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by Sue B
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does your horse use gestures to communicate with you?
Replies: 14
Views: 166

Re: Does your horse use gestures to communicate with you?

My mare, Erin, used to come up to the house and whinny for me if someone in her herd of 4 geldings was injured. She would also bang on the water trough if it needed refilled. (She died awhile ago now, so I'm probably forgetting other communications.) Rudy whinnies and gallops to the nearest gait if ...
by Sue B
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Great Ride/ Improved Canter
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: Great Ride/ Improved Canter

Looking great PhoenixRising! You must be very pleased with your little girl. If you don't mind (and take it for what you will), a tiny suggestion. Fair warning, this is way easier to say than to do on youngsters. Anyways, try to focus on opening and closing your elbows in the canter to encourage her...
by Sue B
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 20
Views: 259

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

I'm sorry but the mouth opening and closing every stride is not "emotion." That is laughable. The mouth should be relatively quiet or have soft chewing. That is not what is shown. This could be any pair and I would have the same comment. So in your opinion, never having the poll as the hi...
by Sue B
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 264

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Yes, he really is, Khall. Surprisingly, he doesn't feel that wide when I'm on him though. The L&R I bought is an xw and it just fits, no extra room!
by Sue B
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2308

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

Still working on Rudy standing still when asked too. It involves slow-motion spins, sideways walking, a little running backwards.....Through it all I try really hard to not react (unless he is in danger of tipping over), ready to say "yes" the moment he plants all 4 feet. It's the gnats th...
by Sue B
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management
Replies: 12
Views: 265

Re: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management

Tommy John advertises insta-dry cotton undies for ladies these days. Maybe that would help?
by Sue B
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 245

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

One of my TB's (a gelding) was 15.1 when I bought him at 3yrs old, and he finished out at a solid 16.1. He had his final growth "spurt" at 5.
by Sue B
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 264

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Just thought I'd add that, after trying SF's saddle on my wide guy (it wasn't wide enough :shock: and it was too big for me) I dove seriously into researching hoop trees. I wound up with a brand new Lovatt and Ricketts Ellipse with changeable thigh blocks. I think it is the first saddle I've ever bo...
by Sue B
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2308

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

Susan: I'm glad I'm not the only one who's horse over thinks the halt! :lol: The other day rudy gave me some lovely reining-style (but at a walk) spins intertwined with backing up all because I asked him to stand still and then do 1 step of tof. I finally had to hop off and show him from the ground....
by Sue B
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2308

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

Chisamba, when I type a long post, i stop and save it as a draft every few minutes, works like a charm, easy to do. Sorry Deneb has a granulosa cell tumor. If you do go the surgery route, maybe have both ovaries removed? Got a cryptic text from shoer inquiring my location, haven't heard back since. ...
by Sue B
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 367

Re: Downward Transitions

In addition to what others have said, i find it critical that I make sure MY seat is "swinging" into the walk in order to have a brisk, marching walk. I find it all to easy to hold the still seat too long into the transition. Does that make any sense? Along with that, making sure my elbows...
by Sue B
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2308

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

sorry about the loss of your Golden CB06, hemangio can be so sudden and devastating! Chisamba, i wish there was some magic for Deneb--can't say you didn't try your very best, but it is still sad. Moutaineer, as a scheduler of shows in the past, I'll just say it is very difficult to please everyone. ...
by Sue B
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 907

Re: Shoulder-in

Demi, I'll defend you. I don't have MC on ignore but I take everything she says with a grain of salt, given that she has a new(ish) horse, never posts about it or its training process and has never posted any pictures. Those of us brave enough to post pictures and/or video open ourselves (and our tr...
by Sue B
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2308

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

So Cindy Canace is back, and after a nightmare of a drive July 3 to Twin for our lesson (in which there were 3 bad accidents and I narrowly missed hitting a child), and after Rudy once again, had a complete and utter meltdown over the presence of llamas, we went to work in the indoor. To Rudy's cred...
by Sue B
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 131
Views: 2308

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

Just got back from "vacationing" in Grand Island, Nebraska for a week--ds was competing in the National 4H Shooting Sports competition. I am very happy to be back in the West out of that muggy heat y'all have back there! Soon as we got back, I jumped on my two horses to see what I've got. ...
by Sue B
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

