April 2020
On the Bit
In This Issue

Barn News & Updates
Dressage Training Video:
How to Stop Bouncing in the Canter
Dressage Training:
24 Training Tips from Olympian Kyra Kyrklund
Horse Care Tip of the Month:
Clay Poultices Have Many Uses for Horses
Life & Style:
Equestrian-Inspired Home Decor Ideas You'll Love
Recipe of the Month:
Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes
Paula's Pearls:
"Ah-Ha!" Moments in Riding
A Little Inspiration:
Guaranteed to Give You the Feels
About Paula Paglia Dressage
Barn News & Updates
On Everyone's Mind: The Coronavirus Pandemic
It's hard to keep our focus on regular life when this scary and dangerous threat to our health is upon us, isn't it? I hope my newsletter can serve as a distraction during these times and I hope you enjoy it. I also wanted to share some helpful links that you may want to read:

Take care and please stay safe everyone! 
Dressage Training Video
How To Stop Bouncing in the Canter

Dressage Training
24 Training Tips from Olympian Kyra Kyrklund

Source: DressageToday.com | By: Beth Baumert
Training Tips
1. A good rider lives on the small number of good steps and he builds on them. He forgets about the bad things. Inexperienced riders think mostly about the bad things.

2. There are many roads to the top of the mountain, but the view is the same from the top.

3. With transitions, horses find their balance by themselves.

4. A horse has a memory shorter than a dog—which might be three seconds. You must reward immediately.

5. In a proper pirouette, there is no suspension and it is bound to be four beat.

6. Even a foal can do one-tempi changes.

7. I have had to work to get flying changes because I didn't have a schoolmaster when I was learning. I count the steps: 1, 2, 3. Here is what I do:
  • I check that my horse is listening to me by doing a big half halt. If he is not listening I don't ask for the change until he is sharper.
  • I take my new outside leg back.
  • I ask for the change.

8. A horse only works for 45 minutes. He can carry us for that 45 minutes.

9. Never work a horse until he is sour ... especially young horses in the arena.

10. Don't bother with shoulder-in or any other movements if you are not able to influence the length of the horse's steps. There is no hope in hell until you can.

11. When you train at home, do one thing at a time—pirouette one day and half pass another, so you have time to do each thing with quality. You might choose canter work on one day and trot work on another.

12. Using the Fillis method of holding the reins of a double bridle, you take the bridoon as if you were driving. It will make the muscles of the lower arm soft and it is easier to use each bit separately.

13. Horse-and rider-combinations are a bit like a marriage. You have to find the horse you can work with. I like energetic, hot horses for myself.

14. In training you have to be very honest. You cannot lie to your horse or your trainer or the dressage judges. If you only can do something one out of 10 times at home, then you know you have to be lucky at the show—and we know we're not always dead lucky.

15. There are two ways of riding. At home you have to be very aware of your problems but you can't be too picky at the show. 

16. If I don't have control in walk I won't get it in trot or canter either.

17. At shows, we see many poor pirouettes in Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges. The collection in pirouette must be as great as it is in piaffe. For that reason, I teach the piaffe first [even though the pirouette appears much earlier in the tests.]

18. Many horses and riders get stuck at Prix St. Georges. You can still carry a horse around in Prix St. Georges, but when you start Intermediaire II and Grand Prix, the horse must carry himself.

19. Every time the rider uses a hand or a leg aid, the horse must respond. Even a bad response is better than no response at all.

20. Keep the good things good and don't nag about the bad things but don't ignore them either.

21. Work on the more difficult things on a basic level so the horse feels that he has succeeded.

22. For some horses, I am as happy with a score of 6 as I would be for a 10 on another horse. Continue with a strong 6 until the judges start to give a small 7 for it-instead of trying to overpower the horse to improve the movement and end up getting a 4. If you go from a strong 6 to a weak 7 in every movement you have gone from a 60 percent to a 70 percent. 

