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by StraightForward
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Share your weird horse dreams
Replies: 16
Views: 289

Re: Share your weird horse dreams

A few nights ago, I dreamed that I still had Rosette, and I showed up at the barn to one of the stall cleaners trying to teach her something. I told her - please don't try to train my horse, she has enough problems already. This person (not a real person at my barn) protested and tried to show me wh...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Blob so sorry to hear of MM's trailer boo boo. As for slipping on ramps (which I have on my trailer and have had issues with) I replaced my matting with the rubber matting that Sundowner uses. Much more stable of footing (my farrier has it on his shoeing trailer and says he has never slipped even w...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Oh, that's terrible Blob. I hope MM heals up soon and is able to get over the trauma. I believe it was HeddyLamar's mare that needed re-training after a similar injury? This is a good reminder to me to get on with Tesla's trailer training while I'm off work next week. I've been lax about it, but thi...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Blankets for horses who kill blankets?
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Blankets for horses who kill blankets?

Shires StormCheetas are really heavy duty ballistic nylon and way cheaper than Rambos. They are nicely cut, too.

SmartPak and Schneider's offer 10 year warranties on their higher-quality lines, so those are the others I would look into for blanket destroyers.
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Share your weird horse dreams
Replies: 16
Views: 289

Re: Share your weird horse dreams

I just had one last night. I dreamed I was riding my Appaloosa at the championships (he died 15 years ago) but I don't remember seeing the spots in the dream. We were waiting to do our freestyle and I realized I didn't have my coat on, so we ran back to the barn to get it, hoping not to miss my rid...
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Rip and Gallie please
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: Jingles for Rip and Gallie please

Jingles for your horses, khall!
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How to safely wrap hind leg and avoid getting kicked
Replies: 16
Views: 266

Re: How to safely wrap hind leg and avoid getting kicked

Would quickwraps of some type do what you need to do? That might at least help the process go faster, and without needing to be all the way on the ground. While doing the post-op care for Tesla's coffin joint surgery, I discovered that a second use for honey is to stick the gauze to the horse so it ...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Unbelievably, my bad luck continues ... now Jet.
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Unbelievably, my bad luck continues ... now Jet.

Ugh, I'm so sorry! Jingling for Jet; with you caring for him he has the best chances of a full recovery. I hope this is just a blip and he is back at full force soon!
by StraightForward
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 173
Views: 19440

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you for sharing exvet! It's impressive to see how far Junior has come in a short time and gives me hope for Annabelle after losing what was supposed to be our first level year. Going into your more hospitable season, I'm sure he'll progress leaps and bounds over the winter.
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Fleece pads really help? Lemke
Replies: 18
Views: 344

Re: Fleece pads really help? Lemke

My pads are wool fleece but not on a skin backing, so I wash with a mild detergent and air dry them every few rides. I bought black so I wouldn't worry about stains. I use a stiff horse brush to bring the pile back up once they're dry, and vacuum with a shop vac if they get lots of hair in them. I t...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pushing through your comfort zone - yes or no?
Replies: 13
Views: 376

Re: Pushing through your comfort zone - yes or no?

Well both. The person I lesson with is out of state, so at best she sees us once a month. I will try different exercises and things on my own to try to solve problems and improve things, but she pushes us to work harder than I would on my own. I guess I'm comfortable experimenting, so I don't feel l...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Fleece pads really help? Lemke
Replies: 18
Views: 344

Re: Fleece pads really help? Lemke

I think serge panels on the saddle are the best. They are softer and mold to the horse's back in a way leather panels can't. I have two Black Country saddles with serge and the horses seem to appreciate them. Also, the saddle pads slip less. I do use LeMieux merino lined numnahs on my mare Annabell...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Fleece pads really help? Lemke
Replies: 18
Views: 344

Re: Fleece pads really help? Lemke

I think serge panels on the saddle are the best. They are softer and mold to the horse's back in a way leather panels can't. I have two Black Country saddles with serge and the horses seem to appreciate them. Also, the saddle pads slip less. I do use LeMieux merino lined numnahs on my mare Annabelle...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!
Replies: 23
Views: 535

Re: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!

When I was job interviewing in the late 60's, there was a job called "Girl Friday". Webster definition: a female assistant (as in an office) entrusted with a wide variety of tasks Yes, and I'm looking forward to the time that the men who assume the women in their workplace are their profe...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!
Replies: 23
Views: 535

Re: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!

