Paula Paglia Dressage
On the Bit
October 2018
In This Issue
Barn News & Updates
Dressage Training Video:  Find Your Unmovable Frame for an Effective Seat
Dressage Training: The Mindset for Show Ring Success
Horse Care Tip of the Month:  Antibiotic Resistance - How You Can Help
Life & Style: Days of Wine & Horses
Recipe of the Month:  Hummingbird Cake
Paula's Pearls: "Ah-Ha!" Moments in Riding
A Little Inspiration
Barn News & Updates

Visit by Kristen Whittaker - Western Dressage Trainer

Kristen Whittaker
World Champion Western Dressage Rider Kristen Whittaker
While I was away in Europe, Kristen Whittaker visited from Massachusetts  again to work with our horses and riders. At the 2018 WDAA World Show in Guthrie Oklahoma, Kristen earned the World Championship for the Level 3 Open division on her horse Lonsum Sadie. She also trained and coached multiple junior and amateur riders to numerous Reserve Championships and top ten victories! 

The clients love having Kristen's expertise and perspective and she's always a joy to have at the barn. We're looking forward to her next trip out to Scottsdale!

Emily and Scarlett
Emily and Scarlett get an early-morning lesson.
Dressage Training Video
Rider Biomechanics: Find Your Unmovable Frame to Develop a More Effective Seat

Source: Erica Poseley |

Rider Biomechanics: Find your Unmovable Frame to Develop a more Effective Seat

Dressage Training
The Mindset for Show Ring Success

By: Emily Glidden |

show ring success
Emily Glidden and PB

Here are a few tips for preparing your mindset for a fun and successful ride in, or out, of the show ring.
1. Be present
Our best riding happens when we are in the mindset of full focus and connection. When we are completely immersed in the experience of riding, we are not only in our bliss, we are performing at our peak capacity.
Horse shows are full of distractions, for both you and your horse, that can easily pull you into overthinking and stiff, defensive riding. To get back in the flow and stay there, focus on your immediate sensory experience in connection with your horse: the sound of your horse's footfalls, the feeling of your weight across your horse's back, the feeling of your feet in the stirrups, your breath, the sound of your horse breathing, and so on.
2. Be prepared
Practice tuning out distractions at home to prepare yourself. The ability to be completely immersed in your experience and present with yourself is a skill that can be honed through practice. When you're grooming your horse, can you stay present and connected with her while overhearing your buddies gossiping? When the dumpster pick-up truck comes during your ride, can you maintain your connection, guidance and compassionate leadership? When you have a bad day, can you let all of the thinking about it go and be completely immersed in being with your horse? Practicing tuning out distractions and quieting a busy mind at home will prepare you to do the same at the show.
3. Resist "comparisonitis"
None of us is immune to comparisonitis (the affliction of comparing yourself to others and feeling badly about yourself) but you can inoculate yourself against it. Make a conscious decision to be proud of yourself, your horse, and what you've accomplished. Make a list of your strengths and recite them to yourself as needed. As you prepare for the show, think about what it is you want to show off. What do you want to be recognized for? It could be your progress and hard work, your poise under pressure, your sportsmanship, your gentle horsemanship, your accuracy and geometry, or other skills and movements you and your horse have mastered.
4. Be realistic
One of the benefits of going to horse shows is that riding among our peers, our competitors and under the eyes of expert judges gives us a subjective sense of our progress. This experience can often raise our standards for what we want from ourselves and our horse. If and when this happens to you, recognize that while inspiration is wonderful, goals must be measured according to a realistic time frame. The time to make big improvements is at home over weeks and months of practice, not overnight at a horse show. Setting goals you can achieve sets you and your horse up for a horse show experience that is satisfying and fun.
5. Focus on fun
Horse shows require significant time, money and energy, which can all add up to pressure that takes the fun out of showing. Remember why you love riding and showing, and focus on the fun of it all. If you're having a good time, you'll be me more relaxed, present and effective in the saddle. Moreover, your horse will feel your good vibes and be a more relaxed and joyful partner. Horses want to know that they're doing a good job and our best way to communicate that we're happy with them is to be thoroughly and completely happy!
I hope you enjoyed these tips for creating a mindset for success. If you'd like more support in practicing being present, preparing yourself for riding challenges and learning to set yourself up for success, join me for my "Get in the Zone" workshop October 13-14 at Paula Paglia Dressage. 
Horse Care Tip of the Month
Antibiotic Resistance is Real - How You Can Help

Source: | By: Glenye Cain Oakford

If you've got an old bottle of leftover antibiotics sitting in your tack room, it might be tempting to use it the next time you have a horse with an issue. But giving those antibiotics without a veterinary diagnosis and prescription could contribute to an issue that's got veterinarians and human doctors concerned: antibiotic resistance.

