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by StraightForward
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Lunging Cavesson
Replies: 14
Views: 398

Re: Lunging Cavesson

I have one very similar from Dressage Extensions. It's sitting in my tack room barely used. I hate it. Heavy and unwieldy. I would sell it if you are interested. I like the lighter ones that have the bicycle chain in the nose piece and form to the nose of the horse. I bought mine from DP saddlery a...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Lunging Cavesson
Replies: 14
Views: 398

Re: Lunging Cavesson

What does you guys think of this one: http://www.dressageextensions.com/leather-lunge-caveson/p/22310/?utm_campaign=NB_PLA_CatchAll_GOOG&gclid=CjwKCAjw0ZfoBRB4EiwASUMdYW-2czfSm2sp8TjIHIhDnNOgELecaJbBkH04tH-pB9HnhRj8vCAL5hoCvG8QAvD_BwE I've read that it's best to avoid the ones with the hinge at...
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need to talk this out
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: Need to talk this out

Right after a meal, I'm inclined to give a reluctant horse some leeway. Exercising right after a meal -- even riding -- is miserable for *me* so I'm not going to expect a recently fed horse to be happy to tote my ass around. Right. So it seems better to take her out when she's eaten a fraction of h...
by StraightForward
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Fans for inside trailer
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Fans for inside trailer

Small fans don't draw much power. I wonder if you could rig up something that is solar-powered?
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Dieting
Replies: 11
Views: 169

Re: Dieting

No, I get your point and agree that overall calories are important. However, for many people, myself included, cutting carbs is a very expedient way to control total calories without having to track closely or go hungry, and that it's entirely possible, focusing on whole foods, to eat a lot of nutri...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sitting the trot on the Green Horse: What's Your Take?
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Sitting the trot on the Green Horse: What's Your Take?

I try to sit a few strides and see if the horse changes for the worse. If so, then I go back to posting. If the trot quality is maintained, then I would just keep introducing sitting trot in small doses and build up the proportion of sitting to rising.
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Dieting
Replies: 11
Views: 169

Re: Dieting

Well - I have been cutting carbs lately, and losing weight slowly (5# over several weeks). I did it more because I was eating carbs and then having a constant fight with myself over craving sugary things. I am not trying to get to ketosis, and probably eat about 30 grams of carbs most days. I'm not ...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need to talk this out
Replies: 21
Views: 290

Re: Need to talk this out

She's done with her grain when I get there but is still munching hay. ok, well i would just start riding then. Hay is not dinner to me. I know she gets crabby but that is something she can get used to.... Yeah, this. In the end it is probably better because it will stretch out the time she is eatin...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PRP or ProStride
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: PRP or ProStride

Thank you Canyon. Goldhorse, good to hear that it worked for your guy. Pulled the wrap and hand walked this morning, and the tendon already seemed a little tighter, though that may have just been the bandage that was on for about 20 hours.
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here he is!
Replies: 16
Views: 259

Re: Here he is!

Looks like a fun guy!
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 21
Views: 508

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

Love photo threads! This is me "then" age 14 at the county fair. This was my heart horse Jaguar - we had just won the hunter hack championship. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48089603866_cc26372217_c.jpg Now, 27 years later on Susan's mare Kyra: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/480...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PRP or ProStride
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: PRP or ProStride

I guess no one is "lucky" enough to have experience with this? So this morning, vet confirmed that she was still lame, still diffuse swelling around the injured area. Ultrasounded and saw slight healing as compared to two weeks ago, but disorganized cells, which she said were indicative of...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: When you develop a new standard for a gait...
Replies: 27
Views: 466

Re: When you develop a new standard for a gait...

This is a timely post--something a barn friend and I have been discussing a lot. Her horse has improved tremendously in the past year or so. She sometimes gets frustrated with work that doesn't feel as great or feels a bit like a step back. But from the ground it's so obvious that the worst of her ...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 69
Views: 1875

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!?

Another super dumb question - does the halter he comes off the truck with stay with the horse or is it the shipper's halter and it needs to be given back to them before they leave? IME, the seller sends the horse with a super cheap halter that will disintegrate 3 minutes after the horse arrives. So...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PRP or ProStride
Replies: 5
Views: 128

PRP or ProStride

Annabelle is still lame after 2 weeks stall rest, using Surpass the first week. We have an appointment tomorrow to treat the DDFT strain (not tear, at least). Does anyone have experience? Did you have to do multiple treatments, and what was the outcome? I read that it is generally not effective 3-6 ...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Selling older horse book prices
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Selling older horse book prices

Josette wrote:Thanks! Where did you list your books if I may ask? It looks like Amazon charges seller fee of $39 per month membership.


