are a formalized sequence of movements, with transitions between the three gaits (walk/trot/canter) at designated points along a 20 by 60 meter arena, marked by letters. For instance, the rider and horse enter the arena at A, proceed to X (the center of the arena), halt,… Continue
Added by saddlebroke on October 31, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Last week my first two tips for riding a great dressage test were about the importance of memorizing your test and what to do to make a great entry into the ring.
The tips this week focus on riding your corners and diagonals properly and how to prepare for your transitions.
3. CORNERS AND DIAGONALS
Okay, you’re in the arena. No matter what level you’re doing, you have to ride corners. The general rule for riding corners is that you… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on October 30, 2009 at 11:00am —
I was wondering about the appropriate length of time that a training session with your horse should last. I realize that a lot of that depends on the difficulty of what you are teaching your horse and where your horse is in his learning life. But if I was having a regular, nothing-dramatically-new, riding or lunging session with my horse should I expect him to stick with me for 30 minutes, 60 minutes or what? I want my horses to enjoy our sessions together so I don’t want… Continue
Added by Julie Goodnight on October 30, 2009 at 10:52am —
When the judges are listening to your music, what are they listening for?
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do the judges evaluate my music?”
I’m going to go over the guidelines that are given to the judges so you can be on the same page as they are. In last month’s newsletter, I did an audio clip on what the judges are looking for. But so many of you have asked me to put it in print so here it is.
There are four categories that the… Continue
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on October 30, 2009 at 10:30am —
This painting seemed like the perfect illustration for the Oscar Wilde quote: "Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing." That quote applies to humans and horses!
Click here to download and print the newest quote/painting/to-do… Continue
Added by Karen Brenner on October 30, 2009 at 6:48am —
Nintendo's Wii has been one of the most profitable games consoles ever sold, and after its launch in 2006, Nintendo took months to satisfy pent-up demand. This enabled the company to charge a premium price for its hardware and make large profits while rivals such as Sony and Microsoft were losing money on every machine… Continue
Added by bloglist on October 29, 2009 at 7:50pm —
For all you people that are wondering what Koala hay is, well it's a long story. In the 30's Koala's were introduced to Kangaroo Island , (not a native to the island) and for a good few years now they have been eating themselves out of house and home. Koala's only eat a particular type of gum leaves. Lots of Koala's ,not much to eat. So the government said we should Cull some of the Koala's so the numbers come down and they don't all starve to death.One quick shot or a slow lingering death by… Continue
Added by Geoffrey Pannell on October 29, 2009 at 6:12pm —
One might argue that Angelenos are by nature always in costume, but the pressure of outward appearance is never greater than on Halloween. Although many have been crafting their costumes since July, others among us will scramble around the house with mere hours to spare, trying to piece together something passable. In the event that you've procrastinated -- or are barely making the rent -- here are some free, last-minute get-ups that will, if nothing else, get you past…
Added by bloglist on October 29, 2009 at 6:02pm —
Welcome to this week’s slightly earlier edition of Equine Science News – I’m off to watch the dressage and show jumping
competition Equita’Lyon in France this weekend and am flying to Geneva early Friday morning, but wanted to make sure that this week’s latest equine science news was still delivered to you all! So this blog post I’ll be chatting to you about laminitis, strangles and… Continue
Added by Chloé Sharrocks on October 29, 2009 at 4:00pm —
I read this fascinating article in the New York Times and thought I would share it with everyone.
BARGAINS IN THE BARN
By: SARAH MASLIN NIR
Published: October 28, 2009
WHEN Janet Rizzo decided to buy a second horse after her first one was sidelined by an injury, she wanted a mount of comparable ability. She expected to pay a price similar to the $70,000 she spent on her first, 11 years earlier.
But in this withered economy, Surfer Girl,… Continue
Added by Andrea Wetzel on October 29, 2009 at 11:00am —
US Airways Group Inc., which sounded upbeat about traffic rebounding when it announced a smaller-than-expected third-quarter loss earlier this month, Wednesday unveiled a major route retrenchment and job cuts aimed at returning the company to profitability.
