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by StraightForward
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 8
Views: 63

Re: Warm slippers

I wear Sorel shearling slippers. Over time, the insoles wear out, but I just cut new ones out of a sheepskin pelt and they last a few years. Very cozy and easy to slip on/off.
by StraightForward
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Digestive supplements, outlast, ulcer prevention
Replies: 6
Views: 41

Re: Digestive supplements, outlast, ulcer prevention

I'm using Alfalfa lox by Triple Crown for my mare. Feeding fat and alfalfa I would think would cover you pretty well though you might want to add in an Omega supplement (I like Omega horse shine). I had asked my vet who scoped my mare who has had issues with ulcers and he said alfalfa was one of th...
by StraightForward
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Digestive supplements, outlast, ulcer prevention
Replies: 6
Views: 41

Re: Digestive supplements, outlast, ulcer prevention

I treated Annabelle last winter, then put her on SmartGI Ultra for several months. Based on a recommendation, I started her on Outlast, then tapered off the SmartGI this summer. So far so good. The Outlast is her "grain" that her supplements go in. I give her 3 caps of generic esomeprazole...
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 162
Views: 13012

Re: Class of 2013?

Wow, Queso is making such great progress!
by StraightForward
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new

Moutaineer wrote:Darn, if it were a 10 I'd bite your arm off for it. I love this color. Does it run small, perchance?


Maybe a touch small in the shoulders? It's a nice light fabric, so it would be good for schooling even if it doesn't have a tailored look.
by StraightForward
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

Went for a run yesterday - it was better than the previous run at least, but I need to do more if I want to start running better. Way too much food happening right now. I'll be happy if I can maintain for the next two weeks, and then work on dropping again. I'd love to be down 8-10# by the time Anna...
by StraightForward
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new

Wait, this is CORAL - the Pantone color of the year!
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 198

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

( Mid 50s and higher: naked Low 40s-low 50s: rain sheet only Mid 30s-Low 40s: a lighter medium weight blanket, no hood Mid 20s-Mid 30s: a heavier medium weight blanket with a hood Low 20s and under: heavy blanket with a hood That is about what I do, though if it's rainy and <70, I do put a Sunshowe...
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 700
Views: 113224

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Yum, sourdough! I made a starter a year or two ago, and the bread was delicious, but I could never get it to rise the way I wanted. If I ever try again, I think I'll buy a starter, or get some from a proven one. Yesterday we had delicious fish tacos on homemade corn tortillas. Tonight is tofu/veggie...
by StraightForward
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chess Pie
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Re: Chess Pie

I've heard of them, but never actually had one. Very southern, as far as I know, and haven't made it out west yet.
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 121
Views: 2773

Re: Accountability

How is everyone doing? Only a one month slog through Christmas cookies and nog until everyone hits the wall and starts making NY's fitness resolutions. Knee was a little cranky after running last weekend, so I've been walking the dog at night. At least lots of neighbors have lights up, which makes i...
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic
Replies: 36
Views: 572

Re: I hate colic

I don't know if this helps you at all, MC. My guy had never shown any gut problems in the 7 years that I've had him so now we've entered a new phase of our relationship. He definitely is ulcery from this. Cause or effect? Doesn't matter now. Well, cause or effect might influence your management goi...
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

7 weeks just doesn't do it for a shod horse with this kind of foot. 7 weeks?! That's too long for my two barefoot wear very evenly mares. I can't imagine a shoe staying on that long :shock: OTOH, I'm on a barefoot trimming FB group, and they're asking how to convince cheap owners that they need to ...
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)
Replies: 25
Views: 510

Re: Fit to be tied.... (long, get ready)

So many comments about reimbursing, but I think it's more about the quality of care. Reimbursing is not the first thing I think of here. It's the care or lack of for her horse. Yes but, what's done is done, and the clinic should be falling over themselves to make it right. Just like a restaurant co...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Thanks all! This diagnosis was quite a shock yesterday, but probably better in the long run than some of the other possibilities. I'm working on getting her into a stabilizing shoe and setting her up with some toys to alleviate boredom. At least she is allowed out in her small pen, where she has a v...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new

This came free with my recent Horze.com order, and it's just too bright with my chestnut mares. Would be cute on dark bay/black/gray. Pay shipping ($6 or so) and it's yours:

https://www.horze.com/womens-show-shirt ... 33209.html
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)
Replies: 25
Views: 510

Re: Fit to be tied.... (long, get ready)

Ridiculous - they should comp you for the time they screwed up, not to mention getting the care issues corrected.

