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by Chisamba
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 25
Views: 548

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

I am thrilled she is doing better. I read a research paper where 75 % of warmblood foals had broken coffin bones. Of course they are nor carrying full weight so they self healed on no work and turn out. With all the help you have given her, I hope she heals perfectly
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: First Clinic
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: First Clinic

may it go superbly!
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 57
Views: 1324

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

The one thing that I found that considered helped baulky horses was physical fitness and I mean really really fit like an endurance horse, and supple jaw and light acceptance of the bit . So forward or half halt, not forward into the half halt. Supple jaw is about independently establishing the indi...
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 493

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

on the other hand people can ride with paralysed lower limbs which due to lack of neurological ability simply flap every stride like a piece of tack or equipment, and some ride with or no lower limbs at all, women in fact used to ride side saddle with no leg on one side, and some how those horses kn...
by Chisamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: French Link - Bean Size
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: French Link - Bean Size

It is my opinion, which seems to disagree with conventional wisdom, that the size of the link is less significant if the bit fits the same. If the bit is a little wider than the mouth of the horse, the rings move closer together with the action of the reins, and in that case the bit shape over the t...
by Chisamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 493

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

Another thought is to be quiet. Once my horse gives a response, I use quietness if seat and aids to signal, as it were, that I appreciate the response. How long I can remain quiet in the contact depends on the horse, I do this often because it's my way if saying yes, you did good, this us our goal,...
by Chisamba
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 493

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

Another thought is to be quiet. Once my horse gives a response, I use quietness if seat and aids to signal, as it were, that I appreciate the response. How long I can remain quiet in the contact depends on the horse, I do this often because it's my way if saying yes, you did good, this us our goal, ...
by Chisamba
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun thread: What is your super power?
Replies: 22
Views: 318

Re: Fun thread: What is your super power?

I can change my opinion.
by Chisamba
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Straight hind leg versus appearance
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

I believe the problem with hind leg conformation is less about articulation, and more about stride placement. Is the stride behind the horse or under the horse? Does the horse carry its weight or push its weight?
by Chisamba
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 25
Views: 548

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

Some days she is so tight in her muscles that being groomed stresses her out . Hormones. I am not criticizing you horse, I feel for her, she cannot exercise to relieve her tension, as a female who is very empathetic to how much hormones can mess with metabolism, I am strongly suggesting you try reg...
by Chisamba
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 57
Views: 1324

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Hot4spots, he will settle. Two moves in three months just compounded his anxiety. Dont rush. Kimba and I worked on piaffe again Wednesday. Let me make it clear, we are not actually achieving piaffe, but we are lowering the quarters while keeping active, remaining light but connected into the rein is...
by Chisamba
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Favorite short girth?
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Favorite short girth?

Lorilu, perhaps try ride with a looser girth.? Would he tolerate a crouper?

Not sure if I have better advice? But the mohair girth has the advantage of being flexible. Changing your billets to a y system could compensate for the forward girth. I do wish you well with a solution.
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 19
Views: 375

Re: My Situation

That is a stressful and scary and sad situation.
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Favorite short girth?
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Favorite short girth?

I would check your saddle fit. I believe a saddle should fit without slip. There is a joke at the barn about the day I forgot to put my girth on. After half hour or so my saddle slipped so I reached over to check my girth tightness and had no girth. Stupid, I know but the saddle only slid when I sta...
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 493

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

I have long been an advocate of clear and consistent, I think riding without ambiguity is another way of saying it. It is not easy. I mean we may think we are consistent, but it is both being consistent and reminding the horse to respond consistently. For example, only considerable patience and rein...
by Chisamba
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 25
Views: 548

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

When Kimba broke her leg and was on stall rest and walking, things that worked. Clicker training in the stall. I simply taught her to touch a frisbee. Then I would put the frisbee in different places and send her to touch it. So it became a game if hide and seek. I was never smart enough to teach he...
by Chisamba
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Favorite short girth?
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Favorite short girth?

For horses with sensitivity I have had good luck using mohair, ovation makes one, but they are straight not shaped
by Chisamba
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2501

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

Okay except that most students don't pay that amount AND most Ivys offer financial aid in some form to families with an income under 100K. As per Princton's website, $66,700 is the average tuition, college fee, room and board for 2018-2019, The AVERAGE grant for a student admitted to the class of 2...
by Chisamba
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Why I haven't been riding...
Replies: 24
Views: 456

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

Oh Canada.

I'm impressed with your survival skills.
by Chisamba
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: HELP: houseguests...

I was raised in a family who loved to welcome house guests. It is an invasion but if you dont let yourself stress too much, simplify your hostessing, and try to enjoy the company maybe it will seem less stressful.
by Chisamba
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2501

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

Chisamba - but 55K on an undergraduate degree for most degrees is on the high side let alone equine science. Princeton The estimated* cost of attendance for 2019-20 is $73,450 and includes: Tuition: $51,870 Room charge: $10,090 Board rate: $7,060 Residential college fee: $930 Estimated miscellaneou...
by Chisamba
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 57
Views: 1324

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Signed up for my first show this year last night. Second level for MM and RP as a non-compete. Already feel nauseous thinking about it. One of the reasons I hang around here is that I learn things, so my whole life I never practiced the full test, always added circles after the free walk to avoid j...
by Chisamba
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)

Moutaineer wrote:On my front porch this morning...

little buck.jpg


Another house guest, lol
by Chisamba
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: What to wear in the trailer?

