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by Chisamba
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

I went to Dallas to spend some time with DH. Four days with nothing horse. No cleaning feeding or riding. I was happy to get five rides in this morning. It was refreshing. My current focus is still hands more back to front riding . I do think my weight loss is paying off for the horses.
by Chisamba
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

A huge congratulations to you. That is truly amazing. I can't ride in full seats, and I don't. I ride in thin stretchy pull on cheapies. There is no help for loose skin, especially when older. Except of course, for the knife. Thank you, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. ;) I dont usually r...
by Chisamba
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

a friend gave me a bag of winter breeches that are too small for her. they fit and i am so grateful, but... the full seats really are not very flexible or forgiving!!! I went to the doctor for my check up and i have lost 65 pounds, i hate to admit it, because that tells how really fat i was, but its...
by Chisamba
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

Well, not wishing to tempt the gods or anything... but we have bute-free soundness, so far. Looking forward to a proper ride when I can test all the buttons, so to speak, instead of having to ride defensively while sharing our small indoor arena with not just one, but two clueless people who don't ...
by Chisamba
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

I went to my husband christmas party on Friday. I tried to stick to healthy options and did pretty well, BUT i did have bread pudding dessert, flambe in Grand Marnier and Bourbon with lots of butter, and a bit of sugar, that flambe was out of this world good and i decided it was worth the calories
by Chisamba
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

I had my first cookie this year. Its shocking how dramatic the effect was on my blood glucose. Genuinely shocking. The good thing was it didn't taste that good so I am good for a while. Really? Do you test daily? My DH tests daily now because his type 2 diabetes had gotten really bad. Dr.'s nurse h...
by Chisamba
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

I had my first cookie this year. Its shocking how dramatic the effect was on my blood glucose. Genuinely shocking. The good thing was it didn't taste that good so I am good for a while. Do tlou knows that some places run their beef with sugar. Fucking irritating to order a steak and end up with high...
by Chisamba
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent

Horray, I just got an email from first fitter, actually my favorite one. Claims she never got any of my previous emails. :?: Whatever, I am just glad she is going to come here at the end of the month. She is notoriously disorganized. If she has a good office helper, shes on top of it, if she is man...
by Chisamba
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:36 am
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!

OK. I have emailed Phyllis, for the sake of due diligence. I do think Olimpio will be lower level at best - her horses listed as Prelim capable are $30k plus. heddy if I do go I'd love company! :D The thing about "wonky hocks" mare is great attitude! Her canter under saddle is fine - her ...
by Chisamba
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:47 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!

Anita Nemtin - Gilmore in Toronto, Canada. I got a very nice event horse from her for a client. Top notch farm.
by Chisamba
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 845

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

I find three of your suggestions,Xan, to be just as upright in the fetlock as Riccione, and one too long. Imho
by Chisamba
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

I'm in mud hell. Yet more rain. I seem to spend my days upside down washing horses lower legs. I do some turn out in the indoor and the outdoor to give horses a break from standing in mud so riding is interesting. I am not looking forward to freeze because although it will solve the mud problem, the...
by Chisamba
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 31
Views: 465

Re: Tempis and straightness...

I meant a familiar mistake because I had to hold a bucking strap to learn still hands in my changes. My hands come up and I until I stopped trying to push my hips I would lean and tip. So if I was doing a left change my right hand lifted. I had to hold something to teach my hands to be still and thi...
by Chisamba
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:42 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 worked for a farm that repeated the same breeding 3 times. The first two were colts and the third was a filly. They all 3 were VERY similar right down to color and markings but each subsequent was better than the one before which was reflected in their scores at approvals. The filly was exquisite...
by Chisamba
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

So last week I attended a clinic with a woman that works a lot with biomechanics and rehabbing horses. She has been the most precise instructor I've been to and was able to tell me subtle things to look for in my riding and in how Ding was going. I've always had conflicting advice on what to do wit...
by Chisamba
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 31
Views: 465

Re: Tempis and straightness...

The most difficult thing about ones is absolutely the immediacy of the aids.

I found your observation of overcorrecting with the reins after changing very familiar
by Chisamba
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:16 am
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 did work for some time at breeding farms, that re bred a successful match so i have seen quite a few full siblings. Just like families of human full siblings, there is no reason to assume that they will be similar.
by Chisamba
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

musical comedy wrote:
Chisamba wrote:The weather had been challenging this season. We are swamped with mud. Literally. I dont even know how to cope anymore.
Ditto. Clearly, the worst weather year I can recall. So very depressing every single day.


And more rain predicted this weekend
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

The weather had been challenging this season. We are swamped with mud. Literally. I dont even know how to cope anymore.
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 845

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

I would enjoy seeing your examples.

Yes Riccione also had pastern problems, I find so many warmbloods do.
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:25 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.

Wow Xan, that really sounds like a lot of , just NO!
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 31
Views: 465

Re: Tempis and straightness...

I dont know why I bother since no one believes me, or cares, but I come from a family of belly dancers. Every hip, seat bone or abdominal isolation comes from the knees and toes. If you place your thighs and leg correctly you dont even have to think about your seat. Stillness, straight and elastic c...
by Chisamba
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

I dont really want to buy more if Texas is warmer. What layers would I realistically need for a Texas winter? Is it worth buying or should I just walk around in a tent? What part of Texas are you moving to? The climates are quite different in the different regions! If you're moving to south Texas o...
by Chisamba
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:44 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.

