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by StraightForward
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead!
Replies: 16
Views: 150

Re: My announcement -- another redhead!

What a lovely mare, congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about her.
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 24
Views: 286

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

Yesterday was quite the blast furnace - glad it was only one day. It reminded me of pretty much every summer day when I lived in Bakersfield, CA. We would push the envelope on riding at night (no arena lights) and come home caked in mud from the dust adhering to sweat. Blech. Last night I made the c...
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

Chisamba wrote:https://youtu.be/Uahi2RQ2tt0
Sorry I looked on you tube maybe this one will.


LOL, probably not far off. Cute!
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

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

Feeling good enough to want to get on is a great sign only two weeks out! Kyra got a good workout this morning. Someone had their truck and trailer parked by the arena door, and she thought she'd better keep a close eye on that situation, but I'm being fairly militant with her about staying focused....
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

Since the leather one qualified for free shipping, the cost wasn't much different. I'm glad I was able to see that Kyra is in an Average, so she definitely needed a Large. I can actually squeeze her into Annabelle's cob halter, but this one leaves her room to grow a little more. I might need to get ...
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 22
Views: 212

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

My experience comports with Dresseur and Ryiessa. I have both Vienna and Lauffer sliding reins. I think the Vienna (between the legs attachment) could work for some conformations. However, I bought the Lauffers because I like that with the V the horse has some say in where to meet the connection, wi...
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

Aww, Chisamba, the link didn't work. :( I think I am going to like this girl. She seems to love all the attention she is getting, and is turning into a love bug. It's kind of hard to get photos of her because she's always sidling up to me. Yesterday she got a bath, which she handled quite well, and ...
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

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

Damn H4S, that is a tough pill to swallow. I'm so sorry. :cry:

Rosie, sorry about the show and hope you are feeling better soon.
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 35
Views: 2652

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

What a lovely mare, it looks like you're both having a wonderful time!
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

Kyra's Mom wrote:Nika, link doesn't work for me...it says OOPS? That is what would happen if I got another horse :lol:

Susan.


There fixed it. The cute bay AndyX I saw when I was in Spokane.
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

Do you know how hard you (Sunshine2me, Chatal, KathyK, Straightforward) are making this? I want another one. Mind you, I can't even ride the one I have currently due to my surgery but damn...I want a horse that isn't white :lol: . She is a brick house! Very nice girl. Enjoy. Susan Oh Susan, I think...
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: She wants to go left, I want to go right
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: She wants to go left, I want to go right

Get ahead of her and initiate the turn earlier, before she starts to leak out of the circle. You can also ride the quarter of the circle counterbent, then going back to the correct bend will feel like a relief. Keep her forward into the reins and not sightseeing. If she keeps falling out over the sh...
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: 18" Black Country ViniciX (hoop tree) w/forward flap
Replies: 0
Views: 26

18" Black Country ViniciX (hoop tree) w/forward flap

Built in April of 2015, I used it until I sold the horse in October of 2015, then used very lightly and stored in the house since then. It has 1.5" forward flaps and short thigh blocks, so good for a longer leg. It also has silver welting and horse-friendly serge panels. Built on their regular ...
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Fairfax drop nose bridle
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Fairfax drop nose bridle

Brand new, never used large horse Fairfax with 10" cheek pieces. Hard to get in the US, and will run about $465 with shipping from UK. Ergonomic design to reduce pressure points. This one is black, with the piped browband. Has been tried on, but never used, and stored indoors. $400 shipped in l...
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

She is adorable!
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

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

Flight, not sure what the circumstances are with your instructor, but would video lessons be a possibility? Glad you got the short of breath thing figured out. Khall, nice work on the clean eating! I have a new goal for August:. Get Tesla behaving for having her feet trimmed. Aren't babies fun!? Oth...
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

