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by Sue B
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

I've been riding most every day this past week (except Monday eve when the wind was howling,the skies were dark grey and my back is still very sore) but not always both horses. By committing to riding only one, I feel like I'll actually get more riding in because I won't be so affected by a time cru...
by Sue B
Thu May 28, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Blob, no he doesn't come out, which is fine with me, because he has everything he needs close at hand in the clinic. We used to have someone come to our clinic and spend 1/2 day or so doing all my horses plus clients' horses, but we went strictly small animal a few years ago so that doesn't happen a...
by Sue B
Wed May 27, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Once again, great posts everyone. I too love your canter picture Demi, and look forward to more. I also struggle with y'all at being excessively fluffy despite walking 2.5-3 miles every stupid morning. I decided to modify my goal a bit for weight loss because I still fear going down the "don't ...
by Sue B
Fri May 22, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Rudy is all healed up but it has been raining and gale-force winding for 3 days now, so leg better but no can ride. On the plus side, this high desert has received almost 2" of rain, so things are finally greening up some. :) Great video, Bliss and really neat photos Chisamba. Oh yeah, Chancell...
by Sue B
Thu May 21, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silly/fun horse pics
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Silly/fun horse pics

Rained all night ad all day yesterday, ponies got feisty. Hehe

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by Sue B
Mon May 18, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Good news/Bad news Good news...Tio has Finally figured out how to do a real, honest-to-goodness long and low stretchy walk and can do almost half a 20m circle in stretchy trot. Sounds dumb, I know, but that is a major accomplishment for him to be able to stretch out and down without falling on the f...
by Sue B
Mon May 11, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

A couple of gratuitous pictures of my boys. Rudy is gradually feeling better; he even managed a nice amble down the roads for a couple miles yesterday. Not up for anything more vigorous than that though. (I should probably say that it was he who insisted on going for a ride--apparently I am NOT allo...
by Sue B
Fri May 08, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Rudy is feeling much better now. I bit the bullet and gave him iv dexamethasone that morning (like mid-morning by the time I got to and from the clinic) which I really, really hated to do, but turned out to clearly be the right call. By noonish his hives had started to recede a bit but he was now br...
by Sue B
Wed May 06, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Fitness 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 1282

Re: Fitness 2020

On a bet with my son, I started walking every day almost a year ago. Every morning through almost all weather conditions and health things I have walked 2-3 miles at 3-3.5mph every morning up and down and all around. 8-) The dogs are very fit and trim now, I am pretty fit now but not trim. maybe if ...
by Sue B
Wed May 06, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Neck conformation
Replies: 40
Views: 938

Re: Neck conformation

I tend to work this horse (Rudy) deeper during warm up phase. Rudy's is by far the most difficult neck conformation I've ever dealt with. When he is going well, he has a lovely looking neck...long and arched, just beautiful. Rest of the time it's just like the picture. :P Rudy side view 2018.jpg And...
by Sue B
Wed May 06, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Great ride on both boys yesterday but woke up to THIS. Poor Rudy is not happy. :shock:

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(In case it's not readily apparent, he is one giant hive even including eyes and nose! Nope, don't know what happened.)
by Sue B
Mon May 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 101
Views: 2488

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

First off...Welcome Lipsmacker, as a fellow B rider, I look forward to your posts! The Turkey Palace is constructed and in use now, the kid is pretty much doing his online schooling without badgering and most of the grass is mowed so...I am riding more again. (well, except for yesterday when a massi...
by Sue B
Sat May 02, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!
Replies: 17
Views: 533

Re: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!

Gorgeous girl! Stunning red head. Annabelle isn't jealous is she?

I do hope the backing goes easier for you this time. ;)
by Sue B
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Understanding the horse(s) you have, and their associated training challenges
Replies: 21
Views: 911

Re: Understanding the horse(s) you have, and their associated training challenges

Kelo, by the time you've trained a horse to that level, no baby can compare! I go through that every time I get a new youngster or greenie. When I had Lad and Scotty to work, Rudy was always last in line and when Lad died suddenly and Scotty was retired, Rudy was relegated to pasture pet for like 2 ...
by Sue B
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My house horse
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: My house horse

Love it!

Similar effect to the rodeo barrel we "rode" back in February without the motion.
by Sue B
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 7479

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

I spent the weekend helping dh and ds build a "Turkey Palace" for ds's 4H turkeys. This also involved driving 90 miles round trip Sunday morning to get MORE supplies. Lol Anyway, I did get a ride in on Rudy (Tio is lame) Friday or Thursday or some such day when the wind wasn't howling and,...
by Sue B
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Riot has his Sweet 16 party....
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Riot has his Sweet 16 party....

