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by Ponichiwa
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 345
Views: 5620

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

Great work, Chisamba!
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10425

Re: Class of 2013?

Just. Why, Queso? Why? https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44302794_10156849198025990_5841848932145037312_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&oh=8a98a3c8ee7c886d8106aab8e56be2c4&oe=5C5CE840 But he was so proud of himself. https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44255922_10156849197925990_22211...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10425

Re: Class of 2013?

It's finally feeling like fall where we are-- a little crisp, a little nippy, a little chill in the evenings. As a result, yesterday's ride was LET'S CANTER EVERYWHERE. I think Queso thought he was being a bit naughty, but his canter is so balanced I just let it happen. And it happened everywhere. I...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 20
Views: 238

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

I'm right-handed but am hopeless at differentiating left from right. I started taking shepherding lessons with my dogs, and it turns out I'm also terrible at differentiating clockwise from counterclockwise. Spatial awareness is just not for me. I separated my right shoulder a couple of years ago, wh...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 27
Views: 236

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

I've got an Ogilvy pad for showing-- I really liked it for my big guy but it's much too long for Kiwi (and probably also Queso). I'll check whether it's the baby or "dressage profile" version when I get home.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 783

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

I was a working student at a barn that had a lot of Friesians (well, they had a lot of horses, period). Anywho, they had a couple FEI Friesian stallions, but all were retired from showing/riding by the time they were 16-18. Those poor horses really struggled in the heat and were tough to keep fit. A...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

More Texas options: 2014 Holst (Cubito x Linero/TB) mare. Some cautionary language in the ad that might be a red flag: She is athletic and quick, but can be reactive to new stimulus. She would be best suited to a confident amateur or professional with a consistent program. https://www.warmblood-sale...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Located in Kansas: 2013 RPSI Gelding, jumping x dressage/TB breeding. Some freejump video. Looks like a cute guy. $15k. https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDetail.asp?HorseID=52445&UserID=18308 Located in NY: 2013 TK mare, dressage/baby hunters video, $20k: https://www.warmblood-sales.com/Horse...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Given the example of Flynn, it is an enduring mystery why draft crosses do not dominate Olympic dressage! Hey now, he's more QH than draft! 5/8 QH, 3/8 Belgian, according to this article: https://www.dressagetalk.com/single-post/2018/03/12/PMU-Rescue-Horse-Faces-Biggest-Hurdle-On-Quest-To-100th-Gra...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Have you seen any reasonable selection of draft crosses in the SE? I haven't. I have been here since 2006 and have never seen a horse like mine whereas the barn I came from in Calgary had 5-6 draft crosses all doing dressage. I would wager there is NO barn in NC with 5-6 draft crosses able to be tr...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

I've got another one. Sternlicht x TB, 2015, started under saddle, $12k, located in Maine:
http://www.hilltopfarminc.com/horse/schonheit/
by Ponichiwa
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

A bit far (TX), but has some jump chute video. Classic Event breeding (WB SJ lines on top and bottom + some TB on bottom). Says started under saddle but there's no video to prove it. 2014 mare, $15k: https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDetail.asp?HorseID=39953&UserID=10761 Another on the TX fro...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 783

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Chisamba wrote:I would only consider a friesian if it was virtually free.


Yes. Ten thousand times, yes.
by Ponichiwa
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 783

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

In a horse I buy, I am willing to pay extra for among horses who have decent PPE results: 1. barefoot and able to perform like shod 2. history of soundness in work with proof 3. negative Lyme titer in Lyme-infested areas Horse I like but will discount, sometimes heavily, for the following: 1. grey ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ryeissa he reminds me of Riot!
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: Ryeissa he reminds me of Riot!

Scores to the low 60s at I-1... that's not anything to sneeze at. I suspect he takes a pretty correct ride to get a great score, but that's probably why he's $40k and not $140k.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1801

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Those young horses can bulk out a LOT between yrs 4-6. The mare may end up looking a lot draftier when she matures.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Casually looking for my last horse
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Casually looking for my last horse

That 3 yo mare is super (love the comment about the feet!). I am not familiar with 3 yos... is that a lateral canter and is that normal for being on the lunge at that age? Will it sort out as she is trained? I think I am too old to buy a 3 yo. I am going to be 59 in a few months. But I will keep n ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10425

Re: Class of 2013?

Ouch, Red's Mom and Sue B. I hope you both heal quickly. Weekly update from me and Queso: we're canterin' fools. We're also longe-free fools after I took a gamble and got on cold one day for a trail ride and nobody died (or even got close). On the cantering front, I had a bit of a "duh" mo...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Clipping
Replies: 26
Views: 336

Re: Clipping

I clipped when I lived in Pittsburgh. Tried the full-body and trace clip options and preferred the full body clip for my guy that was in heavy work. Plus, it gave me an excuse to buy a ton of liners/coolers/quartersheets, which is always fun. Now that I live in a much warmer spot, my horses don't re...
by Ponichiwa
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 636

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

On the topic of fly sheets for horses with broad shoulders, I really like these from SS Tack: https://www.sstack.com/test_inactive-site-testing_fly-sheet-product-test/mosquito-mesh-fitted-v-free-bellyband-fly-sheet--closed-front/ They've got an open front version if you don't like the over-the-head ...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 345
Views: 5620

