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    TC- congrats on a great show- I prefer to get to shows early to work myself down, I commend you for rolling with it. Cupid clearly trusts you and was his awesome self.

    Tiger- relaxation, sounds so easy but it's one of the hardest things to do ever. True confession= I was so tense on MB that I sang Row, Row and the Alphabet song for no less than 10 minutes- as we were going.

    Yeah, for those that mentioned MB and "that face". She's super cute and she knows it. She loves getting her picture taken and also being fussed over. I groomed her really well and brushed her mane and tail and she was almost asleep. Once we get her leading manners she will be pretty awesome. She goes in such different contact than I'm used to. Fab mentioned trying a hackamore- never ridden in one. Any tips?


      Well, I've now had two decent "dressagey" rides on the big guy. I am planning to work slowly and work on conditioning, etc. We only did a short canter and the rest walk trot, but he was decent.

      Today is quite a bit cooler than the last two days. Will still be in the 40s though, so I'll try to tack up again today. I need to get Chico out, too.
      My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


        Cupid - Congrats again on a great show! Out of curiosity, where in the Bay Area are you guys? Where do you ride?


          TC - congrats on sticking with the plan and not letting the car hiccup throw you off. I'm sure it would me! Espcecially that early in the morning, I don't do early morning well in general

          PF - glad you've gotten some nice rides in. I think you'll really get to know TBG through dressage work and can explore others things further down the road. After all, flatwork is the basis for all we do!

          Tiger - I'm really intrigued by your trainers use of long lining. I've not had much exposure to it, other than one of my early trainers doing some when I had no idea what I was watching! Tension, we all do it knowingly or not. When my trainer tells me to shrug my shoulders or shake my arms I know the tension is there (but hadn't felt it). I also think when she has me ride with "driving reins" it's not just to have me use my legs more but to also make sure my hands are on either side of the neck. I tend to "steer" especially going to the right, my left hand gets flat and crosses over. I'm better about feeling that.

          Trot - what excellent advice to Labellavita! And good for all of us to hear as I think we get complacent with how we handle our own horses. We should always use best practices. Thank you!

          Lucky - well done you! I loved how you "owned the moment" and went on from there! Next time you're feeling a little unsure I hope you remember that and know you've got this!

          I forgot to tell you I had another super lesson on Sat.! Trainer is pushing me a little each time and I'm loving it! Just did my Tues. light hack - got it in before the thunderstorms arrive. And, I've got to say it: my Eagles are going to the Super Bowl!! Fly Eagles, Fly


            PF - Congrats on another good ride on the big guy! You are so wise to be taking this approach with him - I have a feeling it will pay off big time later

            lost - We are so lucky to have a trainer that actually knows how to do it - it really is becoming a lost art! And it really does help a horse learn to carry itself without the interference of a rider, etc. How valuable is that for a young horse? Or a horse, like mine, that never learned the correct way? Congrats on your Eagles!!

            I worked on relaxing in the saddle last night . . . despite the fact that it was rainy and windy and noisy in the indoor and no one was turned out because it rained all day.

            We did mostly walk work (I'm not crazy afterall!) and I really concentrated on keeping my seat soft and relaxed. Turns on the forehand, leg yields, then ventured down to the far end, left hand on my thigh to some walk poles that were set up. Dodger is not always a fan of that end of the indoor. I knew I'd start to tense up - so I did the opposite and opened my thighs - his head came down and over the poles we went - easy peasy. Started to circle to go over again and something startled him and he wanted to bolt - opened up, instead of clamping down, he came right back to me and back over the poles we went. We went back and forth several more times, changed direction and then headed back to the other end. To finish off I tried a little bit of shoulder fore - to test how relaxed I still was - super easy. Needless to say, I was thrilled! But boy, I really, really had to think about staying relaxed.


              Whew! I just caught up on a lot of posts!

              SQ: Oh man you've been through a lot recently. I am so glad for you that your kiddos are okay. Your work situation is an interesting conundrum. I'm glad you caught a break with those coveralls though! Saves a lot of stress and arguing!

              PF: Glad you got good rides in while it's warm!

              lost: Yay for a super lesson!! Also your celebrity sightings are AWESOME.

              labellavita: Have you talked to your trainer or decided on whether or not you'll stay at this place?

              lucky: You're so brave! I'm a big fan of speaking up when you're uncomfortable, and glad it helped you progress through the lesson.

              skr: Good luck with your lessons this week. That's a lot of riding! But it's pretty awesome that you can see improvement so quickly with three/week.

