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by kande50
Thu May 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

That said, when it comes to riding dressage, my knowledge and ability surpasses hers a lot. That's the part she doesn't realize and there is no point in arguing with her. But yeah, my few so-called friends are not really friends and I know that. Friends do not grow on trees. Consider yourself lucky...
by kande50
Thu May 16, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Saw this quote:
Replies: 13
Views: 165

Re: Saw this quote:

I have become a much more patient and even-tempered person, with horses and people, (especially those who make an effort,) since I started to take dressage seriously. I've become more patient and even tempered since the damned hormones went away. I miss the drive, but it's been worth losing that to...
by kande50
Thu May 16, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Saw this quote:
Replies: 13
Views: 165

Re: Saw this quote:

I think the ones that don’t appreciate the “small number of good steps, and build on them”, end up with tense horses that lack a freely forward, harmonious way of going... I think it's easy to miss a lot of this at first, because we get focused on the fancy "gee whiz" stuff and want to ge...
by kande50
Wed May 15, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2219

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I just recently started trail riding in my dressage tack vs. western tack and Rocky was a little weirded out by the tack (and frame) change! If it was me I'd just have to try to figure out which was responsible. :-) Although I do have a lot of trouble drawing conclusions about spooky vs not so spoo...
by kande50
Tue May 14, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

Different friend, Different comment. Today she wrote this to me in an email. "he's pretty rideable, I"d say for just about any rider. I swear I'm very sure even you could ride him, he's very simple, as long as you ignore his size. " Even I could ride him. :lol: Well guess what, I don...
by kande50
Mon May 13, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: THIS RAIN!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: THIS RAIN!!!

Haha, me too, MC. My main man is out to pasture now, which means I either have to close gates and let him follow me to the indoor, or halter and lead him to the indoor, or lug all the stuff out to where he is to tack up, or ride one of the others--none of which is a big deal, but neither are any of ...
by kande50
Mon May 13, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2219

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Probably a large majority of show people that are competitive. I'd like to think I was never one of them, but I used to be less considerate of the horse that I am now. Same here, but that was because I didn't know enough back then so was much more willing to listen to those who I thought did. Troub...
by kande50
Mon May 13, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2219

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I thought "the horse doesn't care if it trots around an arena like that" and then I knew maybe I'm doomed not to ever do that well in competition! Same here, and really, who would even want to do "well" if it meant that they needed to be harsh with their horse to accomplish it? ...
by kande50
Mon May 13, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2219

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

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by kande50
Sun May 12, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2219

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

My days of reading dressage books are over. Interesting MC, because I'm getting rid of my dressage books too, because I'm quite sure I'm never going to read them again. I loved reading them for a long time, but now feel like I just need to take the information I already have and get out there and i...
by kande50
Sun May 12, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2219

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I did a competition with Norsey, and while he was pretty good I always come away from comps being a bit unsure about how I'm riding my horses and trying to figure out how I've got it all wrong. I think it does relate to my riding being a bit aimless and not riding with enough intensity perhaps. Or ...
by kande50
Thu May 02, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: My Situation

I have a mower for the back of the tractor, but that means unhooking the drag and finding someone to do it. Again, my incompetence is a problem. In spite of these problems, I cannot entertain the thought of leaving this place. It is worth a good bit of money and I could buy a luxury condo somewhere...
by kande50
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

I do wonder why if it's not administered by a vet it's not considered vaccinated. What if you kept the bottle and the lot number to be used as verification, if that would help? I asked about that too, and my vet thought it was because those who make the rules (vets?) are afraid the vaccine might no...
by kande50
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

Chisamba wrote:I assumed you quoted me to try and force to to read your comment


Well you assumed wrong, because I didn't mean to quote anyone. That part was probably just off this little tiny screen when I deleted the rest of it, because I'd never intentionally set you off. I apologize for quoting you.
by kande50
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

Can't remember where I read this, but it went something like, "if you don't like it, kill it; if it inconveniences you, kill it; if you think there's any chance it might inconvenience you sometime in the future, kill it. Don't be a bleeding heart." It was kind of tongue-in-cheek, but sadly...
by kande50
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 23
Views: 294

