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by DJR
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 12
Views: 181

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

Ideally, 4 days a week(or 5). Realistically, during winter I'm lucky to ride twice a week between weather & work constraints, as well as the constraint of having to board them so I have to factor in the commute time to/from the barn. During summer it's closer to 4 days a week unless work interfe...
by DJR
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 167
Views: 4115

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

We've been challenged by weather the last 2-3 weeks, too. We had a colossal blizzard Tues-Wed, enough that I put all the horses inside overnight (that is a rare event on my farm). Today is sunny and lots of snow on the ground, but overnight tonight we are getting snow then rain/freezing rain, which ...
by DJR
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 574

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

I’ll also add to the excellent comments so far that, for me, one of the more nerve-wracking aspects to showing is timing the warm-up properly. This is especially so given that I have a huge, black horse who hates the heat, and has a very narrow “perfect energy-to-warmed-up” window. I also need to pl...
by DJR
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 167
Views: 4115

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Happy New Year! My training goals in the next two months: ME: work on my fitness, walk more regularly, add some core exercises HORSES under saddle: JET (13 yr old 3rd Level gelding): improve his fitness/conditioning, improve his “sit”. FINN (4 yr old greenly backed gelding): start cantering under sa...
by DJR
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 635

Re: Late changes

LOL, I had to contribute to this thread again after this afternoon. I have another tool to improve the jump in the changes ... This afternoon, I clipped Jet (finally got around to it — he needed to be clipped a month ago!). Then I rode Jet. Jet, in his post-clipping exuberance, proceeded to do his b...
by DJR
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 635

Re: Late changes

That's an interesting exercise DJR. I'm going to have to try that. It can be canter-walk-halt or canter-halt. The more "sit" the better but it needs to be a "forward" transition. The important part is halt --> canter a stride (maybe 2, but sooner is better than later) --> change.
by DJR
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 723

Re: Year In Review

Love this thread, and reading everyone’s progress. So cool! For me, 2018 had a slow start. I keep my horses at home except for about 3 months during the worst part of the winter typically. However, Dec 2017 was AMAZINGLY cold (as in, -30C!!!) so I brought the horses home since I was paying board for...
by DJR
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 635

Re: Late changes

It's not Ding, it's the big bay one. Thanks for going through all that dresseur, reading your post I think he might be going through my hand. He was anticipating for a bit there, and he'd do these big leaps - where he'd leap forward and change in front, land and change behind. Now, he doesn't do th...
by DJR
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

I live in cold/snowy Ontario, Canada. Of my 9 horses, I only blanket the 20 yr old Welsh pony in really wet/cold conditions or if she is cold. I also sometimes blanket one of my broodmares but she came to me under-conditioned and is now in great condition and, so far, hasn't needed a blanket. I also...
by DJR
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 21
Views: 1043

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

When I purchased the full sibling to your new horse, I thought it quite sensible to bring Spooky home in the horse trailer. I texted my local vet a pic of Spooky in the trailer with the message “bringing home another rescue, can you come have a look this afternoon?” LOL, that’s hilarious. What did ...
by DJR
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 830

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

I just bred a full sister to my 4-yr-old Hano/Shire gelding. We’ll see how similar they are as the filly matures, but so far they are very similar in terms of temperament, brain, and head/neck conformation.
by DJR
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: Bumper-pull trailer length

Thanks very much for all the info. I’m reassured to hear that those of you who have hauled that much trailer as a BP are happy with it. I agree that the truck makes all the difference. I’m driving a 2005 Ford Excursion diesel and it has a very long wheelbase itself, and a large tow capacity. The die...
by DJR
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 1648

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

I really like the Rambo turbo cooler. It soaks up sweat very well and really improves drying time.
by DJR
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Bumper-pull trailer length

I'm working on planning a custom-built trailer that will serve as a carriage hauler but also can double as a 2+1. It's a fun process, but SO much to consider (I'm doing it through Hawk including LOTS of input from their designers & engineers). The trailer is based on one of their custom trailer ...
by DJR
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9652

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Ryeissa - I'm also finding it exceptionally hard this fall to adjust to the darker evenings and the cold. I could have ridden both days this past weekend and didn't ride AT ALL. Just want to hibernate. Of course, this is at odds with my long-term goal of moving Jet up the levels, hopefully to PSG, m...
by DJR
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My nicely-nourished horse meets my severely under-nourished horse (vid).
Replies: 8
Views: 360

My nicely-nourished horse meets my severely under-nourished horse (vid).

