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by musical comedy
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Why Aren't You (g) In A Regular Lesson Program?
Replies: 72
Views: 7871

Why Aren't You (g) In A Regular Lesson Program?

Subject is self explanatory. Reading Piedmont's thread about JJ Tate riding several horses in the CDK clinic brought this to mind. Even the best riders work with clinicians. Even Olympians have a trainer or someone knowledgable looking at them frequently. Why then, do people that are much less accom...
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Notes from Charles de Kunffy Clinic: Training Principles
Replies: 10
Views: 1382

Re: Notes from Charles de Kunffy Clinic: Training Principles

Thank you Piedmont. You always to a stellar job with the notes.
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Initial notes from Charles de Kunffy clinic- The Rider's Seat
Replies: 15
Views: 1809

Re: Initial notes from Charles de Kunffy clinic- The Rider's Seat

I take it the clinic was focused on equitation and not on the training of the horse?
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Exercise >> Previcox
Replies: 49
Views: 7108

Re: Exercise >> Previcox

Oh poor Annabelle! Hey, I know when I fall, I can be sore for weeks. Why would a horse be any different. Tsavo, any chance your boy took a fall or went running around? Here's one link to a study they did on Pentosan at the Colorado Research Center. Dr. Wayne McIllwraith is involved in most of these ...
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Exercise >> Previcox
Replies: 49
Views: 7108

Re: Exercise >> Previcox

I suspect it depends on what causes the stiffness. If it is joints, then the Previcox works wonders, but old stiff muscles need motion to get elastic again. I would agree with this. Especially this is true with my horse's stiffness. He is such a big muscled guy. I spent some time investigating the ...
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Exercise >> Previcox
Replies: 49
Views: 7108

Re: Exercise >> Previcox

It's the rare occasion I ever used bute, but when I did I never noticed any kind of significant change. Does your horse get turn out during the week you were away? I'm one that thinks horses need to move every day, and I don't mean just standing in a field. Most horses on 24/7 turnout don't really m...
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Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Wondering about buying another pony....
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Wondering about buying another pony....

I have an appt to visit tomorrow but wondered if I have to ask that they do not work/ride the pony before I visit. I would like to feel his ride without someone previously working him if that makes sense. Has anyone made such a request? I was told that sometimes these sale barns will do that. I did...
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Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Wondering about buying another pony....
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Wondering about buying another pony....

This pony is almost under my nose so I don't see the harm in checking him out. I was just talking to my farrier about it - asking him if he thought I was insane. He said if it's what you like to do - why not. Live life. This is great because you can really check out his history. Probably you can fi...
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Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)
Replies: 22
Views: 2157

Re: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)

What do you think the purpose is for shifting the weight back? Do you think it is just a parlor trick to do just for the sake of doing it? For some it is just a parlor trick. I mean, for some getting a horse to piaffe is a goal, not whether it can do anything else well. I won't get into any discuss...
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Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Wondering about buying another pony....
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Wondering about buying another pony....

I'm probably going through mental-pause again. I started out watching the videos for the riders as I like watching the riding. Also, to observe ones that I did not care for to learn what would I do in that situation. Then I got diverted when I would see an advertisement that appealed to me. . I don...
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Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Yes, I've been told its ok to jump up to 1 metre in a dressage saddle and only then it's really for the rider. I'm curious as to who is the authority that decides whether a dressage saddle makes a horse uncomfortable jumping? I mean..have there been studies on this. Anyway, Bliss is over-jumping an...
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Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Wondering about buying another pony....
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Wondering about buying another pony....

Josette, if it's not too personal, what happened with your urinary issues. You can PM if you want or just ignore. I am still having urinary problems. I won't bore the board with the details. I have also noticed that the good horses sell quickly. One has to act very fast. I've noticed that when the F...
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Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Wondering about buying another pony....
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Wondering about buying another pony....