Re: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

I just discussed this with a MA licensed vet, and the state guidelines are that if an equine hasn't been vaccinated by a vet in the last 3 years then he's considered unvaccinated and has to be quarantined at the vet's, or at some quarantine facility at the owner's expense. Can't remember how long he...
by kande50
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 103
Views: 3922

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Exactly the reason so many forego insurance, because then the insurance company gets a say in any decisions that involve a claim. So after I've spent countless hours bonding with my horse then they get to decide how he'll be treated based upon which option is most beneficial to them? I don't think so.
by kande50
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

If anyone has any advice on rat traps that work pass them on. What works the best is to remove their food sources and nesting sites, but failing that the electronic traps work on some, the snap traps will work on some, and the live traps will work on others . The more food sources that can be remov...
by kande50
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

It's not as if dogs, cats or snakes provide fearless death. Let each person decide. No one in enjoying the process So because nature can be cruel we shouldn't worry about being cruel to animals, either? I was also wondering what kind of snake swallows mice alive, but I guess that was some kind of a...
by kande50
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

Our worst problem with mice is that they get into our vehicles. DH had a Miata mouse magnet. Besides chewing up his wiring, seat cushions, cabin filters, the absolute worst incident was when one died in his car and we couldn't find the body - only smell it. . . for a very long time. Feral cats have...
by kande50
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

musical comedy wrote:
Edit 10:00am Nothing behind the fridge. Not even any droppings.


There's not much you can do to keep them in the nest, although if you can find the nest you can euthanize them as they're likely still dependent on the mother and will die from dehydration without her.
by kande50
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

So, how did it get there? It was not there earlier in the day or I would have seen it. This is freaking me out. I know mice have multiple babies so where are the others. Ick. If the babies are old enough when the mother disappears they'll crawl out of the nest looking for her/food. I once found a w...
by kande50
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

You can put it in a plastic bag and then squeeze as much air out as you can and let them go to sleep. As long as they're breathing the oxygen will be used up, and as the carbon dioxide builds up they'll go to sleep and then never wake up. Just be sure to leave them in the plastic bag overnight befor...
by kande50
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

Just had another thought: what about live traps? You'd have to drive them somewhere far enough away to release them, but you wouldn't have to deal with dead ones. Although my experience has been that neither the electronic nor live traps are as effective as the snap traps, but maybe you'll get lucky...
by kande50
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

This thing or things seems to know when I am out. I go in and out of the kitchen a lot and haven't seen it. Yet, if I'm gone for any length of time and go in, there are the droppings. Would you believe I just found droppings in my sink! This is a deep sink. Now tell me how they can climb out of a s...
by kande50
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

I don't like killing things, but just how many birds and owls are eating toxic mice? Who knows how many, but I just got on facebook and this is one of the first posts I read: A Place Called Hope April 14 at 4:22 PM · Between the lead cases we have gotten in, and now the influx in Rodenticide Second...
by kande50
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

I've also gone around and stuffed steel wool into all the cracks and entry points (usually around the pipes), although they can get through a hole the size of a dime so it is hard to find all the cracks.
by kande50
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 988

Re: My rodent problem

If husband were alive, he'd put down traps, and then dispose of the dead body. No way can I handle that. I can't explain it how that would bother me to do. During Fall, we would often trap as many as 20 in the basement, and then no more would come. We got over 300 one fall, but thankfully haven't h...
by kande50
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6214

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Sue B wrote:Rudy and I don't need that. The only positive I got from this experience, is that I was able to speak up for myself and advocate for my horse. I did not allow her to bully me into doing something that would damage his trust in me.


Good for you!
by kande50
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Copper and zinc for feet
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Copper and zinc for feet

I think probably the best way to do it, if you have a fairly consistent hay source, is to have the hay analyzed and then formulate the mineral supplement based upon what is actually deficient in the hay you're feeding. Pasture grass can be analyzed too, although if you're buying your hay locally the...
by kande50
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

I admit, that that when times are bad I want to sell my mare, so I go looking at the ISO to see if there would be a match. Sadly, no. Nobody is looking for a horse that has a spook, albeit mild and especially not if they are a lower level mare. I think sometimes we forget how we felt about spooks 2...
by kande50
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

What I see is someone puts up an ISO ad, and everyone with a horse for sale responds no matter if it meets the searcher's criteria or not. For example, someone wants 16.2+ gelding and someone with a 16h mare will respond. The more basic the ISO, the more the replies. I was reading one of those and ...
by kande50
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 24
Views: 1606

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

I agree with you exvet caring for aging parents is very much like caring for children. Though with more doctors appointments than I ever had to do for our DS. All I can say is that it's a good thing they get feeble, because I don't know how anyone would be able to manage a big, strong dementia pati...
by kande50
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I think the term "drilling" is used to describe the kind of repetition that the observer feels is excessive or unfair.

