Peace Of Mind Dressage

Peace Of Mind Dressage Jaclyn Sicoli USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, USDF "L" Grad with Distinction, offers boarding and t
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Peace Of Mind Dressage, LLC provides training and boarding services to people who want to learn dressage. We have successful developed horses from their first days under saddle to winning national and regional awards. Jaclyn Sicoli is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, USDF L Graduate with Distinction, and graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Biochemistry. Jaclyn integrates her year

s of training as well as science and yoga to develop an individual training and care program for every horse. As a judge Jaclyn offers positive and constructive feedback to help riders improve their performance.

11/29/2023
11/27/2023
Ashley and Henry hacked out today.  All of the horses trek the hills and fields on a weekly basis.  Henry is also availa...
11/26/2023

Ashley and Henry hacked out today. All of the horses trek the hills and fields on a weekly basis. Henry is also available for on site lessons and lease.

We can’t keep them out of the arena for the group lessons.  This lesson started with 2 horses and ended with 4.  Lots of...
11/25/2023

We can’t keep them out of the arena for the group lessons. This lesson started with 2 horses and ended with 4. Lots of learning and fun!

Great visual!
11/23/2023

Great visual!

- If your torso is collapsing to the right, your hips slipped to the left
- If your right leg keeps creeping up, or you lose just the right stirrup, your hips have slipped left
- If you find it easier to ride to the left, than to the right, your hips likely slip to the left.
- if you find yourself clinging to the right rein, while practically forgetting that you have a left one, good chances are that your hips slept left
- If your left hand is higher than your right hand, it’s possible that your hip slipped to the left
- If cantering counter clockwise, feels okay, but cantering clockwise feels awful, I’m gonna say your hips slipped left.
- if you can leg yield your horse to the right (off your left leg) pretty well,  but cannot lead guild to the left to save your life, your hips are probably chronically slipping to the left.

So many times, when a rider or is collapsing to the right, their coach tells them to fix it by stepping into the left stirrup. 🤦‍♀️ Like, I’ve heard of very famous coaches, giving this instruction.
And the thing is, it does look a little better, because at least when they step into the left stirrup, it gets them to straighten up their entire body -the problem is they are still off-center.
 I think the coach then typically gives students other exercises that bring them back over to the right (like twisting the shoulders to point a little to the left would help), but what I can tell you is these students then talk to me about their ride and they have absolutely no idea how to reproduce whatever straightness they may have accomplished during that clinic. 

The number one, needs solved now, issue in the rider in this sketch is that the hips fell left. I don’t care that the rib cage is collapsing to the right, or that the right leg is creeping way up. All of that will be fixed once the Rider brings their pelvis back to center.

This person is also riding with the left hip forward and the right hip back, but that will also likely resolve once you get this person to scooch over to the right.

 I would tell this student to put their left butt cheek in the middle of the saddle, high centering it, and drop the right butt cheek down into the hole that creates.

Another great exercise (on a trotting horse) is to drop the left stirrup, go clockwise, and posting trot utilizing just the right stirrup. This will feel horrible at first- to the point that I often have to let students try the exercise the opposite direction with the opposite stirrup so they realize how easy it is on their “strong” side. 

If you really struggle to keep from slipping left, it can also help to turn your chest to point a little bit to the left (while traveling right). This can be very effective at putting your weight into your right leg. You can stand up, assume a position similar to riding, and then twist your torso, one way, and then the other. Not all, but definitely most people find that when they twist to the left, it shifts weight into the right foot and vice versa.

Btw- I do virtual video review lessons! Very little tech knowledge needed. $65/lesson.

11/23/2023

The first episode of the highly anticipated undercover documentary "Operation X: Secrets of the Horse Billionaire" has been aired by the Danish commercial tv station TV2 on Wednesday evening 22 November 2023. It has caused a cascade of anger, indignation and disapproval and has led to an expected so...

Robbie loves his new clip.  Thank you Samantha!
11/20/2023

Robbie loves his new clip. Thank you Samantha!

Long or Short Term Training Board Opening December 1st at Peace Of Mind Dressage in Waterford, VA.  Join our community! ...
11/20/2023

Long or Short Term Training Board Opening December 1st at Peace Of Mind Dressage in Waterford, VA. Join our community! Our facility offers indoor and outdoor arenas, individual or small group turnout, medical paddocks, a heated tack room, dedicated grooming areas, and a serene environment for both horse and rider. Instruction and training fosters correct development, building a strong relationship with your horse and strategically addressing training goals through FEI. On-site trainer, Jaclyn Sicoli, and staff share a lifetime of horsemanship catering to each horse based on their needs. Jaclyn is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, L Grad with distinction and lifetime yogi who has helped dozens of riders train their horses up the levels. If you are interested in learning more please check out our website or send us an email. References available. www.peaceofminddressage.com

I know so many people that would deserve these awards.  Many people don’t apply.  Congratulations to the very deserving ...
11/20/2023

I know so many people that would deserve these awards. Many people don’t apply. Congratulations to the very deserving grant recipients from all over the country!

Huge congratulations!  When I traveled to Germany in 2011, I visited Jennifer at her training base.  The trip resulted i...
11/19/2023

Huge congratulations! When I traveled to Germany in 2011, I visited Jennifer at her training base. The trip resulted in an article about the stallion she was training at the time and her success in the FEI young horse classes. Everything about their operation was designed to develop the horses in a proper way. I’m so excited to hear that their skills will be focused on another top breeding/sales operation.

