Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

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Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Postby Dresseur » Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:12 pm

Just like that, we have our 2nd level MFS scores...
He won the first class with a whopping 73% last Saturday, and then yesterday, we trailered to a small show where due to my crazy work schedule and sleep deprived brain, I managed to get lost in my choreo and missed a movement. Very costly error -but we still got the score I needed with a comfortable 67%.

We show again on Saturday - I just need ONE 3rd level MFS score, so, fingers crossed. Because I haven't even done a run through yet. Sigh.

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Postby exvet » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:37 am

Super Dresseur! Fingers are crossed for Saturday.

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Postby chantal » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:30 pm

Rye you look great! And congrats Dresseur! So exciting... wishing you the best.

A few pics from my lesson yesterday, DH gets bored so I have a photographer once in a while. Plus he has to check on his pony. :lol: It was sooooooo stinkin' hot, I was back in bed by 11:15 for a nap.

Working on 15 meter circles and changing the bend and keeping my hands (and elbows, ack!) where they should be. And then there's the gripping with the knees.
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Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Postby piedmontfields » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:40 pm

So many great updates, people. Can't wait to see the new horses in the crowd.
And I love the chestnut, spotty and pinoto horse photos. Seems like a theme :-)

Big congratulations to Dresseur, too!

I think Emi is on the same silliness track that seems to be inspiring Laddie. But I apparently still have a seat :lol: It delights me to see her so full of it.

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Postby demi » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:28 pm

Congratulations! Dresseur and Miro. How exciting! I won’t bug you for pics or videos because you’re so busy right now. But someday would love to see vid of the freestyles. I hope you can get some sleep before Saturday.

Rye, sorry about calling Riot a half arab! Actually, I know he’s 7/8s but when I was young and Arabs were very popular, the shows grouped all partbreds under “half Arab”. I always just refer to partbreds as half. Almost 50 years ago (yikes) I had a half arab half QH that I showed a little at Arab shows. In the “English Eq” class he would often get first place, but then in the English pleasure class against the very same horses, he never won. I always suspected it was because the winners were almost pure bred (even tho they were classed as half) and they had the movement the judges were looking for.

Chantal, very nice pictures! I especially like the last one.

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Postby exvet » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:30 pm

I really do love your horse's bearing and carriage Chantal. I also love the expression on his face in the third picture. His one ear cocked towards and listening to you while he seems focused on going forward and delivering on the request, really nice.

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Postby demi » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:48 pm

We had a brief break in the weather earlier this week but it’s right back up to mid-high 90s with 80% humidity. I’m lucky to get 3 days a week of mostly walk. I haven’t been able to video anything worth sending to my trainer for comments.

I am thinking about going to a schooling show Sept 12. But just thinking about it makes me nervous. I keep coming up with all these excuses. It will be hot for the rest of this month so I won’t get much practice before the show. Rocky has never shown. I’ve only shown dressage less than 20 times and that was mostly over 20 years ago. I wonder what will be going on with Covid 19 in another month.

Ok, sitting here typing this out, I came up with an idea. I’ll video another test and send it to one of the virtual dressage sites. I’ll pick a rated judge and if the score is acceptable, I’ll do a real show....maybe.

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Postby Ryeissa » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:00 pm

demi wrote:Congratulations! Dresseur and Miro. How exciting! I won’t bug you for pics or videos because you’re so busy right now. But someday would love to see vid of the freestyles. I hope you can get some sleep before Saturday.

Rye, sorry about calling Riot a half arab! Actually, I know he’s 7/8s but when I was young and Arabs were very popular, the shows grouped all partbreds under “half Arab”. I always just refer to partbreds as half. Almost 50 years ago (yikes) I had a half arab half QH that I showed a little at Arab shows. In the “English Eq” class he would often get first place, but then in the English pleasure class against the very same horses, he never won. I always suspected it was because the winners were almost pure bred (even tho they were classed as half) and they had the movement the judges were looking for.

Chantal, very nice pictures! I especially like the last one.



no problem, no one really knows what he is :) so I wanted to clarify. the spots and his movement really throw people off.

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Postby chantal » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:11 pm

Thank you demi! Now if I could just get that darned elbow to stay in at my hip, but that's just one of the issues we are working on :lol:

exvet wrote:I really do love your horse's bearing and carriage Chantal. I also love the expression on his face in the third picture. His one ear cocked towards and listening to you while he seems focused on going forward and delivering on the request, really nice.


