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  1. Turnout at Rated Shows

    I doubt you see the bare minimum, but you will see the extreme with flashy browbands etc. Your tack should be clean and polished, you should have a clean and braided horse. If you braid every day or leave the braids in is up to you and depends on if your horse rubs. The majority of people show in white breeches. Most will show in black or dark blue coats and either is appropriate. If coats are excused, you may wear a pastel,white shirt,or light shirt with short sleeves with no stock or pin. Under a coat any color--you should see mine--I hate white shirts and have a lovely collection. As Lisa Wilcox says, white gloves show respect for the tradition of dressage, so use them. Generally, just hoof conditioner or oil is what we use. Good luck and have fun!!!
  2. Gatsby Update(PICTURES!!)

    I've missed the part where you were contemplating putting studs in, much less leaving them in, but please don't do that. Screw in studs are for traction which is what I am assuming you would be using them for, but like Remmie was saying they are terribly hard on your horse's legs and should not be used unless you either have experience with them or are working with someone who is experienced with them, not just for the heck of it. When I evented, we did not use them until Preliminary and them were very careful about which studs we did use and would never, ever just leave them in because they can cause additional stress on the legs, especially tendons and ligaments. For snow one tried and true method would be to borium on your shoes. Studs in permanently just put a great deal of shock and concussion on the leg because they do not allow the the foot to go forward but apply a breaking action. If you are worried about tendon problems, I would think studs would only compound that. If you have them in, definately do not ride on any hard surfaces.
  3. Gatsby Update(PICTURES!!)

    That's what my farrier does too.
  4. Young riders and untrained horses

    A number of these posts don't apply to dressage, but just to being a young rider and having a green horse, so those posts will have to stand on thier own, but if you are looking at dressage you do have to look at it from the aspects of: 1. How much experience do you have as a rider? What is your background. Many young riders are often much more experienced than adults simply because they follow a much more advanced track and they would be very comfortable with a green horse. 2. How often is an experienced trainer going to be weighing in on the mix and working with the two of you, or are you going to be going this road alone? Big difference if you are working alone or with a trainer on a regular basis. Also, if you are working with a trainer, this is something that you really should be discussing with them. 3. Price. What $ are you looking at spending realistically. 4. What are your goals for the next 5 years? Often our goals will really determine what path we need to be taking. Again, if you are working with a good coach, they will help you in determining your path. If you goal is upper level work, you are probably better off looking at a schoolmaster and saving the young horse for later.
  5. Help with an ad?

    I'll look at yours if you will take a look at the couple of tack ads I have.
  6. Dressage Chit Chat Thread Vol. 3

    BQD, George Morris has been know pretty much throughout his career for 1)making comments like this 2)preference for a thinner rider both of which are a given for him, so not surprisingly it is to be found in his column. It doesn't make it right and it has often been discussed on other BBs often in conjunction with eating disorders and riding. The thing to remember is that it is his column and his opinion .
  7. I feel like we've lost the basics *update*

    Depending on her age, a horse that has evented through prelim and done high jumpers is a strong candidate--even with a vet check--to have sore hocks. It is something that can just "come up" cause the kind of problems you are talking about and not raise red flags with a regular vet check. If she is in the 11+ age bracket, that would be the first thing I would have my vet look at.
  8. Need training advice

    A training level horse, which is esentially what you have, isn't going to collect. What you is everything that Remmie said as well as having him going forward, going balanced, in a steady rhythm and tempo. Because he was used as a lesson horse, more than likely he will take some time to get used to you and consistant aids, but I imagine that he will really appreciate the consistancy!!! As always, if you possibly can, the best thing you can do is find a great dressage instructor because that is the most beneficial thing you can do for yourself and your horse. If you cannot do that, invest in some good resourses: this BB is a super place to start and there are some good books out there Jane Savoie's Cross Train Your Horse is excellent. Running into the canter can be caused by lack of balance on the horse's part, it can be caused by you dropping contact on your outside rein--any number of things can cause it which is why outside evaluation is a good key. I know that at one point last year my transitions got sloppy when I hadn't had a lesson for a few weeks and I had just dropped my outside contact slightly. My mare was sensitive enough that it made a difference. Luckily, my coach picked up on it right away and it never became anymore of a problem. I know my rides are very structured and I know what I want to accomplish. My coach has exercises for everything and has helped me to structure things so my rides have focus and so I can work my horse between lessons which has been helpful. Is this the type of thing you are talking about? What to do on a regular basis to get your horse to start to work where you want him?
  9. Vienna Reins?

