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Comment by Mary-Joe Figueira on January 9, 2012 at 3:04pm

Hi Vicki - I am not training at that level but as a scribe ( I can scribe FEI level) I see many remarks from the judges as to "speeding up" and no lengthening. I myself am currently learning how to lengthen.  I understand that success in lengthening comes from the pushing seat, legs on and half halts. Half halt if she is speeding up then use the seat and legs to get her to lengthen.

Comment by vickie lawson on January 8, 2012 at 5:53pm

Hi Mary-Joe: my delphi is showing at level 3 nz, which includes med trot, canter, shoulder in, traverse, walk pirouette, rein back, walk-canter-walk and counter canter serpentines. She has got some reasonable marks, from a good judge- up to 67% but one judge really marks us harshly. However, I also do see what she is saying, cuz delphi is a lazy warmblood- i have 2 of them,and everyone else seems to have hot ones! She prefers to speed up in trot than lengthen. We do changes within the pace and many transitions to get her more underneath.  Part of it is strength im sure. The horse winning right now, locally, is 8 yrs old and huge. Delphi is only 15.3hh.

Comment by Mary-Joe Figueira on January 8, 2012 at 5:10pm

It is one day winter and one day spring up here. What level are you showing, Vicki?

Comment by vickie lawson on January 8, 2012 at 11:04am

Gosh! Last posting Dec 15th! And it was from me! What's everyone doing? Hibernating?  It's summer down under and  I need advice on getting med paces out of my 6 yr old. She's not consistently giving and one dressage judge marks us so so harshly!


Comment by vickie lawson on December 15, 2011 at 3:22pm

that would bug me too sherry! i think you need to say something to your instructor. i mean you're getting good value if you spend your time -even some of it, calming down the young horse. i mean i know it is good for them to get used to many different situations, but one hopes that during a lesson you can concentrate on learning and the feel you are looking for, eh.


Comment by Sherry Cassetori on December 15, 2011 at 7:33am

ok maybe  I am getting old but this bugs me . When I take a lesson there is a very young girl that brings her whole family that is not the problem the younger sibling just runs all over the place and the parents say nothing, I have a young horse and very big, when it starts to get dark and he sees things move outside the indoor arena he spooks  well for the last month he has been doing fine, but last night the little girl was running all over the place and really spooked my horse, I wish people would understand horses are prey animals, what we see they see differently, (a moving person could be a cougar to them) What happened last night could have been avoided if parents would watch their children. (My instructor had to tell them about it for the 20th time)

Comment by Sherry Cassetori on December 14, 2011 at 9:18am

on a good note I just did my first no stirrups jump last night .  I am so proud of myself.  Love doing new things

Comment by Jackie Cochran on December 10, 2011 at 7:26pm

So sorry to hear about your toe and you TIA.  Life can be really challenging at times, can't it.

I hope you get back to riding.

Comment by vickie lawson on December 10, 2011 at 5:31pm

hi! haven't signed in in ages. What's been happening? I got my toe broke by comet. He started when i was changing his cover, and his hoof hit the end of my big toe, the end bone split vertically in 3.  That was a drama. Then Nov 22 at work I had a TIA and ended up in hospital. That was more drama. I've had to scratch from shows, and couldn't ride, as my blood pressure was crazy after the TIA. They say my lifestyle is 'perfect', but my genetics are what is bad.

Comment by Joe Robertson on October 11, 2011 at 9:32am
Horses are very healing. I have worked for years with therapeutic riding. I volunteered with a therapeutic riding program for five years till insurance cost ended it. We used to foster children and I used my knowledge of horses and therapeutic riding with them with great results.

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