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    Only a "special snowflake" would say, "I did not do a 10m circle as the horse is not ready, therefore I have altered the test." That is not noble, it is entitled and weird. If the horse isn't ready, then you don't present them at that level. Even if they can do some other movements at that level. Patience my meatloafy friend. Patience.

    If my horse is not ready, I don't compete in that test/level. Crazy, I know. I also prefer to school one level higher than I compete. Also crazy.

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      What's going on with the chin strap on his helmet on the right side in those pics? It looks like its separated, it doesn't come together below his ear like it's supposed to.

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        Is his saddle also too small for his butt?
        I care more about whether the saddle fits the horse than Nick's butt comfort, especially since he thuds hard onto her back with every canter stride. However, he looks to be filling that saddle out from front to back.

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          Thanks Joanne.

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            My guess is that he doesn't know the size of a ten meter circle, rode to the edges of the arena, and then when called on his lack of knowledge, made up the excuse the mare wasn't ready. Sadly, had he shown her at training level she would have probably scored quite well...only brought down by the rider score.
            "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."
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              Originally posted by Joanne View Post

              Here is Carpathia:

              Nick teaching the piaffe (240 views) :

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S44jVunhkCs

              How Nick rides a spooky horse (321 views):

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eTO8BFMJ3E
              Thank you for posting the video links.

              The one of the horse spooking isn't bad. For his level of riding ability he makes it work and his horse seems to quickly get over being spooky in the shadows and they quietly ride on. Do I like what he does with his hands, no. But 30 some years ago I was taught to lightly 'see-saw' the reins to get my horses head down. This was by a local hunter trainer. I've since learned better but, it's not the worst mistake to make. Do I think the guy is a tool, yes. But I liked the way he handled it better than the riders that force their horse to stand and look at the scary object/place or the ones that go to the whip. The video of his in-hand work was sad. His horse has such a lovely brain.

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                Truly, the only gripe I have with his riding (aside from his claim that he is THE perfect example of How To Dressage) is his thumping on her back. He doesn't dig his heels into her sides or try to rearrange her teeth with the bit.

                I think somewhere there are pictures of her wearing a gag bit, which could have been scary. But since he's Mr. Reins Of Silk he never established or asked for enough contact for the gag bit to be a problem.

                All things considered, I have no quibbles with how he cared for her.

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                  Originally posted by Mara View Post
                  I think somewhere there are pictures of her wearing a gag bit, which could have been scary. But since he's Mr. Reins Of Silk he never established or asked for enough contact for the gag bit to be a problem.
                  Ugh. gag bits. Now, many moons ago, I had a new to me horse, a pretty solid Training Level event horse with scope for a lot more. But he was big, and while I rode him in a French link eggbutt snaffle for dressage, the first time I took him cross-country, my trainer insisted I use a gag. Fortunately, it was a Shrewbury pattern gag that I used with double reins, so I was riding off the plain snaffle and the gag only came into play if there was an issue. We found on that cross-country round that rather than getting heavy and on the forehand, the longer and faster he went, the higher he galloped. I didn't use the gag at all and took it off the bridle and replaced it with a Dr. Bristol. Now, another trainer came up to me at that event and asked if he could borrow the gag. I was like "? - well, okay." He went xcountry later that day. He had removed the snaffle rein and rode entire on the gag. The horse totally quit on him about two-thirds of the way through the course.

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                    Originally posted by Mara View Post
                    Truly, the only gripe I have with his riding (aside from his claim that he is THE perfect example of How To Dressage) is his thumping on her back. He doesn't dig his heels into her sides or try to rearrange her teeth with the bit.

                    I think somewhere there are pictures of her wearing a gag bit, which could have been scary. But since he's Mr. Reins Of Silk he never established or asked for enough contact for the gag bit to be a problem.

                    All things considered, I have no quibbles with how he cared for her.
                    The gripe I have with his riding is that he claims to be a Grand-Prix level, when clearly he is a Training / First Level rider at best.

