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by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 12
Views: 100

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

My mare is a very different ride than any of my previous horses (mainly geldings) have been, but she is now a very fun ride. She took a long time to believe I was worth listening to. If I recall correctly, she didn't have the best starts?? No matter the sex, how they were raised and started makes a...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Creative 3rd/4th level training exercises?
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: Creative 3rd/4th level training exercises?

Some of my favorites: Canter half-pass: - Ride a halfpass from centerline to wall, and hold the counter canter. Turn down either the quarterline or centerline (if you've got a really strong counter canter), and half pass back to the wall. Repeat. It's good for building strength and fluency in the ha...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 12
Views: 100

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

I've currently got one of each. Buuuut I also keep bargain-shopping for horses, and screening out by gender tends to severely limit the options. My mare is a very different ride than any of my previous horses (mainly geldings) have been, but she is now a very fun ride. She took a long time to believ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

Ouch!! Hope Maia is recovering well. Incidentally, she's got a lovely eye. I did a stint between high school and college as a working student at a Friesian barn back in the day-- talk about hair! The head trainer would warm up at shows with the manes loose and would throw in a quick running braid ab...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 148
Views: 1931

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Good luck, Rosie! Queso has had the majority of the week off due to a visit from the equine dentist. Now he's wolf-teeth-free, and got all his points evened out ("He's like a shark in there," as per the vet). Should be able to bulk him up in no time. My sister's saintly lesson horse was a ...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Extensions
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Extensions

The penalty for being conservative about extensions is greater than the one for going for something a bit more than the horse can maintain in the appropriate balance. On the conservative side, you guarantee you're not going to get > 6. If you shoot for something grander, you might end up at an 8 or ...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 316

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

I very clearly want to earn AQHA points in dressage. I am very motivated by those types of things. Again, I recognize that I am a ridiculous person. Unrelated, but did you guys see the COTH photo blog of the reiners' trot-up at the WEG? Some fabulous hair. New Queso goals? http://www.chronofhorse.co...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

Heddy-- I echo SF's sentiments. Hope all is well with Maia. That's some scary stuff. Face wounds bleed like the dickens, too, which is horrifying to a non-medical person (like me). As far as Queso's mane-- honestly, I'm just keeping it long for now so I have a handle in case something goes south whi...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 316

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

First, you must share his "real" name. Then we will weigh in on his super-queso-fragilistic name. I see what you did there, and I approve of it. His registered name is Sans Golden Son. Nothing offensive, nothing awful, just not really personal. Kelo-- thanks for the feedback from the QH p...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 316

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

Ariel’s JC name is Boomshakalaka. Horrible. Bob’s AQHA name was Whata Sweet Talker. Keep Queso’s AQHA name but perhaps give him a new barn name. I wouldn’t go through the trouble and expense to change his registered name. P.S. There is no such thing as too many pictures. Wise moves on both of your ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

El Queso Grande?

De Queso Con Amor (From Queso with Love)?

Queso Fundido (The Melty Cheese-- also, he's fun-dido!)
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 148
Views: 1931

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

congrats everyone! I'm in a bit of a tough slog with my riding, I think it's just a combo of things. When it gets colder my health isn't great. I forgot how to sit the trot but my horse wasn't giving me any help. Many elements are going well. We have some more events this fall so I want to get out ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Snork wrote:I really like him Ponichiwa. You did good!


Thanks! He's been so fun.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

piedmontfields wrote:Please put Conquesodor in his new show name!!


I'm a sucker for a good pun. Or a bad pun. Any pun.

Also in the running:
Justin Queso
In Queso Emergency
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 411

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

khall wrote:I agree with MC and exvet here but I don't consider that to be a true LY since there bend.


