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by chantal
Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:43 pm
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

Ponichiwa-Queso is too cute for words, I love this. And I love that you are doing this for your dad. Lipsmackerpony-you sound like you are having a blast with your horse, and doing so well. More pics!! exvet-boys will be boys, hope they stay in one piece. You are doing so well with them! Way to go K...
by chantal
Fri Apr 01, 2022 11:12 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

Quick update, life is happening too fast right now. I'm feeling all your struggles and adjustments and rehab and the weather woes-gosh, really done with the wind and looking forward to sunnier calmer days. Maybe in a month? :lol: I had by last week with the wind and weather and such and we buckled d...
by chantal
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:18 pm
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

SF-mikey was showing similar but more extreme symptoms and just got his teeth done, he's so much happier. Molars were sharp on both sides but more so on the left, poor boy. Upward and onward. Very good lesson for where we are last Friday and I have my homework with keeping his shoulders straight and...
by chantal
Mon Mar 14, 2022 1:55 pm
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

I read and feel like I'm so far behind, trying to glean what I can and not make comparisons. And literally move forward. Forward, but not rushing. :lol: Figured out his new trot evasion, leg and forward and no pulling my hands back at all. I think I need to do the same thing in the canter. I keep re...
by chantal
Mon Mar 07, 2022 9:45 pm
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

I jump and hack out in the same bridle that I ride dressage in, snaffle, looose-ring, fat, KK like bit at this point. I would prefer an eggbutt. The past 2 years it was a single jointed eggbutt snaffle, very fat. Mikey is so light in the bridle, but when I don't have enough contact and he's not forw...
by chantal
Sun Mar 06, 2022 11:57 pm
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

More jingles exvet, gosh, hoping you feel so much better tomorrow. I love jumping my guy and doing poles, we do well with that, and that translates well to dressage for us. Even playing with XC last year was great for both of us. We had a good ride tonight. I asked for more forward, in the same cade...
by chantal
Sun Mar 06, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sad News--Rockabilly
Replies: 26
Views: 2008

Re: Sad News--Rockabilly

I saw this on FB. She was a truly kind, generous, and good person, I have memories around my house of her and we make her cinnamon roll recipe at least 3x a year. My heart hurts for her husband. Sending him so peace and comfort and love. She was one of a kind. I hope she's riding Billy again.
by chantal
Sun Mar 06, 2022 1:11 pm
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

Wow, as always, so much going on. Yes, jingles and healing to all dealing with, well, everything. Gosh, exvet, are you feeling better? And healing to all the horses too. We are coming out of our own season of winter, Mikey is finally on the up and up and we are cantering a few minutes each ride. Dea...
by chantal
Tue Jan 18, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Robert Dover Horsemanship week on USEF
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Robert Dover Horsemanship week on USEF

Working my way through it, loving it. Little things to try and pay attention to. So struggling with smaller canter circles with my alternate right so keeping the inside ear up may help, hands hands hands-don't pull or block or let the reins get longer...

Much more than this but yes, so good!
by chantal
Mon Jan 03, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Year, New Goals - January-February 2022
Replies: 335
Views: 16413

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

Happy New Year!! Upward and onward, and forward :D Goals, work on my eating and yoga to help me be able to ride 2 horses for the time being. The cold is not kind to my RA and getting away from the holidays and unhealthy foods will help too. Trying to continue fitting in mountain biking in with the h...
by chantal
Wed Dec 22, 2021 9:58 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

Maia and I were making great progress, and now she's getting an unexpected vacation. I started dry coughing Monday afternoon, which could have just been my normal seasonal allergies, until I popped a fever late Monday night. Cancelled our flights, hotels, etc for meeting up with my mom over Christm...
by chantal
Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:23 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

Wow, so much emotion and hard work and love and trauma and just stuff. I keep checking in but have been sapped energy-wise taking care of Mikey and riding my extra buddy and working and dealing with the changing weather (boy does my body object and throw in a booster shot and ugh) and doing the gran...
by chantal
Tue Nov 09, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: staying slow in the medium trot
Replies: 34
Views: 3082

Re: staying slow in the medium trot

I should have read this thread before I posted my goals, great info here! Interestingly I'm working on med trot with Sylvester and poles with Bear. Sylvester speeds up and drops in the base of his neck and goes a bit on the forehead, so lots of suggestions here to help with that. Bear's go-to is: he...
by chantal
Tue Nov 09, 2021 2:56 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

Looks like lots of forward progress, no pun intended. l Blob, wishing you the best! exvet-I am so loving watching Junior progress. You two look great and the hard work shows. To the naysayers, I say "Talk to the hoof!" Many people do not wear green well. I too love all different kinds of h...
by chantal
Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 311
Views: 23066

Re: September - October goals and progress

Hi Moutaineer!! Sending you peace and strength (from a new grandma :D ) Bear is ridden by a trainer 1-2x a week and he is so much fun! Hoping to see improvement this week. He looks good in the field and can be turned out so there is that. I'm excited that I will be able to take back what I'm learnin...
by chantal
Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 311
Views: 23066

Re: September - October goals and progress

lipsmackerponty-I love the pics of your guy, looking good!

