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by kande50
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: THIS RAIN!!! (edited: THIS DROUGHT)
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: THIS RAIN!!!

Still no rain since beginning of August and non forecasted through the end of this month. This is a serious situation imo. This time I got lucky and am getting a load of hay from a NY dealer that I have previously purchased from. I had to pay $15/bale (50 pounds) for this stuff. It's local 2nd cut ...
by kande50
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3714

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

piedmontfields wrote: I can't imagine suddenly having an extended trot in the arena because she is shod all around! :lol:


Me either, but have been told that the reason dressage horses who aren't ridden out of the sandbox "need" shoes is for added traction.
by kande50
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Gel Dormosedan
Replies: 9
Views: 89

Re: Gel Dormosedan

My vet also warned me not to accidentally dose myself with it. She said to put it between the gums and the tongue, but maybe under the tongue might make it harder for them to swallow it?
by kande50
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant

Someone bought the place across the road from us and started a doggie daycare. We didn't oppose it because we had no reason to. Over the years they've expanded to way over the agreed upon number of dogs on their permit, which hasn't been a problem because they're cooperative, responsible neighbors. ...
by kande50
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3714

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I'm trying to add pictures through attachments below and it keeps saying "file too large." You have to resize them in a photo editing program (less than 200KB, if I'm remembering correctly). I checked the faq's and couldn't find that info, but maybe you'll have better luck? I think I also...
by kande50
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3714

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

That said, I never understood the argument that hind shoes help with slipping. Can someone explain? I think that shoes can help with traction on some surfaces, are neutral on some, and can cause more slipping on others. If it's possible to keep the surface the same, such as in an arena, it should b...
by kande50
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility
Replies: 76
Views: 1515

Re: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility

Baristone shot his client. There is no justification for shooting someone. Except self defense, for one. To be clear, I'm not saying it was self defense because I wasn't there so don't know, but there are quite a few circumstances in which someone can get shot and there is at least some degree of j...
by kande50
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3714

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I'm not important enough for anyone to take an interest in ruining my reputation, so the risk for me is anonymous internet people potentially being mean. Maybe I'm naive because I haven't experienced it, but the internet is so flooded with content that I think the risk of someone latching onto my p...
by kande50
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel and the new farrier
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: Ariel and the new farrier

I don't understand the change in her behavior. She was done in a different section of the barn than usual, so maybe that contributed to her anxiety. I know she's not in any pain, and was fine for her hind feet trim. Would it be too difficult to take her back to the part of the barn where she was co...
by kande50
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 847

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Kande, which complete feed to you use? Does the manure get soft without long stem forage? I'm feeding her Nutrena Triumph, and her manure is normal. In fact, I'm surprised at how much manure she makes because I don't think she gets much out of the forage and is only getting 10 lbs of pellets a day ...
by kande50
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 847

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Kande, a few years ago we spent 7k on fertilizer, seeding, and weed control. A professional farmer did it. There was no improvement whatsoever. Money down the drain. Right now, my fields look lovely from a distance. When you get up close, there is this 'stuff' growing that isn't grass. It's probabl...
by kande50
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 847

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

I find keeping my pasture mowed helps to control the weeds. I cut the bermuda before irrigation but do not bag it. The seed heads end up germinating and make the grass thicker. Otherwise with our harsh climate we would be overrun with weeds. I find my horses will not eat the grass when it is very t...
by kande50
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 847

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Yes, but my understanding is the shorter grass is sweeter and more nutritious. If I didn't mow my pasture, it would be high but not with great grass. Mowing keeps the weeds down. Mowing does help keep the weeds from taking over, but I think it also prevents the grasses from going to seed so they co...
by kande50
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 70
Views: 3359

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

I think plenty of people would highly criticize an owner that put a horse down if there was the even the slimmest chance of recovery, even if that recovery meant pasture ornament forever. There are always plenty of opinions available. Some are horrified when someone else doesn't put their horse thr...
by kande50
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Scores - 6 year old test
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Scores - 6 year old test

These scores blow my mind. Imagine coming in dead last in a class of 15 with a 76%. What are they going to do when the scores reach 100? I suppose they will have to add an 11 on to the numbers. They've already gone to half points, so eventually will likely just give all 9's and the rankings will be...
by kande50
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)
Replies: 24
Views: 901

Re: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)

