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  1. I Need Help From The Dressage Guru's!

    SHELLY! Sorry Cheadle, I had to hijack this thread momentarily. Good thread, thanks for the info Shelly.
  2. Devon Pictures!

    [Huggy] A superbearhug for you because I often feel the same. Don't worry, you'll carve out your own path and in the end, no regrets, because you have a wonderful relationship with your pony and all that ring and show stuff is just labels, icing on the cake, some sort of sorry attempt to prove our selves to the riding world and frankly, to our selves. At the end of the day, you and your horse and what stand between you is all that really matters. You know how I know this? Because I've been there too. I've been there a thousand times and probably will be back there a thousand times again, but slowly and steadily I'm learning to appreciate my riding and my pony and even my self for exactly what I am---not what I shoulda, coulda, woulda.
  3. Derby's Guide To Proper Rolling Technique

    See, I don't know about you, but The Pony always turns around, makes eye contact, and then drops down to roll and really grind that dirt in. This is always post-bath, of course.
  4. Know These Trainers?

    You've been called kind by a non-human?
  5. A Few Pictures

    I'm just going to critique the flatting photo because I honestly have no right to judge jumping photos. :) You look a little hunched over in the first photo so I would roll your shoulders back than relax into that position with a deep breath in and out so you don't stiffen up when rolling back your shoulder and I would try to roll your seat a little bit underneath you. I'm not really in hunterland, so I can't tell you whether or not the judge will like that but I think it would secure your seat a little more. I have to do it all the time! Additionally, it looks to me like your leg is off her a little bit, which could be the photo for sure, but just in case it isn't, it might be because your knee is angled out a bit too far. If this is true, I'm willing to bet that your heel goes up and down with the post (I was working on this not too long ago...urgh). So I would just focus on stabilizing your leg and sinking your weight and heel down on the "up" of your post. It is such a hard habit to break! It is hard to tell whether or not you are bending your elbows and such, but overall I think you and Illia look great. I know you've been working hard with her and it truly shows. She looks like she is maturing in mind and body as well as under the saddle.
  6. Friesian/paint Crosses?

    It could just be me, but the only successful and nicely put together "Appaloosa Sporthorses" I've seen have been often crossed for refinement, but it really depends on the dam and the sire. It is just from my personal observations. Additionally, I think it is kinda like what GT said about paints---there seems to be a distinction between the grade level and HUS type of appaloosas, which happens to every breed at some level, I suppose. I was also thinking from the dressage perspective since I know we've discussed this before over on that board, multiple times concerning different Appys, if I'm not mistaken. I just wouldn't spring for this baby unless the breeding was really, really, really well thought out and the dam and sire were exceptional.
  7. Derby's Guide To Proper Rolling Technique

    Such dedication. He is an inspiration to every equine out there. (Psttt, I missed you around here! I'm glad to hear that your college year went well and that Derby seems to be in good condition and very happy.)
  8. Dressage Chit Chat #26

    Lighting, you two look fantastic in those photos! You should be really proud. He is shiny, happy and handsome and the two of you make a great team out there.
  9. Good Books?

    I just read People of the Book by G. Brooks. I really really liked it a lot (my kind of book, for sure), but wasn't crazy about the end. The ending was good, but just not as strong as the rest of the book. Overall it is a must-read. It is basically a couple of vignettes strewn over several centuries that backtracks an ancient haggadah and its story. Its absolutely beautiful and really explores human nature and love and what makes people do the things they do. Beautiful. That be said, I'm a stickler for the fact that everyone should read Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and Crime and Punishment. Hands down. No questions asked. Don't scratch out poetry. I adore poetry, a true fan, as in I buy books and books of a poet's work, delving into, savoring it. I am actually a huge Pablo Neruda fan and recently found a copy of The Captain's Verses by itself!!! It wasn't in an anthology or anything and is whole, complete, a total specimen of beauty. It has my all time favorite of his in it, so it was a big deal when I found it. I read a poem a night before I go to bed.
  10. Good Books?

