect (and hope that some of his genuine wisdom rubbed ...
by DJR
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

acheyarcher wrote:does she have a name yet?

her star looks a bit like a shamrock

3day 3 months 3 years. I like what I see, seems to have a natural uphill


No name yet, but we're zeroing in on a couple of ideas!
by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Is this your first filly to breed and raise? She is adorable and gosh you are flushing the mare by yourself? Yes not an easy undertaking especially when momma is distracted by the little one. Thank you! This is my second foal since I've been an adult, my third since childhood. But, yes, she's my fi...
by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 3, the last of the photos ...

Mother & daughter:
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Feetsies:
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The wonderment of all things new:
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:mrgreen:
by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 3, continued ...

More interactions with my daughter:
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Those fuzzy-wuzzy ears!
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by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 3, continued ...

Frolicking:
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Cantering:
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Checking out my daughter:
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by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

The next 3-4 posts will be photos showing the filly at age 3-days. She's unfolding beautifully, and has a lovely personality that is blossoming more each day. I apologize that the photo quality is rather awful. I unexpectedly worked a 12-hr day and didn't get home until 8 p.m. so I was running out o...
by DJR
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Well DONE Kammie! So glad all are well, retained placentas are quite common in draft mares and can be very problematic. Fingers crossed no further troubles from that. Kammie looks amazing, beautiful condition, tip of the hat to you :) Thanks, Quelah! That means a lot coming from you. Let me tell yo...
by DJR
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

Today I took Sawyer, my daughter's large pony QH gelding, to his first ever show. It was a semi-local dressage schooling show about an hour away. I started riding Sawyer about 3 wks ago so this was a test to see (a) how things are going so far, and (b) how he behaves in a show environment. It couldn...
by DJR
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 2 and all is well! Kammie is being treated after she retained her placenta, but so far so good. We caught it in time and got it all out. She is none the worse for wear, but will be on meds for awhile. Today they were let out to the pasture. It's a gorgeous, sunny day, and the grass & flowers...
by DJR
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Unfortunately, Kammie had a retained placenta which I didn't discover until I got home from work. The on-call vet and I managed to treat her and get the placenta out intact, though, and Kammie is behaving totally normally. Fingers crossed that nothing untoward comes of this. She's on meds for the ne...
by DJR
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Kyra's Mom wrote:Is she by the same stallion as Finn? Lovely 'little' girl.

Susan


Yes, she is a full sister to Finn. I LOVE this cross!
by DJR
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Once I got Kammie & baby in the stall and settled, I got to bond with the "wee" one (although, she's anything but wee!). I was head-over-heels in love with her full brother, Finn, when he was born four years ago and wondered if I'd be as in love with this foal. I need not have wondered...
by DJR
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 865

A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

I had a feeling early this morning so I got up and went to check my Shire mare, Kammie. I found her at the back of a lovely, grassy pasture with a wet, newborn filly foal at her side. 2018Jun08 KammiesFillyFoal5.jpg I got to watch her suckling for the first time. 2018Jun08 KammiesFillyFoal6.jpg Then...
by DJR
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: Walter Zettl

I'm glad someone started this thread. I knew of Walter for years, of course, then was able to ride with him several years ago when I was fairly new on Jet. I also brought my full Percheron that first clinic, wondering if we would be frowned upon because he was a full draft doing dressage. And, I was...
by DJR
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 670

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

I vary my riding times, but on average they are around 30 min. In my lessons, they go a full 45-min but lots of walk/long-rein breaks in there (which I also do). My horses range from W-T/Training Level to Third/Fourth Level and seem to do well with this. Occasionally, my big guy (Third/Fourth level)...
by DJR
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I managed to sneak in one ride this evening before the skies opened up and the thunderstorms started. I tried Sawyer in my old Collegiate dressage saddle which has a wider tree than my AP saddle. I haven't used it in ages since I got my Amerigo (which I truly LOVE, and fits me so well not to mention...
by DJR
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