I used to sell on Amazon, and that wasn't the case. They have gotten less and less favorable to sellers over the years and I quit selling.
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Selling older horse book prices
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Selling older horse book prices

My experience with certain out of print books on Amazon, is that the prices fluctuate wildly, so if one is currently high, best to list yours competitively and hope it sells quickly before the prices drop again. For instance, I ended up with a couple copies of Sylvia Loch's Dressage in Lightness, an...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 189
Views: 20379

Re: Class of 2013?

Wow, at least that mishap was captured for posterity! Glad you managed to keep it to a fairly minor unplanned dismount! Isn't this the year they're supposed to grow up?
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle jingles, please
Replies: 11
Views: 335

Re: Saddle jingles, please

It's a Trilogy Debbie McDonald. It really is sized for a shorter-legged person like me :-) (even though I'm 5'6") Funny story - friend at the barn was borrowing a Trilogy, and gave me brief instructions on riding her horse. I showed up two days later to ride, and the only Trilogy in the tack r...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 287
Views: 6666

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Chisamba - thank you for saving that guy. What a unique blaze - I thought "Trident" when I saw it, and wasn't far off. Mari - great pics, and well done on working your way up the levels. I was reflecting today that somehow, I AM getting better, despite all the setbacks, year after year. Na...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Spanish Riding School today!
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Spanish Riding School today!

How exciting, glad you made it with the rough start!
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 69
Views: 1875

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!?

If the seller doesn't have shippers they recommend, you might try other Canadian breeders who are selling stock to the US on a regular basis. I got a few recommendations that way, and then used the one who was able to bring her within the needed timeframe and most direct route.
by StraightForward
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: best correction half pad
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: best correction half pad

Susan has a Thinline correction pad that I use under my saddle when I ride Kyra. I like the Thinline shims because they have more heft/density to them than the thin felt ones. It's also a little sticky on one side, so it can help with slippage issues.
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 287
Views: 6666

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

..... I will keep it in mind...its a bit pricey. I notice that, too! But The kindle price is only 11.99. I cant decide if I want the kindle or the really book. Stuff like this is easier for me to read in real book form as it is easier to flip around an compare pics and things. I find that I need my...
by StraightForward
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Keeping head cool under helmet
Replies: 9
Views: 261

Re: Keeping head cool under helmet

Which helmet do you have? My OneK is technically vented, but way hotter than my Tipperary, for instance.

A neck cooler might work, since that addresses the blood flow to your head.
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 52
Views: 1785

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

I don't have any desire to shoe my horses. In this case she needed a custom clip and bar shoe forged. I should probably just buy a forge and learn to do that too, just for fun, right? I was already uncomfortable with the toe length after he left. The shoes wouldn't fit the same with her toes backed ...
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 52
Views: 1785

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

It's harder to control with a shoe on, but they trim them this way instead of backing the toes up.
by StraightForward
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 52
Views: 1785

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

Thanks all for the support. Yeah, farriers, WTF. This was one of the better ones too. The shoes were nicely fitted, but here are the before and afters of getting her toes under control tonight. This is only 4 weeks since this set of shoes went on. I can still do more, but didn't want to make a huge ...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 52
Views: 1785

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

Well, the good news: Coffin bone fracture is healed nicely, and we got the nod to pull shoes. As luck would have it, a shoer was right outside the barn, and agreed to pull the shoes right there. I need to bake that guy some cookies! The bad - ultrasound showed some scarring and new strain on the DDF...
by StraightForward
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 69
Views: 1875

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!?

That one looks and moves a lot like my 3 yo, though he looks more put together than she did at 2. I don't think his head looks small?? Good luck, I hope he vets out and you can make a deal!
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Altering diet for a slightly chubby pony
Replies: 11
Views: 237

Re: Altering diet for a slightly chubby pony

Could you cut both and put him on Outlast ? That way you wouldn't be completely cutting the alfalfa, and would still have a "grain" to put any supplements in if needed. Plus it is good for buffering stomach acid. I have had good luck with adding Tri-Amino to keep muscle on without adding e...
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 52
Views: 1785

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

scruffy the cat wrote:@#$@!ing horses. How many, exactly, does it take to get one that's relatively sound????? I'm so sorry. You know my story- my situation is no better. I also don't know why we do this.


Oh, I had a sound one. Only she had zero athletic ability. Maybe not athletic enough to hurt herself? :lol:
by StraightForward
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 52
Views: 1785

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

Aaaand, just as we were getting underway with ridden work, and off the drugs, we have swelling and lameness again. With the vet's blessing, I put her in Tesla's pen so Telsa could have Annabelle's stall to recover from her OCD surgery. Well, Annabelle was in heat, and acting like a total trollop wit...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shipper charged my card, but horse hasn't shipped yet!
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Shipper charged my card, but horse hasn't shipped yet!