If the work isn't difficult for them I think horses prefer repetition, because then they know the answers so can escape the aversives/earn the rewards more easily.
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers
Replies: 33
Views: 1194

Re: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers

Can you tell I have feelings about all of this? It pisses me off, too. If I was going to buy a horse I didn't already know enough about I'd want to ask all my questions on email so I'd have a written record of what was said. If someone didn't want to write anything down then I wouldn't be intereste...
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

And another similar comment people give is "he/she is testing you". Yeah, because horses love the pain from the bit, whip, and spurs so much. I get the sentiment, but why not use more more accurate phrases like, "you need to be clearer about what you want him to do", "start...
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

Unicorns, everybody wants one, nobody has one. :-)
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers
Replies: 33
Views: 1194

Re: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers

Nothing's changed when it comes to selling horses, has it? I'd think that lying in answer to direct questions for the purpose of concealing known damage would be illegal?
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: My Situation

always carry your cell phone on you so if you fall or get hurt you can call for help. I try to keep it with me, but it often ends up in a pocket of one of the layers I took off. At least it's in the barn, but if I was knocked silly I might not be able to find it, or I might not be able to get to it...
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers
Replies: 33
Views: 1194

Re: Don Martillo diagnosed with Shivers

scruffy the cat wrote: I deleted it when I bought the last horse. His sire wasn't on my list but jokes on me since he turned out to have a previously broken pelvis. Not the fault of his pedigree!


No PPE, or it just didn't show up?
by kande50
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I just had another interesting clicker training session with Sting, who I'm sure appears to have my number. :-) Sting's done a lot of trot poles but has never been taught to jump, and I wanted to try to shape a new behavior that's based on the horse jumping over a small jump. To make a long story sh...
by kande50
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6214

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

You are all welcome to come and instill perfect manners in Walker, especially if he knows you are catching him to hurt him.. I've had him a long time. He came to me with a difficult history, we've been there, done that, but he's one that you never, ever let your guard down around, and never, ever g...
by kande50
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

Flight, they sound similar. In my indoor, things change daily according to time of day and how sunny it is outside. Light beams show through the windows and the cracks of the door. They can change throughout the ride, as the sun goes up and down. A lot of people aren't even aware of that, because t...
by kande50
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

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by kande50
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

Hot4Spot's horse is a good example of a horse that is reactive and it has nothing to do with the skill of his rider/handler. Just the fact that most experienced riders have, or have had, much more or less reactive horses pretty much blows the whole idea of rider incompetence out of the water. I wou...
by kande50
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dreams that seem real
Replies: 20
Views: 705

Re: Dreams that seem real

StraightForward wrote:
At least I’m not naked in those dreams. :lol:


:D
by kande50
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dreams that seem real
Replies: 20
Views: 705

Re: Dreams that seem real

I have had intense moments in dreams, yes, but it doesn't usually stay with me in a neg. way. Once in a great while I'll have a vivid scary dream and be so scared that I'll just make myself lie back down and try to go back to sleep. I'll never forget being in my dorm during break (so very few other...
by kande50
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Why I haven't been riding...
Replies: 24
Views: 841

Re: Why I haven't been riding...

It's been so cold for so long that I way overdressed to go to the barn today, and then had to keep stopping to peel more layers when I was riding. It was 32F.
by kande50
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 29
Views: 1105

Re: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking

I've had better luck hand walking explosive horses with side reins and a tie down. They'll still jump around, but restricting their head and neck helps. I sometimes use a halter, but if I need to I'll use a bit.
by kande50
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8057

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I was looking at the banks of ice 20" thick outside my run in sheds this morning and not looking forward to that melting into my run in sheds. We've got a week of warmer temps coming up this week and Walker is already partly under water. There's not a lot I can do about it but it's pretty mise...

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