Happy Birthday Riot!!! best horse evah!
by Sue B
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 7479

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

Rosie, jingles for fast foot healing! H4Spots, jingles for continued healing of your boy and that he stays out of trouble! Demi, I do the same thing with my body when I feel pony bracing his body (he never braces in the bit). It's like I hollow in response to his tightness. Anyway, I focus on soften...
by Sue B
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It's been a tough day up here on the mountain
Replies: 22
Views: 1134

Re: It's been a tough day up here on the mountain

Awww, so sorry about Lucky. Many hugs to you and your husband while you are trying to move AND deal with this Covid19 thing.
by Sue B
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 7479

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

Yup been quite the April Fools for Idaho. In a week where we were supposed to see highs in the 70's, we've had gale force winds, hard, hard rain followed by a day of snow, and in the midst of it all, a 6.5 earthquake. :lol: :lol: I am still walking, even this morning when wind chill brought the temp...
by Sue B
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 7479

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

My husband's surgery glove order was stolen en route to the clinic. I will do all the surgeries until my supply gets low and then it'll be emergencies only. Grrrr. meanwhile, just trying to keep my 3 employees gainfully employed without putting our business in jeopardy. Last few days, weather-wise, ...
by Sue B
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Today is Ariel’s birthday
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Today is Ariel’s birthday

Happy Birthday, Ariel!!!
by Sue B
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 7479

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

So far i am not riding Tio, but i did change bits and bridle to see the effect...so far so good, ot using flash and he's not crossing his jaw or gaping his mouth during ground work. Still charging around the pasture with Rudy, and develops a lovely trot on my newly harrowed arena surface so he's get...
by Sue B
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 7479

Re: Let the horse hair fly! March and April Goals and Progress

Got the horses out this weekend but... Rudy's back was a little sore--no doubt from "stallion fighting" with Tio and all the other stupid Spring Sillies stuff those two come up with. Anyways, I took him on a nice ride out at the walk and let him decide when (or if) he wanted to trot. At mi...
by Sue B
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dumb brag about my son
Replies: 18
Views: 1633

Re: Dumb brag about my son

So in our state, going from south to north takes you from high desert (sage brush country) through steep hills, along multiple rivers (Snake, Payette, Little Salmon, Salmon, Clearwater), into pine forest mountains, rolling hills left over from the last ice age (the Palouse) and on up into the dense ...
by Sue B
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dumb brag about my son
Replies: 18
Views: 1633

Re: Dumb brag about my son (Update)

So.......I am very pleased to announce that DS and his friend BOTH got Superior at their solo competition, each winning his instrument class, and so FINALLY our district is sending one french horn and one trumpet to the Idaho State Solo competition in May. I am so proud of both of them, can't hardly...
by Sue B
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for my dad
Replies: 50
Views: 2461

Re: Jingles for my dad

Many, many cyber hugs to you and your family khall.
by Sue B
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 9881

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Rode Rudy Saturday and Sunday in celebration of their feet finally getting trimmed. Spring is definitely in the air, but Rudy, as always, was well-behaved with a lovely springy canter. Tio, otoh, was a complete idjit and I never even got to get on him! Out of the blue, he lost his ta on the lunge wh...
by Sue B
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for my dad
Replies: 50
Views: 2461

Re: Jingles for my dad

(((((khall))))...and prayers for a peaceful passing.
by Sue B
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 9881

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Sorry for your clinic Manni01 but hopefully lesson learned. I am generally open to trying almost anything (provided it does not harm the horse or his confidence) once or twice to see if it will help with a "problem", but I also have zero problem declining to do something that is clearly no...
by Sue B
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 9881

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Chisamba, we used it to work on our position. For "beginner" riders, it was to teach them how to ride out a small buck or rear and go over a low jump like in a grid. For more advanced riders, we "jumped" larger fences, worked on maintaining a 2-point through out. I personally wor...
by Sue B
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 9881

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Here's a picture of the training barrel we used. We added astroturf and a jumping saddle to it. Two people were at the back making it go up and down.

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by Sue B
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 9881

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

The weather has been highly uncooperative for riding this year, so I have just been lurking and wishing I could safely ride. But yesterday, we had a super fun chapter meeting I though I would share. Our chapter has been kinda over taken with "eventer" (most beginners) types which has broug...
by Sue B
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: On Saying Goodbye...
Replies: 31
Views: 2258

Re: On Saying Goodbye...

Yeah, I think the main thing to hang your heart on is that you KEPT YOUR PROMISE to him. That's what I did when I put Scotty down.
(((())))))
by Sue B
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Name?
Replies: 17
Views: 1792

Re: Name?

