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by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Question Knee Blocks
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Saddle Question Knee Blocks

I have very long legs, in particular a long femur. I have external blocks on my saddle and absolutely love them. They have saved my bacon more times than I care to count. Mine are the short, high blocks. I have found that long legged riders don't do well with the long blocks as they tend to positio...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 37
Views: 259

Re: Learning from dissection

I'm sorry I wasn't clear. How would you ask for a flexion if your thought flexion was at C1-C2 versus how you would ask for flexion if you thought it was at Occiput-C1? How exactly would you translate the anatomical knowledge of a one level difference to a change in your aiding between those two sc...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 37
Views: 259

Re: Learning from dissection

But how exactly would you change your aiding based on knowing the anatomy of flexion at the poll in order to get a correct flexion? How would you aiding change? What would you do with seat leg and hand differently? Well, I would probably take stock of the rest of the horse's body and see if alignme...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 37
Views: 259

Re: Learning from dissection

I didn't know about those facts and here is my horse clearly flexed right. How does knowing those anatomical facts change how you ride? How exactly do those facts change what you do to get a flexion? This reminds me of the footfall threads wherein I tried to make the distinction between the thing a...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 37
Views: 259

Re: Learning from dissection

Not sure why you feel the need to be condescending about this. I don't know where you got condescending from. There is obvious academic value in attending dissections. Your use of "majicked". No one is claiming magic, and there is a difference between magic and useful knowledge. And the s...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 37
Views: 259

Re: Learning from dissection

I just think it stands to reason that if books and dissections majicked better proprioception, tact, and timing, everyone would be at GP. If there was some other way besides wet saddle pads and thoughtful experimentation we would know it by now. The world is still waiting. I don't think it's a sure...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Annabelle and I went to a small schooling show this morning. She was still tense, but lots better. For some reason they were running the tests in reverse order, so we rode T3 first and it was no surprise that the stretchy circle had no stretch in it, and there were some other rough patches. T1 went ...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Great Ride/ Improved Canter
Replies: 9
Views: 96

Re: Great Ride/ Improved Canter

I think that looks good and like you are staying out of her way. The feeling of flying around and trying not to slam into a wall is very fresh in my mind, so I can commiserate and verify that it does get better! I agree on shortening the stirrups. I wouldn't worry too much about being in a bit of a ...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For inspiration or discussion: Video
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: For inspiration or discussion: Video

I love that Jeremy posts regular videos of his work with this mare. He's been doing it since she was 3 and I've been following. Here she is as a 3 year old: https://youtube.com/watch?v=LtxXe2tMAB0 I love watching these videos because they give a very good indication of how he works and if you watch...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Turkey burgers
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Turkey burgers

Thanks, I was just looking at a package of ground turkey in the freezer and wondering what I should do with it!
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 557

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

The vertical upper body is an advanced balance exercise. (Hmmm... I worked very hard to get a vertical upper body only to be gigged on it in a lesson.) What did your instructor say? Were you getting left behind the motion or was the instructor of the opinion that a more forward position be used for...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 557

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

Here is a video of Jeremy Steinberg with several minutes of posting trot at the beginning. Of course his just warming up and not trying to influence the horse too much: https://youtu.be/EMZL5txbjgg
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 557

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

OK, here is a sample of posting trot from our ride on Friday morning. I see some things I would change, but curious what others think:

https://youtu.be/PzEjMITpyIA
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

That is a neat photo Chisamba - Kind of ghostly. I had a really lovely ride on Annabelle yesterday. The day before we did a lot of canter work, so I decided to go off by ourselves in the indoor and do some lateral work. Never even got to a canter, but she was feeling really lovely and soft in the br...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

OK, just ordered the 6 qt Instant Pot cooker, plus an "official" cookbook :) Will probably order a set of "official" extra gaskets and a second "official" s.s. bowl. DH's birthday comes up in a few weeks, so this will be his gift appliance. He is a meat + potatoes type...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 557

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

Well, I was thinking this morning about making a post (ha!) about posting trot, so can it be this one? I'll be brave and put up some video for critique tonight. Assuming the rider is balanced enough to not be pulling herself up by the reins, or plopping harshly into the saddle, what are the common p...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 292

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Finding a ViniciX used is about impossible, lots of Vinici regular tree. The person I sold my first ViniciX to when I bought mine with the custom roll/flap has it for sale. It's an 18" wide tree with serge panels in very nice condition. Just in case anyone is interested. I inquired about a Due...
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

A new Instant Pot use for me this week: pasta.

