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by Ponichiwa
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better
Replies: 248
Views: 7200

Re: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better

Good news from Potters! Re: DR-- I've really liked riding for her. As above-- not generous, but she's consistent and rewards good work when it's shown. Good luck at the show, Tanga! Queso also had a saddle fitting in the last week or so (where does the time go?!) and between that and a slightly diff...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lets talk Double bridles
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: Lets talk Double bridles

The double is the right answer for some horses, absolutely. Not all, though. My FEI horse was DHH in a very stereotypical way: upright neck, hocks out behind, the whole works. Early on in his double-wearing career, if he hit the curb his neck would get about 2" long and miles high. So we rode i...
by Ponichiwa
Wed May 26, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better
Replies: 248
Views: 7200

Re: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better

Ranch Horse classes are no joke! I mean, I'd love to take a lot of those horses home. Lots of very solid training required, plus the mind to put up with the long day/different actiities. Sounds like Queso was worthy of a tiara for sure! You are so good at training your horses and I know you know th...
by Ponichiwa
Mon May 24, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better
Replies: 248
Views: 7200

Re: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better

Lots of great updates! I've been in a bit of a funk, which appears to be a cyclical pattern for me. Broke out of it long enough to ride in a "Ranch Horse show", which is basically breed-show classes where the horses move out a bit more than the western pleasure stereotype. While I had (com...
by Ponichiwa
Mon May 24, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hypermobility of joints
Replies: 13
Views: 708

Re: Hypermobility of joints

I also knew a Appendix gelding (7/8ths TB) and more than a few TBs with this issue, although they may have been induced by racing injuries. I've got a mare that has great pasterns with no signs of sagging, but who has told me repeatedly that she just does not want to be a riding horse. Might be some...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Just some ideas for the half pass that REALLY helped me. I explained this before, but it really fixed all of the issues I was having and has helped with everything. Everyone always tells you off the inside leg, and you can go circle HP circle, or HP, LY, HP. That's all fine, but it did not fix my m...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What do expect/ want to get out of lessons?
Replies: 20
Views: 1075

Re: What do expect/ want to get out of lessons?

Not every lesson is a breakthrough for me, but I do try to get stretched outside of my (and my horse's) comfort zone in each lesson. Not looking to be overloaded, but if we're not pushing a bit more past what I do on my own, I'm not really improving. I've spent big bucks on clinics with top trainers...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 50
Views: 4459

Re: What are you reading?

Reviving this thread with a couple fun nonfiction books I've read recently: A Libertarian Walks into a Bear -- looks at a libertarian takeover of a small NH town government, complete with sidebars into NH's libertarian past (and impacts on bears). Thought the author did a great job managing tone thr...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Oh no! Sue, so very sorry for your loss.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tesla's stops and spin outs
Replies: 98
Views: 4253

Re: Tesla's stops and spin outs

from my observation, and I realize you may feel differently, she is objecting to the leg. if you ask her to do something and she doesn't mind too much, she co operates , if she doesn't want to, she stops and swings her haunches at you. Agree with Chisamba. She's objecting to the leg and she's a bit...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dog people: Beagle/Beagle cross midwest connections?
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Dog people: Beagle/Beagle cross midwest connections?

If you are open to non-hound floppy-eared dogs who are basically uniformly sweet, shy, submissive, consider a pointer: http://www.pointerrescue.org/available.html p.s. Fenced yard is important 2nd the (well) fenced yard! My neighbor has one who is a bit of an escape artist and has bested every fenc...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Ponichiwa, I actually think a clinic after the show will be very useful! I'd be worried about a clinic just before a show unless it was someone I'd worked with a lot because sometimes a clinic can introduce new ideas or ways of working that take some time to set in. Sometimes right after a clinic t...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Interesting discussion re: resistance/tension vs. relaxation. It's been top of my mind this week. The weather has (knock wood) been absolutely lovely; even rarer, my work has been surprisingly well-behaved. As a result, Queso has been getting a lot of riding time. I've signed up for a schooling show...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pole Work/Gridwork/Cavaletti Challenge!
Replies: 35
Views: 2075

Re: Pole Work/Gridwork/Cavaletti Challenge!

Have had a couple cavaletti days this spring. Accidentally set a line too close together and ipso presto, baby passage. Not repeatable, but still adorable. Every time I lay out a grid (or, if I'm honest, ride something that someone else has already put up because I'm lazy about arena accoutrements),...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Lynx 2017 QH
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: Lynx 2017 QH

Queso is ranch-bred (mostly). Any racers in his pedigree are WAY back there-- 4+ generations away.

