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by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buck Brannaman Clinic
Replies: 5
Views: 47

Re: Buck Brannaman Clinic

This requires one of my favorite memes. /totallynotmeIswear
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buck Brannaman Clinic
Replies: 5
Views: 47

Buck Brannaman Clinic

I’m excited- Buck will be doing colt starting and horsemanship 101 clinics concurrently at the end of June. I was going to be stuck here in town because I was being called as an expert witness for a hearing, but the hearing was just postponed indefinitely yesterday, so I booked a hotel, and plan to ...
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Re: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?

Picked it up yesterday, and it is marvelous. Ahh. Just from the 20 mile ride back from the dealership, I can see I’m going to feel a lot more comfortable with hauling on the highway with this instead of the bumper pull. I had the hitch place upgrade my brake controller, which helps too. Other than s...
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things for horse owners to be paranoid about...
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Things for horse owners to be paranoid about...

I'm so paranoid about tying accidents, I teach all of mine to ground tie, and use that primarily. They actually learn "wait" and "stay" like the dogs ........ two little words work on everyone! :oops: I’m so glad Blocker Rings were invented. We use them everywhere, and I rarely ...
by StraightForward
Thu May 23, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Centered Riding
Replies: 13
Views: 299

Re: Centered Riding

I would love to take a CR clinic someday. The book taught me so much as a teenager without access to any instruction that I can say it totally changed my riding life. Oddly, I bought the follow-on book about 5 years ago and can't seem to work my way through it.
by StraightForward
Thu May 23, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dear Miss Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Dear Miss Manners

I would cut it into slices so people can take 2-3 depending on how much they want. It can make a nice presentation that way, and be easier to eat as well.
by StraightForward
Mon May 20, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 52
Views: 1645

Re: So what are you watching?

Crashing. Really good.
by StraightForward
Sun May 19, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Define “sound”
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Define “sound”

Vets I've used usually do both soft and hard footing, because different types of issues will show up. Usually they will have the vet tech hand trot on a larger circle in the asphalt parking lot, and then lunge in the coverall that has nice arena footing. IIRC, the vet that diagnosed Annabelle's coff...
by StraightForward
Sun May 19, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2220

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Abby, I'm sorry about George. :( Kelo, congratulations on making it to the threshold of GP! Yesterday I sat and watched a few hours of our main local rated show. There was a horse that looked QH doing the PSG, which gave me hope for Annabelle at least making it to 3rd if not more. But for the more i...
by StraightForward
Sun May 19, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Done deal, details after the PPE
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Done deal, details after the PPE

Jingles for a great PPE!
by StraightForward
Sat May 18, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Our new addition, born yesterday!
Replies: 17
Views: 213

Re: Our new addition, born yesterday!

Congratulations!
by StraightForward
Fri May 17, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Re: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?

Remember that goosenecks track slightly inside on turns. I learned to essentially pull straight out, then turn, when you're making a right turn. The turning radius will vary based on hauling vehicle. Yeah, I'm glad the dealership is in a small town, and I won't have to negotiate anything too tricky...
by StraightForward
Fri May 17, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Advice for first time gooseneck owner?

I have wanted a Hawk trailer for years. They are hard to come by out west, but next week I'll be working near one of the only west coast dealerships. Well guess what? They have a trailer with almost the exact specs I want, and I went and put a deposit on it today, and made an appointment to get a go...
by StraightForward
Fri May 17, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things for horse owners to be paranoid about...
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Things for horse owners to be paranoid about...

So I've heard of horses getting the snaps on their blanket chest straps caught on wires, and I've gotten in the habit of snapping my backwards to help prevent that, even though they are in panel pens, and turnout is in the wide hotwire tape, so they don't have many opportunities. BUT :roll: the pane...
by StraightForward
Thu May 16, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Jillian Kreinbring
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Jillian Kreinbring

I'm so glad I went to this workshop in 2017. I hope to get a chance to ride with her one of these days. Glad to hear you had a great clinic, Khall!
by StraightForward
Thu May 16, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!?
Replies: 26
Views: 427

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!?

Based on my ONE experience, I vote buying something at last 3 or 4. You will pay board and vet for at least 2-3 years on a yearling before you can finally ride, and find out what you've got. I bought an VERY well bred 6 moth old colt and he's rising 7 now. And he has shivers and PSSM. Meaning he ne...
by StraightForward
Mon May 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Clinc
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Another Clinc

You and Phoenix are both looking super!
by StraightForward
Mon May 13, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Your favorite luggage?
Replies: 9
Views: 117

Re: Your favorite luggage?