    I just read People of the Book by G. Brooks. I really really liked it a lot (my kind of book, for sure), but wasn't crazy about the end. The ending was good, but just not as strong as the rest of the book. Overall it is a must-read. It is basically a couple of vignettes strewn over several centuries that backtracks an ancient haggadah and its story. Its absolutely beautiful and really explores human nature and love and what makes people do the things they do. Beautiful. That be said, I'm a stickler for the fact that everyone should read Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and Crime and Punishment. Hands down. No questions asked. Don't scratch out poetry. I adore poetry, a true fan, as in I buy books and books of a poet's work, delving into, savoring it. I am actually a huge Pablo Neruda fan and recently found a copy of The Captain's Verses by itself!!! It wasn't in an anthology or anything and is whole, complete, a total specimen of beauty. It has my all time favorite of his in it, so it was a big deal when I found it. I read a poem a night before I go to bed.
  11. Dressage Chit Chat #26

    I like this idea. I know it might be more expensive but it will be cheaper than having to wait and wait for this one vet to come out only to tell you that you need to additionally go to Sioux Falls! Good luck!
  12. They Don't Put Your Grade On Your Degree...

    Grades have an inflated impact on the short-term in a person's life. College, scholarships, internships, etc. In my opinion, however, grades reveal nothing about the person. People learn in different ways and at different rates. Passion, desire, drive, self-respect, all of these turn a good student into an excellent student, not whether or not the person has a 3.6 or a 4.0. In my own case, GPA both works and doesn't. I've always had a 4.0 (thanks to a bit of weight here and there, but earned with hard work and dedication, I can assure you!) but because of a recent brain injury, it dropped drastically. I'm struggling to pass certain classes and also suffered significant drops in even my best classes. I struggle to retain information, complete assignments, read for more than 30-40 minutes without headaches and vision problems. Therefore, although my pride is severely wounded, it can be rightly said that my GPA does not properly reflect the student.
  13. Safety Vests

    I have a tipperary! I love it. It is comfortable and frankly there is no price on safety. If it helps you, shop around. They are cheaper in some tack shops than others but NEVER buy used. You don't know how high the possibility of wear and tear are in the inside or what you are getting. I use that rule for helmets and vests. I'm not sure if it counts for vests, but I wouldn't take the chance. Additionally, I've had my vest for a few years and it still looks shiny, new and lovely. It is the only vest that I have found that additionally covers the tail bone which is really important. You don't want a vest that only protects half your back.
  14. Friesian/paint Crosses?

    Huge, huge ditto to goldentoes. GT, I always love how in-depth you think about things and how you think about things critically, from multiple angles and a thousands different viewpoints. Honestly, I can't add much that GT hasn't said, but I can say that I would stay far far far away from Friesian/Appy crosses because both breeds can be notoriously heavy riding horses. There would little to no refinement in that cross whatsoever. Neither breed, nor the cross itself, is ideal for eventing or dressage. With that being said, it does depend on the individual horse. I would talk to the breeders. You can learn a LOT by talking to the breeders and asking what they were trying to improve in the mare's confo and riding and what kind of prospect they were breeding for. If they cannot honestly or correctly answer these questions to your liking, they probably just bred for a fun looking baby and might not have chosen the mare and the stallion carefully. If you like their answers and it seems like they thought things out, it might be a well-bred individual horse. As a good cross? Not my cup of tea, but it your choice. If you are looking for a fun low-level, best buddy, this is your market. Those horses are a dime a dozen and nicely priced right now. I'm seeing a lot of fun, reliable horses for local showing and fun for sale for incredibly low prices. I would look into that additionally.
  15. Joe "foot In Mouth Disease" Biden

    Ditto! I love me some Joe Biden too. Verbal diarrhea, for sure, and gaffes all the time. But when it comes down to it, and I take a look at his voting records and his policies and platforms, he is smart, thinking man. He has NO idea how to deal with media or anything like that (I think he says in his head "I do what I want!") but he is extremely experienced and smart. He has played the role of a cautioning voice to the President's administration particularly on foreign policy accounts. On the other hand, I doubt President Obama is a 100% happy with everything. He is grateful, for sure, to have Biden weighty advice and insight but apparently the bossman likes order and apparently you don't cross the bossman! I get a kick out of thinking about the possible "scoldings" from Obama. Poor Biden. I'm sure the President, however, understands that there are bigger things on his plate than Biden's gaffes! Oh Biden. At the end of the day, BuddyRoo, if there is a "911" political situation, I don't think we would seeing Biden. Not for the fear that he would say something, but for the fact that he would be up to his neck in elbow grease in the back rooms trying to get something done. At the end of the day, he does his best work behind the scenes, and always will.