Water, salt, pasta, 2-3 minutes on pressure, let steam out. Perfect al dente pasta.
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My horse is so talented....
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: My horse is so talented....

My horse has maximum lip floppage

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by StraightForward
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

6 quart Instant Pot. I have the 7 in 1 and love it. I think the fancy LED screen ones have more incidence of problems. I have a 3 quart too, but the 6 is most versatile.
by StraightForward
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 292

Re: Saddle Suggestions

It would help if you could take tracings of her back and also post photos of her back, as well as the size and model of the saddle that fits her. I'll say that I find Black Country saddles tend to fit a range of horses nicely. I also have a ViniciX and it fit my 15.1 hand round Appaloosa, but also i...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 512

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

I sort of disagree with SF's suggestions, although without really seeing you and the horse, it's hard to assess. I would not be doing all sorts of transitions and different turns. I would be trying to do slow relaxing work. The more transitions etc, you do on a nervous horse, the more nervous it be...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: How does your garden grow?

I love seeing everyone's gardens. Phoenix, like you said you're learning a lot for when you have more time, and it looks pretty successful too. Moutaineer, I hear you on the growing season. I occasionally think about moving more into the mountains, and then realize that gardening really wouldn't be ...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Close Call
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Close Call

Flight wrote:Birds can be scary :lol: :lol: A magpie did this: https://youtu.be/hSTA8fWMCZQ
Not quite as fancy moves as Annabelle though! Gotta love the soloshot for capturing everything.


ZOOM! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 512

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

I would try doing frequent changes of bend, either shallow loops all the way down the arena, or changing true bend to counter bend every 1/4 on the circle, adding a smaller volte here and there. That will hopefully get herore relaxed in her body and make it harder to stiffen and trot off. The other ...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Close Call
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Close Call

Glad you stuck with her. I recommend silicone full seat breeches at that age. Of course they wait until you least expect it. Our BO rides a TB/Friesian cross and says that sometimes the TB side gets excited but then the friesian side decides it's too much work to maintain that level of energy expend...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel is rubbing her tail
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Ariel is rubbing her tail

Pickle broke out in hives really badly, though they didn't seem to bother her. Another horse at the barn had this problem, and the owner has it on spirulina, so we tried it on her. The hives went away almost completely within 24 hours. So last week a lot of the horses at the barn were itchy, but Ann...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 10
Views: 187

How does your garden grow?

Who's been up to some gardening this summer? I've been a little behind due to work obligations and staying busy with horses, but still have a decent garden in. 12 tomato plants, about 70 peppers (mostly green chiles), raspberries, cabbages, carrots, beans, eggplant, okra, onions, leeks, potatoes, ch...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 269

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Wait, I thought you weren't horse shopping. :o
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 269

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

I would say 70 % of horses are shorter than advertised in my experience Yep. I was very surprised when I went to see a horse recently and it was actually a solid 16.1 with room to grow. I bought Maya, my appaloosa, sight unseen. She was 3 and advertised as 15.3. The first question I asked the selle...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 382

Re: Downward Transitions

I think this is one place where stirrup-stepping can be really helpful. If you can time it to step a little into each hind leg as it lands, it should ground that leg a little more and keep the hinds under the body. In fact, I need to experiment with this tomorrow because I realized today that I'm si...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: His first x-c experience
Replies: 12
Views: 203

Re: His first x-c experience

Well done with the drama! Hopefully you just made his brain mature by six months in one day.
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 90 Day Training Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: 90 Day Training Expectations

Yes, I thought of that question as - if I had a horse started by a cowboy who had him w/t/c both ways on a loose rein, then I turned the horse over to a dressage trainer, what would I expect? It depends a ton upon the horse in question, its brain and athleticism. I think forward/back within a gait m...
by StraightForward
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

You're a good sport and a very brave rider. Good for you. It is not obvious from looking at your videos that your mare is hot, tense or spooky. She is young though. Has she been exposed to various places before you got her? That's the worst part about having a new horse; i.e. the getting them used ...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

SF, maybe a little gin and tonic for Annabelle before her test! Just be sure to give her a peppermint afterwards so the TD doesn’t smell alcohol on her breath haha. Seriously, good luck! Well, I think she might prefer apple-tinis! I did get yesterday's test back - 38.696% and no, that is not an eve...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She’s home!
Replies: 19
Views: 373

Re: She’s home!

