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by StraightForward
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The past 24 hours haven't been great
Replies: 7
Views: 47

Re: The past 24 hours haven't been great

Jingles for Maia that she is feeling better and you figure out the cause of this sudden fever.

So sorry about your g-pig too. :(
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Schooling Show Attire
Replies: 3
Views: 23

Re: Schooling Show Attire

Ditto. Light colored breeches and a non patterned polo shirt (l buy golf shirts at TJMaxx). In the fall I wore a white turtleneck and a fitted vest instead of a polo. I braid because I need the practice.
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Is it wrong that I?
Replies: 9
Views: 139

Re: Is it wrong that I?

Pee in the stall. (sometimes I just have too.) Pee in the stall because the bathroom is too far to make it to? My old barn just has a porta-john. The stall or trailer is preferable to going in there on a hot day when it's due to be serviced. Blob, I've done the change in the car too. I'm sure many ...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Flight, that pic is quite worthy of being turned into a meme. Not sure what, but I'll have to think on it.
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Oh gosh, I hope Shandy is OK, and is able to go back to work for you. She seems like such a lovely pony. I don't have any advice, just commiseration. My mare re-injured herself just being turned into a 40x12ft pen this spring after seven months of rehab (original injury was a coffin fracture, and no...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Is it wrong that I?
Replies: 9
Views: 139

Re: Is it wrong that I?

Rockabilly wrote:Pee in the stall. (sometimes I just have too.)


Spooked the horse who happened to be in that stall :lol:
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 68
Views: 3185

Re: So what are you watching?

Mortified Nation. We were watching it a few years ago and DH just.put it on again. Adults reading their teen diaries.
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

I have been fiddling around with Kyra a couple times a week (SF is riding her 3-4x/week) so she is getting plenty of exercise. She looks good. Her muscling is spot on (all the right ones are developing) and I am enjoying her pearlescent summer coat because it won't last long. She is shedding the su...
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 70
Views: 9276

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

So sorry to read that. :cry:
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 142
Views: 8723

Re: Accountability

How is everyone doing? I was concentrating mostly on my diet the last few months, not stressing the exercise due to my busy schedule. Getting more in the routine of working out now though. I'm doing a 1-hour strength training session on the weekend, and a shorter one mid-week, incorporating all the ...
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: To thine own self be true...
Replies: 20
Views: 467

Re: To thine own self be true...

Argh, so frustrating! I often wonder how different it would have been if I'd bought that lovely 3 year old with the x-ray finding that my vet and the examining vet said wouldn't present any future problems. Horses are such a total crapshoot, I feel like buying one at random is just as effective as s...
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 750
Views: 142606

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Love my garden right now! Last night I grilled some salmon with Dijon mustard and tarragon, and on the side we had tiny red and blue new potatoes, Shishito peppers, and parm fried green tomatoes.
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do

I posted over in the goals and progress about an exercise we used in our last lesson. This morning I was relieved to be scheduled at 8 am, and we worked more on getting collection in the canter. Here, we are doing an exercise on a circle of 180 degree TOH, then canter out the opposite direction, spi...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 68
Views: 3185

Re: So what are you watching?

We've been watching Catastrophe on Amazon Prime. Sort of a dark sense of humor needed, but a really good show: plot line - a 40 year old London teacher has an affair with a traveling American business man and gets pregnant. He moves to London to support her and they get married, and it's great and t...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Am I the Only One? (warning, may be sad...)
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: Am I the Only One? (warning, may be sad...)

As a non-tattoo person, I like that one! I had some hair from a couple of my living horses stashed away (one I have to cut tons of tail hair each year, the other was a gob she got caught on the fence and tore out), and tossed it a month or two ago. I agree that their beauty can't be encapsulated in ...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jet and I tried 4-2 today for the first time ...
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Jet and I tried 4-2 today for the first time ...

