We ride our dressage test and now if the elements went good or bad. We also get a certain feeling, horse felt forward and felt great, lack of impulsion, etc. Or you feel you showed a great middle canter and your left shoulder in had to be next to perfect. Then you get the test results back, usually after quite some time (half an hour or more). And what happened? The jury had to have judged a totally different combination, because the test results are different from how you experienced them. Read more
Posts from the ‘Dressage’ Category
There I was with my big mouth going on about black and white and no shades of grey. Well, Beau turned very black and white as well. Going forward and forward and halt, no, let’s go in reverse. Duh? And no matter how hard I try, I cannot find first gear of the D from drive. But I can walk through the arena in reverse. Read more
Using bandages on your horse’s legs. or rather putting them on correctly, is an art by itself. Some don’t believe in them and rather wear boots. My horses wear boots, but when Charlie still had shoes on and had his ‘einschuss’ leg, I had to use bandages as there were no boots large enough to fit that leg.
I just read that it will be no longer allowed to completely remove facial hair of your horse. And by this I mean the sense hairs round the mouth and the hairs in the ears. In the future it will be included in all the official guidelines for breeding, sport and equestrian businesses. And then you are not allowed to participate in any events, competitions or even breed is your horse has completely shaven ears. In Germany it is already forbidden by law.
On October 5-6 Oldenburg Stud held an elite auction in Vechta. It broke all records. Wow, the results are very impressive, especially since horse sales have not returned to the pre-depression level. It is still slow. They auctioned off both riding horses and foals. Read more
From weapons to dressage, quite a change. I never knew you could build such an empire with the manufacturing of guns, but then again I am quite naive. Now they have built a new standard for dressage and training facilities in Austria and have signed on the much deserving team from Harskamp (the Netherlands).
I ran across a very interesting post on Dover’s World by renowned former US Olympic dressage rider Robert Dover. He was asked by Kyra Kyrklund, the IDRC (International Dressage Riders Club) president, to take notes on his findings of the 2012 London Olympics. What can be learned from these Olympics, what went great and what could be improved. As Dover is not a member of the committee, he felt free to publish his notes on his blog Dover’s World. His notes are very interesting and well written. I will post them here for you. But I advice you to visit his site and read the comments. These are just as interesting as Dover’s notes. Read more