I need to set some goals. Not to worry, I am just a simple amateur. But I want to get past this freewheeling stage. He is old enough to grow, to reach the next level. He may be tall, relatively weak in the hind quarters, this all will not get better until we seriously address the muscles there. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Dressage’
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
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 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
Every year since 2001 the Academy Bartels hosts the Global Dressage Forum. It is a public debating platform in the world of international dressage; an exchange of views, ideas, practices which are scrutinized, discussed and debated. The world’s top riders’ and trainers’ techniques are examined in both practical and theoretical sessions. And the latest developments in horse management and sports science are also presented. Read more
I know what a half halt is. I read this nice description somewhere calling it a ‘call to attention’. We up the level of collection, keeping the balance, the rhythm and the stride. Or we let the horse know that we are about the set in an exercise. I don’t think it is necessarily half way to a halt, so it is a silly term. Because if you are half way into a halt and then change, you will loose the rhythm and balance you wish to maintain and increase. But I wouldn’t know how to describe it any better either.
Florestan I, what a stallion that was. Born in 1986 and passed away the beginning of 2011 at the ripe old age of 26. His sire is Fidelio, a Hannovarian, whose father is the famous Furioso II. His mother, Raute, comes from the sire Rheingold and has as maternal grandfather Garamond. Florestan I was the winner his year’s Stallion Performance Test in Warendorf with a total index of 129,02 points and won both the dressage and show jumping division. Read more