Blue skies, green grass, new friends. 💕 #friendship #besties #horsesofinstagram #kwpnhorse #oldenburghorse
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Blue skies, green grass, new friends. 💕 #friendship #besties #horsesofinstagram #kwpnhorse #oldenburghorse
🖤 Hans 🖤 Very excited about this boy and enjoying being able to train without the pressures of showing for now. #dressagehorsesofinstagram #dressagetraining #kwpnhorse #dressage #roadtograndprix
It’s fun to look back at old videos, and see how the horses have developed. Here’s Vodie working on piaffe in May of 2019, and April of 2020—almost exactly a year apart. Progress happens in such small increments in this sport. Daily training has its ups and downs, so it’s important to look at the big picture when it comes to gauging progress.
#roadtograndprix #dressage #dressagehorsesofinstagram #dressagehorse #fei #dressagetrainer #kwpnhorse #vodiethepiaffemachine
A very happy birthday to this ridiculous creature. 27 years! He’s been in my life for 21 of them, which is pretty unbelievable. He’s losing teeth at a rapid rate, but still looks fantastic and is super sound (which is more than you can say about me, haha). Happy birthday, Mouse. I wish you many more years with your best buddy, Coal. ❤️ #devilmouse #happybirthday #horsesofinstagram #dressagehorsesofinstagram #hanoverian #oldiebutgoodie
He’s home! Waki returned from his winter in FL yesterday. So, so happy to have my sweet boy back in the barn. 🖤 #dressagehorsesofinstagram #dressagehorse #horsesofinstagram #marylanddressage #hanoveriansofinstagram #squawkiwaki
Some days, I think he’s growing up. Some days, he tries to eat a brush. #winsomelosesome 🤷🏻♀️
#horsesofinstagram #oldenburghorse #dressagehorse #dressage #younghorselife #marylanddressage #tindernoodle
So proud of my students for their Year-End awards from VADA/NoVA. Lisa Rowe and Tigger VIII won Fourth Level AA, and the Rataxes Memorial Award for the highest scoring, oldest horse competing at recognized shows. Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus won Prix St. Georges AA, were High Score FEI Amateur, and placed fourth in the USEF Musical Freestyle division. Way to go, ladies!
Just hand over the snack, lady! #tindernoodle #dressagehorse #dressagehorsesofinstagram #marylanddressage #oldenburghorse
Sarah making sure Tinder gets all his itches scratched!
#horsesofinstagram #dressagehorse #oldenburgsofinstagram #itchy #tindernoodle
They could cover a bit more ground, but I’d say Vodie is definitely getting the hang of the one tempis!
#feihorse #dressage #dressagehorse #onetempis #grandprixhorseinthemaking
Slowly remembering how to ride. 🙃 I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be riding again, even if I’m not at full speed yet. #dressage #feihorse #vodiethepiaffemachine #labraltearrecovery
Back on a horse! Walking only (mostly 😉) for now. Fingers crossed it’s all onwards and upwards from here. 🤞🏻
#dressage #dressagerider #labraltear #labraltearrecovery #labralreconstruction
What a year! We had a lot of successes this year. Some stats:
2 USDF Gold Medals
2 USDF Silver Medals
1 USDF Silver Bar
3 Top Ten USDF Year-End Award Rankings
3 horses qualified for USDF Finals
Our team competed in championship classes at the Region 1 GAIG Finals, CBLM Finals, Developing Horse National Championships, and USDF Finals, coming away with:
1 Championship (CBLMs)
2 Reserve Championships (GAIGs, CBLMs)
3 Third Place (GAIGs, CBLMs)
2 Fourth Place (GAIGs, CBLMs)
6 Fifth Place (GAIGs, CBLMs, USDF Finals)
1 Sixth Place (GAIGs)
1 Eighth Place (GAIGs)
1 Twelfth Place (DHNC)
This year also brought some tough times, especially the tragic loss of one of the horses in our barn family. We have an amazing community here at Locks Edge, and the kindness and generosity that our group brings to the table is truly awe-inspiring. I can’t thank you all enough.
Huge thank you also to Kevin Oyarzo for his excellent farrier work, Dr. James Lewis, Dr. Paul Anikis, and Cate Fiolka and Theresa Keyes of Ride Times LLC for all of their support and great service.
Can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store.
The Performance Refinery
EQUESTRIAN PT & RIDER PERFORMANCE INFORMATION CORNER:
HELP FIND AND ENGAGE YOUR SEAT BONES CORRECTLY IN THE SADDLE
Have you ever tried to turn a 4-wheel ATV motorbike around a corner using only the two left wheels? Probably not, it would be near impossible! You would have to compensate somewhere in your body to remain upright, with the likelihood of tipping over very high. It’s the same on a horse. “If we ask our horse to turn by dropping one seat bone in the saddle and floating the other (e.g. collapsing through the pelvis), the horse has to compensate through its own body to make the turn happen.
Firstly we need to understand how our pelvis moves, then how to apply our understanding to engage where exactly we should be sitting or feeling in the saddle?