              Faye: How's that covered arena going? Exciting that you get to ride in a new arena, but lordy I can't imaging how exhausting it must be to deal with the construction.

              vj: How are Kohl's eyes doing? Did you find out what could be causing the issues?


              We've had the nuttiest weather! We had an ice storm. And ICE. STORM. A week ago. This is Houston. What the heck is going on? We are not made for this weather. I ended up calling in, since I have to drive over bridges and overpasses to get to work. So the DH and I finally took down our Christmas decor and he slipped on ice in our driveway taking the poor, dead tree out. That was a first for him. **crying** It was pretty funny, since he righted himself pretty quickly. Also, apparently we haven't had enough, because we decided to go skiing in March. We're dying to get a ski trip in, esp since we're trying to have a kid and want to do it before we're a little bogged down with a kiddo.

              Work has been okay so far. It's just been steady, although we had an incident this weekend with a technician that I'm really hoping gets addressed quickly. I've been debating on whether or not I should apply for this new supervisor position. I've pretty much decided against it. It's basically all admin work and no patient care, which is why I got into this work to begin with. So I'm sticking out the lead role, esp since we're adding more of me. Haven't cried recently over work and that's a big win for me!

              My last few lessons have been pretty good! I rode twice the week before last to make up a lesson and it was mostly the same exercise. Basically a mini course over a cavaletti. It was pretty challenging on Nola, but it went well. I did a nice warm up with a lot of canter trot transitions and that was really fun! This last week was a no jumping at all lesson. I rolled an ankle at work earlier in the week so my ankles were a mess. We did a lot of no stirrup sitting trot and holy cow, my thighs were on fire! I FINALLY got a nice, collected canter on Nola. We worked really hard on sitting tall and lengthening my leg and it helped a lot! My biggest issue was at the no stirrup trot, she kept speeding up on the long side of the arena and it was really challenging to slow her down. My trainer said that she needed a good stern ride again since she's young and stubborn. I have another lesson this Thursday to make up for the coming weekend that they have an IEA show. I'm going to help them out on Sunday at the show since they are hosting. Should be fun!

              Saturday, myself and a few work friends are going to a 90s themed bar crawl. We went to the last one and it was awesome, so we're going all out this time. I'm on the hunt for some overalls and a fanny pack and one of the girls bought a power rangers costume. DDD
              -April W.


                Lost - Maybe you'll find yourself in the showring by the end of the season

                Tigre - That's so awesome, I'm so happy for you! I think this is going to be a big year for you & Dodger!

                SKR - I sent you a PM.

                Cupid got yesterday off, and today we did an easy ride popping over a tiny crossrail a few times at the end, he deserves a little fun!


                  Lab Another reason to look for another place is if they only have one horse you can ride what happens when that horse is lame. They ALL go lame!!!

                  Tigre Aahhhhh sitting on a horse. The horse knows more about you when you sit down than you know about them. A good rider can sit on any horse. A bad rider cannot sit on any horse!!!!!! Once you master that on Dodger you will be able to do it on any horse. LOL Once you have mastered walk. You have to start again with trot and then start again with canter, but it is so worth it.

                  OMG that photo. That is where I tell people to just stand back and look at your horse. If you are riding correctly you will see it. There I see a happy, well educated, correctly ridden horse. Just looking at that horse you know how well the rider can ride and it is so many levels above me. I dream of having a photo of one of my horses looking like that.

                  It is so difficult though. Life gets in the way. Lameness gets in the wzy. Work gets in the way. Illness gets in the way. Sigh I always feel like I am bringing horses into woek and dont actually have them in work.
                  That is not the first time I have seen a good rider saying they like a hot horse. A hot horse is fine for a rider like Charlotte. But us a low level riders staying safe comes first. Twiggy is hot. She is not for hubby.

                  My lesson with my 2 horses yesterday. My how time flies. It is a while since he saw them and I did get good comments instead of me feeling like everything I am doing is is wrong! He said Sim's rhythm and tempo was great which is something I have never heard before.

                  I have been practicing my homework. Last week the group lesson was back. I rode Ben. Ben tripped about 11 times.

                  Yesterday Sim tripped. ARGH about 5 times. I know you can't chastise them as they don't do it on purpose. But honestly pick up youe feet

                  Then I was told it was actually my fault. I have gone up a level!!!!! The horses have not yet. So I am not giving like I used to and they are not used to it in the seat of the step and so they trip. When they get used to it they will not trip.

