June 2020
On the Bit
In This Issue

Barn News & Updates
Dressage Training Video:
The German Training Scale
Dressage Training:
Set Yourself on the Path to Success
Horse Care Tip of the Month:
Sleep Deprivation and Narcolepsy
Life & Style:
Horsing Around in County Kildare
Recipe of the Month:
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake
Paula's Pearls:
"Ah-Ha!" Moments in Riding
A Little Inspiration:
Something to Make You Chuckle
About Paula Paglia Dressage
Barn News & Updates
Marisa and Willow
To Marisa Rebika on her new mare Willow. Willow is a nine-year-old thoroughbred-quarter horse cross. It will be a pleasure to train these two in the months and years to come!
Dressage Training Video
The German Training Scale

Source: Your Riding Success
Dressage Training
Set Yourself on the Path to Success
By: Sofia Valenca
Sofia Valenca
Dressage is hard. It is precise, intense, and demanding, but it is the base of all disciplines. Therefore, no matter what you do, it is important that you work the basics of dressage.

What is dressage? It is a way to explain to your horse how he needs to use his body! With dressage we begin to teach our horses that they have four legs and a back that can be used in many different ways, and that we want their back to become a bridge to connect the hind end with the front end. At the same time, our dressage exercises help to relax their bodies so they can feel every single part of their body and their muscles without tension. When we are successfully doing this, we are able to develop the body of the horse in a gymnastic and harmonious way.

Yes I told you it is hard, precise, intense, demanding...so set yourself on the path to success!

The training of the horse should be varied. Go on a trail ride, jump, play on the ground, just stay in the field. Mix it up. But when you decide to do a dressage working day, you need to decide that you will commit to precision. Imagine you start the lesson, so you let the horse warm up on a loose rein in walk with no contact, and you just allow the horse to stretch in a nice active walk. When you decide the body of the horse is starting to warm up, you take the reins and it is here that the precision starts.

From this moment on, you need to be able to tell your horse how to achieve a perfect position in a perfect balance and in a perfect rhythm so that he can have a perfect perception of how many legs he has and where they are at any given moment! Yes I said it is hard, precise, intense, demanding. The problem is that sometimes we get distracted and for a few seconds we think, “Oh it is raining and my clothes are hanging outside...” It is a silly example that shows how easily we can be distracted. In that moment we disconnect from the horse. Even if it is only for a few seconds, those seconds can make a big difference because we stop feeling the needs of the horse in those moments and we've stopped telling them how they should be working. It then takes time to get back to where you were.

Important: we need to help the horse to find his way so he will carry himself! Have you ever been to a psychologist? You have a problem and you search for help and then you expect the psychologist to find the miraculous way to solve all your problems. Well, it does not work like that! He will try to make you understand where your problem comes from and he will give you tools so you can try to find the solution in your own way! It is the same concept when training the horse. You feel what your horse's needs are and you search in your toolbox of training and exercises in order to prepare the horse in a way that he is able to choose the best way to succeed! Then gradually your aids are needed less frequently and with less intensity.

Yes I know it is hard, precise, intense, demanding... but it is a hell of a journey when you succeed!

Because it is hard to keep the focus at all times, you can build up to a fully focused and consistent lesson by starting small. This way you are setting yourself up to succeed. Try this: set the clock for two minutes and in those two minutes the whole world could end and you wouldn't care because it is just you and your horse in that arena. Tell yourself you will have him in a perfect, consistent position for two minutes and then after, you and your horse will have a break. Repeat. When two minutes is a piece of cake, set the clock for four minutes. Increase the intervals of time until you have full control of your mind together with the horse's mind for your entire lesson. This will teach both of you discipline and it is also nice for the horse because he learns that when you are riding it is time to work. Horses respect boundaries and feel more confident when they know what to do and what to expect.
Horse Care Tip of the Month
Sleep Deprivation and Narcolepsy

Source: SmartPakEquine.com | By: Dr. Lydia Gray
What is it?
Sleep deprivation occurs in horses that have not received the required daily 30 to 60 minutes of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep for a week or more. When horses are not able to lie down and enter REM sleep to refresh themselves, they may experience "sleep attacks." That is, during quiet periods they enter the first two stages of sleep -deep restfulness and slow wave- before progressing to the REM stage and partially collapsing. In sleep deprivation, horses become drowsy before falling completely asleep, which may cause their legs to buckle.

What can be done about it?
There can be physical and psychological reasons for sleep deprivation in horses. Physical reasons include the inability to lie down which may be environment-related (eg stall size) but may also be due to pain or restricted movement. For example, an older horse with arthritis in his knees or ankles may not be able to get down or back up. Psychological reasons include feeling too insecure to lie down on the ground long enough to enter REM sleep because there is no herdmate on guard. The removal of a dominant, older mare from an established herd is an example of this cause of sleep deprivation.