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                      Originally posted by BigMama1 View Post

                      The gripe I have with his riding is that he claims to be a Grand-Prix level, when clearly he is a Training / First Level rider at best.
                      More like walk-trot/training at best.
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                        I agree. The man cannot canter. And I disagree that the "Scary" video with her throwing her head up to shy is at all laudible. He advocates stopping the horse to walk to "collect yourself" and get over the spook. Essentially teaching your horse that is was indeed scary, and the near-bolt will get you out of the work. He hauls on her under the tree again, with reins far to long to make contact, with his inside rein back at his hip, almost having been unseated. The entire video is an embarassment. In the paws and rewind shots at a canter (27-the 30's), he's tipped forward in a quasi half seat leaning over his hands, or on them, possibly, where a horse could'nt possibly sit back and use their hind end. If the mare stopped, he'd go right over her head. His riding isn't good hunter riding, much less dressage.My opinion.
                        Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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                          Originally posted by Mara View Post
                          Truly, the only gripe I have with his riding (aside from his claim that he is THE perfect example of How To Dressage) is his thumping on her back. He doesn't dig his heels into her sides or try to rearrange her teeth with the bit.

                          I think somewhere there are pictures of her wearing a gag bit, which could have been scary. But since he's Mr. Reins Of Silk he never established or asked for enough contact for the gag bit to be a problem.

                          All things considered, I have no quibbles with how he cared for her.
                          The only gripe I have with Mr. Peronace is that he is a dishonest poser who attempts to take money from unsuspecting people by advertising himself in a fraudulent manner.

                          I do have a "quibble" with him giving a COTH member's address as his own, and using pictures of other people's farms, which he has done more than once, saying untruthfully that he "trains" there.

                          I can only hope that most people understand him by now for the fraud that he is, and will not let him near their horses or farms. I feel free to say this because he has admitted to lying on the old thread, and has been exposed as being dishonest many times over.

                          Anyone who demonstrates such anger issues as does Mr. Peronace, losing their cool by shouting vulgarities at a farm owner who won't hire him, because when put on a horse it was obvious that he had lied about his "training" qualifications and proved to the farm owner that he could not ride the horse, who does the same in voicemail, and then uses photos of her farm without permission to pretend that he trains horses at her farm, is not acceptable and not harmless.

                          I couldn't care less if a deluded person fancies themselves to be a Maestro dressage trainer and lies about their credentials on the internet, especially whilst providing proof of their incompetence in photo and video form . People can now see that for what it is.

                          My problem is with the actual attempt to profit from people who don't know better. the record of dishonesty, and the desperate willingness to follow through on his delusions, IE the begging to come to your farm and give a "free" clinic, because no one will pay.

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                            Let me add to the above. He bullies people.

                            And when called out on it with evidence, he whines that he is the one being bullied. That is such cowardly playground behaviour. It is not adult behaviour. Nobody can respect that.

                            And the story never changes. Same ole, same ole...”me and my majikal techniques.” Same ole whine...poor little me.

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                              Originally posted by Mara View Post
                              Truly, the only gripe I have with his riding (aside from his claim that he is THE perfect example of How To Dressage) is his thumping on her back. He doesn't dig his heels into her sides or try to rearrange her teeth with the bit.

                              I think somewhere there are pictures of her wearing a gag bit, which could have been scary. But since he's Mr. Reins Of Silk he never established or asked for enough contact for the gag bit to be a problem.

                              All things considered, I have no quibbles with how he cared for her.
                              Imo, not conditioning the horse so that she is physically able to do the work isn't quality care. A rider whos horse shows a neck like that (in those pics) is not fed well enough, nor worked appropriately for the work he says he asks of her.
                              Good caretaking, to me, begins with being fair. He was not fair to her, by the looks of her lack of muscling*, by what we see in that video of that in hand work, or from what we know of his dedication to learning, humility or lack of ego wrt riding as an endeavor, or ... anything...

