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by AmityBee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 465

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for

nice video AmityBee. Although I didnt understand your trainer’s language, I could get the feeling of it, especially when she said “Ahhh”!. She sounds like a good trainer! And the video is a good addition to this thread. Thank you. Yes, I adore her. She's such a calm, versatile and positive person. ...
by AmityBee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 69
Views: 1869

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)

Congrats on the new horse! Since he looks to be black or dark bay, maybe the name Samhaim could be fitting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain Sorry - ended up buying another one -a chestnut with white on all four legs (again, what what I thinking!?). He's got a big white blaze too. Ah, yes. I c...
by AmityBee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 69
Views: 1869

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)

Congrats on the new horse!

Since he looks to be black or dark bay, maybe the name Samhaim could be fitting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain
by AmityBee
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 465

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for

Lateral work is the bread and butter for my instuctor. We've done a lot of different things over the years to work on the different issues as our training slowly comes along. ;) It is very interesting to see that we do or did quite a few of the things already mentioned above. My horse is on the heav...
by AmityBee
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters
Replies: 119
Views: 3780

Re: Reactivity / Hot off the Leg Challenge Supporters

Even though this thread hits close to home I haven't joined in because reactivity, while being very important, isn't what I've been pondering and working on lately. I can get a "go" but I still feel my horse isn't staying in front of my leg as consistantly as I would like him to. And (and ...
by AmityBee
Wed May 29, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 286
Views: 6634

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Sue B wrote:Jingling like mad for Lad, Moutaineer!
I also downloaded Equilab--can't wait to try it out.


I did that too. And an intervall timer. Used Equilab in my lesson on sunday and both doing a little conditioning yesterday. Like it.
by AmityBee
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 43
Views: 1382

Re: trailers and SUVs

There are basically no trucks here in germany. There seems to be no market for them. Businesses drive all kinds of transportes (VW Ts are most common but any other brand will do). People drive the average car, SUVs are very common, and of course those are used for towing. Two or even 1 or 1.5 horse ...
by AmityBee
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Biggest Bucket List trip is booked. Vienna in June
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Biggest Bucket List trip is booked. Vienna in June

Chancellor wrote:I've got my Pimsleur series to start learning basic German.


You know that they are only speaking german in theory, right?!

Just kidding, have fun! I'm sure it's going to be wonderful.
by AmityBee
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun Use for Carrot Tops/What do you do with often discarded parts?
Replies: 11
Views: 564

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

I generally feed carrot greens to the guinea pigs, they love their treats. But, I had a fantastic carrot green pesto in a restaurant a few years ago that has me giving the pigs side eye. One of these days they’re not getting the carrot greens!! I do too but not too often. I was told that (unless or...
by AmityBee
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

I work with an instructor who likes to incorporate tools like poles and cones into her lessons. Her setups sometimes create the physical need to do something and since I also have a horse who works better if things "make sense" those exercises have been very helpfull for us. We have been w...
by AmityBee
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout
Replies: 12
Views: 845

Re: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout

This is just me it seems, but for me horses need to move. If there is no turnout (or if she's just standing around during turnout) I would at least hand walk or lunge a little on a halter on her days off, just to get her going a little. Your horse and mine seem to be very similar (from what you wrot...
by AmityBee
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Horse-proof blankets
Replies: 15
Views: 831

Re: Horse-proof blankets

I second the Rambo blankets. BTW, it's not just about the denier it's about the material as well. The Rambos are "just" 1000D but the balistic nylon makes all the difference! My boy is hard on his blankets as well, he's playing hard turned out in a group of geldings. He does loose hair and...
by AmityBee
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 1452

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

My horse has three full siblings. Two older brothers and a younger sister. All four are the same color with very similar markings. The geldings also have quite a similar disposition, the filly was a bit different (in a good way) all the geldings had some (again similar) issues. They differ in type t...
by AmityBee
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chess Pie
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: Chess Pie

I googled it. Not what I was expecting :D

I expected a Battenberg design or something similar... because, you know, chess... :lol:
by AmityBee
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 1581

Re: Side Reins!