She is turning into a really nice-looking mare. Enjoy!
by StraightForward
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Chisamba, I am sorry to hear that, but from all you've posted about her, I think this is the best decision for both of you. You certainly gave her every chance and then some. CB06, condolences on your dog. :( Sue, sorry Tio is lame and it's so hard to get a shoer. There have been issues with shoers ...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 34
Views: 3563

Re: Anna Banana

So you are in the phase where work improves or helps her and rest does not? Sometimes we end up being our horses physiotherapists I am finding that 2 days of riding and then a day off is best. I tried to increase her to 3 days on, but found that she got stiff, so going forward I am going to try rid...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 34
Views: 3563

Re: Anna Banana

What does "out" mean? Which objective veterinary finding is it correlated with? The horse I exercise has been bucking when asked to canter. He has been doing this on and off his whole life so the owner thinks it is behavior but I think it is pretty clearly a physical issue... kissing spin...
by StraightForward
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 655

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

Chisamba, if you were to ask every member posting on the goals thread if their horse is sound, I'll bet they would say yes. Everyone riding their horse is going to say the horse is sound. Yet, more horses flunk the PPE than pass. Even young horses. Soundness means different things to different peop...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 34
Views: 3563

Re: Anna Banana

I haven't had a vet look at her, but she does track evenly, or very close to it with both hinds at walk and trot. She still carries the left hip low and I don't think that is going to change, but the amount of muscling is close to equal on her left and right. I need to get new topline photos. She ha...
by StraightForward
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 34
Views: 3563

Re: Anna Banana

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by StraightForward
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Chisamba, he looks like a nice find. Maybe some sort of DHH cross, or a large Standardbred? Looking forward to seeing his progress! Sue, hope you're able to find a decent farrier soon. Dresseur, thanks for the update, Miro's progress is always interesting. DJR, I love that cart. It will look stunnin...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)
Replies: 46
Views: 1233

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

The black draft cross is nice but I am pretty sure she is downhill as Chisamba surmises also. Well, there is downhill and there is DOWNHILL. I'm sure you all would find my old hanoverian downhill, but he was an 'approved' Hanoverian stallion. I'm not knowledgeable on clever photography so it is pos...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 132
Views: 2509

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Yes! Ready or not, it is here! I am excessively excited about being done with my work travel season and looking forward to buckling down and working Annabelle steadily 6 days a week. I'll be riding early before work to beat the heat during this challenge. Pickle is moving back to my old barn today a...
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 31
Views: 441

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

My trainer swears that sauerkraut will heal scratches. It has to be the fermented kind, but it seems like that would be painful with open sores.

Manuka honey might be worth a try since you are wrapping anyway. Yeah, I'd get some fly boots to use once the lesions are healed.
by StraightForward
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 590

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

I happen to think that not every time a horse builds muscle should it have to carry weight. However I also believe posture, carriage and balance are not improved with liberty work. Yes to this. I got my full kit together and we had a productive lunging session today. Annabelle is at the point where...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: More horse shopping, anyone? (Tsavo?)
Replies: 46
Views: 1233

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

Tsavo, have you seen this one? I'd be interested if she were closer: https://www.dreamhorse.com/ad/2113419.html
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 25
Views: 590

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

Well I am inspired to go out and lunge properly today. I need to step Annabelle's work up a little, but 3 days of riding in a row still seems like a little much for her. After watching yesterday's video, I think it's time to do some lunging in SRs. I use a Vienna rein type setup but haven't used SRs...
by StraightForward
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9722

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

1. Figure out what's up with Pickle and potentially put her up for sale 2. Work on Annabelle's transitions, elastic contact, keep improving bend 3. Run 2x a week and hit the gym 2x a week 4. Maybe show in June 5. ETA: Jump once a week 6. Video 1-2x per week I can't believe this two months is drawin...

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