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

Helloooooo October! Rye, I'm also going to be in saddle-buying hell (heaven?) because despite the fact that I own more saddles than I do horses, none of them really fit Queso. And how can he be expected to perform at an elite world-class level if his saddle doesn't fit? More vanity questions: should...
by Ponichiwa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 60
Views: 970

Re: Accountability

Congratulations, Chisamba! I've been lurking on this thread for a while, and am finally stepping up to the plate. I'm in week 4 of a diet/lifestyle change because I quite badly need to get healthier. While I'm not seeing much of a result on the scale, I'm finally getting stronger in my core and ches...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 166
Views: 5816

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

The Queso Fundido (although he's keeping his "real" name because I just got his papers back from the AQHA) has some big news: Today, he cantered under saddle for the first time. Nobody died. Nobody even got close to dying, actually. He struck off on the correct lead like a trained horse, t...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10425

Re: Class of 2013?

This has been a great week for Queso. Today we successfully cantered under saddle, both directions, and without any drama. Once more, for those in the back: successful canter strike-offs both ways like grown-up horse. I'm so happy with the little guy. He's a cantering machine! He's also done some tr...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3136

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Congratulations! What an exciting day.
by Ponichiwa
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: No Moore!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2433

Re: No Moore!!!

Interesting, because Moore was running for Senate in Alabama.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 636

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

Solid use of camouflage by Em. I'm impressed.

I'm using a lot more shampoo now that I've got a palomino. I might need to buy stock in Quic Silver. Yesterday somehow Queso's mane was green.
by Ponichiwa
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone looking for a prospect?
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Anyone looking for a prospect?

There was a GRP breeder who was breeding some of her nice pony mares to Totilas, but missed the golden opportunity to name them Ponilas. Or Totolony.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: French horn anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 174

Re: French horn anyone?

I've got a euphonium! Quite the virtual ensemble we're putting together.
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3136

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Ooooh good luck, Scruffy!
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3136

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Snipped: well I didn't think this was a project horse? where did this all come from? We are talking about a pretty horse that has a nice canter. End of story. The horse in the video is the same one that did this: I saw one today who was a total fruitloop. So cuckoo I got off after 3 minutes of going...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10425

Re: Class of 2013?

Queso is now getting group turnout with the posse of other geldings at the barn. He's taking to the herd like he's been there his whole life, which is great... up until they have group rolling sessions out in the clay beds. Now his mane and tail are matching his body color. That's not what I wanted....
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 3136

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Scruffy that's wise. I wouldn't even consider a (well started) horse that I couldn't ride w/t/c the first ride without feeling safe. The horse world is full of people that are too scared to ride their horses. It happens easier than you think, and usually by ignoring your inner voice and listening t...
by Ponichiwa
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shameless Bliss Update
Replies: 15
Views: 311

Re: Shameless Bliss Update

What a well-named boy. You two look great!
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Mendelsohn?
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: Mendelsohn?

I was thinking about her the other day (not being creepy, I promise, just wondering how her horse story turned out). Looks like she hasn't rejoined this board and/or joined under a different name.
by Ponichiwa
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 345
Views: 5620

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

Rosie, khall, congrats are definitely in order on the shows! Good work. DJR-- your boy is looking powerful. I really enjoy Lauren's COTH columns and am glad it translates to her teaching style as well. One week away from this challenge being half-way over, and I'm pretty happy with where we are. Kiw...
by Ponichiwa
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 636

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

Dried sweat chafes like the Dickens. A rinse is a quick way to knock the salt off and avoid the issue. I imagine this is climate-dependent as well. I live in the hot and humid and sticky part of Texas, where sweat is a way of life. The horses sweat in turnout, under saddle, and sometimes in the stal...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 733

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

Too funny about the dog. Did I ever share the Kiwi Versus the Turkeys story? It's not long: we were on a trail ride when she was probably 4 yrs old and not terribly broke, per se. I was taking in the beautiful fall colors and walking along the edge of a corn field when I heard this loud rustle. Befo...
by Ponichiwa
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!
Replies: 37
Views: 808

Re: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!

I'm so happy seeing people so happy with their horses. Good for you and good for Judy!
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 345
Views: 5620

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

Rye, I just love Riot, and I am so happy for you that you found a dressage saddle that he likes. SF, I too was amazed that Kyra could si all the way to Denver...glad you took a plane instead. :mrgreen: I managed to get some sleep last night, so things are looking up. I imagine it will be awhile bef...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 817

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

There's gymnastic value to flexions, especially moving. I'm pretty sure that I've recommended counterflexing in serpentines on this board within the last 6 weeks. But what I do not understand is the focus on disconnecting the neck from the rest of the body of the horse that I see in the people who s...
by Ponichiwa
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 345
Views: 5620

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

I'm having one of those weeks where it just doesn't seem like I made any progress with my riding. Weeks? I'm having one of those years. Facebook does that memories/"5 years ago, you did this thing!" prompt and this month, it showed me photos from my first season at GP with my big guy (who...
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: 37
Views: 733

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: 8
Views: 244

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: 37
Views: 733

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: 119
Views: 10425

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: 345
Views: 5620

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: 207

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: 491

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: 119
Views: 10425

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...

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