Edited to add-- and it shows! He's not a speedster.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Lynx 2017 QH
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: Lynx 2017 QH

April's right around the corner, thankfully. We also have a saddlefitter swinging through the area in about that time and I am counting down... except I have a sneaking suspicion that a new saddle is in my future given musculature changes to The Big Cheese. But enough about me. Have found that Queso...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warning: Mommy brags present
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Warning: Mommy brags present

What a great brag. Good to hear some good news! Engineer here (ME but currently in energy)-- there's a lot of really fun and exciting problems in the engineering world. I've got friends from my graduating class working in aerospace, automotive (mostly racing), power/energy, biomed, economics/statist...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Hurray Aleuronx! Quandary time here: we are having a string of exceptionally pleasant days, weather-wise, but because I've adopted a ride-every-day-you-can philosophy earlier in the week, Queso has worked 8 days in a row and is starting to look pretty tired. Would you: - Ride, but take it easy (trai...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Lynx 2017 QH
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: Lynx 2017 QH

Hurray! Excited to see you two get to know each other.
by Ponichiwa
Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Yikes. Healthy happy thoughts to all who need it. My last two weeks have been significantly less dramatic than those above. However, we are firmly in the flying-change-oh-you-mean-leaping-porpoise stage of installing changes on Queso. Going from his tougher direction (R) to easier (L), the changes a...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.
Replies: 242
Views: 12656

Re: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.

How exciting! I do think wine bath is just what the occasion calls for.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 15786

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Happy Time Change, everyone! May your seasonal depression be lifted and your afternoon/evening rides be bright. Off topic - Has anyone heard from Dresseur lately? Hope all is well with her and Miro. Having a good run of rides on Queso, which has enabled me to get into his canter mechanics a bit (vs ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Lynx 2017 QH
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: Lynx 2017 QH

I'm going to take a slightly different stance than the majority opinion... you've ridden him a couple times already, right? I don't see the harm in you keeping on keeping on and putting positive, happy rides on him while you wait for the right training spots to open up so long as you're confident in...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Godspeed, Beetle
Replies: 20
Views: 1580

Re: Godspeed, Beetle

So very sorry for your loss. It might be part of the gig when we bring dogs into our lives, but it always hurts so badly.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.
Replies: 242
Views: 12656

Re: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.

That guy looks like a great option-- how fun!
by Ponichiwa
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?
Replies: 433
Views: 22194

Re: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?

Ok I think he looks adorable-- and potentially fun. Fingers crossed for PPE!
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?
Replies: 433
Views: 22194

Re: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?

There is that personality type that expects to be screwed over and ends up screwing over other people preemptively... wonder if that's at play here. I empathize with not wanting your sales horse to turn into a free-lease via excessive trial rides, but $90/ride feels steep. Given any reasonable alte...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?
Replies: 433
Views: 22194

Re: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?

There is that personality type that expects to be screwed over and ends up screwing over other people preemptively... wonder if that's at play here. I empathize with not wanting your sales horse to turn into a free-lease via excessive trial rides, but $90/ride feels steep. Given any reasonable alter...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hard to sit trots
Replies: 54
Views: 3774

Re: Hard to sit trots

have you seen the De Kunffy ( are you ready for flying changes) thing going around face book? https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4042000292498195&id=177593622272234 Man. This reads like a classic case of "if you're not perfect, don't do it." Never mind that in order to get to...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Texas Friends - How You Doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 1443

Re: Texas Friends - How You Doing?

I'm not going to get into the grid situation, the immediate politicizing of our power sources, or how our current power distribution economy discourages long-term infrastructure investments-- because I'm still too grumpy about it. I'm in SE TX (near Houston). We didn't get near as cold as the Panhan...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 17236

Re: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress

Also have MI cred-- went to school in MI-- so I have the wardrobe to get through this weather. My house, unfortunately, doesn't. Thanks to 4d without power (in a house with electric heat), had several pipes in the attic burst despite having the water shut off at the main and drained via all the taps...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Scoring Discussion Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2664

Re: Scoring Discussion Thread

The trouble with the gait score is there's a lot of ways to get a 6/7. Ride the heck out of your ground-bound ex-pleasure horse? 6. Take all of the suspension out of your boingy young WB because that's really hard to sit? 6. The former is not what the gait score was intended to judge; the latter is....
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Guess the Score
Replies: 51
Views: 4502

Re: Guess the Score

tlkidding--For the GP, the piaffe is supposed to be 12-15 steps ON THE SPOT. The one meter allowed forward is in the I-2. The way that is scored (look at Wellington) is a LOT of BS. You see MANY GP horses doing 5/6 steps on the spot. You may already have read this/be familiar with this, but the FEI...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 17236

Re: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress

Mid-goals/progress check-in: have been on quarantine for the last week due to a COVID exposure in the household. I am slowly losing my mind.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Guess the Score
Replies: 51
Views: 4502

Re: Guess the Score

Here's my avg history to help solidify my membership in the Kelo Cookie Club: *squints* Hmmmm......yeah..... that'll do it, you can have a cookie, too. 8-) Heck, here have a second one, because it's all so annoying and honestly we deserve it :lol: Isn't it the worst? So close and yet so very very f...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Guess the Score
Replies: 51
Views: 4502

Re: Guess the Score

I've ridden a lot of 57 - 59% GP rides (just took a look at my score history and I had 7 out of 10 attempts in one year alone. Now wasn't that a fun walk down memory lane). Sometimes what you need is a judge that sees "ok" work as a 6 instead of 5.5-- makes all the difference. I'll also sa...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.
Replies: 242
Views: 12656

Re: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.

