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by heddylamar
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

I spent half of today's ride wondering why my horse was intermittently lame AND trying to leap out from underneath me, and there I was with no oh-shit-strap. Yeah. Silly mare. She was anticipating the canter from the moment my butt hit the saddle. Once I figured her out, we worked well.
by heddylamar
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 11
Views: 169

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

tl;dr: Get one. They're pretty awesome! I grew up with pressure cookers too, and loved them :P Now I have a electric Instant Pot 7-in-1 6qt, plus two stove top pressure cookers (16qt canner and 5qt regular) for a 2-person household. The IP will not melt your counter top. I use it on ancient formica,...
by heddylamar
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management

khall wrote:I sometimes wonder if the boy short ones would work better. Never tried them.


The boy shorts work great for riding, but still get soaked like everything else. They're not so great running ... but I really should just not bother with undies then :roll:
by heddylamar
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Buttocks "bumps" / posterior pustules, management

From experience with my husband's lumpy self who tends toward staph or skin fungus, I'd start by visiting a dermatologist. But, based on the rash-like description, have you ever tried something like body glide? I get chapped almost pimpled skin when it's really humid on the bottom band of my sports ...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 24
Views: 444

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

It sounds like your horse is jigging because of anxiety and tension, and hanging on to her mouth is doing absolutely nothing to ease her worries. I've owned and ridden many jiggers, and am one of those people who needs processes, so I break it down into three steps: relax myself (and hopefully the h...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Close Call
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Close Call

Good job sticking the aerobatics! Youngsters are so weird. What was the tractor going to do to her?! But, then, I avoided my trainer's indoor — random windows, mirrors, etc — for fear of a similar ride! I know she thought I was nuts when I chose to ride outside in 95+ weather last week at our lesson...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: How does your garden grow?

Nothing as extensive or as pretty as yours! I've got greens (kale, chard, collards, lettuce), jalapeños, tomatoes, cilantro, marjoram, mint, thyme, and I re-planted basil for the third time. Something's snacking on the basil :( https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1769/43294205962_596862b1e6_z.jpg https:/...
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: His first x-c experience
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: His first x-c experience

Lol! I do have freakishly long arms!
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel is rubbing her tail
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Ariel is rubbing her tail

I would wash well, and let it dry before applying the MTG. Give her a dose of ivermectin/pyrantel too in case it's pinworms.
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: His first x-c experience
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: His first x-c experience

I put straps on both saddles and have no shame in hooking fingers thru when his head and heart rate go up! I find many of them are pretty short so keep an eye on that if you're buying. ;) No kidding! Hanging on v. hard crash? I'll go for the strap. I normally just use a neck rope with a sheet bend ...
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: His first x-c experience
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: His first x-c experience

I love youngsters. They are just so freaking weird! Good on you for sticking the tack! You did remind me — I need to add a strap for our first real trail ride. This walking down the drive is NBD, we've done that in hand. But once we have to venture out on the asphalt in order to get down to the trai...
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

Today's ride was a mixed bag. Overall, great w-t-c work — really reaching into the bit and forward, my downward transition aids were on point, and my timing on transitioning up was good for the most part. Then Maia had a complete meltdown, tantrum when I brought her back to the trot after picking up...
by heddylamar
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

Chisamba wrote:The sad update on Deneb is I decided to retire her.


I'm sorry to hear this, but it sounds like the best choice for Deneb and you.
by heddylamar
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 341

Re: Downward Transitions

I try to use all seat, no reins. On horses who are more inclined to dive into my hands, I school all seat downward transitions during cool down, when they're generally more supple, from walk to halt. Once we have that down -- on the bit, balanced, et al -- I apply it to the other gaits. Right now I'...
by heddylamar
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel colicked from the heat
Replies: 16
Views: 326

Re: Ariel colicked from the heat

Poor Ariel! I'm glad you caught it quickly. Maia had a heat moment earlier this week too. Like her dam, she normally handles high heat & humidity just fine, but for some reason on Tuesday, she was just dripping rivlets sweat. She was still drinking and passing manure, so not in anywhere near the...
by heddylamar
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

Oh cb06, I'm so sorry for your loss :(

We started out first goal today by taking post ride cool-down walk down the road. Maia was far less acrobatic than expected, but the 90+ heat helped my cause! (The Mississippi delta foal has decided she can't handle Maryland's steamy, hot summers).
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7479

Re: Class of 2013?

I'm glad that helped a bit! Fergal's looking fuzzy and cute :D How cold are your winters?
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 121
Views: 2020

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

It's hot. A friend said it's like the surface of the sun :geek: Maia and I finally had a lesson with our trainer Monday morning (perks of working from home!) Lots of great takeaways, as usual. Plus a huge compliment (and relief for me) that not only did I not screw up the baby, but we're now leaps a...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 31
Views: 353

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

That looks just liks scratches to me. My vet recomends pulling off the scabs, lightly washing, drying (I use a clean cloth and then a hair dryer on no heat), and then applying a 50-50 mix of furazone and desitin. Furazone shouldn't touch your skin, so I use two popsicle sticks to grab a clean dab of...
by heddylamar
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I am a "stop now" rider too. I've ridden horses who you can ride through a spook to good results, but mine are all of the escalate variety. I've figured out the "off" switch, so Maia calms down pretty quickly. It was a good reminder of why I wear a protective vest, even in 90+ he...
by heddylamar
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

Today's takeaway: my butt didn't budge :)

Yeah.