When Rosette was shipped from Canada, I paid in advance via bank transfer. Hopefully there is something in the contract about cancellation policy, and refunds. Since there are a lot of logistics and fees involved (ag inspection, etc.), I understand why they would want to have the money in hand to mi...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: We said "I do"
Replies: 20
Views: 493

Re: We said "I do"

Congratulations! Beautiful pics and you both look so happy!
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2122

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

Demi, thank you for posting. I also like the trot section. I think Rocky was anticipating there a bit, and getting tense and short with the short bit of walk before the canter depart. In your boots, I think I would ask for the down transition, establish a quality walk and do a 10m volte, making sure...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 287
Views: 6666

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Imperini, you and Pal both look great! Tesla had her OCD surgery on Wednesday, and also got a funky warty thing out of her ear while she was under. I pulled the bandage this morning and am amazed at how tiny the two incisions are. It turns out she will only be on stall rest for 2 weeks, then cleared...
by StraightForward
Wed May 29, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Done deal, I bought a horse!
Replies: 53
Views: 1563

Re: Done deal, I bought a horse!

Congratulations! Here's to a long, enjoyable partnership.
by StraightForward
Mon May 27, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2122

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

Demi, interesting that she had you drop your hands. IME, keeping the elbow soft enough to follow the contact and have a straight elbow to bit connection works best as a neutral position. From there, the horse can jump up and forward into the bridle more, rather than diving down, since the lower, str...
by StraightForward
Sun May 26, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2122

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

My work with Annabelle tracks pretty well with your first few paragraphs. She tends to fall out to the right, and fall in to the left, so we would use more of the spiraling out to the left to get her onto her right shoulder and standing up more. We were also using plie towards the end of last summer...
by StraightForward
Sun May 26, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 287
Views: 6666

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Blob, looking forward to hearing how the show went! Rosie, Bliss looks great there. I hope the new trainer relationship works out well for you! I'll be riding Susan's Kyra again for a month or two, and with my crazy season at work behind me, I can focus on building Annabelle back up. We have her wea...
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buck Brannaman Clinic
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Buck Brannaman Clinic

This requires one of my favorite memes. /totallynotmeIswear
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buck Brannaman Clinic
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Buck Brannaman Clinic

I’m excited- Buck will be doing colt starting and horsemanship 101 clinics concurrently at the end of June. I was going to be stuck here in town because I was being called as an expert witness for a hearing, but the hearing was just postponed indefinitely yesterday, so I booked a hotel, and plan to ...
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Advice for first time gooseneck owner?

Picked it up yesterday, and it is marvelous. Ahh. Just from the 20 mile ride back from the dealership, I can see I’m going to feel a lot more comfortable with hauling on the highway with this instead of the bumper pull. I had the hitch place upgrade my brake controller, which helps too. Other than s...
by StraightForward
Fri May 24, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things for horse owners to be paranoid about...
Replies: 12
Views: 414

Re: Things for horse owners to be paranoid about...

I'm so paranoid about tying accidents, I teach all of mine to ground tie, and use that primarily. They actually learn "wait" and "stay" like the dogs ........ two little words work on everyone! :oops: I’m so glad Blocker Rings were invented. We use them everywhere, and I rarely ...
by StraightForward
Thu May 23, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Centered Riding
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: Centered Riding

I would love to take a CR clinic someday. The book taught me so much as a teenager without access to any instruction that I can say it totally changed my riding life. Oddly, I bought the follow-on book about 5 years ago and can't seem to work my way through it.
by StraightForward
Thu May 23, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dear Miss Manners
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Dear Miss Manners

I would cut it into slices so people can take 2-3 depending on how much they want. It can make a nice presentation that way, and be easier to eat as well.
by StraightForward
Mon May 20, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 60
Views: 2238

Re: So what are you watching?

Crashing. Really good.
by StraightForward
Sun May 19, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Define “sound”
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Define “sound”

Vets I've used usually do both soft and hard footing, because different types of issues will show up. Usually they will have the vet tech hand trot on a larger circle in the asphalt parking lot, and then lunge in the coverall that has nice arena footing. IIRC, the vet that diagnosed Annabelle's coff...
by StraightForward
Sun May 19, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 287
Views: 6666

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Abby, I'm sorry about George. :( Kelo, congratulations on making it to the threshold of GP! Yesterday I sat and watched a few hours of our main local rated show. There was a horse that looked QH doing the PSG, which gave me hope for Annabelle at least making it to 3rd if not more. But for the more i...

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