I can't imagine a vet putting a horse in a soiled stall/pen. :eek:
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Thanks Susan - Cathy was already scheming about who else I could ride. I told her a need a few days to feel sorry for myself first. I'll have to do something this winter/spring if I want to be prepared to swing a leg over the baby giraffe next summer though.
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: 4 Black Westip girths for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: 4 Black Westip girths for sale

I have a like new 28" Westip if you're interested.
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Well, FML. Had a new vet out and she pinpointed Annabelle's issue: fractured coffin bone wing. :( Good prognosis, but she is going to be layed up for 6-8 months. So much for 2019.

I will need to muster the ambition to ride other people's horse, I suppose.
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 364

Re: I said YES!

Aww, congratulations!
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How my horse got his barn name, aka Joey, why arent you walking?
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: How my horse got his barn name, aka Joey, why arent you walking?

So funny! (probably not to the rider at the time) Tesla's barn name should actually be Thumper. Whenever she's being led at what she deems to be Too Slow (which is pretty much any walking speed if she thinks she is headed towards food), she reaches her right front leg out and stops it down, almost l...
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Glad you are getting around better and riding, Sue! Baby T has learned to trot next to me without getting so excited (mostly) and slowly getting better with her hoof-handling manners. Learning to wear a blanket now that the weather has turned. Yesterday she took the bridle without the fruit roll-up ...
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 297

Re: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

Heddy, hope you and your husband are both feeling better! Instead of an apple dessert, I started off the day with apple pie cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. I can't remember the last time I had a good cinnamon roll, but these were SO GOOD. The cheesecake came out fabulous. I just had a slice ...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic
Replies: 36
Views: 572

Re: I hate colic

Jingles! He is in good hands and I'm sure he'll be right as rain soon.
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

That is such an athletic little horse. I bet they will go far together.

Abby, so sorry about your foot woes.

And Miro/Dresseur.

Such a bummer that this thread seems to be turning into an injured list.
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

Gah, I keep eyeing the olive green LeMieux pad and accessories, and now SmartPak has their olive green silicone breeches on clearance. Must. Resist. Buy the breeches, wrap them, put a tag on them from DH to you, and tell him you've taken care of some of his Christmas shopping. My DH loves it when I...
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

Their flamingo pink is lovely, quite orange. It might look cute with red redheads. I have a light cotton sweater of theirs in that color and it looks really sharp with olive green breeches! Gah, I keep eyeing the olive green LeMieux pad and accessories, and now SmartPak has their olive green silico...
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic
Replies: 36
Views: 572

Re: I hate colic

Ugh, glad it is nothing major!
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Kyra has been pretty good. Our ride on Monday ended a little prematurely. I had her over on the track and one of the other boarders was riding way out in the hay field. She was very intent on the apparition that was out there. When that rider came back by us, she finally figured out it was a horse ...
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 297

Re: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

OK, I am making a maple-praline cheesecake. Haven't made a cheesecake in years. Smoked pulled turkey with jus Honey-mustard Brussels sprouts Yukon gold mashed potatoes Roasted kabocha squash Stovetop (gag) Maybe an apple dessert? And of course we'll lay in some potato bred, cream cheese and jellied ...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 297

What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

Inspire me. I have an 11# organic, free range turkey, and I'm planning to try pulled turkey with jus smoked with apricot wood. DH will make Stovetop dressing because he is a monster. Pecan pie is his favorite, so I will look for a corn syrup-free version of that. I think last year I did a version wi...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow
Replies: 28
Views: 441

Re: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow

:( I'm so sorry. It sounds like Roger had a wonderful life with you. :cry:
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Set up the lines so that they are low on the surcingle-- this prevents the spin and is a bit like butt reining. ;) If you are not using a surcingle, holler and I will take a photo of how I do it with a saddle on the low setting. Yes, I am using a surcingle, I will try putting them a little lower, b...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Blob, your girl looks fantastic. I love how she's using her hind leg in those shots! Annabelle's leg is nearly back to normal, so I'm thinking she'll be back to work for Thanksgiving. I managed to jog her in hand a few times, then she just started showing off her rearing skillz, so we had to shut do...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