Being that I'm in a similar situation, but much older, I'm not the best to advise. I'm a glass half empty person, but most here know that. Ok...I'm going to ramble, so bear with it. Everytime I bought a horse (and there have been several), I wanted to buy a horse. For me personally, that is why I ha...
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Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: new horses updates and intros
Replies: 10
Views: 1251

Re: new horses updates and intros

In order to see the links, click on the quote function of her post as if you were going to reply. Better yet, read her post on the "tell us about you" thread at the top of this forum.
by musical comedy
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: new horses updates and intros
Replies: 10
Views: 1251

Re: new horses updates and intros

Linden, the forum image function doesn't work with instagram. It had to be a jpeg I think.
I saw them on instagram. Nice.
Didn't you buy more than one? Gee, it seems like such a long time ago that you told us about them and she just arrived.
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Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Rosie, he is a SUPER jumper!!! Wow, up, tight, even knees and a bascule over the back. My goodness, maybe you are in the wrong discipline. :D I had no idea you jumped. Now I will agree that jumping is fun, when you have the right horse. OMG...just looked again and you are in a dressage saddle to boo...
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Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Wow this thread exploded. We spent a week camping in New Hampshire, but now I'm back at it. I think this video shows some progress over the last one I posted... I know it's not perfect but I think the connection has improved somewhat, the SI looks a bit more steady, and the transitions are a bit be...
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Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)
Replies: 22
Views: 2157

Re: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)

I've been watching a lot of dressage from Aachen the last few days, and there are not many good piaffes in my limited understanding/opinion. A lot look like they are passaging in place, or that people don't seem to think that a good piaffe is necessary for GP anymore? I get it that some horses are ...
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

I rode in a 3 day cdk clinic way back in the early 90's when I was eventing. Then, I was not dressage educated at all. He had most of us leaning way back so as to get on our seat bones. Unfortunately, he didn't pay attention or mention that the upper body is not supposed to stay like that. As I wrot...
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)
Replies: 22
Views: 2157

Re: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)

Galopp, that record is so broken.
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)
Replies: 22
Views: 2157

Re: Force Plate studies (p/p/collection)

In any case, I am one who thinks that in the piaffe/passage, Gal's horse is not really taking weight behind, as evidenced by the bouncing croup. I won't say that he's on the forehand, but he's also not, in those movements, collected in such a way that he can levade. I would agree. However. this sub...
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

Wanless' bearing down changed my riding. To me it is about positive muscle tension. I was riding with too much give in the body. To me it's about being responsible for my own body weight at all times. Because I have "fluffy" thighs I really have to keep more tone there. It helped me too. ...
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

What I believe has all been confirmed using force plate studies Okay I think I see where you might be jumping the tracks. Can you please post the force plate citations? Maybe that could be another thread so as not to take this one off course. Kande is focusing mostly on piaffe. Hilary Clayton is do...
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

ok, I found it on DeKunffy's facebook page. I do not like DeKunffy's upper body position while moving. It's looks good here in the standing photo, but he is one with reins in his lap and leaning back most of the time. Observe the posture and positioning of the rider, myself, while in 'casual' conver...
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

I have never connected with the flatten the shoulder blade idea because as far as I know, everyone's should blades are always flat to the body all the time unless they have a winged scapula or some orthopedic pathology. ??? not sure on that one... .... but I make more "space" between the ...
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

Tsavo, does shoulders back mean to flatten the shoulder blades? . When you have flat shoulder blades, whether they are up or down, doesn't it bring the elbows too far back? I really do not like the elbows behind the hip and the hands behind the pommel.
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Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

And another thing. Did a training ride in the double with Kiwi the other day. Maiden voyage of actually doing work in the double instead of just cruising around the fields allowing her to get used to the idea of lots of metal in her mouth. I'm using a very short-shanked curb and minimal curb contac...
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Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

If you tried to ride movements of a test, you can easily see whether you have enough collection or not. If you are too strung out and on the forehand, you cannot successfuly do, for example, an 8m circle. (unless you are on a pony or something). Same goes for all the movements. They come up faster ...
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Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

I don't think that tracking up is a true measure either. And I did shift my language to discuss the hind legs coming under the body to bear more weight because a lot of people on the old board would scratch their heads when I talked about the flexion of the LS joint. But absolutely, any part of the...
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Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

This is from the USDF. I've probably put this up before many times in the past on udbb and other places. There continue to be people that still think that 'coming under/reach'' is engagement or collection. There have been differences of opinion, on these boards, about whether collected trot tracks u...
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Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

First off, words do matter. Understanding the meaning of a word, and using it appropriately is the way to communicate, if you have no desire to communicate why are you even on a bulletin board? I agree words matter, but here on this thread we are talking about 'our' personal techniques/gimmicks tha...
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

^^ I am NOT following that....ugggghhh ok, here it goes....sigh. Look my horse can walk in a straight line- LOL https://youtu.be/mU4nR_o3_A4 for me this is definite progress and shows more deliberate steps, and better articulation of the shoulder. The walk is great. I'd like to have it. However, yo...
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

The training horses - a lot of it depends on gaits - some are smoother than others, some, as I just mentioned, rearrange your back and are physical rides because they tend to hover in the gaits. You don't have as much power to manage, and the balance isn't as critical (you are not doing piris for i...
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

MC you are right that M. Wanless advocates the bearing down and that reminds me that this bearing down is what she claims all elite riders are doing despite the fact that some may deny they are doing it. Right. I don't think a lot of riders really are aware of what they are doing or can explain it....
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Senior progress thread?
Replies: 262
Views: 33906

Re: Senior progress thread?

