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  1. Manesandtails:I am totally psyched such a video exists. THankyou for letting me know that my opinion is invalid. I have never been a follow or PP as I have my own trainer. I am dutifully humbled by you. That make ya feel better?
  2. Merry, I'm with you on the local trainer bandwagon. I have nothing but the utmost respect for my trainer who is essentially training me to train my green horse. I am in essence her apprentice. I have been working beside her for years learning from her. Just once, I would like to see these famous NH clinicians put out a DVD which shows clips of the average Joe trying out their methods and not always having the correct timing and feel. Show what happens when something goes wrong. Slow it down so the people can see the exact moment when things go wrong so they can see where it happened so they can self correct. These videos never show how to correct the problems, they only show what it looks like when the method works. Show what happens when you do the one rein stop incorrectly, show what happens when things are starting to get out of hand and the horse starts to strike out or rear up and what you now must have to do to correct what you have created! I guess that wouldn't sell videos huh?
  3. I have to agree,Cheri. Many of these clinicians market themselves like hucksters in a carnival-sort of like when you go to a fair and they try to sell you the key boards that play themselves or the super knives that cut through granite etc. This is dangerous because people don't know what they don't know if you get my drift. Not that I in any way think that I am some sort of an expert. I am not claiming that at all. I am just agreeing that if you don't have some pretty basic life experience around horses before investing a bunch of money in some of these cults you may end up hurt when you find out how quickly things can go wrong when the horse doesn't follow the script the clinician has layed out in his or her video.
  4. Horse Is Protective Of Me Around Other Horses

    Heh heh......Any time I want to "listen" to a good heated debate I just log onto this board. It never disappoints!
  5. Horse Is Protective Of Me Around Other Horses

    William, I like the way you answered that. You have a nice way of wording things-I've read a few of your posts before. Unfortunately everyone is correct and many of us have probably been guilty of this mistake in judgement at least once in our relationship with horses. I know as much as I hate to admit it I have early on in the journey. There is a really good video by a clinician named Carolyn Resnick called "The Waterhole Rituals" that explains how horses interact with each other and how we as humans need to learn to interact with them as leaders, not subordinates or too far to the other extreme either.
  6. I need the opinion of more experienced dressage riders than myself for this problem. I ride a very forward moving lipizzan cross green mare. It is difficult for me to keep my legs from coming forward when she really starts powering forward. I am riding in a wintec Isabell right now which I like but don't exactly love the way it fits either of us. Interestingly enough, occasionaly during my equitation lessons I ride a schoolie and I will use a western saddle for s@@#ts and giggles. My seat improves immensely and I can really FEEL my seat bones and I feel like I can use my legs more effectively. The western saddle makes me open my hip joints more and it keeps me from pinching with my knees, arching my back, or sitting on my crotch. Is there a dressage saddle that is built with a wide twist that would simulate the way a western saddle makes you spread your hips? I can't buy anything with big thigh blocks or knee rolls because my trainer forbids it. She is an equitation nazi and does not allow any external aids to keep my position. I am lucky she allows me to have rubber treads in my irons and half chaps-seriously. I am test riding an old Albion this week to see how that works out, but I would like to hear from you folks if you have any ideas. Jen
  7. Training Greenies-natural Progression

    Thanks Cherie. Yep, all the walking is great, but it doesn't seem to be translating to the trot for us. I would appreciate those directions. I know better than to use the outside rein, I guess I was at a loss and frustrated because I have never had a horse that just would NOT listen to inside leg, inside rein AT ALL.
  8. Training Greenies-natural Progression

    Had a lesson Sunday and did some figure work at the she just does not respect inside leg or rein at a higher speed. She is totally comitted to NOT staying out on a circle or the rail at a trot. I finally had to resort to using my outside rein too which I really did not want to do but I think I got my point across eventually. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't correct but I think I won the power struggle because she started to pay attention to my inside aids eventually.
  9. Training Greenies-natural Progression

    Thanks guys! She has LOTs of forward power. She is half lipizzan/half saddlebred. Her conformation adds to the problem. She looooves to throw that inside shoulder down! I will try the one rein riding and incorporate the figure 8's and see how we do. And yes, I think now that I do anticipate and tend to tense so I am going to have to work on that as well.
  10. Pics Of Shakar In The Snow

    Oh my gosh he is ADORABLE!
  11. Training Greenies-natural Progression

    I don't know how to ground drive, but I have lunged her in side reins. I took them off on the advice of a clinician (Mark Russell) who said that at this point she is better off being allowed to reach waaaay down as she lunges to encourage her to stretch down more.
  12. I have my first green horse that I am working with and I have some questions for you folks. I am working to overcome Angel's tendency to plant her inside shoulder on turns first with groundwork that incorporates walking her in circles and serpentines in the bridle, guiding with the inside opening rein and pushing her inside shoulder over so she gets the idea of the bend and not blocking her forward motion with her "elbow' out. Then I mount up and do circles and serpentines at the walk with changes of bend. She is beginning to get it and beginning to relax down into the bit instead of inverting which is my goal. Trotting, however, is a different story. Once I ask for trot, all bets are off. She inverts, she throws the shoulder in, comes above the contact and races off too fast etc. On the longe line, she does okay at the trot and canter. She just can't seem to get the hang of it yet under saddle. How can I make it easier for her to carry over what she is learning at the walk to the trot without her just getting too fast, excited and strung out physically? Once she starts trotting she just wants to go for it, but her steering goes to heck and it's like I'm riding a sea serpent.
  13. Saddleseat Fashion

    Thank you! That's very helpful! I ride a saddlebred/lipizzan cross btw. I know, strange cross!
  14. More Photos To Be Ligntened Up, Help Please?

    Is something like this what you are looking for?
  15. Saddleseat Fashion

    What is in fashion this year on the saddleseat circuit? Are day coats "in" ? The club I ride with only has a few saddleseat riders and for the last several years, all I have seen are very plain, monochromatic suits with color coming in to play with the ties or the occasional fancy vest. No daycoats. I didn't show last season (long story) but I am going to try to come back this season and I want to make sure I am not too far out of the current style trend. HELP!