A couple years ago I got a set of Samsonite soft/hardshell hybrid suitcases and love them. They are way lighter weight and more space-efficient than my old roller bag. Bought they at Marshall's, so they were not too $$$. The smaller one is perfect for a normal overhead compartment, and also has a zi...
by StraightForward
Tue May 07, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Why don't you stay home and do the cooking?
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Why don't you stay home and do the cooking?

Yes, the Wapo article talks about the suit to get her license, but she was I hired before she could race.

It takes some guts to go through all that at any age, but facing that controversy at twenty!
by StraightForward
Sun May 05, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2220

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I am curious, how do you set measurable training goals in dressage? I can think of some - e.g. W/C transition with no trot steps, (or when A. was greener, canter 20m circle without knocking down any cones), get the correct angle of LY (or HP) to arrive exactly at X, achieve 4 tempi changes in a lin...
by StraightForward
Sun May 05, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Why don't you stay home and do the cooking?
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Why don't you stay home and do the cooking?

Good article on the first woman allowed to race, and race in the derby. It just wasn't that long ago, in the scheme of things. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/04/kentucky-derbys-first-female-jockey-ignored-insults-boycott-threats-she-just-wanted-ride/?fbclid=IwAR0vEAqNA5xPNZR9mY9lqurP...
by StraightForward
Fri May 03, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

And good luck to them, lol
by StraightForward
Fri May 03, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2220

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Hope your soloshot doesn't play up for you Demi. Ding ate some of mine and licked the touchscreen but it's still working for now.. It's like horses have homing instincts for anything expensive. Once I pulled A's saddle to let her roll and she went straight to the SS, knocked the tripod over and was...
by StraightForward
Thu May 02, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6215

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Tesla - Be civilized with her feet Lunging W/T/C in tack Take at least one field trip Annabelle - Keep fingers crossed that she is cleared to go back to work by the end of this challenge. Currently I'm just trying to get the farrier to call me back so I can coordinate him with the vet to pull the s...
by StraightForward
Thu May 02, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 151
Views: 2220

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Annabelle: Finish her rehab Use in-hand work to get her suppleness back Hope to get cleared for normal work mid to late June Restore her ground manners (she has gotten pushy) Tesla: Go off property (oops, missed that one last challenge) Keep working with feet manners Teach her to be a little more re...
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Real Rules of Dressage
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: The Real Rules of Dressage

I was thinking of last summer when Annabelle went from standing still to straight-up rear in the warmup, then went on to stun the judge with a 38% T1 test. But it's good to know I'm not the only one who's been there. :P
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Real Rules of Dressage
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: The Real Rules of Dressage

KathyK wrote:28. If you pay 60,000 for an imported WB, you will be beaten in First Level 4 by a Quarter Horse.


If you buy a "sensible quarter horse" she will go uncorked in the warmup and make all the warmblood riders gasp. :lol:
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6215

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Looks nice Rosie! Is Bliss 8 this year? So I actually got on my horse tonight! Just for a quick walk-around after doing her work orders on the lunge (which included some buck/fart/bolt). She was good, so we ventured a trot once around and called it a day. It's been cold and blustery the last few day...
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Sheath issue
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: Sheath issue

I've used coconut oil. The kind for eating/cooking that comes in a jar. I apply to the sheath for cleaning to loosen and soften crusty skin. Smells nice and no irritation to the skin since it is edible. You can get liquid coconut oil in a squirt bottle too. I use it on my horses' tails as part of t...
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6215

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Shoot Blob, I'm sorry RP acted up on you again. Tough to decide what to do in that situation. :(
by StraightForward
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?
Replies: 26
Views: 423

Re: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?

If you can make a detour to Carlsbad Caverns (you can actually go from El Paso, through Carlsbad, then over Ruidoso to White Sands), it is worth it. There is a side tour to a smaller cavern that is less developed, and if you get to see the bats leaving the cavern at night, that is incredible (thousa...
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6215

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

That sounds like good progress, H4S. Hope you have a great time in Kentucky! I'm sure he'll be fine while you're gone. Ponichiwa and Khall, I hope my kiddo proves to be half as good as your two when she's ready to go. Our victory today was that she allowed her front feet up on the hoof jack for abou...
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Flamingo pink show shirt - size 12, brand new
Replies: 5
Views: 328

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

I still have it, PM me if you'd like it. :)
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training of horse and rider is not always fast....or linear! A case study
Replies: 12
Views: 437

Re: Training of horse and rider is not always fast....or linear! A case study

Interesting photo series, Piedmont! Here is a montage I put together of Annabelle's progress January-July last year, and then another photo just before she got hurt in October, though I should go back and review that video for a better screen grab. Now I'm just hoping she'll be back to her April-Jul...
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: kid-friendly meals
Replies: 11
Views: 291

Re: kid-friendly meals

Pizza, tacos (or burritos), hamburgers. Maybe a little boring, but they can be made with different toppings to be more kid or adult-friendly. Add a salad for adults and kids who are inclined. I'll second roast chicken too, with a variety of roasted veggies so people can choose what they like. We hav...
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 52
Views: 1645

Re: So what are you watching?

