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  1. This is all very interesting, thanks guys. I'm...

    This is all very interesting, thanks guys. I'm learning a lot about what people really want and need and it looks like it doesn't really exist too much in the world right now. GimmeQs, if you could...
  2. Thank you! This is really what I want it to end...

    Thank you! This is really what I want it to end up being. It's good to know that people want this. Thank you all so much for your input. I need to do a bit more planning, but I think right now I'm...
  3. Great idea!

    Great idea!
  4. Thanks for the feedback, guys!! Looks like I...

    Thanks for the feedback, guys!! Looks like I should give this idea the green light. My education is definitely not dressage specific, that's just the area that I've applied it, since that's what I...
  5. Wow, thanks! That's really encouraging! I would...

    Wow, thanks! That's really encouraging! I would love to do clinics, and I agree that most riders I meet would benefit (that's why I want to do this!)

    As far as sessions, it's kind of hard for me...
  6. Would you pay for dressage-specific fitness training?

    Hi everyone!

    I know there are always tons of fitness-y threads on, but I was just hoping for some advice. I'm a dressage trainer and graduate student, getting my master's in kinesiology. I'm kind...
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    My favorites are the Ecogold dressage boots. They...

    My favorites are the Ecogold dressage boots. They wear like iron, clean up like new every time you wash them, and are the most breathable boots I've ever owned. They also offer good strike protection...
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    I, too, would like to see more explanation in the...

    I, too, would like to see more explanation in the collectives, specifically in rider score. These are the areas that make the biggest difference to the pair going forward, so it is important to...
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    Here is a very great article: ...

    Here is a very great article:

    http://d1engbabf2cb77.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/SpookyHorses.pdf

    Ulimately, you have to teach your horse to direct her energy inward (to herself...
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    This is a great thread. For some reason...

    This is a great thread. For some reason equestrian sports seem to attract all kinds of judginess (maybe because we are judged in competition? (some of us) Just a thought...Ironically, none of the...
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    I just did a clinic with Heather Blitz and she...

    I just did a clinic with Heather Blitz and she had everyone imagine you are pressing your hands forward into an immovable object (I pictured a plexiglass wall rising from my horse's withers). That...
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    Basie- I applaud you for doing right by your...

    Basie-

    I applaud you for doing right by your horse. It sounds like you have been through some tricky things with her, and I really appreciate that you feel responsible for her well being. I really...
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    I agree with the people who say have a little...

    I agree with the people who say have a little sit-down with both parents and the student. Maybe she does have some anger issues (then again who didn't as a teenager), but it needs to be made clear...
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    I think you should try to work something out with...

    I think you should try to work something out with your trainer. Maybe you become more involved in the non arena aspects of the training-getting the horse to load, clip, tie, trail ride, etc. Maybe...
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    Totally. One thing that one of my mentors told me...

    Totally. One thing that one of my mentors told me was to stay focused on the horses-that is why we do this after all. Stay away from the distractions like judginess and chin wagging that equestrian...
  16. Thread: How to relax

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    I'm attending a clinic by a sports psychologist...

    I'm attending a clinic by a sports psychologist this weekend, so maybe I'll be able to post some new ideas next week!

    I do think tension in the arms is usually the result of some sort of emotional...
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    I didn't think anyone was capable of this kind of...

    I didn't think anyone was capable of this kind of horrible disregard for someone else's authority and the well-being of a horse until it happened to me. While my horse was supposed to be off...
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    I think that some trainers develop a "queen...

    I think that some trainers develop a "queen complex": that anything can be theirs if they believe it to be so, as long as they ask the right way. Just say no, if that's what you want. If she doesn't...
  19. I have a Stubben neoprene girth that's 16". It's...

    I have a Stubben neoprene girth that's 16". It's very cute. I got it from the Stubben rep.
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    I realize that, and I agree. I have had a number...

    I realize that, and I agree. I have had a number of horses like this as well. It's really about changing the reaction rather than lessening it by putting the horse in a place that they are set up to...
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    It's kind of hard to offer specific advise...

    It's kind of hard to offer specific advise without seeing what's going on, but I noticed you said that she's good for half a circle, then falls apart for half a circle. I would advise you not wait...
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    This. When you move laterally, the sideways...

    This. When you move laterally, the sideways movement helps by lending a natural half halt.

    I would be careful about desensitizing too much. Unless you want her to be more of a beginner horse. I...
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    At a clinic series I used to go to, someone...

    At a clinic series I used to go to, someone always brought hot apple cider. Like the real kind with a bag of spices in it. It was a huge hit! That might be because I live in the great white north,...
  24. Something that helps me kind of "settle in" on a...

    Something that helps me kind of "settle in" on a horse is making the warm up period for both the horse and for me. So when you are walking around on a loose rein at the start, shake out your...
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    Some great suggestions here! I got tired of...

    Some great suggestions here! I got tired of constantly yelling at my students to keep their thumbs up and hands closed, so this summer, on a particularly hot day, I got a group together and we played...
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