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Jazz, Damon Hill, Escolar Lead German Breeding Value Indices of 2019

Interesting. Jazz, Damon Hill and Escolar lead the German Breeding Value indices of 2019 which the breeding department of the German equestrian federation released last week.

[12/25/19]   Reposted with appreciation!

Essays of an Equestrian

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Published December 18, 2010

Twas the night before Christmas Poem also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve. The poem Twas the night before Christmas has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of Twas the night before Christmas St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers!

The author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry. Clement Clarke Moore came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington.

The tradition of reading Twas the night before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution.

This is the poem refurbished DressageForTheRestOfUs style. I guess it was on my mind.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the world
Horses and Horsemen, their stories unfurled
There were horses for show and some were in training
In jumping, dressage and many in reining

There were horses for experts and those that were not
They trained at the canter, lope, jog or the trot
There were horses for trails and some, they raced
They galloped, they jumped, trotted or paced

And in some barn I heard such a clatter
Two ammies were fighting over who was the fatter
So away to Facebook I flew and I flashed
Opened the laptop to see who was bashed

Each rescue accused others of crimes don’t you know
Horses killed or abused just to make dough
Like a soap opera they yelled for all who would hear
Homes condemned, animals taken, lies and truth never clear

I shut my eyes to think and to think quick
For some Christmas spirit, a poem of St. Nick?
I’d change it to suit us, try not to be lame
And for goodwill I won’t say a name

Now rescues and shippers and trainers in kitchens
You chase folks away behaving like bitchens
Us ammies are clueless, or so you say
Then get it together and show us the way!

We need to learn in a way most conducive
To riding as art while not being abusive
To develop our minds along with our seat
To compete like humans, compassion complete

But instead you conspire and train oh so foul
Many discourage and throw in the towel
So on this night with miracle’s force
I write what’s in common, our partner, the horse

I imagine a horse world, good all around
Where kindness and compassion are known to abound
Where greed is a thing far away put
Not valued in training, it’s squashed underfoot.

A bundle of knowledge that no one would lack
Training that’s good for horse, leg and back
Not what is easy like some famous would do
Horses curled up like a giant groomed poo

Horse eyes should twinkle, focus complete
That’s what should win when we compete!
Performance need be there too with the rules
That should be coveted, not just the drools

And never should chin touch to a chest
The Masters taught us, why make up the rest?
So for one night let’s make it global
Do what is right and do what is noble

There are horses who hurt, are hungry or dying
Let’s stop it now, all should be trying
From BLM mustang to those who need bail
To slaughter and rolkur we must not fail

So for one night and maybe a day
We must do what’s right, or so I will pray
And lay aside the anger and greed
Our best Christmas spirit is what horses need!

So I’ll spring to my keyboard, fingers fly with a goal
To write what I’ve been thinking, deep down in my soul
That if goodness embraced us all would be right,
“Happy Christmas to all, work together, good-night!”

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OMG, way too true!

OK, it is finally official! I put the PG&E account in my name and I have the keys!

What Is the Proper Way to Create Bend in My Dressage Horse?

Good review! USDF gold medalist Rita Brown explains the definition of bend and offers advice on riding it correctly.

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My hubby bought me 20 bales of grass/alfalfa and 40 12 cu ft triple screened shavings, 750 lbs. of stable mix and grain in the rain! What a guy!!!

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The horse is beautiful and look at that tail!!! Wonderful experience for a 97 y.o. Veterinarian!!!

Hope I’m as spry at 97!!!!

This sweet 97-year-old had only one wish left on her bucket list - to ride a horse one last time ❤️

Breeding Department Removes Minimum Score Requirement in Stallion Performance Test

Interesting. The breeding department of the German Equestrian Federation made the remarkable decision to remove the minimum score requirement of 7.5/7.8 in Stallion Performance Tests (HLP).

Frozen Semen - Sell by the Dose or as a Breeding?

Interesting. Seems more equitable to the mare owner. I know that I’ve lost lots of money breeding to “dud” frozen semen.

The question always is, did the mare have a bad follicle, was the semen bad or did the vet blow it? And all the mare owner can do is throw more money at the equation...everyone else has gotten paid.... The pros and cons of selling frozen semen by the dose or as part or a contract with a live foal guarantee are discussed.

Debbie Stephens Can Jump Higher Than Any Other Female Horse Rider

Yeah! Old(er) ladies getting it done! For the last 37 years, Stephens, now 69, has held onto the outdoor Ladies’ High Jump record.

An Aging Equestrian’s Journey Back To Horses After Injury | The Plaid Horse Magazine

It's important to get back on after a fall and injury!!!! Just take precautions! BlogsBarn Lounge An Aging Equestrian’s Journey Back To Horses After Injury November 7, 2019 Photo © Lauren Mauldin BY SUSAN GILSTRAP On my 44th birthday, I decided to take the day off and have a riding lesson to celebrate. I mean, I’m a full-fledged adult. I can make my own decisions, right? I ...

[11/28/19]   Will wait for more details...

[11/21/19]   My stallion Prestige II TG at his approval in 2011. By Prestige VDL out of Poppy - Chrysos.

Wonderful gaits and jumps 6’! Throws athletic goals.

Membership Annual Membership Levels The USSHBA's membership year runs from January 1st-December 31st Individual/Farm Membership (Breeder) …….……….…….…….$50.00 Associate Membership...

How Do I Achieve Losgelassenheit? Kari Garber gives an overview of Losgelassenheit and shares a few exercises to help you achieve it with your dressage horse.