Moutaineer, yes, it's a relief quite honestly, to have her gone. I told my husband I must have shed all my tears for that horse because I didn't even feel sad as we drove away. I do hope I get to see what she produces. I think you may have gotten the good end of the deal! She looks quite lovely even...
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 652

Re: Saddle Suggestions

<sigh> I need a short outside block and a forward flap and a recessed stirrup bar. Try to find that in a saddle short enough for this pony's back. Duh on me....I never thought about her back length when I bought her. What are you going to put on your filly once she is started under saddle? Yes, tha...
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Meet Mikey
Replies: 41
Views: 418

Re: Meet Mikey

Congratulations and welcome the chestnut baby club!
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

KathyK wrote:I'm hoping to have a big announcement within the week. Stay tuned...


Exciting Kathy, I will keep my fingers crossed for you!
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 652

Re: Saddle Suggestions

musical comedy wrote:
StraightForward wrote:She sold it, but I just decided to sell mine. It is a ViniciX on the wide tree. Not ultra wide, but fits the bigger-shouldered horses. I had it made with a forward flap and a shorter block, so it's good for longer legs.
What seat size SF?


18"
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 652

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Finding a ViniciX used is about impossible, lots of Vinici regular tree. The person I sold my first ViniciX to when I bought mine with the custom roll/flap has it for sale. It's an 18" wide tree with serge panels in very nice condition. Just in case anyone is interested. Do you know if the sad...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

musical comedy wrote:A big congratulations to you SF. What plans do they have for Pickle, do you know? New mare looks like a very nice mover. Best wishes.


Pickle will be used as a broodmare.
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 485

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

I did not want another 2 year old! But, I got an offer to trade Pickle for this one, so here we are. :lol: We spent all day on the road yesterday to meet halfway between Boise and Spokane to make this horse swap. This is Tesla - so named because my husband saw the video and said he liked the Tesla l...
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

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

That is a great pic, Chisamba. Titanium and Annabelle have matching blazes. :) Dresseur, that canter is starting to look pretty fancy! I have 4 rides in on Kyra so far. Whatever Susan's been doing with ground work and riding at the walk has really improved her. The new bridle setup is helping too, I...
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 38
Views: 935

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

I like how that looks! I will try to get some video next time I lunge Annabelle. I've got Lauffer reins for her now and have started lunging her with the reins through the bit instead of the cavesson rings. I also bought a rigid-nosed serrata and that is helping with getting better flexion and bend ...
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildfire
Replies: 18
Views: 292

Re: Wildfire

Moutaineer, so glad you, your critters and house are OK. What an ordeal! I learned the life-saving value of knowing how to load under pressure when I helped friends evacuate yearlings who'd never been off the place while a grass fire rolled towards them. It was terrifying at the time, but in hindsig...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Last night's ride
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Last night's ride

She is coming along really nicely.

What a gorgeous space you have to ride in!
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 52
Views: 2887

Re: Get me out of training level!

You are crushing TL, so why not aim for first next year? Our top score is 63% so far, but I'm still shooting for first next year. What's the worst that can happen? :P
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Question Knee Blocks
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: Saddle Question Knee Blocks

I have very long legs, in particular a long femur. I have external blocks on my saddle and absolutely love them. They have saved my bacon more times than I care to count. Mine are the short, high blocks. I have found that long legged riders don't do well with the long blocks as they tend to positio...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 748

Re: Learning from dissection

I'm sorry I wasn't clear. How would you ask for a flexion if your thought flexion was at C1-C2 versus how you would ask for flexion if you thought it was at Occiput-C1? How exactly would you translate the anatomical knowledge of a one level difference to a change in your aiding between those two sc...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 748

Re: Learning from dissection

But how exactly would you change your aiding based on knowing the anatomy of flexion at the poll in order to get a correct flexion? How would you aiding change? What would you do with seat leg and hand differently? Well, I would probably take stock of the rest of the horse's body and see if alignme...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 748