23. When you have had a good ride, be sure to find time to write down some notes about how it felt. Often after you have won, everyone wants to have a champagne and there's no time to remember how it felt. When you do poorly, no one wants to come talk to you and there's plenty of time to reflect upon how it felt.

24. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. If you are not happy with what you are getting, you have to change what you are doing.
Horse Care Tip of the Month
Clay Poultices Have Many Uses for Horses

Source: EquineWellnessMagazine.com | By: Diana Wanamaker
Clay poultices are used to target a variety of equine ailments. Learn how these therapeutic fusions can be customized with natural ingredients to address your horse’s needs.
Clay Poultices
The use of clay for healing dates back to 60 BC, when the Romans used it for intestinal issues. Years later, a famous Greek physician named Galen was the first to use clay for sick and injured animals. Today, clay is often used as an ingredient in poultices, which can be created at home or in the barn for the benefit of your equine companions. Making your own clay poultices ensures ingredient quality and allows you to customize the blend specifically for your horse. This article outlines a few benefits of clay poultices along with steps to make your own!

How to create your own clay poultice

1. Buy the ingredients
The first and most important thing to note is that not all clays are 100% pure. When sourcing ingredients for your poultice, be sure to find a clay that’s not adulterated (many brands contain lead and other harmful substances), and that offers third party lab testing results. Do your research to find a quality supplier.

Calcium bentonite clay is a popular choice for poultices. You can find it in powder form online or in most health food stores. To make your poultice, you’ll also need spring, distilled or filtered tap water. Pure high quality essential oils can also be added depending on the ailment you’re treating, as well as Manuka honey, which boasts antibacterial properties. Witch hazel, tea (instead of water), colloidal silver, apple cider vinegar and carrier oils also make good additions to your blend.

2. Create your blend
After you’ve carefully selected each ingredient, it’s time to mix your poultice. Combine half a cup of clay with a cup of cold water, and choose any additional ingredient(s) specific to the health issue you are addressing.

Do not mix your poultice in a metal container or with metal utensils. Metal reacts with the clay, reducing its effectiveness. Make as much as you need, keeping in mind that perishable ingredients have a shorter shelf life. Store in an airtight glass container in a dry cool place.

3. Apply to your horse
Apply the poultice to your horse using positive intention. Each custom blend offers a unique healing energy and experience for him – and for you! Use a wooden spoon, tongue depressor or non-metal utensil to apply the clay liberally to the site, and leave it to set. When the clay becomes dry and flaky, it’s time to reapply it.

Keep in mind that you do not want to place a contaminated dispenser (or fingers) back into your poultice if you are dealing with wounds and/or infection. Use one end of the utensil, then the other, and then dispose of it. Wear rubber gloves when applying.

Common uses for clay poultices
Below are some of the most common ways you can use clay poultices on your equine companion. Just remember that the first step in addressing any ailment or injury should be to contact your vet. Ask him or her if a clay poultice might help supplement the care your horse is receiving, and if there are any specific ingredients you should add to the clay/water mix.

Chronic flare-ups and inflammation
Apply (in order) poultice, cotton wrap, saran wrap or damp paper bag, no-bow wrap and a bandage. Apply on and off until the inflammation disappears, then continue applying just the clay poultice until healed.

Injury prevention
Cold poultices can be used on your horse’s legs prior to and following exercise to assist in preventing injury. A cold wrap can help prevent inflammation, increase blood flow and help with stiff joints.

Do not place clay over an infected wound, or any wound that is draining. Place a gauze pad that is larger than the wound over the infection, and hold it in place by applying clay to the edges. Follow with a sweat wrap to pull out the infection. When the infection has dissipated and inflammation is gone, you can cover the wound with the poultice. This also prevents flies from agitating the wound.

Adding colloidal silver, Manuka honey, activated black charcoal and/or an essential oil will offer extra support for infections, and can also help prevent proud flesh.