    BQD, why don't you schedule a longing lesson with your trainer? You seem to get, quite often, conflicting advice from your trainer and the BB and because you seem to respect both that can put you in a bad place because you obviously want to do what is best for your horse and you are unsure. I do agree that from some of your videos, that your side reins seem long, but it is also hard to say snug them up to XYZ on a BB and certainly much safer if you have a person/trainer on the ground working with you. Here's the thing too--everyone is going to have a different opinion on training equipment. Some people like Vienna Reins (for example) some don't and some may use them in specific instances--I know I have with positive results. Your trainer may be seeing something in Gatsby that you don't see because she is at a different level and a trainer ie a trainer that has a system that she uses. (Now, you have in the past had bad luck with trainers, so I don't know the background on your current trainer, so I will just presume that you are comfortable with her knowledge and background because if you are not, you shouldn't be working with her.) That may be different than the system that other people here use, but maybe taking a longing lesson where your trainer shows you how to use the equiptment (and explain that you would like to use her's in the lesson so you can see how it works etc, to see if it is worth the purchase price, the reasoning behind it,) is the way to go. The bottom line is that you should never just go and get and use equiptment without first being show how to use it correctly because improper use can cause problems. There are certain situations that VR work and maybe your trainer is seeing something or has discussed something with you regarding Gatsby and his work, or perhaps her background/experience makes her more comfortable using these with the type of horse he is.
  10. Sitting vs. Posting: The trot

    Post for the warm up, sit the remainer of the work because the influence of the seat is better, but only if you can sit well--your seat must be independant. On a young horse until the back muscles are strong enough, I post.
  11. Ugh...

    My mom's experience was the same. With an excellent vet and farrier she was able to compete her horse in dressage, so I don't know that I'd write your horse off completely without doing more research on it unless that is just what you want to do--especially if your goal at first is lower level stuff anyhow.
  12. I personally would not subject my horse to a spinal because I wouldn't want to put it to a risk--every procedure like that has a risk and it would not be worth it on the advise of someone like the vet/chiro, especially after talking to your vet and doing the on the ground tests.
  13. Lesson fees

    My trainer is an R judge and FEI rider and she charges $45 for haul in lessons at her barn which is more than fair to me. I can imagine how hard it is to pay for them yourself at 17 though. Any way you could perhaps talk to her and trade off tack cleaning/stalls etc for a price break?
  14. ASTM Helmet v. Derby

    I'm afraid I don't have much time to hang out with the gossip mongers, nor do I much care what they have to talk about . Do people really have time to do this at a show--I mean sit around and talk about what other people are wearing and just be mean spirited, and why would I care what they think (especially if they are railbirds because generally top riders are too busy/classy to engage in this behavior)? I'm confident in my horse's abilities and training because I work hard and have great coaching. What I wear when I compete has no bearing on that. If someone feels the need to talk about that or me, more power to them, but I kind of think it is like Dr Phil says--if we really knew how little time other people spend thinking/talking about us, we really wouldn't worry about it. Actually, a good number of people at the Poplar Place shows (Columbus GA) and at the Good Horseman shows (Atlanta)wear derbies in the lower level amateur classes--this is from 2004/2005 showing season. There were only two at first level at Turning Point in Alpharetta (one YR wearing a top hat at the lower levels)--very small show to be able to remember that!) Everyone had the top hats out for the Championships in Florida even in some of the lower level classes. To be honest, I don't really know that people go around and talk about what other people wear, or maybe it is just the group I'm with because we don't. We go, show, hang out with each other, shop(!!) but I can't honestly say that we have ever sat around and talked about what someone wore or didn't wear as far as headgear, so that is what interested me about the "gossip monger" comment. I guess there are people that spend their time that way at shows, but we just aren't around it and I'm really glad. So I guess that is it--I think if you want to wear a derby there will be the following responses to it : 1. Really mean gossipy rail birds who will talk about you, but they are probably talking about you anyhow and saying how young you look in your helmet. 2. Some of us who are totally oblivious/don't care/don't have a clue and are shopping/drinking wine/hanging-out after riding our tests. So, do what makes you happy and makes you feel pretty and confident when you ride because that does make a difference. I know for me, I hate white shirts! My friends laugh at me but I have a huge collection of the brightest colored shirts and don't think I ever wear the same one two shows in a row (it's really getting out of hand). In fact, there is a moratorium on buying more short sleeved shirts, but I do need one or two more longs. And I love the pretty lace stock ties. But that is my thing and what makes me feel complete and good when I show--like dressing up to go to the party.