My goals were simple these last 2 months. Ride both horses at least twice a week--sometimes I get in as many as 5 rides, some weeks i get nothing at all; so I guess on average I may have gotten in those 2 rides. Find a saddle that Tio AND I like. Bingo! Work on telescoping Rudy every ride, every tim...
by Sue B
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Flight, I am so impressed with Ding and how he has progressed these last few years. You must be very pleased with him and yourself. Wonderful. GH, I am happy for you that you are finding ways to feel more connected to your beautiful pony. She is indeed a horse of a lifetime and you are so very lucky...
by Sue B
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1522

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added

All I have to add is...thank you for sharing your videos, I love to watch you and Bliss work, and yes, Bliss needs more activity/energy behind which will come as you build his strength.
by Sue B
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

DJR, I probably shouldn't tell you this, but I'm gonna anyways! :P My ds is almost 16 now, started high school last fall, active in all sorts of stuff. For some crazy reason, I thought that when he reached teen years I would have more time to ride, some how forgetting that with middle school and hig...
by Sue B
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

H4S, I am a veterinarian, and I have no problem with referrring to others when need be. The only time i get a little "huffy" is if the client doesn't discuss it with me first. Be up front with your vet so she can gather the information the other veterinarian may need; keep her in the loop ...
by Sue B
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Moutaineer, I can't imagine how frightening that must have been. Fire that is not contained in a campfire or burn barrel terrifies me. I hope your neighbors get set down for that.
by Sue B
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1522

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

As the owner of a "lazy" warmblood who does not have Bliss's lovely trot, I would suggest that part of your plan include addressing his lack of respect for forward aids on the lunge. Perhaps even deal with this issue via work-in-hand as well. Even when I am leading Tio to the arena, i make...
by Sue B
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Re: Walter Zettl

There was a whole herd of horses waiting to greet Walter at the other side of the rainbow bridge, I imagine.
by Sue B
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

ok, I'll try again. Khall, the saddle is a Lovatt and Ricketts hoop tree with serge(?) panels--not leather. The hoop tree more closely resembles the big shoulder/low wither shape of Tio. He's basically shaped like a cob. The softer panels more easily "bend" or "form" around his s...
by Sue B
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Nice picture Chisamba.

I tried a different url for my pictures, let me know if it works
by Sue B
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Dresseur, i too have been frustrated by some who seem more intent on arguing than discussing, and even stepped away for a bit. I enjoy your posts and your thoughts and hope you continue to share them. lately my tactic has been to try to clarify once and then stop engaging, allowing folks to reach th...
by Sue B
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2914

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Doc bar too is a wonderful line. I used to own one, he was idaho's 2nd lvl of the year horse and went on to be a much loved pony club horse in Ca. A TD I knew told me he was still competing in his late 20's and passed away in his 30's, even though he was grey! Somehow he never got that nasty melanom...
by Sue B
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Delta Airlines S...s
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Re: Delta Airlines S...s

Delta was made aware of my mom's abilities and agreed to accommodate them. When you ask for wheelchair service there is a place you can tell them the degree of disability. I hold them responsible because they are the ones who changed the flights. I have filed a written complaint with the airline, we...
by Sue B
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Crazy rain storms here so nothing to report riding-wise. DJR, perhaps the saddle is pinching Sawyer's shoulders ever so slightly? Now that Tio has a saddle that accommodates his ginormous shoulders, he no longer balks. at. all., whereas before he would duck and balk when worried or confused (not to ...
by Sue B
Thu May 31, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Delta Airlines S...s
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Delta Airlines S...s

Delta Airlines lost my 87 year old, partially deaf mother who has short-term memory issues last night. I don't mean they killed her, I mean they literally LOST her when they bumped her from her scheduled flight to one that was due to leave 5 HOURS later! :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: I got an email no...
by Sue B
Tue May 29, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Sorry, MC, I forget that some (or all) of you may not know that i have no barn. My horses live in a beautiful hilly pasture with a run-in shelter, 24/7, out here in the high desert region (4500 ft altitude) of southern Idaho. There is no muck that they stand in, only wet grass and sandy soil--it's j...
by Sue B
Tue May 29, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 101
Views: 2914

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Not at all what you are looking for, but dang, the price is sooo tempting. Lucky for me, dh and ds would probably disown me if I bought her. lol https://eastidaho.craigslist.org/grd/d/dutch-warmblood-qh/6599224445.html Here's one that's closer to what you're after however. She is also only about 60 ...
by Sue B
Tue May 29, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening

Glad to hear you are back home Shirrine. Jingles that this is the final surgery and that you heal up quickly!
by Sue B
Tue May 29, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

A couple of weeks ago, i had the horses trimmed, they were fine that day and the next...and then it rained, and rained, and rained. Tio wore the walls right off his feet and was walking on his soles--not a happy camper. He also had a crack next to the frog sulcus that required digging out and iodini...
by Sue B
Wed May 16, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening

What a bummer, so sorry you have yet another procedure to get through instead of being able to play with your pony. (((HUGS)) and lots of jingles.
by Sue B
Wed May 16, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I sold the farm!
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: I sold the farm!

