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    Gorgeous setting! Lovely horses! Noble sentiment...

    Gorgeous setting! Lovely horses! Noble sentiment and nice costumes but the work is too ‘front to back’/’on the forehand’ to be considered classical.
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    A good contact is based in a resting seat. From...

    A good contact is based in a resting seat. From there, a raised rig cage, hanging shoulder, vertical upper arm, heavy, bent, pointy elbow and vertical hands that offer a following contact.

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    A horse will automatically reach forward and down...

    A horse will automatically reach forward and down with its head and neck as natural response to improved rhythm, alignment, energy flow and relaxation.

    Channeling the energy so that it flows...
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    Way back when, a photo of Rembrandt under saddle...

    Way back when, a photo of Rembrandt under saddle and drawings of horses under saddle were used to illustrate DAP in various articles.

    At this point the idea that DAP is an indication of...
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    I don’t think the problem is that the term “DAP”...

    I don’t think the problem is that the term “DAP” has been distorted or applied incorrectly. DAP is simply the term used to describe the asynchrony. I think the problem is the faulty premise that DAP...
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    Horses that DAP naturally lack pure, fluid...

    Horses that DAP naturally lack pure, fluid movement. They may indeed carry more weight behind during the touch down phase of the trot stride (since the hind hoof is the only hoof making contact with...
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    In this photo of a horse in a later stage of a...

    In this photo of a horse in a later stage of a stride with “positive DAP”, http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/u...e/IMGP0345.jpg , the hind hoof is leaving the ground while the forefoot is fully...
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    Thanks for the replies. I'll put a series of...

    Thanks for the replies. I'll put a series of "0-DAP" photos together. It'll probably be a couple of days before it's on my website.

    In the mean time, there is video of Olympic riders whose horses...
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    Granada wrote: I agree with you, Granada, that...

    Granada wrote:

    I agree with you, Granada, that I don’t think your horse is backward. He does look like he has good energy.

    What I meant by “backwardness/downwardness of the contact” was that...
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    A hind hoof hitting the ground before its fore...

    A hind hoof hitting the ground before its fore hoof is usually caused by constraint and imbalance.

    In this photo, http://gallery.me.com/fjkruger#10037...&bgcolor=black , the...
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    I don’t know about love or shame but horses...

    I don’t know about love or shame but horses obviously have deep affection for fellow herd members. Ambrey, you’ve never seen an angry horse?! Or a jealous horse?!
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    Horses desire comfort and they fear (or are at...

    Horses desire comfort and they fear (or are at least annoyed by) discomfort.

    There is no question that horses experience desire, fear, annoyance, anxiety, anger, boredom, surprise, etc…
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    Quest52 wrote: Positive reinforcement...

    Quest52 wrote:

    Positive reinforcement (reward) works because animals experience desire.

    Negative reinforcement (discomfort) works because animals experience annoyance.

    Positive punishment...
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    It’s not anthropomorphizing to acknowledge the...

    It’s not anthropomorphizing to acknowledge the fact that horses do have emotions.

    If horses had no emotions they would be unteachable.
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    Carol O wrote: We ride in dressage saddles. We...

    Carol O wrote:

    We ride in dressage saddles. We use leather reins. We wear tall boots. We wear gloves. We carry a whip and wear spurs. That’s about all I can think of at this point.
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    The upper arm should hang vertically at the...

    The upper arm should hang vertically at the rider's sides and the hand is carried on the straight line that runs from the bit to the ride’s heavy, bent, pointy elbow.
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    Fixerupper wrote: From the USDF Glossary of...

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    From the USDF Glossary of Judging Terms
    “Suspension
    The moment or phase of the trot or canter in which the horse has no feet on the ground.”

    From the Global Dressage Forum...
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    Were you thinking of Dr. Hölmstrom? Some...

    Were you thinking of Dr. Hölmstrom?

    Some horses can create the illusion of suspension, as you describe, but the illusion of suspension is not the same as real suspension, where the horse has no...
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    slc2 wrote: You won’t see suspension in just...

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    You won’t see suspension in just any old video of any old piaffe.

    Watch the best segments of the best piaffes in the videos, “The Spanish Riding School, the First 400 Years” and...
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    slc2 wrote: Watch the best segments of the...

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    Watch the best segments of the best piaffes on each video frame by frame. Suspension is definitely there when the horses have reached optimal balance and impulsion.
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    Fantastic wrote: As opposed to some modern...

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    As opposed to some modern piaffes where suspension and impulsion are not sought after.

    A couple of descriptions of the classical piaffe by the masters:
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    Suspension is the moment in the trot or canter...

    Suspension is the moment in the trot or canter when the horse has no feet on the ground. There is also a moment of suspension in the classical piaffe. It is very brief but it is there.
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    I’ve seen similar abuse as Dressage Art and mbm,...

    I’ve seen similar abuse as Dressage Art and mbm, but at different barns.

    What amazes/saddens me is
    1. how so many abusive (literally yank, crank, whack & jab) riders can be so consistently...
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    That definition is open to such broad...

    That definition is open to such broad interpretation that it’s meaningless. How many people do we see these days riding their poor horses in contorted positions in the name of gaining greater...
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    Classical dressage is restoring the horse’s...

    Classical dressage is restoring the horse’s ability to display its optimal balance and freedom of movement under a rider in the most harmonious way possible.

    My interest in dressage has always...
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