Maybe it's my old age or maybe I'm just seeing the light. I like to think we've gotten older and wiser, although it may be that everyone just projects their own issues onto their horses? So if we love to ride we like to believe our horses love it, too. Or if we're tired and sore maybe it makes us m...
by kande50
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Vent--please call me back
Replies: 13
Views: 487

Re: Vent--please call me back

Currently I’m 0 for 4 in the farrier department. I have left voice mails, texts, and FB messages. Texts and messages have been seen. If worse comes to worse, I can give Miss A. Ace and have the school horse farrier do her, but I hate the thought of putting her through that. Is it possible that your...
by kande50
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 847

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Yes, although the easy keepers still act like they think they're starving because the pickings are not plentiful. I no longer worry about them overgrazing the sacrifice areas though, and that makes it a lot easier for them to find something to put in their stomachs between meals without getting too ...
by kande50
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Slobbers (I think?)
Replies: 10
Views: 301

Re: Slobbers (I think?)

My neighbor's minis are drooling like mad, and have been for several weeks now. They're dieting though, so are eating the white clover in their very small pasture.
by kande50
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8517

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Please don't regret sharing! Everyone sees something different depending on their experiences, and I personally think that it's good for people to see the realities of training and learning. It's not always easy or pretty. Keep slogging on, it'll come! There's also that pesky perception thing that ...
by kande50
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Treat Suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Treat Suggestions?

What I really like about feeding treats under saddle is that I'm forced to stop and wait while my horse chews, and that makes me slow down and think about what exactly it is I want to reward. Most of the lessons I've been forced to learn from clicker training have had little to do with the kinds of ...
by kande50
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Treat Suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Treat Suggestions?

I just use whatever grain I have, but will sometimes buy a bag of the larger size hay stretcher pellets in the winter because they're easier to feed. I generally feed more than one if I'm trying to reinforce behaviors that take some effort, but try to stick to just one if we're working on easier beh...
by kande50
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1175

Re: Lightbulb Moments

Excellent points both exvet and chisamba! Good take home to work on for sure. Don't you feel most dressage riders tend to be type A people? Where we are always wanting that bit more? When we should not or as exvet says wait? Raise hand high here!! Intellectually, I think most of us know that we nee...
by kande50
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1175

Re: Lightbulb Moments

I truly feel the lights are on now. All I have to do is remember and make this new thing a habit. I've defintely made a breakthrough. I look forward to tomorrow's lesson to see what the trainer thinks. I think that when we've been riding forever the lightbulb moments tend to be subtle, and often nb...
by kande50
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 2604

Re: Trainers riding through you.

Once I got off that warmup circle and the sitting trot work started, I did ok. By then, my reins and gloves were soaked and reins kept slipping. I have a real hard time in rising trot. I hate it. Good for you to even take lessons, because no matter how uncomfortable they are I think they probably d...
by kande50
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - HAPPY UPDATE Sep 13/19!!
Replies: 85
Views: 3114

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)

Sorry to read this, Deanna. It just sucks when things are going well and then all of a sudden the crap hits.
by kande50
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 2979

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

Got on the horse - instant forward trot. Ditto with lungeing after a couple of "oh yes you will!" moments. Gotta give the gal credit though - SHE was the one who acknowledged to her relative, "this horse has my number." She's making good progress now and after a couple of weeks,...
by kande50
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 2979

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I use "reactive" to describe anxiety/fear reactions more than reactions to the aids. A reactive horse is one who comes around the corner and sees something and does a 180 and takes off. Ideally, such a horse would also be sensitive, so when the rider redirects him he would respond to the a...
by kande50
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

[quote="blob"] A bosal will ALWAYS teach the horse to stay behind its pressure.

Those who use bosals tend to teach the horse to stay "weight of reins" light on them, but horses can be just as easily be allowed/taught to take a contact with the bosal.
by kande50
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

3) ride on loose reins, and hope that the horse decides to get better more or less on its own (hint: it probably won't happen). I agree with 1 and 2, but think that horses can learn how to balance pretty well on their own, on a loose rein, just from being ridden. In fact, I did it with my mule just...
by kande50
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

I think you need to learn the proper way to longe in SR and then see if you might change your mind. I learned the "proper" way to lunge in side reins decades ago, but then started paying more attention to what I think horses need rather than what I was told they need. And of course, what ...
by kande50
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

Also riding with a looser rein doesn't mean you can't touch them. But it's just not having that constant pressure. You make your rein aid and when it's answered, you stop making that pressure. I don't normally ride with a loopy rein, but I try to have them so if I squeeze my fingers that the mouth ...
by kande50
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

musical comedy wrote: The best in the country don't show it, so why I expect myself to be able to do it.