I was putting away decorations and decided to introduce Skeletor to the rest of the gang. I propped him up at the fence and waited to see who was brave enough to approach. Of all of the gang, only Finn had the guts to check out this strange entity. Here is his first approach (pardon the mud, it rain...
by DJR
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1969

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

I don't think I've ever seen a thread with a topic like this. I don't know if anyone else is interested in it or not. Great topic! Things I will never be able to do: -compete internationally (lack time & funds, among other things) -on Jet: do a long distance marathon (he just isn’t built for it...
by DJR
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9652

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

My goals: -ride regularly -improve my sitting trot -go for walks more often -plan in some leisure time somewhere in my chaotic week (!) Goals for the horses: move Jet plus/minus Finn (or Pan) to an indoor facility now that winter is looming. JET: keep him as fit as possible, strengthen his low back ...
by DJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 21
Views: 1043

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

piedmontfields wrote:Never mind what we think, what do your horses and dogs think?


They seem to be rather air-headed, so I don't know.
by DJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 21
Views: 1043

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

demi wrote:
Chancellor wrote:I think your horse might be lame. Just look at how he is standing.


She probably uses sidereins!


LMAO!!!
by DJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 978

Re: Side Reins!

I don’t use side reins when I lunge, except on occasion. I mostly lunge my 4 yr old to ensure that I have a brain between his ears before I get on as he was just backed late this summer. I use a lunging caveson, but it’s only seldom that I use side reins on him. I wouldn’t use that neck-stretcher co...
by DJR
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 21
Views: 1043

Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

I’ve had a few people today approach me to discuss how I feed my horses. I really can’t figure out why.

Both my dog and my horse look fine to me!

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What do you guys think???

Btw ... BOO!!! :mrgreen:
by DJR
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I’ve been riding more regularly the last month than I was able to most of the summer. It feels great once I’ve done it, but it sure takes a lot of moxie to make myself go out at the beginning of the day when it’s pitch black out, or after a long day of work. I definitely notice being 54 in terms of ...
by DJR
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

Ponichiwa wrote:Canter Queso under saddle consistently. In fact, he'd prefer we canter everywhere. My trot is now MIA.


OMG, I know what you mean. Same deal with me on Jet! Trot, trot ... where are youuuu!!??!! LOL
by DJR
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense
Replies: 92
Views: 2660

Re: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense

I am unlettered in vet med so I had to ask vets WTF is up with non-evidence-based treatments. It's not that I can't understand the reasons. It is just I don't have the training to know what they are on my own. Here’s the catch. Only approximately 45-60% of medicine (human or veterinary) is “evidenc...
by DJR
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I had the great opportunity to watch the Charlotte Dujardin master class that happened this past weekend in Toronto, ON, Canada. I watched Carl Hester a year ago, now CD. It was really good! So, this morning I got up early which I've been doing off & on for the past few weeks, and rode Jet in th...
by DJR
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Girth sizing/placement question.
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Girth sizing/placement question.

Flight wrote:I like the girths to come quite high so the buckles aren't resting behind their elbows. As long as it's not bunching up your saddle cloth or getting in the way of your leg, I think it should be right?


This is what I do, too.
by DJR
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?
Replies: 13
Views: 530

Re: Help getting trot lateral work more forward?

Another thing that I find helpful is to use the line I’m on to encourage a rhythmic, swinging gait first (training scale), then introduce the lateral work gradually. For a green horse, this means shallow angles for the lines when introducing leg yield and this line can become gradually steeper as th...
by DJR
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 881

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

Tsavo wrote:What I really want is an FEI prospect like Finn from a PMU farm only a mare.


Do you mean my Finn? (If so, he’s Shire/Hano, not Clyde).
by DJR
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I’m behind in my updating! I had a short show season this year with a late start to it. I had to get Jet back into condition to manage Third Level tests, particularly in the hot summer heat (he doesn’t do heat well). I was hoping to get my Dressage Canada Third Level Silver medal, but wasn’t sure it...
by DJR
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: This is what has kept me going. Pony video
Replies: 12
Views: 511

Re: This is what has kept me going. Pony video

I can't play the video either. He looks super!!
by DJR
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Clipping
Replies: 27
Views: 976

Re: Clipping

I clip as soon as I move mine to their winter boarding place (where I have access to an indoor arena). Mine are already getting shaggy but still manageable. I have a nice outdoor ring that has LED flood lights so we ride out there until the footing becomes impossible. I don't clip any of mine that s...
by DJR
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I was at a Lauren Sprieser clinic this past weekend. It was my first time riding with her, and I really enjoyed it. It was all in keeping with what my regular trainer is working on, which is always a good thing. I'm SO excited to keep going with Jet. He soaks up the work and handles the extra inten...
by DJR
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Grass growing in arena
Replies: 7
Views: 554

Re: Grass growing in arena

When I get grass or weeds in my big outdoor sand ring, I do a combo of dragging it more frequently, hand-picking, and I may put down some weed-killer on the heavier patches.
by DJR
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I was at a Lauren Sprieser clinic this past weekend. It was my first time riding with her, and I really enjoyed it. It was all in keeping with what my regular trainer is working on, which is always a good thing. We didn't do anything fancy, just worked on increasing Jet's strength & carrying pow...
by DJR
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 1885

