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by StraightForward
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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: 150

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: 150

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: 452

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: 4152

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: 74

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: 9
Views: 183

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: 74

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) - HAPPY UPDATE Sep 13/19!!
Replies: 85
Views: 3106

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: 547

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: 222

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: 1515

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: 452

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: 103

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: 226
Views: 3704

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: 154

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: 226
Views: 3704

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: 226
Views: 3704

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...
by StraightForward
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: One bell boot
Replies: 34
Views: 649

Re: One bell boot

Obviously a better control would be horses with similar asymmetries under the same work, without the bell boot.
by StraightForward
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: One bell boot
Replies: 34
Views: 649

Re: One bell boot

Jingles for your nephew, Chisamba!
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: One bell boot
Replies: 34
Views: 649

Re: One bell boot

As you know, I'm bringing Annabelle back into work, and she is physically a mess. The vet said we could do a few minutes a day of in-hand lateral work, and the first few days, she was really dragging her RH. It would draw arcs in the sand as she did TOF, and not much better for SI. I of course used ...
by StraightForward
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel and the new farrier
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: Ariel and the new farrier

I used to tell my clients back when I was starting horses that if you expect something bad to happen your horse will pick up on it and something bad will happen. If you go out as if nothing is different, your horse will be more relaxed as well. It's amazing what sensitive creatures they are, even w...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fall wedding season!
Replies: 24
Views: 452

Re: Fall wedding season!

I love the second one!
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fall wedding season!
Replies: 24
Views: 452

Re: Fall wedding season!

Nordstrom's has several in that style. https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-floral-organza-gown/5227492?origin=coordinating-5227492-0-1-PDP_1_AA2.PDP_1_DEFAULT-recbot-also_viewed&recs_placement=PDP_1_AA2.PDP_1_DEFAULT&recs_strategy=also_viewed&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=produc...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fall wedding season!
Replies: 24
Views: 452

Re: Fall wedding season!

Oh, I'm glad black-tie weddings aren't really a thing over here. The dress I bought for the last wedding we attended is casual/plain enough that I wear it to the office. I've been oddly obsessed with dresses lately (very few I would wear, but I like looking at them) and I almost wish we had a weddin...
by StraightForward
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - HAPPY UPDATE Sep 13/19!!
Replies: 85
Views: 3106

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - NEW UPDATE Sep 1st

That is looking great, thank you for the update. Also, Leon has the cutest donk nose, glad he is there keeping Finn company!
by StraightForward
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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

I don't see anyone telling her to change, just discussing the different styles. MC did. Do you mean when she asked why M is being ridden poll high, or did I miss a different comment? She asked why the horse was being ridden poll high, because her experience/approach would be different in that situa...
by StraightForward
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: rehab for shoulder injury: what would you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 227

Re: rehab for shoulder injury: what would you do?

It's really hard to figure out the best rehab course without being sure what type of injury it is. I think I would just try to go by his apparent comfort level - like if the curved lines seem to be uncomfortable for him, you might be able to do some long-lining and trot him down the long sides of th...
by StraightForward
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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

It’s the collection and energy- if the horse is flat in the changes because energy has been lost, then it’s almost impossible to get tempis, which is why the fix was to go forward to get the hind driving up. That’s different than expression, which are the big bounding changes desired in competition...
by StraightForward
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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

Dressur has her silver medal and shows lovely work. I'm inclined to believe she is just fine how she is and doesn't need anonymous assistance from unknown persons who may or may not be able to implement results. I don't see anyone telling her to change, just discussing the different styles. I appre...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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

Dresseur, so good to hear you and Miro are both moving in the right direction with your healing processes. Hope to see you back together and progressing soon! 2 tack-walk rides in on Annabelle sans Ace and no one died. Yesterday I tried to trot her a bit on the line to see if she is moving better af...
by StraightForward
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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

Congratulations Flight, that is an awesome milestone! 62% even with those few flubs is a great score and shows you'll be a few points higher next time no problem.
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 61
Views: 4845

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

SF, are you sure you can watch ALL of them? The first few are sample ones. There is a 'lock' on the others that require subscription. yes, there was a note to this effect on the FB post I watched the 52 minute rider demo and 30 minute lecture last night, then opened another video directly from my l...
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC
Replies: 61
Views: 4845

Re: Susanne von Dietz Educational Event in Landrum SC

You have to pay for those. ... Thanks though. Although I don't subscribe to everything she says I really enjoy her work. (Im in the Mary Wanlesz camp more or less) That's weird, I went through a FB link and could watch them all for free. I don't have a DT subscription. Did you try clicking on the v...
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2016, am I the only one?
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Class of 2016, am I the only one?