                  So my homework is my hands. Ride on the 2nd notch which I have been doing with Sim and Dodge for 2 weeks now. Keep my elbows by my side and still give but only give one cm not 30cm. I hope he was exaggerating when he said that!
                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                    Tiger- I just love your descriptions about relaxing, it's exactly what I do (before) and how I need to do (the relaxing part). Glad you had such a good ride in a challenging environment.

                    Lost- I appreciate your kind words. I also am rooting for the Eagles, I'm ready for someone besides the Patriots to hoist the trophy.

                    HJ- I hate ice. Here in Nashville we get ice more than snow and it's rough. I wish you lived closer, I have two fanny packs I love them. One is neon yellow and one is a more sensible blue. Neon was found in MIL attic, where it has resided since at least the 70s.

                    I'm contemplating asking Fab if I can canter on Princess during my lesson on Saturday. Bravery jingles would be appreciated.


                      Lucky - Lots of jingles coming your way; first jingles for Fab during this tough week. Next jingles for Pony that she is improving and just needs a bit more pampering time, and finally cantering jingles for you. I know you will canter MB, if not this week then the moon and the stars will align and it will be next week. What a great lesson you had on MB, I loved how you were able to let go of your tension and keep going. Leading her, you were able to be twice your size (at least figuratively) and not let her get away with a thing, even when she was pulling out her tricks from her "pony bag 'O Naughtiness". Well done you!

                      Paradox - Yay for good rides on TBG, you guys are going to have fun with dressage. We had warm wet weather today, and when I left the BM was going around taking pics for an impromptu 'dirtiest horse contest'. Fortunately my horse wasn't a contender. I so agree that riding with tension is a habit. We often try so hard for the correct position that it ends up as tension. Really something to think about.

                      Austen - Shameless brag absolutely appropriate, great ribbon for DD in good (and huge) company. And whoop for Calvin showing off his talent with the big guns. Good week for your guys. You may be in the FLA sun, but I love how your trainer is not taking a vacay with your riding goals. Yay for increasingly challenging lessons.

                      Cupid - Wow, what a great show report! First of all GOOD FOR YOU in thinking about your trainer and not letting her blow up her engine. Then the dawn truck and trailer switch to scramble for the last class. Vehicle issues make me crazy, good for your Zen attitude that fed right on over to Cupid. All of your excursions have helped him get to this point, what a good boy!! He is getting to be such a big boy. That was a real test, and not just in the dressage ring.

                      Tiger - Thank you for such thought provoking posts on riding with tension, something we all need to think about. I loved hearing how Dodger so powerfully relaxed to your body changes. You are so right that it is not easy, I am hoping as I become more aware it will become easier with repetition. I could see the difference in my jumping the school pony, how much tension I am holding when I jump Milo, something for me to work on.

                      Labellavita - Hope things are going well for you in your riding.

                      Suzie - Ohh, nice complement for you and Sims from your trainers. That is so spot on about life getting in the way of our training goals. Or perhaps the horses tendency toward self destruction, LOL. I am sure horses are on this earth to teach us patience and humility. I am glad Charlotte likes her hot horses, I will stick with my sensible one.

                      HJ- Whew, good for you on the no stirrup lesson. They are good for us no doubt, but can be soo painful. The collected canter on Nola sounds very nice, such a good feeling when they get it right. Hope you have fun working the IEA show, it really takes an army of volunteers to put them on. I found ours lots of fun and interesting. Hope hubby is not too sore from his icy slip - I HATE ice storms.

                      SKR - I really like it that you are rotating thru the program horses. It is so easy for trainers to get in a rut and assign the same horses over again and not think out of the box. It sounds like they are trying to find out what is a good fit for you and challenges as you need them.

                      Thank you guys for all your jingles for Milo, I think that they have worked! He is sound coming off his Equioxx, and I have been given the go ahead to start light walk and trot work this week, and if he stays happy back into full work next week. I am not going to rush things, between the snow and his owwee he has had a couple week vacation. I will put off hunting for a bit till I regain fitness at home. If we go back to lameness I will haul to the clinic for further diagnostics, but the vet was comfortable with letting him start slowly back to work. Funny, how we can bruise or sprain something and brush it off. If it is the horse we are contemplating full body scans for them!!

                      This week I will be taking Charlotte's advice and concentrating on the quality of our walk/trot transitions and corners. Plus, I can ride the pony again in my lesson.