If we don’t know/understand how our body moves, then how do we understand where exactly we should be sitting or feeling?
Start by understanding where exactly your seat bones are and the difference between the anterior (front), middle and posterior (back) portions of your seat bones. If we don’t know how they move, then how do we understand where exactly we should be sitting or what we should be looking for in feeling.
Sitting on a 65cm Swiss Ball/Stability Ball in front of a mirror, practice finding your middle portion of your seat bones. Then rock forward on your pelvis to find the front, before rocking back to find the back portion. Make sure that your shoulders remain on an even line and you don’t drop one side in order to find a seatbone.
Now translate this across to when you are sitting in the saddle. Practice finding an evenness between both seat bones (Left & Right) and sitting directly over the middle points, so that they are facing directly downwards. If you are struggling to find your seatbone alignment a great ‘on horse’ exercise for this is by using 2 Franklin Balls. Place one directly under each of your seatbones. This will create a heightened neuromuscular awareness as to exactly where your seatbones are at any given point in time in the saddle.
This neutral pelvic positioning will also help you to be able to engage your pelvic girdle core muscles correctly. Namely your Transverse Abdominus, Glute Medius & Adductor Longus & Multifidus. This is achieved through a ‘Force Couple Relationship’ ~ A necessary factor for having optimal neuromuscular control is having normal force-coupling relationships = the ability to activate groups of muscles at once.
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I’m always amazed by how a horse’s body can develop and change through good dressage training. The first picture is Waki upon import in summer 2017, as a green PSG horse. The second photo is Waki in spring 2019, competing at Grand Prix.
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Huge thank you to Richard Malmgren for coming out to long line some of our crew today. I always learn so much from watching him work the horses. Particularly awesome today to watch him help Vodie find his passage—it’s getting there! Such a cool horse. Jessie Ginsburg is a lucky lady to have this boy as her partner. ❤️
Happy National Day of the Horse to my three special boys—Waki, Tinder, and Mouse. I’m so lucky to have them in my life. 🖤🖤🖤 #nationaldayofthehorse #teamdarkbay
A really great article on the importance of treating horses as horses, not humans.
“What one should conclude from all this is that the horse is mentally different from humans and should be trained as such. It is the denial of this difference which causes so much bad training and relationship problems between horse and human. If you remember that your task is to shape your horses habits into desirable ones, and not to leave the horse with the responsibility for his behaviour by granting him greater mental powers than he has, your training will be more effective, and much kinder and fairer. Above all, you will then be in a position to earn his respect and in effect, his trust.”
Andrew McLean asks How Smart is Your Horse? Posted on July 17, 2018 by horsemagazine Andrew and Manuela McLean at a recent conference Andrew McLean has played a leading role in educating horse owners all over the world, particularly to get them to understand how horses think. This article originally...
Thank you to Seneca Valley Pony Club for a great clinic weekend. As always, the kids were so great—enthusiastic, motivated, talented. I had so much fun helping all of you!
Thank you to Susan Stickle for these awesome shots of Lindy Taylor's Galantha at USDF Finals. Such a fantastic little horse--thank you so much Lindy, for the opportunity to ride her this year. It was a treat.
Baby Tinder, always getting into some sort of trouble! He’s lucky he’s so cute. #dressagehorse #tindernoodle #younghorse #oldenburgsofinstagram
Congratulations to my students who earned USDF medals this year!
Lucy Tidd and Ellert HB - Gold Medal
Lisa Rowe and Tigger VIII - Silver Medal
Shera Solomon and Quaterflash - Silver Medal
Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus- Silver Bar
Amazing sunset at Kentucky Horse Park this evening! @ Kentucky Horse Park
Huge thank you to Lindy Taylor for allowing me to ride her fabulous mare Galantha at USDF Finals this week. When we arrived yesterday, it was 64 degrees out—today, it was in the low 40s, steady rain, and windy. It was all a bit much for Gigi and we had unfortunate tension-related mistakes that put us just out of the ribbons, but I am so proud of this little girl. She is such a talent, and it’s an honor to be able to ride her. Thank you so much Lindy—I can’t wait to see you out there on her next year!
Waki in the Halloween spirit! 👻🎃☠️ #squawkiwaki #hanoveriansofinstagram #dressagehorse #halloween
We lost a member of our barn family at Locks Edge to a tragic pasture accident yesterday. Rest in peace, Evita. The barn will not be the same without your sweet character and quirky personality. Condolences to owner Lucy Tidd on the loss of her special mare.
HORSEMANSHIP has become a lost art. I thought I would write some thoughts on it, why it is so important, and how we can keep developing it in our riders.
Horsemanship , to me, has many elements.
1. Riding ,of course, is a part of horsemanship. Riding in an empathetic, kind, clear ,concise way . ( We could spend hours on this )
2. Safety. Learning how to handle horses in a safe way. This means horses of various ages and education levels . This also means not only safety for the human, but keeping the horse safe as well ( although we all know they could hurt themselves in a padded room ).