It does sound like a polite chat with the barn manager might be useful. Either that or put a price on your help high enough to be worth it
by Chisamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

Wow this has been the aching and injured thread. I feel sympathy and send jingles to people and horses needing health
by Chisamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 845

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

I quite like Riccione, except f ou r his looong neck.

https://goo.gl/images/CTFHyB
by Chisamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: Good video on tense horses

So several things in this video I perceive differently. First let's address the anti "tools" . It doesnt matter that the riders hands look like she is wielding drumsticks banging on a drum bouncing around constantly, because omg at least they are not calm consistent quiet sidereins. Second...
by Chisamba
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:04 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.

;) I am sorry I cannot do that because I will end up resenting the non reciprocal nature of these favors and I'd prefer to keep on liking you.
by Chisamba
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 364

Re: I said YES!

Love the pics!
by Chisamba
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)

I used to turn 4 or 5 horses loose in the arena a home and ride around them to prep my horses for crowded warmup.
by Chisamba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 364

Re: I said YES!

Congratulations. Wishing you all the best
by Chisamba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: On becoming you
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: On becoming you

I enjoyed this, but admit that I would never follow these paths. I've had plenty of diversions of career/plans as is. I'm not trying to sabotage myself! since you had the courage to say it, i will go even further, I thought it was interesting but not anything i would emulate. OF course i lived for ...
by Chisamba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 845

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

i do not like a long neck, i find there is far too much natural tendency to swan or s the neck if its too long, i do not actually understand why people like a long neck for dressage. Not short, but absolutely not long. i agree on bone, angulation, foot shape etc i have come to alter my requirement t...
by Chisamba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 31
Views: 465

Re: Tempis and straightness...

its sounds very simple but is not actually easy, really important to ride back to front. still low hands, more leg. Now i think you have told me before that you want to use more seat than leg for the change and if that is the way the horse is trained, its complicated, but the more you try to use sea...
by Chisamba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

Thanks for the kind wishes! At first it was just to discouraging/depressing to watch horse videos and I read your updates but couldn't bear to watch your videos. But now that I HOPE that another 6 weeks will let me transition in to a regular shoe and permission to weight bear I can handle watching ...
by Chisamba
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

Despite shockingly cold morning temp ( -3F on the barn thermometer) despite the weather report saying it was 5. It did turn sunny and warm up above 15, so I was able to teach and ride. Kimba was fresh but good, sound on her bare feet. All in all a good day at Chisamba Farm
by Chisamba
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: Good video on tense horses

I wonder how much they edited out to show it working. This method is very old and extensive used, but limited in it's useful because an anxious horse can get just as happy running sideways as it did jigging forward
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

Sorry for everyone's injuries! Hopefully everyone heals up soon, or at least if it's over winter if you can't ride as much? I'll share a bit of vid from Equitana. This was the last bit of the session, putting it all together what he showed us to do for the single and double pole slalom. I seriously...
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 297

Re: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

So its a Spatchcocked Turkey, green bean casserole, but without anything canned or premade, roasted cauliflower in a light olive oil, and mashed cauliflower, yes i guess we are doing cauliflower two ways. I also experimented with a pumpkin custard with no sugar. I do not know how it will work out
by Chisamba
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

I don't teach lessons below 15. Over thev years of living in the northeast I have realized that if you give a lesson significant enough to ask money, at 15 the horse has to work hard enough that though can actually hear its breathing change. So I simply made 15 F an arbitrary cut off. Others trainer...
by Chisamba
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 297

Re: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

We will have a pretty traditional southern Thanksgiving lunch here with a turkey (brined using Alton Brown's brine recipe, YUM) cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, broccoli and cheese casserole, salad, chess pie maybe a pecan pie or lemon pie which is my mom's favorite. We ...
by Chisamba
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:09 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

The whole "nature provided them with a good system" is a little less confidence building when you realize all wild horses are extinct and only domestic horses remain. On top of that, horses freeze to death every year. Since I have no intention of turning my barn into a survival of the fitt...
by Chisamba
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

We had a lot of snow the past two days, and I suddenly realized my shod horses did not have their snow tires on yet, so I rushed to bring them in.; Fortunately my farrier dug himself out and came to pull shoes and put snow pads on the one that just cannot go barefoot.; So kimba is now shoeless, it w...
by Chisamba
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow
Replies: 28
Views: 441

Re: Please jingle for Roger aka my shadow

Jingles for Roger
by Chisamba
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

On a personal goals note, I took out my winter clothes. They are not very useful. I dont really want to buy more if Texas is warmer. What layers would I realistically need for a Texas winter? Is it worth buying or should I just walk around in a tent?
by Chisamba
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4555

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

Made it down to Equitana. Had selection ride today, unfortunately Ding didn't make it into the masterclass but will do a working equitation session on Sat. Pretty much what I was expecting. Pedro Torres rode all the horses, we didn't have to do much at all! It was very cool to watch him ride Ding. ...
by Chisamba
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:59 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

I wonder though if riding a horse in who still has their natural coat would be quite the same as exercising in our heavy clothes since when I start out my horse is quite fluffy and when I finish she's no longer as fluffy, she changed her clothes. That being said I try not to work her hard enough to...
by Chisamba
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read re learned helplessness
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Interesting read re learned helplessness

Nope because the goal is to build behavior that improves social interaction, all behavior is a form of communication, so none is punished

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