How exciting, and what a great pair. FEI here you come!
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)
Replies: 13
Views: 295

Re: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)

That scene is not for me, even if I had the money and lived closer to the other coast. However, I have thought that it could be worthwhile to go somewhere, perhaps California, for a month or so in winter for some intensive training. My instructor is currently based in CA, so if that's still the case...
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Fans for inside trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 450

Re: Fans for inside trailer

I just had a pair of fantastic fans installed inside my Kiefer. They work very well inside my camper, so adding them to the horse space seemed a good idea. Can you post what you got? Did a trailer shop wire them into the trailer electrical for you? This is one feature I would have ordered if I'd go...
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Stirrup Positioning
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: Stirrup Positioning

anyway, i find that people are so different in their leg shapes, length of thigh, shape of thigh, shape of horse, everything really changes how the leg lies on a horse, so i feel kind of like the "rules" of leg position are more suggestions . shhhhhh dont tell the SRS clinicians that Yes,...
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility
Replies: 25
Views: 535

Re: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility

Chisamba wrote:This is not Idaho


You asked a rhetorical question about "people" not "people in New Jersey." :roll:
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility
Replies: 25
Views: 535

Re: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility

The whole thing is just bonkers. Based on the CotH thread, it sounds like the victim and her fiance may have tried to attack MB with knives, and he shot in self-defense. No mention of if the fiance is in custody. .. Because a person just walks around armed? I see he has been charged with 2 counts o...
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility
Replies: 25
Views: 535

Re: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility

The whole thing is just bonkers. Based on the CotH thread, it sounds like the victim and her fiance may have tried to attack MB with knives, and he shot in self-defense. No mention of if the fiance is in custody.
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 750
Views: 142606

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Corned beef tacos? Maybe with a nice fresh cabbage slaw dressed with vinaigrette or yogurt instead of mayo. I think tonight I'm going to replicate the ham and cheese potato salad I made last week. The potatoes get crisped up in a pan along with the ham. Then when cooled, toss the potatoes with some ...
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - UPDATED Aug 6
Replies: 63
Views: 1858

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - UPDATED Aug 6

It is amazing to watch something like this heal. You're doing a fabulous job with this. Jingles for continued healing (and reduction in your stress levels and time spent on wound treatment!).
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

You and Phoenix are looking good. You're doing a great job of sitting up and letting her figure out how to get organized and balanced under you. Nice to see her start turning into a "real" horse. :) I had lessons both days this weekend as well. Saturday it was 2pm, out in the sun, about 95...
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 89
Views: 9086

Re: Get me out of training level!

Xan, I think you know that we all really feel for you and boy Bronto. Is he settling into the stall rest at all or is that a whole other tragedy? In the areas of the equestrian US I'm familiar with (Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia), it is not that hard to find a free lease sane OTTB or other who nee...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Chin Padding
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: Chin Padding

Is there space to raise the noseband? Of course you just got the padding, but a drop or cutaway noseband, or one of the anatomic types would avoid that pinching.
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Oh jeeze. Jingling that it's nothing major and he's good to go again soon!
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Blob, your pony is looking really fabulous! I hope you've gone back and compared to his older photos. Very elegant, and you make a good pair. Rosie, Bliss is looking great too. His frame is really getting rounder! Great that you've found a good situation with an instructor. I had a nice ride on Kyra...
by StraightForward
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fourth Level debut!
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Fourth Level debut!

Wow, congratulations! Glad to see you have some good news in the midst of all the difficulties!
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: FREEEDOOOMMM! I'm out! I'm back!!
Replies: 17
Views: 657

Re: FREEEDOOOMMM! I'm out! I'm back!!

Good to hear from you, and welcome back to the wide world! Glad you are doing better, and hope you're able to go see your gorgeous horse soon. While it's hard to sit by, at least he is advancing and you'll be able to pick with him and be farther along since he hasn't just been sitting in pasture.
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Thank you for the kind words, Piedmont! I'm glad I'm carving out the time to take this opportunity, because I've never had access to trained horses really, ever unless you count western pleasure horses, where you just sit there and cruise. This is giving me a glimpse of where I need to go with my ma...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 184
Views: 4996

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

How about something other than spam? Here is some of Kyra's canter work from this morning. I feel like it's a big improvement over where we were a few weeks ago. We did the Ritter's 5 day canter challenge and that along with my homework from last month's lesson helped some things click into placed. ...
by StraightForward
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 89
Views: 9086

Re: Get me out of training level!

