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by StraightForward
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 669
Views: 102273

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Naan, curry lamb with prunes, carrot raita and red lentil Dahl. Yum!
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5661

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

What an exciting weekend, Khall, Chisamba and Flight!
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Girth sizing/placement question.
Replies: 5
Views: 37

Re: Girth sizing/placement question.

I shoot for having the girth end right below the saddle pad, so I'd say you're fine. I'm always surprised to see International level riders riding with several inches of billet above the girth - seems like it would cut into the horse, but maybe they need the buckles lower to avoid interference with ...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 25
Views: 277

Re: Lesson rant

I found out last Sunday that he seems to be mesmerized by pintos as well. I just keep on filing all the information away for later use. Being a crazy horse person certainly gives us many character building moments, doesn't it? LOL.... :lol: Maya was that way. So odd since she was appy and raised wi...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Further adventures with the Instant Pot
Replies: 33
Views: 513

Re: Further adventures with the Instant Pot

Today was the first day I used my Breville pot after circling it for a couple of days :lol: . I made chicken broth because I use it a lot. I put in a onion, a Honey Crisp apple and 2 bay leaves along with the chicken. Ir was a process and I might say I would use my other stove top method, but I adm...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

These riding skirts look interesting for the really hardcore all-weather rider. https://www.arctichorsegear.com/collections
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 25
Views: 277

Re: Lesson rant

Wow, I would be fuming. I guess you at least learned relatively cheaply to not do any business with them.
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hovering?
Replies: 18
Views: 253

Re: Hovering?

passagey trot has nothing to do with actual passage. Pretty common evasion by WBs especially. It means they are not using themselves correctly. Yes, my new filly does this naturally. She just has springs in her legs and this is her equivalent of a jog albeit, head up and back dropped. When I push h...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What I did yesterday
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: What I did yesterday

That sounds seriously fun!
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I made it!!
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: I made it!!

Welcome! We have lots of beautiful chestnuts amongst the board members.
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Further adventures with the Instant Pot
Replies: 33
Views: 513

Re: Further adventures with the Instant Pot

I think I need to purchase one of these..... I did a lot of looking and research before I bought one. I bought a Breville Fast Slow Cooker which is a lot more substantial than the Insta Pot I saw at Costco. Now I'm learning how to use it. Interested to hear how you like it. I have their electric wo...
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Need the most secure dressage saddle!
Replies: 22
Views: 315

Re: Need the most secure dressage saddle!

This is good info, Keys. I've heard good things about the Icon Flight. Do you know what year they changed that model? I'm not in the market yet, but collecting data. :)
by StraightForward
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10430

Re: Class of 2013?

SF I did not comment on the training thread, I will here though! You have gotten Annabelle going very well! Her trot looks amazing:) How much do you think jumping has helped her with the canter? Wondering if I need to visit it with my mare Gaila (who is quite a bit older but needs more strength in ...
by StraightForward
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10430

Re: Class of 2013?

Hopefully he has his quirks ironed out and is ready to be a big horse now. Annabelle went through a series of things like that last year, and *knock wood* seems to have gotten it out of her system. I am also loving the blue. Is that the Midnight blue LeMieux pad/polos?
by StraightForward
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New USEF tests are out!
Replies: 11
Views: 146

Re: New USEF tests are out!

Thanks for the heads-up! So far, I'm seeing the trot loops in T-1 have been replaced by 3-loop serpentines. That is a lot of boring trotting for the judge to watch, lol. First-1 is looking very doable for us, once we develop the lengthening some more, and First-2 leg yields look much more reasonable...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 669
Views: 102273

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I do one big tamale making session too. It's never exactly the same (depends on what I get from CSA), but there are generally 1-2 vegetable filling and one bean. Last time it was greens and cheese in some, roasted vegetables and cheese in a some, beans in others. All get strips of roasted pepper --...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

Well, I went to Sierra Trading Post today and found some Barbour Thinsulate lined driving gloves for $25. If they are not warm enough, I might do surgery on them so I can put a toe warmer in between the leather and the Thinsulate. In my research, I'm seeing rave reviews for these Give'r gloves that ...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5661

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Anyway, I plan on getting a new dressage saddle and have to decide if I want the suede seat or not. I am wondering how well the suede wears. My trail saddle has held up well but it only gets used once a week at most. I don't think I'd order a suede seat if I as purchasing a new saddle. The older BC...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hey, there, folks!
Replies: 23
Views: 342

Re: Hey, there, folks!

