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by musical comedy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 120
Views: 1792

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

My views on horse prices have nothing to do with the Northeast. I've bought horses from all over, including Europe. I feel very confident in knowing what you can get for various prices.
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 120
Views: 1792

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Oh gee Scruffy. That is really a shame. You do deserve some good luck. A lot of us do. I hope the one you tried today works out. Hopefully it is close enough for you to try twice.
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 120
Views: 1792

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

scruffy he is cute but dang he is so out of balance no wonder he is worried! No way no how is he worth $10,000 or IMO anything close to that. Sigh I love the color I love the cross, he could be very nice. He needs someone who understands training not just getting the horse "round". He is ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 466

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

if you run a google search on riding in position, you will find nothing. How do i know, i asked my riding kids to research riding in position, and come back the next week and let me know what they found. i thought they had to be wrong so i did a search myself lol. Not true. I quickly found somethin...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 466

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

I"ve been taught it and use it, although I didn't know it was called this. Everyone here is not on the same page as to what this is. It means different things and is open to interpretation. I don't think any of us are using what the P. Karl group is doing. I certainly don't see what they do is...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 120
Views: 1792

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Welp. I'm seeing something that's way outside my normal box tomorrow and then something more within my box on Monday. The Monday horse ticks a lot of my boxes but I worry that he's overpriced. They said when they told me about him that the price was negotiable. I don't even know what that means and...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!
Replies: 35
Views: 637

Re: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!

Looking good Kathy! My goodness, either she is a big girl or you are a small one. That's a lot of horsepower for you. Yeah, all those tiny issues with new horses. There is always something to work through. Regarding the indoor, I have a small issue there too. No spooking, but tense in a couple place...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 26
Views: 326

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

In reality, if Carl has truly had some reservations about the nosebands, it may have been a situation to take privately to the participants I doubt he has any issues with flash straps because there are photos of Charlotte riding with them, including the young Valegro. The fact is that the vast majo...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I'm seriously contemplating the show MC recommended. Here's the prize list Chisamba. Good judges. If you go, I'll drive up to meet you. http://www.buckscountyhorsepark.org/docs/2018/1020-323031DressageattheParkV.pdf?v=08302018091313 Who are you using for dental work? I'm really stuck needing a dent...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 26
Views: 326

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

Moutaineer wrote:I've just been back through the article and I'm not seeing anything particularly egregious about the nosebands? Yes, they all have flashes on...
For some, just the presence of a flash is a negative. No point in trying to support its' use.
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I'm in crazy pain and bored to tears when I'm not doing surgery or some other fun stuff, and so...I bought a new helmet. This time I went for a little bling. I really wanted the blue and silver one but it is no longer available, so I got this one instead. https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ovation-z...
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 466

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

I don't understand the fléchi droit at all. Maybe that's because it means different things to different people. :D I am assuming Khall is picking up these topics from COTH? That's where I heard of it for the first time. They have a legerete rider posting there and a couple French posters that are i...
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: First “Trail Ride”
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: First “Trail Ride”

She looks so nice! Good for you. Did you ever get that saddle problem resolved?
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 25
Views: 319

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

My mare is a very different ride than any of my previous horses (mainly geldings) have been, but she is now a very fun ride. She took a long time to believe I was worth listening to. If I recall correctly, she didn't have the best starts?? No matter the sex, how they were raised and started makes a...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 25
Views: 319

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

I was thinking about this after Scruffy's post. It could be (at least I think it is for me) that some of us already form an opinion about the horse based on its' gender. I cannot tell you why I like mares and don't like geldings. I have given a few geldings a chance, but I couldn't bond with any of ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 120
Views: 1792

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Thanks, Josette. I tried a couple of mares and as I suspected, it's not a good fit. I'm interested. You can tell that the bad fit is because it is a mare, and not just the wrong horse? If you were to try several horses and not know their gender, would you be able to tell which one is a mare? I'm a ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Micklem bridle
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: Micklem bridle

