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by StraightForward
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Decrepit OTTB - Slightly Less Decrepit Now He's in Heaven!
Replies: 18
Views: 151

Re: The Decrepit OTTB - Slightly Less Decrepit Now He's in Heaven!

I'm sorry. It sounds like you did wonderful things with him and gave him a great 17 years. He's so lucky you went down to that kill pen and chose him.
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Christ Lammfelle bareback pad - anyone used one?
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: Christ Lammfelle bareback pad - anyone used one?

That felt saddle looks interesting!
by StraightForward
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 23
Views: 569

Re: Need some help or advice

My mom died of a rare disease in her 40's, and if anything, it underlines the fact that we need to do the things we love while we have the time, because there are no guarantees. That sense of time is even more acute for me now that I've just turned 40. She didn't leave me anything beyond a mountain ...
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 42
Views: 660

Re: Where is everyone????

It has been quiet, hasn't it? On the subject of saddle pads, my Miss A seems to appreciate a little wool next to her back as well. I got a merino lined LeMieux for her show pad and really liked it. My new saddler (don't dare call her a saddle fitter!) agreed that was the right choice for her, so I ...
by StraightForward
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 42
Views: 660

Re: Where is everyone????

It has been quiet, hasn't it? On the subject of saddle pads, my Miss A seems to appreciate a little wool next to her back as well. I got a merino lined LeMieux for her show pad and really liked it. My new saddler (don't dare call her a saddle fitter!) agreed that was the right choice for her, so I o...
by StraightForward
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Moutaineer, that's really interesting! I hope the improvement "sticks" and he keeps on improving. Borrowed Freedom, congrats on the great scores! A couple videos from yesterday. I'm still adjusting to the new saddle; I have to poke my knee a little over the block to avoid going into a chai...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

I always love your updates, GHH. Having the reader read the wrong test would have really sent me for a loop. It sounds like you have such a great relationship with your little mare, and you're making great progress! :)
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Favorite Cooler
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Favorite Cooler

Fatcat wrote:I love the weatherbeeta wick-dri. It's a light fleece in top with a mesh overlay and mesh down the sides. It's dries my un clipped horse fast!


These are my favorites as well. Unfortunately they quit making the one with the neck piece.
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

StraightForward - how's the reflocked saddle working? A big improvement! It's nice to know that there is a saddler here who does great work. I just got an amazing deal on a Black Country Quantum and will have her flock that one in the spring. She moved the point billet back to take pressure off the...
by StraightForward
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Like new Bates Caprill Close Contact Long Flap 18"
Replies: 0
Views: 43

Like new Bates Caprill Close Contact Long Flap 18"

Light/medium brown. Saddle has maybe 20 rides in it, but I just got a great deal on the Black Country Quantum of my dreams. Blue gullet (MW) installed and I can include a black (M) gullet too. Has a moveable block and long/forward flap, great for long legs. Cair panels; older model without the shim ...
by StraightForward
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Thanksgiving Day plans
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: Thanksgiving Day plans

It will just be the two of us, as per usual. For a few years my dad was coming through town in early November, so we'd do an early TG, but now he comes through in September. I'll go out and ride in the morning, then come home and get to cooking. I'm excited about the menu. With just two we can splas...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Hurrah for cantering Moutaineer!

Picked up Annabelle's new-used saddle from the saddler today. She totally reflocked it and moved a billet. The old flocking was all balled up; glad I had it fully redone. Will go out and take it for a spin tomorrow afternoon.
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Stirrup Irons
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: Stirrup Irons

I like the offset eye stirrups too. I have SafeStyle irons on my dressage saddle; if I end up riding both mares next year I'll probably get a pair of the non-jointed MDC irons for Annabelle's saddle and put the SafeStyle irons on Pickles for the piece of mind of not getting hung up if she tosses me....
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 834

Re: Positional challenges and projects

[...] My left hip is a little stiffer, but can swing back, whereas my right hip has more mobility, except in the backward direction, so I tend to stiffen and pull that leg up rather than keeping it stretched down as it comes back. One thing that my personal trainer emphasizes in all the exercises w...
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Oh, and the comment “those people with those horses” made me laugh because I remember many,many years ago going to a clinic with Kalman deJurenac in Napa wine country. My friend was hauling our two OTTB’s in her rickety old trailer pulled by her dad’s old Buick “98”. The trailer was so heavy the Bu...
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 40
Views: 2510

Re: Class of 2013?

