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by StraightForward
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A little update
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: A little update

Great update, and congratulations on everything! And you’re right, the time off to grow and mature will do your mare nothing but good. :)
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

A little over budget, but quite a fancy pony right in your area: https://www.dreamhorse.com/show_instant ... id=2114068
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Three weeks until our first show (not counting intro at a tiny league show last fall). I wanted to do T3, but it’s not offered with the opportunity classes, and I’m not a big fan of T2, so we’ll probably just do Intro B as a warmup, and then T1. Annabelle fielt absolutely super yesterday. I’m gettin...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

StraightForward - Thanks so much for your plant list and info! "One is in the foreground of the last photo, and blooms bright yellow in mid-late summer." Might be some type of rabbit brush? No, it was sold as sulphur buckwheat, but it's not the same as the sulphur buckwheat that grows her...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 635

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

If it was intuitive, I'd be a lot better at it by now.
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)
Replies: 34
Views: 876

Re: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)

I know a few people who have scored a really nice warmblood in the 7-9 age range, schooling or showing 2nd, for under $25 K CAD. But those were exceptional circumstances - divorce forcing quick sales. That's what I've seen. I've certainly looked to see what it would cost to buy a 4-6 year old compa...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Not palomino, but a nice 3 year old (Arabian/Andalusian) in Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECgsR1l ... e=youtu.be
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

On Facebook tonight, by VII Sport Horses: 2016 Gelato d’Avalon (Goldmaker x Paso Doble/Voltaire/Burggraaf) Reg GOV Palomino COLT (Stallion prospect) Should mature 16.2-16.3 Wynnewood, Oklahoma Photos available $16,000 I'm confused. VII Sport Horses is located in Waynesville, MO. Avalon Equine in Wy...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

On Facebook tonight, by VII Sport Horses:

2016

Gelato d’Avalon
(Goldmaker x Paso Doble/Voltaire/Burggraaf)
Reg GOV
Palomino COLT (Stallion prospect)
Should mature 16.2-16.3
Wynnewood, Oklahoma
Photos available
$16,000
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Just to end with, as my BFF on the east coast says, I am my horse's advocate, and if local vet gets huffy about it, then whatever, I need to do what I need to do. But any suggestions about the best way to handle this would be appreciated. I think medical professionals, including vets, should be use...
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Sprenger Novocontact bits
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Sprenger Novocontact bits

Well, IMO, a fussy mouth might do better with a single-jointed bit or even a mullen. When I bought Annabelle, she was 4 and going in a mullen-mouth western curb bit (at least not riding on contact...). The seller swore that she was quietest with her mouth in that bit, so I ended up putting her in a ...
by StraightForward
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

Oh yes I have several sedums and hens and chicks too. The sedums are really nice when they bloom in the fall.
by StraightForward
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: study on how to learn skills faster
Replies: 9
Views: 238

Re: study on how to learn skills faster

Tsavo, did you read The Talent Code? (if not, it is a somewhat different perspective on effective learning/practice) I read it a few weeks ago. I think it's a similar idea - practice at the edge of/outside of your competence area. I find the concepts hard to apply to riding though, at least outside...
by StraightForward
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I like this thread format. Sometimes I tag a small update onto a post commenting on someone else's post, whereas I might not deem it update-worthy for my own thread (see my rarely updated Anna Banana thread). Also not sure I'd click through 15 different journaling threads on a regular basis, so we'd...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

I remember when this project began. Looks awesome! Have the neighbors 'bought in' to the native/xeriscaping style? Looks like a great demonstration garden for the unenlightened! Do you have any small, "specimen" trees or bushes planned for either front or back yard? I've only had one neig...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

Wow, you've come a long way, baby! That bed looks fabulous! I am in a similar zone to yours, so I'm curious about your plants. Could you list them when you have time - what are the purple, yellow, and white (shrubby) plants? Any of any color that you tried but did not thrive? Any in particular that...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

i love how you broke the front with the little pathway i bet the bees and butterflies love you There is actually a culvert an sort of an existing drainage path along there, so I made it into a dry creekbed. I want to fill it in with blue stones, but haven't gotten around to it. Right now it's just ...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

My xeriscaping/native landscaping in the front yard is really starting to fill in and mature. This was first planted in spring of 2014, and I have been adding to it each year since then. This is how it looked at this time of year in 2014: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/880/42717856132_38118ccd3c_c.j...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: StraightForward and Redsoxluvr- Petrie updates, please?
Replies: 33
Views: 941

Re: StraightForward and Redsoxluvr- Petrie updates, please?

