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    10-04-2009, 12:01 AM
Originally Posted by Tayz    
Johnny is a pony, chestnut, with a blaze. But he isn't very big. Around the same height as Melody.
Puzzle has only been at the club for a few months.
The other riding instructor left a few weeks ago so only Jenny is doing the lessons now.

We plaited the horses manes and tails and made them all nice and clean for the gymkhana. The only dirty pony that was there was a fluffy white pony that one of the little kids let roll on the ground on accident and they couldn't get all the dirt of. But he still had his mane and tail done nicely and the saddle cloth hid the smudges well. But he didn't come first in the nicest horse in his group lol. long as you have fun, that is all that matters
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    10-04-2009, 12:18 AM
Yeah it's the only way I get to ride and I have loads of fun
Crazy Chester, did you get a new horse? Last time I talked to you(a few months back) I thought you only had the white spotty pony....
    10-04-2009, 12:21 AM
Originally Posted by Tayz    
Crazy Chester, did you get a new horse? Last time I talked to you(a few months back) I thought you only had the white spotty pony....
Yeah, a bay Arabain gelding. Still own the white spotty pony though!
    10-04-2009, 12:32 AM
Lol congrats
An arab, man they are so gorgeous. -sighs-
    10-11-2009, 06:52 PM
You poor thing. I used to do lower level eventing on my old horse... Once we were moving, we were fine, but he couldn't halt for the life of him. Had issues with stnading still. One test we did, we travelled to the side of the arena sidestepping and mini-rearing... Lucky that horse could jump!

There is a lot of mis-information here about Australia. We have dressage organisations seperate from PC, and everyone is turned out correctly at these competitions regardless of level. PC comps have standards of presentation, but at club level, they won't kick someone out for not plaiting. At zone or state level, I have NEVER seen a horse not correctly presented.

PC rules state no breastplates, martingales, boots etc. in dressage, so if they are used, it is in violation of the rules. I can't speak for the open dressage associations as I don't compete with them.
    10-11-2009, 08:58 PM
Wild spot, so true. I'm the opposite, don't know anything about PC dressage and regulations, but know open/official dressage and as youd said, I have NEVER seen anyone come into a test attired incorrectly. The ones that do rock up with dirty horses/incorrect attire get pulled up at the gear steward and asked to either change their gear and brush the horse or leave.
    10-13-2009, 10:07 AM

You asked about why your instructor had you sit two beats to change your posting diagonal when you change position. That is because, when doing Dressage, or any other "English" discipline, the correct way to post is so that you are rising when your horse's outside front leg comes forward, and sitting when their inside leg comes forward. It helps to keep you and your horse in balance. So, when you change direction, the correct thing to do is to either sit two beats (or rise two beats) so that you shift which leg you are rising with and thus keeping to rising on the outside leg.

If you go higher levels in Dressage, you actually sit all trotted portions of the test, so you don't have to worry about changing diagonals, just the burning pain in your abdominal muscles as you start building the strength and stamina needed to smoothly sit the trot (rather than bounce) for extended periods. :p

Hope that helps!

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