Arrgh, I am so, sorry to read this. Damn.
by StraightForward
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Strengthening the Canter
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: Strengthening the Canter

Maya, my appaloosa, was almost incapable of cantering when I got her as an unstarted 3 year old. First, I made sure she could canter on the lunge line consistently, and then we pretty much started canter US by following another horse on the trail. From there, we introduced her to low canter poles an...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

Sending many, many healing jingles your way! We're on day 155 of 180 stall rest + minimal hand-walking. And yes, I'm counting. Sigh. Well, you're getting close at least! I hope the next phase of rehab isn't so onerous for you or your horse. Might need to put A back on her crazy pills. She's been ho...
by StraightForward
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 34
Views: 801

Re: What's good in your world?

This thread makes me smile! I'm not exactly Ingrid Klimke yet, but there are moments on video where I look kind of like a legit dressage rider. Also, I introduced my 3 year old to a very flappy 3x6 flag tonight, and she was a champ about it. The other day I was working her from the roundpen fence wh...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Manes
Replies: 14
Views: 369

Re: Manes

You could always go the other way and roach/hog it. :D I did that to Obie the first year I had him because his mane split down the middle and I couldn't get it trained to one side. His mane is really thick/wide for a quarter horse, and would have been a nightmare to maintain, so I just kept roaching...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "And how was your day?"
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: "And how was your day?"

Argh!
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

Moutaineer wrote:Ugh, this has been a long road. SF. I'm so sorry. How very frustrating.


Yep, a full year shot at this point. I'll be riding Tesla before I'm back on Annabelle. The sale on my old trailer fell through today too. I'm having a margarita and sulking.
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

Well, more hand walking. She was improved, but not enough for the vet to even bother with an ultrasound. We'll try again next month. :(
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 2459

Re: Good connection

Chancellor wrote:PS. I couldn't care less if you swear. I have a mouth like a truck driver/ sailor or what other person swears a lot.


Dressage rider who thinks no one is listening. :lol:
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

Followup ultrasound on Annabelle's DDFT, 4 weeks post-Prostride treatment is this afternoon. Things were looking really good until last Thursday, then it swelled up. Looked a lot better the last two days after liberal applications of cold boot, Surpass, bute and standing wrap. I'm nervous to see wha...
by StraightForward
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just want to gush for a minute
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Just want to gush for a minute

That is great, I'd also love to see pics of your mustang. The Oregon herds seem to have some of the nicer horses.
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Maybe it depends on how inclusive one is in what they think of as seat? If it extends down to the knee joint, then to me, narrowing the seat means narrowing the side-to-side swing of the barrel to push the momentum more forward, kind of like if a hose with water moving through were to narrow, the w...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 980

Re: Seat Aids for Transitions - clinic notes and thoughts

Maybe it depends on how inclusive one is in what they think of as seat? If it extends down to the knee joint, then to me, narrowing the seat means narrowing the side-to-side swing of the barrel to push the momentum more forward, kind of like if a hose with water moving through were to narrow, the wa...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 824

Re: Lightbulb Moments

Today, Sylvia Loch kindly answered a question of mine on FB just before I rode Kyra. I asked her how to maintain flexion on the stiff/heavy side without hanging on the inside rein. She gave me a few ideas, and the one that worked was moving my outside rein away from the neck a bit. It's not like th...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 824

Re: Lightbulb Moments

Yes, lightbulb moments, I have them all the time. With the last Ritter challenge, they talked about the kneeling seat. Well, I think I already do that, so I went out to really do it, and just ended up in a fork seat. However, a little later I thought about it in a different way, sort of riding as if...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - UPDATED Aug 6
Replies: 63
Views: 1858

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)

Wow, Deanna, I am so sorry for all of that, and especially Panache. You did well by him and he had a good life with you. Jingles for Finn to be a good boy and allow the healing process to happen and keep those beautiful stitches in place. I hope all is on the up and up from here on for you and your ...

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