Welcome back! It's quite nice here. :)
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5661

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Kyra's Mom wrote:Well...I was going to ride yesterday but someone (Straightforward) came and got her saddle so riding didn't happen :P .


Oh shoot - did you want to try the Eloquence? I grabbed it to bring over to Adrienne in case she said the Vinici was a no-go.
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?
Replies: 24
Views: 230

Re: Cold is coming! Recommendations for boots, coats?

Does anyone have glove recommendations? I usually just wear the heavier weight of running gloves, but this winter I'll be doing ground work with the baby, and that is not going to be enough on days I also ride. It doesn't fit Keys' criteria, but I'll put a plug in for this coat for anyone who doesn'...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: She's on the Way!

Hope she arrives soon, it's such a nail-biter waiting with bated breath!
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 119
Views: 10430

Re: Class of 2013?

Great reading about everyone's progress (except for the unscheduled dismounts - ouch!). Cross-posting from Annabelle's separate thread in the training forum, a little video from our lesson yesterday. We are pulling off a respectable training level test now, and putting together some basic lateral wo...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 13
Views: 115

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

It was not a big deal to bring my gelding across the border but i wonder if bringing a mare will involve a much longer quarantine period. My gelding left western Canada and was in NC 22 hours later. If there was a quarantine period, it was measured in minutes to hours. Do you know? I just sent for ...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 44
Views: 4827

Re: Anna Banana

Thanks! She's definitely gotten through a plateau recently. Towards end of summer I was starting to despair that she'd be ready for 1st next spring, but I have hope again as long as we can work consistently all winter. My instructor grew up riding stock type horses, so it helps that she understands ...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 44
Views: 4827

Re: Anna Banana

AB had a big weekend - Friday afternoon we went for a saddle fitting - she suddenly has gotten broad enough that the saddler agreed with me that we could make my ViniciX fit her, much to my delight, since I had it custom made to fit my leg. From there we headed over to the show grounds and spent abo...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 669
Views: 102273

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Yes, I make a big batch and freeze them. Different fillings, some were pulled turkey, some sausage and olives, some cheese.
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 669
Views: 102273

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Salad with homemade Cesar dressing, fried green tomatoes with dill yogurt, jerk chicken and tamales. Random but good.
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: This is what has kept me going. Pony video
Replies: 11
Views: 166

Re: This is what has kept me going. Pony video

So cute, he looks great! (I can see the video now)
by StraightForward
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

I think there is a ton of sexism in barns. If z mare does anything at all, she is marsh, bitchy, a slut. Or whatever insulting gender related term. Not such thing with geldings. I'd a gelding pins his ears, oh he is unhappy. If a mare pins her ears, shes a bitch. I've seen it hundreds of times. Tha...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: TWO 18" Black Country Saddles - MWish
Replies: 0
Views: 26

TWO 18" Black Country Saddles - MWish

Got the Vinici working for Annabelle, so my other two are now for sale. Lightly used older BC with suede seat and knee rolls. To fit a curvier back. I had it fully reflocked last November and re-checked in March. Saddler opened it up to install a front billet, and verified that tree is sound. I thin...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: USDF tests for purchase?
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: USDF tests for purchase?

I think people buy the books that have the tests in them with the diagrams (forget what they're called)? IDK, I just download the PDFs. I bought a cheap laminator and laminate the tests so I can keep them at the barn (and other exercises I print out)
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 27
Views: 236

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

With respect to sheepskin, I bought a sheepskin cover that I use on my crank bridle rather than the chin pad that came with it. When that sheepskin gets sweaty, it is a mess and takes a long time to dry if you rinse it off. What happens to those sheepskin saddle pads when the horses sweats? How to ...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5661

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Thanks SF! Good luck today!! Thanks, we ended up having a good day. Luckily I got there early enough to lunge before anyone else was riding. Poor Annabelle was still wide-eyed and jumpy. She settled in and we had a pretty smooth T-3 test for 63.84. By T-1 it was getting windy and the horses were ge...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: She's on the Way!

