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by StraightForward
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Lunge line recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 31

Re: Lunge line recommendations

I'm going to get a couple of these. The snaps are removable which I like. I attached slobber straps with buckles to my current lunge lines because I don't like a lot of hardware jangling around when lunging off the top ring of a lunge caveson. https://www.sstack.com/English_Training_Lunge-Equipment/...
by StraightForward
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Rye - again it may get down to some geographic areas. Regarding expensive vehicles - in NJ it is very common to see very expensive cars, suv and trucks where $50K is lower-range. They are a dime a dozen while a worn out older vehicle actually stands out. Stay at home mom's driving kids around to so...
by StraightForward
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 868

Re: So what are you reading?

Thanks Ponichiwa and H4S. Hopefully I won't get through the reading list I'm building up before I'm back to riding!
by StraightForward
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I think Straight Forward makes a good point that there are a lot of high income earners in the US and wealthier people do tend to get involved in horse sports. That being said, I know a lot of "wealthy" people with good jobs, who still live way beyond their means and who end up wheeling a...
by StraightForward
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 11
Views: 138

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

In a perfect world, I would train dressage under saddle 3 days a week, and do 3 days a week of a mix of trail riding, jumping, in-hand and lunging. In practice, it's difficult to get the trail riding, and often the jumping days in, so it's usually more like 3-4 days a week of dressage and 1-2 days o...
by StraightForward
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 868

Re: So what are you reading?

Just started "The Mind of the Raven" - another animal behavior book. I think I'll be tapering off the house projects soon, and have more time to read. I'm about halfway through this and starting to skim. I was starting to feel bad about the ravens that get killed around here to protect sa...
by StraightForward
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: I have to go saddle shopping, where to start?
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: I have to go saddle shopping, where to start?

I ended up with this NSC saddle. The fitter owns this company in the US so she had these in her trailer, but she also had a variety of used saddles for me to try. I tried this one first, and liked it, but wanted something to compare it to. I tried a few more that I lasted about 15 seconds in, just ...
by StraightForward
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

IMO you're either going to pay up front or in training. Sometimes both :lol: :lol: . ^^ Truth :lol: Yes, totally. With just basic board and DIY training, my girl will cost me around $7K/year. Assuming a conservative purchase price of $10K, I'll have invested $45K by the time she is 8. In reality it...
by StraightForward
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Just reading an article on the new tax laws and this jumped out at me: "The nonpartisan Joint Committee of Taxation estimates that 572,000 taxpayers will file returns with an income category of more than $1 million." So let's assume they mean 572,000 returns, most of them joint returns. Th...
by StraightForward
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Once again...horses don't lie
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Once again...horses don't lie

Glad you got to the bottom of it, and hope your lovely mare is feeling better. How long will this take to heal?
by StraightForward
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I do agree too exvet, $$ does buy an edge. Those higher dollar horses are much more likely to have some really quality, dressage specific, training in them. I don't begrudge it either, if I had tons of disposable income, it would be fabulous to be able to buy a made, highly trained horse to learn t...
by StraightForward
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4001

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I might have the most humble goal of this thread: have Tesla not be a complete %$^$%& twit when I trim her feet. She has gotten really naughty, to the point that when I asked for her LF tonight, she struck at me with her RF. She is trying to cow kick, and generally being a turd. Then she has mom...
by StraightForward
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Barrel Racing friend wants some dressage
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: Barrel Racing friend wants some dressage

I would expect the horse to be pretty stiff and crooked, so I would probably work more on suppleness and balance, riding figure 8's, shallow loops and serpentines accurately, and not worry too much about longitudinal balance and impulsion at the moment. It will take some time to loosen up stiff croo...
by StraightForward
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 709
Views: 126682

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I'm making Chile Verde in the Instant Pot tonight. I grew so many green chiles last summer! On the side, black beans and sauteed veggies.
by StraightForward
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed-She's almost done!
Replies: 33
Views: 1363

Re: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed-the end is near!!!

Glad to come in and read this. I was thinking of your colic post and got worried with the "End is Near" modifier, but this is a good thing. I'm sure you can't wait to see her!
by StraightForward
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 868

Re: So what are you reading?