I would love to help SF but I think I am too decrepit (about the same age as her barn owner...damn, things just don't work right anymore). I just am not very agile. At least Tesla has already been sat on. I don't think it will be a big deal but for sure, need someone around...I can punch 911 on my ...
by StraightForward
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3704

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

I'm so very over August, it is already September in my mind. :lol: I have simple goals this 2-month period: Annabelle - consistent, successful rehab. September is slated to be a month of tack-walking, then in October we will venture a little bit of trotting. Tesla - Continue ground work, take at lea...
by StraightForward
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8511

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

Not exactly sure how things will go over the next two months but: Annabelle - Hopefully resume under saddle rehab work in mid-July. Cross fingers for soundness! Tesla - take her off-property somewhere other than the vet. Start more serious groundwork. Maybe climb on sometime in August. Kyra - I'll ...
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 1229

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

Yay for a free lease! That sounds like a mutually beneficial situation.
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2016, am I the only one?
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Class of 2016, am I the only one?

Yeah, she eats a lot, but well, she's on her way to 17+ hands, so I expect it. She outgrew her XL bell boots so I have a pair of 2XLs on the way. No under-sized feet here! Planning to get on her myself once I can line up a ground person I trust. The last one I started did not go well, but I'm up for...
by StraightForward
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2016, am I the only one?
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Class of 2016, am I the only one?

Wow, you are making great progress with her! She sounds like lots of fun and looks like a nice mover from that last pic.
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The past 24 hours haven't been great
Replies: 33
Views: 978

Re: The past 24 hours haven't been great

That must be a relief, so glad she is doing well!
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Re: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do

When my instructor put us on that TOH/spiral in in renvers exercise, it was exactly because we couldn't manage to canter down the long side and then ride half a 10m circle. So part of the exercise was to ride the haunches in to develop the bend, and then maintain the bend while spiraling out. We wen...
by StraightForward
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 1229

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

StraightForward the "barn supplies" are listed as ShowSheen, Vetrolin and fly spray and other maintenance supplies. Impressive that they get it, and it goes up to $175 if you board a horse there! $1800/year for ShowSheen, WTF. I might spend $150 a year on that type of stuff - for three ho...
by StraightForward
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 1229

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

PPS got the price list: $1500 for training and 2 lessons/week. Add $175/lesson for more lessons. Add $150 a month for barn supplies. Just want school horse lessons? $1190/month, going up to $1800/month after 3 months so you can ride just the one horse, and $600/week show lease fee on top if you sho...
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 70
Views: 3359

Re: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE

I'm positive that StraightForward has made the best choices for Annabelle. We don't have daily insight into the mare, vets, farriers, facility, etc. StraightForward does. I can't say that I'd automatically leap to euthanasia for an injury the vet indicates is repairable in an otherwise healthy, pro...
by StraightForward
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 70
Views: 3359

Re: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE

Let's remember that I've dealt with two subsequent, different injuries here. The coffin bone fracture started it all, and is fully healed. We had a month back under saddle W/T/C before, with extenuating circumstances, the relatively minor soft tissue injury happened. Barring additional setbacks, we ...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?
Replies: 39
Views: 870

Re: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?

Rhythm is the only part of the training scale I don't really find to be a problem? Maybe it's me, but I find most horses can have a metronome trot with no problem. Struggling to think of a horse I've worked with that had rhythm challenges. I think any issues just arise out of balance problems, whic...
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 847

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Kyra's Mom wrote:N

We don't have round bales readily available around here as I think that would be great under a net but alas, not available here.

Susan


Well, we almost got a chance to pick one up off the road yesterday. :lol:
by StraightForward
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?
Replies: 39
Views: 870

Re: Metronome trots... nature or nurture?

Rhythm is the only part of the training scale I don't really find to be a problem? Maybe it's me, but I find most horses can have a metronome trot with no problem. Struggling to think of a horse I've worked with that had rhythm challenges. I think any issues just arise out of balance problems, which...

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