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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: 18
Views: 147

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: 42
Views: 657

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: 42
Views: 657

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: 23
Views: 568

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: 42
Views: 657

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: 42
Views: 657

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: 211

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: 626
Views: 31386

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: 1482

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: 626
Views: 31386

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: 35
Views: 2254

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: 431

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: 35
Views: 2254

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: 626
Views: 31386

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: 689

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: 316

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: 221

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: 689

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: 1779

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: 1779

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: 689

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: 487

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: 1779

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: 626
Views: 31386

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...
by silk
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horsepower... vroom vroom
Replies: 35
Views: 2254

Re: Horsepower... vroom vroom

That's similar to the UK system I grew up with if I recall, but here in the USA (in CA at least) you can take a 2 week course to learn to ride + built in licensing test that amounts to 5 hours a week if that. Then you're off on your own, having never ridden on the freeway, free to buy a 1200cc supe...
by silk
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horsepower... vroom vroom
Replies: 35
Views: 2254

Re: Horsepower... vroom vroom

Bike re-registered (not road legal until mid September, but I have paid for my new registration sticker, wooo!). I have been pootling around close to home and practicing my slow speed skills, most weekends. I'm booked for my next licence the day after Suzi's rego is live again - I'm currently a Lear...
by silk
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I ended up doing a bit of a riff on cabonara - fried the bacon and about 10 small sage leaves, added the noodles and greens to warm through then off the heat, added the egg mix (two eggs, salt, pepper, milk as I had no cream, beaten together), stirred gently as the residual pan heat cooked the eggs.
by silk
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Sounds delicious! Tonight, I have a portion of udon noodles, steamed bok choy with caramelised onions and sesame seeds that needs to go with "something". I've just realised I WAS going to have bacon and eggs with the 'greens' on the side, but forgot to take bacon out of the freezer before ...
by silk
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Property investment

Some towns have Real Estate Investment Clubs. Some have just "Investment Clubs". My town's RE club has monthly meetings with a speaker, and there's an all-day "boot camp" each year for people to dive in and get all the baseline terms explained to them. So, social connections and...
by silk
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Photography question
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: Photography question

Your camera is focusing on the wrong thing (the a-frame rather than the dog). Does it have those little markers that flash on the screen to indicate where it wants to place it's focus? From memory it's fairly easy to change the setting to "more" areas (I have a Nikon D80 dslr). With the Bu...
by silk
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Most hated domestic task.
Replies: 31
Views: 1319

Re: Most hated domestic task.

I don't mind dishwasher, though I'd rather dry hand-washed dishes than wash. I HATE cleaning the toilet. I don't mind the rest of the bathroom, though don't LIKE the shower. Beyond that, I don't mind cleaning. It does literally take me years to get around to cleaning my car (I'm only going to drive ...
by silk
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Property investment

StraightForward wrote:Sent you a PM

I don't think it sent? Can't see anything.
by silk
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Property investment

Sounds like you need to talk to a financial planner. You can talk to them about your financial situation and future financial goals and they can suggest options and put you in contact with appropriate specialists such as mortgage lenders, investment counsels etc. My tax person is also a certified f...
by silk
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Property investment

Ooh that's way beyond my scope, Linden, and any savings I can possibly hope to scrape together in the near future. I own a small house, that is currently rented. I work in another city, so I want somewhere to live, that is not a rental (ie I'd like to pay my own mortgage rather than someone else's)....
by silk
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Property investment

I don't really know to be honest. I suppose I'd just like to find like minded people to chat with. Money/finance is such a taboo subject that people get strange about talking about it (I couldn't care less how much a person earned - of course I want to be sure I'm earning what I'm worth, but that's ...
by silk
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Property investment

