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March 8, 2010

Dressage In The Time of Cholesterol

Winyamaro and Catherine Haddad. Photo by Wentscher.

Dear Rita,

This is for the people who have asked me to explain the difference between LDR and HF. LDR—low, deep, round—is a position of the neck. HF—Hyperflexion is an extreme flexion of the poll normally performed in an LDR position of the neck.

In my stable we ride BPS and HA. Riders learn to IAS on the longe line before ever taking contact with the bit. No matter what method you choose to use, you can’t get started until you IAS. Learn to sit before you learn to hold the reins.

Back in Michigan in the early 1980s, it was the “classical” method of training that was under fire. To always ride with PHP was considered harmful to the horse’s back. Riding OTB and in particular, LDL, was considered best for developing a young dressage horse. This trend was much promoted by Reiner Klimke.

In the early 90’s, LDL irked Mr. Schultheis—who was diametrically opposed to it—to no end. We had an occasional rider show up for a lesson or to show a sales horse who would warm up in LDL in rising trot. Schultheis would tolerate this for about 30 seconds before he screamed, “This is a DRESSAGE stable. Sit the trot!” At which point the rider would shorten his reins, raise the poll and sit in the saddle.

Once, Schultheis turned to me and said something like: Anyone who rides with big knee rolls has to train in rising trot because nobody can sit correctly in a saddle like that. At least not on a horse. It would be better to park this saddle in the living room—very comfortable for watching television. He always said that people who rode in such saddles had GKA. This was only one of Mr. Schultheis’ fundamental beliefs.

If you go to a dressage show in Europe and sit by the warm-up arena, you will see 99 percent of the riders (from all countries) warming up at least a few minutes in LDR. Very few people use LDL at shows anymore (unless the warm-up is exceptionally quiet and empty), because the environment is too unpredictable and long reins are not advisable on super-powered horses being schooled in the middle of chaos.

For example, I was schooling Winyamaro, my relatively young and inexperienced Grand Prix horse, in the warm-up in Neumuenster a few weeks ago. W is famous for his spontaneous POWER and EXPRESSION. Twelve white ponies with riders dressed as swans were bouncing around the track in preparation for a show number, while four jumping riders intermittently negotiated two fences in the middle of the arena. A BNT was schooling his GP horse, and one horse was being lunged (BAF) on a circle at one end.

Now on the wall behind the trade stands, a HUGE screen showed the jumping competition in the main arena. The volume was turned up to the max. Every clear round was accompanied with bombastic applause and blasting music.

Meanwhile, one enthusiastic spectator climbed up on the three-board fence surrounding the warm-up and stuck a big Thumbs Up in W’s face. On the next pass by, he cleared up my confusion with “Love your colors!”—referring to my trendy moss green saddle pad and bandages from Schockemoehle Sports.

W was, needless to say, very impressed by this atmosphere. I had already ridden him at home in the morning before leaving for the show, because I knew it would be wise to take the edge off him. But could I trust him enough to follow my normal warm up of LDL interspersed with periods of riding PHP? Not without putting several lives in danger, including my own!

While I did not put him into HF, I certainly did position him LDR for the first 10 minutes of my ride. IMO, to have done anything else would have been CFS. After W’s initial excitement wore off, I was able to follow my normal routine with him.

What I am trying to say here Rita, is: Why are we so concerned with HF, PHP, LDR, LDL...? It’s all cholesterol to me!

Every rider in every discipline should be free to ride his horse in the way that suits him best for the circumstances in which he is riding as long as he is doing it with sensitivity. FS.

Nuff said forever on this subject.  

Let’s have a little fun. Can anyone correctly state the words behind these abbreviations as used in this blog? Please use one letter and _ _ _ blanks if you think they might contain swear words.

(eg: ‘d_ _ _’ for ‘damn.’) Hint: Some do!

LDR = low, deep, round

HF = Hyperflexion

LDL = _ _ _ _, _ _ _ _ and _ _ _

OTB = _ _ _ _   _ _ _   _ _ _ _

PHP = _ _ _ _ at the _ _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _

BPS = _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ in the _ _ _ _ _ _

HA = _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _

IAS = _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ your _ _ _ to the _ _ _ _ _ _

GKA = _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ (German)

FS = _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _

CFS = _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _

IMO = _ _  _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _

BNT = _ _ _   _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _

GP = _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _

BAF = _ _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _

 

I am buying dinner for the first person who gets these all right and publishes in a comment to this blog!

I’m Catherine Haddad, and I’m saying it like it is from Vechta, Germany.

Training Tip of the Day: What happens to the movement in your hip and pelvic joints if you place your knees further back in sitting trot? And if you move your knees forward?

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Rain
4 years 27 weeks ago
Thanks for the explanation.
Thanks for the explanation. I've never known the difference between LDR and HF. I was so curious about it that I tried to find some video to see it with my own eyes. Unfourtunately I failed. But the... Read More
Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago
Clinic in Virginia
Well, yes I would!  Find me on Facebookor use my website/email:  www.internationaldressage.com  We'll talk! Read More

Comments

lsprieser
5 years 12 weeks ago

Hey Catherine, can I add one

Hey Catherine, can I add one to your list? TLA: Three Letter Acronym. Where's my dictionary? :)

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

Love it!

