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by StraightForward
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Hoof boots
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: Hoof boots

Here is a pic of Annabelle working today in her Scoot Boots. For the record we did pop over a tiny jump at the beginning of the ride, and I will use them when we do our little grids and don't expect any problems. I do trim my own, so the growth issue is not a problem because I just grab a rasp and c...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress
Replies: 39
Views: 855

Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Dresseur, I'm sorry to hear about Cato. What a sudden shock. :( Chisamba, Elvis is adorable. Glad it looks like he will work out and stay at your farm. I had lessons yesterday and today. Annabelle is just leaps and bounds better than she was a month ago. We introduced shallow CC loops today, and the...
by StraightForward
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Hoof boots
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: Hoof boots

I just got a pair of Scoot Boots for Annabelle and have been using them every ride for a few weeks now. So far, so good. She didn't take any time to adjust to them. I got mine from https://tryscootboots.com/products/demo-scoot-boot-regulars-pair.html?sku=SKU-%20No%20Demp. They shipped really fast, a...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ride Like a Girl
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Ride Like a Girl

The Rider was a really good movie.

I will check out Down the Fence, thanks!
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ride Like a Girl
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Ride Like a Girl

Has anyone watched it? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7600382/

Any other new horse movies out that I can torture my husband with?
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Missing in Action
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Missing in Action

I hope your health improves and you find some other pursuits to enjoy. Meanwhile, it looks like you've paid it forward and set your horses up with a great situation. She is sure to be the envy of the riding program at college!
by StraightForward
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Fitness 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1886

Re: Fitness 2020

It's becoming pretty clear that it will be a long time until going to the gym is a good idea again, so I am sucking it up and starting to workout at home. I can do most of the gym routine I had worked out, minus the rowing machine. Today I popped in one of my kettlebell DVDs and did level 3 (out of ...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Biomechanics stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 372

Re: Biomechanics stuff

Can be how the horse positions itself to change how the rider sits too? Absolutely. I hang off one side of my horse partly because it's my crookedness but my horse DEFINITELY pushes me there. That is why I have to work on both of us equally. For those of us with one horse, it's so often chicken and...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress
Replies: 39
Views: 855

Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Whew, just a bad stone bruise for Tesla. Hopefully it won't develop into an abscess. Now I get to don a mask and go buy diapers and duct tape tonight. :lol: I did my warmup for my lesson this morning, but my instructor hadn't shown up, so I hopped off to check for a text and decided I didn't like ho...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress
Replies: 39
Views: 855

Re: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Flight and Rosie, your boys both look great! I just came in from a lesson in 90F, so it's funny seeing Flight in a jacket and Ding a little hairy! On the upside today, we had an excellent lesson and introduced HI in the trot (I've been schooling it myself in the walk) which went quite well. Instruct...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Bareback pads
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: Bareback pads

I think they are only sold direct. I've assumed that they would ship to the US, but never got serious enough to really look into it. Maybe if I sell the pile of tack I have in the basement.
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Bareback pads
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: Bareback pads

They are pricey, but I am really intrigued by the Filzsattel because they have more structure than a regular bb pad to help distribute the weight, and it seems like the felt would be nice to ride on. https://www.filzsattel.de/
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Biomechanics stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 372

Re: Biomechanics stuff

She might look into Feldenkrais. There are some videos on YouTube. They are good for body awareness that can remove the mental blocks that help us reprogram our ingrained patterns.
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress
Replies: 39
Views: 855

Summer of Seclusion: July and August Goals and Progress

Here we are continuing to socially distance and focus on our training. July is looking pretty exciting by my standards. My instructor will be here two days at a time the next two weeks, so I'm hoping to get four lessons, which is totally unheard of for me. Annabelle won't know what hit her. :lol: La...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Closeout time. Basically hit all my goals with Annabelle, but none of the others. Somehow I don't feel like I have more time with working from home. But I've also been doing lots of yard work and transitioning to a new job, which has meant balancing my new and old jobs for a while. I'm theoretically...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Congratulations Kelo! You and Matt have done amazing things, and I'm looking forward to seeing your continued progression at GP! Blob, I hope you get RP's newest issue sorted out. He sounds like quite a puzzle. I've made a couple changes with Annabelle in the past week or two. 1. Started riding with...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Good News
Replies: 33
Views: 551

Re: Some Good News

Congratulations!
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Colic last night...some jingles, please
Replies: 16
Views: 320

Re: Colic last night...some jingles, please

Glad you got a poop! Continued jingles ~~~
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 778
Views: 180438

