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    I don't mean to minimize the fitness required for...

    I don't mean to minimize the fitness required for self-carriage through transitions.

    I had a habit of adding "and" at the moment of transition. I thought it was just in my head, but I believe it...
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    Realizing that a walk/canter transition isn't a...

    Realizing that a walk/canter transition isn't a big deal for a horse in self-carriage ... it's just another transition.
  3. FWIW, I know many people who ride, compete, and...

    FWIW, I know many people who ride, compete, and believe themselves to be educated dressage watchers, and cannot explain why "wide behind" is a problem.

    I believe there is a difference between...
  4. MY UL trainer is teaching seat through correctly...

    MY UL trainer is teaching seat through correctly flowing forward. I've been taking lessons for many many many years and am now just getting it. It's hard, but actually easier to feel influence this...
  5. This understanding seems to be an enduring legacy...

    This understanding seems to be an enduring legacy of Poulin through his more gifted/talented students. I don't think all his clients "get it" ... I've seen some abysmal riding and I doubt I could...
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    Also, regarding "shows" ... it can be confusing...

    Also, regarding "shows" ... it can be confusing if you attend these events because it all looks like one show with multiple rings, and National shows include FEI-level tests, too.

    If there isn't...
  7. This would give me hope ... if I had shown GP...

    This would give me hope ... if I had shown GP internationally before I was 40, as well :)
  8. While it may simply be habit in your horse, my...

    While it may simply be habit in your horse, my experience has been that a head up to any degree is a sign of imbalance (and ensuing tension).

    My experience is also that correct training, correctly...
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    Hiya ... competitors I know often stay at the...

    Hiya ... competitors I know often stay at the Royal Inn, which is functional rather than fancy. You should definitely try to book a hotel well in advance of a big weekend if you're looking for...
  10. Missing a couple key players, such as my personal...

    Missing a couple key players, such as my personal favorite Sunny (Koko's Eternal Sun) a very darling QH who Laura motivated to 3rd level.
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    Yes. Absolutely. Must.Ride.Horse. With this...

    Yes. Absolutely. Must.Ride.Horse.

    With this kind of investment, I expect you to be working with a trainer who has connections on at least ONE of the coasts. That's the person who should be...
  12. You ask: As a novice dressage rider, would I be...

    You ask: As a novice dressage rider, would I be setting myself up for frustration going with a less tested horse?

    Answer: Not guaranteed, but quite possibly. Especially a talented youngster may...
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    My ultra-reactive horse doesn't ever have an...

    My ultra-reactive horse doesn't ever have an issue with my supportive aids. It's when I'm not supporting and she finds herself out of balance.

    If her head is in the air, yes she's "evading the...
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    Kinda key to this wonderful approach that yields...

    Kinda key to this wonderful approach that yields a trusting forward enthusiastic "hot" horse is that the rider have good control over his/her own back ...and all other body parts.

    Riders have to...
  15. Hi patch work ... have you asked David for...

    Hi patch work ... have you asked David for suggestions? or Jim? I remember Jim talking about some farms within riding distance from Knoll in case of winter overflow.

    Also, check with the farriers...
  16. Most people on a budget ARE in similar...

    Most people on a budget ARE in similar situations, they just not be as sensitive to it ... or care as much as you may. This forum can be a really good resource for people who are forced to be more...
  17. I started typing thinking that my trainer doesn't...

    I started typing thinking that my trainer doesn't discuss plans with students/clients he thinks will benefit, and then realized that he absolutely does that ... however the goals vary widely from...
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    I sold a pair of barely used custom made Dehners...

    I sold a pair of barely used custom made Dehners for $300 on eBay a few years ago to give you an idea of the sacrifice pricing you may have to give. They were wide foot, wide leg, fully lined and had...
  19. Honestly, what drives me the most crazy is the...

    Honestly, what drives me the most crazy is the idea that one can learn this sport/discipline from a book. I understand that many of us attracted to the ideals of dressage don't have access to great...
  20. Debbie just turned 60, so she's aged out of any...

    Debbie just turned 60, so she's aged out of any chance of international judging. I'm not sure her time would be best spent judging training level rides for months on end as an L graduate with...
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    oohhhh ... tension :( , yeah. I think a lot of...

    oohhhh ... tension :( , yeah. I think a lot of riders share that bugaboo ...

    Checking the tension in my neck is a new trick for me and it actually trickles through my shoulders, arms and torso.
    ...
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    IMO after working with a guy who emphasizes...

    IMO after working with a guy who emphasizes balance is that it's the culmination of everything else going right, not something one does exercises "for". And, of course, it's very strongly influenced...
  23. I don't think my observation is on-point to the...

    I don't think my observation is on-point to the original discussion but, FWIW, Verdades had never been to any of the venues after Gladstone in June 2014, much less those venues under those...
  24. I wonder about perspective here. How do you...

    I wonder about perspective here. How do you "punish" a well-executed movement in an FEI 5-star GP class? Against what standard?

    If the tension ruins a movement, well, sure. But if the canter...
  25. Maybe you're over-thinking the rising part of the...

    Maybe you're over-thinking the rising part of the trot? Sit a few strides, then rise a few strides and feel where your body changes balance and connection.

    Your inside leg goes the whole way up to...
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