Tsavo, I have the large size Micklem that I used on my retired gelding. I loved it for him. I have the higher quality one, the Diamente. https://www.doversaddlery.com/mcklm-dmnte-competition-bridle/p/X1-12890/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9NL51va_3QIVi5-zCh2Oqg1QEAQYAyABEgJSpPD_BwE I've been planning on puttin...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Thanks guys. :) I was really pleased with my first test today (Second test 1) so I scratched from my second because I knew it wouldn’t be better than that. And I was happy when I got the score, too. 66.97%. :) Still lots to improve upon of course. But it was a respectable test today. That is so awe...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I did want to debut second level with Kimba in a rated show, since we did okay in a schooling show, but you are there, way ahead of everyone who did not show up!! like me. Chisamba, maybe consider the rated dressage show at Buck's County Horse Park on October 20. I always liked that show because th...
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 484

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I use the HP to SI if I am not losing the haunches. The HP to HI is a curative for the horse that wants to leave his haunches in the next county. But IMO both of those are better in terms of fixing issues than the LY... although, maybe I am not seeing or understanding something. I think it's an eas...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

demi wrote: I am interested in adding lateral work, even on bending lines, to Rocky’s walk program.
I would suggest running this past your vet. Usually, any lateral work (even at walk) is not recommended when rehabbing a suspensory injury.
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Nice report, Dresseur. Agree. Reading Dresseur's reports, most would not think her horse is only 5 years old. Really progressing at a rapid pace compared to some of us. Dressage, for me, has produced more situations with me thinking I am an idiot than everything else in my life combined. The people...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 694

Re: Musings on leg position

Apparently reindeer furs pads are best... LOL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20156245 Reindeer fur is Sheepskin which is used a lot. I can't and won't argue with the results of the study, but I personally feel that thicker (sheepskin) pads change the fit of a saddle. Also, the thicker the stuf...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 694

Re: Musings on leg position

Dr. Hillary Clayton has done studies on this using pressure mats. This article may answer some questions, and then, maybe it will generate more questions.
https://equusmagazine.com/riding/postin ... rses-30159
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

[Unlike some posters on this board, I actually have a pretty low opinion of my riding skills. :D I also consider anything below the FEI levels to be "lower level." Nice dig. Doesn't really bother me what you think. I know you mean me. I have plenty of riding faults and I stress about them...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

Western riders ride with one hand. They can do various lateral work, spins, stops, etc. My point is just because someone can ride with one hand and 'get by' does not mean the work is good. Before I get slammed, I'm not saying anyone here that is riding one-handed is merely 'getting by'. But, you may...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

There are moments where everything feels great and I literally have to do nothing but sit there and steer/direct the movement. Those are the moments I strive for. Just saw MC's comment about coasting. I don't regard that as coasting. I look at it as keeping the noise/demands to an absolute minimum ...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

eh, yeah, but all horses need to keep being refreshed in the contact every step. I have never been on a horse that is always on contact where I can just say "ok, they know contact, time to do other things". Me neither. I ride half-halt to half-halt. No coasting. My horse is super sensitiv...
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 69
Views: 1006

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

I like when we can see still pics and video they were taken from, as Dresseur did. Still pics of the canter depart can often show what looks like stellar engagement, etc. but in the next frame, the quality is lost. My concentration has gone off track. What is it we are discussing now? That we need t...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 69
Views: 1006

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

MC, I appreciate the perspective you bring! Yes, this seems like a small worry, for me, it’s something I’ve struggled with for forever and it’s now hindering the upper level work. I assure you, I also have many other more major issues too- sometimes we inexplicably have no breaks or steering- that ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Improving the Canter Seat
Replies: 69
Views: 1006

Re: Improving the Canter Seat

I wish I had such a small issue to worry about.
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

What do you mean by hellish when you put the reins in one hand? My horse does not seem to notice at first when I do that. My horse goes above the bit, I can do it at a stretching trot with no issues That shouldn't happen if you change nothing else. If you figure out what you changed it won't happen...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

piedmontfields wrote:From my POV, your photos offer us a demonstration that classical training just plain works! Interesting comments, but more interesting is your own reflection and assessment on connection and habits.
What's 'interesting' about the comments?
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

What do you guys actually mean by lightness anyways? No contact? A light pull? Weight of the bit? We (the posters) are all not on the same page about some things Rye. Not all of us have the same goals of what we want to achieve with our horses. Not all us subscribe to the same kind of training. Wha...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

edited to add pics. I think I also consciously shortened my reins, because in the past if I let them a bit loose I get the comments 'not into the bridle' and I pushed him a little bit too much for impulsion. So, it might have looked a bit tight. I'm ok with it, just something more to work on :roll:...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1379

