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Old 03-11-2014, 07:54 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by DanielDauphin View Post
I'm a newbie to this forum, so I don't know if this is allowed, or taboo, but I wrote a blog on this topic, after seeing this heading. I purposefully did not read the posts until the blog was done so as to avoid stealing ideas from y'all. I think that good points have been made, now that I've read them, but I do feel that there is still an unaddressed aspect of straightness and that aspect happens to be what this blog is mainly focused toward. Very little of this concept is mine originally, as I toiled with these thoughts for 20 years until Mr. Joe Wolter Straightened me out in 2 minutes. Let me know what y'all think.

As the blog is 900 words or so, I thought I would just post the link. This is not an advertising attempt and I am not trying to spam the board. Again, sorry if this is taboo.
Here is a short video clip from a Portuguese dressage trainer on straightness.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:25 PM   #12
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Default Straightness

This is an excellent thread! Thank you, both Mares Tales and Jimmy!

I feel like this is really similar to a lot of things I've been thinking about lately, mostly to the note of being a "minimalist," as Jimmy mentioned.

Not just straightness, but everything. There seems to be a trend for micromanaging, especially when it comes to "lateral movements" both on the ground and in the saddle, such as stepping the hind quarters over, serpentines, and anything that works to get a bend.

I feel like being overly accurate with this and nitpicky leads to losing this forward energy necessary for straightness. Am I sort of on the right page?

Great stuff here.
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