I've seen this stated a couple times on this thread and others. What is a LY with some amount of bend called?
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 316

Registered vs. Show Names

People of DDBB, I've posted what is probably too many times with too many photos of my new QH. He's adorable, but his registered name just isn't my favorite and does not nickname well ("Sonny" just isn't the best). If you were me, would you: a) file his USEF/USDF registrations under his AQ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Shameless plug: more photos of the con-Queso-dor in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=50&start=50#p45931

So cute. So precocious.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

Queso is now 2.5 weeks under saddle! Full disclosure: one of those weeks was spent recuperating from his transformation from stallion to gelding. So we're not up to cantering on the trails just yet. I have ridiculous and unreasonable expectations. In that time, we've installed: - Longe manners. He's...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 411

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

The exercise becomes a zig zag. I know a lot of people do this exercise, but personally I don't get it. Usually if the horse is losing bend or falling over, it's because you either need more haunches - which I would refresh with haunches in, or you need to hold the shoulders back - I think it's mor...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 60
Views: 578

Re: Musings on leg position

I must be misreading you. Air is very compressible.
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

He's the kind of horse that really enjoys being fussed over, and will come over from the pasture for neck or butt rubs. Generally just a pleasant sort of guy. My GRP mare, Kiwi, has more of the businesslike personality. She'll go to work for me but would much rather I leave her alone when it's not w...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

He's doing super! Right before I got him gelded, we had our first solo walk/trot around the arena. Longe-free. He's been super. After getting gelded, he's had to do tough things like looking beautiful in a field: https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/40438286_10156727394470990_91581668612741...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Favourite suppling exercises
Replies: 22
Views: 288

Re: Favourite suppling exercises

I love serpentines. It's my go-to warmup sequence: walk/trot/canter in various sizes of serpentines up and down the arena. My barn's arena is about double the standard competition width, so I can fit a 4-petal cloverleaf set of 20m circles (my current obsession). I use them to test that I can keep t...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 411

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Interesting question. I guess I do a quick "test" of the availability of leg yield in the warm-up of most rides (could be at walk or trot for a few strides), but if the test is easily passed, I don't do a "test style" leg yield that much! But if the warmup test is failed, I do i...
by Ponichiwa
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 148
Views: 1931

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I can join as i have a new addition to work with :) Congrats, and what a hunk of a horse. I never would have guessed his breeding based on the photos. Best of luck with him! I, of course, am in on this thread. Goals for me: - Continue tracking daily calories. This has been the only way I've ever lo...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8640

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Piedmontfields-- lovely photos. Your mare is a cutie! And Rye-- Riot is such a striking guy. You and he look very happy together. Well, it's basically wrap-up time. Here's what I said I'd do: So, for the next 9ish weeks, here's what we'll be working on: - Canter: school 1/4 and 1/3 pirouettes 1x/wee...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shopping spree today
Replies: 21
Views: 444

Re: Shopping spree today

I tried a TraumaVoid in a local Dover store and could not get over the feeling that there's just a bit of movement of the shell that doesn't match the liner. Because I am a certifiable crazy person and cannot stand excess movement, that was enough for me to pass on it and go with my old standby inst...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

You guys, twisting my arm.... Here's Pi-Queso, in his Blue Perod: https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/40269340_10156718265060990_6599891598824177664_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=63eb14b908bb888db9eef5c3c5f393b4&oe=5BF38FB9 Wearing reins that put the America back into the American Quarter Hor...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 86
Views: 1261

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

scruffy the cat wrote:Well, I did enquire about the palomino mare!


Yesssss. Join us!!
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

Love reading about how much fun you are having with Mr. Queso. Keep the updates coming! Thanks! I'm having so much fun with him. It's been 8 years since I've worked with a freshly started young horse; I forgot how much they learn in the first days under saddle. More related news: Queso wore polo wr...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Yesterday's big milestones: Wearing polo wraps for the first time, and going for our first off-longe riding session (with a ground person to help me out just in case the steering or transmission went out). He was SUPER. I'm spamming all my friends and family with nonstop photos and updates about his...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

Queso update: we went on our first solo walk around the arena without the longe line yesterday. Aside from one "WAAH" moment where he put his nose in the air (and that's the total extent of the evasion), he was perfect. I am very impressed with his brain. Related news: his go-to evasion on...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8640

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Demi-- so sorry about Rocky, but at least you caught it early. DJR-- good for you! Those are great scores for getting back into 3rd. Flight-- glad you've found an instructor you get along with again. That makes a world of difference. As for me-- my intentions were to get more into the canter pirouet...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

Yesterday, we came. We saw. We sat on Queso, and there were no issues.

