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by Sue B
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed

Hugs for the very proud, very scared mamma. I would feel the same way if my son did that to me. (He's only 16, so there's still time.)

Nothing wrong with horsie retail therapy.
by Sue B
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

Xan, your stories make me laugh. I'm happy you are having so much fun with your BB. I was going to take my youngster to a little jumping show, but oh well--I hope yours goes well. :D Moutaineer, Rye, I am soooo not a pink person, which is why I bought the helmet with pink bling. Whip is tempting too...
by Sue B
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

I'm in crazy pain and bored to tears when I'm not doing surgery or some other fun stuff, and so...I bought a new helmet. This time I went for a little bling. I really wanted the blue and silver one but it is no longer available, so I got this one instead. https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ovation-z6...
by Sue B
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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 befo...
by Sue B
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kokanee are spawning
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Kokanee are spawning

So far as camping goes...DH decided to give the tent to son and buy a used "tin tent" a few years ago. This camper is built for off-road, rugged use and for our older bones, a true luxury. For my friend's Eastern relatives, it is an old beater which doesn't even have any slide-outs. :lol: ...
by Sue B
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kokanee are spawning
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Kokanee are spawning

Hubby, son and I took a lovely camping trip in the mountains of Idaho this past weekend (Friday thru Sunday). For you city folk, it's the kind of camping with no water or electrical hook up or cell service, but we are able to haul our camper up in there. Anyway, we went to the creek to fly fish for ...
by Sue B
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

Great job Rosie. You and Bliss will be 3rd lvl before you know it. Nice picture on Kimba Chisamba, she's reaching much more with her shoulder. Laddie looks ever so handsome, Moutaineer--are you done showing for the year? Welcome to the dark side Ryeisssa. :lol: And I totally agree with you about sit...
by Sue B
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

Good Luck and Fun Trip Rosie!!!! Excellent job with Miss Ariel, Paula! Don't know how you can stand having such a drama-queen Ponchiwa. :lol: Uggh, Rye, the saddle I ride Rudy in has those giant knee blocks, and I have never gotten totally used to them. Otoh, it is the ONLY saddle Rudy likes, so I k...
by Sue B
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

A little video my sis shot of me and Tio. Has a little cantering followed by hopping over my 18" cavellettis. Tio is my Belgian warmblood greenie.

https://youtu.be/XXEA2ipKcNY
by Sue B
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

Be careful SF; when he was 2, Tio somehow missed that memo about "no kicking" too and kicked me in the head when I was trying to teach him to trot beside me. :shock: Good thing I always wear a helmet when handling youngsters/greenies. ;) I've had some more super rides interspersed with can...
by Sue B
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 443

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

With Rudy, I have been revisiting ly from the centerline, using it for some of the same reasons as DJR and exvet. At a clinic this spring, I discovered I could not either slow the shoulders or speed up the haunches to keep straight in the ly. Took awhile, but Rudy and I have our act together now. I ...
by Sue B
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2376

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

I can't remember if I wrote down any goals so: Rudy 1) Get those darn fc's 2) Build better mediums all 3 gaits 3) Play more with passage and piaffe 4) Work more on schooling canter, making sure he actually sits as we collect, and then forward into medium 5) Take time to play out and about at least o...
by Sue B
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Goals Rudy Clinic in a couple of days Continue work on keeping a longer neck etc Start FC Goals Tio Find someone to put shoes on fronts Jump Go to a derby Work on the canter. Still no fc on Rudy, but reaching out to the bit is consistent as noted by the clinician in July. I may have another clinic ...
by Sue B
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 5058

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Fingers drumming, waiting for the spamming with pictures too! ;)
by Sue B
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Smoke is bad enough here that they cancelled sports comps and practices yesterday district wide. Right here, particulate matter was in the red zone all day, with visibility less than 2 miles and so, once again, I did not ride. I guess until this air pattern changes, riding will be hit-and-miss since...
by Sue B
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Festival of Champions live
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: Festival of Champions live

MC, look down under the live-stream window and you will see two blue boxes then other boxes with rides that occureed earlier in the week. One box is for the Grand Prix ring, the other for the Durham ring. The live-stream defaults to grand prix ring, but by selecting one of the boxes below you can ch...
by Sue B
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 91
Views: 1424

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

So sorry about Farley, how heart breaking. I saw this horse at warmblood-sales. No offence to CWB lovers, but this is one of the nicest ones I've seen for sale. Seems like a sweet mare. Maybe too old?

https://www.warmblood-sales.com/HorseDe ... serID=5037
by Sue B
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 28721

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

Super report! You should be very proud of yourself for following through with Tuddy. That took a lot of courage.
by Sue B
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.

Yeah, I like Sonke's horse because he just looks like a "normal" horse.
by Sue B
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 5058

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Brag away, there is nothing like a good quarter horse to make you smile (except of course a good TB). He looks like he will be a really fun project for you Ponichiwa. Oh, and welcome to the dark side! Bwa ha ha
by Sue B
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I think I have created a service horse
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: I think I have created a service horse

Awwww, so sweet. Horses are amazing creatures--more sensitive to our needs than they get credit for I think. In my teens and twenties i had lots of knee troubles, including multiple surgeries. My beloved TB, Willie, allowed me to lean my crutches against him while I shimmied on from right or left si...
by Sue B
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun at the Fair
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Fun at the Fair

Very cool, Chisamba. So fun when "your" kids do well. That is quite the lovely picture. Being a 4H leader can be supremely aggravating at times, but oh so rewarding. I also love how much more grounded the kids are who stay in 4H through their teen years. This year, my son qualified for the...
by Sue B
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Flight, this is why I'm working so hard to get a quicker, more correct response to my hh. I too have been told, at times, that I need to slow Rudy's front end, but no one really says exactly how to do that. My solution is to "perfect" my hh--Rudy and I have our struggles over this. 1) beca...
by Sue B
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

I think I caught Rosie's pneumonia. :lol: Probably just a combo of heat, smoke and grain dust, but I had a low grade fever last week in addition to this annoying cough, and so I took a few days off of riding. By Sunday I felt better, and after a lovely day with ds and mom up in Sun Valley, I came ho...
by Sue B
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 27
Views: 540

Re: All I want for my birthday is....