I think if that kind of riding was rewarded in comps it wouldn't be long before all the best riders would be riding with droopy reins.
by kande50
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

I wouldn’t expect any dressage rider to go around for a whole test with droopy reins, either. I wouldn’t even want to imagine an extended trot with droopy reins. That's how Racinet rode, which was very similar to how western bridle horses are ridden. He, and his students could demonstrate extended ...
by kande50
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3216

Re: Good connection

Remember a connected horse isn't the same as collected. Collected is more a physical thing- ie the horse has a % of weight behind, or not. A horse can be connected on the bit and not collected ie training level I think it's perfectly possible for a connected horse to go from uncollected to collecte...
by kande50
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: THIS RAIN!!! (edited: THIS DROUGHT)
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: THIS RAIN!!!

Believe me, I'm not just saying this when I say I want out. It just not that easy to do....selling the farm. That's the big problem. The horses can always be boarded, but finding a buyer sometimes takes a long time, and in the meantime the farm has to be maintained in a saleable condition. Unless i...
by kande50
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: THIS RAIN!!! (edited: THIS DROUGHT)
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: THIS RAIN!!!

And here we are in New England getting (IMO) the best weather we've had in years. Course I can never tell if that's just my perception because I'm so happy it's not hot, or it really has been a great spring and summer so far? That, and I just got a new round baler for my birthday and I'm looking for...
by kande50
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Dieting
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Dieting

This is a 2007 data though: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865852/ Thanks for the link. I read through the summaries and they were interesting, and now I know where it is so I can come back to it. I'm also planning to discuss it further with my doctor, but wanted to get some idea of ...
by kande50
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: When you develop a new standard for a gait...
Replies: 27
Views: 1338

Re: When you develop a new standard for a gait...

At this point I just want to have a pleasant ride doing basic things. Yet, I would quit before I would become a trail rider because I would always be obsessed with straightness, IFL, etc. Ignorance is really bliss for so many. I've been working on my obssession with straightness and it's been payin...
by kande50
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Dieting
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Dieting

I also agree that it's about calories, although the kinds of food one chooses may make it easier for some to manage intake? Something I've been trying to find out more about though, is that my GP told me I needed to gain some weight because there's a correlation between low body weight and reduced l...
by kande50
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 14806

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

But how do you know what she is telling you is accurate? Maybe her version of what looks good or bad is not what another person sees. Also, there are certain conformations that are what they are and not a product of poor riding or poor care. I think any information that encourages one to pay attent...
by kande50
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 70
Views: 3359

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

I don't have any desire to shoe my horses. In this case she needed a custom clip and bar shoe forged. I should probably just buy a forge and learn to do that too, just for fun, right? Well, it is interesting, but if you don't want your horses shod then you're right, it would be a waste of time to l...
by kande50
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 70
Views: 3359

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

It's harder to control with a shoe on, but they trim them this way instead of backing the toes up. If you can nail shoes on, or if you can find a farrier who will nail them on the way you'd like it to be done, then try it. Back the toes up as much as possible and then set the shoe back as much as p...
by kande50
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 14806

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Someone showed me this book: https://www.amazon.com.au/HORSES-VOICE-KIND-HORSEMANSHIP-BECOME-ebook/dp/B07L8K3ZK1/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+horses+voice&qid=1559611551&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 It's very good! Although now I look at my photos and cringe!! The worst part is the regret over not ...
by kande50
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 14806

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Actually, I need to think about this some more. I should have some better goals. No lofty goals, just doable goals. Video may help with that, as you may be able to get suggestions for what kinds of goals would make sense at this point? You may get conflicting suggestions, but you can always discuss...
by kande50
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 70
Views: 3359

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

The vet agreed with me that the long toes that have developed while she's been shod (WHY do farriers do this??!!) Farriers don't do it, the hoof does it. I think it's probably a response to peripheral loading, coupled with a continuously weakening hoof--which means that the longer they're shod the ...
by kande50
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 5797

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

This used to be different. Right now I will happily work him at the walk for 30 min because he actually feels quite good at it. I hope (actually, I'm confident) that we will get to the same point in all three gaits sooner or later. I think this may be another of those "less is more/make haste ...
by kande50
Thu May 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 2979

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: 766

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: 766

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...

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