Bug bites and stings
Cover the bite and surrounding area with your poultice. For tick bites, start by dropping peppermint or Palo Santo essential oil directly on the tick to remove it. It should release within 30 seconds. Place a charcoal clay poultice over the tick site to draw out any poisons.

Skin conditions
Clay poultices can help speed the healing of mud fever, rain rot, allergies, rashes, hives and other common skin conditions. Add chamomile tea, herbal tinctures and infused water to your poultice to create a customized remedy. Apple cider vinegar balances pH levels and is a top choice for skin conditions, while honey offers an antibacterial remedy and softens scabs.

Hoof conditions
Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar, flaxseed, castor oil, sugar (organic) and plantain leaves can be added to a clay poultice to aid in the healing of thrush, hoof abscesses, white line disease, puncture wounds and other hoof ailments. All ingredients should be natural in order to prevent infection.

Internal usage
In the wild, many animals eat soil and clay to help remove toxic elements from their systems. Because clay has absorbent properties, it draws toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, poisons and parasites toward it. Offering clay to your horse in edible form is detoxifying and can help prevent illness. It can also be used to help get rid of internal parasites and ulcers. Of course, speak with your vet before feeding anything new to your horse.
Life & Style
Equestrian-Inspired Home Decor Ideas You'll Love

Source: EruditeEquestrian.com | By: Abi Kroupa
Decorating or re-decorating your home or even a specific room is always an exciting process. Your home is an expression of you, so it's always important to take pleasure in the process of determining your own unique style. Adding a touch of equestrian flair to your home can be as easy as changing out your throw pillows or adding a new beautiful piece of art. Here are ten horse-inspired home décor pieces that you will love.
1. Luxury Silk Bit Pillow

Dazzle your home spaces with a "bit" of luxury and a lot of equestrian charm. This large silk pillow features a striking pattern with an equestrian flair blending soft blush, white, and golden tones. 

2. Equestrian Morgan Lumbar Snaffle Pillow

Stylish and elegant lumbar through pillow with a snaffle buckle to bring a touch of equestrian charm to your home. This pillow is farmhouse chic and made in the USA.

3. Cribb Horse Feed Three Throw Pillow

Add a touch of French farmhouse flair to your living space with this decorative horse feed throw pillow.

4. Customizable Horse Home Sign - Welcome - Horse sign

Horse signs straight from the ranch! The horse sign is a perfect gift for anyone that has country decor in their home or just LOVES horses. It would look adorable in a country style home or any home that wants to showcase their love of horses. Signs can be customized to your preference!

5. 'White Horse Wrapped' Photographic Print on Canvas

Bring gallery-worthy style to your decor with this eye-catching canvas print, showcasing a beautiful white horse motif.

6. 'Copper and Nickel' Painting Print

Bring rustic, equine style to your traditional abode with this print painting of a horse. Printed with fade-resistant archival inks as well as a UV protective coating, it showcases a painterly blend of gray, brown, and black hues, sure to blend in with your existing traditional decor.

7. Rustic Distressed Standing Horse Figurine

Beaudette Rustic Distressed Standing Horse Figurine in beige finish, features an elegant in-motion sculpture of a horse, intricate real to life details, and a beige rectangular base.

8. Snaffle Stand

Let your modern equestrian flair shine with this ornamental snaffle bit featuring a chic white marble platform with a golden bit shining. This decorative stand brilliantly integrates interior design with the love of the horse.

9. Cheval Fine Porcelain Dinnerware

Designed by equestrian artist Julie Wear, this Cheval fine porcelain dinnerware pattern takes the iconic equestrian snaffle bit theme to a level of polished sophistication. Whether tailgating at the polo fields or setting an elegant table for a formal dinner party, Cheval presents a statement of classic high style, and it's sure to garner attention and admiration. 