We are under a constant blanket of smoke just like last year. Although I can see a bit of blue sky right now. Seems like everyone and their pets have a cough right now, and everyone is getting crabby about the heat. Ah well, in a few months we'll be griping about the bitter cold winds. Kyra, I hope ...
by Sue B
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!
Replies: 33
Views: 567

Re: My announcement -- another redhead!

Absolutely beautiful mare. Congratulations!
by Sue B
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

H4S, if i had a vote, it would be for the centrally located paddock--allows for more social interactions. Rosie, be careful and hurry up and get better! This March, I had something similar and thought that 2 weeks was long enough to heal up so I went in a clinic. Had to stop multiple times because I...
by Sue B
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 93
Views: 8873

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Yay! I'm glad you had a positive clinic exvet. Tio, not a pony, when he was younger, had ponitude when it came to ridden work, but it all went away by last year, when he turned 6. I had to remind myself with every ride that I needed to ride "as though"--as though he was a forward thinking ...
by Sue B
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

Rudy, my TB, is very upright, modestly ewe-necked, and very prone to btv so I "never" did use sr on him (probably did some during the backing period, but they were long and there just to limit flinging his head to the outside of the circle.) He is a horse who always ducked behind the sr re...
by Sue B
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

(((((Hot4Spots)))) I am so very sorry about your beautiful horse.

Jingling like mad for you Rosie. Behave, follow doctor's orders, and hurry up and get better.

I have been riding lately, but I'll update later; too sad about RosieB and H4S to post now. :(
by Sue B
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion
Replies: 22
Views: 601

Re: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion

Patience, grasshopper, patience. :lol: ;)

This too shall pass as he develops the strength and coordination he needs.
by Sue B
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Meet Mikey
Replies: 42
Views: 696

Re: Meet Mikey

Another new red head! Congratulations Chantal, you must be over the moon with this kid. He is gorgeous.
by Sue B
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun at the Fair
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Fun at the Fair

I am from a small, farming town, so Fair Week is a big deal around here. Starting 4 years ago the Farm Bureau sponsored a costume contest for the 4H/FFA and any other kids to participate in with their animals. There are classes for all types, from beef cattle down to cats--this year we had 26 entran...
by Sue B
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Great updates everyone. You guys make me feel a little guilty for not having ridden my horses in over a week. No riding report, but that is because last week, being 95-100* every day, was our county's Fair week. As Dog Superintendent and 4H mom, my Fair begins with spending the weekend getting every...
by Sue B
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 859

Re: Saddle Suggestions

If that's the one I tried out, it is super comfy, a real nice ride, and, of course, very well maintained.
by Sue B
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildfire
Replies: 18
Views: 411

Re: Wildfire

I am soooo jealous, Moutaineer. We're are just a couple hundred miles apart and yet we haven't had even a hint of rain in many weeks. Meanwhile, the hills are again on fire from lightening strikes. Aparently the Elko/Wells NV fire joined our Grouse Creek fire to make one giant conflagration. Won't b...
by Sue B
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildfire
Replies: 18
Views: 411

Re: Wildfire

(((Moutaineer))) So glad you and your entourage are safe. Chisamba, also some states prohibit the formation of defensible space citing damage to native flora and fauna. Doesn't happen here in Idaho but such rules make me crazy. My sis lives in california. She wanted to remove some eucalyptus trees b...
by Sue B
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What does "submission" mean to you in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 546

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

I don't really care to parse dressage terms, but what Rye just wrote sparked something in my pea-brain. Having rehabbed a number of really messed up horses (mentally esp), I suggest that true submission (i.e. voluntary) is a result of gaining the trust of the horse. In Rye's case, her mare may simpl...
by Sue B
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 42
Views: 3361

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

I think you found her! :lol:

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and I am so happy for you that you found such a special mare to be your own.
by Sue B
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Miracle cure suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Miracle cure suggestions

depending on the location of the spurs, perhaps the hock will fuse? I would certainly get more than one opinion though. I wonder why such a young horse is such a mess physically? Jingles your miracle appears.
by Sue B
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 424

Re: Guinea pig help

Not much help, but those are adorable pictures. I love to hear the little buggers whistle, don't you? Guinea pig life span is 4-8 years, although i have seen some as old as 10! I wonder if there is some way to construct a feeder that the thinner ones can access but that the fatter one can't. I am en...
by Sue B
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 179
Views: 28721

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

Beautiful picture. I hope all goes well at the clinic.

keep us updated. ;)
by Sue B
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Moutaineer, sorry the judge was a grouch on Friday--I hope your next show is more positive. Dresseur, interesting stuff about the canter. I know if I even think of using the reins on Rudy to come back in the canter he instantly drops the withers and shortens his neck. Same is true for transitions ou...
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: 16
Views: 534

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: 10
Views: 298

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: 28
Views: 836

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: 37
Views: 859

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: 394
Views: 8868

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: 13
Views: 576

Re: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management

Tommy John advertises insta-dry cotton undies for ladies these days. Maybe that would help?

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