Start with nothing but pull over after half hour and make sure he is warm enough?
by Chisamba
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Seniors...will you buy another when....
Replies: 141
Views: 23929

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

Now that I've sold the mare I purchased last August and my old guy was euthanized in December, I'll probably start looking for a horse when the weather breaks. I learned some good lessons with the last purchase, so I think I have a better chance of things working out well. At least that's my hope. ...
by Chisamba
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 57
Views: 1324

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Well, Kimba is still offering work I am well pleased with which makes me happy. Deneb came out of retirement like a fire breathing dragon, alternating between reminding me why I retired her, and seeming to be truly happy about being handled. Titan is a chestnut. Just saying. We are being warned abou...
by Chisamba
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2501

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

From time to time in the back if my mind I have revisited this thought. I know perhaps there is a difference between pro and am, but one of my students spent 55K on an equine science degree, getting a job with sufficient income to pay that back was devastatingly difficult. Ten years later, she us ha...
by Chisamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 57
Views: 1324

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

My horse is tired of my insulting her with descriptions of "moderate talent, downhill build, and non dressage breed, and has decided to demonstrate a bit of flair in her gaits. i have alternated with fix it forward, do the opposite and transitions in the gait and she has become more rideable. s...
by Chisamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me name my puppy
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Help me name my puppy

She is cute. My friend has GSP and one is built like a tank! Busy dogs.

Bee. If you like bees. .I'm usually the only one who likes my name suggestions lol
by Chisamba
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Michael Cohen
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Michael Cohen

Let's be honest, if he were lying for Trump the Democrats would be calling him a liar. And both sides would be right. Lol You don't think he lied and covered up for Trump, in spite of the clear evidence he has shown? Wow. I believe he's telling the truth now. And really, there's very little that's ...
by Chisamba
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Michael Cohen
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Michael Cohen

Let's be honest, if he were lying for Trump the Democrats would be calling him a liar.

And both sides would be right. Lol
by Chisamba
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 5974

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I joined a gym, signed up with a personal trainer (damn I thought riding was expensive) and am working out.

Kimba will give one clean flying change in each direction with a lot of correct preparation.

I need to overcome seasonal depression but days are lengthening
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rothenberger Barn Fire
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Rothenberger Barn Fire

I cried when I read this. Its horrible
by Chisamba
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)

I am on aw of people who actually take good photos! The kitten is remarkable
by Chisamba
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)

StraightForward wrote:I got to take a short side trip to White Sands this week.

I wonder how it got its name ;)
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)

It's an old photo from film from an disposable camera, but it's always heart warming. Thomas was caught in snare as a youngster. I loosened her but mom never returned so I have fluids etc. By the time she was well enough to leave, she chose not to. However a tame cheetah in sheep country is dangerou...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Nope not dressage or health.
Replies: 9
Views: 1890

Re: Nope not dressage or health.

Just not sure if you realize this is a thread from 2016 that was revived by a spammer but I do hope it encourages Shirrine to pop in
by Chisamba
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: step-grandparenthood
Replies: 17
Views: 379

Re: step-grandparenthood

Just a thought, grandma is a title, like aunt or uncle, so why not grandma mountaineer. One can have several aunts uncles and grandmas.
by Chisamba
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help naming my farm/soon-to-be-LLC!
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: I need help naming my farm/soon-to-be-LLC!

I named mine after my home town, which now causes confusion because people online think I'm local, not realizing I'm in the USA.

It is useful in that it's unique. There are probably hundreds of mountainside, mountain view, rocky top etc names
by Chisamba
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 5974

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm finding the trot/canter/trot/canter transitions useful for all sorts of things--they require a very balanced horse to do properly. I had all my Saturday lessons focus on this, it is quite revealing what the horse does in the transition is such a clear tell on what needs improving. I'm a believer.
by Chisamba
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 5974

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I had a bit of a break through today, one clean and immediate flying change in each direction. There were three important preparations. First: obedient trot canter trot transitions without her pushing harder into the rein. I had always been taught that canter walk transitions were the key to changes...
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 137
Views: 5635

Re: Accountability

I joined a gym and signed up with a professional trainer to keep me motivated. I would like to lose a bit more weight but I am happy that no weight gain has happened this winter.
by Chisamba
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 5974

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

So I decided to fix the rushing by working on half steps and piaffe. I have done some on hand work to introduce the work, but when she got rushy I asked her to lift shoulders, reduce stride size but remain active behind and when I felt a shift in balance we moved forward again. If she tried really w...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 5974

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Kimba has decided "fix it forward " means run thru the aids. Sigh. So right now we are back to do the opposite
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 87
Views: 1742

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

again just to offer the different perspective, i have never ascribed to Belasiks seat aid, the push the door with your core, nor his short necks create connection nor to his ride with your hands like you are riding in to a wall, and always head up, methodology. Dresseur and I have had private, inter...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun Use for Carrot Tops/What do you do with often discarded parts?
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Fun Use for Carrot Tops/What do you do with often discarded parts?

There are probably fewer nitrates and nitrites in carrot tops than you have in your own well water. The body actually needs a certain level of nitrates, ( which it converts into nitrites) nitrites in saliva are part of the bodys first defense against bacteria, and nitrites is essential to the body i...
by Chisamba
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 5974

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Show off more often !! Lol

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