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by kande50
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

After decades of riding by myself I recently started riding with a couple of friends, and I think I get what you mean MC, because when I'm on a roll I hate to stop even though I know I'm probably intimidating my riding partners. I keep telling them that they don't need to stop or get out of my way b...
by kande50
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

There is no help for loose skin, especially when older. Except of course, for the knife. I've heard that lifting weights can build muscle and help fill loose skin back out again, but I'm not convinced enough to start lifting weights. Nor do I mind the loose skin enough to do anything about it, alth...
by kande50
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 198

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

The shortest day of the year is almost upon us. Wouldn't you think then that this is the thickest the coat is going to get? I think the shorter days may trigger more growth, but if so, there could be a delay between triggering and the production of enough additional hair to be noticeable? Or maybe ...
by kande50
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 198

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

I'm in a fairly cold and snowy part of New England and don't clip nor blanket, but each horse has access to his own run-in so none of them are outside without shelter unless they want to be. What I've noticed is that the winter coats start out modest, but then get thicker, so even though it seems li...
by kande50
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 200
Views: 3844

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

I wouldn't go out looking for a gray, but the one I had is now back at her breeders, is 24, and has a visible melanoma under her tail but is still healthy otherwise. Her dam was also gray and lived into her 20's, but then started having recurring colics which may or may not have been melanoma related.
by kande50
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1075

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

I never got anywhere close to 5', but when I look at some of the things I've jumped, I cringe. I now cringe at a lot of what I did when I was young and fearless, and am grateful that I survived it and got to a better place. I'm sure my horses would be grateful too, if they had any conception of wha...
by kande50
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

...am I too protective to not want to haul her once a week? I worry about ulcers with that much hauling. And it’s not just the physical part of ulcers, but the emotional part. Welcome to my world. I never used to worry about any of this stuff, but then when I realized what had likely been going on ...
by kande50
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 162
Views: 13011

Re: Class of 2013?

Ponichiwa wrote:
I've also gone full-stock horse and just impulse-bought a dressage saddle with tooling


Had to google that. :-)
by kande50
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1075

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

I guess someone showing cares, but since I don't anymore, I am resigned to be happy with what my horse is able to give me. My mule is 23 years old and he was born here, and in spite of the fact that he's out of a Halflinger mare who prefers to extend her trot rather than canter, he prefers to cante...
by kande50
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

Been having more trouble getting motivated to ride enough, so started walking and skiing more. Still consuming too much sugar, salt and fat, but added more veggies and beans to help dilute them.
by kande50
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 434

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

I have a pair of full sibling mules, born 10 years apart. The younger one has much better conformation than the older one, but pretty much the same disposition.
by kande50
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

OTOH, I'm on a barefoot trimming FB group, and they're asking how to convince cheap owners that they need to come out more frequently than every 8 weeks. It is seriously disturbing how long horses can get with most people thinking it's totally fine. 7 weeks is nothing. I have trouble convincing tho...
by kande50
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I wouldn't ride all winter if I did that... neoprene ear muffs do a pretty good job, but he didn't get them yesterday! One of the many perks of being retired is that there's no pressure to ride until the snow is done sliding off the roof. If I really want to ride I can ride one of the calmer horses...
by kande50
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Laddie was a wild man on the lunge for the vet's assistant this morning--especially once that foot was blocked. I don't lunge him often and it showed--especially with the roofalanches… I don't even put my horse in the indoor when the snow is sliding because I'm too worried that he'll hurt himself. ...
by kande50
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: magnesium-- does it actually matter what kind you buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: magnesium-- does it actually matter what kind you buy?

My suggestion would be to try a month or two on something else and see how your horse does. If he doesn't respond well, go back to magrestore. Or better yet, get your BO or someone else to randomly feed the MgO for a couple of months, switch to another form of it, and take the horse off it without ...
by kande50
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.
Replies: 31
Views: 527

Re: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.

I am sorry, but there is being nice and offering help when you can, and being taken advantage of. I know this from experience and having to learn to say no was very, very, hard for me... I've been so tempted to take in a boarder so many times, and especially when I'm spending a lot of time with som...
by kande50
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.
Replies: 31
Views: 527

Re: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.

