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by silk
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post
Replies: 9
Views: 95

Re: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post

We don't do thanksgiving but life is good at the moment. Work is great. Loads of opportunities coming my way. I feel like I've cemented a reputation of being capable and getting things done (received high praise from one of my Project Managers the other day - "she hasn't let me down yet" -...
by silk
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Bumper-pull trailer length

Oh and backing - is both easier and harder with a long BP rig. The distance between the rear axles of the truck and the trailer axles, and the pivot point, determine how quickly or slowly the trailer begins to turn. Short distance = quick turning (snakey!), long distance = slow turning. I could mano...
by silk
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Bumper-pull trailer length

My bp is much smaller (13ft plus drawbar or about 16 ft overall) so no additional suggestions. I make sure I know the wheel tracking before I attempt any gateway. There are times when I choose an alternative route/entry point or wait for traffic to pass so I can make use of the other side of the roa...
by silk
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Anyone heard of 4cyte Epitalis Forte?
Replies: 5
Views: 101

Re: Anyone heard of 4cyte Epitalis Forte?

I haven't had cause to use it myself but it is popular here and people who use it generally swear by it.
by silk
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Pony, New Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 485

Re: New Pony, New Problems

Teeth would be my first bet, sounds like you have that base covered, ditto ulcers. Sounds weird but check for floating rib/s or other strange things going on with the ribs. Those odd floating ones aren't always connected where or how they should be and can be sharp and pokey. Combined with him flipp...
by silk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Potato and Bacon Soup
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: Potato and Bacon Soup

YES PLZ.

My life revolves around food:

What I just ate
What I want to eat
What I might eat next
What I am thinking of eating tomorrow/next week....
by silk
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: one pm was delivered recently, but no more :-(
Replies: 9
Views: 81

Re: one pm was delivered recently, but no more :-(

I understood PMs hung around in your "outbox" until the recipient opened them, when they majiked themselves to "sent".
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Replacing moldy bathtub caulk
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Replacing moldy bathtub caulk

Installation of a shower at my rental required 24 hours for the glues and adhesives to set/cure/dry before the shower was used. The person you pay to do this for you ought to tell you how long you need to go without your tub.
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Potato and Bacon Soup
Replies: 5
Views: 64

Re: Potato and Bacon Soup

Excellent.

I shall be making this as soon as the pressure cooker is back in action (I make stock, never buy it).
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I have two leeks to use so I should make risotto.
I feel like everything but, ha ha!
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Potato and Bacon Soup
Replies: 5
Views: 64

Re: Potato and Bacon Soup

Query - 1/2 a what of flour? Cup? Looking at the photo I don't think it was 1/2 a teaspoon ;)
by silk
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.
Replies: 19
Views: 485

Re: Others are concerned about how I feed my horses.

I think they are looking a little ribby.
by silk
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2773

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

No idea on import fees sorry Xan, but, sub-tropical island holiday plus a bunch of test riding sounds ideal, doesn't it?!

This is my baby hoss's older half sis (same sire): https://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/equest ... 25aaad683f
by silk
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2773

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

Xan, you should look downunder. Tons of horseflesh for stupid cheap. Esp with the dollars the way they are at present.
by silk
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 161
Views: 2773

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

Is Sparkleby still in Ireland, or KY?
by silk
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

BF made me dinner last night. I had two trims later in the day (got there at 5pm, left at 7pm). Dinner was on the table within 2 mins of me walking in the door at 7.30... I didn't even have a chance to say "can I grab a quick shower before we eat," haha! Pasta, chicken, spices (5 different...
by silk
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I forgot to take something out of the freezer for tonight, oops.

The steak and roast veges went down a treat. I 'roasted' the asparagus and broccoli with oil, S&P and pinenuts - delicious. Cooked the steak slightly more than I intended, but still lovely.
by silk
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 374

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

Wow silk that is the land of draft crosses. I really like the term "Clydie". :-) Enzo has a nice walk and canter. Just for my own amazement and not for real, do you know how much it costs to bring a horse from NZ to the US? Wouldn't have the foggiest. You'd have to fly them. Not sure on q...
by silk
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I'm surviving! Puppy is a right handful but settling into things and being much more reliable (his ears are still painted on at times, but he's far less bitey and jumpy as he's learned those things will. not. be. tolerated.) Last night, tacos with the bf and his flat. Tonight I plan to cook - ordina...
by silk
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 374

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

They're a dime a dozen here (NZ). Probably a bit far if you don't even want to look in Canada, though ;) Lol that made me laugh! How come you have so many down there? Are any doing dressage? Tons. The 1/4 Clydes are often used for allrounders, hunters, eventers (lower level). We have a lot of cross...
by silk
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 30
Views: 665