I would have spoke up and said that is "Sharon's cubicle" just to clarify and politely remind the BM. What is his approximate age as that may be partly the reason too? He is about the same age. The power outlet is so she can plug in a space heater. He has a history of essentially dismissi...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!
Replies: 23
Views: 535

Re: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!

I think old lady would be equally disrepectful in a professional environment.
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!
Replies: 23
Views: 535

Re: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!

MC, do you think you would notice if a 60 year old man was referred to as "that boy?" In this context (e.g. not "I'm watching the game withy boys."
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!
Replies: 23
Views: 535

That "girl" is a 60 year old woman!

OK, this just grated on me at work today. The lady I share a cubicle wall with is getting a new power outlet installed. She was gone and the building manager brought the electrician by to look at it and schedule the work. The BM referred to her as "this girl" like 4 times in 5 minutes (she...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

soft tissue needs to be considered too esp around stifle joint OK good. My horses are all lame. Thank you for the diagnosis, which I'll take over the veterinary surgeon who has done multiple follow-up evaluations since her OCD surgery. :roll: This was a general statement, I wasn't talking specifica...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

No, don't use side reins. I occasionally use lauffer reins once the horse is solid at lunging in all gaits. Working on long lining her instead, but wanted to solidify canter on the lunge before dealing with the second line. Also, my planned ground person has a shoulder injury right now, so I won't b...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Thank you Khall and Tanga. FWIW just lunged her and allowing more time to spool up in trot, we got a few nice transitions to canter both ways. The only kicking was when she glued her feet to the ground and watched some horses riding away from the barn. She totally ignored a cluck as well as a firm t...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Ryeissa wrote:soft tissue needs to be considered too esp around stifle joint


OK good. My horses are all lame. Thank you for the diagnosis, which I'll take over the veterinary surgeon who has done multiple follow-up evaluations since her OCD surgery. :roll:
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

With a young horse like Tesla, I would want to have a series of baseline xrays which I think SF has? Do I recall that they did find some issue with Tesla on radiograph? She had clean radiographs, except the coffin bone chip, which has been removed. FWIW, when I initially started teaching her to lun...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Really? You have never seen a horse kick at the whip because it just doesn't like the whip? This is what is happening. She has cantered forward more freely when I lunge her in the big outdoor arena. She is a horse that will chase down the whip lash and try to stomp it, and tends to lean into pressu...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 753
Views: 149338

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Drool-worthy dinner tonight: I seasoned a couple lamb shanks (I get amazing lamb from next door to Obie's barn) in alaea salt and white peppercorns, seared them off and then put them in the Instant Pot with a bottle of robust red wine, garlic and herbs and slow cooked for about 6 hours till falling ...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tack room ideas?
Replies: 23
Views: 644

Re: Tack room ideas?

I thin stain would look nice, and be less likely to show the inevitable scuffs and dings that will happen over time. For some reason though, I'm picturing a wide horizontal painted stripe about halfway up the wall. Looks like a great space!
by StraightForward
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 44
Views: 1346

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

I don't know anywhere around here that beds with straw.
by StraightForward
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: MacRider Saddles
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: MacRider Saddles

You might do a search on N2 on CotH. Most people seem happy, but some have had not so great experiences.

I rode in a new N2 Cardhu a couple times, and it was really nice. Too much of a locked in feeling for me (partially due to my freaky-long femurs) but seems like a lovely saddle.
by StraightForward
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Stirrup Positioning
Replies: 38
Views: 1253

Re: Stirrup Positioning

MC - at the Melonie Kessler clinic a few weeks ago, she was talking about still legs. One rider had very wobbly lower legs, and she said to make them more still. Certainly that requires a certain amount of muscle tone. The motion has to be absorbed somewhere, and if the body is lax, the movement wil...
by StraightForward
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Glad to hear RP improved while you were gone, blob! Hope he's able to get back to work soon. The girls got bodywork on Tuesday, and Annabelle got an adjustment to help correct her dropped left hip and get her LS unlocked. She was able to trot pretty nicely under saddle last night, and I could see wh...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Meanwhile in remedial land - Annabelle trotted 3 circuits of the small indoor under saddle, and Tesla is getting the idea of long-lining, though she does not believe in trotting to the right. We're with you, Chisamba, on being challenged to canter a circle. She can do it, but she is turning out to b...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 494

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

I don't know how literal you were saying the horses have never been on the trailer, but if that's true, I'd practice loading them. An emergency is not the time to find out they don't want to get on. I like to make sure I can load mine single-handed in case no one is around to help.
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 494

