October 2010 Blog Posts (50)

Robert Dover

Ottawa, ON -- Dressage Canada regrets to inform the dressage community that it has

been unsuccessful in its bid to retain the services of Team Technical Coach/Advisor Robert Dover beyond the one-year contract that expired October 15, 2010. While efforts have been made over the past several months to extend this contract, the two sides have been unable to reach

an agreement for this position due to financial constraints and time commitments.…


Added by Dressage Canada on October 31, 2010 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Some Thoughts on Using Bits

This month, both on the forum and on video, there have been discussions on whether use of bits constitutes abuse of the horse.


Let me be clear, if the rider does not know how to keep proper contact with the horse's mouth using a bit is abusive. From the pictures and videos I've seen in the last few years VERY FEW riders know how…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 31, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Dressage Canada Limited Edition Wall Calendars for sale at the RAWF

This year, the Dressage Canada Calendar will be available as a wall calendar. It will be full colour, 38" x 25", and feature 12 of Canada's top riders in 2010, six athletes/months per side A rolled limited edition poster will be for sale at the Equine Canada Booth at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for just $10. If you can't make the Royal, don't stress. The EC-Store (ecstore.ca) will feature a folded non-laminated version, which will be available after the Royal. What a great addition to… Continue

Added by Dressage Canada on October 31, 2010 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Brilliant idea

So, we've been working with little Maggie on the longe line, with sliding side reins, then she moved on to long lining, which is tough and requires quite a bit of finesse. So, last night, I gave it a try. It's way harder than it looks, lemme tell ya! But, you can see immediately what you've messed up. And, conveniently, you tend to do the same things wrong on the ground that you do in the saddle. So, I get to see what the impact of what I do is, there's no cheating…


Added by MagsNMe on October 30, 2010 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Mites or not?

Hello everyone,

i was wondering if somene could tell me if my horse has mites:

little bumps on his neck
he is not a draft horse
does not have feathering on his legs
it is on his rump and middle of his neck.

if he does could you tell me how to treat it?


Added by Hope Brown on October 30, 2010 at 1:09pm — 3 Comments

Creation of the Mustang By Janet Hickman

When the Lord was creating mustangs, he was into his sixth day of overtime

An angel appeared and said “You fiddling around on this one”

The Lord asked “Have you read the description on this horse?”

A mustang must be able to trot for miles a day with the herd or carrying a rider that a domestic horse could never hold up too.

They have to be able to move at a nanosecond’s notice and not think twice of the danger their lives are in from predators.

They have to be able to… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on October 30, 2010 at 9:23am — No Comments

Don't Scare your Horse

Don't let your horse see what some of these horses look like.

They will be scared to death that you might do the same to them!

I wanted to share with you these photos of The Knot-a-Tail's Annual Boo Horse Halloween Photo Contest.

I am not sure how some of these horses stood for all that their owners did to them. I think they all must have taken a John Lyons course of two.

Vote for your favorite.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="404"… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on October 30, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

Introducing New Work: Part One

Riders often ask me, "How do I know it's the right time to start training something a bit harder?"

This is a big topic so I'm going to cover it over two blogs. In this blog, I'll give you a way to come up with a logical plan for introducing new work at Training Level. Next week, I'll show you to plan to move up to Second and Third Level. I'll also show you how you can use feedback from competition to help you decide whether or not you're ready to move up.

First, I…


Added by Jane Savoie on October 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

I knew I needed a lesson...

My darling Maggie has been in some intense training of late, with me riding on weekends and her getting training during the week. She's progressed to long lining and it's going quite well. So, then it's up to me to keep everything moving forward, but I hadn't had a lesson in weeks. Now that doesn't seem like a long time, but really, we're trying to move forward and I don't want to be hindering progress.

So, last night, I rode and had a lesson. I KNEW IT, I was NOT riding quite…


Added by MagsNMe on October 28, 2010 at 5:43pm — No Comments

5 Easy Ways to Build Trust with Your Horse: Tip 2

2. Protect Your Horse:

While protecting yourself and your space, you need to protect your horse. This means protecting your horse from any human, animal, or objects that could hurt him.

