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  1. Crank Nosebands?

    Thank you Taglet. Nick, I am not sure exactly what or why you seem to read my posts seemly adversely and so incorrectly; however, please do re-read my post. There was never any point where I stated that a flash or crank, kept a horse fresh, and I am pretty sure that the post is clear on this: "do get your young horse out of the ring several times a week. It is fantastic for their minds and one of the best things you can do for both the mind and the body. It helps keep the young horse fresh, forward, and introduces new things. My horses will trot hills, do poles (even jump a bit), and go out even when they go down to Florida. By keeping their interest, you keep them fresh. We'll always start them with a 15-20 min. walk outside before going into the ring. Fabulous book nick recommended. Read all you can. USDF's L program list is also a great place to get a good grounding--fabulous book list." There was never a point where I advocated use of any type of tightly fashioned crank, just as I said people need to be careful when tightening their flashes as they can get them too tight--how in the world would I be advocating THAT keeping a horse fresh?? Overtightening can also happen with a regular noseband, with the regular metal getting too tight it can cause a mark. Volunteering for bit check can show you a number of things. Some of them are from people who do not know better, and some are people who ought to know better and ride tight. Again, you choose the type of rider you want to be, and the type of rider you want to train with. If someone does not want to use one, that is perfectly fine; however, if they use them correctly fitted--, then perhaps it is a difference in training preferences/philosophies. There is no right or wrong, but a matter of OPINION--Of which, different people have differing opinions. Again, each opinion is based and shaped by what each riders' program is/how they have been trained/their philosophy. I have not needed or appreciate my comments being taken so completely out of context, and your resulting snide comments. I have no idea why you seem so defensive. I very much appreciate your point of view and think it is really amazing at the opportunities you share with everyone on this board. It is incredibly generous of you, and such a great learning opportunity. I think it is fantastic that you pursue dressage and find the total and complete joy in measuring yourself against what you do; however, there is absolutely nothing wrong with training with the best people available (also as you do), training correctly, enjoying the (local/regional/national) programs our dressage organizations offer and that includes enjoying showing, for me. For some reason, that seems to offend you. I am very sorry you cannot respect that; however, to lump show riders in one category "abusive" which you seem to do over and over, is quite unfair. At this point, however, you are now mis-quoting my posts and twisting the words around. I would like for this to please stop. I think this has now gone far enough. I quite plainly did not say what you intimated.
  2. Crank Nosebands?

    All of our bridles have had crank nosebands, padded, and flashes. Each of the young horses my trainers and I have brought along have been brought along in this type tack; however, just because you have the ability to "crank" them up tight doesn't mean that you have to do so. I personally like the padding (versus a regular unpadded flash) and can slide my entire hand through each of the nosebands--even with the horse going at higher levels. It doesn't get tighter merely because the training goes up. And, the crank is a perfectly acceptable noseband when the rider/trainer uses it correctly. Certainly, if you pull it in as tightly as possible, you will do harm in your training, but the fact is, this is not how this tool has to be used, and when it is used properly, it does not cause resentment, nor does it cause issues with horses going on the bit correctly in a perfectly fair manner. As to a regular flash, I've volunteered at dressage shows in bit check and seen those just as tight, and sometimes even tighter than cranks at shows. It all depends on who is doing the tightening. So it really doesn't comment on your type of dressage riding as to what type you choose, but the type of rider you choose to be when you adjust your tack. If you don't have cows to chase, do get your young horse out of the ring several times a week. It is fantastic for their minds and one of the best things you can do for both the mind and the body. It helps keep the young horse fresh, forward, and introduces new things. My horses will trot hills, do poles (even jump a bit), and go out even when they go down to Florida. By keeping their interest, you keep them fresh. We'll always start them with a 15-20 min. walk outside before going into the ring. Fabulous book nick recommended. Read all you can. USDF's L program list is also a great place to get a good grounding--fabulous book list. Just from a personal perspective, I did not like the quality of State Line's products the last time I ordered. Years ago when I evented they were great (before hooking up with PetSmart), but it is not the same now. Not a huge fan of the huge shipping cost at Dover, but do like their quality better. I tend to go with some of the smaller dealers like Horse of Course, M & M tack, The Farm House, and The Tack Room. I had to order some GumBits and The Tack Room had them at a very reasonable price w/shipping and I got them the next day. Good wishes on your young horse!
  3. Where Can You Buy Tack On Layaway?