What a pretty horse, Anne! I'm sure he'll make up for his lack of handling and progress quickly with you. I'm really enjoying the Ritter course. They actually opened it back up yesterday for two more days of enrollment. You can do a 6-month payment plan ;) for me, that ends up being the same price a...
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 834

Re: Positional challenges and projects

Well, I bought a new, used saddle that needed reflocking so Annabelle and I headed over to a local saddler who did her tracings and pointed out that she is quite asymmetrical and needs a shim on the left side. The saddle is still there being worked on, and I'll go back over and have her help me dial...
by StraightForward
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Thanks everyone for sharing your pics and videos! Gwen, I agree with letting her canter in a lower position as long as there is a connection and she's not going BTV. She can build topline in that position and come up incrementally as the hind legs come under. Especially with your suspicion of neck i...
by StraightForward
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What is your opinion about this?
Replies: 61
Views: 1485

Re: What is your opinion about this?

When I arrived at the barn to haul my horse out for a ride, and someone had parked in front of my trailer and left with a friend for a nice leisurely 2-hour breakfast, I was pretty irritated, and pointed out that I could have been on my way to a show, or worse had a veterinary emergency. If the pers...
by StraightForward
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Positional challenges and projects
Replies: 34
Views: 834

Re: Positional challenges and projects

I'm also trying to improve how well I can drop my outside leg/heel. I'm much better about this in trot than canter, but I know it tightens my seat (which tightens Miss Mare's back) when I don't release the outside leg fully down. This for me. I feel like I need to bring the leg up to apply it on a ...
by StraightForward
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Jeeze Flight, I hope Ding is OK. Hopefully he'll calm TF down and heal up! Dresseur, same for Mirro. Obie was on restricted movement for several months as a 3/4 year old and it was Not Fun. Mari, Odin is quite the jumping machine. What a cool horse. Sue, I am probably going out to Jerome sometime th...
by StraightForward
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So I had an idea.... UPDATE
Replies: 11
Views: 425

Re: So I had an idea....

Love it; I'm not sure if gothic is the right word, but, very gothic!
by StraightForward
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

StraightForward, would you mind sharing which Ritter course you signed up for, and I'd be really interested to hear how you find it? The 'testimonials' on his website make the courses sound very good (naturally!), but it would be super to hear directly from someone actually doing them... Yes, I enr...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Oh, poor Red! I think I'd get some imagery done now and discuss a path forward with a good lameness/sports medicine vet, just for peace of mind. I suspect if he's going sound now, he'll be fine, but I'd still seek veterinary advice. Back in the bad old days when a horse had to be near death to bothe...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trotting, or not
Replies: 19
Views: 530

Re: Trotting, or not

Hmm, I'd give her a job to do, trotting over cavaletti or serpentines. Do a TOF or other "work" when she decides she's done trotting, or trot three strides, almost walk, then trot off again quickly. Not sure if you're asking for advice, but if I was sure she wasn't having a physical proble...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Great blanket sale - if you have a big or small horse especially!
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: Great blanket sale - if you have a big or small horse especially!

It's funny, I just sold a Rambo because I was underwhelmed with the quality for a $400 blanket and it did not have shoulder gussets. I LOVE the Shires Stormcheetas, which Obie and Annabelle have in the heavyweight (on sale for around $120). I was most tempted to get one of those for Pickle, but the ...
by StraightForward
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 141
Views: 3300

Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

November 1, time for the next thread! Miss Anna Banana is coming right along. I've been working on her lateral work, but in the half a lesson I got last weekend, my instructor pointed out that I was drawing my outside leg up too much. Fixing that, TOF and LY are suddenly way better, so I'm looking f...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Great blanket sale - if you have a big or small horse especially!
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Great blanket sale - if you have a big or small horse especially!

http://www.netequestrian.com/

I am restraining myself :lol: Lots of mid and heavy blankets under $89.99. Free shipping on orders over $100. I've purchased from them before and have been really happy. It's kind of slim pickings in the 75-81" blankets, but might still be worth taking a look.
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Trail Horse Challenges!
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Trail Horse Challenges!

Having them in a trail ride would be great. I've found that all of them one after another is a little (or a lot) overwhelming to a young horse. More time to settle between each obstacle would be better, but I haven't heard of any such events around here. The logistics would be a lot harder for the o...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14310

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Time for a new thread again; summer flew by! Hoping for a cooling trend soon; it's supposed to hit 101 today. Annabelle will probably be off for another week after hanging her leg in a fence last week. Her hock is still a bit puffy and warm, but showing a little improvement each day, and her bodywo...
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Trail Horse Challenges!
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Trail Horse Challenges!