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Silk, is it this one? If so, have you seen it in person? It looks fine but it's hard to tell how thick it is. https://worldequestrianbrands.com/product/platinum-dressage-eurofit-quilt-only-pad/ Nope. That looks like the standard quilt. This one is a light (the one you linked talked about light colo...
by silk
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

They are away for 2 weeks in the USA and have a 5mo Airedale terrier. My sister got a ~3 month old Airedale pup to go with the one she got from the same breeder two years ago, and I just got an 8 year old ChihuahuaX for my mother. So it must be all kinds of fun and games on the days my sister is th...
by silk
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 374

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

They're a dime a dozen here (NZ). Probably a bit far if you don't even want to look in Canada, though ;)
by silk
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Last night I cooked what was supposed to be a sort of Cajun-seasoned chicken, but I had a large leek that needed using which took away from the seasoning so it ended up being a generically saucy chicken and leek stew (it did get another dollop of sambal olek chilli so had a bit of a kick). Served wi...
by silk
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 30
Views: 665

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Silk, I haven't found the Mattes light baby pads and I've googled and looked at their site. I think they might just be called "light" quilt. It's about 1/2 the thickness of the regular quilt (I have both types and prefer the light ones, as I only use them over a half pad to keep the saddl...
by silk
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 30
Views: 665

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Mattes, they do baby pads. I think they're called ultra light or something.
by silk
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1244

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Tsavo wrote:Hayburner, every grey will get melanoma if they live long enough. That is my information.


Dilutes, too (ie, grey, cream, etc).

May not affect them visibly/noticeably but likely present.
by silk
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1244

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

1. Temperament. Absolutely key. If horse does not pass this - do not pass go, do not proceed. 2. Soundness/conformation. Pretty much zero tolerance for previous injuries or issues of any kind. I have particularly high standards for hoof shape and condition - barefoot, never shod, appropriately cared...
by silk
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Need the most secure dressage saddle!
Replies: 23
Views: 500

Re: Need the most secure dressage saddle!

Go and do a clinic with Peggy Cummings.
Will change your life with respect to how to sit securely and safely and in balance.
by silk
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: *************2018 Kringle Exchange ***Send in your entries!**************
Replies: 27
Views: 670

Re: 2018 Kringle Exchange Anyone?

I would love to but at the moment I'm drowning in other commitments. Happy to elf, though! :D
by silk
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 1015

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

Mares all the way for me. I've ridden but never owned geldings, and generally find them a bit "blah". I've known some awesome geldings, don't get me wrong, they're just not for me. Much prefer the spark and sass (and connection) of a mare!
by silk
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Tonight was baingan bharta and bhindi masala :D The fried apple pies I've had were pastry not a donut. Is that what yours are, Rockabilly? Fried apple and peach pies are a very southern thing. Sometimes I wonder how the old folks came up with some of these things and what I think, but haven't prove...
by silk
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108724

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Fresh vegetables are over for us so no more yummy tomatoes. My husband did ask me to make old-fashioned fried apple pies. I made them this afternoon with fresh Granny Smith apples, a bit of butter, a bit of sugar and some cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm sure some of y'all have heard of fried apples pies. ...
by silk
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 4175

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Scruffy, I can't help with links, but look up Sharon May-Davis' information on the congenital C6-C7 malformation. I have no idea of Farley's breeding but this malformation is rampant in TB and also Warmblood lines and causes major issues. It can be picked up with xrays which I would highly recommend...
by silk
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trimmer Rant
Replies: 14
Views: 500

Re: Trimmer Rant

Get a new trimmer. This one either doesn't want you as a client, doesn't want your horses, is incapable of scheduling (or, staying on schedule, because someone says "while you're here, can you just...")...regardless, get yourself a new trimmer. This one isn't doing you any favours. FWIW, I...
by silk
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Riding in the rain
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Riding in the rain

In saying that, I just purchased a ride-in rain-proof cover for my saddle. Just in case. (my friend was selling it cheap due to relocating countries). I'm sure there's times I'll use it. Maybe. Once or twice.
by silk
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Riding in the rain
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Riding in the rain

I don't compete, so I have no need to be out in inclement weather unless we are having fun... but I don't enjoy it and neither does my horse.
Sometimes the weather is marginal and we go out, sometimes it turns while we're out, that's life. But I (usually) don't go out in rain on purpose.
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: 4720

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: 4720

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: 57
Views: 1825

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: 679
Views: 108724

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: 679
Views: 108724

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: 37
Views: 1743

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: 37
Views: 1743

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: 37
Views: 1743

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: 1059

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: 1059

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: 721

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: 1326

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...

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