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    08-08-2009, 05:43 PM
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My Dressage "Mentor"

Hi guys!

As some of you may know, I plan on doing dressage with my horse once I get his foundation right. I've found the right person to lead me in this quest!

Karen Rohlf, www.dressagenaturally.net is an incredible rider and horse woman! I've incorporated a lot of her exercises on the ground and while riding in my sessions with my horse and it has greatly improved him overall, from physically (muscle gain and balance) to mentally and emotionally (more confident with contact on the reins, feeling comfortable to stretch under saddle). I HIGHLY recommend getting her book/DVD set. Karen is simply amazing.
     
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    08-08-2009, 11:50 PM
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Green Broke
Thats what I was going to look into once I start riding more! I want to start dressage for a bit then move to jumping!
     
    08-09-2009, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
Hi guys!

As some of you may know, I plan on doing dressage with my horse once I get his foundation right. I've found the right person to lead me in this quest!

Karen Rohlf, www.dressagenaturally.net is an incredible rider and horse woman! I've incorporated a lot of her exercises on the ground and while riding in my sessions with my horse and it has greatly improved him overall, from physically (muscle gain and balance) to mentally and emotionally (more confident with contact on the reins, feeling comfortable to stretch under saddle). I HIGHLY recommend getting her book/DVD set. Karen is simply amazing.

You are not going with Mrs Parelli ?
     
    08-09-2009, 01:26 PM
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Spyder, please refrain from making my post an anti-Parelli thread. And to answer your question, Linda has ridden with Karen many times before, and Karen uses a lot of Linda's Fluidity concepts in her riding, so to a degree, yes, I am going with Linda.....but also Karen.
     
    08-09-2009, 01:44 PM
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Weanling
Good luck with your decision, but please keep your options open. Since you first mentioned Karen on here to me, I did some inquiring with people I know, the replies that I got were not impressive and pretty much went along with everything I observed in the videos, not to mention some other first hand stories that they had to offer me.
     
    08-09-2009, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
Spyder, please refrain from making my post an anti-Parelli thread. And to answer your question, Linda has ridden with Karen many times before, and Karen uses a lot of Linda's Fluidity concepts in her riding, so to a degree, yes, I am going with Linda.....but also Karen.

You really need to stop jumping to conclusions. I know you do Parelli so my question was legitimate.

No different if someone said they were going hunter and named someone that may not be known too well. I could have easily asked why they were not going with a bigger name.
     
    08-09-2009, 09:42 PM
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I am looking for someone who incorporates NH into their dressage training. Karen is a Level 3 graduate of the Parelli program and is the Parelli Associate trainer for Dressage. It's everything I've been looking for. I also know of an ex-Parelli instructor in my area who teaches lower level dressage and also shows hunter/jumper now, so I will be going to her for lessons eventually (for jumping mainly) until I can go study with Karen, which will hopefully be next year. There is a barn in Illinois that is trying to get Karen to come sometime soon for a clinic so if we get a date I'm signing up!

Spyder, I was not jumping to conclusions. I was merely stating to not make this an anti-Parelli thread b/c I know how you feel about it. I did not accuse you of such, I was simply asking you not to.
     
    08-09-2009, 10:40 PM
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Spyder, I was not jumping to conclusions. I was merely stating to not make this an anti-Parelli thread b/c I know how you feel about it. I did not accuse you of such, I was simply asking you not to.
The very fact that you even mention anti-parelli says a lot.

Anyways this is the DRESSAGE and all forms can be discussed.

I basically post elsewhere so have little or no interest in discussing dressage or parelli so the forum is all yours.
     
    08-09-2009, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
I am looking for someone who incorporates NH into their dressage training.
Spyder, I was not jumping to conclusions. I was merely stating to not make this an anti-Parelli thread b/c I know how you feel about it. I did not accuse you of such, I was simply asking you not to.
Hmmm, I have a question. I know that you like NH. But if your ultimate goal is to do upper level dressage I think that Spyder's question is quite valid. Why would you choose a mentor who does not appear to have an outstanding reputation in the dressage world? I know that in the business world one chooses the mentor with the best reputation.

Questions about NH and dressage are not meant to offend but they are meant to make us all consider how to get where we want to go. I think that those with opinions that differ from our own should be looked at with an open mind. We should use those ideas to make us evaluate and consider our own ideas more thoroughly. This is how we grow. If we look at opinions that vary from ours and get upset we will stagnate and not develop as we should.

I hope you develop as the dressage rider you want to be.
     
    08-10-2009, 08:32 AM
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Trained
Spyder's question was very legit. Are you aware that Spyder has gone very high up in levels of Dressage? And is also now a Judge in the sport, while coaching and bringing riders up the levels of the competition world?

I personally take what Spyder puts forth as advice, pointers, tips - to heart because that woman has gone far and beyond what I have in that Dressage Ring.

I feel her question to you was legit, and you took her totally the wrong way. When she posts in a thread, which is rare -it is because she has something to say. She posted out of concern and interest. She loves it when peope who venture into the sport she has so much passion for, and wants to see Green Riders develop into what they deserve to develop into - and by her asking questions about this "mentor" you are looking into, she has concern for your education and development.

Why would you get upset about that? When Spyder offers her words of advice in my direction, I soak them up like a dry paper bag when it rains.
     

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