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  1. Thank you, RedmondDressage! Very well put.

    Thank you, RedmondDressage! Very well put.
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    I'll also put a vote in for Mary Wanless, though...

    I'll also put a vote in for Mary Wanless, though they can be a bit chewy . . . her last was much easier to understand, though.
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    My husband is writing a book that could be for...

    My husband is writing a book that could be for you, a handbook for the training-level rider that attempts to explain the basic principles in a way that a beginner can understand, and also explains...
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    I rode up to the last week or so. One thing to...

    I rode up to the last week or so. One thing to say for it is that even though I didn't take any pre-childbirth classes or exercises, I was really good at pushing, because you use the same abdominal...
  5. The url didn't come out right; can you post it...

    The url didn't come out right; can you post it again (whole thing, no "...")?
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    Our flaming chestnut looks great in a royal blue...

    Our flaming chestnut looks great in a royal blue pad with black and white piping. Maybe blue (the middle blue, not light or navy) pad, blue wool, black piping at the edge and white inside that? Or...
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    I have to weigh in on the "sucking the horse's...

    I have to weigh in on the "sucking the horse's back up" thing. I don't think it has anything whatsoever to do with strength. I am very light (5'8" and less than 110) and not terrifically strong. I...
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    Some of MW's earlier books can be difficult to...

    Some of MW's earlier books can be difficult to read and digest, and the later ones--to my mind--may go a bit too far in simplifying for the sake of clarity; some of the concepts are difficult to...
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    DH has done some certification workshops, but we...

    DH has done some certification workshops, but we decided that the L program was more meaningful as a qualification. He found a lot of interest/value in the cert. workshops, but my impression is that...
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    This I can't argue with.

    This I can't argue with.
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    DH teaches spirals more like the rings in an...

    DH teaches spirals more like the rings in an onion or on a bull's-eye. That is, instead of progressively spiraling out in one long line, you move to the next ring--a few steps over--and then move...
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    Well, impossible to say without the context. I've...

    Well, impossible to say without the context. I've seen plenty of board-stiff and counterbent horses at intro level, I don't see why "Needs more bend" in and of itself should be an inappropriate...
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    Roja--which horse are you talking about? I only...

    Roja--which horse are you talking about? I only see links to geldings above, from 3 different posters, so no "she" . . .
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    Since nobody yet has posted a video of a...

    Since nobody yet has posted a video of a youngster with only a month or two under saddle, I'll go the other way--here's one of ours on his fourth day under saddle, as a coming 5yo.
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    The directive for Intro A, taken off the official...

    The directive for Intro A, taken off the official USDF test sheet for Intro B:



    Yes, it's wrong to ask for collection at this level. But according to the directives it's entirely appropriate...
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    Back to the intro tests--I agree that the word...

    Back to the intro tests--I agree that the word "collection" has no place on an intro test sheet, but I don't think it's at all unreasonable to ask for bend. There are circles in intro, a...
  17. Poll: Two things: About there being a huge...

    Two things:

    About there being a huge difference between an "L" graduate and an "r" judge--not really. My husband just graduated from the L program (with distinction--very proud of him!). It's a...
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    "Set his head using dressage methods"? Kind of...

    "Set his head using dressage methods"?

    Kind of an oxymoron, and pretty much sums up the problems inherent in the whole "western dressage" idea.
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    Here's a clip of a young Perch/TB cross my...

    Here's a clip of a young Perch/TB cross my husband trained and competed for a client, not just competent but very competitive in dressage--nearly 72% and high score for show first time out at...
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    http://www.usef.org/documents/rules/ruleChanges/20...

    http://www.usef.org/documents/rules/ruleChanges/2011/ECapproved03212011.pdf

    Dressage rules start on p. 15.

    Each section reads "effective immediately" in the heading, except the one on half...
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    Sorry, just saw OP mentioned fall=elimination--I...

    Sorry, just saw OP mentioned fall=elimination--I agree it's common sense for safety (prevents someone getting back on with a concussion) but I always rooted for the plucky rider who'd get back on and...
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    All the rest is effective immediately, but the...

    All the rest is effective immediately, but the half scores part is not effective until December 1. The other thing that jumped out at me was that now if you fall off your horse you're...
  23. Now I'm even more confused. In what test do you...

    Now I'm even more confused. In what test do you transition to walk right before C? How would you make the turn if the horse's nose was actually right at C (not in line with it, but AT it) first? I...
  24. Netg, that makes sense. I guess I got thrown off...

    Netg, that makes sense. I guess I got thrown off by "reaches the track"--which made me think letters on the rail. But if "the track" is the centerline (or quarterline), that works better. Not the...
  25. Oh, and did I read right that Maryal...

    Oh, and did I read right that Maryal Barnett--Maryal Barnett!--actually said horse's shoulder should be at the letter, not rider's body? I mean, she's not just an C and S judge but on the L program...
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