                        if you remember, we were in Lexington for a meeting last month and we met with TBG's bloodstock agent, the guy who managed him. He pulled up a race on his laptop and let us film it. It's in the middle of a meeting/party, so you can hear talking, but it's kind of fun to see your horse race. He is the horse with a jockey in pink and a yellow helmet. I think he is wearing number 8.
                        Last edited by ParadoxFarm; Jun. 9, 2019, 10:49 PM.
                        My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                          Paradox - what a great stretch run! He look like he was out of the race but great come-from-behind victory! I watched the video of Cupid's win, he was headed at the stretch and fought back to win so I was very proud of him. And barely recognized him, lol.


                            That's cool, TC! And yeah, here I thought TBG didn't know how to go forward, haha. So it really IS all me.
                            My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                              PF- Way to hang with TBG, spooks are no fun,

                              Forgot to mention, MB spooked when I was on her, small canter spin, and I stuck it (that was right around my freakout time). I flashed back to all those spooks on Pony at The Barnyard and it made me braver. Funny how some scary rides are awful in the moment, then when you have perspective, it makes other rides no big deal.

                              I'm for sure on Princess Saturday. The only other thing I have to get over with MB is the fact that kids ride her and she's fine. Like little kids. She is a top of the line medium after all. Reminds me of Seinfeld, when Kramer took karate and made some comment about it not being about size but ability level, since he was with all young kids.

                              Had a rough day at work- learned to be super assertive, hopefully it will carry over. I think I need to re-name Princess as The ThighMaster. I'm working on a new nickname for her- Princess just doesn't really suit her- it's too prissy for how mellow she is. She likes nothing better than to play in the mud. I will get some pics and I would love name ideas (for on here anyway)


                                Well I am sore. Especially the middle finger on my right hand and that finger doesn't even hold the rein. My lower leg, my shoulders, my back. A massage would be wonderful.

                                It must be from the tripping. ARGH. Ben only tripped once today and it was not a bad one, but he learns really fast. I am afraid Sim might not learn as quickly and he is a much bigger horse and the trips were a lot worse for me. I hope he does.

                                Ben is such a good boy. When he gets right lead canter he will be the perfect horse. It was so humid today. After warm up we did leg yield from the 3/4 line to the outside track. There are now 3 of us in this class. A lot better than last week when there were 7 in a 20m x 40m arena.

                                Then leg yield out and canter in the first corner. So we ended up with all 3 of us cantering. To the left good. Poor Ben he was sweat from head to toe, so we walked quite a few laps.

                                To the right, incorrect then a flying change and surged. We went around the arena quite a few times which gave me time to think of how I should be riding. What each part of my body should be doing and then do it individuully and then add them together. And it worked!

                                We then double hosed them as they were all sweating. My hair was wet. I was dripping. I changed clothes but so wish there was a shower there.

                                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                  lucky - sending bravery jingles your way - you CAN canter on Saturday!! Also jingles and ((hugs)) for Fab - what a tough year Fab has had.

                                  Sorry about your day - hope your evenig was better!!!

                                  Reflecting on why MB is better for kids - and this happens all the time with horses - when you think about - and this plays into our recent conversations - kids usually don't lug around any tension.

                                  trot - more jingles for Milo! Sounds like you have a great plan in place.

                                  PF - Sorry about your ride but, what an AWESOME video!!! And nice way to stick the spooks!

                                  Suzie - sounds like a challenging lesson! I know you are so over your hot weather - but, it sounds like heaven to me!

                                  * * * * *

                                  So, I had a tear inducing, gold medal ride last night Found my seat and kept it the whole ride - it was like magic - and culminated with a shoulder fore at sitting trot that felt just like it did on lines on Sunday. We were so connected - just the lightest touch, just a shift in weight - shoulder fore - it was incredible.

                                  I will also confess that I have a "bridle" problem - found this at my local consignment store and could not pass on it. It's supposed to be a Prestige, but it's not marked anywhere, it is lovely and soft and I think quite becoming on Dodger and it was a real bargain - oh, although it doesn't show, it has the most unusual tab detail at the end of each strap. I'll try to get a better picture this weekend in the daylight of both the bridle and the detail.
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                                      Tiger, SO SO happy for your excellent ride!! You deserve it with all the hard work you have been doing with your boy. Yay! And lovely bridle. Love those bargains. It does look nice on the handsome boy.

                                      lucky, hope you have a better day today! Hugs.

                                      Trot, glad Milo is feeling better. Continued jingles.

                                      HJ have fun Saturday with the girls!

                                      Austen, hope you're have a good time in FL. Keep us posted on your ponies!

                                      My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                                        Okay, I uploaded the CUBE video from my ride last night. I found my spook moment and clipped it, then zoomed and cropped.
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                                          Nice stick PF!!! WOW, I wonder what that was all about! Silly pony is right!