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by mari
Thu May 19, 2022 11:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2224

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

I've been following along quietly. You guys, this thread always make me feel warm and fuzzy, I love reading the details of all you get up to, and you're all just awesome. My goal is to just be able to get on the horse and ride sometime before this stretch of goals (May/June) ends. I was struggling w...
by mari
Tue May 17, 2022 8:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

I had a moment to video transitions in shoulder in with Caliburn. The advantage is that it helps him stay connected and prevents his driving horse high head dropped back habit. What do you think? https://youtube.com/shorts/Z4q2BOnnr2o?feature=share And in trot. https://youtube.com/shorts/PgSVpFZO5k...
by mari
Thu May 12, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

A lovely test Exvet!
by mari
Tue Apr 26, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Imperini wrote:Very short bit of Pal with her newfound slightly larger trot. Of course I got greedy and pushed her out of balance but since she's still cute I thought I'd share anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZHcrmXoKAA


I am a sucker for the spotty ones. So lovely!
by mari
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:18 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Thanks everyone. I must admit I'm so grateful that Junior's 'other' personality was short-lived. Here is a clip of 3-1. We had a brief hiccup at A at the canter where Junior thought I wanted a flying change and then when I asked there was too much hesitation. Plus in the beginning it took too long ...
by mari
Wed Apr 13, 2022 7:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

So at first I wasn't going to post this due to the fact that Brandon and I are going through another ugh the saddle doesn't fit perfectly in the expanding young horse phase, thus putting me in more of a chair seat position than I would like; but, it does demonstrate the training phase we're going t...
by mari
Wed Mar 30, 2022 6:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

khall--I love the in hand work. Just a thought from the other videos--your legs seem too far back on both sides all of the time and stirrups too long. I just got the leg too far back feedback, so have been working on getting both horses more responsive so I don't feel like I need to do that. (A lot...
by mari
Wed Mar 23, 2022 7:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Incredible!!
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Incredible!!

Chisamba wrote:Am I wierd because I thought the exercise was super and the outfit too staged.


It's part of her act. She does a lot of liberty exhibition work, and it usually has an ethereal feeling to it. She's really inspirational, I've been following her for a long time.
by mari
Tue Mar 22, 2022 7:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Incredible!!
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Incredible!!

Good heavens, so gorgeous
by mari
Mon Mar 14, 2022 7:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Still, Mari, to your specific question, yes. I am making him be very prompt off my seat and leg. He doesn't get to go if there is any pause, trot, half-trot, lift with his head first, etc. I am also making darn sure he's straight with both hind legs. For Junior that means I am constantly guarding h...
by mari
Fri Mar 11, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

So I worked Junior today with the idea, that Chisamba inspired, that I was not going to let him be heavy in front and I wanted the walk-canter transitions to not only be prompt but be executed without him having to use his head/neck to lift him. Exvet how are you going about this? Are you just focu...
by mari
Fri Mar 11, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Jumping lesson today. It went pretty well, I think the simulator lessons are helping, but not yet to the degree that I want. Nerves make me regress :lol:

https://youtu.be/FJrbwIPX-hg

https://youtu.be/Y-QasnVDMuI
by mari
Fri Mar 11, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

I am happy! Your and the others' feedback gave me the push I needed to focus, let's see how long it lasts :p
by mari
Thu Mar 10, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

So different horses seem so different but the funny thing is so much of the same thing works on them. I did the school canter on Saiph and it took at least three months of strengthening to show the goal and a lot of it was just having faith that it would improve. However I did not have that faith w...
by mari
Thu Mar 10, 2022 8:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

A really productive ride this morning. The canter work was only a tiny portion, we mostly worked on trot. But I want to keep posting videos here for the sake of progression :) Not clean changes, but a much better feeling in my hands, and his response (even if a bit discombobulated) was on the aid an...
by mari
Thu Mar 10, 2022 8:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

We had a lovely lesson this morning. Mostly focussed on walk and trot work, the arena was very wet. The nicest trot work to date, I think. Good consistent posture from both of us, and I was very focussed on a light reaction to my hands, no hanging or tipping forward tolerated. I can feel the weight ...
by mari
Wed Mar 09, 2022 5:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Flight that video was awesome. I couldn't stop laughing at the middle bit where he keeps doing the dramatic hop and still lands on the same leg. You can nearly hear him go "Did I get it? Did I get it?" :lol:
by mari
Mon Mar 07, 2022 8:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