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

Paula...No way I am selling the trailer. That is peace of mind for me. To ask someone to haul me 3 hours to a vet hospital was something I hated asking the 3 times it has happened with my big boy in the last 19 years, and all three times is was a panic situation seeing who was free and who was will...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do
Replies: 10
Views: 623

Re: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do

Today I audited a couple rides at the Carrie Harnden clinic. It was interesting because the first was a WB/Arabian cross (I think, he was branded) that was quite up in the neck, and schooling PSG. The next was some type of smaller Baroque type horse with a huge but lower neck, schooling first level....
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Unique Spurs
Replies: 6
Views: 4288

Re: Unique Spurs

Those seem like they would be good for a long-legged rider on a smaller horse...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ding dong my old trailer's gone!
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Ding dong my old trailer's gone!

Yeah, well, a trailer is a little too valuable to give away! ;) Someone bought my camper shell off Craigslist this week too, so now I have space to build a shed for storing shavings, my jumps and whatnot.

Plus the buyer was nice and really excited to be getting a trailer, so everyone's happy!
by StraightForward
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My Portugal trip to the Valenca's
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: My Portugal trip to the Valenca's

Sounds wonderful! Something like that is my next trip, if my horses will lay off the vet bills so I can afford it. Thanks for the report and videos!
by StraightForward
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ding dong my old trailer's gone!
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Ding dong my old trailer's gone!

Oh how I hate selling things! I had two people verbally tell me they would buy my old Featherlite, then back out (one after sending his brother over to inspect the VIN/Title). Someone at my barn gave me a check for the full amount, I held it for her for a week, then her husband said "too much m...
by StraightForward
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - RIDING AGAIN!!!, Vids posted Oct 7/19!!
Replies: 118
Views: 4691

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - HAPPY UPDATE Sep 13/19!!

The wound looks amazing Deanna, considering what you started with. And such a happy to see Finn out enjoying himself and traveling SOUND!
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What point is being made?
Replies: 39
Views: 1062

Re: What point is being made?

The first thing that comes to mind is that we are the ones who have chosen this sport of perfection, not to mention riding perfect circles in the dirt. :lol: It does sound like someone is upset about about something or someone. Yeah, that is a dumb video. You could be messing with someone's income,...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The rest of your 'pack' - dogs/cats etc
Replies: 11
Views: 392

Re: The rest of your 'pack' - dogs/cats etc

This is my buddy Jabes (short for J.B. for Jack Black) in his summer haircut. I believe he is Border collie and curly-coated retriever. He'll be 14 this winter (pic is from 2016). He's a good boy and often comes and hangs out at the barn (yay for dog-friendly barns!). We've run thousands of miles to...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility
Replies: 76
Views: 2185

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

Ryeissa wrote:The person who was shot, Laura K was posting on the thread--- it is quite the thread!


Wow, I'd read it up until l about a week ago. Went back and peeked I might have to sit down with a glass of wine and catch up on Friday night. It just keeps getting more bizarre. :shock:
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fall wedding season!
Replies: 24
Views: 691

Re: Fall wedding season!

I like that one! It's unique, but also kind of subtle, and yay for wearing flats!
by StraightForward
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Best Bit ?
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Best Bit ?

Not sure why a single jointed Baucher would be bad? I'd look for a 5.25" bit though. It's surprising how much difference 1/4" makes. Here is a single joint 5.25: https://www.doversaddlery.com/albacon-boucher/p/X1-010149/ You might also look into Myler. It doesn't look like their Baucher co...
by StraightForward
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I wasn't talking about this forum, as you can see. I was talking about in the era of oversharing that many people feel comfortable posting a lot online. Also, by all means keep sharing. I don't think anyone here is trying to stop those who choose to. I don't think this discussion is going to make a...
by StraightForward
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Free items - Pay shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Free items - Pay shipping

I would love the two fly bonnets if they are cob or horse size. :D
by StraightForward
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I'm not important enough for anyone to take an interest in ruining my reputation, so the risk for me is anonymous internet people potentially being mean. Maybe I'm naive because I haven't experienced it, but the internet is so flooded with content that I think the risk of someone latching onto my p...
by StraightForward
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 368
Views: 9009

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I'm not important enough for anyone to take an interest in ruining my reputation, so the risk for me is anonymous internet people potentially being mean. Maybe I'm naive because I haven't experienced it, but the internet is so flooded with content that I think the risk of someone latching onto my ph...

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