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I did a lot of cooking the past two days too. We should be set for the next several days, which will be nice because I don't know where the extra time goes that I *should* have with teleworking. So not specifically dinner, but I've made: Flourless avocado brownies Guacamole Deviled eggs Smoked leg o...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Thanks for the info! I'm not sure I'll need to go the hoop tree route with Tesla, but she sure has some big honkin' spinal processes, so a wide channel will be a must. My majickal Vinici almost fits her, but I have it flocked for Annabelle right now (I had it made for my Appy, Maya, and it fit Roset...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Fitness 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1886

Re: Fitness 2020

I need to rethink my routine since the stay-at-home life looks like it's going to continue for a long time. I haven't touched a weight since March. Some weeks I run two days, and that's about it other than gardening and horse stuff. I can feel the lack of strength training in my core. On the up side...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Khall, I have been meaning to ask what caused you to get the new saddle? I adore my Vinici, but if there's something else I should consider when it's time for Tesla to get a big girl saddle, I will definitely look. Does the Ellis ride similarly to the Vinici? First off-property ride went well last n...
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

I had one of those smack myself in the forehead rides tonight. Annabelle tends to stiffen up and block when I ask for canter. Suddenly it occurred to me tonight that I should LOOK UP and LIFT MY STERNUM and suddenly she was cantering off quite nicely. Duh. Tomorrow I'm going to try to get done with ...
by StraightForward
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Dresseur, it's so exciting to see you and Miro out in the show ring after all you've both been through!
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: working with the energy conservationist horse
Replies: 12
Views: 409

Re: working with the energy conservationist horse

Reading with interest! Khall, Rip sounds similar to how I expect Tesla to be. It's made it difficult to even teach her to lunge properly. Well, she knows how, she just wants to have an argument about it. Every. Single. Time. Then she finally capitulates and will trot around in a lovely frame, stretc...
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

We had some fun with a little jump grid this morning. I am going to try to jump Annabelle once a week. It wakes her up and gets her working. She is so cute, she gets keen and locks on to these little knee high jumps. :) This beats the heck out of hand walking. Looking forward to my lesson this weeke...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: The latest in helmets
Replies: 15
Views: 536

Re: The latest in helmets

The Trauma Void Lynx just arrived today. At least for me, it's a big improvement over their EQ3. I measure about 57 cm, and the medium fits me well enough that the dial fit seems to just finesse the fit a little by hugging the back of my head, but the helmet still fits me pretty well without it. It ...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Godspeed, LaurieB
Replies: 14
Views: 613

Re: Godspeed, LaurieB

:( Oh no, that is just awful. :(
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: 4 year old tense when lifting hind leg
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: 4 year old tense when lifting hind leg

Oh dang, I am so sorry. :( I hope he's able to get comfortable and find a suitable job.
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Woohoo on the galloping, Piedmont. I know what you mean about the thicker horse thinking she is really going for it. Annabelle is half TB, but she is a thick girl, and she can haul when she's loose, but under saddle, yeah, not that fast. Kora looks lovely. How nice to get to haul out and ride! I'm h...
by StraightForward
Sat May 30, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

I was out of town for work this week, and went out to see the girls about 8 last night. Tesla's pen is the first one you see when you pull in the gate, and I noticed a hay net and bucket tied to the fence, and she wasn't in her pen. I went in the barn and her stall door was wide open and the stall h...
by StraightForward
Mon May 25, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Yay on the FCs, exvet! lipsmacker, I hope your guy goes sound soon. I had a good lesson today. I thinks it's the hardest Annabelle has worked since her injury. Just lots of moving forward, spiraling, LY and TOF. But we found the outside rein and the left lead canter didn't feel like driving with the...
by StraightForward
Sun May 24, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: The latest in helmets
Replies: 15
Views: 536

Re: The latest in helmets

Did any of the new helmets you looked at come I'm a long and oval variation like onek does? My head is looong Not that I noticed, but several reviews of the Lynx said it worked well for an oval head with the dial fit system. I'm pretty sure there were shape options on the Charles Owen skull cap I t...
by StraightForward
Sat May 23, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: The latest in helmets
Replies: 15
Views: 536

The latest in helmets

This morning I went down the bunny hole of looking at new helmets. If I'm getting on Tesla soon, it occurred to me that I should look into getting something with MIPS technology. I currently ride in a OneK Defender, which is very comfy. However, I retired my last one after Annabelle dumped me a coup...
by StraightForward
Sat May 23, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Can your dressage horse do this?
Replies: 29
Views: 1107

Re: Can your dressage horse do this?