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

Although my first two horses were mares, I ended up riding geldings most of my adult life. But now I have a homebred filly that I CANNOT wait to develop into my riding partner! And I've been interested in bringing along a mare for awhile now. For me, though, it's the horse not the gender that matter...
by DJR
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

Look who is home now after 5-1/2 months away for training (3 mo in harness training, 2-1/2 mo of under-saddle training) ... Mr. Finn! He is my homebred 4 yr old Hano/Shire gelding. 11C32493-FDE3-4DE1-A7F4-D559FB88F0DF.jpeg He was started in Nov-Dec last year but it didn’t go very well as he was quit...
by DJR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Remember my "tripod"?
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: Remember my "tripod"?

FYI -this was a very old thread (2016) but thank you. He has really blossomed into a beautiful horse. Last year, in 2017, he had more scores in the 70s than 60s for First Level and finished the year with multiple championships and reserve championships. Such a good boy. We're now schooling Second Le...
by DJR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

My daughter & I just got back from a 2-day dressage show with our local chapter, the last one of the year. My daughter rode her cute QH pony, “Huckleberry Finn”, on the first day in four Walk-Trot tests. She had to get up bright & early as her first ride time was 8:15 a.m.! It was very cool ...
by DJR
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I’m writing this from the show site after a very successful first day. My daughter started the day with her four Walk-Trot tests. It was very crisp & cool (for the first time in 3 months) so her pony, Sawyer, was more fresh than she’s ever had to deal with. Early in the warm-up, he even gave a f...
by DJR
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 17297

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

Rye gymnastic jumping is FUN with the right horse! (don't know how fun it would be on Rip) Great for strengthening the HQs It also really helps them get smarter with their feet. Annabelle used to be just awful with awareness of where her feet were, or any concept of how to adjust gait. She was pret...
by DJR
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question about Third Level Freestyle
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Question about Third Level Freestyle

FWIW I think you will get eliminated if you do full walk pirouettes as they are not found in any test at any level. You could avoid it by doing the half pirouette, clearly walk forward a few steps then do another one. It wouldn't be elimination, it would be a -4 deduction. At any rate, I've chosen ...
by DJR
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

piedmontfields, that property looks gorgeous. I've often thought of moving to the States, and specifically to TN. Maybe some day I will. For now I'm staying in Canada given the current politics. khall - I relate to the house woes. I'm in the midst of replacing the SECOND well's submersible pump afte...
by DJR
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 1854

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I use LY in some capacity probably half the time, and sometimes more. For my 7 yr old who has a weaker RH leg, I use LY more as a gymnastic, "physiotherapy" exercise (coupled with SI and travers in the appropriate directions) so I use it more often. I also have added it at the canter (head...
by DJR
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question about Third Level Freestyle
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Question about Third Level Freestyle

FYI, I'm in Canada. USDF and Dressage Canada use the same tests for the most part, but some rules are slightly different and some of the "forbidden" items do not appear on Cdn tests. On the third level test, it says that 1/2 turn on the haunches is clearly allowed. To further confuse thing...
by DJR
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question about Third Level Freestyle
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Question about Third Level Freestyle

Freestyle question: I’m preparing my first freestyle and I’m not sure about whether an element I’m considering is allowed. It’s a Third Level freestyle, and in the walk work I wanted to put in a full turn-on-the-haunches to the right, and repeat it to the left. Full, as in all the way around, 360 de...
by DJR
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

Panache (7 yr old Argentinian WBx gelding, schooling Second Level: Are you still planning on selling him? I'm wondering if he would be a prospect for Scruffy? Just a thought. Given his reactivity this past spring when I moved him to the indoor, scruffy didn’t think he’d be a good fit. He’s back to ...
by DJR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 15090

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

I’m going to have to adjust my goals as I just haven’t been able to ride as much as I’d have liked due to work & single-mom pressures. So, I’m going to keep my goals much less lofty in the hopes I can meet a few of them. For all ridden horses: ride each twice weekly. Jet (13 yr old Friesian/Perc...
by DJR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 19
Views: 778

Re: My hay delimma

I hope she gets better quickly. Colic is always scary. No advice for your hay situation, just lots of sympathy. And, I now feel even more fortunate that my hay guy is literally 4 km down the road from me and supplies me with delivered hay every year. This year I got about 2600 bales of quality 1st-c...
by DJR
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 17297

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

I have lost track of this thread. Llfe got chaotic for me and I wasn't even reading this board for awhile. So apologies if I've missed anything ... I'm sure I have. For the first time since Oct 2017, I showed Jet this past weekend. I rode Third-1 and Third-2. I was NOT happy with his warm-up as he w...

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