And congrats Chisamba, well earned!!

Kyra's Mom-don't you just love those delightful rides?? Love the update.
by chantal
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does your farrier make an appt for the next time?
Replies: 25
Views: 3080

Re: Does your farrier make an appt for the next time?

Mine does not make an appointment for the next time but my farrier is my instructor and my guy is barefoot at the moment. We go 3-4 weeks at this point as his bars grow really fast and affect how he moves. We got on that schedule as we were trying to prevent hoof wall in a specific spot from splitti...
by chantal
Fri Oct 15, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 311
Views: 23066

Re: September - October goals and progress

Yay for Annabelle!! And hoping Tesla feels better.

exvet-I love your shape shifter!!

Good luck khali, have fun at your shows.

Thanks Mari and khali, I'm so lucky to have busy friends who will share their horses.
by chantal
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 311
Views: 23066

Re: September - October goals and progress

And now some comments-my brain is fried. Hard day. Still working on keeping kids out of nest. Plus vet. I loved your videos exvet, thank you for sharing. Yes, very educational. And your comment about the hands. Me too. Blob-CONGRATS!! I will also enable-go for it!! SF-Tesla is really coming along.
by chantal
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 311
Views: 23066

Re: September - October goals and progress

So, I've been reading but not posting. Life is changing and we've became empty-nesters (which took a ton of energy-who knew) and now we are grandparents and, well, lots has been going on. Mikey and I have been playing with XC and more jumping and we did 2 schooling dressage shows. 66% across the boa...
by chantal
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 20622

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Whew, it's been a while. Been busy with human kids, though not really kids. But enough about that-we were all set to show the middle of June and guess who needed stitches in his knee. Minor injury and no lameness issues but better to take care of it and let it heal. And then we just got back from a ...
by chantal
Mon May 17, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Bits and spurs
Replies: 51
Views: 6279

Re: Bits and spurs

Single-jointed D-ring snaffle for my low-paletted, sensitive guy and short POW spurs for dressage and rubber balls for poles/jumping. Sometimes nothing. We put them on in Dec as he was not respecting my leg. I tried the Turtle-top bit but the S is too small and the M is too big so it didn't work. He...
by chantal
Mon May 17, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tesla's stops and spin outs
Replies: 113
Views: 13703

Re: Tesla's stops and spin outs

The slower cadence/tempo is great, looking good! And she is getting the hang of the poles. I love poles!! Slow the front, keep the hind moving, and go, lift off! I like the way she is working in the new videos. I've had issues with my inside leg to outside rein connection, my issues and he totally t...
by chantal
Fri May 14, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better
Replies: 279
Views: 27897

Re: May-June: Don't be afraid to set some goals and make it better

Wow, as usual, lots going on. Nice videos exvet, Junior is really coming along. You guys excelled in your 3-1 test, he really did seem to meet you halfway. Nice riding in both tests, he seems like a handful. I love your video Aleuronx, reminds me of some other young warmblood I know... gah! Happy to...
by chantal
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

SF-Tesla is looking great. The right lead thing is something I know all too well. You guys will get it, you are doing all the right things. And it sounds like Annabelle is doing great. exvet-your boys look great. Yes Brandon is doing the young horses stuff, minimally and it will go away as he gets s...
by chantal
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

I've been absent for a while. Family issues ongoing, fairly high maintenance and exhausting, emotionally and physically. But i am riding alot. I had 4 lessons last week alone. And a fifth one today. Mikey is coming along and I've had more than several light bulbs go off. Not a lot of pics or video u...
by chantal
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

SF-look at Tesla!! She and Mikey would make the handsome couple, that's for sure! Can I borrow some of your position please? You are so quiet in the saddle. It's beautiful to watch, and what I am striving for. A and T must be such different rides. Love the videos!
by chantal
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Congrats exvet! Well done! Jingles for health and safety for all creatures at your place Chisamba, gosh, yes ironic. We had another poles clinic. Encountered the illustrious flowers yet again but this time we were prepared. He was very good, and I did my part. No pictures as DH had his second vaccin...
by chantal
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Oh Chisamba, hoping all is well at your farm. My heart goes out to your friend.
by chantal
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Oh gosh exvet, are you okay? Discs suck, DH has issues with his. Hoping it heals and settles and you are okay.
by chantal
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Chantal, Mikey and Tesla would make a striking matched pair! Now that Tesla has found her try, she is almost over-achieving, like she wants to offer canter but can't figure out her legs. Definitely need to work on right lead more on the lunge line, but we did canter all the way around the big outdo...
by chantal
Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Thanks all, Mikey is such a character. He has so much try and I love seeing and feeling him think about stuff. We have so much to learn. I feel so lucky to have found him.

More jingles for Laddie Moutaineer.