So...lately it vascilates between Pete, Ratdog, Ratatouille, and Shorty. Lol He doesn't come when called or anything yet anyways (still scared of people) so maybe he'll pick which name he's most responsive to. I loved the name Benjamin Button but dh and ds vetoed it, also Radar. How about Bugsy? Yea...
by Sue B
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: MARES-- A venting thread
Replies: 25
Views: 2251

Re: MARES-- A venting thread

In addition to ulcers, it could also be, in part, a "teenager" thing. In my "vast" experience, I have found that when a horse hits around 5yrs old they begin to challenge everything you thought you taught them--rather like a 14/15 year old kid. Patience will win out in the end. :D
by Sue B
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Name?
Replies: 17
Views: 1792

Re: Name?

My sister has rejected every name so far...then again, it may not matter, right? hehe Btw, this is the most fun little puppy. He's finally starting to come out of his shell and play more. So weird to me that someone would have a litter of tiny dog puppies and NOT play with or handle them! He is well...
by Sue B
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: **2019 Kringle Exchange!** ASSIGNMENTS SENT! **
Replies: 42
Views: 3829

Re: **2019 Kringle Exchange!** ASSIGNMENTS SENT! **

Thank you soooo much Zevida. I remembered the last thing...a HUGE bag of KitKats. :D :D :D

Galopp, I'm glad you enjoyed your taste from Idaho.
by Sue B
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Name?
Replies: 17
Views: 1792

Name?

So my sister came to visit for a few days and has been wanting to get a new dog for awhile (lost her dog in the divorce), and so I took her to our local shelter. She picked out a very cute chihuahua cross puppy, male, about 10 weeks old and poorly socialized but very sweet. I agreed to take care of ...
by Sue B
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some People
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Some People

Friends of mine, years ago, had 2 horses get loose one night through no fault of their own. Car full of teens hit one of the horses, horse was euthanized and one of the teens died on scene. They were not held liable because we are a free-range area (driver's responsibility to watch for livestock) bu...
by Sue B
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: **2019 Kringle Exchange!** ASSIGNMENTS SENT! **
Replies: 42
Views: 3829

Re: **2019 Kringle Exchange!** ASSIGNMENTS SENT! **

So...I do not know who my Kringle is this year because the package came direct from Amazon with no name attached, BUT Thank you very much for all the wonderful goodies!!! A super soft throw to wrap up in, chew sticks for the dogs, my two newest favorite movies--Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocket Man and I...
by Sue B
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: One thousand....
Replies: 19
Views: 1681

Re: One thousand....

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
by Sue B
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng
Replies: 48
Views: 3718

Re: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng

Take it as a sign that it is time to move on. 8-) Maybe hang on to the mini as a lawn ornament? You'll have more time once you're off the mountain, right? At any rate, jingles all goes well for both of you and that winter treats you more kindly in January/February.
by Sue B
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 11297

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Great to see you back in the saddle, Dresseur. Fingers crossed that it's nothing but UP from here on! Oh NO, SF Jingles Annabelle recovers quickly. Dang that leg is so touchy. Great pictures, Blob and good idea about having RP visit the dentist. My Tio will be going over Christmas break too! I origi...
by Sue B
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Please welcome our new moderator
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: Please welcome our new moderator

Oh yay! a substitute to torture! :P

Just kidding.

Welcome aboard phoenix and have an awesome time, Chancellor.
by Sue B
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shoulder injections? (human)
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Shoulder injections? (human)

So far, I've had a knee, hip and shoulder injected and, maybe my orthopod was really, really good, but none of them were all that painful. I take that back, the knee one was unpleasant because he accidentally hit bone with the needle, but not THAT bad, As I recall, shoulder one was easy peasey.
by Sue B
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 11297

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

That is so cool, Kelo! Thank you for sharing a great exercise. Beautiful indoor, Aleuronx SF, I hope both horses continue to move in a positive direction so you can ride in clinics and such next year Yay for flying changes Moutaineer! H4S, I have to guard the hose when I fill the trough if Tio is ar...
by Sue B
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 11297

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Forgot to add my Turkey Trot picture. grey dog is Ripley. She "replaced" Lucy this spring--Lucy was hit by a semi the day before Christmas. Ripley is some kind of Blue heeler cross; we call her our Boston Heeler. She only knows one trick, "sit pretty." She can do it for literally...
by Sue B
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone familiar with Multiple Sclerosis
Replies: 29
Views: 2670

Re: Anyone familiar with Multiple Sclerosis

I am so sorry you and your son are going through this, Chisamba. I pray you and Mikhail find your way through this. Just remember, It is a chronic, life-time disease that waxes and wanes and will drive you and your son crazy sometimes. (((((()))))))
by Sue B
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 11297

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Even though Moutaineer stole all our snow, winter is indeed here and so I probably spend more time out of the arena than in. It was waaay too cold to ride yesterday, but I did ride for Thanksgiving and on Saturday at least. Although I'm still quite tubby and haven't lost the 20lbs I wanted, I am fit...

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