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by silk
Tue May 22, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I can sit the trot on grass all day!
Replies: 4
Views: 121

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: 214

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: 214

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: 640
Views: 72887

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: 214

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: 99

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: 501

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: 4822

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: 4822

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: 546

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: 546

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: 385

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: 385

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: 22938

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: 642

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: 673

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: 903

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: 490

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: 640
Views: 72887

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: 2366

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: 640
Views: 72887

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: 3524

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: 563

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: 563

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: 3524

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: 3524

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: 2121

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: 3524

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: 3524

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: 4266

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: 3524

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: 3524

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: 637

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: 640
Views: 72887

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.
by silk
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What is your opinion about this?
Replies: 61
Views: 4269

Re: What is your opinion about this?

Annoying, but there are bigger fish to fry, try not to let it get to you.
by silk
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 640
Views: 72887

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Steak with caramelised onions and spinach, and pasta thrown around in the pan after the steak was done, with a dash of cream. Yum!
by silk
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horsepower... vroom vroom
Replies: 38
Views: 4822

Re: Horsepower... vroom vroom

Love love love having Suzi to get to work. 20-25 mins. I am still reluctant to filter/lane split (drive between lanes of traffic) unless it is fairly well stationary. Yesterday I spent an obscene amount of money on new (goretex) riding gear that will be truly waterproof. Today I dropped a smaller am...
by silk
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Shoeing is required for ringbone
Replies: 12
Views: 1282

Re: Shoeing is required for ringbone

I have seen visible ringbone actually diminish after going barefoot. . I've done this. Unfortunately did not trim that horse more than about 3 times due to location and owner finances (they were quite some distance from me) but the changes from just the few trims I did were incredible. Im not a BOA...
by silk
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horsepower... vroom vroom
Replies: 38
Views: 4822

Re: Horsepower... vroom vroom

Next licence - tick! Got my Restricted on the 15th. That was ~5.5 hours riding.... half hour there, three hours "lesson", coffee break, just over an hour for the test, debrief, half hour home. Looooong day, very much worth it though. I don't think I get any extra perks or abilities on this...
by silk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 640
Views: 72887

Re: "What's for dinner?"

It's almost asparagus season again - yummmmmmmmm. My friend's dad grows it and sells excess at the gate.
by silk
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you own a rental property?
Replies: 16
Views: 1938

Re: Do you own a rental property?

Uh, way stupid and simple but W O R K I N G (at a well paid job) and I N V E S T I N G (in a patient way, say 10-30 year horizons) and S A V I N G (and living below your income).Voila. Pretty low stress. No evictions. My property is part of my longer term investment plan/strategy. Call it retiremen...
by silk
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress

My experience is that you'll have critters regardless, so think about how you're going to get to them to eradicate them (traps, poison, etc).
Mice can fit through 7mm gaps (an inch is 25mm so that's a smidge more than 1/4").
by silk
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Need boots before someone gets hurt
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: Need boots before someone gets hurt

1. Possibly. Most retailers will sell single boots so this shouldn't be a problem. Just get the measurements right. 2. It should, if correctly sized and proportioned wrt the hoof. 3. You can, but it is better to have them on for a maximum of 12 hours. The boots (and the hooves) need time to air and ...
by silk
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you own a rental property?
Replies: 16
Views: 1938

Re: Do you own a rental property?

Also ditto on wanting to know if the easier ways to make money? :mrgreen: Uh, way stupid and simple but W O R K I N G (at a well paid job) and I N V E S T I N G (in a patient way, say 10-30 year horizons) and S A V I N G (and living below your income).Voila. Pretty low stress. No evictions. My prop...
by silk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 41
Views: 4529

Re: Breakfast

Oh and, I have lost a fair amount of weight by excluding fructose. I hover about 5kg (11lb) lighter than I was (and I was by no means overweight so it's a fair drop... nearly 150, down to ~135). I can eat as much fruit and fat as I like (butter, cream, etc). I do not avoid fructose if it comes in it...
by silk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 41
Views: 4529

Re: Breakfast

I have given up sugar (fructose). The transition was the hardest part, it's easy once you form the habits and find the foods that work better for you. For me, nuts and protein are key. Snacking should be little and often, I try to avoid getting HANGRY (hungry + angry) because then I overeat. Not eat...
by silk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you own a rental property?
Replies: 16
Views: 1938

Re: Do you own a rental property?

I bought a little place late last year, right after I got a new job and moved out of the area (couldn't afford to buy where I was moving to, hated watching the market move faster than I could save). I got some flatmates. They're still there, even though they were temporary, hah. I need to find anoth...
by silk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jillian Kreinbring biomechanics class
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: Jillian Kreinbring biomechanics class

Awesome! I love learning about what makes horses tick, because then I understand why I should or shouldn't do certain things.

Glad you enjoyed it :)
by silk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 41
Views: 4529

Re: Breakfast

At the moment, one or two pieces of peanut butter toast after I get to work (because some mornings I can't face eating as early as I need to get out of the house). I usually have a coffee before I leave or take a travel mug with me to sip while I'm sitting on the bus, because a morning without ANYTH...
by silk
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 640
Views: 72887

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I made massaman curry loaded with carrots after buying ~10lb for $4 (the horses will get a treat, too!). There was a piece of thick-cut steak in the home freezer so I diced that and let it cook briefly after the curry sauce had reduced. So delicious... Three lunches this week will be curry with vege...

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