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    When you post, think about opening your hip angle...

    When you post, think about opening your hip angle until it is almost dead straight at the top of your rise out of the saddle. Swinging them OPEN and free over the front (not really over the pommel,...
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    Yeah, I'm more interested in individual results.

    Yeah, I'm more interested in individual results.
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    I see we now have an Olympics forum. :lol: ...

    I see we now have an Olympics forum. :lol: Guess I posted this out here too soon!
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    I agree that riding really well trained horses...

    I agree that riding really well trained horses teaches a rider more than anything else they can fumble through for years, but I think that fumbling to FIND THE SAME FEEL they found with the trained...
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    YR Programs - Good or Bad?

    Just a thought. We've seen a lot of YRs come along now that have had opportunities to ride many made horses. I know that some have gone on to be decent trainers, but many that hang out a shingle...
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    SPINOFF - Bits That Are No Longer Legal

    I'm at a loss as to why some bits that were legal since the beginning of judged dressage are no longer allowed. Being around dressage for a long time I can absolutely attest to the fact that bit is...
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    Seems there are quite a few in Rio that have less...

    Seems there are quite a few in Rio that have less experience on the international scene than we've seen in the past. The 5-10 positions, individually, could be very interesting. Heck, there could...
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    Yeah, not sure if they'll make 4th this time...

    Yeah, not sure if they'll make 4th this time around. I hope they do, but I think that we're pretty evenly matched with some of the other ones that won't make it in the medals.

    Just not our...
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    Attire, turnout, bits...it's not like...

    Attire, turnout, bits...it's not like Hunter-land. Your scores (90% of the time) are not impacted by a judge's bias. But, with that said, there are some bad apples we still need to weed out!
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    Odds for USA Team in Rio (in Dressage)

    I'd say the odds for the current team to place in the top three is slim to none. What say the rest of you? I'm trying to be realistic. Just not enough depth of top riders in our country, nor top...
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    I think the term also needs to be viewed in...

    I think the term also needs to be viewed in context with the horse's TRUE level of training. Got to love that all horse ads seem to have horses schooling Second (and rarely lower) when in reality...
  12. Thread: Ammy status

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    Just give up Ammy status and don't worry. That's...

    Just give up Ammy status and don't worry. That's my suggestion. Unless you're ribbon happy.
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    You have to wonder how lenient judges are going...

    You have to wonder how lenient judges are going to continue to be in scoring when horses are moving in a way that is contrary to the directives. I mean, it's nuts that hoof flinging is scored so...
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    I miss Max Gahwyler more and more....

    I miss Max Gahwyler more and more....
  15. Stop and ask yourself what you are doing when you...

    Stop and ask yourself what you are doing when you ask for the flying change that is SO different than when you ask for the initial transition. Have you tried doing it from the walk, to improve your...
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    Funny, in the 90s I had a TB that people thought...

    Funny, in the 90s I had a TB that people thought was at least half WB and everyone was surprised to find out he was an OTTB. :lol: Got to love when that sort of confusion happens. :D
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    And even when you paid for clinics it was uber...

    And even when you paid for clinics it was uber affordable. People organized them for everyone to learn, and to promote the clinician to keep bringing them back and filling clinics. Now, everyone...
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    The comments that ticked me, and other...

    The comments that ticked me, and other competitors off with the bad judge were about attire (that was totally legal and not crazy) and one person had the same position comment on every single...
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    You make it sound like the 90s were a LONG time...

    You make it sound like the 90s were a LONG time ago. :lol:
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    Oh, the stories we can tell! I just can't scribe...

    Oh, the stories we can tell! I just can't scribe like I used to. I don't write long hand enough these days. My hand can't take it, and neither can my backside at some venues with crappy chairs.
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    Have you ever sat with a verbose judge for HOURS?...

    Have you ever sat with a verbose judge for HOURS? My hand was so tired after one judge with the same LONG comment on every movement for nearly every horse, I had to start short handing it more than...
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    Crappy scores are not fun, but if you still...

    Crappy scores are not fun, but if you still finish in a placing in the class that is true to the rides, that judge is at least placing people correctly. Is that then a tough judge vs Santa Claus?
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    Always drop my hand down, loosely on my right...

    Always drop my hand down, loosely on my right side. Palm towards thigh. BTW, you CAN have a whip in that hand. No rule against it. If you do, as I have a couple times, keep it in the hand, hanging...
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    Can you imagine if judges scored down for btv...

    Can you imagine if judges scored down for btv these days? I also remember incorrect extensions (hoof flinging) being scored down dramatically. As in, nice attempt at something, but that's not an...
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    That's part of the game of dressage. So I'm...

    That's part of the game of dressage. So I'm still missing how it applies to the topic. I mean, there are all types of judges. Maybe all are needed. But maybe we also need to update judge training...
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