    For nice saddles that you want to buy by payment, try Equestrian Imports. The owner's name is Ann. She only does payments for new saddles, but she has different brands, very nice stock. When I had my Albions, I bought them from her. I also believe CrazyTBMare also has used Ann. Super reputable vendor.
  4. Young Horse Behind The Bit

    I wish you were closer. My gelding was injured as a younger horse and had some SI issues. I've got a wonderful vet who is tops with his protocols, and did miso therapy on his back as well as injected the SI actually a couple of times--he was pretty bad. Too, thinking about you with the navicular. I had a horse who initially had it dx'ed but had a second opinion that said it was not really navicular but just a change in the palmar angle and just good to know(?). Both vets were lameness vets. While the horse did get Tildren (great drug) after that treatment the horse was fine and worked up the levels. I hope everything goes well. There are more options today for navicular and I hope you can find some relief for you guy.
  5. Young Horse Behind The Bit

    No, none of it is meant sarcastically, and sorry if you took it that way. I was not even aware you had a second horse, and as to that, I've found that my mare is very different to ride than my geldingtoo . I don't know if it is the gender, or if it is them being just individuals. They do have many similarities as they are related, but very different too. I am sorry to hear things are not going well with your girl. I hope they are soon better. I've found, like nick described, that although I set goals, I try and make them flexible goals. You never know when a horse will get hurt or how long something will take to train. I don't let that keep me from a good balance with training, but I try to keep that balance w/in my goals, within the monthly goals, and in how I plan my week. That is very neat about your horse's breeding. I know a number of Event riders import sport horses from Australia--do you know if the horses they import are the Australian WB or crosses w/the Australian WB?
  6. Young Horse Behind The Bit

    The information you give in your secondary post to me is fairly different--I started him and then gave him time to be turned out then hacked him out without much ringwork until recently is significantly more information, but it certainly sounds like you have a handle on things and are a excellent trainer since you've had such success with your other horse. Good luck! I don't make the rules for the registries, so don't get frustrated with me or take it out personally on me. I have nothing against your young horse--in the end a nice horse is just that, a very nice horse.
  7. Young Horse Behind The Bit

    Even late 3, isn't 4, and the horse has it's lifetime to be a dressage horse. Even taking it slow, you've got an entire lifetime if you aren't pushing for the FEI YH. People who breed are actually pretty serious about the term Warmblood. The only American registries that accept are the American WB Registry or Society, not the European sponsored ones--and one of the two will not accept QH I think--I don't know much about them--they are more "created" and inclusive registries here in the US. Most of the WB registries I've dealt with have affiliation with the Euro sponsors & do not accept QH breeding. The TB and Arabian are strictly scrutinized and rarely brought in to refine the breed with the European registries--not just anything that is offered up. I've seen several presented and turned down at keurings. The examiners are very serious when it comes to the stud books. Training is going to vary anyplace you are. You need to take care of the horse and how he develops. Dr. Deb Bennett has a wonderful chart on how young horses develop and you should really look at it. I agree (although I have no cows, nor any desire to work with them--just not a cow fan, lol) with nick in that a young horse needs to get out and experience as much outside the ring as possible, especially a horse like yours who has been under saddle that much time at that young an age. Sure, he started young, perhaps younger than most dressage horses who are not high performance. It's now up to you to keep his mind fresh and not worry so much about how the dressage is at this point. There is so much time to be spent doing wonderful things to have fun and develop the mind of a wonderful mind, a wonderful body. My young mare wasn't even started until she was 5, and even now she goes out of the ring to do trot sets, hill work, and work in fields. She (as well as my older gelding who loves his gallop sets) loves her work. They are not afraid of small jumps, stay fresh and I hope they will stay way. For me, I figure that it's my job to look for all types of ways to keep them fresh and keen in their work. My gelding started as a 4 year old, but he had long periods--up to 2-3 months off in the summer and winter off--and he also did the outside work. So these periods of time off to let the horse mature are also very important.
  8. From H/j To Dressage...saddles?

