Dressage (n.) The art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance. A way of thinking. A way of living. A journey.
Coddiwomple (v.) To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.
Welcome to my blog - my dressage coddiwomple - a meandering life journey which has and continues to take me down interesting roads where I have discovered extraordinary trouvailles and whimsical crooked paths.
Although I do not consider myself a writer of any grand quality, I am a bit of a spontaneous gallivanter who enjoys sharing and writing about my experiences and observations.
As a student of the horse, aviation, and life, I also view writing as another way to learn and cement the ideas further into my understanding. Writing allows me to dig deeper into the subject material and gives me more reason to research and explore. I love learning new things and I enjoy sharing what I learn with others.
If you continue to explore my dressage coddiwomple, I hope you will find my writings interesting and of some value. Most importantly, I hope this blog inspires you to explore new places and perhaps embark on your own journey - your very own extraordinary coddiwomple.
Feel free to contact me to leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you.
|Posted on February 22, 2018 at 4:45 PM|
Musical Freestyles From Start to Finish
A Two-Day Workshop with Maribeth Dunlap
April 7th & 8th, 2018Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:35 AM|
The venue has changed to Bianca Rosso's farm in Newport, NC.
Email for more information: [email protected]
|Posted on January 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM|
Skin Conditions & Home Made Anti-Itch/Fungus Cream
January 17, 2018
By Maribeth Dunlap
I have lived and kept my horses on my farm in Pennsyvania for most of my life. We had to endure a mud season in spring where "scratches" were common around the pasterns and fetlocks of our horses. The opportunity to train in Florida during the winter gave me a another experience in fungus prevention. Fungus prevention in Flor...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:20 AM|
2018 Competition Calendar
March Magic Dressage
Levels: Intro - Grand Prix
Williamston Spring Dressage
Levels: Intro - Grand Prix
4/28/2018-4/29/...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:10 AM|
Home Made Fly Sprays
Avon Skin So Soft Fly Spray
4 oz Avon Skin So Soft
1 oz Citronella Oil (essential oil)
12 oz White Vinegar
12 oz Water
Mix together in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Baby & Essential Oils Fly Spray
2 cups White Vinegar
4 capfulls of Baby Oil
10 drops each of essential oils: L...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM|
Chapter I Dressage
Article 401 OBJECT AND GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF DRESSAGE
1. The object of Dressage is the development of the Horse into a happy Athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the Horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the Athlete.
These qualities are demonstrated by:
• The freed...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:20 AM|
A Father's Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children
~ Author Unknown
My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most
people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I
took time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the
choices she would face in the future.
As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman sheRead Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM|
Poem: "Riding Lesson"
by Henry Taylor
From An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (University of Utah Press)
I learned two things
from an early riding teacher.
He held a nervous filly
in one hand and gestured
with the other, saying "Listen.
Keep one leg on one side,
the other leg on the other side,
and your mind in the middle."
He turned and mounted...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM|
The Dressage Lesson - A Poem
by Stephen Forbes
July 03, 2017
Contact, oh contact, what does it mean?
Trying to figure this out makes me want to scream
Too light, too soft, too hard, too strong
My instructor yells that it's always wrong
They say it means whats going on in the back
This Dressage thing I can't seem to get the knack
"The hindelgs the hindlegs they are too out behind!"
Trying to get this...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 1, 2017 at 11:25 AM|
Components of a Good Position
By Maribeth Dunlap
May 2006 (Revised April 2017)
The position of the rider is perhaps the most important thing when studying dressage. It is from a correct position that allows us to positively influence and affect our horse. It also allows us to be in balance within our own bodies so that the horse can move in better balance. When we’re in good balance then we can better stay out of our horse’s ...Read Full Post »