My new favorite book: "A Gentleman In Moscow" begins right after the Bolshevik revolution. A 28 year old count is put under house arrest in an elegant hotel right across the street from the Kremlin. Now I would NEVER have picked up that book on that description, but it was my book club re...
by StraightForward
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

This thread reminded me of some people I knew when I was in college. A friend of mine was training and showing their Arabians. They had a lovely little hobby farm with white vinyl fences, pretty barn and the whole bit. A nice stallion and some others. I was attending a show supporting my friend, and...
by StraightForward
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 67
Views: 1234

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Those numbers seem a little odd to me. They don't seem to account for assets outside of retirement accounts for one. If you inherit a paid-off house for instance, that wouldn't show in those stats, but would be a huge leg-up in spending more on a sport vs. housing. I'm also unclear on whether those ...
by StraightForward
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cavaletti
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Cavaletti

greenhorse wrote:Nice! How long are your poles?


My poles are only 6' because I ended up with a pair of skinny 12' long jump poles. I'd probably do 8' if starting from scratch.
by StraightForward
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 163
Views: 4001

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Dresseur, Reserpine is making our life mostly bearable right now. I would definitely use it again. Hope Miro gets better soon.
by StraightForward
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cavaletti
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Cavaletti

OK, finally got a pic of one of the ends I built. The pole fits snugly in the triangular pocket. You might be able to see where I had to remove the piece of 2x4 and router it out a little bit because the wood swelled when they got rained on, so that some of the poles no longer fit properly. These ar...
by StraightForward
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 301
Views: 8954

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

Well damn! I guess better now than right after you bought a new horse. I hope you find something better soon!
by StraightForward
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 571

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

5. Go over tests, and have tests handy just before you ride - I panic when I feel like I start forgetting something, so being able to have someone very quickly go over the test with me is key... or me being able to read it is key to calm me down and give me confidence that I DO know the test. 7. WE...
by StraightForward
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cavaletti
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Cavaletti

I made some cavaletti last year. I had 2, 12' round poles from a jump set I scored on Craigslist, so I cut them in half and made the cavaletti so I can stick the poles in when they are in use. I don't mind having only 6' wide because they are easier to move around and don't take up so much space in ...
by StraightForward
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dressage Today
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Dressage Today

I've got to put cancelling on my to do list for tomorrow. My sub auto renewed and I got one of the new quarterly issues. Didn't really like it, and definitely not for the price per issue.
by StraightForward
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: New to the Board
Replies: 13
Views: 370

Re: New to the Board

Hi, welcome!
by StraightForward
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar Eclipse Live Stream
Replies: 11
Views: 191

Re: Lunar Eclipse Live Stream

It was too cloudy here to see much of anything.
by StraightForward
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Cozy and quick: Roasted butternut squash + pesto over pasta
Replies: 5
Views: 639

Re: Cozy and quick: Roasted butternut squash + pesto over pasta

I don't blanch the basil. I use cashews or macadamia nuts in my pesto because they counteract any bit of bitterness in the basil.

Might have to try this, I have a few squash laying around.
by StraightForward
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: I have to go saddle shopping, where to start?
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: I have to go saddle shopping, where to start?

Maybe Lovatt&Ricketts/Arabian Saddle Co.?

What are you currently using, and what do you think is wrong with the fit?
by StraightForward
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silk comforters?
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: Silk comforters?

I bought one from Sierra Trading post a few years back when it was on sale. A friend of mine was making a big deal about bringing one back from China, which is what put it in my mind. Anyway, the outer is cotton, and I envision the filling as being sort of a loose Brillo pad of silk fibers?? Anyway,...
by StraightForward
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Good Exercises for Greenies/basics

That's about where my mare was last winter/spring. I was doing the Ritter's What, Why, How course, so we introduced lateral work in walk (only TOF, TOH, LY) so that we could do many of the exercises in walk. We used cones a lot and focused on accuracy. A really simple on I used a lot in the 20x40 in...
by StraightForward
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sous Vide devices?
Replies: 36
Views: 4744

Re: Sous Vide devices?

Can you reuse the plastic bags? I don't like to use Ziplocs except for low-temp cooks. Food-Saver bags seem to hold up better to >150F. Because the part of the bag that is sealed in a vacuum bag needs to be cut off, it would get smaller with each use. There are silicone zip bags made for this purpo...
by StraightForward
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sous Vide devices?
Replies: 36
Views: 4744

Re: Sous Vide devices?

Well, I started having some issues with the Sansaire I had in this original thread. Sometimes it would just turn off on long cooks, risking ruining large roasts. So I upgraded to a Joule with the Chef Steps subscription and I love it. It is run by an app, which can be annoying when you just want to ...
by StraightForward
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Reverse sear method for steak
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Reverse sear method for steak

Another sous vide fan. I have lamb frozen in vacuum bags, so I often throw it directly in the water bath and then season and sear at the end. Works great when I don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. I've had the Joule immersion circulator for about a year and love it because it's small e...
by StraightForward
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: So what are you watching?