Thank you exvet. :D Obviously these are the best moments in time, we are working on consistency. He's very willing and happy and we are working to keep it that way. Yesterday was a bit frustrating but good to work through. I don't know if it was the heat or getting him honestly off my inside leg or my hands or outside shoulder not coming around or my pinched up knee or choose anything... If I'm not correct, he's not, go figure. What was it you said about holding yourself up?? :lol: I know it was for changes which we are a far way from, but in time. I was completely exhausted after my lesson, granted it was 90 at 10 am so there's that.

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Postby exvet » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:36 pm

Oh Chantal et al, I can commiserate with everyone else on the heat. Today was 'spa' day for everyone. It's dangerously hot here and Ace decided not to eat all his grain. He's eating hay and passing manure with a normal, albeit high normal body temp; so, I'm not going to panic yet. Still I decided that everyone was going to get a bath and have their manes and tails 'done'. I think they rather enjoyed it for the most part. I also felt it best to contact the breeder of my new horse and re-schedule his pick up for next Sunday (another week) instead of this Sunday. The weather forecast indicates that highs will be 116 today and tomorrow and then drop to 112 on Sunday. I'm concerned the new guy who is from the North country (so typically 10=15 degrees cooler during the day and even more at night) would not do well with the sweltering 'cool down'. Add to that the chance for a break down or back up on a highway well known for weekend congestion (even during these covid times) with a horse that has never hauled just seemed like a 'here's your sign, red neck act' that would be better to push off to a time with better odds for success. So pictures of the new guy, Brandon, will definitely have to wait for another week.....darn!

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Postby chantal » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:09 pm

Oh, jingles for Ace to behave and eat and poop. Great spa day! Wise decision on your part to wait a week. I guess we'll believe you, but know we'll be posting up a storm beleaguering you for pics of Brandon :lol:

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Postby Aleuronx » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:12 pm

Wow, so much amazing progress and cool things happening to all! Great job everyone and can't wait to see the new additions.

I've just been plugging along with my homework with Kora interspersed with field play times and barn mate hacks. We're about due for a next steps lesson but I'm punting this weekend to spend some time with hubby. Will try and organize a lesson next weekend maybe.

I had a really encouraging ride with lots of others (and by lots I mean 2 others since Covid barn slots) one day this week where she mostly kept her collective #@$% together and managed to focus the best she's been in a long time. So progress there maybe? I also had our first ride in the indoor arena due to rain since, I dunno March? It was good to see at the trot what is happening with the hind legs. When the contact is good you can see where it wouldn't take much for the hind legs to overpower into the front and then they do. :lol:

In bad/good news I got ditched by my farrier of 14 years. He was tricky to schedule last time and didn't leave a future date which is SUPER unlike him. After much text chasing which is also unlike him I finally gave him ultimatum that if he wasn't going to continue on to just let me know so I can get her done elsewhere. He finally responded to that with the typical "not enough horses in the area to come out for me". So whatever. It's disappointing as we've always had a great relationship prior but so be it.

Good news is I got a recommendation from a friend and connected with new farrier who was able to come out and trim her and the feet look great. Kora has pretty good feet but they were 7 weeks at that point and looking quite ragged. Plus she was super easy to talk to about left front leg that paddles and was very attentive to that. So maybe I won't have to kiss any frogs? After 14 years with a farrier I was least looking forward to that so bonus.

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Postby Moutaineer » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:02 pm

Ugh, the farrier thing... why is it so hard for them to tell you in a timely manner that they want to end the relationship rather than wait until they are supposed to be there so you end up scrambling to get a replacement with a set of feet like a walking horse? My last one ghosted me by not showing up to a pre-set appointment with 4 horses to get done after a 15-year relationship. Unkind to humans and animals! However, my current one is frankly a much better farrier.

Good lesson yesterday, albeit ridiculously hot. We worked on half passes, trot and canter, which worked really rather well. One direction is better than the other, but we are getting there. It's all in the set-up (what isn't, when it comes down to it?) I'm pretty thrilled with the big doofus, and he didn't try any acrobatics yesterday, either.

Day off today. I felt a little weird after riding in yesterday's heat, so I'm not pushing my luck and am hiding out in the AC hydrating like mad. I reckon if I don't feel so great, then Laddie could probably use the break today as well.