So, all of this to say that all the time I just want to scream SIDE REINS to everyone I see lunging. :) No. Thanks but no. I longe in a cavecon (the french kind not the vienna kind) or I long line. No side reins for my horse course he can not move in them. Never could, painfull to watch. It's like ...
by AmityBee
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 2423

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

Well, never?! I rinse off the sweat after I ride when it's hot and I sometimes cold hose legs and neck when it's so hot out that the horses sweat in their stalls. I have never used any kind of soap on his body and maybe used shampoo once or twice on his tail. Once wet I usually let my horse have a n...
by AmityBee
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Should I mind my own business?
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: Should I mind my own business?

...she only came to the barn at 7pm when nobody else was out. What piedmontfields said! BUT, nobody else out at the barn at 7pm?! What wonderland is this? We have basically rush hour from 2-8pm and even people out as early as 5.30am and as late as 9.30pm (closing time). About 50 boarders and not a ...
by AmityBee
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What does "submission" mean to you in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 1616

Re: What does "submission" mean to you in training?

Like others said, I never use "submissive" in the context of riding. Obedient, maybe. But I have the luxury being able to use "durchlässig" or "Durchlässigkeit" without sounding like a pompous a$$. :lol: ;) It basically means "to allow to pass through". And I ...
by AmityBee
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 1478

Re: Guinea pig help

Very cute microswine! I question whether the weight of your pig is an issue at the moment. The other thing is I would say if he does keep gaining that there is a veterinary reason at play. I have only had one comment from a vet about the largeness of one pig... I think he was much heavier than your...
by AmityBee
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 4211

Re: Learning from dissection

I've always wanted to attend an equine dissection. Having a BS in Biology I've done dissections on smaller animals and have seen full sized articulated equine skeletons. I've also been present for small animal surgeries and necropsy but I have never seen an equine dissection. (learned muscles on a ...
by AmityBee
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Question Knee Blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 1226

Re: Saddle Question Knee Blocks

Velcro. For me that's the way to go. When I was saddle shopping I did try some with external blocks and I was surpised that even with the rather large blocks they seemed to work for me (short, big thighs *sigh*). BUT I've had velcro blocks on my last two saddles and I don't want to go back!!! My hor...
by AmityBee
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 2946

Re: Shoulder-in

Hah, kill me now. Not only do I do SI for the whole long side, I do it around the corner, the short side and along another long side as well. I also do SI/HI/SI/HI... only for a couple of steps each all around the arena. At the walk we don't have any issues to keep up a good SI, at the trot I'm not ...
by AmityBee
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 2611

Re: More leg? Not really...No

Tuddy wrote:Sorry. I didn't mean to offend.


I really don't think that anyone was offended or really read anything more into your "more leg" intro to the training thread than it was supposed to be. I think it just hits a spot with some of us and is a very valid point to discuss. :)
by AmityBee
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 166
Views: 12185

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

...something straight out of spain maybe... ;) https://www.elegante-andalusier.com/english/special-colors/ This one, maybe: https://www.elegante-andalusier.com/english/geldings/yerbal-lba/ Not a palomino, be the coclor sure works for me ;) https://www.elegante-andalusier.com/english/geldings/carinoso/
by AmityBee
Sun May 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Scotland vacation. Paddock boots or sneakers
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: Scotland vacation. Paddock boots or sneakers

PaulaO wrote:Sorry I was unclear. We are not riding but walking in the city and on paths.


Sneakers then. Or whatever works best with the clothes you are planning to bring. :)
by AmityBee
Sun May 27, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Scotland vacation. Paddock boots or sneakers
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: Scotland vacation. Paddock boots or sneakers

What about a shoe that could do both, like Ariat Terrain? or Terrain H20? Can anyone weigh in who has experience with this brand? I used to have riding sneakers with heels that were fine for getting off and doing short walking stints while trail riding, but cannot remember the brand. I basically li...
by AmityBee
Wed May 23, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 31370

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

piedmontfields wrote:What I really want to know is--am I the only one using *less leg* *less leg* these days! (as opposed to the title of our thread)


No, you're not ;) Since the pony is *umh* let's say very "energy efficient", less leg is what we are trying to achive, definitely not more. :D
by AmityBee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 6345

