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  1. USDF and USEA both have excellent workshops that...

    USDF and USEA both have excellent workshops that focus on teaching the teachers
  2. Southwind also allows outside trainers, Barbara...

    Southwind also allows outside trainers, Barbara Strawson and Carol Herron both teach there too.
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    My favorite exercise on the ground for opening up...

    My favorite exercise on the ground for opening up your hips...which will help you keep your legs relaxed on the horse
    lay flat on your back arms outstretched, feet flat on the floor so your knees...
  4. didn't happen in the dressage ring but in the...

    didn't happen in the dressage ring but in the warm-up, right before my test. I was the last person to ride before the break, I saw the arena maintenance people pulling out a fire hose, to water the...
  5. My GG is about 15 years old, it has 3 patches,...

    My GG is about 15 years old, it has 3 patches, has been re-flocked many times and it still fits me and my horse "like a glove" as the saddle fitter said. I often think about replacing it, but I have...
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    For the downward transitions: Pull your belly...

    For the downward transitions:
    Pull your belly button in (engages your abs & lower back), lift your toes (pulls you deeper into the saddle), stop following the movement. Works wonders...
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    For those of us not there, we had commentary on...

    For those of us not there, we had commentary on FEI TV, do you know who the woman commentator was during the Freestyle?...she talked WAY too much.
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    I have just started feeding chia, my horse is...

    I have just started feeding chia, my horse is insulin resistant and the medication he is on causes hindgut acidosis. so the chia is supposed to help, plus we live in Florida so the gel formation...
  9. How about considering IRAP treatment? It's quite...

    How about considering IRAP treatment? It's quite expensive (if you have insurance they will cover it) but worth it. Also shockwave therapy. As bad as the lameness is, it sounds like you need to be...
  10. An easy way to see if ulcers may be the issue is...

    An easy way to see if ulcers may be the issue is to give him 3-5 days of gastrogard, full tube each day and see if his "symptoms" ease off. If they do you could either get him 'scoped or do a month...
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    Test for Insulin Resistance, it is not Cushings,...

    Test for Insulin Resistance, it is not Cushings, and it can be managed:
    Soak hay for at least 30', drain, and rinse to remove soluble sugars
    Feed beet pulp (NO molasses added), with a little (like...
  12. you may want to start on the doxy immediately, it...

    you may want to start on the doxy immediately, it won't hurt if it's not lyme and the sooner he gets it in his system the better if it is lyme
  13. Slinkys have caused eye problems too...I know a...

    Slinkys have caused eye problems too...I know a person whose horse was almost blinded by a slinky when it slipped over their eye during the night at a show, the edge rubbed a hole in the cornea.
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    I use Tractgard, and am very happy with it. can...

    I use Tractgard, and am very happy with it. can get it from SmartPak and it is one of the least expensive supplements. never had any luck with aloe juice or any of the "natural" supplements. My...
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    Its in January, so I don't think it's going to...

    Its in January, so I don't think it's going to hurt any other event.
    I for one am glad about it, there is NO Eventing in South Florida at all, so to have a showcase Event will be fun and I plan on...
  16. Yes, ground poles are great, keeps the young...

    Yes, ground poles are great, keeps the young horse focused and straight. There are hundreds of ground pole exercises. One of my favorites is to have 4 poles set at normal trot stride length, then...
  17. If your horse is turned out before you ride then...

    If your horse is turned out before you ride then stretches are fine, if they have been inside overnight then walk them for a while, or if you have access to an electro-magnetic blanket, then stretch...
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    I agree with most of what the previous posters...

    I agree with most of what the previous posters have said.
    Look at the Training Scales. (1) Relaxation: mental & physical. It does NOT mean floppy, & unbalanced gaits. (2) Rhythm which means the...
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    Used Passier GG

    Used Passier GG
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    As several previous posters have said, try...

    As several previous posters have said, try different stirrups, the jointed stirrups kill my knees & ankles. work with out stirrups will help you sit on your seat bones, once that is accomplished you...
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    Good luck with your position work. Lunge lessons...

    Good luck with your position work. Lunge lessons with an experienced trainer would probably help, that way you get immediate feedback, but first fix the saddle issue, until that is correct you will...
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    Southwind Farm, in Damascus, owned & operated by...

    Southwind Farm, in Damascus, owned & operated by an upper level eventer. Close to everything, and (a BIG plus) you can use who ever you like as a trainer.
  23. First have you had him checked by the vet for...

    First have you had him checked by the vet for metabolic issues that may be affecting his muscle development (PSSM etc)?
    Exercises, it sounds like from your post you have found the correct exercise:...
  24. Why don't people take advantage of auditing clinics?

    Why don't people take advantage of auditing clinics by world class trainers? The last few clinics I have ridden &/or audited I have noticed that there are very few auditors, and those watching often...
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    I love my Eartec and none of my students have...

    I love my Eartec and none of my students have ever complained.
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