Chantal, such a handsome horse!

Dresseur, congrats!

Demi, no shows for me this year, nothing local and I don't feel like traveling.

Rye, looking good!

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Postby Dresseur » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:32 pm

Pictures! Well, some lol
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Is that an actual smile in the show ring??
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Postby Dresseur » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:34 pm

And because I LOVE this coat...
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Postby StraightForward » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:27 am

Gorgeous pics, Dresser! Congrats on the great scores.

Chantal, Mikey looks like he's coming along nicely. I have a wandering right arm, some I can commiserate. Actually, I sort of scrunch up my right shoulder and try to fake the connection. Annoying!

No more rides on Tesla this week. Thunderstorms and heat (after dinner is the only suitable time for these first rides). The heat should break ononday, so hopefully we can get back at it. Annabelle out there s morning and had a great ride. The SI, HI and W/C transitions are all there when her energy is up. LY left is still wonky but the crossing is s there.
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Postby chantal » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:50 am

Dresseur, you guys look great. My favorite is the smile, wow! And yes, the coat is great.

Thank you StraightForward, he is coming along. We have a long way but the journey is fun. That wandering elbow has been a long time in the making, sigh, among other things. Meh, works in progress I guess. :lol:

And thanks Moutaineer, I'm a little in love with my guy. He's a sweetie pie too, just a love bug. Cracks me up. Such a good work ethic. I can't believe he owns me. :D

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Postby Chisamba » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:39 am

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I know it is a few months off but every year I have a little diatribe against no stirrup november. I do appreciate that no stirrup work improves leg fitness and balance but recommended doing it once every couple of week all year. Why? because removing definitely impacts the horses back in a negative way. what is good for the rider is not always good for the horse
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Postby demi » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:01 pm

Pictures, Yay!! Thanks Dresseur and Chisamba.

Miro looks fabulous. That canter! You look great too, Dresseur, and the jacket is classy. I think of the picture you posted of you hand walking baby Miro in a stream and am so enjoying how far you’ve both come.

I dont even want to think about how long its been since I’ve ridden without stirrups. It would be good for me to spend at least a few minutes without them once in a while. Thanks for the idea, Chisamba.

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Postby exvet » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:07 pm

What great pictures! helps get the morning off to a fun start, thank you! Ace is back to eating despite the same unrelenting heat; so, I'm breathing a little sigh of relief. I think it will be another 'spa' day today. Really too hot for anything else.

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Postby Dresseur » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:59 pm

Today we earned the final score, and our bronze bar with a 75.6% :D
He got creative in warm up, so I had to ride his butt of, and we did leave points on the floor, but I’m so happy with the boy!!! On to FEI!!!
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Postby Tanga » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:31 am

Nice, Dresseur!

We ventured to a show for the first time since March. I was whining about getting up early, but with four FEI rides, it was a good thing. My younger one I did PSG and I-1 and she was pretty solid in both and got 63 and 64 %. (We always get higher in the second test because we're both more relaxed. The older one I did I-2 and GP. The I-2 she uncharacteristically broke in the ext trot, but did great. 63%. Our one tempis have been a problem because she wants to be late right hind. So I didn't worry about it and focused on quite, up and forward and with one late change still got a 6.5. For the GP she was great, but I got confused, went off course, then did it again, and then again, and thankfully the judge eliminated me. It was all my fault and I don't have a bad score on the record for me losing my brain. I think if I had stayed on course we could have easily gotten over 60%. Cool. I'm going back tomorrow to scribe for him--Mike Osinski. I learn a lot.

And I took the plunge and bought boot crowns so my boots are higher! I'm so glad I did. $130 seems a lot, but it's not, and WAY cheaper than new boots. Here are pictures! They have flashy ones which aren't my style, so I went with the stitched black leather which kind of match my boots and black crystals. I definitely recommend her. She answered all of my questions and I got them within four days. And 100% moneyback guarantee. https://bootcrowns.net/

And I always win a bunch of SWANA awards (Swedish) because I have two horses and am often the only one, or one of a few in the levels, so this year she got the Swedes to send me some other stuff, including a blue and gold browband (their colors) so I put that on them, too. I'm not a big blingy person, so this is big for me.