And for you too Rye. I hope you find a spark and something a little extra to enjoy.
by chantal
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Lynx 2017 QH
Replies: 68
Views: 7644

Re: Lynx 2017 QH

Sounds like a great plan to me. I'm excited for you, have fun with him. That's what it's all about. And pics!!!
by chantal
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

So, being brave by posting videos. I see lots of stuff to work on and thought these would show you guys what we're working on. Poles or dressage, basics are basics. The poles have been helping my dressage immensely. Quiet hands and body, hands a little lower, not allowing him to fall on his forehand...
by chantal
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Heddylamar...OOOWWW. Do be careful and follow Dr.s orders. Those hematomas can rupture further...my Dad had that happen. Pretty scary whether the Dr. could stop the bleeding in surgery and whether the damage was the veins or the arteries. Luckily, it was the veins. The ortho was very very clear exa...
by chantal
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Argh SF! Blob, lovely photos of what sounds like very good work. Yay exvet, upward and onward. Humans getting hurt, i hope you get better! We had a poles clinic and I'm please with how we're progressing. So much straighter and more forward. I'm working on a video, DH is trying out some new stuff. Me...
by chantal
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So, how's the vaccination schedule going in your state?
Replies: 36
Views: 7186

Re: So, how's the vaccination schedule going in your state?

Slow in Maryland. I know many over 65, heck over 75 who are struggling to get appointments. DH got his, work related a few weeks ago and is not looking forward to the second one. He had a terribly sore arm and was sick for a day or so with the first Moderna shot. And "they" say that's the ...
by chantal
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Demi-I'm with you on the wine! Heddylamar-how are you feeling? Jingles for healing for you, gosh, that sounds painful. Moutaineer-update on Laddie? Hoping he's okay... And jingles for anyone I've missed. I love reading these updates! We are doing better this week, got the inside leg to outside rein ...
by chantal
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Rye, I am so sorry to hear about your pup. Hugs to you!! They steal our hearts. And life in general is a little out of sorts for many of us, winter is always a little dark this time of year. 2021 is harder for many reasons. So hugs to you and sending you strength, peace and hope. Happy to hear your ...
by chantal
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress
Replies: 350
Views: 38107

Re: March-ing into 2021, and April too - Goals and progress

Phew, after a rough couple of months (other than riding), I'm hoping to get back on track with posting. I had to adjust my RA meds in Jan and am finally feeling more like myself again with a nagging issue in my elbows and forearms. I had to cut back to every other day, and February was a little roug...
by chantal
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: HTBF Colonel Brandon
Replies: 67
Views: 8183

Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Brandon looks so happy. I need to play with a Pivo so I record my dressage lessons. I have 2 friends who have them and have offered. What a great addition to your training.
by chantal
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Taking hunter jumper lessons too?
Replies: 37
Views: 10981

Re: Taking hunter jumper lessons too?

Sounds like it's going well, yay!
by chantal
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 34573

Re: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress

Chantal, your horse always has the most pleasant and eager expressions. Just love the photos - keep them coming! Thank you! He is such a happy camper, we are trying to keep him that way. He does love to play :D I have a dressage instructor who doesn't overface us as well. She keeps him relaxed and ...
by chantal
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 34573

Re: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress

Two more pics, I love the one, but my position is better in the second one. Working hard on that.
by chantal
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress
Replies: 271
Views: 34573

Re: Ring in 2021 in the dressage ring: January-February Goals and Progress

Oh moutaineer, jingles for laddie and you. And for all those with critters who need mending. SF-wow, good for Tesla. I want to teach Mikey to self-load. He loads well and unloads himself, it would really help if I we could self-load. Goals for this year-ride a test off property like I ride at home, ...
by chantal
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Taking hunter jumper lessons too?
Replies: 37
Views: 10981

Re: Taking hunter jumper lessons too?

LSpony88 (does that work? :lol: ), you look good and I love your hands. Your body may get a little confused at first but tell your instructors to keep after your postion. Correct muscle memory is so important. I've told mine I don't take offense at the nitpickyness (hmmm, sp?), it will only help in ...
by chantal
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Putting 2020 in Hindsight: November-December Goals and Progress
Replies: 368
Views: 44672

Re: Putting 2020 in Hindsight: November-December Goals and Progress

Thanks Chantal. We went out to the preserve today and though Brandon's stamina really just isn't there, he was a good boy dealing with joggers, bikers, dogs and horses. I think we rode a total of 3 miles. We repeated more of the same from yesterday with Junior. I have a lesson tomorrow. I hope it g...
by chantal
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Taking hunter jumper lessons too?
Replies: 37
Views: 10981

Re: Taking hunter jumper lessons too?

I think all lessons, meaning good instruciton, will add to your education, condition and seat. I think it's a great idea and hopping on a schoolie has great benefits. I rode schoolies for years between other mounts and learned so much from them. And they can really shine with an experienced rider as...
by chantal
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Putting 2020 in Hindsight: November-December Goals and Progress
Replies: 368
Views: 44672

Re: Putting 2020 in Hindsight: November-December Goals and Progress

I love Brandon, what a cutie!! Straightness, yup yup. Our issue is the right hind. Such good stuff! I still love Brandon...

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