Since I couldn't find an affordable Thermatex quarter sheet, I settled for the Vail wool riding blanket by Horze. I love it so far! And it works w/my monoflap. https://www.horze.com/quarter-sheets-and-exercise-blankets/horze-vail-wool-riding-blanket/24612.html?color=PDB That one looks good, but onl...
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow
Replies: 28
Views: 441

Re: Please jingle for Roger aka my shadow

Jingles for Roger!
by StraightForward
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense
Replies: 92
Views: 1606

Re: Why acupuncture is complete nonsense

After all, this is a 'discussion forum' is it not? If someone doesn't want to discuss the topic, it's simple to ignore it. I guess I'm missing what is being considered 'rude' here. Yes, but the OP had no response at all to DJR's excellent post with direct experience on the subject as a medical prof...
by StraightForward
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Starting Deseada!
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Starting Deseada!

Exciting, she is beautiful!
by StraightForward
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

That is a nice problem to have, Chisamba! I can't speak directly to Texas, but I did spend two years in southern New Mexico, and it would occasionally dip into the 20's, but mostly stayed above freezing, so I certainly didn't need or have the arsenal of various winter clothes that I own now as an Id...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

I have a Thermatex Nordic. I use it like MC, since I have a monoflap saddle and remove it once warmed up, then throw it back on at the end of the ride. It's too big for Annabelle, but when I price out buying another in her size, I cheap out and decide to make do. Really it just needs some extra velc...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

There's a Rambo Dry Rug that is like a towel material and there is a Centaur Turbo Dry. I can not find any product called a Rambo Turbo Dry. :?: Comments about the Rambo is that once shavings get on it, you can't get them off. Misremembered the name, but it is the Rambo. I read the same thing about...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 21
Views: 632

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

StraightForward wrote:Might be smaller than Deanna's, but for that price, I had to have it.


My pony arrived with severe cervical arthritis. Some quick surgery and he's able to pick his head up. Unfortunately, he is unable to achieve a grazing position, which might explain his low BCS.
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 162
Views: 13012

Re: Class of 2013?

Linden, your guy is gorgeous (and huge)!

Zinnia, nice to see your new boy too. He sounds wonderful. What a scary episode with the surgery; glad he is being a good patient and healing!
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 937

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

SueB said she was having good results with the Rambo Turbo Dry cooler. I don't think the regular fleece ones wick all that well. Some of them seem too heavy to allow the horse to cool off very much, or don't allow air flow underneath. A scrim underneath might help to provide some air flow. Even a bi...
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read re learned helplessness
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Interesting read re learned helplessness

Great article thanks for sharing!
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Another PMU foal makes it to GP and gets his mommy her gold
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: Another PMU foal makes it to GP and gets his mommy her gold

It is nice that CotH is highlighting the success of various breeds at the dressage finals. http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/sensitive-smart-catherine-harris-rides-arabian-u-s-dressage-finals?fbclid=IwAR3ix2CZmfL46ZmNCkwIxQTG9u5RmzO8xMib9aSedIGnMS1icIfMIo6hVrg http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/r...
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Pony, New Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 643

Re: New Pony, New Problems

Do get him re-scoped before you taper off the ulcer meds. The mare I just got rid of had pretty severe ulcers that were resulting in similar behavior (nearly planted the trainer when they were just walking on a loose rein with nothing spooky happening). She was not healed after 28 days, we had to do...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Winter is here....
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Winter is here....

Wow, too cold for me, especially when it's just into November! I can deal with winter here, but it doesn't get down below 0F that much, and we don't get tons of snow. So far just in the 20's at night and Miss No-Hair Annabelle is still happy in her 100gram turnout, while Tesla will remain au natural...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4556

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Imperini, glad to hear Pal is settling in. I'm sure she'll relax in the new arena soon. It is a big change for her. SF I don't know what the vet injected in the tendon sheath. My recollection is he said it was a steroid but don't quote me on it. Cost for the injection was $155, won't tell you what t...

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