"It's definitely an issue, and it's not just in the horse world," said Dr. Michele Frazer of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "It's an emerging issue over the last several decades. It's an issue in the human world, as well, and our veterinary practices can affect the issue of antibiotic resistance in the human population. That's the big concern."

Here's why. Bacteria can change, or mutate, over time. As they are exposed to different antibiotics, those mutations can help the bacteria become more effective at surviving-in other words, they can become resistant to the drugs that are supposed to kill them.

"When antibiotic resistance occurs, we can have development of what are called superbugs, or multi-resistant bacteria," Frazer explained. "Those are bacteria that are resistant maybe not to all antibiotics, but to many of our commonly used antibiotics. If a person or an animal develops a disease from those bacteria, the treatment options are limited."

This isn't just hypothetical. Antibiotic resistance is a real problem that doctors and veterinarians are already dealing with in their patients.

"There are several multi-resistant superbugs that have emerged in the last few years," Frazer said. "Two of the big ones that I've seen in the equine world are Clostridium difficile and MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus]. Both of these bacteria are found in the environment. The issue is that they have changed their drug-resistance until they are much harder to treat.
"Clostridium difficile causes gastrointestinal disease, and it can also cause kidney disease in horses and humans. As this bacteria has changed, it's become harder to find antibiotics that are appropriate to treat it. For immuno-compromised people or people who have been in the hospital with another disease, a Clostridium difficile infection can be devastating."

In 2014, the White House announced a National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and the FDA is working to educate consumers about the perils of drug-resistance and how it's connected to inappropriate antibiotic use, both in humans and animals.

"They are trying to get it out there to the public," Frazer said of the federal efforts.

"It's important to remember that antibiotics aren't benign," cautioned Frazer. "Even aside from the drug resistance, they're not benign. We can certainly see complications from them in any species, particularly the horse. A veterinarian's job is to look at what is wrong with the horse, what they can define as the primary cause of the illness, and then decide which antibiotic is appropriate and if the benefit of using that antibiotic outweighs the potential side-effects of using an antibiotic."

How You Can Help Prevent Antibiotic-Resistance
How you administer antibiotics to your horse-and how you yourself take them when they're prescribed to you-can affect the risk level for antibiotic-resistance, which goes up with inappropriate or indiscriminate antibiotic use. Here's how you can help.

1. DON'T give antibiotics without consulting your vet.
"Just because a horse has a fever or a horse isn't quite right one day, you don't necessarily give antibiotics," Frazer said. "Unless you have a defined medical reason to start an antibiotic and a veterinarian working with  you, you don't want to start antibiotics. You want to have a valid reason to treat with antibiotics. You also want your veterinarian on board, too, to make sure you're using an appropriate dosage. Underdosing means you're just suppressing the bacteria, not killing it."

Get a veterinary diagnosis for a horse's problem, even if you think you know what the diagnosis will be.

"There are certain types of pneumonia in the horse, like Rhodococcus pneumonia in foals, that respond to a select few antibiotics; the majority of our antibiotics aren't going to respond," Frazer explained. "So you need your veterinarian participating with you to define what your horse has and then choose the correct antibiotic. Putting the horse on a different antibiotic, first, is not going to help your horse, and, second, it's an unnecessary use of an antibiotic that's contributing to the development of drug-resistance."

2. DO complete the entire course of antibiotics that your veterinarian has prescribed.
It might be tempting to stop giving your horse antibiotics once he's looking and feeling better, but don't give in to that temptation. If your vet has prescribed a two-week course of antibiotics and your horse seems great after 10 days, go on and finish out the full 14 days.

"What we don't want to do is start an antibiotic protocol and not finish it," Frazer said. "That basically suppresses the bacteria but doesn't actually kill it. It just allows that bacteria a window to start mutating to a form that is going to be resistant to antibiotics."

3. DO keep accurate weights for your horses to help ensure accurate dosages.

4. DON'T pre-emptively put all the horses in your barn on antibiotics thinking it's good preventive medicine.
Consult with your veterinarian before putting any horse on antibiotics. Unnecessary antibiotic use in a healthy horse can contribute to resistance.

5. DON'T use antibiotics past their expiration dates.
These practices are important in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. So is research that can develop new ways to combat disease-causing bacteria.