I've been interested in doing these for quite a while. I took Maya, my previous mare, to one in-hand, then a second one under saddle. It was fine for her when she was green because she was a horse who basically had no $#its to give. :lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoh7xiGgw3M Today the local r...
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Misty Harbor Raincoats
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Misty Harbor Raincoats

When I lived in a wet climate I loved my oilskin jacket. I see Orvis is selling one cut for women now, but no need for such a thing in Boise!
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31408

Re: "What's for dinner?"

That sounds fabulous, Rockabilly! Tonight we're having stuffed peppers with the last of some sort of Italian frying pepper from the garden. Stuffing is ground lamb and leftover rice. I layered slices of the last tomatoes over the top. A farewell to summer, I suppose. On the side we're having sauteed...
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14310

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

ETA: much better photos here. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1679015975456031&id=831562183534752 Today a local riding club opened up their trail obstacle course with lots of extra halloween decorations and people in crazy costumes. The pics aren't very good because there were only c...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: In Which I Seek ze Legerete (long)
Replies: 22
Views: 818

Re: In Which I Seek ze Legerete (long)

Thanks for the description. Bertrand was just here and I didn't find out until after the fact. It sounds like he will be returning on a regular basis now that Linda Hollingsworth-Jones has received her certification, so I will be sure to go audit next time. The straightness before forward is somethi...
by StraightForward
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horse First Aid Kit - What's in yours?
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Horse First Aid Kit - What's in yours?

PaulaO wrote:I'd also add scissors and Elasticon. Maybe Ace also. And syringes and needles.


Oh yeah, those too (not Ace). And betadine.
by StraightForward
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horse First Aid Kit - What's in yours?
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Horse First Aid Kit - What's in yours?

Banamine, powdered bute, Underwood's & baking soda, Schreiner's Solution, digital thermometer, ointment (different kinds), manuka honey, gauze, nonstick pads, lots and lots of vetwrap, clean wash cloths, standing wraps, flexible ice packs, liniment.
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31408

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I have a new favorite ingredient: Urfa chile Tonight's dinner: Lamb chops done sous vide, then finished in the pan with black pepper and smoked salt Leeks and chanterelles sauteed with lots of butter and fresh thyme Parsnips roasted and then glazed with an Urfa chile balsamic reduction I also did an...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Balance and sensitive horses
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Balance and sensitive horses

Yes! If you think about it, being out of balance automatically leads to tension. Think about if you had a backpack on crooked. You would have muscle tension trying to balance it asymmetrically. Now if you're worried that you'll be hurt if the backpack falls, you have mental tension on top of the phy...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14310

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Sue, I have learned to always be waiting for the other shoe to drop, so I'm not getting too optimistic just yet. ;) It would be great if you could come out for the North Wind jumping shows. The low classes don't start until after 1:00, so it wouldn't be too bad to haul in and back for the day. I'm o...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: ISO Free Lease - NW Washington State
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: ISO Free Lease - NW Washington State

Facebook would be a good idea - I'd try the local horse-related groups.
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14310

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Gwen, maybe the downtime from dressage is a blessing in disguise, and Callie will learn to relax on trails more? I was pretty down when Annabelle hurt herself twice in a row this summer, but it also pushed me to do more in-hand work, which improved her and taught me a lot. Silver linings and all tha...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel models her new bridle
Replies: 8
Views: 262

Re: Ariel models her new bridle

Looks nice! Are you happy with the fit and quality? Is there a name for the Bobby's "line" that you went with? I'm casually looking for a hunter bridle for Annabelle so she can look snappy doing X-rail classes this winter. :P Both of my chestnuts wear black. Pickle is a much lighter chestn...
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Bridle recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 299

Re: Bridle recommendations

Oh yeah, I've bought from her and she ships FAST! Enjoy the new bridle and DQ status. ;)
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Boarding question
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: Boarding question

I would be annoyed that they didn't inform me of an increase that they were probably planning before I even moved my horse, but it's entirely "fair" if not totally courteous. The boarding is month to month, so they don't have any assurance of anyone being there for the six to twelve months...
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Driving clinic on Sunday
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Driving clinic on Sunday

How fun! I dream of having a driving pony someday. :)
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 12
Views: 1050

Re: Anna Banana

Annabelle update, so I can go back and look at this later. Last update was July 4. For the rest of July, we worked pretty consistently, and were finally able to schedule a lesson at the end of the month in which we worked on going out to the bit, slight stretching, changing the trot, and changing th...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 14310

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

Hey, we did a thing! Just Intro A and B at a little event derby, which was just the right speed for us. I still managed to flub up Intro A of all things :oops: by doing free walk where it's supposed to be trot across the diagonal to change reins. We got a lot of rain last night, and the only place t...

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