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Young Horse Support Group - Dressage Prospects Unite

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    My trainer took a clip of me riding at the end of my lesson yesterday. We have been working on steady and soft for ages and that is finally getting consistent- currently to the detriment of power, but power is easy for her. Yesterday we were working on small adjustments in my core to get her ready for long and low vs ready for canter.

    https://youtu.be/xuUPs9JUoz4
    If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.
    -meupatdoes

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      mbdsea: A little earworm for your name hunting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1n9QTkrkP0

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        Love all the chrome on your mare Netg! Looks lovely and soft as well.

        I was bragging on my mare to my friends Saturday- she hadn't been worked in 3 days and came out and hacked out at the walk and trot in cold, windy weather like a pro. Then Sunday we had a total baby day and couldn't focus on anything for more than 0.2 seconds

        I need to get photos under saddle, but here's a 2.5 month progress pic since I got her. Just regular work and actually getting fed!

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          Nothing quite so exciting for me, as compared to some of you - what lovely updates to see!

          Our ridiculous weather in northern IL means that many places around me are only now beginning to manage leaf removal.. The yearling and I got to discover leaf blowers this week. Wonderfully uneventful - the highlight of course, was when she decided to stick her nose in the stream of air (so leaf blowers are a yes).

          In related news, I am 100% certain I need to find a vacuum to use on her this winter, especially if that's her response to loud, noisy implements. That's going on my shopping list, along with a surcingle and a new pair of long lines. She's already had stuff over her back, so thinking the surcingle will be this winter's easy project.

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            Edre oh how hilarious, I love her response to the leaf blowers! Definitely get a vacuum for her.

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              Yikes lenapesadie I'm glad that's the only thing broken at least. Babies are just so fun.

              I don't have any fun updates, I'm letting Rain have some time off while I get my mare fixed up who is at a different barn. He has done really well this year so he deserves it. I've only been getting out to see him once or twice a week this month, but he doesn't seem to care too much

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                Taking a break for me as well, although I'm just waiting for more gullet plates to arrive. Have had the new saddle for several weeks but still can't use it yet, which is frustrating. And of course the only shops that had the plate size I need in stock were ones with ridiculously SLOW (or expensive) shipping.

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                  I took a 2 week break thanks to a hella cold. I'm glad I only get sick like that every few years. The best thing about my baby? I just swung a leg over and away we went. No histrionics, no naughtiness. He's really coming along, too, with a nice 2nd level collected canter (can't hold it long, but it's just time and fitness), the shoulder in is getting nicer and easier all the time. Haunches in L coming along but haunches in R still non-existent (he has trouble bending around the R leg). Walk canter is solid; canter walk is improving. I am a happy momma!
                  From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.

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                    Edre - is this foal by Romeo ( Denmark one)? I really liked what I saw in his videos and I have a dose of semen for my quirky spooky short coupled Rousseau mare. She is very powerful and he looked so elastic that I thought it would be a good cross. If so - that is good to hear that he is siring sensible babies. I like sensible horses.

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                      FlamingoRider

                      Originally posted by FlamingoRider View Post
                      Wincredible GOA
                      Age: 1.5 yrs (2018)
                      Breeding: Han (Wild Dance x Caraechstordinaire xx[Arab])
                      Size: 15ish, expecting 15.3
                      I have a Han/Arab cross who was also 15ish as a long yearling. He’s 16.3 now lol.

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                        So... apparently my green training level baby has beautiful clean simple changes with my trainer, and can do volte figure 8s in canter with trot changes with me....
                        Who is this stranger?!
                        If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.
                        -meupatdoes

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                          Had a good clinic on the 23rd. I was told to stop babying my horse and that when I ask him to move off my leg laterally, he should MOVE. Guilty as charged. Since we finally are making progress on our right lead canter transition difficulties, we can now work on the canter, as in transition, 4 strides and then trot, and repeat. Same for the left lead. He needs to build strength in the canter. She was very pleased with the progress in his trot since June, he's regular and using his hind end. We worked on 10 m circles to the right to help with getting him off that shoulder and gettting into the canter. I watched the new videos as compared to the June videos and could see a change as well so, yay! She really pushed us and it was a hard lesson but a good one. I can feel him much more honest in his bend, both directions, since then.

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                            It’s been rainy and awful here for 2 weeks and my 2yo hasn’t been getting any work and very little turnout. He’s started doing this head shaking tossing thing before and during his walk to turnout and I know it’s a dominant behavior. It’d be easy to work through if everything wasn’t mud. Soon baby horse, there will be a reckoning.

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                              Originally posted by SAB View Post
                              FlamingoRider



                              I have a Han/Arab cross who was also 15ish as a long yearling. He’s 16.3 now lol.
                              Eeek, that's not what I want to hear! He's butt-high again, but seems to have grown back into his neck.

                              Wynn started "boot camp" with Tik Maynard yesterday. Considering the improvement one haul-in session produced in his ground manners, I'm looking forward to what a couple weeks will give us. My solid rock older horse has spoiled me!

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                                chantel sounds like a great clinic. You two look v stunning together!

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                                  JJ has apparently hit the stage where she's ready to work harder, feels strong and fit, and is looking for ways to use her energy.

                                  Last night on a walk around the property she wanted to check out the garbage can which was as out of place and therefore questionable. Went up, smelling it, pushing on it, not a big deal. I start to ride her away and THEN she spooks as if it failing to follow her was scary.

                                  She jumped in the air and turned a little, throwing hoof fulls of gravel on the front gate and garbage can, and scaring the other horses with her racket. The other horses freaking out and the noises she made were NOT scary, and by then she was back to calm walk on the buckle.

                                  Clown!
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                                  If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.
                                  -meupatdoes

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                                    Have been following for a while since there are currently 4 four year olds in our barn. The barn “baby” is three now and just started his riding career this week. Tomorrow we’re going to add a saddle and walk around the round pen
                                    He is a 3 year old Oldenburg
                                    16h
                                    Totalis x Donnerhall

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                                      chantal he has such an adorable face.

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                                        My little five year old grew so much muscle in six weeks, our new custom saddle needed to be completely refitted. I'm so happy with her lovely little attitude under saddle - she figured out trot half-pass in one session! We're working on changes now, and getting her more fit in the canter in general.

                                        She also let me clip her legs today - first time being clipped in her life and she didn't bat an eye! I'm happy because her manners for grooming with some other people hasn't been that great all the time - she kicked my trainer's groom and she kicked the farrier's assistant. Ugh - she's good with me and I'm working on getting her to be behaved with EVERYONE who handles her. The trainer goes out of her way to qualify that my mare is such a superstar "under saddle". Her ground work isn't nearly as sophisticated so that's my main focus now. Keeping her as pleasant on the ground as she is in the tack!
                                        Mr. Sandman
                                        sand me a man
                                        make him so sandy
                                        the sandiest man

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                                          Originally posted by Jenerationx View Post
                                          chantal he has such an adorable face.
                                          Thank you! Here's another one from today. I can't get enough of his face.

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