Glad you like it. Weird that there isn't more buzz around it
Maybe people thought it would fall flat with Louise CK stepping back.
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Lunging Cavesson
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: Lunging Cavesson

I bought these in both cob and full size last year and love them. I just wish I'd gone with custom measurements because the chin and jowl straps are longer than they need to be: http://qcvsaddlery.com/en/cavessons/22-portuguese-cavesson-alta-escola-cortezia-brass-111.html They do take 6-8 weeks sinc...
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 41
Views: 994

Re: trailers and SUVs

have any of you seen the roads in england and ireland that you might have to tow along to get to a horse show, you could not actually get a F 250 down the road and around the corners. of course you should not be towing at sixty five on the highway approaching maximum tow weigh. also, i agree, horse...
by StraightForward
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 41
Views: 994

Re: trailers and SUVs

Eh, I know that some people do this but it's not for me. I have an older truck that I use for the horse stuff that is 3/4 ton Diesel. I prefer to over-kill rather than "underkill" since I have a lot of nerves about trailering to start with Yes, definitely. Several years ago I have a small...
by StraightForward
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6215

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Dresseur, that is so frustrating and sad! Something tells me that he will improve with some extended turnout; I will keep my fingers crossed for you. Flight, Piedmont and Chisamba, I love all the photos! The Norsey pic is definitely one to hang on to. Tesla gave me a scare this weekend. Sunday she c...
by StraightForward
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 41
Views: 994

Re: trailers and SUVs

I might consider it with a Brenderup type trailer, depending on the towing capacity of the Range Rover, if I didn't have to travel any major hills.
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I got brave
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: I got brave

It's surprising how well horses deal with bridges, IME. I thought I was going to pee myself when I rode Maya over the high, narrow bridge at the trail challenge, and she barely hesitated.

Well done on working through your trepidation; it only gets easier from here.
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 738
Views: 135154

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Yesterday I realized I could put green chile in my homemade sourdough bread. Next step is to partially dehydrate a batch so I can add more without making the dough soggy.

Big pot of chili to go with it. Yum.
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Mustang Movie
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: The Mustang Movie

Well we went and watched it tonight. It was pretty good. Some of the horse stuff was a little cheesy, but not terrible. I enjoyed the character of the crusty old horse trainer, and the main actor did a great job. It wasn't 100% predictable at the end, so that was nice. Will have to watch the documen...
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which Walker tries to commit suicide...
Replies: 27
Views: 801

Re: In which Walker tries to commit suicide...

Ouch, hard to doctor that while avoiding the kick zone! The other thing that works great is Underwood's. You throw baking soda on it, and it just forms a protective crust and the wound closes up under it, staying nice and clean. I used it when Rosette got a 6" slash on her chest, and there was ...
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 52
Views: 1645

Re: So what are you watching?

Documentary Now!

They did a spoof of Wild, Wild Country called "Batsh*t Valley*, and the one we watched last night about a performance artist was pretty funny.
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

I don't see peeing as bitchy behavior. Unappealing yes, but then so is sheath cleaning. I've never had a mare on Regumate.

At our barn we have one food-aggressive gelding, and another gelding that is happy to run you over should you get in front of him when he's loose.
by StraightForward
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

I will say she has changed my view on mares as she is the most loving horse and doesn't have the typical bitchy mare attitude . Sure I put her on Regumate as she was onlywacky under saddle. She was very green broke, but we are working with a good trainer and things are finally coming together. See,...
by StraightForward
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Mustang Movie
Replies: 3
Views: 209

The Mustang Movie

Has anyone seen it yet? 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It's playing at our local indie theater; might have to drag DH over there to check it out if it's still there next weekend.
by StraightForward
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)
Replies: 26
Views: 843

Re: Safe, sound, and all that (sort of a spinoff)

My next horse just might be a big-bodied 15.2-15.3 mare. I rode my barn mate's DeNiro gelding last night. He is compact, about the same size as Annabelle, and I felt great on him, even though I'm 5'9". I'm going to ride him in my saddle today, so that will be a better comparison. Mares are jus...

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