                              * in those pics from smugmug.
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                                Originally posted by skydy View Post

                                The only gripe I have with Mr. Peronace is that he is a dishonest poser who attempts to take money from unsuspecting people by advertising himself in a fraudulent manner.

                                I do have a "quibble" with him giving a COTH member's address as his own, and using pictures of other people's farms, which he has done more than once, saying untruthfully that he "trains" there.

                                I can only hope that most people understand him by now for the fraud that he is, and will not let him near their horses or farms. I feel free to say this because he has admitted to lying on the old thread, and has been exposed as being dishonest many times over.

                                Anyone who demonstrates such anger issues as does Mr. Peronace, losing their cool by shouting vulgarities at a farm owner who won't hire him, because when put on a horse it was obvious that he had lied about his "training" qualifications and proved to the farm owner that he could not ride the horse, who does the same in voicemail, and then uses photos of her farm without permission to pretend that he trains horses at her farm, is not acceptable and not harmless.

                                I couldn't care less if a deluded person fancies themselves to be a Maestro dressage trainer and lies about their credentials on the internet, especially whilst providing proof of their incompetence in photo and video form . People can now see that for what it is.

                                My problem is with the actual attempt to profit from people who don't know better. the record of dishonesty, and the desperate willingness to follow through on his delusions, IE the begging to come to your farm and give a "free" clinic, because no one will pay.
                                Oh I have plenty of issues with his behavior! Something is really wrong with his wiring; I've known 10 year olds with more emotional maturity.

                                But his riding is far from the worst ever. Yes, I know he thinks he's among the best ever and could have gone to the Olympics but for breed prejudice, but that's his crazy, not his actual horse care.

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                                  Originally posted by Angela Freda View Post

                                  Imo, not conditioning the horse so that she is physically able to do the work isn't quality care. A rider whos horse shows a neck like that (in those pics) is not fed well enough, nor worked appropriately for the work he says he asks of her.
                                  Good caretaking, to me, begins with being fair. He was not fair to her, by the looks of her lack of muscling*, by what we see in that video of that in hand work, or from what we know of his dedication to learning, humility or lack of ego wrt riding as an endeavor, or ... anything...

                                  * in those pics from smugmug.
                                  Fortunately the mare is smart enough that she was able to take care of herself, and he is ignorant enough to not realize she was managing to evade the bit and mosey comfortably around on her forehand.

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                                    IIRC, she was a lesson horse at a hunter barn before he purchased her. So she had a flying lead change which she would happily and lazily do when crossing the diagonal (he of course considered them 4th level changes, which they were....not). She knew darn well exactly how much effort she had to put in, and how "hot" she had to get to scare him into backing off. Smart girl. I hope her new people adore her.

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                                      Her new people do adore her. They think, though, that they bought a 4th level dressage horse, and that she is "teaching her new rider" dressage. while they have bought his lines hook and sinker, they take lovely care of her and love her beyond words, according to their posts on his FB pages. His new rider did well in intro and training last year, when she showed her at local shows, scoring in the 60s I believe. When Nick found out about those, he crowed that she won year end awards or something which I don't think she did, but she She is beloved and well cared for, which is all a horse could ever really care about.
                                      Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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                                        Maybe I've been riding my PRE for too long now, but his huge reaction to her really small reaction seemed so amplified to me. I'm not sure if he was going that route for the sake of an example in the video? But something like that truly was small enough to just keep going and pay no mind. No need to stop and recover and go back multiple times.

                                        I have a very reactive horse though. Maybe he has never been on a truly hot and sensitive horse before?
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                                          Originally posted by emipou View Post
                                          Maybe I've been riding my PRE for too long now, but his huge reaction to her really small reaction seemed so amplified to me. I'm not sure if he was going that route for the sake of an example in the video? But something like that truly was small enough to just keep going and pay no mind. No need to stop and recover and go back multiple times.

                                          I have a very reactive horse though. Maybe he has never been on a truly hot and sensitive horse before?
                                          If he had, he'd have been launched in minutes.
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