Jingles that all the pieces fall into place quickly and easily!
by Sue B
Sat May 12, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

H4S, I am so sorry about your horse's prognosis and your situation. Perhaps you will be lucky and someone who has a lovely dressage horse will need you to ride it and love it for them while they pay all the bills. ya never know! :P Kande, i have no idea what your PTSD theory has to do with H4S, but ...
by Sue B
Fri May 11, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

How come you guys aren't having downpours and wind like we are? Not that I'm complaining, cuz we need every drop of rain we can get this time of year... Adrienne called and said a 17", xw Elipse is on its way from Wisconsin and should be here by mid-week. I am soooo excited, everyone jingle for...
by Sue B
Wed May 09, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5054

Re: Need some help or advice

So happy you finally checked in, Linden. Like others have already said, we are all out here worrying about you and pulling for you. I hope life continues to improve for you and that much light comes into your life.
by Sue B
Wed May 09, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What a few months it has been
Replies: 25
Views: 741

Re: What a few months it has been

Aww, Chancellor, so sorry about Scarlett and Lex. Coupled with stupid job troubles, life can certainly seem overwhelming. Thank goodness for your understanding husband and the ability to vent to us bozos on the DDBB! :P

All I can offer up is cyber hugs and wishes for better days to come.
Sue
by Sue B
Tue May 08, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Looking like Tio needs an extra-wide, if I want to ride with any sort of saddle pad, that is. I have searched the internet, no used ones in my size. :cry: I think I'll just have to bite the bullet and buy a new one, but they are swamped with orders so the wait may be "forever." If the sadd...
by Sue B
Mon May 07, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Sf, KM, was it a gorgeous weekend or what?! :D :D DS had 2 soccer games Saturday plus I work in the morning and so I did not get to ride. I did, however, spend the hour free time I had trimming manes and tails so my horses look slightly more presentable now. So far I've ridden twice in my new saddle...
by Sue B
Fri May 04, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Very interesting side discussion, y'all. Kyra, jingles that you get your 10 rides in. Nice that kyra is finally so "grown-up" that you can ride her around the track wiithout fear. I am sooooo excited! Thanks to SF's generosity, I got to try a hoop tree on Tio, and even though it was a touc...
by Sue B
Wed May 02, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9616

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

Dang, Dresseur, Miro sounds just. like. Rudy. That canter thing is super hard to work out. When Rudy was very green, he even cantered like an Arab for awhile (hollow back, neck straight up), then he switched to Iberian type canter (neck up, nose tucked, croup high). Tough to explain to others when y...
by Sue B
Tue May 01, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12238

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I spent too much time fishing and whining to ride much this last 2 months, but i am riding now. I met only a few of my goals, one was improving Rudy's w-c to have more sit into and out the canter in preparation for fc. Last week, when I was schooling canter, he did pop a flying change from true to c...
by Sue B
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7663

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Gotta love those cocky 4 year olds, lol. Good job persisting exvet; I am so glad to be past all that with Tio now. ;-)
by Sue B
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12238

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I actually have been riding this last week or so and having a great time. I won't distress anyone by sharing what I've been working on, however; suffice it to say the boys are coming along quite nicely now that the Spring Sillies are mostly out of their system. Good news is, however, I finally conne...
by Sue B
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 34
Views: 3547

Re: Anna Banana

Beautiful.
by Sue B
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any Callie King Followers?
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Any Callie King Followers?

Both. First I tie food treat to "yes", after that food treat is randomly given with "yes". Horsie views "yes" same reward as food treat. Horses are never mouthy because they have to earn the treat (cannot demand treat) so even initiallt pushy, mouthy horses quickly lear...
by Sue B
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12238

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

DJR: wonderful picture. Finn is so handsome and looks so confident in his new job. Chisamba: I rehabbed a horse years ago (Scotty) who needed lots of time to consider the aide before he could get his body to respond to the aide. Tio, current youngster, is similar and I know under a different rider t...

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