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« Topic Start: May 09, 2007, 06:50:22 pm »

This is pretty spectacular, though I have to admit I'd hate to be the announcer during a dressage event.

The World Equestrian Games Freestyle Dressage Final performance of Andreas Helgstrand on Blue Hors Matine.

http://www.flixxy.com/world-equestrian-games-freestyle-dressage.htm
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« Reply #1: May 09, 2007, 06:55:35 pm »

This is pretty spectacular, though I have to admit I'd hate to be the announcer during a dressage event.

The World Equestrian Games Freestyle Dressage Final performance of Andreas Helgstrand on Blue Hors Matine.

http://www.flixxy.com/world-equestrian-games-freestyle-dressage.htm

that's just... droolworthy....

I like horses, so sue me Smiley
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« Reply #2: May 09, 2007, 08:00:13 pm »

This is pretty spectacular, .....  htm

OH my Gawwwwwdddds! What a fantasic finish! The extended trot into a Piaffe into an across the diagonal Passage into a Piaffe pirouette was amazing! It is very, very hard work for the horse to do any of the three and to do them all in a row and with such height and brilliance! Wow!

I think I loved the part in the middle best, where after doing several taxing movements, the rider loosens the reins and his mare just completely relaxes. This is done to prove the horse is happy and enjoying herself as well, actually a very hard thing to do. Especially as the mare was swishing her tail around all over the place, usually a sign of tension.

One Tempe's and two temples were decent, canter pirouettes quiet good, spectacular half passes, trot most notably. And all with only about 6 years of training. WoW!

*sigh* At one point in my horse career I trained an ex-racehorse to do several of the movements. He did the BEST canter half passes, so athletic going sideways was as easy a forward. But his forte was jumping, anything, anywhere, any size, so I did not dwell on dressage as it develops different muscles and eventually takes away from jumping. Love to see a great ride like that,  however, thanks Lyric. I'll be back to see it again and again.
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« Reply #3: May 09, 2007, 08:35:21 pm »

OH my Gawwwwwdddds! What a fantasic finish! The extended trot into a Piaffe into an across

Glad you liked it. Smiley

I watched it and didn't even think it was less fun than watching concrete set. Rather unusual for me while watching dressage.

Really, really nice.
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« Reply #4: May 09, 2007, 08:49:52 pm »

Glad you liked it. Smiley


Seriously awesome - I think I need to watch it again when demon here goes beddy byes - actually even HE liked it Smiley

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 I grew up in a place with less than 2000 people, wild, forgotten, complete middle of nowhere (a rock in the middle of the ocean actually). So all us kids had ponies since there was nothing else to do and plenty of wild places to ride. When I was 10 we got to skip school every afternoon for a week because someone got her ex husband to come tutor us kids for a week for free.

He rode lippizanners (I don't think I can spell) at the Spanish riding school in Vienna Smiley
Bet he felt like he was trying to tame the wild bunch!
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« Reply #5: May 09, 2007, 09:04:48 pm »

Glad you liked it. Smiley

I watched it and didn't even think it was less fun than watching concrete set. Rather unusual for me while watching dressage.

Really, really nice.

Oh yeah, watching dressage is usually something you wish on your enemies, so they may all die of boredom. Even my family wouldn't watch my rides at 3 Day Events when I was competing, which was fine as I didn't really want to be there either! It was the step you had to do to get to the cross country phase.

Important step, you can't jump like a yahoo without solid on-the-ground training, but lower level dressage is sooooooo abysmally dull.
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« Reply #6: May 09, 2007, 09:50:59 pm »

Oh yeah, watching dressage is usually something you wish on your enemies, so they may all die of boredom.

Or polo. Another boring ass thing to watch.

I never got the chance to play it, though we did play chest polo at my equestrian camp when I was a teen and it was an absolute ball. I always wanted to play the real thing.

I suspect that it's a case of needing to participate rather than sit and watch a lot of.
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« Reply #7: May 09, 2007, 10:19:15 pm »

The World Equestrian Games Freestyle Dressage Final performance of Andreas Helgstrand on Blue Hors Matine.

