Dressage Hastings MN

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center at CHC

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center offers dressage riding instruction and training from Training Level through FEI. She welcomes both young and experienced horses and riders. Price has earned a USDF Bronze and Silver medal and many national, regional and state championships at all levels of dressage and offers more than 25 years of training experience. Additionally she has coached several students to their bronze medal and her assistant trainer Ginger Coleman to her silver. Price utilizes classical methods that adhere to the training scale and take care to work each horses' individual...

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The Wellington Dressage Dream by Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn, local dressage enthusiast and volunteer, recently visited Wellington, Florida, to work at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for 2014.  While he was down there he wrote a blog. I was so inspired by this that I contacted him and asked him to share his story about how he got there and what he learned.  Thank you Robert Dunn for sharing. “Last summer I decided to chase a dream of working at horse shows in Wellington, Florida.  So I asked Jimmy Mandala, Facilities Manager at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, what it would take to work at the shows for part of this winter season. ...

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Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show Rocks Cornerstone Horse Complex

Mon Cheval Training Center held a Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show at Cornerstone Horse Complex, on February 16, 2014. There was a large turnout of riders and 100 plus spectators. With more than 50 rides and 8 flat classes, it was a huge success! The show featured Dressage, Western Dressage, English/Western Dressage Suitability and English/Western Dressage Equitation classes. Mindy Price, trainer for Mon Cheval Training Center, was very pleased with the level of competition. Cindy Anderson was the judge and Karen Otto scribed, both did a wonderful job. Leah Lombardo, riding Pharaoh, won the Champion...

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Massage Magic

Professional and recreational horse owners often use Equine Massage Therapy to prevent and relieve stress, aid in recovery of injuries, increase circulation, mobility and range of motion and improve performance. Monique Anderson of HorsEASE.com says “massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body in order to achieve specific goals of drainage, relaxation or stimulation and of releasing muscle-related problems such as trigger points and stress points. It contributes to the overall economy of the body and promoting a good supply of nutrients to the muscle groups.” “A...

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Horse Chiropractic Care

Recently we had the opportunity to have a Horse Chiropractor visit our barn.   "Veterinary chiropractic, also known as animal chiropractic, is the practice of spinal manipulation or manual therapy for animals. Proposed benefits of veterinary chiropractic include enhanced performance and improved quality of life,” according to Wikipedia. “Chiropractic care looks at the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. Animal chiropractors diagnose and treat vertebral subluxation complexes as well as subluxation...

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No Stirrup November

Every fall I try to include “No Stirrup November” on my riding calendar.  I have found riding without stirrups has helped me with my balance and to develop a better seat. Please remember I AM NOT A TRAINER and am just sharing my experience, as each and every horse and rider combination is different.  I start by riding for 10 minutes with my stirrups crossed in front of my saddle after each ride.  Then I gradually add a few minutes each time I ride to reach my goal of riding 30 minutes without my stirrups.  I also plan on riding without stirrups at least once a week for the remainder of the year. In...

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Western Dressage by James Hatch

James Hatch has been a dressage enthusiast for more than 40 years including teaching basic dressage for 25 years and judging dressage schooling shows since 1990.  In the last year he has done work for the Western Dressage Association of America and became fascinated with the idea of applying dressage principles to the training of a western horse.  He has shared this blog featuring western dressage. Western Dressage is a comparatively new sport that incorporates the time tested practices of classical dressage in the development of western horses.  It introduces us to the language that our horses...

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Welcome Sasse!

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Friesians is proud to announce the birth of Sasse Von Z who was born 8/21/13 and is a miracle baby as she was born a month early.  She was strong and a fighter and is doing very well in spite of the recent heat wave. "Her sire is Zorro and dam is Seade Von Borstow. Zorro is a Sport Predicated FEI Dressage Stallion and Seade is the daughter of Femke who was one of the highest scoring mares in history at her keuring to become a Star," Price said. “A judging (keuring, in Dutch) is an evaluation of horses here in North America, by officials from the Netherlands.  Once...

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Helmet Safety

When I had my first horse Rudy I often rode him without a helmet.  I had him for so many years I just felt comfortable.  And why did I ride without a helmet?  I thought about it for a long time and it was for two reasons:  I did not have a comfortable one and I hated helmet hair.  With Nico I have smartened up and always wear one as I often ride him with my daughter and want to set a good example.   I have since purchased a Tipperary Sportage helmet.  I do suggest going to a local tack store and let them help you with the fitting.  A properly fitted helmet is very important and there...

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Who am I anyway?

  I started writing these blogs last month and never formerly introduced myself.  My name is Joyce and I purchased my first horse at age 28 and as you know he was an off the track Thoroughbred.   Before purchasing Rudy I took lessons and leased several horses which enabled me to try different breeds and riding disciplines.  I leased an Arab, Saddlebred, Paint (named Shadow because he was afraid of his own shadow) and a Thoroughbred.  I also had the opportunity to try saddle seat, hunt seat and western riding lessons before deciding on hunt seat and later jumping.  After five years...

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