Terrifying Cavalry Training Tips Part 1: Down Banks - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Eventing used to be harder.... In honor of Veterans Day and in the spirit of celebrating eventing’s military roots, each day this week we are republishing a section of Wylie’s 2015 series “Terrifying Cavalry Training Tips.” Today we start with

24 Dressage Training Tips from Kyra Kyrklund

Love Kyra!!!! Five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares her dressage training secrets at a Kentucky symposium. By Land and By Air, Competitors Arrive for the 2019 US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan® – Watch Live!

Exciting!! Should make it my goal for next year!!! By Yellow Horse Marketing for the US Dressage Finals “We had an uneventful trip, and that’s the best kind!” More than 2,000 miles of continental United States once again couldn…

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Turn it up! Where are our Lynyrd Skynyrd fans at? Check out Louise Bell and Into The Blue with this Grand Prix Freestyle with super fun music! On Friday we dance! #dressage

Origin of WFFS Identified: Furioso xx Opened Door Through Bay Ronald xx

Interesting... The Westfalian Society announced today that the origin of Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) has been identified. The syndrome has been traced back to the English thoroughbreds Dark Ronald xx and his sire Bay Ronald xx.

[10/18/19]   Jerry, my 27 y.o. FEI schoolmaster has been acting a little odd. He's eating (but not with tons of gusto) and he's drinking. I think maybe the earthquakes we had on Monday (4.5!) and smaller ones on Tuesday (2.6) and Wednesday (3.2) may be upsetting him.

But then yesterday he answered the question as to whether horses dream - YES!

He had fresh shavings and he came in mid morning and dropped and rolled, got up and then dropped again and went down flat, closing his eyes. Next thing he was cantering with his hind legs! That lasted for a bit and then he lifted his head and looked around and then laid back out flat and the hind legs again started cantering again!

The 4.5 earthquake was quite something (you could see the walls swaying and the closet doors swinging about) and according to the earthquake gurus was a cluster of about 10-12 earthquakes within a 2 mile radius about 4-6 miles away from our home.

So, I hope Jerry is OK - he's hydrated, lots of digestive noise, normal poops and no temp. Wish he could talk to me other than asking for cookies!

Rider Wanted at Blue Hors, Julianelyst

If only I was 20 something and not destined to be a kick ass attorney! This would be soooo fun!!! Are you a rider and do you have ambitions of working in the absolute best conditions offered in dressage, together with highly motivated and qualified colleagues? We have high ambitions, both as regards sports achievements, horse welfare and personal development. If you share this passion, please re...

Real Estate - Darling (Official Video)

Palomino enjoying the song...they blur out the belly slapping in the beginning....Only a stallion owner would enjoy!

Real Estate - “Darling” from 'In Mind', released 2017 on Domino Record Co. Subscribe to Real Estate on YouTube: Find ‘In Mind’ on ...

Horses Can Learn to Open Doors, Gates – The Horse

I have a bunch of horses that are escape artists. It started with the mare that was the foundation of my breeding program. She would let herself out of her stall at will and would be found wandering around the property. No manner of locks and clips could keep her contained until her stall was finally hot wired!

Now I have a grandson (still a stallion) that can open all stall doors so I've taken to wrapping a stall guard around the door and the post and putting the clip in the next stall so he can't reach it.

Lately, another grandson has been escaping from his stall...

Another grandson (an approved stallion) just jumps out of the paddock to go visiting or will jump out of the 8' walls of his stall....He has also been hotwired in!

Not sure if they're really smart or just bored or a combination thereof! Researchers found that horses can teach themselves to open a variety of locks and latches.

Why I Didn't Sell My Pasture Pet - Heels Down Mag

Sweet! Not all horses need a "real job". Some bring value as pasture pets.

Ten Tips to Improve Your Score on Your Next Dressage Test

Good tips! Cesar Torrente gives you easy fixes to increase your scores and improve your ride at every level

Shoers take note!

Orphaned Foals ADOPTED By Sweet GELDING We often hear stories about mares adopting orphaned foals and loving them like their own. Hearing the same kind of story about a gelding is not as usual and just as sweet. Kentucky Humane Society Equine Care wrote on Facebook,...

Well said.

A thought-provoking read, and one of the biggest reasons we try to give the best start we can to our foals!
(I did not write this, but it is a good one!)
Most horses pass from one human to another - some horsemen and women are patient and forgiving, others are rigorous and demanding, others are cruel, others are ignorant.
Horses have to learn how to, at the minimum, walk, trot, canter, gallop, go on trails and maybe jump, to be treated by the vet, all with sense and good manners.
Talented Thoroughbreds must learn how to win races, and if they can't do that, they must learn how to negotiate courses and jump over strange obstacles without touching them, or do complicated dance
like movements or control cattle or accommodate severely handicapped children and adults in therapy work.
Many horses learn all of these things in the course of a single lifetime. Besides this, they learn to understand and fit into the successive social systems of other horses they meet along the way.
A horse's life is rather like twenty years in foster care, or in and out of prison, while at the same time changing schools over and over and discovering that not only do the other students already have their own social groups, but that what you learned at the old school hasn't much application at the new one.
We do not require as much of any other species, including humans.
That horses frequently excel, that they exceed the expectations of their owners and trainers in such circumstances, is as much a testament to their intelligence and adaptability as to their relationship skills or their natural generosity or their inborn nature. That they sometimes manifest the same symptoms as abandoned orphans - distress, strange behaviors, anger, fear - is less surprising than that they usually don't.
No one expects a child, or even a dog to develop its intellectual capacities living in a box 23 hours a day and then doing controlled exercises the remaining one.
Mammal minds develop through social interaction and stimulation.
A horse that seems "stupid", "slow", "stubborn", etc. might just have not gotten the chance to learn!
Take care of your horses and treasure them.

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