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  1. I've always taken turning loose to mean something...

    I've always taken turning loose to mean something totally different, mvp. I have had several very good students who when they came to me rode to a plan. They would arrive and state "today I'm going...
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    Western Dressage IS offering a scale of training...

    Western Dressage IS offering a scale of training that goes to the level of the made bridle horse and a top bridle horse should be very successful there. Next year 3rd level tests will be added. The...
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    You may be on to something, Paint-Misbehavin. I...

    You may be on to something, Paint-Misbehavin. I remember training Haflingers for a client. She brought one horse who had been trained to drive and said she wanted to ride him that day. She had a big...
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    Be careful of rope halters. They can be severe....

    Be careful of rope halters. They can be severe. Those knots hit the most sensitive parts of the horse. The mare mentioned above hates them and using one for sharp discipline is counterproductive. A...
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    You're training reactivity by allowing it on the...

    You're training reactivity by allowing it on the lunge. He should never be allowed to buck or play on the lunge line. I have one mare that was allowed to "play it out." She will actually hurt her...
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    The best place for information is the Western...

    The best place for information is the Western Dressage Association of America web site and a tour of WDAA state affiliate web sites on Facebook. WDAA is recognized and shows run under their rules by...
  7. No, she was on a circle, not on the rail, and...

    No, she was on a circle, not on the rail, and the haunches in was so slight that a casual observer wouldn't have seen it. I saw it and the rider felt it. She wasn't trying to ride the circle as if...
  8. I saw a good example of why it would work...

    I saw a good example of why it would work yesterday. I went to teach my first Western Dressage lesson to a woman with a top ranking barrel horse. This horse won thousands in Florida before being sold...
  9. I've been associated with several clinics where...

    I've been associated with several clinics where the clinician has a No Images clause in their contract. In one it was because he had an exclusive contract with a video company. In organizing a big...
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    Training the rollback

    I was doing a comparison of the turn on the haunches TD and the walk work used to start the horse in a rollback. Reason being it was suggested in WD the horse ought to be allowed to take a step back...
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    Dotneko, many years ago I was fortunate enough to...

    Dotneko, many years ago I was fortunate enough to clinic with Bengt Ljungquist. Every rider in the clinic was asked to do turn on the forehand to canter depart. At that time the turn on the forehand...
  12. The exercises are good. The explanation of the...

    The exercises are good. The explanation of the indirect rein is lacking. The hand should never actually cross the neck. It should stay on it's side of the center line. The whole horse must be put in...
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    The turn on the forehand and turn on the haunches...

    The turn on the forehand and turn on the haunches are defined in the rules quite clearly. The forehand or haunches maintain the walk rhythm while either landing in the same "plate" or doing a circle...
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    Can you keep a hula hoop up? That's the motion...

    Can you keep a hula hoop up? That's the motion your hips have to have to be able to keep you in sync with the horse's back at a lope. Best to learn it no stirrups. In order to help you relax, hook...
  15. It's easy enough to find videos of her instructor...

    It's easy enough to find videos of her instructor teaching other riders. The horses ARE forward. Even to a dressage person like me. They also almost meet the AQHA standard of level carriage but not...
  16. The idea of clinics for instructors teaching...

    The idea of clinics for instructors teaching students was actually in practice in the 80s. Under a program headed by Anders Lindgren Bill Woods and his wife traveled all over the country for the ...
  17. I have experienced the real problems of "training...

    I have experienced the real problems of "training the trainers" in this country. I used to live in central NC. I easily was able to keep a full schedule of students and lesson with a top instructor...
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    Back to biomechanics, this is my understanding....

    Back to biomechanics, this is my understanding. I'm sure others can correct this if it's incorrect. The deep muscles on the underneck that are largely responsible for a overdeveloped lower neck are...
  19. The studies the NC State did were about the...

    The studies the NC State did were about the effect of different types of exercise on 2-3 year olds. As I remember they looked at muscles development and legs. They found that babies whose work...
  20. Bluey, I know some studies were done at NC State...

    Bluey, I know some studies were done at NC State on the effects of different types of ridden exercise on 2-4 year olds but I don't know how long they followed the horses. Can you give references to...
  21. Read this....

    Read this. http://www.equinestudies.org/ranger_2008/ranger_piece_2008_pdf1.pdf. It's fact. The trail riding is great for your horse. The ring work should be approached with care but at 4 it is the...
  22. How, from a photo, can you tell whether an...

    How, from a photo, can you tell whether an underneck is "developing" or improving? Maybe it was much worse a year ago. A really badly developed neck takes time to correct and these riders are...
  23. The arm position is because of a rather poor...

    The arm position is because of a rather poor rule. It declares the hand cannot touch the leg or saddle. The thought behind it is that the rider might be using the hand to balance or grip instead of...
  24. JumperFyre, you live in a very small world. Most...

    JumperFyre, you live in a very small world. Most breeders own or lease farms. They don't board. Yes, they have maintenance costs and pay help, but small breeders often do all the labor themselves....
  25. OK, I'll bite. I live in an area where it's...

    OK, I'll bite. I live in an area where it's possible if you have land to keep a horse for basically $600 a year. Less if you do your own trimming. A lot of people don't have $10,000 to spend on a...
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