Jingles for a safe and uneventful trip!
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 27
Views: 236

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

I'm trying to understand why people like the thick pads (especially the ones lined in sheepskin). Doesn't it change the fit of the saddle? I like to ride in the same pads all the time so as not to disturb saddle fit. Thick pads also make the saddle a little easier to move. I ride in the same pad al...
by StraightForward
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5661

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Nice Rosie, thank you for sharing. Really lovely square halt there at the end. Toward the beginning in the canter, I was thinking that my instructor would be saying to jump the hind legs up and under. He is looking supple and relaxed. I've also had a good turn on the saddle front. I'd put my Black C...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 27
Views: 236

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

PRI pads have the softer lining. They're available in different weights and sizes, so you might find something you like. I'm a convert to LeMieux pads, but it sounds like they might be a little thicker than you want. The mesh ones are pretty soft on the underside, and mine seem to be wearing well so...
by StraightForward
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Training goals for my 4yo
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Training goals for my 4yo

He sounds like a wonderful guy, so glad you're having a blast with him! :)
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Rudy needs a new bridle
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Rudy needs a new bridle

Not sure if you want to spend that much, but Centerline Style had a really nice-looking Stubben with a shaped noseband. It had a refined look that would be nice on his face, and the leather quality should be good. They often have 20% off codes available if you sign up for their emails.
by StraightForward
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 785

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

There aren't really things I would pay extra for. I figure out my budget and then buy the best horse within that budget. Of course I suck at negotiating, so I probably don't get as much as I could if I was a little more shrewd and looked at horses listed above my budget. It's case-by-case for me, bu...
by StraightForward
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Further adventures with the Instant Pot
Replies: 33
Views: 513

Re: Further adventures with the Instant Pot

I would use real coconut milk - the canned stuff - not one of the non-dairy milk replacements.
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Protective vest SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Protective vest

Message sent
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5661

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

H4S, sounds like a good lesson. I think most of us would be sore jumping back into it like that. Also good to hear that supplements CAN do what they claim sometimes. I have Tesla on OCD Pellets hoping to avoid OCD surgery next spring. Handling her today after a week of no turnout due to irrigating, ...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 134
Views: 1811

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

If you're considering something unbroke, I had my eye on this 2-yo Cleveland Bay over in Oregon. Only $6,500. Looks like she has a motor. Not sure if she's still available but ad is still on FB Dressage Horses Worth $10,00 and under. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMdOLBGuKUU&feature=youtu.be&a...
by StraightForward
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Further adventures with the Instant Pot
Replies: 33
Views: 513

Re: Further adventures with the Instant Pot

Well, HeddyLamar added me to the IP FaceBook group today and I just saw this posted, Rockabilly: After 26 years of doing business in the US and Canada, it is with great sadness we have to communicate that Fagor America will be closing its doors. Due to the financial difficulties of the parent compan...
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Paddock Boots
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Paddock Boots

These look quite nice - Kip Mistral posted them. https://artisantack.com/product/dakota- ... boot-copy/

Doesn't look like they come in black though.
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saving magazine articles
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: Saving magazine articles

Some scanners can scan directly to a thumb drive. So you could do that, and then upload them to a computer or cloud storage if your old laptop won't work with the scanner. I scanned a bunch of photos with an inexpensive Brother 3-in-1 last winter, and the quality is quite good.
by StraightForward
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Further adventures with the Instant Pot
Replies: 33
Views: 513

Re: Further adventures with the Instant Pot

I'd also be interested. I didn't get much out of the big IP group.

Rockabilly, I also cook from scratch and use it constantly. I think I looked into the Fagor, but there were some issues that made me stick to IP. Don't remember any specifics.

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