This is completely NH, other than it will (eventually) lead to owning a farm of my own. How do I find people with similar interests/aspirations in property/investment, so that I don't feel I am boring my friends every time I bring the subject up? Some of them have houses, some of them don't. Many of...
by silk
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Steak with home-made spicy potato wedges (oven baked then fried gently), caramelised onions and veges.
Tomorrow is the last of a massaman curry, with sweet potato and spinach in it, served with rice.
by silk
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Can I move in with you? Where's the heart-eyes emoticon when I need it........ *swoon*
by silk
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I found steak in the freezer (my main problem was forgetting what I had and not wanting to leave the house - haha!). Sliced onions & several cloves of roughly chopped garlic + a few chilli flakes went into the pan over a medium heat. Steak. Sweet potato noodles (weird Asian things that are absol...
by silk
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jillian Kreinbring biomechanics class
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: Jillian Kreinbring biomechanics class

No, nothing specific. You'll learn heaps no matter what level you are at. I can't say anything in particular should be "prep", as I had done a lot of biomechanics prior to her class, incl masses with Peggy, some with Manolo and Dr Kerry Ridgway, some with Sharon May-Davis... Oh and trimmin...
by silk
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I dunno. I made beef short ribs, 15 hours of slow cooking, so have lots of leftovers, but I think that'll be good for lunches most of this week, and I don't really want to eat it five times in a row (as delicious as they are, that'll get boring). Though, dinner with bf + his folks tomorrow which wil...
by silk
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jillian Kreinbring biomechanics class
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: Jillian Kreinbring biomechanics class

Do it do it do eeeeeeeeetttttt. Jilly is GREAT. And when you see her please give her a humoungous hug from Helen the kiwi ;) She puts things into layman's terms so it is very easy to understand. GREAT sense of humour, to boot ;) I travelled to Aus to go to her Biomechanics course, because when I was...
by silk
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 626
Views: 31386

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Peanut butter on toast
by silk
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: horse massage book/video
Replies: 34
Views: 2274

Re: horse massage book/video

When you get that book, the exercises *do* continue past the shoulder/front half. :D
by silk
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: horse massage book/video
Replies: 34
Views: 2274

Re: horse massage book/video

Hi Silk. Your enthusiasm is awesome! :) I've only seen Linda Telington-Whosis in passing, so I can't comment yet; here I'm talking about Peggy Cummings. Her website isn't spectacularly helpful, it's true, but I'm very much intrigued by the Connected Groundwork idea. I like the way the groundwork on...
by silk
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: horse massage book/video
Replies: 34
Views: 2274

Re: horse massage book/video

Red Barn, is that TTeam/TTouch, or CR? Feel free to link me to the thing you've found. Off the top of my head I am not familiar with the story you've referenced. There is less CR online, but HEAPS of TTeam/Ttouch. Perhaps just more practitioners of the latter than the former? Both Linda and Peggy ar...
by silk
Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: horse massage book/video
Replies: 34
Views: 2274

Re: horse massage book/video

You are welcome. The thing I like the most is it "doesn't matter" what discipline, or breed, or age, or goals one might aspire to - CR and TTeam can help, regardless. I love that it is non-biased or non-exclusive, because one doesn't see that very often in any sphere, horsey or otherwise.
by silk
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: horse massage book/video
Replies: 34
Views: 2274

Re: horse massage book/video

I don't do ground work or in hand work to 'limber up'. I do it to supple and strengthen to improve my ridden work. That it can also function as a productive warmup is a bonus. I love this way of thinking of groundwork, Abby. RedBarn, Melody, you might like to look into Peggy Cummings' work, Connect...
by silk
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It's a good day... join in
Replies: 46
Views: 2792

Re: It's a good day... join in

I went to bed at 7.30pm yesterday and my alarm went off at 6am for work. It was a good sleep (haha!)
by silk
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It's a good day... join in
Replies: 46
Views: 2792

Re: It's a good day... join in

Bumping this up, because it is another good day. Life has been SUPER busy: I am working full time, studying (doing 3 papers, which is 3/4 of a full time load), trimming (about 3 days a month - now 11 client horses, as I managed to get one owner trimming her own horse again last month, plus my 2 girl...

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