I'm so glad you gave me that:  TLA!!!  Fabulous.  Thanks, Lauren. C.

SBrentnall
5 years 12 weeks ago

OK, this is all I could come

OK, this is all I could come up with. I can't wait to hear the real answers!

LDL: low, down & long

OTB: over the back

PHP: poll at the highest point

BPS: back pockets in the saddle

HA: heavy arms?

IAS: <something> your ass to the saddle. Maybe interlock?

GKA: no idea of German, I'm afraid

FS: full stop

CFS: completely f*@king stupid

IMO: in my opinion

BNT: big-name trainer

GP: Grand Prix

BAF: bug-eyed and freaked? batsh*t and foaming? any combination of the two?

swgarasu
5 years 12 weeks ago

Heh, those are all the same

Heh, those are all the same ones I figured out- was hoping someone had the ones I didn't.  A correction though, ( I think)-

on a lunge line- BAF = Bucking and Farting.  :D

Cassandra Rabini
5 years 12 weeks ago

Giving it my best shot!

LDL =  long, deep and low

OTB = over the back

PHP =  poll at the highest point

BPS = back pockets in the saddle

HA = hands .. away? 

IAS = _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ your a _ s to the saddle

GKA = _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _  Still looking!!

FS = _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _  could be full stop but I'm leaning towards another swear word.. something!

CFS =  complete f_ _ _ing suicide

IMO = In my opinion

BNT =  big name trainer

GP = Grand Prix

BAF =  bucking and farting

 

 

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

wow!

You guys are all so close!!!  I'm impressed so far.

I'll confirm the ones at least one of you has gotten right so far.

Long, deep and low

Over the back

Poll at the highest point

Back pockets in the saddle

Hands away

Full stop

completely friggin (or the other) stupid

in my opinion

big name trainer

Grand Prix

Bucking and Farting    ==  Y'all are sssssooooo close!

SBrentnall
5 years 12 weeks ago

Interlace?

Interlace your ass to the saddle?

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

Nice try!  Hint:  Bodo Hangen

Nice try!  Hint:  Bodo Hangen used this phrase. I stole it from him. 

rosewoodstables
5 years 12 weeks ago

"insert" your ass in the saddle?

and My personal favourite

SUAR  - shut up and ride

apollotops
5 years 12 weeks ago

Integrate your ass to the

Integrate your ass to the saddle? Still working on the german one.

DressageReine
5 years 12 weeks ago

Instaglue your ass to the

Instaglue your ass to the saddle?

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

Hint

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  your a_ _  to the saddle!  It comes from Bodo who was not a native English speaker!  He said this to people who wanted to do rising trot all the time and needed to learn to sit.  If you want to learn to sit, you have to ________________________________________!

CurcioA
5 years 12 weeks ago

another guess?

Installed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

swgarasu
5 years 12 weeks ago

Introduce your a__ to the

Introduce your a__ to the saddle

 

ETA (edited to add)

D'oh, I just saw CH's reply which states this.  I now feel silly instead of clever.  :D

Tweetybird
5 years 12 weeks ago

iteranced your ass to the

iteranced your ass to the saddle?!

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

INTRODUCE!

introduce your ass to the saddle!!!  We are almost there people!

chisamba
5 years 12 weeks ago

another one

WYH, i think it is one more dressage riders should apply.

 

anyone care to guess what it is?

 

Marion

DressageReine
5 years 12 weeks ago

Wear Your Helmet ;)

Wear Your Helmet ;)

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

good advice

This is  good advice!!!

TDStables
5 years 12 weeks ago

I think I got them..

LDL= long deep and low

OTB= over the back

PHP= poll at the highest point

BPS= back pockets in the saddle

HA= hand away

IAS= introduce your a_s to the saddle

GKA= gar keine ahnung

FS= full stop

CFS= completely friggin stupid

IMO= in my opinion

BNT= big name trainer

GP= grand prix

BAF= bucking and farting

 

Worth a dinner?

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

you win!

Patick,  Just tell me when and where--dinner is on me!  Catherine 

chisamba
5 years 12 weeks ago

gar keina anhung

Just curious as to what it means.  I know a little , very little, german, but this one defeats me. No hanging?  without hanging? 

 

oh wait, has NO IDEA?  let me know if i am close

 

thanks

 

Marion

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

gar keine Ahnung

absolutely no concept.  ;-)  that's figuratively translated.

TDStables
5 years 12 weeks ago

Well, would you consider

Well, would you consider coming to virginia, teach a clinic and then have dinner?!

 

Catherine Haddad
5 years 12 weeks ago

Clinic in Virginia

Well, yes I would!  Find me on Facebookor use my website/email:  www.internationaldressage.com  We'll talk!

Rain
4 years 27 weeks ago

Thanks for the explanation.

Thanks for the explanation. I've never known the difference between LDR and HF. I was so curious about it that I tried to find some video to see it with my own eyes. Unfourtunately I failed. But the good news is that I've found a book about different horse breeds (at shared files SE http://filecraft.com ) . I was very glad. I adore horses. Some day I will have Appaloosa horse!

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