One of the best-known power couples on the international dressage scene, Jennifer and Jürgen Hoffmanns will complement the Hof Kasselmann team as riders, trainers and sales managers in the USA 🇱🇷.
Francois Kasselmann is looking forward to the dual support: “Jennifer and Jürgen Hoffmann are experienced riders with a wealth of successes in the USA and Germany. They have put their heart and soul into the equestrian sport for years and have had a positive influence on dressage in the United States and beyond.”

Read the full press release: https://hof-kasselmann.de/en/jennifer-und-jurgen-hoffmann-verstarken-team-kasselmann-in-den-usa/

Photo credit Kim Miller

For many years we have been customizing the POM look with the help of Elizabeth Rhodes who invented our logo and created...
11/19/2023

For many years we have been customizing the POM look with the help of Elizabeth Rhodes who invented our logo and created all of our original logowear. This year you can order your own POM apparel or equestrian items by visiting their website directly and choosing to add Logo by entering our business name upon check out. The “POM Dressage” logo is saved within their system. In case that sounds confusing here is a very quick tutorial. Happy logo wear shopping POMers!

This is "How to Use the SP RHODES Equestrian Website" by SP RHODES Equestrian Identity on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love…

Thanks Peter for setting up our trot poles today!
11/18/2023

Thanks Peter for setting up our trot poles today!

Saturday group trail ride.
11/18/2023

Saturday group trail ride.

This sounds like a wonderful opportunity!
11/18/2023

This sounds like a wonderful opportunity!

Registration is now open for the 2024 Adequan®/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference! It will be held January 15-16, 2024 in Loxahatchee, FL. This year’s conference will feature Sven Rothenberger and Sabine Schut-Kery Dressage. Learn more & register here: https://usdf.org/education/other-programs/trainers-conference/index.asp

11/16/2023

Let’s take some advice from this kid!

Take note for yourselves and your horses!
11/15/2023

Take note for yourselves and your horses!

Fascia is more important than previously thought. Here’s how, and why, you should care for yours.

Teddy and Tucker missed their friend who was off property and trailering back.
11/13/2023

Teddy and Tucker missed their friend who was off property and trailering back.

Love this article and out of the box thinking employed by the trainer.
11/13/2023

Love this article and out of the box thinking employed by the trainer.

When it came to training Wallace G, a 9-year-old Georgian Grande, for success in the dressage arena, Taylor Lindsten had a secret weapon: working equitation. The Scottsdale, Arizona, trainer credits cross-training the stallion, owned by Susan Skripac, for his recent progress leading up to the U.S. D...

Georgia and Cookie worked on the elements of half pass for this first time this weekend.  🥳🥳🥳
11/11/2023

Georgia and Cookie worked on the elements of half pass for this first time this weekend. 🥳🥳🥳

Cookie snoozing in the sunlight.
11/11/2023

Cookie snoozing in the sunlight.

The view out of every indoor is so beautiful!
11/11/2023

The view out of every indoor is so beautiful!

Thanks Peter for completing our dry lot solar paneled electric fence!
11/11/2023

Thanks Peter for completing our dry lot solar paneled electric fence!

Schoolmaster lessons help to improve all aspects of riding.
11/11/2023

Schoolmaster lessons help to improve all aspects of riding.

POM Cat snuggle time.
11/11/2023

POM Cat snuggle time.

Frosty morning!
11/11/2023

Frosty morning!

Beautiful morning but a hard frost.
11/11/2023

Beautiful morning but a hard frost.

11/10/2023
Gorgeous day to be outside.
11/07/2023

Gorgeous day to be outside.

The equestrian way of life in Loudoun County is at risk.  We attended the board of supervisors meeting to listen to what...
11/07/2023

The equestrian way of life in Loudoun County is at risk. We attended the board of supervisors meeting to listen to what the candidates had to say about many issues including the building of another 10,000 homes in Western Loudoun. Make sure your voice is heard today.

Do you want to save rural western Loudoun County? Help protect our countryside: Vote for John Ellis for Catoctin District Supervisor
Get out and vote tomorrow, November 7.
For all you horse people in western Loudoun County: Are you concerned about the runaway development in our area? Would you like to see western Loudoun’s farmland, scenic vistas and historic towns protected? Do you want zoning plans and development policies that retain the rural nature of our district, and respect the wishes of the people who live here, rather than pandering to developers out for a profit? Well, time to do something about it. Election Day is coming; if you live in Catoctin District (most of rural western Loudoun, west of Leesburg and north of Middleburg), please vote for my friend and neighbor, John Ellis, who is running as an Independent for the Catoctin District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. John will fight for our way of life in western Loudoun County. Get out and vote.
More info about John Ellis can be found on these links:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089539830282
https://www.johnellis4catoctin.com/

Love the bond here.
11/07/2023

Love the bond here.

Tommy Woodcock and stallion Reckless, the favourite for the Melbourne Cup that year. Taken by former Age photographer, Bruce Postle, the photo emphasises the affinity between man and horse like no other.
"...He looked at Reckless and Reckless looked at him and without a word his big stallion dropped down and put his head on Tommy's chest. He reached up and tickled him under the neck and the horse closed his eyes and that was it. I took two pictures, that was it." — Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock, a great trainer, and horseman. I can remember being impressed when he could lead two or three two-year-olds around at the track in the morning. All calm and focussed in him... Ros Neave.

Beautiful sunset tonight tinting the barn in orange.
11/06/2023

Beautiful sunset tonight tinting the barn in orange.

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