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Postby exvet » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:49 am

Boy, I can't get enough of the pictures. Congrats Dresseur and Tanga! All of you - two-legged and four-legged look great. Must be cooler where you guys are ;)

I ended up working Junior in hand this morning since it was a wee bit cooler than yesterday.....I just came in from cleaning the turnout and checking water and it was still 100 in the barn which is better than yesterday evening at this time (it was 108). I just might get to ride in the morning if the temps dip below 90 over night. Amazing the things that we must wish for LOL.

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Postby Hot4Spots » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:48 am

Nice pics Tanga. Love the boot tops. You know me, I'm all for bling! I like Osinski. When Mark lost his mind at RAAC, I had a post-meltdown ride in front of him and got a decent score and won the class. Made me feel better. :D Now we're just hoping to stay sound (enough - both of us!) to eventually do a Century ride. Only 4.5+ years to go! :lol:

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Postby Kyra's Mom » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:33 am

Wow...everyone looks so good :mrgreen: .

Kyra and I keep plugging along. I need to get one of those tracking robots so I can video her work and post pictures. For the most part her work feels great. I am going to be looking at the Pivo in the near future after I work a couple of shifts to give me some play money. Although retired, I went back what they call PRN (as needed) a day a week or so but COVID killed that. I worked January-mid March then had 4 months off. It is still going to be hit or miss but as of today, I am on Medicare and I won't be paying $$$$ for COBRA insurance anymore. I can get back to buying horse stuff :lol: . That and the fact that I have ridden for 4 straight months now :mrgreen: . That hasn't happened in about 6 years due to all my infirmities. I hope, nay I KNOW I can keep it up.

She is going so well. The new hay she is on seems to have helped her energy. The other day I let her have a leisurely warm up on a longish rein then asked her to put herself together and maintain it. I got some lovely SI in trot and in canter put her on a big circle and played with forward and back. Other than her getting behind the leg the first time I asked for a bit of collection (both directions), she did it beautifully including a nice canter-walk at the end of the sets. The previous work had been a bit fussy mouthed but I think that was mostly me. I traded the reins out on my bridle and the reins I put on it have stops on them. I am not a fan of stops but they were the only calf-skin reins I could find at the time. Since I wasn't used to them, I was doing a lot of experimenting with length and I don't think that helped the cause. Thursday was much better.

We have been in the 100's here for the last 3 days. Yes, it is a dry heat but I still don't like it and it gives me a headache. Today, I just didn't feel like doing WORK as in trot and canter so we headed to the track and did some laps. I think with the ride over and the actual work we did about 3 miles. I warmed her up for a mile with a stretched forward walk. She maintained it herself and was overtracking a good 4-6 inches 8-) . Then for the next mile (I think each lap is 0.2 miles) we did lateral work alternating directions so she got worked on each rein. I did one lap of LY zig-zags getting about 3 on each quarter of the track. Then we did volte to half-pass, change bend and rinse, repeat the other direction. I did a lap each way of SI alternating with renver. Her changes of bend were pretty seamless and we finished up with volte to HI. So even though we never got out of walk, I think she had a pretty good workout.

Happy riding all. So happy to see everybody having fun and enjoying their critters. Hot4Spots..I only have 8.5 years to wait for the century ride. Make that 9 years because 8.5 puts us dead winter and we don't have any shows then.

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Postby StraightForward » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:47 pm

Wow Dresseur, you must be over the moon with that score and your bronze bar!

Kyra's Mom wrote:I need to get one of those tracking robots so I can video her work and post pictures.


Have you looked at the Pivo that works with a smartphone? You need to get one so I can try it. :lol: I've been thinking of getting one in a couple months so I can video indoors this winter. They're cheap compared to the Pixio and SoloShot.
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Postby demi » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:59 pm

Kyra’s mom, I think you’ll really enjoy being able to video your work. There was a learning curve for me, but once I got the hang of it I started using it all the time. The Pivo sounds easier to use. I read that the best way to use Pivo was to place it in the center of the arena. I’m still really happy with my soloshot3 25 optic. The soloshot has functioned with only a couple of problems, but if (when) it stops working I will check into the Pivo.

Oh, and it took some getting used to seeing myself. I had to get over that!

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Postby blob » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:01 pm

Congrats to Dressuer and Tanga! Great pictures and great results. Tanga, I don't know how you do 4 FEI tests, I'm exhausted just THINKING about it.