That was one of the best dressage performances I've ever seen.
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« Reply #8: May 10, 2007, 06:57:34 am »

OH my Gawwwwwdddds! What a fantasic finish! The extended trot into a Piaffe into an across the diagonal Passage into a Piaffe pirouette was amazing! It is very, very hard work for the horse to do any of the three and to do them all in a row and with such height and brilliance! Wow!

Yeah, it's like shifting gears and flapping your wings into a hover at the same time. Wink

He rode lippizanners (I don't think I can spell) at the Spanish riding school in Vienna Smiley
Bet he felt like he was trying to tame the wild bunch!

That had to be awesome. Smiley
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« Reply #9: May 10, 2007, 07:46:10 am »

This is pretty spectacular, though I have to admit I'd hate to be the announcer during a dressage event.

The World Equestrian Games Freestyle Dressage Final performance of Andreas Helgstrand on Blue Hors Matine.

http://www.flixxy.com/world-equestrian-games-freestyle-dressage.htm

Are the tail flicks in time to the steps part of it?  I keep getting the impression of Jan Bradys ponytail on a horse.   Grin
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« Reply #10: May 10, 2007, 01:06:56 pm »

Wow!  I wish I had a horse who could do that!  If I did I'd dance with her every day.  That was just beautiful.  It gave me goosebumps.  I'm gonna have to post the link on ly LJ now.
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« Reply #11: May 10, 2007, 01:24:14 pm »

Are the tail flicks in time to the steps part of it?  I keep getting the impression of Jan Bradys ponytail on a horse.   Grin

From discussion of the piece elsewhere:

Tail lashing like that is probably a sign that the horse is irritated.  Probably because she knows what she's supposed to be doing and she keeps getting nudged to do it in a ticklish spot.
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« Reply #12: May 10, 2007, 03:01:56 pm »

From discussion of the piece elsewhere:

Tail lashing like that is probably a sign that the horse is irritated.  Probably because she knows what she's supposed to be doing and she keeps getting nudged to do it in a ticklish spot.

It was so timed, and directional that it gave the vibe of a goofy chick with a ponytail flopping her head to the same side as the direction she was headed in.  Every time there's a direction change, the tail changes.

I remember the lack of warnings about ticklish on a bareback beach ride.  I made the mistake of curling my feet up under a horses belly.   Embarrassed  Embarassing was only a tenth of it.
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« Reply #13: May 10, 2007, 07:56:37 pm »

From discussion of the piece elsewhere:

Tail lashing like that is probably a sign that the horse is irritated.  Probably because she knows what she's supposed to be doing and she keeps getting nudged to do it in a ticklish spot.

Actually it's no so much ticklish, as a tension release reflex. It begins as reaction to not being sure what to do or not wanting to do what is asked and can become a very hard to break habit. It is a shame because it really took away from the mare's talented performance.

Dressage is a very demanding sport and no one asked the horse if she wanted to do it, probably the reaction developed early in training. However, the mare must enjoy it what she does, you simply can not get such brilliance out of a miserable horse, no matter how gifted.

It is a personality thing, some horses chomp the bit, some jig, some even stick their tongue out the side of their mouths. It can mean the training was rushed in places and made the horse tense and unhappy and it developed into a habit, like fingernail biting in humans. In a dressage test, that tail wringing will cost them many points.

But I am happy to see the trainer did not resort to the detestable practice of having the muscles cut that go to the tail. Some disgusting people will do that to cover the habit and their training mistakes.
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« Reply #14: May 10, 2007, 08:00:35 pm »

It was so timed, and directional that it gave the vibe of a goofy chick with a ponytail flopping her head to the same side as the direction she was headed in.  Every time there's a direction change, the tail changes.

I remember the lack of warnings about ticklish on a bareback beach ride.  I made the mistake of curling my feet up under a horses belly.   Embarrassed  Embarassing was only a tenth of it.


If you watch the Spanish Riding School, you will see very little of the tail action.  This is generally considered a no-no, as the horse is irritated, as stated above.  In this case, they seem to have given some leeway - some horses just swish their tails no matter what.

A cranky horse being groomed will often switch that tail towards your eyes.  Their tail hairs are very coarse (they are used for violin, viola, cello and string bass bows, after all) and can do some damage.

In fact, under a microscope, horse tail and mane hairs are closer to human hairs than any other animal.
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