3. Care of the horse - basic needs of the horse on a daily, monthly, yearly scale. Learning how the horses body functions so you can make decisions for the horse such as when it needs help with arthritis, how to handle different sports injuries, how to feed the horse for maximum performance but also for various health problems such as cushings.
Learning different leg wraps, foot wraps, how to deal with wounds etc.
4. Learning how a horse thinks. What does the horse want out of the relationship with you and with his herdmates ? I just discussed with a student yesterday - most horses do not like their heads hugged, much like I dont like people touching my face ! There are a few horses who like this. Some horses love to be groomed, others hate it. Does the horse need you to spend more time with it beyond riding ?
5. Noticing everything . Grooming properly for cleaning the horse but more importantly to check the horse for ailments. Do you feel your horses legs every time you groom ? I do ! You should know the tightness of his tendons. I run my hands over the horse as i groom it and notice lumps and muscle soreness.
How does it eat every day ? ( hint....horses are the same every day ) Does the horse throw its feed out of its bowl or does it eat quietly ? Is it always first to the gate or does it hang back ? Does it walk briskly or dawdle ? When you notice things , you can head off big problems quickly.
6.Education. A horseman knows that even a lifetime dedicated to the horse will only still be the tip of the iceburg of knowledge. Seek out more learning - books, magazines, riders, trainers, barn managers, vets and farriers and body workers. There is so much to learn. Education isnt limited to people and books...horses are our greatest educators. They tell us what does work and doesnt work. Their language is through their body and very rhythmical. They need consistency more than anything.
7.. Even bigger decisions. When is it time to end the horses life ? Do you have a plan? ( burial, cremation, rendering plant etc ) Horses are very stoic. They dont show obvious pain because they believe a mountain lion is going to come eat them. ( and when they do, they are in so much pain they dont CARE if a mountain lion eats them ) So how do you know?
Personally, I dont believe in letting a horse suffer until it dies. We have a GIFT we can give them, that they dont have to suffer through that agony.
One of my....proudest moments as an instructor / mentor was the following story. It is hard. It is tearful. It is LOVE at its highest degree.
One morning I was feeding all the horses in my barn and I went in to feed a lovely bay gelding who was boarded with me and he looked at me head on and I noticed that one of his eyes was bigger than the other. Probably would never have noticed from the side. Long story short..after a scoping he had a tumor in his sinuses. Not operable. It was pushing his eye out. I was very surprised when the owner decided to euthanize him shortly after the diagnosis. She thought about the headaches he must have, the constant pressure on his eye and how that must feel. And she made a hard but brave decision. A great gift.
8. Lastly is Love. Which is directly linked to all of the above. If you dont love horses: their smell, their different personalities, their idiosyncrasies, the feeling they give you, being one with them etc....then I think you are missing out. They aren't an animal to dominate. They are a friend. A respected relationship. I enjoy my horses every day
They are so honest. They have no idea how to lie or cheat. Horses have no ambition. They dont care if they win the Olympics or the Congress. They just want a relationship, a life, to be healthy and cared for. How lucky are we to be able to communicate with them ?!
Horsemanship - an art I hope that more and more seek out. Jenn Hoffman
Very, very proud of Lisa Rowe for earning her USDF Silver Medal last weekend with Katie Hasse’s Tigger VIII. It’s not easy to show the level of collection, activity, and suppleness the judges expect on a 21 year old ex-eventer Thoroughbred, which means good riding and not much room for mistakes. It was so much fun to watch her ride a lovely, mistake-free PSG to earn a 63.38% for a win and her last Silver Medal score. Hard work and perseverance pay off! #usdfsilvermedalist #thoroughbredsofinstagram #thoroughbreddressage #dressage
CBLM Finals 2019 is a wrap. More to come, but I wanted to take a moment to say how much I love this team. Successes were celebrated, support and encouragement given in difficult times, and it was all so genuine. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people, both at this show and back home at Locks Edge.
Another great day at the CBLM Finals! Congratulations to Abby Rowe and Shine—Reserve Champion Training Level Junior, and Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus—3rd place Prix St. Georges Division A. #dressage #dressagehorse #kwpn #thoroughbredcross #locksedgerules
Congratulations to my clients who ended up with top ten placings in the USDF Year End Awards: Abby Rowe and Shine, 4th place Jr/YR Training Level. Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus, 5th place Fourth Level Amateur Freestyle. Lucy Tidd and Ellert HB, 9th place I-2 Adult Amateur.
So proud of client Jessie Ginsburg and Vodermus—CBLM Fourth Level Freestyle champions with a super score of 72.117%. 🎉 🥇#dressage #dressagehorse #kwpn
Started off the Region 1 Finals yesterday with a 5th place in the very competitive Third Level Open class for Lindy Taylor’s Galantha. With a score of 68.375%, “Gigi” also earned a wild card for USDF Finals in November. Thank you so much Lindy, for all of your support and the opportunity to show your lovely girl!
Handsome Waki at sunrise. 🖤 Photo by barn manager extraordinaire, Sarah Moritt! #squawkiwaki #hanoveriansofinstagram #dressagehorse #sunrise #oooheavenisaplaceonearth
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