I think we'll take an easy day today (handwalk around the property? Baby longeing? Not quite sure yet, but that's what I'm thinking about instead of work) and take a foray into leading with a rider tomorrow.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: May I Have a Seat on the New Horse Bus?
Replies: 22
Views: 465

Re: May I Have a Seat on the New Horse Bus?

Cheers! Welcome to the party! She's a cutie for sure. What a pleasant working expression!
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Great news, everybody: I sat on Queso for the first time yesterday, and nothing dramatic happened! He's the chillest young horse I've ever handled.

In other learning news, he learned what sugar cubes are and will do almost anything for them. Including getting into the scary wash rack.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 26
Views: 437

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

She's a cutie! It looks like you and I are in a similar horse/level of training situation. Will be interested in hearing how you two progress!
by Ponichiwa
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: " competed through to the FEI levels"?
Replies: 34
Views: 783

Re: " competed through to the FEI levels"?

Tsavo wrote:I think they have to be fairly athletic to pull it off.


Or extremely one-sided.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Not that any surgery is trivial, but we've got a vet we trust who is a really stellar surgeon, so my bases are covered in any event. Queso got a one-week stay of de-sexecution (see what I did there?) due to a more urgent surgery pushing us down the list, so he gets to hang on to his jewels for one m...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

I don't want to brag, but take a look at this American Sport-erhorse wearing a surcingle and saddle pad like a grownup horse. https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/39835010_10156699105595990_3148812138705846272_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=29e034b126931499254d3e26cddd2ea1&oe=5C043F0B
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9001

Re: Class of 2013?

I'm joining you guys! I've got a 2013 QH stallion (for now... scheduled for a trip to the vet soon) that I've nicknamed Queso. He's not broke yet, but I get a strong feeling that it won't be that eventful. He wore a saddle pad and a surcingle for the first time yesterday, and it was adorable: https:...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

He is attractive and though the photo is not passed for confirmation, he looks like he has good slope to his shoulder, a nice but and his neck shape seems to have a dressage potential. Congratulations. I agree-- he's put together in a balanced-enough way that he's a decent mover. We'll see where he...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

You all are too kind. But look at his cute little face: https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/39777344_10156694662680990_8214231692127240192_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=dd54c086f02c219d24fc94ac3b04affd&oe=5C0A2168 Can't leave a little guy like that stuck in a round pen by himself his whole li...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Hey everybody, Meet Queso! He's a 5yo stallion (for now; gelding scheduled on Thurs): https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/39575722_10100329935724173_8779843704933318656_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=90d8dc541d04fc886183afcbf7044bca&oe=5C02A4A5 Ranch-bred QH whose siblings and parents are rode...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Snork wrote:
Koolkat wrote:I can see the Feiner Stern influence in that horse.

This is the mare:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHMCUCyycNs

. . . Bascar probably knows them.


Bascar knows the mare for sure. She (the mare, not bascar) has been for sale for years.


An important distinction, to be sure.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8640

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I, too, have caught Rosie's pneumonia (I'm 98% sure, although my family and boyfriend are adamant that "it's just a head cold". PSHAW TO THAT, I SAY). As a result, Kiwi and i have just been dawdling around the pasture on trail rides the last couple days. She doesn't seem to mind. There's a...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 4982

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Thanks!

I'm taking a look at a local horse that needs an upgrade this weekend. He might not be the upper-level dressage horse of my dreams, but if he's sane enough I'm fairly sure I can make him into a solid citizen and potentially fund the next horse.

I'll let you all know how it goes.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead!
Replies: 22
Views: 434

Re: My announcement -- another redhead!

Congratulations! What's her breeding? She's a looker.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Straight hind leg versus appearance
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Does it matter? I tend to think the conformation guides are more useful for prospects than for horses actually doing the job-- i.e. helps to weed out the field given no other data, but does not necessarily predict (or preclude) success. Ultimately performance trumps pretty unless there's a major str...

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