Those look good, Rosie! I'm not missing the height on mine either. I've started to wear them for flat work now that Annabelle has a little more self-carriage. She is a little more responsive to my lateral aids with the stiff boots, which his nice. What does everyone else do for care? I keep Maguire'...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Sprenger Novocontact bits
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Sprenger Novocontact bits

It should be about the same. If anything, loose ring might need to go up a 1/4 inch to avoid pinching. I have my WB in a 5.5 NeuSchule and bought the 5.5" loose ring for her and find it a little too small.
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Wow, Moutaineer! I hope they get a big fine for that in addition to cleaning up and replacing the fence. Things were on fire when I drove out to American Falls on Sunday; I'm not ready for fire season just yet. :( DJR - what a great day and lovely pony. I'm sure your daughter will be up there in the...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 409

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Would you be buying completely sight-unseen? I've thought about how I would do long-distance buying in the future, and I think I might do a basic PPE, and if all is well, schedule a trip out to see the horse with a more extensive PPE while I'm there. Last year I went and saw a horse in Nebraska, cam...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Boot woes - now boot happiness!
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: Boot woes

Glad you got your boots! There is a virtual horse shopper thread, so maybe put your requirements there and we'll get to work. ;)
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 690

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Gorgeous! Congratulations and glad Kammie is OK!
by StraightForward
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 479

Re: More leg? Not really...No

Do instructors really say more leg? I don't think use ever said it or been told more leg. I've told people on hot goody horses that if a horse can get used to a blanket, they can get comfortable with a leg. I've said drap, keep your leg under you and many such suggestions, but I don't think I've as...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More leg? Not really...No
Replies: 20
Views: 479

Re: More leg? Not really...No

I wonder if some instructors say more leg in a lesson to get the horse and rider to the level of forward and/or bend that they want, and then neglect to explain that they should be able to achieve that with lighter aids? I've been in that situation of applying more and more leg in a lesson, but ther...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well, if we're sharing pics, here is a cute clip of Annabelle testing out her flying change over a toppled cone; I also think it shows how her canter is coming together: https://youtu.be/Dr8IV4-qbec I'm hoping to show in a couple Opportunity classes next month and see how she handles the atmosphere....
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Training Sessions: Length of Time
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: Training Sessions: Length of Time

I don't time rides, but it tends to be about 45 minutes in the saddle each ride. Probably 15 minutes warmup including trotting and cantering in a longer frame and a little walk lateral work, 2-3 stints of more engaged work with walk breaks in between (5-7 minutes each?) and then cool down.
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

How common is palomino in WBs or crosses though? Pretty small sample size I would guess. Definitely more common in the Iberians, but prices are not always cheap for them either. Probably could get a young one for $15,000. What I've seen, it's mostly in the RPSI, but the color comes at a premium, an...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I'm not sure if the descriptions that were posted helped, but in my last two rides, I thought more about having A follow the inside rein, and got some much better canter. I think in my quest to contain her shoulders and get her on the outside rein, I was not turning MY shoulders in the direction of...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Boogers
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: Boogers

Not to scare you, but Obie had persistent snots and it ended up being a sinus cyst. He was prescribed SMZs when we initially thought it was a cold.
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well, I hope everyone will keep having these discussions, even when there is disagreement. I'm not sure if the descriptions that were posted helped, but in my last two rides, I thought more about having A follow the inside rein, and got some much better canter. I think in my quest to contain her sho...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Check out Shane on this site. http://www.4ropinranch.com/horses_for_sale.htm#Shane I didn't even look at location but you can look through some of these horses to get an idea of the conformation, movement and names of the foundation QH to see if it would be something that suits your needs. That hor...
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Not at all what you are looking for, but dang, the price is sooo tempting. Lucky for me, dh and ds would probably disown me if I bought her. lol A cute “about 17H” QH gelding popped up on my FB feed today too, for only $3K. When I was looking last year I couldn’t find a damn thing over 16H and unde...
by StraightForward
Thu May 31, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Miro has been going gangbusters - I'm realizing that I never really had him following the inside rein. I would go half way with it, then take over with my outside leg - which was masking the issue. He's feeling amazing and is super happy in his work. I had to up his feed because his energy levels w...
by StraightForward
Wed May 30, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I can sit the trot on grass all day!
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: I can sit the trot on grass all day!

