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by silk
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Trust your gut: Indy's story
Replies: 25
Views: 3604

Re: Trust your gut: Indy's story

He was QHxTB. His full sister also had problems, but without knowing the breeding (we don't know the TB line), we can't suggest whether it was through their dam or sire, but the malformation does exist in QHs due to the TB blood. If you check Jane Clothier's blog, she has some great articles on the ...
by silk
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Trust your gut: Indy's story
Replies: 25
Views: 3604

Re: Trust your gut: Indy's story

Indy's journey helped my client make a similar decision for her horse (along with some other decisions in her life), so we farewelled him and explored internally on Sharon's table this year. The pair of them now rest side by side in my paddock. This horse had a major crash at a young age which contr...
by silk
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 41
Views: 291

Re: Learning from dissection

Having attended several (3 with Sharon, including my own horse last year and a good client's horse this year), I would highly recommend it. To truly understand why 'bad' [posture/movement/training/riding/handling] is bad for the horse, and why good is good. To see their physical limitations and prob...
by silk
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 646
Views: 84409

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I made a curry with "whatever was in the fridge/freezer" and a packet of "yellow Thai curry" sauce. Chicken, potato, capsicum, onion, cauliflower, and some finely sliced green cabbage near the end. Surprisingly delicious, although I did add more (very spicy) sambal olek chilli to...
by silk
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 646
Views: 84409

Re: "What's for dinner?"

The only thing I have out of the garden is pumpkin. Some wild-grown/self-seeded ones which are delicious, we think they are "Queensland Blue" variety, and a billion small butternut squashes (mum repeatedly commented on their small size, then found about 100 of the buggers at harvest time -...
by silk
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Saddle Suggestions

No snark whatsoever, Khall, just emphasis on 'tree', which needs to be wide for the type of horse Phoenix has. My experience is that Bates are simply not wide enough trees for much more than a Thoroughbred. Cair is different to Flair, which is the WOW system. I personally love Albions, haven't ridde...
by silk
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Saddle Suggestions

I would not recommend Bates. They don't have wide TREES, even if they have wide gullets.

WOW are fully interchangeable - you can swap in and out all the parts to get something that suits.
by silk
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: Saddle Suggestions

In your situation I would look at something like a ReactorPanel or WOW saddle (the former are US-based, I think WOWs are English? so might not be widely available in the US). Both are easy to adjust and have good resale if you find you need to change the saddle completely.
by silk
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

Chisamba wrote:very cute, i love the photos . I was wondering why you call them meezers?


Siamese -> "meez"
by silk
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

Mine is approaching 11. Amazing hunter, drags in rabbits almost every week (and eats them - then yells for more food). I'd love another but I've already palmed most of my animals off on my mother during the week so I shouldn't add to her burden (the cat, at least, favours her for the most part - sle...
by silk
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Pica: your experience, input?

Often when horses are eating dirt and wood, they are low in copper.
by silk
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 553

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Did they only study horses who had problems under saddle? Also, was there a correlation between problems under saddle and rider expertise separate and apart from the anatomical fndings? I will look for these papers and see if I can understand how she came to her conclusions. Thanks. Without wishing...
by silk
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 553

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Bit late but after attending a recent seminar id also xray c6 c7. Still contraversal but a sharon may davis autopsys horse and studys anatomy etc. Shes finding 30-40% of the horses autopsied have deformities here which lead to issues under saddle. She has numerous papers published and others are st...
by silk
Thu May 31, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I can sit the trot on grass all day!
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: I can sit the trot on grass all day!

Post mortem, we could see it was her joints. They were f*cked, well and truly. OC, OCD, DJD, the lot. Every single joint in every limb was affected in some way, and far worse than her very light riding history would indicate. Silk, that's so sad... he's rising 6 so I really hope that all his joints...
by silk
Wed May 30, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I can sit the trot on grass all day!
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: I can sit the trot on grass all day!

Xan, have you ever tried to run - yourself - on the arena you ride in versus the grass you were on this weekend? This could have nothing at all to do with feet but instead just the inertia it takes to ride in your normal arena. If it is deep, it takes a ton more work from the body overall versus th...
by silk
Tue May 22, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I can sit the trot on grass all day!
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: I can sit the trot on grass all day!