    I'm going to agree with Boocoo. You are going to need to try as many saddles as you can because while you can get as many suggestions as you as ask people, you will not know what you like until you actually try the saddles. Ask friends, try used saddles from tack stores wherever you can. I too have an Albion--one SLK Ultima and I am not even sure what the new one for my mare is to be honest but I love both of them. For a saddle with minimal padding, I found the Passier Grand Gilbert to fit that bill. Certainly an incredible saddle, but you also have to consider how the saddle fits your horse. That's actually how I came to ride in the Albion--it is what fit my horse best. Obviously, if you are just buying for yourself you don't have that issue. If you think you are going to still do some jumping, you certainly would be best to go the all-around route. It isn't going to get you the deepest of seats, but is a nice compromise. I actually have no problem shortening and doing gallop sets and jumping small cavaletti (during our fitness days)in my dressage saddle. Have fun trying saddles and don't get discouraged! Welcome to dressage!
  9. Long Time!

    Hey guys, That is so fantastic about both your horses!!! I saw on FB about your show and that's fantastic about Rex!!!!! So proud of you guys!!! Boocoo, so glad to hear about your update on what has happened. Glad Bobby is doing so fantastic and offering so much. What a fun youngster you have on your hands!!! Congrats to both of you!!!
  10. Braiding Style

    You typically do a french type braid on the forelock and then pull through and it stays down much better. I find it difficult to get a good flat braid by just doing a regular braid. By spreading the hairs of the forelock apart top to bottom and spraying (or putting spray on your hand and applying) with a braiding spray, the french braid is not very hard. Here is the link to the braiding thread I was referencing http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35573
  11. Braiding Style

    There is a great tutorial on how to do really classic braids by "Robbie" on the Chronicle of the Horse Archive type section. Fantastic if you really want to learn how to do classic braids. I did not look how long your horse's mane is, but if it is long, fairly decent, and you can get it to be non-stringy on the ends, you can do very nice large buttons. You may just end up with 6-8 braids, but they are nice. We'd do that with the event horses way back simply because it was way easier to do a small number of braids quickly to go into dressage & jumping. I think for dressage the more classic you can be the better. I do prefer the running braid than the latice braid as you can see the neck better.
  12. Saddles - Opinions?

    I have two Albions, one for each horse, and I do like both of them a great deal. I've ridden in a number of other saddles as well, and comparitively, they Albions are on the the comfortable/nicer end to me. If you have the chance, see if you can ride each of these saddles to see how they fit you. Also, if you can try them on the horse you are currently riding, that would be best, as you need to see how that fit will be. If it doesn't work on the horse, all sorts of problems will arise if you use it on her.
  13. Getting Horse Off The Forehand