Crazy rain storms here so nothing to report riding-wise. DJR, perhaps the saddle is pinching Sawyer's shoulders ever so slightly? Now that Tio has a saddle that accommodates his ginormous shoulders, he no longer balks. at. all., whereas before he would duck and balk when worried or confused (not to...
by DJR
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I've fallen behind on this thread so apologies to everyone as I'm not sure where everyone's at these days training-wise. I've been so bloody busy, it's been crazy. Nevertheless, I've managed to ride the horses around 3x a week. It at least keeps them at their current level of fitness. Jet (13 yr old...
by DJR
Wed May 23, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I *think* I've found an effective exercise rider to help out around here. In exchange for light muck duties (cleaning horse shelters, which are done every day or two so never a big job), she will start riding my daughter's QH large pony, Sawyer. My daughter hasn't ridden since early April when she h...
by DJR
Sun May 13, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

H4S - I'm so sorry to hear about your horse and your own situation. Big hugs. Mountaineer, yuck I hate rain, and add to that long drives and new, strange arenas to ride in. It sounds like it went amazingly well despite the weather woes! Today my daughter and I took a clinic of a bit different sort ....
by DJR
Tue May 08, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What a few months it has been
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: What a few months it has been

Wow, that you are still truckin' on after all of that is admirable. What short-sighted knuckleheads your fill-in manager/new boss are. Their behavior speaks loads about them, nothing about you. I'm so sorry to hear about Scarlett & Lexicon. It's so hard to lose them, especially so close together...
by DJR
Mon May 07, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I took both Panache & Jet to a Tom Dvorak clinic today. I really enjoy riding with Tom, he's very down to Earth and has an excellent eye to help improve the horses in front of him. I very pleased with how Panache coped psychologically. He's definitely getting back to his more usual self now. He ...
by DJR
Wed May 02, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

My personal goals: -ride at least 4 times a week -go for morning walks more days of the week than not -cut back a bit on carbs With Jet: -show at Third Level in June -in order to do that, keep him in work and improve his fitness -insist on connection from inside leg to outside rein With Pan: -show a...
by DJR
Tue May 01, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12120

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

I have achieved some of my Mar-Apr goals but not all. I did get Jet & Pan restarted- CHECK! However, then Jet developed cellulitis and couldn't be ridden for 2 wks so his fitness remains less than what I was hoping for at this time of year. Pan restarted uppity & tense, but thankfully is fin...
by DJR
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12120

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

Here is Panache from a couple of days ago. He will be 7 in August. Despite his reactive start to the year, he has really settled into his work nicely now. I realize that he has a fair bit more conditioning to put on, but I'm quite happy with how he's looking after 5 weeks of work (averaging 3 rides/...
by DJR
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 17
Views: 601

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

Ya, I don't know either. I didn't start sitting on Panache until he turned 6 (late last summer). Even now, with him coming back into work after the winter off, I rise 80% of the time and only sit in short bursts to allow his back to adjust. I am seeing dividends from this approach, though, as he is ...
by DJR
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 17
Views: 601

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

Musical comedy - I didn't bring that up to stir the pot. I brought it up because it's a tenet I've heard for a very long time and ascribe to it. Perhaps I'm wrong to do that. And I also didn't bring it up to shove it down anyone's throat. I was contributing to the conversation about my own experienc...
by DJR
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing
Replies: 17
Views: 601

Re: Uses of rising vs sitting trot for encouraging swing

I think that sitting has a role in encouraging a more expressive trot. However, I do strongly follow the tenets of BNTs like Walter Zettl, Carl Hester, etc., who say "do not sit the trot on a young horse. At the CH symposium last year, he said that he does not sit on a youngster before the age ...
by DJR
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12120

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

DJR glad to hear that Panache returned to his normal self. Did you have him boarded out as well? Do you think it has anything to do with the change in environment or just that he's gotten over his sillies and wants to play nice now? I know that P was really unhappy at the first barn I had her at an...

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