Chisamba & Chantal, great to see your pictures and progress as well!

Everyone is looking good and seems to be making good use of this summer of seclusion. I can't believe we're already done with July.

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Postby demi » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:05 pm

Congratulations Tanga!! Nice pictures, and your boots look nice! Quinn has such lovely long legs. My mare would look like a chihuahua next to her :lol:

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Postby Flight » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:06 pm

I'm behind on commenting on everyone's posts but I LOVE all the photos!! Everyone is looking fantastic.
Congrats Dresseur for getting your scores for your bronze. I love how that's what you wanted to do so you've just gone and done it! Big achievement especially with a young horse that had that time of uncertainty with his lameness.
Chisamba, you are looking fit too. I might have to ask you for some food ideas, I'm currently the biggest I have ever been and I don't know if it's an age thing but it doesn't come off as easily as it used to do.

I've been working on Ding's changes to get them straighter so I can have more even changes. I had to be more active in getting them straight, like bigger corrections between them and waiting for it to feel right before asking the next change. Sometimes I ride too vague hoping that it will correct itself, but I 'm not skilled enough to be that tactful - poor horses!
He was going great yesterday so I just asked for some ones and he did them! Not as pretty as I would like, but maybe in another 12 months or so they could be.
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Postby Tanga » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:01 am

Blob--Doing four FEI tests is getting a bit much for me, but as long as I can stay on the horses and go right from one test to the other, it's OK. It also helps if I ride Quinn first because even at her best it's like sitting on a rowing machine. Quilla is much easier to ride, even in the GP. I just need to remember the tests! I got mixed up with when the extended canter comes in! I'm glad I did them in the morning, though, because it was much cooler. The other two people who rode the GP did it again today, when I scribed, and I wish I could have remembered the test! We would easily have beat them, I think, and gotten 62/63 I'm pretty sure.

demi--Quinn's legs don't normally look that long. It's a weird picture. She's',ahem, looking a little porky these days and looks more like a sausage with small legs!

Hot4spots Well, you aren't the only one losing their mind. There were horses doing some of that yesterday and today. It was interesting scribing for him, which I haven't done before.

For entertainment, I actually had someone video who did a good job. It's interesting looking at my tests and the comments and comparing it what I wrote and saw all day. We have to remember how tedious judging can be and we all get into habits of using the same comments for everything, so not to take it too personally or misunderstand. No matter what, it's all about more impulsion and connection
Quilla I-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn37fFNjZ8w GP before I kept getting lost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2S9FdXT-WQ I actually got a 7 for the extended trot! It's interesting he stopped me at the end of the canter half passes. We were doing it, but I'm glad, as two errors would have dropped the score very low.
Quinn PSG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KqlBvV8TvA Interesting he marked me down for doing steeper half passes.

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Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Postby Tanga » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:01 am

It won't allow me to put in three URL's, so here's Quinn's I-1 I-1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtWC_ihr3jM

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Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Postby Dresseur » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:31 am

Flight, I'd be pretty damn happy with that attempt at the 1's. Tanga, thank you for sharing your vids! I hear you about the comments and what you hear/learn with scribing.

https://youtu.be/7alE4_hlOpM
I wanted to share M's 3rd level MFS. It's not perfect and we left some percentage points on the table, but overall, I hit the choreo and music (minus an errant circle that caused a little bit of a ugly moment). It's funny, because I felt like there were so many bobbles that you can barely see. I will say overall, I want to get his neck more open in the show ring. I feel as though he's a bit low/closed and he's not in regular schooling, so between his tension and mine, I'm not happy with the shape. I also think i'm trying for too much of a fine point on the transitions, which are making them a bit abrupt. But, the way he sits down in the md trot to walk.. that's going to be a highlight for him in the I1.

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Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Postby Tanga » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:05 am

Dresseur That's my thing, too! I've started my last three freestyles at the walk because the music worked that way, it gets it out of the way, and I think they're better there. During the freestyle symposium here with Janet Foy and Terry Ciotto Gallo, they were saying, that's blah--start out with a bang, so I was thinking of changing it. I like the canter half pass, circle, half pass movement.

Some feedback, just a thought. I sort of consider myself a freestyle expert. I don't think the canter music helps him, especially the first one. Neither pieces of music I think show his gaits. I think the trot music is cute and fits him and the attitude.


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