Great story, Chisamba!
by StraightForward
Fri May 22, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silly/fun horse pics
Replies: 11
Views: 738

Re: Silly/fun horse pics

Ha, I love those pics! I wished I got video of Annabelle on the lunge the other day. Straight up and levitate sideways. Get a nice calm quarterhorse they said. Pffft! When she gets going, some of the leaps Tesla does are just downright bizarre. When I first got her she would do little bouncing leaps...
by StraightForward
Wed May 20, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Compost-makers, I need advice!
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Re: Compost-makers, I need advice!

I talked to a coworker who is a really experienced gardener and he said the tumbler composter are high maintenance because it's hard to keep the moisture balance correct. I just use a 3 bin system and let it compost slowly and turn it over to harvest the finished compost from the bottom about once a...
by StraightForward
Mon May 18, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Please jingle for my boarder and long time friend
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Please jingle for my boarder and long time friend

Yikes, well I'm glad she is out of the hospital, and hope she is negative for CV. I think you're totally right to tell her she can't keep that mare at your place anymore if she does keep her. Two ambulance rides ought to be quite a wakeup call! This morning I heard that a coworker in another town is...
by StraightForward
Fri May 15, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Please jingle for my boarder and long time friend
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Please jingle for my boarder and long time friend

Jingles for minimal injuries and quick healing!
by StraightForward
Thu May 14, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Demi - You and Rocky both look great there. Blob - I hope your foot heals up soon so you can get back to full training with your two. Keep calm and canter on is pretty much my mantra right now. Annabelle had bodywork and laser on Monday, then had Tuesday off, and wore her Back on Track sheet all nig...
by StraightForward
Wed May 13, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Can your dressage horse do this?
Replies: 29
Views: 1107

Re: Can your dressage horse do this?

Flight's dressage horse can do that! :D

That looks so fun. I loved doing the trail classes when I was a teenager. Here we have trail horse challenges, but they are more about scary obstacles than executing maneuvers at speed.
by StraightForward
Wed May 13, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Neck conformation
Replies: 40
Views: 1557

Re: Neck conformation

Of course my pics are too big and I don't know how to resize them. I don't have any confo shots but this is after she'd been in work about 3 months last summer, I believe: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48041473673_c36ec6d88b_c.jpg I need to get some new photos of Annabelle. This one is about ...
by StraightForward
Tue May 12, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silly/fun horse pics
Replies: 11
Views: 738

Silly/fun horse pics

Tonight I shared an apple between Tesla and her neighbor Zoe. I drive right by their pens on the way out and they are apparently mugging for more treats. :lol: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49885109311_c6148ea863_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49885422192_5bf563d001_c.jpg https://li...
by StraightForward
Thu May 07, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Re: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

IronBess: Glad you are joining. Both your Haffies are adorable! The simple change with the half voltes sounds like a good exercise to keep in mind. SueB: Wow, those are some hives! Rosette broke out like that and feeding spirulina powder seemed to help a lot. Tesla gets hives, and Annabelle gets itc...
by StraightForward
Sun May 03, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!

PaulaO wrote:What is her name?


Barn name is Tesla, for her T-shaped blaze, but she thinks her name is Baby Brat-Face.

She is registered with Westfalian as Dame du Couer. By Don Deluxe (DeNiro) out of a Weltmeyer mare to whom she owes her unique personality.
by StraightForward
Sat May 02, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!

Sue B wrote:Gorgeous girl! Stunning red head. Annabelle isn't jealous is she?

I do hope the backing goes easier for you this time. ;)


Thanks Sue! I think Annabelle will be very happy if Tesla takes away some of her workload. And Annabelle wins the shiny coat contest every time. :lol:
by StraightForward
Sat May 02, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!

What a shame she turned out so unattractive, actually terribly ugly. I will take her off your hands. Please send right away. There are days when might take you up on that (like when she decides to argue about picking up her feet for the millionth time :lol: ). For reference, this is how she looked ...
by StraightForward
Sat May 02, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress
Replies: 188
Views: 6444

Keep Calm and Canter On: May and June Goals and Progress

Seemed like an appropriate title for this time. Annabelle: We are having our first lesson in over 18 months tomorrow! My instructor will be back two more times this month, and I'm hoping more frequently afterwards since she won't be busy showing for a while. Keep the sessions more short and focused ...
by StraightForward
Sat May 02, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!

Two more:
by StraightForward
Sat May 02, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Baby Giraffe Turns 4!
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Baby Giraffe Turns 4!

The baby giraffe is not so baby any more - she turned for on 4/30, so I thought I'd clean her up, put on her big girl bridle and get some photos for posterity. I think she is about 16.3 now; if she adds a little up front and stops and 17h I'll be happy. She is definitely one of the more unique perso...

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