"There is also ongoing research at many levels, including the National Institutes of Health, trying to combat drug-resistance and to develop new antibiotics," Frazer said. "I think there's hope. Research will give us more options, and at the same time we have to be judicious and do our part by not using antibiotics unnecessarily and, when antibiotic use is necessary, by making sure it's the appropriate antibiotic choice and that we complete the course."
Life & Style
 Days of Wine & Horses

Source: | By: Stephanie Peters


Wine and horses

As you turn off the Pacific Coast Highway and meander towards Santa Ynez Valley, the soundtrack to the movie Sideways may come to mind. You may not be on a male-bonding trip or a wine tasting outing, but you will inevitably fall in love with this laid-back, central-coast region of California.
This region of California, just 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, yields some of the finest wines in the country. It is the gentle balance of shifting winds in an opposing flow of warm and cool air that prevent the grapes from ripening too quickly - paving the way for a longer growing season, which enhances the grapes with a crisp balance between acid and sugar. Add to that the natural drift of fog from the Pacific that travels along the east-west Santa Ynez mountain range, and you have ideal conditions for producing a variety of award-winning wines.
Santa Ynez was not originally recognized for its ideal grape-growing conditions. The ranchers were first to settle here - appreciating the unique character and rustic appeal of the valley. It was a more recent discovery that the valley offered optimal growing conditions for winemakers. Today there exists a comfortable balance of horse farms and ranches and preeminent wineries.

The ranchers and winemakers share the sentiment that protecting the authentic casual atmosphere and minimizing development of Santa Ynez is essential. There is a nostalgic feel here, similar, the locals say, to what Sonoma and Napa Valleys felt like 20 or 30 years ago. They wish to preserve the appealing character of classic gentleman ranchers sharing the land with emerging winemakers.

There is no better place to witness this blending of wine and horse than at Bridlewood Winery.Once an Arabian horse farm and equestrian rehabilitation center, it now stands as a state-of-the-art, award-winning winery. The Spanish Mission structure with white stucco walls and adobe tile roofs sits beautifully at the end of a tree-lined drive, surrounded by vine-covered hillsides. A Spanish-style bell tower and wrap-around verandas contribute to the welcoming atmosphere of this intimate winery.

The Gallo family purchased Bridlewood in 2004, appreciating the wine David Hopkins, winemaker, was producing - and the sheer beauty of the property. The family shares a passion for wine and horses - several family members are accomplished equestrians and at least a dozen senior Gallo managers own horses and love to ride. The family keeps some of their horses here, where they can enjoy relaxed rides through 100 acres of Bridlewood and the linking, neighboring farms and vineyards beyond.

Just 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley, the 105-acre Bridlewood estate is home to world-class wines, hillside vineyards and breathtaking views of the magnificent Santa Ynez Mountains.

The exquisite remodel and preservation of the original equestrian center also held special appeal to the Gallos. Only minor architectural changes were made to the main structure. Stalls were removed and concrete floors were installed, making way for modern, innovative winemaking equipment. Original doors, hardware, and bathing stalls are still in place. David Hopkins enjoys the fact that his office was once the sophisticated equine surgical suite.

The property still boasts a race track, originally used for rehabilitation as well as paddocks, two lakes, and a waterfall. Retired horses bask in the bucolic setting, enjoying the California sunshine and grazing in the shaded paddocks.

In keeping with the equestrian flavor of this winery, horse and carriage tours are offered on weekends. What better way for visitors to enjoy the history of the facility, experience the beauty of the property, and sample some of Bridlewood's award-winning varietals?

Bridlewood firmly believes that horses and wine go together. David Hopkins states there is something so enjoyable about taking an evening ride and returning to a perfect glass of wine. He fully embraces the concept that life is a celebration.

To reserve a tour, phone 800-467-4100.
Recipe of the Month
 Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

"This classic southern cake filled with banana, pineapple, and pecans, and topped with a thick cream cheese icing just feels like an autumn dessert to me. Enjoy!" - Paula

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups very ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups toasted chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1-ounce pieces and chilled

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three  9-inch cake pans .
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice.
  3. Add vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and eggs and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Stir in banana, 1 cup pecans, and pineapple just until evenly mixed.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the 3 cake pans. Place in oven and bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. To make frosting, use and electric mixer to beat together butter and powdered sugar, adding powdered sugar gradually. Add vanilla extract and salt and mix until smooth.
  7. With mixer on medium, add 1 piece of cream cheese at a time. Turn mixer off once all cream cheese has been incorporated.
  8. Spread frosting between layers of cake and cover top and sides. Sprinkle remaining chopped pecans on top.
A Little Inspiration
Here's a little something to make you smile

Paula's Pearls
"Ah-ha!" Moments in Riding

In the canter pirouette, I learned that really looking where I was going and turning in the saddle helped position me so that I was not blocking the horse's turning.

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 2014. 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

  • Boarding/Training
  • Lessons
  • Showing
  • Purchase/Sale
  • Clinics
  • International Equine Procurement 
  • Regulation arena with premium footing
  • Over-sized stalls, cleaned multiple times daily with premium shavings
  • Fly misting system and cooling misting system 
  • Three all-weather turnouts
  • Medical, shaded turnout
  • 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
Paula Paglia Dressage | 480.695.4581  |