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05/28/2024

Yay, Megan!! It’s not easy to get it together after both horse/rider has had 3 days off over Memorial weekend. Great job!

Excellent idea
05/28/2024

Excellent idea

A study of the behavior of sport horses at shows begun a year ago at Aachen, Germany is being extended to this year's event

05/27/2024

For those OTTB owners (and others) who’ve messaged me regarding suppling and strengthening their horses particularly on their right side. Waldo has a history of offering resistance against the right leg, so here is how I approach it: balanced transitions, changes of rein, several opportunities to stretch in all 3 gaits and most importantly, doing my best to maintain a correct position that is devoid of any tension. These videos are from yesterday’s work out, starting to his easier, left side. 3 separate videos in a row:

05/27/2024

For those OTTB owners (and others) who’ve messaged me regarding suppling and strengthening their horses particularly on their right side. Waldo has a history of offering resistance against the right leg, so here is how I approach it: balanced transitions, changes of rein, several opportunities to stretch in all 3 gaits and most importantly, doing my best to maintain a correct position that is devoid of any tension. These videos are from yesterday’s work out:

05/27/2024

For those OTTB owners (and others) who’ve messaged me regarding suppling and strengthening their horses particularly on their right side. Waldo has a history of offering resistance against the right leg, so here is how I approach it: balanced transitions, changes of rein, several opportunities to stretch in all 3 gaits and most importantly, doing my best to maintain a correct position that is devoid of any tension. These videos are from yesterday’s work out:

Impressive start!
05/26/2024

Impressive start!

Marcus Orlob rode Jane to second place to Isabell Werth on Special Blend in a national Grand Prix, the rider's first ever Grand Prix outside the United States.

Wonderful Waldo feeling all full of his bad self!(Note to self: let the nose out a couple more inches!)
05/25/2024

Wonderful Waldo feeling all full of his bad self!
(Note to self: let the nose out a couple more inches!)

05/24/2024

And a great way for Megan to end her lesson—a correctly balanced turn and into her first proper lengthening trot on Eri. 🙂

05/24/2024

Some beautiful work (and quite an excited trainer) from Megan and Eri today. She had to dig deep to get it, but dig she did and found the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box!

05/24/2024

Cross Training day this morning!

05/24/2024

Cross training day this morning

Whew!!
05/23/2024

Whew!!

Congratulations to Charlotte Fry and Glamourdale who won the grand prix and the special at Aachen Dressage Days CDI3*

05/23/2024

Part 1 of OTTB Waldo’s work out today as we continue his month long training with me. As he had yesterday off, the first ride back is always a lighter ride, and I call these rides ‘extended warm ups:’ asking for softness and stretching in all 3 gaits, along with moving easily off each inside leg. He was lovely and completely willing and I’m noticing more articulation/strength in his hind legs. Thank you for filming, Donna!

05/23/2024

Part 2 of Waldo’s first day back after yesterday’s day off. I’m delighted with how soft and responsive he remained during the rest of his warm up

Hey guys: I have a brand new, with tags, pair of Pikeur full seat breeches with phone pocket, 32 L. They don’t fit me—I ...
05/23/2024

Hey guys: I have a brand new, with tags, pair of Pikeur full seat breeches with phone pocket, 32 L. They don’t fit me—I need a higher waist. These are super nice, top quality, a touch of bling and I’ll take one…two…five for them. PM for further info

05/22/2024

Paul and I had a rare day off today—and we got a wild hair and drove to Dollywood! Hope this makes you laugh. Volume up.

And finally, this week’s topline photo report. Top photo is Waldo the day after he arrived after months off from a terri...
05/21/2024

And finally, this week’s topline photo report. Top photo is Waldo the day after he arrived after months off from a terrible eye injury. Top photo was taken May 14th, bottom photo taken today, May 21. First photo his front legs are slightly back, but I think his overall development is visible, including the reduction of his old race horse underneck. THANK YOU Tommy Robinson for entrusting your boy to me for the month.

05/21/2024

As a few of you have gotten in touch regarding my approach to building a top line on a horse— especially those of you with OTTBs— I thought I would post a typical session with Waldo with this video, as well as the next two directly following it. This first video shows our warm-up at the trot with leg yields and a stretch, then introducing shoulder in rising trot in the second video, and the third video focuses on biggest challenge: his right lead canter. 

05/21/2024

After our initial warm up and first walk break, I test the Waldo waters with a little shoulder in in each direction, followed by a stretch for a good effort. I can see and feel the quality of his trot improve from last week as he strengthens and becomes more supple

05/21/2024

OTTBs can have real difficulty in their right canter, including the transitions in and out of the canter and maintaining a soft connection. With Waldo, the right canter is very difficult for him, so using a 20m circle is beneficial as we employ these t/c/t transitions which will strengthen and supple him. It is *imperative* to support him with my inside, right leg, right at the girth, keeping it as solid as a fence post for him to bend around. The one time I let my leg slip back a couple of inches I paid the price and you can see what happened. An inside leg that is too far back knocks the haunches out, and the horse off balance. Immediately making the correction made all the difference.

Important read
05/20/2024

Important read

New menopause research has been published highlighting some of the difficulties women in equestrian sport are facing, as women are urged to get support

05/19/2024
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05/19/2024

It’s why we love the sport!

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There are few sports that you can enjoy from your youth through your golden years. At the 2023 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, an 11-year-old and a 70-year-old rider both competed at the same show. With their ages spanning a full six decades, it proved dressage is truly a lifetime sport. Read their incredible stories: https://yourdressage.org/2024/04/30/six-decades-the-lifetime-sport/

Photos by Susan J Stickle Equestrian Photography LLC and Chelsey Burris

05/19/2024

En Vogue is the Olympic team bronze medal-winning ride of Carl Hester and a horse who has overcome his nerves to get better and better with age.

Time to stop and smell (eat??) the roses after his work out 😂
05/19/2024

Time to stop and smell (eat??) the roses after his work out 😂

05/19/2024

A drizzly ride this morning after a lot of rain, but good conditions for a power walk, up and down gentle inclines, in tall grass (it’s been too wet to mow!) while stretching over his back is another tool in our toolbox to strengthen Waldo and build more top line. Note: for hillwork I always warm up in arena or level ground first, before subjecting a horse’s soft tissue to strenuous work. Also, it’s imperative that the horse be stretching over his back, lifting his belly/back, in order to develop the correct muscles to build a top line.

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