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Words of wisdom for the dressage rider

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  • Words of wisdom for the dressage rider

    Taken from the interview with Lusitano rider, Goncalo Conchinhas:

    "Gonçalo can not recall the best piece of advice he has ever been given but says that his advice is to not waste time with people who think they know better. “It’s better to ask for help from those people who have proven that they know.”

    Any other great words of wisdom?
    "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
    "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
    Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!

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    Never take yourself too seriously. It is a sport, but one can lose the harmony when they lose the fun.



    I just actually blogged about this exact topic!!!
    http://dressageesquire.blogspot.com
    "The ability to write a check for attire should not be confused with expertise. Proficiency doesn't arrive shrink-wrapped from UPS and placed on your doorstep."

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    • #3
      Straighten your horse and ride him forward.

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      • #4
        Smile even when you want to cry.
        Trust yourself enough to trust your horse.
        My fav: Shoulders like a princess hips like a whore.
        Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
        Originally Posted by alicen:
        What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.

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        • #5
          "Ride the horse you have"
          "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach

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          • #6
            Originally posted by leilatigress View Post
            My fav: Shoulders like a princess hips like a whore.


            Cross train for the sanity of your horse (and yours)!
            Hoppe, Hoppe, Reiter...
            Wenn er faellt dann schreit er...

            Originally posted by mbm
            forward is like love - you can never have enough

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            • #7
              Originally posted by leilatigress View Post
              My fav: Shoulders like a princess hips like a whore.
              Best advice ever!!

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              • #8
                Have realistic goals, that allow you to dream!

                Bit by bit, you'll get there.
                ~ Enjoying some guac and boxed wine at the Blue Saddle inn. ~

                Originally posted by LauraKY
                I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
                HORSING mobile training app

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Calhoun View Post
                  "Ride the horse you have"
                  I've been told that old chestnut before, too. It's a good one to live by!
                  "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                  • #10
                    "Training occurs on the release."
                    Ring the bells that still can ring
                    Forget your perfect offering
                    There is a crack in everything
                    That's how the light gets in.

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                    • #11
                      Actually, self carriage and collection come in the release.
                      "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                        Actually, self carriage and collection come in the release.
                        They come about as a result of the horse having learned (been trained) through use of release at the right moment, very true.

                        But they don't automatically come on any old release. Ergo the value of that advice to me! The learning ie training occurs by communicating to the horse through the use of release timed precisely to indicate to him that he is doing what is asked. Over time as he consolidates that learning, self-carriage emerges. And collection...well, longer story.

                        But that's the trouble with advice and wise words, they try to convey way too much in too few words!
                        Ring the bells that still can ring
                        Forget your perfect offering
                        There is a crack in everything
                        That's how the light gets in.

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                        • #13
                          "Forward isn't running, and contact isn't pulling."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MelantheLLC View Post
                            They come about as a result of the horse having learned (been trained) through use of release at the right moment, very true.

                            But they don't automatically come on any old release. Ergo the value of that advice to me! The learning ie training occurs by communicating to the horse through the use of release timed precisely to indicate to him that he is doing what is asked. Over time as he consolidates that learning, self-carriage emerges. And collection...well, longer story.

                            But that's the trouble with advice and wise words, they try to convey way too much in too few words!
                            Um, so was that comment for my comment? Or for your original statement that required a bit more detail?
                            "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                            • #15
                              Both.
                              Ring the bells that still can ring
                              Forget your perfect offering
                              There is a crack in everything
                              That's how the light gets in.

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                              • #16
                                I keep telling myself this one

                                Originally posted by atr View Post
                                "Forward isn't running, and contact isn't pulling."
                                Being western trained I never understood why the heck the English riders were constantly pulling on their horse's mouth. If I hadn't done as much speed games I would never have understood the canter is NOT running though compared to that lope in WP its REALLY FAST!! *roll eyes*
                                Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                                Originally Posted by alicen:
                                What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.

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                                  #17
                                  Best words of advise given to me, "Be honest in your training."
                                  "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                                  "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                                  Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!

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                                  • #18
                                    always give, and give again

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                                    • #19
                                      Quit bullsh**ting and ride your horse.

                                      Oh, wait, that was Tom McBeath's suggestion to one of those stiff equitation type riders with a painted on smile and a rod up her beehind. She had asked him how to improve her placings.

                                      Don't ask the question if you don't want the answer.

                                      me, I kinda liked the answer

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                                      • #20
                                        Apologize to your horse in advance every time you get on her.

                                        And then thank her afterwards.
                                        Donerail Farm
                                        www.donerailfarm.com
                                        http://donerailfarm.wordpress.com/

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