The sixth-largest U.S. airline by traffic, US Airways said it is realigning its operations to focus almost exclusively on flights from its three domestic hubs: Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia; and Phoenix.
It also will retain… Continue
Added by bloglist on October 28, 2009 at 6:07pm —
When Michael Jackson died in June, pop music lost its last global megastar. But according to 12-year-old Sean Davis of Watts, who attended one of the first Tuesday night screenings of the new tour rehearsal movie, Michael Jacksons This Is It,
the death of the groundbreaking performer robbed the world of something more immediate.
"We're missing that move," he… Continue
Added by bloglist on October 28, 2009 at 5:35pm —
(CNN) -- The shutdown of a major artery linking the California cities of San Francisco and Oakland sent area officials scrambling overnight to develop plans to ease congestion for Wednesday morning's rush hour.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closed indefinitely Tuesday night after a piece of the span fell onto the roadway, prompting the thousands who use the bridge to hunt for alternative routes. The 73-year-old bridge spans the San Francisco Bay and carries an average of… Continue
Added by bloglist on October 28, 2009 at 1:08pm —
It’s now been almost two weeks without my beloved Linda. It feels like years. I miss her so so much and ever time I’m in the fields I automatically look for her. But she’s not there. And she never will be again. I miss her!
My reason for getting up in the morning, now that Linda is gone, has to be the Pony. She’s doing remarkably well in everything I throw her into and I couldn’t be more proud of her. It feels OK to be back in the stables and back on a horse and when we are out… Continue
Added by Hannah on October 27, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Sorry to not have them here, but just want them in one place...
Added by JustEquus on October 27, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Our 3rd Annual Christmas Barn to Barn Trail Ride is November 21.
Ride through the Lake Pickett Estates in Chuluota, Fl, stopping at participating farms for refreshments.
Drop off tack items to be sold at the used tack sale going on during the day. $10 for a spot, no need to stay with items, just make sure they are labeled.
Santa Claus, raffle and more!
Awards for Best Dressed Rider, Best Dressed Horse, Best Dressed Dog and Carriage.
$20 pre… Continue
Added by Lori Tankel on October 26, 2009 at 2:53pm —
This is one of the most viewed posts from my blog, www.aprilreeveshorsetraining.wordpress.com
I'm adding it because so many people are asking questions about "how to feed oil to a horse". This post is by Marijke van de Water, one of the most amazing equine nutritionists I have known. Her findings are both 'results driven' and controversial. This one in particular, goes against many of the articles you read on the web,… Continue
Added by April Reeves on October 26, 2009 at 12:03pm —
This morning I had the opportunity to speak with Patrik Kittel about the 4:26 video excerpt of his ride aboard 10 yr old Dutch stallion Watermill Scandic, at the World Cup dressage qualifier in Odense, Denmark.
When did you first hear about the video?
The person who took the video contacted me after the show and after she had posted it on line. She did… Continue
Added by Barbara F. on October 26, 2009 at 11:30am —
Germany's Dirk Schrade has just won the last four star international horse trials of the season at Pau in France. He was riding his 'Holsteiner' gelding King Artus. The reports of his win have quickly spread around the world...to the delight of those breeding and selling Holsteiners.
However there is no mention of the fact that his sire is in fact a thoroughbred, King Milford, out of the Holsteiner mare Alida 1V. Then one looks at… Continue
Added by William Micklem on October 26, 2009 at 11:30am —
October 26th through November 1st
October 28, 1943 - Kellogg Arabian ranch turned over to govt Will Keith (also known as W. K.) Kellogg originally purchased a piece of land in California, and between 1924 and 1932 he bred Arabian horses in order to help preserve the breed in America. In 1932 Kellogg had decided to donate the ranch to the University of California. He was hoping that the ranch would be kept in its original state and would serve to educate others about the… Continue
Added by Paige Cerulli on October 26, 2009 at 9:30am —