The last lesson I had went much better; but, unfortunately I did not have my daughter there to video. What I did like of this video compared to the video I posted from last May where I rode the third level test in the one schooling show we went to, is that Junior is much stronger (in back as well a...
by mari
Mon Mar 07, 2022 8:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

So, I believe this shows some progression. First video, rocking horse canter that needs to develop strength and balance. https://youtu.be/WVvYoU_3zNo Second video, better canter, to change. There is about three months of development between the two https://youtube.com/shorts/kZlZTtFeicI?feature=sha...
by mari
Mon Mar 07, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

At my lunch hour I spent a bit of time looking at many of my flying changes on videos and I really have nothing to be proud of. It's a lot easier to have an opinion than to be good at something. https://youtu.be/iFnKj1dKtew https://youtube.com/shorts/p1PMHyqA0MM?feature=share Thanks for sharing the...
by mari
Mon Mar 07, 2022 7:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Coming from some helpful discussions on the video thread, I've been focussing on keeping lightness in the bridle and respect of the bit, and trying not to sacrifice even one inch of my own position and comfort. Doing this in my jumping tack with a rope gag snaffle is about one million times easier t...
by mari
Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

I'm uploading some video from a lesson I managed to have a few weeks ago. Working on transitions etc. Ding doesn't really sit behind, is built really straight and tries to pull up through his poll. So, trying to change this without being too forceful. It's far from perfect! https://youtu.be/06ro3mv...
by mari
Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Chisamba wrote:Why was your instructor insisting on the round tight neck?

She wasn't.
by mari
Thu Mar 03, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Chisamba - Your post is really thoughtful, thank you. I went through a "no tolerance" stage quite a while back (beginning of last year, iirc). And it did get better. But it takes literally one or two rides of not concentrating on it every single stride and the backslide is so great that it...
by mari
Thu Mar 03, 2022 6:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Flight wrote:But you know what? If we ever have to go through it again with another horse, we've learned a heap from these ones ;) :D


Totally! I would LOVE to have a second, younger one to bring on now. But money...
by mari
Thu Mar 03, 2022 6:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Good luck exvet! Don't power through when you feel covid-tired though, rest rest rest.
by mari
Thu Mar 03, 2022 6:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Dang!!
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Dang!!

So awesome!!!
by mari
Wed Mar 02, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

On to my flying change essay (you asked for it!). I can only tell what I know and what I’ve experienced with this particular horse. I’ve ridden changes on schoolmasters, but this is the first horse I’ve ever had to teach myself. And by luck, he was also very tricky for both my dressage instructor an...
by mari
Wed Mar 02, 2022 6:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

He's turning 17 at the end of this year. I've owned him since he was 5, and every.single.ride is a battle to get him off my hands. And I’ve had some really good help along the way. I’ve probably given more upwards half-halts than I’ve taken breaths while riding… All your comments line up with what m...
by mari
Tue Mar 01, 2022 11:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

You can talk about them all day long and I will listen happily. It's been a few years of struggling for us, so if you're interested in my essay on our journey, then I can do some typing for you :p
by mari
Tue Mar 01, 2022 8:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

(... continued from above) To find a half-halt and some semblance of respect for aids, we did some c/t/c/t transitions. I got greedy and tried for the change at the end, and it was still not good. https://youtu.be/4_AyQLgvyhA This is a video from yesterday. Much much better feeling in my hands, much...
by mari
Tue Mar 01, 2022 8:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Here are some flying change videos of not-great rides from a lesson last week. He was so strong, pulling through my hands. I’m bracing in my upper body and arms to counteract, and it just never really came together into a harmonious picture. https://youtu.be/OB_m1s6z8Dc https://youtu.be/YAQf8ur3R6A ...
by mari
Tue Mar 01, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10990

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Had a not-great jumping lesson today, after a really nice dressage ride yesterday. Self: More sitting trot. Be less crap at it. Be less crap at seeing a distance when jumping. Practice over poles until I am less crap. Horse: Keep plugging away at changes, shifting the focus slightly to obedience to ...
by mari
Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

I was really pleased that she said all the horses had improved. On my client horse it was forward work to get his giant tush to track up and carry leg yield without losing the stepping up. His canter was deemed hugely improved. We had a ridiculous snow and ice storm yesterday but the weather was ni...
by mari
Thu Feb 24, 2022 9:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

Just when I was patting myself on the back about good FCs, today they were a disaster :roll: Leaning on my hands, running through the bit, flinging himself around. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuurgh. One step forward, two steps back. My instructor was supposed to video a bit today, she certainly looked like she was...
by mari
Sun Feb 20, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

Lipsmackerpony88 wrote:Mari, I have always wanted to try one of those. I haven't seen any nearby me though. You are lucky! Was it expensive?


