Category Archives: dressage

Beastie and Bob

About mid-summer, my dressage horse (GP-Romeo aka Beastie) came up lame from turn-out which was depressing at many levels. First, every time he goes lame there’s the big bill from vet work. Second, he was finally going great and that … Continue reading

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Sundance I & II

On this weekend then name should have been changed to Rain Dance. As the photos show, it was drenched. Here’s how it unfolded for us. My trainer Andy showed an awesome black Friesian / Warmblood cross named Bob, so after … Continue reading

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Julie Julian Clinic

This is the result of some body position changes made at the clinic this weekend. Between the strengthening work Andy has been doing on Romeo and training I’ve been receiving, it finally feels like we are beginning to gel together.

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Hard to Believe

The last post was October 2013. No I didn’t die or wander off on some Himalayan climbing expedition. It was 100% mid-life crisis distraction. A 17.2 black Hannovarian sport’s car named Romeo. I’ve made a little further progress on the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Saddle Fit and Function

I haven’t written much about dressage since the show season, but some interesting things have been happening with Stanley lately. Rear shoeing (with wedges) has allowed him to muscle out in the hind quarters and whither area significantly.  So much … Continue reading

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One Proud Grandpa

This Saturday was “the peanut’s” final horse show of the summer. We got up early to get him bathed, braided and trailered…all without a complaint. She has worked hard at riding and did well despite being all nerves. Stanley took … Continue reading

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Strategic Deworming

For those who groove horse management, here’s a real-world example of strategic deworming importance. As part of a Pony Club activity we brought in fecal samples from each horse in our pasture and did worm egg counts. I was shocked … Continue reading

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Blue and Yellow

yeah and lotsa mud. No this is not a post about “The Used” 2002 hit, but rather a recap of Dressage at Alpine I & II which turn out to be my first recognized horse show. The post is a … Continue reading

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Collection Confusion

For a new rider such as myself, just getting a horse to go straight and stay on the bit is hard enough, but as I progress, it’s becoming clear that communicating (much less putting them into practice) the principles behind … Continue reading

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Contemplating Judged Competition

Some people have the ability to train hard, compete fiercely, and then not take the results to seriously. If they win great, if not then no big deal — they seem to bounce back next time around and never express … Continue reading

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