Course you probably should have taken the opportunity when he was unwilling to turn your horse out and said, "Well if this isn't going to be a symbiotic relationship then don't keep asking me to help you with your horse".
by kande50
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: Good video on tense horses

This video reminds me of my post - No Walk. It certainly has taken me more than a week to get a walk and now a nice trot. luckily, my mare did not buck, she just jigged and jigged. We are petty much past that, but when I first get on, she still wants to Go. What has worked is really bending her and...
by kande50
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Laminitis
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Laminitis

Soft Ride boots!! They're a life saver for laminitis, and can really help prevent rotation. Get the turquoise/purple gel inserts for laminitis. Act fast, if you delay it's too late. The advice used to be to tape styrofoam pads to the bottom of the hoof immediately, because when it comes to preventi...
by kande50
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Seniors...will you buy another when....
Replies: 135
Views: 20087

Re: Seniors...will you buy another when....

Srhorselady wrote:I’m waiting to ride until I get back from an out of state Thanksgiving trip. It’s quite exhilarating!


It is, which I suppose is why we keep finding ways to continue to do it!

Congrats on the new pony, and I'm looking forward to hearing more as you get to know him/her better.
by kande50
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Laminitis
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Laminitis

Anyway, what's the latest scoop/treatment for laminitis? I don't know if they still do it, but it used to include sole support, to help prevent rotation. A friend's horse had Lyme related laminitis last summer and the vet confined the horse to a stall, with bedding, but never suggested taping on Li...
by kande50
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Senior progress thread?
Replies: 273
Views: 51798

Re: Senior progress thread?

We started some canter work, focusing on transitions..I'm really bad at down transitions .but alas winter is upon us and I haven't ridden since.. I had a brief lesson recently and realized that I need to work on transitions more, too. Not that I don't do any transitions, but for lack of imagination...
by kande50
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read re learned helplessness
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Interesting read re learned helplessness

Side reins are teaching contact, there is a certain kind if submission we *do* need in dressage, however, the horse should feel that it is being allowed an opinion and option. (now I don't like side reins as there is no give and it's not like the rider's dynamic contact) but to lump all things toge...
by kande50
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

kande, I will be seeing a friend tomorrow who spends a lot of time out observing the wild horse herds around here. (She takes amazing photographs.) I will try to remember to ask her if she's seen horses run themselves into a lather and how they cope with it--I suspect that, for one thing, they are ...
by kande50
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense
Replies: 92
Views: 1606

Re: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense

Chancellor wrote:
The stupid comment is what I draw from the "financial darwin awards" comment that Tsavo made.


So it was inferred rather than stated?
by kande50
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

So Gallie's heavy coat did exactly what a cooler would, wick the moisture away from her body and dry her off. I'm sure the breeze helped. Gaila could not do this with the blanket on. I ended up putting a cooler on her to wick the sweat off. Juliet I left alone. I can see how putting anything on the...
by kande50
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read re learned helplessness
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Interesting read re learned helplessness

I just read the article and could hardly believe that the author was questioning whether it might be better to maintain a state of learned helplessness in a horse because that might make him more useful? I'm guessing that she doesn't really get that learned helplessness is maintained through punishm...
by kande50
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

Ryeissa wrote:
I think you are really taking this discussion to a new level!


The point that moderator wannabes seem to miss is that it takes more than one to have a discussion.
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

You don't worry about airway damage? ;) I think they may regulate themselves when they have the choice. IOW, when their airways start burning they stop running. They may regulate cooling too, by choosing where and how long they move. Don't know, but if they damage themselves running it must heal, b...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Winter is here....
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Winter is here....

Real, fall out of the sky, snow not due until after Thanksgiving. I'm going to buy myself some decent snow shoes this winter and enjoy it when it comes! I started with snowshoes last winter, but then switched to X country skis, which are way more fun. We're flat though, so not as much danger of a w...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

Ryeissa wrote:
This isn't even your thread, should we get back to the OT?


We certainly have that option.
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

Evaporation is a cooling process, it needs to be monitored in the winter/cold when we create a wet animal and then keep in relatively immobile. And I prefer not to put stable blankets on a wet horse = mold/mildew/skin crud. And, no, I would not turn a wet animal loose to run to warm itself up. Well...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense
Replies: 92
Views: 1606

Re: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense

No, you won't. You are disagreeing with me that this was meant to be humor. Disagreement is fine. However, telling someone they are stupid because they don't agree with your point of view is not ok. Whether it was meant to be humor or not, I see nothing rude in any of it, nor did I catch the stupid...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

Ryeissa wrote:
My horses' comfort is most important, I can't think that standing chilled is a positive thing. It's common sense.


