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<a href="http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2007/04/step_aside_trav.html" target="_blank">Check this out!</a><br><br>
Now to cross my fingers and hope I don't later find out that the horse was abused...but she looks so, uh, happy! In a horsey way!
 

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Not to start a raging internet flame-a-thon about horses...Actually, this would be kinda fun and a better topic than most net flame-a-thons...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Anyway, I gotta disagree. The most awesome horse for me will always be Gem Twist, the great jumper who was rode by Greg Best and came out of Frank Chapot's stable. He was <a href="http://www.showjumpinghalloffame.net/inductees/g_twist.htm" target="_blank">inducted in to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame</a> in 2002.<br><br>
The runner up, for me, will always be my first horse, Sugar, a palomino mare of questionable lineage who sneered at most jumps but could gallop down paths like a Thoroughbred.<br><br>
I do have to say that the vid is of one very nice dressage horse. Thanks for the post.
 

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What a beautiful horse Gem Twist is! I know just about absolutely nothing about horses, except that I desperately wanted one when I was a kid. Do you think the horse in the link I posted is treated well? Do they do anything cruel to teach them to dance?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2007/04/step_aside_trav.html" target="_blank">Check this out!</a><br><br>
Now to cross my fingers and hope I don't later find out that the horse was abused...but she looks so, uh, happy! In a horsey way!</div>
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Dressage horses are generally not abused (at least at the higher levels) as their athletic ability depends upon their well being. Dressage set to music is called <i>kur</i> and it is very moving to watch it done well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Didn't Seagrams buy Gem Twist at one time and have him shown as Seagram's Gem Twist? I swear I remember that.<br><br>
ETA: Also, what you see in dressage is natural movements of the horse in the extreme of collected and extended states. The <i>passage</i> that looks like dancing in place is really an extremely collected trot...to the point that most forward movement has been arrested. Horse and rider are a team.
 

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My little guy and I really enjoyed that video! We thought it was just the coolest thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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OMG I about DIED when the Moulin Rouge soundtrack started in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:<br><br>
That was great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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beautiful just beautiful... That mare has some of the best movement I have seen. True harmony and perfection.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Abuse is rare in upper level dressage because what you see that is so amazing can only be gained from relaxation and trust.
 

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How neat!<br><br>
Okay, someone who knows dressage, please help me out...after the canter pirouette at the beginning, when the horse is going straight lengthwise down the ring...is that a continuous flying lead change she's doing?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How neat!<br><br>
Okay, someone who knows dressage, please help me out...after the canter pirouette at the beginning, when the horse is going straight lengthwise down the ring...is that a continuous flying lead change she's doing?</div>
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They are called tempi changes. For a good horse, tempi changes every 3-4 strides is considered well-executed. To do them every two strides is exceptional and doing them straight and correctly every stride is considered extremely high level.<br><br>
I studied/rode dressage for a couple of years, but certainly not at that level. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Anyone else out there? A dressage person would know what "A fat bay mare came home expecting karrots" means. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Didn't Seagrams buy Gem Twist at one time and have him shown as Seagram's Gem Twist? I swear I remember that.</div>
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That rings a faint bell, but when I tried to check in on Google I got zippo. And I know he did some exhibition stuff with Greg Best for a while after he retired from competition. According to Wikipedia (for what that is worth), there are attempts underway to clone Gem Twist. I'm assuming they are using some old tissue samples as he was put to sleep last year. But he had <a href="http://equisearch.com/equiwire_news/gemtwistdies_112006/" target="_blank">quite a life</a>.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They are called tempi changes. For a good horse, tempi changes every 3-4 strides is considered well-executed. To do them every two strides is exceptional and doing them straight and correctly every stride is considered extremely high level.<br><br>
I studied/rode dressage for a couple of years, but certainly not at that level. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Anyone else out there? A dressage person would know what "A fat bay mare came home expecting karrots" means. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I mainly did hunt seat and endurance. I tried dressage for a while, but it didn't suit my personality (or that of my high-energy Arab, who had to practice standing still under saddle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They are called tempi changes. For a good horse, tempi changes every 3-4 strides is considered well-executed. To do them every two strides is exceptional and doing them straight and correctly every stride is considered extremely high level.<br><br>
I studied/rode dressage for a couple of years, but certainly not at that level. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Anyone else out there? A dressage person would know what "A fat bay mare came home expecting karrots" means. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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AFBMCHEK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Fabulous horse! I'm going to have to bookmark that video, that was some amazing passage and piaffe!<br><br>
I had just started into serious dressage, after many years of riding hunter/jumpers and a bit of eventing. I've had to put it on the back burner, though, but hope to get back involved again.
 

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My horse has been trained in basic dressage, but I wouldn't know what to do to get it out of him. I'm probably better off with the cow training he's got.
 

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Another dressage rider.. I'm not currently riding much because of dd...<br><br>
Here's my all time favorite dressage "related" video... even dh was impressed. While not crassical dressage it definitly shows the core principles... Got to love those spainish bred horses.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhuip8kyBTU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhuip8kyBTU</a>
 

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Here's another great video....you might not see the connection to this thread until the end, but it's great!<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGwaocGrOms" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGwaocGrOms</a>
 
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