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    10-16-2007, 09:33 PM
Originally Posted by Delregans Way
Yes dressage is amazing, it looks simple but infact it is the definsion of difficult!! I love it, and have been doing it since I was 21yr. And im 44yr now..... jeez that sounds real old...lol
But im part of the audience now! Im a Cheerleader for my daughters lol. An imbarresing one at that, but I love there faces when they watch me jumping around!
Dressage looks simple? Geesh looks like years of training to me. I'm sure your daughters are secretly proud to have you in the stands.
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    10-17-2007, 07:37 AM
Yeh I hope they are... I love them lots!
    10-17-2007, 12:27 PM
I know nothing about dressage but one of my old friends had a gelding that would swish his tail when he done flying lead changes and/or just regular lead changes. She had him checked out and nothing was wrong. She wrapped his tail, braided it, cut it off, everything you could imagine but he just never stopped doing it. It may just be your horses thing. He may not even realize that he's doing it just comes to him.
    11-01-2007, 12:24 AM
Yeah maybe its just his 'thing'.
    11-07-2007, 10:23 PM
Some horses just swish their tails to show their protest. Others might bite the bit, pin their ears, stomp their feet, etc. It's just their way of expressing themselves.
My quarter horse swishes her tail. Now, in the AQHA circuit, we are allowed to put weighted tails in and that stops her tail from swishing. I got my tail from Kathy Williams in OH.
If dressage doesn't allow weighted tails, maybe put one in while you practice before your event. Your horse will try to swish with the weight and get tired. It's like lifting weights and your arms get tired. Your horse wont want to swish her tail in the event.
I hope this helps.
    11-12-2007, 09:57 PM
I have Kathy's number for the weighted tail. It's 419 795 6011.

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