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by vkitty
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Calming supplement?
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Re: Calming supplement?

Use Drugs! My little mare is a quiet sort, but after a few months handwalking only, and all the horses on the property feeling their oats after prolonged "stall rest" due to weather, we are using ACE for under saddle walks so she doesn't re-injure herself (or me) with explosive spooks. For...
by vkitty
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Goals and progress January Febuary 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 26421

Re: Goals and progress January Febuary 2017

MUD.
by vkitty
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Goals and Progress - December
Replies: 61
Views: 12211

Re: Goals and Progress - December

Walk under saddle 20-30 minutes daily, no arenas. (rehab). This is harder than it sounds due to weather (wind, deep muddy patches) and the typical activity going on during our usual early morning ride time. A few minutes of relaxed, free forward walking feels like gold!
by vkitty
Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Progress of sorts -edited to or am I kiding myself
Replies: 24
Views: 5393

Re: Progress of sorts -edited to or am I kiding myself

She is a beautiful pony! If you are not enjoying training with her you have a hard decision. If you do want to continue, as mentioned above it can be helpful to watch videos of more accomplished riders. Ideally training/riding videos close to the level you and your horse are at, and not in show clot...
by vkitty
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

Agreed! :)
by vkitty
Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

I hope you get him more comfortable and develop a routine that makes you both happy.
by vkitty
Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

You both look calm and happy. Love his expression!
by vkitty
Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

He is a good boy and you are a good horse mom. Thinking good thoughts.
by vkitty
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

both looking very good :)
by vkitty
Sat May 14, 2016 4:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things rarely overheard at the barn...
Replies: 34
Views: 5747

Re: Things rarely overheard at the barn...

musical comedy wrote:Staff has been giving my horse too much hay.
I have said this! But I pay for the hay....
by vkitty
Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

My little black freight train took off from the mounting block as I was swinging a leg over.. the first time I rode her early in the morning during her usual turnout time. Fortunately she took me with her as she made a beeline for the pens so it was comical rather than deeply upsetting. I had to be ...
by vkitty
Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

I love him! I think he will get more confident in his work and so will you. You'll be less worried about his spooks. He does appear willing and responsive :) Have you ever done the yoga breathing where you kind of snap your abs back towards your spine? Stand up square, press your fingers to your bel...
by vkitty
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

You both look very happy and patient :) The end of his noseband is driving me nuts, but he doesn't seem to bother him at all. Mine does the same thing :) He seems to like the pats at the end :) Tuddy!
by vkitty
Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

He appears to have an ear on you and an ear to the camera :)
by vkitty
Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Big Bay Baron - Now known as #warhorse

"Pushy" seems to be a breed trait, along with "smart" and "food-oriented". I scoured the internet for anything I could find when I got my little black freight train. Even some of the breeder's pages described "very pushy until leadership is established". I fou...
by vkitty
Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Horseplay
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: Horseplay

Floating happiness! I just got off a horse, and also rode before work this morning... and still love the sound of their hoofbeats in the sand! :)
by vkitty
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 33353

Re: The Big Bay Baron

Love!
by vkitty
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME

He is a lucky man - and I'm so glad we got to "meet" his giant adorable-ness!
by vkitty
Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

:( Please give him a big sturdy pat from his cousin Gigi.
by vkitty
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train - JINGLES NEEDED

Thinking good thoughts for the BBFT!
by vkitty
Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

What a sad experience. I would never survive as a farmer.
by vkitty
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

:shock:
by vkitty
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

They are pushy little things! Hope you can forget the stress briefly and enjoy the BBFT :D
by vkitty
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Oat fiber - where to buy
Replies: 15
Views: 3724

Re: Oat fiber - where to buy

This is perhaps a stupid question, but why not just feed 1/4 cup rolled oats instead of grinding it into flour?
by vkitty
Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

Gigi is a Blanchard - Mt. Rouge Fox Gilo/Blanchard Sultan Windy. I don't know much about the Canadien breeding, but she has little to none of the Henryville line. Think they are all closely related :) Her rump is more sloping and less ROUND :)

Hope your English saddle is comfortable for Lucas!
by vkitty
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

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Here is a snapshot of Lucas' cousin Gigi. It was taken at a bad angle and made her body look tiny, but perhaps you can still see a resemblance. She alternates between a bright, Welsh pony kind of expression and a cute stubborn draft face. :D
by vkitty
Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

He has such a kind, intelligent eye and appears to be beaming in the sunlight :)
by vkitty
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

:(
by vkitty
Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

I don't know how Western saddles are built, but a little tight in front does not work well for my little Canadien with her (relatively) big shoulders and big shoulder movement :)
by vkitty
Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

What a good boy!
by vkitty
Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

My little mare is under 15h seems very wide with her giant barrel. It turns out she's a M to M/W (in "good weight" and the biggest saddle issue has been front-to-back length of saddle[ She packs a good amount of movement into her short frame so what appears to fit her while standing still ...
by vkitty
Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

Must get some pictures of my little black mare. She is very similar in type (of course) but her neck ties in a bit lower and her sturdiness not quite as sturdy! She has the requisite white star and giant barrel. I'm amazed to see how thick her mane might be if I didn't keep it semi-pulled :shock: (A...
by vkitty
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Big Black Freight Train - GOING HOME
Replies: 87
Views: 18592

Re: The Big Black Freight Train

Watching with great interest as I am the happy owner of a small black freight train (little Canadien mare). She too is very smart and trainable. She loves having a routine (like all horses, but more so). I will say she benefits from days off, and some variety. If we do the exact same thing every day...
by vkitty
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It's Gone
Replies: 42
Views: 7865

Re: It's Gone

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