Re: Learning from dissection

I didn't know about those facts and here is my horse clearly flexed right. How does knowing those anatomical facts change how you ride? How exactly do those facts change what you do to get a flexion? This reminds me of the footfall threads wherein I tried to make the distinction between the thing a...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 748

Re: Learning from dissection

Not sure why you feel the need to be condescending about this. I don't know where you got condescending from. There is obvious academic value in attending dissections. Your use of "majicked". No one is claiming magic, and there is a difference between magic and useful knowledge. And the s...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 748

Re: Learning from dissection

I just think it stands to reason that if books and dissections majicked better proprioception, tact, and timing, everyone would be at GP. If there was some other way besides wet saddle pads and thoughtful experimentation we would know it by now. The world is still waiting. I don't think it's a sure...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

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

Annabelle and I went to a small schooling show this morning. She was still tense, but lots better. For some reason they were running the tests in reverse order, so we rode T3 first and it was no surprise that the stretchy circle had no stretch in it, and there were some other rough patches. T1 went ...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Great Ride/ Improved Canter
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Great Ride/ Improved Canter

I think that looks good and like you are staying out of her way. The feeling of flying around and trying not to slam into a wall is very fresh in my mind, so I can commiserate and verify that it does get better! I agree on shortening the stirrups. I wouldn't worry too much about being in a bit of a ...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For inspiration or discussion: Video
Replies: 15
Views: 400

Re: For inspiration or discussion: Video

I love that Jeremy posts regular videos of his work with this mare. He's been doing it since she was 3 and I've been following. Here she is as a 3 year old: https://youtube.com/watch?v=LtxXe2tMAB0 I love watching these videos because they give a very good indication of how he works and if you watch...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Turkey burgers
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Turkey burgers

Thanks, I was just looking at a package of ground turkey in the freezer and wondering what I should do with it!
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 708

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

The vertical upper body is an advanced balance exercise. (Hmmm... I worked very hard to get a vertical upper body only to be gigged on it in a lesson.) What did your instructor say? Were you getting left behind the motion or was the instructor of the opinion that a more forward position be used for...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 708

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

Here is a video of Jeremy Steinberg with several minutes of posting trot at the beginning. Of course his just warming up and not trying to influence the horse too much: https://youtu.be/EMZL5txbjgg
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 708

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

OK, here is a sample of posting trot from our ride on Friday morning. I see some things I would change, but curious what others think:

https://youtu.be/PzEjMITpyIA
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 267
Views: 5417

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

That is a neat photo Chisamba - Kind of ghostly. I had a really lovely ride on Annabelle yesterday. The day before we did a lot of canter work, so I decided to go off by ourselves in the indoor and do some lateral work. Never even got to a canter, but she was feeling really lovely and soft in the br...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

OK, just ordered the 6 qt Instant Pot cooker, plus an "official" cookbook :) Will probably order a set of "official" extra gaskets and a second "official" s.s. bowl. DH's birthday comes up in a few weeks, so this will be his gift appliance. He is a meat + potatoes type...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 708

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

Well, I was thinking this morning about making a post (ha!) about posting trot, so can it be this one? I'll be brave and put up some video for critique tonight. Assuming the rider is balanced enough to not be pulling herself up by the reins, or plopping harshly into the saddle, what are the common p...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 652

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Finding a ViniciX used is about impossible, lots of Vinici regular tree. The person I sold my first ViniciX to when I bought mine with the custom roll/flap has it for sale. It's an 18" wide tree with serge panels in very nice condition. Just in case anyone is interested. I inquired about a Due...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

A new Instant Pot use for me this week: pasta.

Water, salt, pasta, 2-3 minutes on pressure, let steam out. Perfect al dente pasta.
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My horse is so talented....
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: My horse is so talented....

My horse has maximum lip floppage

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by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

6 quart Instant Pot. I have the 7 in 1 and love it. I think the fancy LED screen ones have more incidence of problems. I have a 3 quart too, but the 6 is most versatile.

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