I will also say that in every price bracket there's going to be _something_ imperfect. It's just figuring out which imperfections you can live with that's the struggle.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.
Replies: 242
Views: 12656

Re: Moutaineer's horse shopping thread.

Other horse-shopping FYIs-- I'm suspicious every time the walk is shown only on a long rein. May be worth getting some collected walk video before traveling just to make sure the walk stays pure when compressed.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: DeKunffy definitely rode!
Replies: 38
Views: 2200

Re: DeKunffy definitely rode!

Very unrelated sidebar: I'm really glad the horse-going-down-a-really-steep-hill test of yore has all but disappeared nowadays. Whole lotta no-thanks. Example: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f6/6d/0f/f66d0f1a99b15ee1817ca172c6b74911.jpg There's one of those shots on CdK's page and it just gives me t...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: DeKunffy definitely rode!
Replies: 38
Views: 2200

Re: DeKunffy definitely rode!

The pictures cited are also on his website: https://www.charlesdekunffy.com/ -- in the home page and the biography page.

I've only ever seen the trot photo of him on the grey horse before.

Edited to fix broken link
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?
Replies: 433
Views: 22194

Re: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?

On the topic of cute mares, here's a 7yo RPSI mare for $6.5k in SD:
https://warmblood-sales.com/horse/sf-lady-luck
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?
Replies: 433
Views: 22194

Re: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?

Might be too far (OH?) but this is a cute 6yo Hann mare. I love Akzent II horses-- the ones I've known have had really fun brains. Listed at $15k.

https://warmblood-sales.com/horse/wroyal-kate-0
by Ponichiwa
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: When do you consider a horse dangerous?
Replies: 47
Views: 2923

Re: When do you consider a horse dangerous?

Oof that's tough. On the one hand, your friend is right: this horse does need to only be handled by extremely competent and experienced professionals. On the other, those unicorns of horse handling have to exist everywhere this horse will ever be-- all vet staff, all barn staff, for his entire life-...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 17236

Re: Re:

Also, we may need to start a gold horse or gold QH club because, as of a couple weeks ago, I'm eligible to be a member :mrgreen: I have acquired a 2yo gelding with a ton of chrome and he makes my heart go pitter pat. He seems to be a big ol' happy dope, and I can't wait to see where he goes. I don'...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 17236

Re:

Do you ever video your rides? I would love to see what another QH is doing under a more advanced rider. Finding footage of QHs doing 2nd/3rd decently is hard. I think they can do it, there just aren't that many trainers out there putting the time in to advance them. I am in a hate-the-way-I-look ru...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 17236

Re: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, especially those with rehab duties-- keep hanging in there. It'll get lighter outside eventually. Southern hemi folks: remind me not to complain about this weather when I'm sweating my brains out this summer. Queso and I are hanging in there. The changes I...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Robert Dover Clinic Can anyone hear it?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Robert Dover Clinic Can anyone hear it?

I will put my flame suit on, but I've audited a Robert Dover clinic and found it to be one of the worst clinics I've audited. Very little useful advice was given to the riders and horses. Blatant problems were ignored and the clinic mostly consisted of riders just going around doing their normal ri...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: To the US citizens from Georgia. You’re welcome!
Replies: 14
Views: 1528

Re: To the US citizens from Georgia. You’re welcome!

I've truly struggled to get focused on work over the last 10 days. There have been so many (SO SO MANY) breaches of norms, from the Raffensperger pressure phone call to a full-on coup attempt. Our institutions are lucky that this group is so ham-handed that all of their attempts to subvert democracy...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein Length
Replies: 93
Views: 7935

Re: Rein Length

(re)Learned that lesson the hard way yesterday-- had the short reins but not the throughness, and as a result neither Queso nor I felt good about the go-to-work portions of yesterday's ride. Horses are pretty good at humbling us. Chisamba and others have made this point a couple times: focusing only...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?
Replies: 433
Views: 22194

Re: Horse shopping, how did you know what you want?

They look long and (to my taste) drop low during what doesn't look like strenuous work. I bet his trot is very comfy to sit, but one of my sister's horses with similar conformation end up with dropped pasterns at a (relatively) young age (< 15yo), so I've got some sensitivity to it.

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