    Dear Happy Horse France, First of all, where did I ever, ever, ever say anything about an inexperienced beginner? I DID NOT. You ASSUMED something about my post. You WERE WRONG.[b Second of all, you have a very lovely website. I'm sure other members of our BB have noticed as you've put it out there. I enjoyed looking at some, other parts did not hold my interest. The interesting thing about coming onto a BB and being so blatent with a website and "in your face" is that you really come across as having quite the agenda. I will be very blunt with you as well. I very much resent the fact that you felt the need to quote and tear apart my post, which basically at that point in the postings was merely to add on and agree with what you and nick both commented on. As you have not posted here until you recently "took over", my comments about giving things time were directed to the fact that sometimes this board has posters who frequently get impatient with results. It does not have to be the OP, but can be someone who reads the thread. Quite honestly, the fact you have a website, does not give you the right to come in and twist things. Interesting, I know I learned to sit by longe lessons when I was young and know of one other board member who spent a great deal of time on the longe for her sitting as well. It was really no problem to find. This community share opinions and respects one another. We all have experiences, know one another, and respect one another. I can understand if you want to fundamentally disagree with me on a principal. While you can agree to disagree, you do not need to be so disagreeable and embelish. I can confidently say I've seen solid names in the American dressage world working with real people who don't have exactly perfect seats. Last winter I worked with an International trainer in Florida. I watched all level of lessons from riders on past Olympic teams/vying for current, Canadian Olympic riders to different level of adult amateurs--every one of them learning and getting better. Obviously, different levels of profiency. I saw other BNT teach as well--a couple of Event riders too--The reality of that is the real people who are out there doing it--riding horses every day, teaching real people, showing--they will teach and help the rider and horse get better. It is real work. Guess what, I've both seen them and been part of it with my own horses--transitions, circles, lateral work, and finally the hacking out. Yes, you do have to have a good seat; however, each one of these people I have seen teach AA who "needed improvement" and instead of being judgmental and saying "you can't until", they have actually helped the rider acheive and get better. It may take the trainer riding the horse after but this is reality. One last thing about "real dressage." I know one woman who is just wonderful. Her horse is PSG and kept in training during the winter. She has him at home up north during spring/summer. She is not incredibily strong due to a chronic illness. She works harder than 10 people I know, and she rides. Could her seat be stronger so her horse did not come onto his forehand at times--yes. Does he get heavy--yes. Is this something she knows--yes. But you know what? My friend loves to ride, knows her limitations, and has our trainer to tune up her horse. Maybe not "ideal" or "real dressage" but it is pretty real each time I've seen her ride. It was pretty real when I saw her get her last score for her Silver medal. Very easy to be overly judgmental about one's seat.
  14. Getting Horse Off The Forehand

    You have been given a great deal of information to digest, all very good. Remember a couple of points in your riding. The development is going to be a matter of degrees in each ride as the horse develops, as you develop. When you look at your horse from today (say take a video for example), and then work him regularly as correctly as possible you should see a significant difference in say 3 months. Obviously, it is going to be easier to see that type of change, but as a rider remember to have the patience to allow the work to build so both you and the horse can build strength, flexibility and power. Certainly, how you sit is going to influence your horse, no doubt. That being said, there ARE exercises and work to assist in teaching the horse how to use his body. The rider and the horse work together. nick's spot on with working transitions, and when you do them, using your body correctly is key. Understandably as riders we are all at different places and developing different ways. My point is that whatever you need to work on when schooling your transitions, make sure that you are working on yourself to move forward as well. The use of transitions as nick described is really excellent. As the horse starts to listen more to your seat for the aid for the transition, you can really start to move around the arena and keep the horse "with" you. One other thing that I do notice, I saw some of it watching when I audited the "L" program, can see some at both schooling and recognized shows as well, but make sure when you are schooling, you have a good quality gait. Often when people work on their own, the gait (mostly trot), is sluggish and small simply because people are more comfortable with this. Often that lacks because people are more comfortable being slower. The horse has to move from the back end in order for the horse to work correctly.
  15. Looking At New Horse

    No, obviously he isn't going to have the same gait score as a good moving warmblood, but I am going to he is going to move much better when he is fit. It is very interesting to sit through an L program and learn about how tests are judged. Horses like this actually get a much fairer shake than you would imagine. It is not all about having a warmblood, which is one of the reasons the gait score is now only a x 1 score. Too, riding the test accurately is 110% important. People loose tons of points that way.