Comparable to my normal lessons. It's R400 (South African) per lesson, which is about $27 Google tells me.
by mari
Sun Feb 20, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

:D Glad the show went well Lipsmackerpony88! My instructor should cover her ears, but I prefer showing with minimal warmup, actually
by mari
Fri Feb 18, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

I booked a few lessons on a riding (specifically jumping) simulator. I have a very upright posture (thanks dressage...) when jumping, and I often feel like I get left behind when Odin is jumping particularly enthusiastically. Also, because he is so keen, I want to sit up too early, which either unba...
by mari
Thu Feb 17, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

That was a nice test Tanga! I love how in the extended trots her steps get sloooooooower and bigger. And now I want dark grey show breeches... No idea if our rules here would allow it though.
by mari
Wed Feb 16, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

demi wrote:Mari, I like Amelia’s videos. I looked for the one you were talking about but havent found it yet.


Gosh, now I'm wondering if it was her or some other channel. In my mind I can hear her voice talking me through the exercise :lol:
by mari
Tue Feb 15, 2022 8:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10245

Re: The video thread

Agree with Lipsmackerpony88: Straightforward, I have position envy! Demi - great videos! One exercise that I found hugely helpful for t/c transitions is the w/t/c/t/w sequence. I saw it on a dressage YouTube channel (Amelia Newcomb Dressage). The trick was not to make any of the sections very long, ...
by mari
Fri Feb 11, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

:lol: Chisamba that is a hard no thanks from me! We South Africans do not understand cold AT ALL.
by mari
Thu Feb 10, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

Great video Khall! That looks really cold, good heavens
by mari
Wed Feb 09, 2022 9:26 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Bareback pads/ treeless saddles
Replies: 16
Views: 1078

Re: Bareback pads/ treeless saddles

I love riding with a bareback pad!!! All of the goodness of being actually bareback, with none of the treacherous slipping or allergic reactions in my nether regions :lol:

Really teaches you so much about where you put your own balance, I would do it every week if I had my own bareback pad.
by mari
Wed Feb 09, 2022 7:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

I did not have a good ride yesterday. Odin is a proper dude horse. Relatively nice mover for dressage, keen jumper, can go anywhere and safely handle him myself, great with/without other horses, on outrides etc. But that same laid-back attitude makes dressage very very hard work for me sometimes. Ye...
by mari
Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

Every year that your winter rolls around I'm just like :shock: I don't know how you guys do it. In the depths of winter, I have to deal with -4C in the morning and some frost, the day will warm up to 20C + :lol: Currently dealing with the heat and humidity of Highveld summer. We're working on collec...
by mari
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

Re: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022

I just came back from a 3-week holiday, so I'm a bit late to this thread. My goals until the end of Feb: - Build up Odin's fitness. - Do as much basic work on sharp responses and lightness in the bridle to support our 3rd level work. - Solidify the FCs even more. - For myself, more and more sitting ...
by mari
Wed Dec 08, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Dig out the winter gear and finish strong: November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 386
Views: 25358

Re: Dig out the winter gear and finish strong: November/December Goals and Progress

You would be getting the La Nina affect with more rainfall too, Mari?? I'm so glad we are no longer in drought here in Australia, but I"m not used to having to delay when I'm riding due to rain! He's like a rubber ball bouncing through that. Awesome! I'm not sure if we're feeling La Nina. Here...
by mari
Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Dig out the winter gear and finish strong: November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 386
Views: 25358

Re: Dig out the winter gear and finish strong: November/December Goals and Progress

We've given up on serious progress for the year. I've got this week and next week left before I go on holiday for 3 weeks. We're playing with changes and transitions and some harder canter lateral work. And having 2 jumping lessons a week (or trying to, it's raining a LOT). Here is a video of us doi...
by mari
Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Dig out the winter gear and finish strong: November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 386
Views: 25358

Re: Dig out the winter gear and finish strong: November/December Goals and Progress

I don’t know. I’ve had a 180 flip with Gaila. The one who preferred watching the other horses work now is a motoring fool. I’m having to use steep lateral work and small circles just so I’m somewhat in a controlled tempo. She’s not being spooky or dangerous just literally leaning on the bridle and ...

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