You can use pads in boots. You can use boots over shoes - voids the warranty, and they won't last all that long, but can be done. Depending on when you had boots, technology may have improved since. Although I know he's young so perhaps that wasn't all that long ago. IMHO if you find the right boots...
by silk
Mon May 14, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Interior decor / art
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Interior decor / art

I can do anything I want - it's my apartment! :D I just need a handyman to achieve much more than hanging a picture hook haha. My SIL confirmed today that she's nearly ready to start with painting my furniture so I will have more than the dining table and 3 armchairs in the main space. I'll also be ...
by silk
Sun May 13, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Interior decor / art
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Interior decor / art

Wicky and Where's My White - that's what I am like. I just don't know what I want/will feel a connection to. I need to browse and gather my ideas together. When I see it, whatever "it" is, I'll know. Today I saw some wonderful driftwood sculptures. $900. Gulp. And some gorgeous brass birds...
by silk
Sun May 13, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 646
Views: 84409

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Not sure on dinner but dessert is chocolate brownie with caramel - mostly sugar free, except for the 170grams of 72% bittersweet dark chocolate.

Probably served with cream, but I have no whisk or beater so it won't be whipped :lol:
by silk
Sat May 12, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Interior decor / art
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Interior decor / art

Totally NH, other than I have them :lol: I bought an apartment at the start of this year. 3 bedrooms plus an open plan living/kitchen. It had a really bad paint job (presumably the brief was "make it look clean and bright for sale") in a sort of chalky white colour. Bearable... I can't aff...
by silk
Wed May 09, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Tranistional Vertebrae/Fascinating article
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Tranistional Vertebrae/Fascinating article

My mare had extra ribs. I do not know which vertebrae they attached to, but from memory, they were articulated, and made of cartilage. She had them on both sides. We could feel the same in her foal. The breathing muscles attached to the cartilage rib, rather than extending further backwards, and wou...
by silk
Tue May 08, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What a few months it has been
Replies: 25
Views: 744

Re: What a few months it has been

I'm sorry. Meezers leave big holes. I still miss my guy who has been gone longer than he was with me - but he made such an impact that I still think of him. I imagine pit bull impacts are larger still, my friend has a wonderful one I always look forward to seeing.

Huge hugs, Chance.
by silk
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horsepower... vroom vroom
Replies: 38
Views: 5605

Re: Horsepower... vroom vroom

Aww sorry about your bike getting run over by a truck! Lovely scenery for a ride :) As long as your date could keep up - all good :D Similar bike but much more experience than me so the only time we were 'separated' was a really twisty bit that he went quite a lot faster through ;) I've decided a r...
by silk
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horsepower... vroom vroom
Replies: 38
Views: 5605

Re: Horsepower... vroom vroom

Suzi met an early demise... She was run over by a truck carrying concrete slabs while parked outside my work with a mere 11,000kms on the clock (about 6800 miles). I kicked up a stink with insurers as they were going to repair - I insisted they prove she was straight first. They paid me out. Presuma...
by silk
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Job searching in your 60s - old dog needs new tricks
Replies: 18
Views: 778

Re: Job searching in your 60s - old dog needs new tricks

Yep, I swung my CV at anything it might be relevant for, the job search prior to the last one. I had two "filler" jobs in a row and was finding it hard to get upwards on the ladder, only sideways or downwards, but I needed to move. Last time, I was only testing the market to play "I a...
by silk
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Job searching in your 60s - old dog needs new tricks
Replies: 18
Views: 778

Re: Job searching in your 60s - old dog needs new tricks

Not in the same field, but when I last applied for jobs, I was applying for upwards of 10 every day, and I would hear back from 1 in 10 at the most. They don't usually bother to get back to you if they don't want to interview you, only if they do. One piece of advice I got is that looking for a job ...
by silk
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Human treats for Ariel's birthday
Replies: 10
Views: 517

Re: Human treats for Ariel's birthday

Smitten Kitchen recipes are usually pretty darn good... https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/04/cinnamon-swirl-buns-so-much-news/ And this sauce recipe: https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/04/cinnamon-swirl-buns-so-much-news/ If you want to do them together I'd put the caramel in the bottom of the dish befor...
by silk
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Human treats for Ariel's birthday
Replies: 10
Views: 517

Re: Human treats for Ariel's birthday

Cinnamon rolls with salted caramel sauce... mmmmm.
by silk
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy
Replies: 158
Views: 25514

Re: The Warhorse - the Tale of Tuddy

I can echo your sentiment. I spent 5 years trying to fix my big WB mare. I had a lot of people tell me she was just green, just needed more mileage, just needed more riding, I just needed to employ so-and-so to get her over it - ie I couldn't ride well enough to do it - etc etc etc. Send her there, ...
by silk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Walk problems
Replies: 13
Views: 865

Re: Walk problems

Not really sure but I would introduce TOF and TOH to start getting those hind legs "up and under" him.
by silk
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another sign of getting older...
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Re: Another sign of getting older...

I don't do fantasy/science fiction so would never watch Game of Thrones I am the same - really don't like sci fi or fantasy - but LOVED the GOT books. Could not get into the series because it just wasn't the way I pictured the characters in the books. That reminds me... I need to reread those books...
by silk
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Mane hair memorials? Not tail!
Replies: 22
Views: 1260

Re: Mane hair memorials? Not tail!