This responsibility starts as soon as you enter the paddock – you need to make sure that no other horse…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on October 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You: Tip 3

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You, Tip 3:

Add Vegetables to Your Day - Start by adding one more vegetable to your day until you reach more than 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. The adult recommendation from Canada’s Food Guide is 7-10 (7-8 servings for females and 8-10 servings for males) servings. Vegetables have a…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on October 28, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Hi everyone, let me introduce myself

Hi all,

I'm not quite sure how things work on a site like this but try to find out as I go.

My name is Ranna, Dutch but live in Germany.

Love all animals and am the proud owner of two lovely horses, 9 cats, 1 dog, 3 chickens and a duck.

Have been riding dressage for the most of my live, came into contact with NH some 10 or 11 years ago, did western riding for a couple of… Continue

Added by Ranna on October 28, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments


hey everybody,
i was wondering if somebody could help me with my horse problems,
my horse does not llike halting and when ever we halt he rears and or bucks
any suggestions???

Added by Hope Brown on October 27, 2010 at 6:49pm — 2 Comments

Horse Book Review: Women Riders Who Could ... and Did: Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes by Karma Kitaj

Women Riders Who Could ... And Did: Life Stores of Top Level Equestriennes

Karma Kitaj Publisher: Huckle Hill Press 2010

" ... It's a worthwhile book for young riders who aspire to be professionals. ..."

Cindy Sydnor, Long-listed for the U.S. Olympic Team, Dressage instructor, "R" dressage judge, USDF Examiner for Certification Program


It may seem odd to start an independent…


Added by Dorothy McDonall on October 27, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Question About the Say Hello Ritual

Today we have a question from Michelle from Canada who is already using the Waterhole Rituals™ to good effect by the sound of it but was seeking a little more clarification. Michelle wrote:

When I go to “Say Hello”, Amber (my mare) will sometimes walk towards me, so do I…

Added by Carolyn Resnick on October 27, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Going through the Shift

After 33 years of marriage, I decided to leave my husband in June of this year. We are still living together and our farm is up for sale so we can go our separate ways. This is why you have not heard from me for a while, it has been hell to say the least, and very hard on both of us. Sometimes people just grow apart and I realized that I wanted more out of our relationship than just being business partners. It has been the saddest and hardest decision of my life, but I feel a right and…


Added by P.Ann Turner on October 27, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Getting Him Sweet Again

Brody had stopped whinnying to me. In the paddock, he greeted me every day with his “cranky face”, ears back, nostrils wide, and tense wrinkles around his mouth. Then Friday, a full blown bucking bronco show when I waved him away from the door of the feed shed while I filled his dish. Brody was sour. How could I get him sweet again?…


Added by Jamie B on October 26, 2010 at 10:04pm — No Comments

October 24th 2010 Recovery, Recovery, Recovery

Recovery...thats the word of the day. My hand that I cut open 10 days ago is healing very well. It still hurts to hold a hair brush, use a squirt bottle or use a body brush using downward strokes. Up until 10 minutes ago I couldnt take the cap off of my water bottle.

Part of my healing has been just getting back out to the barn to interact with my horses. Im a little nervous around them, since I am so protective of my hand right now, but thats fading away each time I go down…


Added by Amanda Hoss on October 24, 2010 at 11:22pm — 2 Comments

Ridden Hard and Put Away Wet - Equestrians Lose Sight of Self-Care

“Ridden hard and put away wet!” This age old expression brings to mind an image of a horse that worked rigorously and was not properly cared for. You can picture the animal galloping along, doing her…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on October 24, 2010 at 8:02pm — No Comments

I Think I'll Have Sore Legs Tomorrow

Well, I have given up on going back to using regular bits for now, it is back to learning all the subtleties of the Wellep bits! Mia had behaved quite well when I used the Mullen mouthed snaffle, but she communicated to me that she MISSED the mouthpiece of the Wellep. So I got the regular cheeked Wellep snaffle out and sat there trying to figure out how I could use the bit on Mia and still have the stability I needed to keep good contact. Finally I decided on bit…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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