I’ve been hearing good things about the “Scoot Boots” on my Facebook barefoot trimmers page. Was going to go back to Renegades if Annabelle needs boots (thanks to new load of arena sand in the outdoor, the need has been delayed), but will probably look into the Scoot Boots more first.
by StraightForward
Wed May 30, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt
Replies: 98
Views: 2406

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Not at all what you are looking for, but dang, the price is sooo tempting. Lucky for me, dh and ds would probably disown me if I bought her. lol https://eastidaho.craigslist.org/grd/d/dutch-warmblood-qh/6599224445.html Oh, why did you post that Sue? I’ve seen her on DreamHorse and am intrigued. I’m...
by StraightForward
Mon May 28, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get me out of training level!
Replies: 40
Views: 2074

Re: Get me out of training level!

Well done Xan! The first one is under his girth and your belt, pillock or not. Amazing scores too!
by StraightForward
Sun May 27, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The little things that make you happy
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: The little things that make you happy

After five tries and clearing my cache: Ava & Chipper 4 copy.JPG Lead line champions in the making, clearly. People frequently comment on how sleek and shiny Annabelle is, but I don't really notice it myself. Today rinsed the sweat off of her and turned her out in the paddock, then did some...
by StraightForward
Sun May 27, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Nice ride this morning. I hauled the rest of my set of jumps to the new barn and set up a small course of ground poles, which I eventually raised to small x-rails. Annabelle is not convinced that jumping is exactly worth it. Towards the end of the ride I put them back on the ground and we cantered t...
by StraightForward
Sun May 27, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Sprenger Novocontact bits
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Sprenger Novocontact bits

Great bits for encouraging contact. The 5.5 is too small for Pickle, and Annabelle has the contact idea now and has no on to a regular bit.

5.5" single joint loose ring $50
5" double joint eggbutt $125
5" single joint eggbutt $100
by StraightForward
Sun May 20, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Our big recognized dressage show (well, big for here...) is this weekend. I went and watched several rides from 1st-3rd level. Very interesting, with the variety of horses and riding styles. I'm hoping Annabelle and I will be out there at first level next year, and with lots of luck, maybe Pickle wi...
by StraightForward
Sun May 20, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Phone Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 288

Re: Phone Insurance

When it comes to insurance, the house always wins. The question is just whether or not you can afford to self-insure. When it comes to our house, even if the mortgage is paid off, no, we can't afford to self insure. We need protection if the thing should burn down. For a phone? Yeah, I can manage th...
by StraightForward
Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: StraightForward and Redsoxluvr- Petrie updates, please?
Replies: 33
Views: 941

Re: StraightForward and Redsoxluvr- Petrie updates, please?

Ooh, pretty!

I am not riding in my Petries yet. Annabelle still needs the kind of leg support I can give her it my softer field boots, so the stiff boots will be sitting in the closet for a while yet until she obtains a little more self-carriage.
by StraightForward
Wed May 16, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Giant life change...
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Giant life change...

Wow, congratulations!
by StraightForward
Wed May 16, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Pet peeve - "the top of the neck"

If someone told you something about the "top of a horse's neck", what part of the neck would you think they meant, along the mane or near the ears? If we're talking about a horse person who would know normal conformation terminology, I would think of the muscling below the mane, as it's c...
by StraightForward
Sun May 13, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Interior decor / art
Replies: 12
Views: 333

Re: Interior decor / art

I don't know if your crafty/artistic at all, but a friend of mine has been doing paint pouring and making some neat pieces. As much as she is producing, I imagine that it's not very time-consuming. Something like that could be easily customizable and not too expensive. I think it's sort of a trendy ...
by StraightForward
Sat May 12, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I am really sorry H4S :(
by StraightForward
Fri May 11, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 352
Views: 7805

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Thanks for that @Srhorselady. I did discuss Esomeprazole with my vets because Miss Pickle is quite a pickle to administer oral meds, an I hate asking the barn staff to do it when I'm out of town. Of course they assured me that although there are anecdotes about improvement, only Gastrogard is proven...

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