My point is, are they chilled, or are we projecting?
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Potato and Bacon Soup
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Potato and Bacon Soup

silk wrote:Excellent.

I shall be making this as soon as the pressure cooker is back in action (I make stock, never buy it).


I've got the neighbors (family) trained to bring me their roast chicken/turkey carcasses, which I then boil up for stock. We use most of it for gravy--which makes good soup, too.
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense
Replies: 92
Views: 1606

Re: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense

Well so what? I don't understand what appears to be animosity against someone that wants to post an opinion on a product, procedure, training method or anything else having to do with horses. All would be well and good if it was something most here accepted. After all, this is a 'discussion forum' ...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

IMO it is not worth the risk of horse getting sick if you have the means to avoid it. My guy gets a thick coat so I trace clip him and apply blanket(s). A wet sweaty horse takes a while to dry - so use a cooler and avoid a vet bill is my tactic. But my point is, do they get sick, or are we just ima...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

Ryeissa wrote:
Nope, not buying it. Try this when its -10f like I get.


You get your horse all sweated up when it's -10F?

What do you do if the horse gets himself all sweated up running out in pasture and you're not home?
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

That being said, a human who is overdressed can strip down to their skivvies if they so desire, a horse with a heavy coat is still wearing a lot of hair, even when not fluffed. Hence the drying problem. . . Horses generate so much heat internally that the drying time may not be a problem for them, ...
by kande50
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

My arena is cold. In this situation its my last concern. My horse never sweats. I'm trying to stay alive haha Mine doesn't sweat enough for me to be able to see it when it's cold, so maybe there's some sweat down by his skin but it doesn't wet the hair. He's got a pretty good winter coat now and I ...
by kande50
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Waiting on a video... this is the first horse I have found that might be a keeper
Replies: 10
Views: 320

Re: Waiting on a video... this is the first horse I have found that might be a keeper

Tsavo wrote:
I have a horse I can ride but I want my own.


Off on a tangent, but the last thing I'd want would be to get involved in a training project and then have it yanked away because someone else owned the horse.
by kande50
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

so you would park a hot horse in a stall? There aren't a lot of choices when you're out working them in the winter, because it's either put them back in the trailer or tie them to it. I'm not so sure the blanketing is to slow the cooling so much as to prevent them from getting too cold when they're...
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Bumper-pull trailer length

Other than that, don't let anyone who doesn't know the wheel tracking drive the rig. Don't ask me how I know that. I was taking my horse for a ride in the outdoor ring and ran over practically every marker out there because I was paying attention to where the back of the flatbed was relative to the...
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

Ryeissa wrote:
No, bad idea. that is a very good way to invite issues.


Maybe, although I think I remember that research did debunk the long held belief that horses needed to be cooled out slowly. It may be different when it's cold vs hot, though.
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read re learned helplessness
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Interesting read re learned helplessness

Negative reinforcement, in my business, is not the removal of an aversive. It is the removal of a naturally occurring phenomenon. Removal of attention, removal of food, removal of entertainment, desirable items etc. That would be negative punishment (-P), the removal of something the subject values...
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

We used to go to a lot of draft horse events in the winter and they just parked their hot, sweaty horses and threw a blanket over them. Not sure if that was something that someone thought up and everyone else thought was a good idea (maybe horses tied up and they thought it was related to drafts, or...
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

We used to go to a lot of draft horse events in the winter and they just parked their hot, sweaty horses and threw a blanket over them. Not sure if that was something that someone thought up and everyone else thought was a good idea (maybe horses tied up and they thought it was related to drafts, or...
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

I either didn't save it or can't find it, but somewhere I read that horses are most comfortable at around 40 degree F (they burn the least energy to heat or cool), and when they have winter hair that temp may drop to more like 5 degrees F. My cut off for working them hard enough to get them puffing ...
by kande50
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read re learned helplessness
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Interesting read re learned helplessness

Kande you really need to learn the defintion of negative reinforcement. Negative enforcement does not include pressure, negative reinforcement is when something is taken away. Yes, the reinforcement is supplied by taking something away. Trouble is, what we take away is the aversive, which with hors...

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