What else do I need to know?
Narcolepsy is different than sleep deprivation. According to equine neurologist Steven Reed, DVM, ACVIM, narcolepsy can be defined as a rare and incurable sleep disorder of the central nervous system characterized by uncontrolled episodes of loss of muscle tone (cataplexy) and sleep. Any horse that appears drowsy, weak or collapses should be examined by a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis since this type of medical condition can be dangerous to both the horse and his handler.
Life & Style
Horsing Around in County Kildare

Source: EQLiving.com | By: Rebecca Baldridge
Darling, it’ll be such fun,” I said. “Pubs with dogs by the fire and rivers of Smithwick’s ale and coddle for dinner! It won’t be all horses all the time.” When I made this pronouncement, I spoke from the heart. I had never been to County Kildare, Ireland.

The instant I planted a dainty hoof on the Irish turf, I was revealed as the blackest of liars. Ireland is the world’s fourth-largest producer of Thoroughbreds, and most of these magnificent horses are bred in County Kildare, home to more than 100 stud farms and 3 race tracks, a multitude of training facilities, tack shops, and all the other enterprises ancillary to the Thoroughbred business. It may well be the horsiest place on earth— and I say that having spent time in Lexington, Kentucky.

On our first night we were to stay at the Killashee Hotel, near Naas. Installed in the right-hand-drive rental car, we set off down the M7 motorway. “Would you mind terribly if we made a quick stop in Curragh?” I asked. “There’s a shop; it’ll just take a minute.” My friend sighed faintly.

Located just outside the famed Curragh racetrack, the TRI Equestrian Superstore is Ireland’s largest equestrian emporium, offering every conceivable article necessary for the horse, rider, or stable. Blessedly, TRI’s Curragh Cafe offers refreshments to appease non-riding companions, and this is a great kindness considering the hours a rider can spend in this garden of equine delights. I left with a spiffing new pair of Dubarry boots and a Horizon Card, which allows non-EU residents to record purchases for a value-added tax (VAT) refund upon departure from Ireland sans annoying paperwork.
We arrived at the Killashee Hotel just as the daylight was fading. The Thomas Turner-designed Victorian manor house bathed in a warm glow of subtle spotlighting as we rolled to a stop in the grand circular driveway. Once inside, we were shown down a long, picture-lined gallery to our suite, featuring a king-sized bed, period furniture, and a restful sage green-and-gold interior. Fortified with a fine steak and the promised Smithwick’s from the cozy bar, we set off for a look at the grounds. The formal gardens are breathtaking in the moonlight, but the intrepid soul who traverses a slightly intimidating wooded path will be rewarded with a magical sight. The Nun’s Graveyard sits next to a small orchard, its wizened trees gone feral. The atmospheric cemetery, the final resting place for 20 or so sisters, dates from the days when the house served as a convent school. Perhaps the most adorable feature of the hotel is The Snug, a traditional Irish pub that sits around the corner from the hotel entrance. Sadly, the pub was closed during our stay. All I can say is, if the inside resembles the outside even remotely, you’ll never want to leave.

Exploring the Countryside
If there’s one thing you can say about the Irish, it’s that they’re just about the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. Based on some pre trip research and the enormous generosity of everyone I contacted, I was armed with a long list of introductions and suggested attractions. As an equestrian occasionally requires more than stained breeches and a sweater sticky with horse drool, I was directed to Kildare Village. This designer shopping outlet boasts 90-plus boutiques, selling everything from designer clothing to luxury housewares, and offers plenty of dining options to fuel your shopping extravaganza.
Recipe of the Month
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake
Source: Delish.com
"Since we're in the heart of summer, I always look for recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. I'm a huge fan of strawberries (really, who isn't!) and this dessert that combines the best of shortcake and cheesecake into one tempting treat just couldn't be ignored! Enjoy!" Paula

  • Vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
  • 2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 c. cold heavy cream
  • 3 c. strawberries, 2 c sliced and the rest left whole

  1. Grease an 8" springform pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for vanilla cake. Pour ½ cup in pan, or enough to coat the bottom of your pan. (Save the rest of the batter for a separate cake or cupcakes!)
  3. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out dry.
  4. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add sugar to combine, then gradually add cream and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  5. Press the slices of strawberry along the edge of the springform pan, so that the bottoms of the strawberries touch the cake. Place your whole strawberries on the surface of the cake leaving about a ½” between each. Cover with the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours.
  6. Garnish with more chopped strawberries. Serve.
Paula's Pearls
"Ah-ha!" Moments in Riding

Right or left bend does not mean to drift off of the line of travel, unless you ask for sideways momentum. Every circle resembles a half pass in a way...the way to create a body bend is to sit into the direction of the bend with an inside seat bone clearly down. It is important to be able to use both seat bones independently. Most of us have a dominant side and have a hard time weighting the inside seat bone of one side. Pay close attention to being sure the spine of your horse is rolling inward, not rotating outward on the circle. Hence weighting your inside stirrup may be helpful.
A Little Inspiration
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