Recipe of the Month
Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes
Source: AllRecipes.com
"I saw this on Facebook and knew I just had to share this recipe with you all. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know how they turned out if you make them! (Oh, and if you need an official taste tester, come on over to the barn...I can help you out!)" Paula

  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple 
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package pineapple cake mix (such as Duncan Hines(R) Pineapple Supreme)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar for dusting, or as needed

  1. Move an oven rack into the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Spray 24 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  3. Line a work surface with waxed paper.
  4. Spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter into the bottom of each sprayed muffin cup.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  6. Press a maraschino cherry into the center of the brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  7. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of crushed pineapple over the cherry and compact it with the back of a spoon into an even layer.
  8. Mix pineapple cake mix, eggs, pineapple juice, and vegetable oil in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Turn mixer speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  9. Pour pineapple cake batter into the muffin cups, filling them to the top; do not overfill.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  11. Allow cupcakes to cool at least 5 minutes before inverting muffin cups onto the waxed paper to release. Serve with pineapple and cherry sides up. Sprinkle cupcakes lightly with confectioners' sugar.
Paula's Pearls
"Ah-ha!" Moments in Riding

How you post at the trot communicates so much to your horse, maybe even more than you realize. Horses find comfort in the rhythm of your posting. Use that to control speed and develop contact.
A Little Inspiration
While looking for resources to help his war-related PTSD, Cody found horses who were in as much pain as him. They’re slowly healing one another. 
About Paula Paglia
Paula Paglia
Paula Paglia, owner and head trainer of Paula Paglia Dressage in North Scottsdale, Arizona began her professional training career in 1979. Paula is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and has been named ADA Rider of the Year numerous times through 2018. Paula has been an integral part of the training and success of her clients. She is credited with creating numerous winning horse and rider combinations through the FEI levels. She has developed Regional Winners and sent many students to the National Junior Young Riders Championships, the North American Young Riders Championships and the National Dressage Seat Equitation Finals.

Formerly the head trainer at Dynamite Dressage, and the head trainer at Los Cedros, she is thrilled to now offer her own niche to her clients: a full educational program based on dressage, developing amateurs, young riders and other professionals to their fullest potential. As owner of Paula Paglia Dressage, she has taken the best of training practices used throughout her career to offer a specialized experience for her clients. She considers her facility to be "heaven for horses." Owning her own facility allows her to cater to every horse's special needs.

Paula has trained with some of the most successful trainers and riders in the world, including Debbie McDonald, Leslie Reid, Christine Traurig, and Conrad Schumacher.

In 1992, Paula began importing warmbloods from Holland, Poland and Germany. Presently, Paula conducts personalized buying trips abroad for her clients, as she has extensive experience selecting and starting young horses and developing them up the levels.

The Paula Paglia Dressage philosophy is to develop a partnership between horse and rider. The well-being of the horse is the primary consideration. Paula evaluates each horse and rider individually and will design a program appropriate to their ability, yet focused on the long-term goals of upper-level classical dressage. Each horse and rider is developed at their own pace, allowing each team to be mentally and physically strong at each level of competition.

Paula believes that a successful training regimen is a logical, step-by-step process that utilized the horse's natural intelligence, his loyalty, his goodwill, and his honesty. A sensible, kind and structured training program will produce a horse with a strong muscle structure and a sharp working mind. Both are necessary to compete at the national and international levels of dressage. 
Paula Paglia Dressage
Services & Facility
  • Boarding/Training
  • Lessons
  • Showing
  • Purchase/Sale
  • Clinics
  • International Equine Procurement 

  • Regulation arena with premium footing
  • Oversized stalls, cleaned multiple times daily with premium shavings
  • Fly misting system and cooling misting system 
  • Two all-weather turnouts
  • Premium hay feed 5x a day
  • Personalized grain/supplement feedings 2-3x a day
  • Automatic waterers/outside tubs and interior buckets cleaned daily
  • Hot water wash racks
  • Locked tack rooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Blanketing/final night check
  • Caveletti course
  • Access to Equine Corridor trails
  • Regularly scheduled on-site clinics
  • Trailering to shows available