Equus: Story of the Horse is coming out on PBS the 16th. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/equus-st ... out/16877/
by StraightForward
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: So what are you watching?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime, and Insecure. I'm really looking forward to Better Things finally re-starting. It will be interesting to see where it goes without Louis C.K., but Pam Adler is great, and I think this will really allow her to come into her own. We really enjoyed Better Call...
by StraightForward
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Suggestions for English endurance or trekking saddle
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Suggestions for English endurance or trekking saddle

The only one I've ridden in personally was a Black Country Equinox. I loved it as a dressage saddle on my larger horse, and they come with serge (wool felt) panels, which are more breathable than leather, make the saddle lighter, and mold to the back well. BC also offers the Celeste, which has a reg...
by StraightForward
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila
Replies: 21
Views: 577

Re: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila

I missed this update before. Glad you got to the bottom of it, and they are on the mend. Also glad the company is paying the vet bills; the stress this caused is bad enough.
by StraightForward
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 868

Re: So what are you reading?

Thanks for all the interesting ideas! I will have to look into them when I get towards the end of my current queue. I finished the Donner book last night. Amazon had some Kindle specials, so a couple days ago I bought "Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds" and &...
by StraightForward
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 131
Views: 4737

Re: Accountability

I let the holidays derail me a bit, especially with moping around not being able ride, but that's officially over. I've stocked the fridge with spinach and lettuce, and have a clean menu plan worked up for the week. Exercise has been OK - I can pretty much jog 3 miles, have been walking the dog and ...
by StraightForward
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 868

So what are you reading?

With Annabelle out of commission, I'm catching up a bit on non horse-related reading. I recently finished "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" I thought it was really interesting. It not only looks at demonstrated cognitive capabilities of a lot of species (focused on chimp...
by StraightForward
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another exciting New Year’s Eve
Replies: 12
Views: 369

Re: Another exciting New Year’s Eve

I popped into the store at 1:30 this afternoon and the parking lot was packed. That was enough for me. Visited the ponies, walked the dog, and we had salads and leftover soup for dinner. OK, I did have the last glass out of an open bottle of pinot noir. DH is flying to Canada for a ski trip, so it w...
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!
Replies: 54
Views: 1343

Re: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!

Kathy - I'm sorry things didn't work out with your mare, but glad you are able to move her on so quickly. I'd be inclined to just give her the PPE, and not worry about what she is going to do with it. She owns the horse, and the PPE is of zero value to you now regardless of how much it cost. Sure, s...
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Deadly fungus on Chincoteague
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Deadly fungus on Chincoteague

Koolkat wrote:http://definitelydressage.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3065


Weird that thread didn't show up when I clicked on new posts. Sorry for the duplicate!
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Deadly fungus on Chincoteague
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Deadly fungus on Chincoteague

This sounds absolutely awful, and scary that it is creeping north! :shock: On an island famous for wild ponies, a dangerous infection is killing horses The unexpected malady is pythiosis, an infection typically caused when a horse steps in water carrying a fungus-like organism known as Pythium insid...
by StraightForward
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Long Overdue Update on The Fixer Upper Farm, The Little Red Barn, and its Residents.
Replies: 23
Views: 582

Re: Long Overdue Update on The Fixer Upper Farm, The Little Red Barn, and its Residents.

Good to "see" you. Junior is adorable, and I love that barn extension. Great update!
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 46
Views: 1902

Re: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!

scruffy the cat wrote:What a pretty girl and that Fairfax bridle is pretty lovely, too! lol


Thank you, I do like the bridle, but it doesn't seem to fit her quite right. It was purchased for my previous mare, and I think Tesla's rather rectangular head just doesn't quite work with it.
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 46
Views: 1902

Re: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!

Sue B wrote:Wow! She's bulking out like Tio did his 3rd year. Are you sending her to Brad and Rene, or somewhere closer?


I'm not sure. I might do it myself with Cathy's help, or possibly send her out for a few months. I keep going back and forth on that.
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another archaeological horse find - Pompeii
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Another archaeological horse find - Pompeii

That sounds fascinating! I hope to visit that area in the next few years.
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 301
Views: 8954

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

This one is just up the road from me. Not sure on the price, but being green, maybe within budget? Not sure if she it too dressage type, not enough motor for you, but Sarah M. is an advanced eventer, so I'm sure they could tell you. Mittleider Eventing on Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH...

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