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

She does however, know from experience, that she can sneak a little rein out of my hands here and there and on some days she does this. It’s my fault of course, but I am not always aware of letting it happen. When she sneaks rein length, I feel it unconsciously and use a little leg to get her to go...
by musical comedy
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I had them at the length in those pics at the suggestion of my trainer. I am still regaining confidence after a bad accident 4 years ago, and trainer thought it would help to shorten them. Now it looks to me like my heel is jammed down. No, they don't look jammed down to me. The leg looks great. I ...
by musical comedy
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Those first two pics are beautiful Demi. Rocky has such a petty head and the neck looks super. Your position looks stellar too! If someone paid me a million dollars, I could not get my heels like that. Maybe standing in the stirrups, but even then probably not. Why no noseband? What I am struggling ...
by musical comedy
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 235
Views: 2898

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

DJR wrote:Panache (7 yr old Argentinian WBx gelding, schooling Second Level:
Are you still planning on selling him? I'm wondering if he would be a prospect for Scruffy? Just a thought.
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 17
Views: 212

Re: My hay delimma

Update. At 9am I wrote above the the mare was acting funny. She is usually rambunctious about morning feed, and today she wasn't. Her whole demeanor was out of character. She didn't go for hay (the old stuff) after her small grain meal which is what they both always do. She just stood in the stall l...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

p.s. my mare is accomstomed to halt-canter or rein back-canter. Hence, no shock and no super elevated tail swish! p.p.s. This movement is a bit of a "cheat" to put the horse on their hind end. I like it and it works (and is certainly pretty old school), but really, I want that sitting fro...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

-jumped a canter grid and improved my jump position, no change in canter quality in half or full seat -canter poles- now there is no change in canter rhythm and he *keeps going* where as before he would hesitate thinking too hard, and he was so used to doing trot poles he would drop to a trot. (sma...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Well, I don't think tail swinging is the be all and end all! After all, I have a tight-backed mare who swings her tail very consistently. However, when I see a tail *not* swing, or get held off to one side, or swishing or held tight between the legs---these are clues that all is not well in how the...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shopping spree today
Replies: 21
Views: 473

Re: Shopping spree today

I just bought a new Red Barn/KL bridle and it is awful. I need to send it back. I should have listened to the more recent reviews about the leather quality (I have some older Red Barn items that are really nice). That's what I bought for my new mare. What India-made junk. I bought mine from SmartPa...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

kande50 wrote:I think the swinging tail is important because it's easy to see on video, and gives us important information about how the horse is moving.
I don't agree that it does. I have owned and seen horses that I know have tight backs and their tails swing.
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 9091

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I had a comp on the weekend, and interesting that I got chipped for a stiff connection after all I said on that other thread :oops: I think I still over ride in a competition, I need to learn to relax. Still, got some nice pics :) Stiff connection? I don't see that ever on any of your videos or pho...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 17
Views: 212

Re: My hay delimma

Chisamba, before I got the mare, I tried steamed hay on the gelding. No go! It wasn't one of the fancy steamers, but it worked just fine. The gelding will not touch damp hay. Also, I feed free choice hay and they share. With the steaming, it gets cold quickly, especially in Winter and it gets rancid...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 17
Views: 212

Re: My hay delimma

I would consider what I bought very nice hay and I'm very picky. The new stuff imo is nicer than the old stuff. I have learned over the years that what looks/smells good to humans doesn't translate to a horse's tastes. I'm just so surprised because my mare is not picky and a glutton. On the way to t...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 17
Views: 212

Re: My hay delimma

How much I pay depends on where I buy it. A couple years I bought imported hay from the west coast which was extremely pricey. I live in hay growing country, so I mostly get it locally. A 40 pound bale was $6.50 delivered, which I consider cheap. When I got the west coast hay, I paid $3200 for 6 ton...
by musical comedy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 17
Views: 212

My hay delimma

This is a vent and I don't expect anyone to have a solution. It would be nice if they did though. I have a history of having problems with hay. If I told you the lengths I've taken to get nice hay that my horse would eat you probably wouldn't believe it. The old guy has always been a problem. He jus...

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