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    We can't have it both ways. We can't say that...

    We can't have it both ways. We can't say that showing should be all about the training, and then turn around and complain that the judges are scoring the higher trained horses higher.

    Meeting the...
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    I agree with just about everyone on this thread....

    I agree with just about everyone on this thread. My undergraduate degree (engineering) makes it possible for me to comfortably afford a house, maintenance on my truck, and 2 horses with some shows......
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    Finally!!! Thank you. Your pony is adorable!

    Finally!!! Thank you. Your pony is adorable!
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    Agreed. It's not your mental intent that counts...

    Agreed. It's not your mental intent that counts (vis a vis, bravery vs. fearfulness), but what your body is actually telling the horse. Some horses don't take it-- they need someone who always keeps...
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    Something to think about... Be honest about...

    Something to think about...

    Be honest about what kind of rider you are. Some of the more talented horses for the sport find joy in movement. If they're held back/restrained by a fearful hand or a...
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    I keep hoping that people will post pictures of...

    I keep hoping that people will post pictures of little welsh/warmblood babies. Or adults. I'll take either.

    In short, I've got nothing to add to this thread but I want to see pony cuteness.
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    I've got one. The guy I sent her to for her first...

    I've got one. The guy I sent her to for her first 30 days (ended up being 90 days, because "we don't want to set her loose on society yet") said the aptest thing I've ever heard: "Ponies. They're...
  8. There are basically 2 things we ask of the horse...

    There are basically 2 things we ask of the horse in dressage: carry (collect) or thrust (extend). The extreme of collection is piaffe or pirouettes, and the extreme of thrust is extensions.
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    Often the contact is heavy/strong when the...

    Often the contact is heavy/strong when the shoulders are out of line with the rest of the body. The strength in the neck comes from the tie-in to the shoulders. When you can move the shoulders,...
  10. If she's out of shape, I wouldn't start schooling...

    If she's out of shape, I wouldn't start schooling towards piaffe or passage.

    Once she's in shape and feels comfortable, there's nothing wrong with playing with half-steps ("baby piaffe") if your...
  11. Thread: Dutch Prospects

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    Keep an eye on non-traditional sales sites. I...

    Keep an eye on non-traditional sales sites. I found my then-3yo premium Weser Ems mare listed for $1500 and eventually given away for free (through no fault of her own, save training) on Craigslist. ...
  12. If you can, try to find a trainer whose goals and...

    If you can, try to find a trainer whose goals and intensity match yours. That's not an easy job, I'll admit, but I think the fastest way to burnout is to get a mismatch in dedication-- which means...
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    Thanks, meupatdoes. I was beginning to wonder if...

    Thanks, meupatdoes. I was beginning to wonder if I was one of the only people that does LY off the inside and outside leg in the canter.

    It's not a halfpass because it does not carry bend around...
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    Sorry, I was unclear. Cantering on the left...

    Sorry, I was unclear.

    Cantering on the left lead:
    HXF: Medium canter
    X: begin leg yield off of right leg until body is parallel to long side but still traveling along diagonal
    Then, at F,...
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    You might need to add a bit more power to the...

    You might need to add a bit more power to the canter to really get that suspension phase. I like collected/medium/collected stretches in the shoulder-in positioning.

    Also super effective for...
  16. Thread: Loneliness

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    I'll be watching this thread because I have many...

    I'll be watching this thread because I have many similar questions.

    Thanks to work, I moved away from my then-boyfriend who I still miss, and just recently had to give up the ride on my GP horse...
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    I personally think amateur horses are mostly...

    I personally think amateur horses are mostly made, not born. My now-GP dressage horse can be ridden by just about anyone now. When I bought him, he was a complete mess-- he earned his nickname of...
  18. :confused: :confused: :confused: Who advocates...

    :confused: :confused: :confused:

    Who advocates that? I've never heard it.
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    I'm not an eventer (dyed-in-the-wool dressage...

    I'm not an eventer (dyed-in-the-wool dressage rider here), but I have pretty confirmed anxiety about showing. It's not as bad as it used to be (I can now eat within 4 hours of having to show), but I...
  20. Mogul makes my knees hurt. Ow!

    Mogul makes my knees hurt. Ow!
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    An unfortunate reality of this sport is that you...

    An unfortunate reality of this sport is that you will always need more forward and more suppleness, no matter what level you ride. So if your instructor was telling you to get your horse more...
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    We're talking about a country that has a history...

    We're talking about a country that has a history of exterminating its own people. I wouldn't expect animals to fare better.
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    http://www.familiesforcleanair.org/wood-burning-vs...

    http://www.familiesforcleanair.org/wood-burning-vs-natural-gas-no-contest/

    I don't know anything about the organization behind the link above, but I don't think they're shills for petrochemical...
  24. You've gotten some good advice already. To keep...

    You've gotten some good advice already. To keep the idea of cruising forward instead of shutting down in the downward transitions, how about:

    - Canter/trot transitions while spiraling out on a...
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    The other way to think about it: you're rarely...

    The other way to think about it: you're rarely standing in a shadbelly. I'd worry more about the fit when you sit.
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