Re: Needlefelting project

I was going for blood bay with white socks, so I hope he will grow into his head eventually :oops: :lol: :lol: :lol: Hey! :lol: It worked. Sort of. Still quite a bit to go. I also have a simple quilt sitting here that needs to be finished and have only worked on him a few minutes here and there... ...
by AmityBee
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 6345

Re: Needlefelting project

I really like your fat little pony, enough to give it a try. So here I am, about 30 min into my very first go at needlefelting... :D

He needs A LOT of work. I was going for blood bay with white socks, so I hope he will grow into his head eventually :oops:

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by AmityBee
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 6345

Re: Needlefelting project

I think they would make lovely memorial ornament for a lost horse - especially with the hair piece. I agree whole heartedly! Lovely work - it appeals to me much more than most of the horse hair jewelry that I've seen. Absolutely! I second (third) this. I never really liked any of the memorial horse...
by AmityBee
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Christ Lammfelle bareback pad - anyone used one?
Replies: 10
Views: 2062

Re: Christ Lammfelle bareback pad - anyone used one?

OK, here we go :) Quality wise, all three pads I've owned were very well made, high quality materials. No issues there except all three are rather overpriced, although I have not have had any issues re-selling them at a good price. The sheep skin ones are of course much more cosy and comfortable tha...
by AmityBee
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Christ Lammfelle bareback pad - anyone used one?
Replies: 10
Views: 2062

Re: Christ Lammfelle bareback pad - anyone used one?

Right now I need to get ready to go to work but I will get back to it latter. Let me just say, I've tried them all, Christ, Grandeur and I now have soemthing called a "felt saddle" (the academic riding crowd came up with that one, I've had it the longest and like it the best). I the meanti...
by AmityBee
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anybody else planting bulbs??
Replies: 11
Views: 2282

Re: Anybody else planting bulbs??

I am going to his week. I moved in with my horse this summer and for the first time in my life I have a tiny litte garden to work with. So, obvoiusly there are not nearly as many bulbs to plant. The bulbs have been waiting for weeks now, but I felt it was way too warm yet plus I wanted to get someth...
by AmityBee
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pony trot?
Replies: 120
Views: 27227

Re: Pony trot?

I tried to use this technique in my warm up today and it really doesn't work for us :D I actually knew that it wouldn't but I thought I give it another go just to make sure. The New Welsh is one lazy pony and ralaxation is not really an issue for him. So, I did the no pushing just trotting along, bi...
by AmityBee
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Winter is a coming
Replies: 15
Views: 4238

Re: Winter is a coming

So is he pink and naked like my leopard appy at the moment? (He's getting downy, like a baby mouse.) Unless that's a leopard thing to do (my friend's knabstupper, also leopard, sheds weirdly too, first the white hair then the black spots). Maybe it's worth to check for cushings. Not a textbook indi...
by AmityBee
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 73275

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I find bareback riding puts you in a chair seat because it feels like there's a spot for your legs/thighs to go that is more forward than usual. I agree, riding bareback isn't going to improve your dressage position. But finding your ballance and seat bareback and brining that feel back into the dr...
by AmityBee
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 73275

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

I was without a saddle for close to 18 months and obviously rode bareback during that time. It hasn't done me or the horse any harm. I had the horses back checked a few times during that period. However, I only rode 1-3/week, and I never rode without any padding. I usually used a sheepskin pad with ...
by AmityBee
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Has anyone dealt with a fence-jumper before? UPDATE WITH PHOTOS!!
Replies: 34
Views: 8166

Re: Has anyone dealt with a fence-jumper before? UPDATE WITH PHOTOS!!