I have the same dilemma. But... I don't really like most 'memorial' items. Horsehair bracelet? Nothankyou. So, I'll probably hang onto it until we move and I need to make a decision about whether I want to keep hanging onto it. Realistically anyone who can plait tail hair should be able to plait 6-1...
by silk
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Quick gift question
Replies: 12
Views: 668

Re: Quick gift question

As a gift, the canvas, however, if you have the negatives, the box of smaller ones, then when she's ready she could purchase a canvas with HER favourite image. I think that would be a little easier than her having to think about asking you whether you have any other images she could look at.
by silk
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 646
Views: 84409

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I made chicken legs, with sliced onions, mustard seeds, and a spice mix (think a smoky paprika sort of thing)... Fry off onions and spices, set aside, fry off chicken legs, add onion mix back, added salt and pepper, a cup of red wine and another of water, a tin of chickpeas, and cooked on very low f...
by silk
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 3104

Re: Needlefelting project

Could you poke the wire in after you've felted the parts?
by silk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 646
Views: 84409

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I had crispy roasted duck fat potatoes, with duck, cooked for me. With green beans and zucchini, fresh from the garden. Divine. (This boy is trying to impress me, clearly has realised food is the way to my heart :lol: )
by silk
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

Moutaineer wrote:Good news, Silk! Pictures of your new abode?


Here it is!

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/22497879?s=51

Don't know settlement date yet but poached all the photos from the sale ad ;)
by silk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting observations that I learned from Mark Russell
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Re: Interesting observations that I learned from Mark Russell

silk that was me that started the topic on Jillian's FB page. I had just ridden with her in November and we were working on some different things prepping for piaffe with Rip. I shared with her the exercises that Mark showed me with Rip that made such a difference. Rip had to be shown how to elevat...
by silk
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting observations that I learned from Mark Russell
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Re: Interesting observations that I learned from Mark Russell

Not an answer, but, I think I saw this being discussed on Jilly's fb page? Isn't she the best?!
by silk
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

Good news, Silk! Pictures of your new abode? No photos, yet. I'm still waiting to hear about approval of the loan. Everything else appears to be in order - building report and drug test done today, so I should have that report back tomorrow or Friday. Officially, we have 4 working days - ie the 8th...
by silk
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

My third (and final!) offer was accepted. It is conditional on a very short timeframe for arranging finance, so I'm pushing the broker as hard as I can.
Fingers are still very firmly crossed.

Loving the art!
by silk
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Decrepit OTTB - Slightly Less Decrepit Now He's in Heaven!
Replies: 39
Views: 2593

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

Huge hugs, Xan. I looked through the FB photos and couldn't think of anything to say. I'm so sorry. I hope the hole in your heart becomes less gaping over time. You gave him a great life. I can echo your vet's sentiment, though, about KNOWING... I farewelled my broken WB earlier this year, and after...
by silk
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

So, amid all my busy-ness, I found an apartment to put an offer in on. Currently waiting a response to that (submitted late yesterday). Cross your collective fingers, please! :D The vendors have countered my offer, and I am yet to submit a counter-counter. Awaiting a little more information which h...
by silk
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

So, amid all my busy-ness, I found an apartment to put an offer in on. Currently waiting a response to that (submitted late yesterday).

Cross your collective fingers, please! :D
by silk
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5074

Re: Need some help or advice

My stuff this year is far, far more trivial, less significant, but each and every hurdle, even though it has not felt good at the time, has led to something better. Every time I've thought my world was crashing down, just around the corner was something better and bigger and brighter. Some of the be...
by silk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

I'm excited about job news, but echo Kyra's comment "I hardly see my horse anymore, let alone ride. I just can't seem to catch a break." I have been working full time, commuting about 1.5-2 hours each way on weekends (ie home Thurs night and back to flat/work location Sunday). I also was s...
by silk
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Where is everyone????

I plan on not shopping for anything but food this year, haha! My news is all decidedly non horsey, so I don't post a lot. New renters in my rental house, enjoying the motorbike (300+ miles every week). Ponies are fat and happy (somewhat feral), the baby pony turns 2 on Sunday. We managed to get hayl...
by silk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Bot eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Bot eggs

Do not pick off bot eggs in any place where horses eat - you do not want the horses to ingest the eggs (where they will complete their life cycle).

If I find them, I squish them between my fingernails after pulling them off. They make a satisfying pop for such a tiny thing.
by silk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 646
Views: 84409

Re: "What's for dinner?"

A riff on Rockabilly's corn chowder - with coconut cream instead of (dairy) cream, some frozen spinach, no bacon but chicken breast strips, and a handful of macaroni pasta thrown in to cook near the end. Served with deliciously fresh baguette that was on sale at the supermarket this afternoon for 99c.

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