Kyra has had very few consecutive rides for a couple years now. My butt just couldn't tolerate it and still can't. For the puttering around I do, she seems fit enough. She is out 24/7. She doesn't have a ton of space but can move at will and I thoroughly believe it makes them much less prone to inj...
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

I tend to slump at my waist to absorb the motion in sitting trot etc, the "boards" keep me strong. This one may have been mentioned here?? (Dresseur maybe??) Dressuer's trainer "a waist is not a joint". Well that's true, but another positive change I've made comes from Wanless. ...
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!
Replies: 75
Views: 7482

Re: "Gimmicks", "Techniques" and "Secrets of Riding" That Have Changed Your life!

I've already mentioned my lordosis (and I have even more conformation faults). My natural position would look something like this. http://fourplustwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/anterior-pelvis-230x300.jpg To remedy this, I have to lean way back to make sure I am sitting on my seat bones. Init...
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

(a good month to me is 20 rides. July was 18, but I traveled too much.) 20 rides IS a good amount. What I do is print out a calendar and just circle the days I rode in red. Before my layup I kept a daily journal. Now don't laugh or roll eyes, but I have to track my rides and other things because my...
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I think we need another thread on "gimmicks" "techniques" or what I like to call "secrets of riding." :D I was going to suggest we have a spin-off thread so as not to take the progress thread off course. What should we call it? I discovered a 'gimmick' just today in my...
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Undies....
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

Re: Undies....

I've never had that problem but I don't have a narrow twist saddle. I ride in cotton jockey high cut.
I'm interested in what saddle you bought and what problems it fixed.
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

StraighForward, which one is AnnaBelle? Is that one you bought at as 2 year old? If so, is she back from the trainer now and with you?
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Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

MC you've ridden to GP (or close to it) I think? No, only a poor psg. I've never ridden a piaffe/passage except for the feeling one gets when a ground person is tapping from behind. That actually felt easy to sit. I find my better trained horse easier to ride (medium level) than the prelim one. Thi...
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Over the years, I have probably posted this quote from Harry Boldt 3-4 times. So, I'm going to post it again, because I believe it. If you're not a Boldt fan, then just ignore. When you want to be a really good strong Grand Prix rider you should work every day with two to three horses to have the fi...
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I disagree even with elite riders if they say riding is a very demanding/physical sport (assuming you are in shape). Compared to my gym workouts which I choose to take to the edge of exhaustion for other health reasons, I told my trainer I can't even count riding as exercise even though I ride 5 da...
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

With respect to the shoulders being back (and down), if one has lordosis and a dowager hump like me, it is counter-productive; just hollows the back more.
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I don't like the lack of control when being lunged. I mean the loss of having reins and being dependent on the lunger. I suppose it is a trust issue, more of the lunger than of the horse. It's just that horse can for any reason misbehave, I feel I can control that better with my reins than a lunger ...
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I can't stay on my horse with a saddle, no thanks to the bareback :) I find I also get sloppy when I ride bareback, the balance is different. JMHO :lol: You're probably kidding, but I truly need that saddle and stirrups. For one thing, I could not even get on my horse bareback. I rode bareback once...
by musical comedy
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I've thought about getting a nice fancy trained WB (or I'd really like a lusitano) but reality is I can't afford it and you really do have to be a good enough rider to ride the bloody thing! :D Baloney! I don't give out compliments unless I really mean them, and Ding is one fine horse! I would love...
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Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I may be misunderstanding slightly because I think this balance issue is related to position... Or are you saying balance of the horse must be given priority? (If so, yes, I agree, even if my position is very good - if I can't affect the balance of the horse, tough shit for me :lol: I was trying to...
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Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 38235

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I have over this past decade realized that balance of the rider, balancing the horse and balance in life is the element from which most positive progress emanates. It is simple, but acquiring it can be less simple. Is it forward into contact, is it posture before forward, If you have better balance...

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