Hah! My mare had Sender on her sire's side as well (Arsenik=AbsatzxSender). Both lines are actually Trakehner lines. And guess what, she was a fence jumper as well! :lol: But only if she thought that was really, really necessary. Never in panic, though I knew her well enough, not to try to seperate ...
by AmityBee
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Momentos
Replies: 17
Views: 4069

Re: Momentos

Personally, I like the idea of pictures, maybe get a portrait done later on. I Have one of my mare. And when I had to put her down, I took a strand of tail hair, braided it, made it into a loop, tied it together with a nice ribbon and put it next to the portrait.
by AmityBee
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need Help Naming -"E" and "J" suggestions please!
Replies: 31
Views: 7956

Re: Need Help Naming -"E" and "J" suggestions please!

galopp wrote:Ehrenhaft=honorable, ehrenvoll=noble


Since it's a mare:

Ehrenhafte or Ehrenvolle
by AmityBee
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Going to Iceland (now with more summer photos)
Replies: 12
Views: 3406

Re: Going to Iceland (now with more summer photos)

Oooohhhh, I'm so very jealous!!! Going to (and riding in) Iceland is a big item on my bucket list! Have fun, and lots of pictures please!
by AmityBee
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Clicker training
Replies: 7
Views: 1989

Re: Clicker training

As I understand it, what you are refering to is a form of cicker training, called target training. It is done with zoo animals a lot, to help with vet checks and stuff. Personally, I am too uncoordinated for clicker training but I do a lot of trick training and reward with a verbal cue and treat. No...
by AmityBee
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle flap length - update with picture
Replies: 10
Views: 3478

Re: Saddle flap length

If you buy and sell anyways, what difference does it really make if you keep the saddle for a while and try? FWIW, I never really thought about flap length, but I just caved and went full custom and when it was time to take my measurements, I was asked if I ride with or without tall boots most of th...
by AmityBee
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Grass fed, whole, pasteurized, HOMOGENIZED milk?
Replies: 16
Views: 3668

Re: Grass fed, whole, pasteurized, HOMOGENIZED milk?

My guess is, that the homogenized/ not homogenized is a cultural thing. I was pretty sure that there is NO not homogenized milk in the average store in germany. I checked, couldn't find any. And no fish oil in any of them (that only seems to be a thing in formula). But, you can have your pick, whole...
by AmityBee
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Micklem bridles solve what problem(s)?
Replies: 28
Views: 7575

Re: Micklem bridles solve what problem(s)?

Ah well, too bad. It could have been an easy fix. I hope you'll find the actually cause soon.

I did go from loose ring (Sprenger KK) to D-ring (SS) and got rid of the noseband altogether, but I don't really think there was a conection to the excessive rubbing.
by AmityBee
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Micklem bridles solve what problem(s)?
Replies: 28
Views: 7575

Re: Micklem bridles solve what problem(s)?

p.s. She's had a dental 10 days ago and all was fine, and her bit fits her according to trainer and my eye. It's an HS 14mm sensogan bean egg butt. She was this way when she was in a stainless french link before the HS. OK, here goes nothing. My pony did just the same thing when I started him under...
by AmityBee
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How many blankets does one horse need?
Replies: 40
Views: 9376

Re: How many blankets does one horse need?

Well, I have a few. Mostly horseware turnout sheets. Lightweight to heavy weight, everything. I haven't used a stable blanket in ages, since my pony basically lives outside. What I actually use is just a lightweight Rambo turnout sheet plus a medium weight liner if needed. The liners are easy to was...
by AmityBee
Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Let's talk about horse bankies
Replies: 27
Views: 5580

Re: Let's talk about horse bankies

While I do get the complaints about horseware's poopy tail straps, I personally prefer them to leg straps any day. I despise those! Always an accident waiting to happen (luckily, they usually break away easily).
by AmityBee
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pasture Disaster Avoided...Talk About Thankful!!
Replies: 36
Views: 8099

Re: Pasture Disaster Avoided...Talk About Thankful!!

I am leaniñg that way now too! Of course I just ordered new blankets of all weights for both boys, all with that clip. A friend suggested taping the clips once fastened and essentially turning them into over the head styles. That sounds like a good solution. Glad everything ended up OK! Ah, there i...
by AmityBee
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pasture Disaster Avoided...Talk About Thankful!!
Replies: 36
Views: 8099

Re: Pasture Disaster Avoided...Talk About Thankful!!

I have two words for you: DUCT TAPE!!! (What else, really). Glad your horse is alright! I have a pony that seems to live for just these moments. If it has a weak spot Crispin WILL find it. Since I love Horseware blankets and they fit my pony very well I figured out a way to make them wearable for my...

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