Maia bolted 3 times. The first was amusing, the second was nearly handled, then she spooked herself and tried to loose her mind and me. I stuck. I'm not sure about her mind :roll:

I'm going back to a tad bit more pre-ride groundwork!
by heddylamar
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Quality of Life ?
Replies: 29
Views: 753

Re: Quality of Life ?

Sending you lots of hugs.

This is the really sucky part of animal stewardship.
by heddylamar
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Quality of Life ?
Replies: 29
Views: 753

Re: Quality of Life ?

Chisamba wrote:I personally prefer not to wait until its a crisis.


Agreed. I want to say goodbye BEFORE major trauma, not after.
by heddylamar
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

In one of these threads someone commented about a "following seat" -- thank you!! That stuck with me, and seems to be a far more effective mantra than "shoulders back." Walk, canter, and sitting trot are good, but when posting trot, I anticipate and am perpetually ahead of the ho...
by heddylamar
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ringbone...
Replies: 11
Views: 257

Re: Ringbone...

There is little to no evidence for either Osphos or Tildren for anything and I would think none for ringbone. Here is a very recent report... https://www.doctorramey.com/ready-tildren-osphos/ Do you have any references to actual scientific studies? There's a large scale human study of IV-administer...
by heddylamar
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ringbone...
Replies: 11
Views: 257

Re: Ringbone...

Have you looked into Tildren or Osphos? I've read that they are being used to treat ringbone now. I don't know first-hand how effective either are for ringbone, but I have seen the results of Tildren used to treat navicular. In a sample size of one, the combo of Tildren, neurectomy, and corrective s...
by heddylamar
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

Sue B wrote:I got off the little guy and had a ctj moment with him on the ground.


I do this with Maia and she gets all apologetic "oh no lady! I'll be good now!" And she sucks up for head rubs.

It works, and no horses or humans are harmed :D
by heddylamar
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

Yesterday's ride was a significant improvement over Friday's :) Maia started off doing her ironsides impression, graduated to curling ... then happily gave me lengthenings, and typical not so happy collection :lol: We're still working on gracefully re-collecting. Between heat and a month+ off for he...
by heddylamar
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

I rode Maia today, after battling a mystery lameness since May 3. I had the sports medicine vet out 17 days ago, figured out that, yes, I was correct, she jacked up her back and hind legs when she messed up her knee. She was inflamed enough that I hauled her to the hospital for joint injections. The...
by heddylamar
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1512

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

OMG. If someone tap-tap-tap-tapped me, I'd flatten them. :twisted: I'm generally a good solid single thump (just my leg) rider, and tend to not ride with a whip or spurs. It seems to work. All of my mares move when I say move. Anzia prefers a subtle leg, but she's also far more likely to leap off my...
by heddylamar
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

I bred the second two red headed mares, so this is all on me: Generation 1: All business, all the time. I'd give her a carrot, she'd give me flat-eared mare face ... and maybe a wuffle. She was mighty unimpressed with humans, and had no tolerance for the start box -- we belonged galloping full-out a...
by heddylamar
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

And to those who routinely share their training process and inspirations, please know that I (and I think most on this board) find them fascinating, valuable and thoughtful. You are providing a rich translation service, in my opinion, from theory/master teaching to lived learning and experience. No...
by heddylamar
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Delta Airlines S...s
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: Delta Airlines S...s

This is one of those time I'd have been tweeting at Delta and the airport. I'm glad it ended well -- after considerable (avoidable) stress.
by heddylamar
Tue May 29, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Scotland vacation. Paddock boots or sneakers
Replies: 10
Views: 254

Re: Scotland vacation. Paddock boots or sneakers

Sneakers. You're not planning to ride, so there's no need for paddock boots. Unless you really like blisters? Lol.

All I can imagine is the bloody mess my feet would be ... there isn't enough liquid skin or moleskin to fix that!
by heddylamar
Thu May 24, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: I guess this is a "grooming" topic... goat dilemma
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: I guess this is a "grooming" topic... goat dilemma

I know this is a silly question because GOATS, but is there anything they won't eat? Would dousing his tail in bitter or spicy [insert substance] repel the goats? Or invest in many many fly sheets?
by heddylamar
Mon May 21, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Phone Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 340

Re: Phone Insurance

I don't bother with insurance on anything but health, home, liability, and vehicles. We don't end up using the policies enough to justify the added expense. My husband ends up killing his cell phone — reliably — 1-2 months before the new model is released from Apple. Neither he nor I would want to p...
by heddylamar
Mon May 21, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9493

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

Between travel (me), lameness (Maia), asthma/allergies (me), and monsoon season (we needed the rain), the month of May has been a bust for riding. It finally cleared up late Saturday, so I was at the barn bright and early Sunday to ride. Ha! Apparently some time in the past week the neighboring farm...
by heddylamar
Thu May 10, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7479

Re: Class of 2013?

The unstable surface of the swells will add to your core strength! Just stay near a wall so you can stick a hand out for balance if need-be.
by heddylamar
Wed May 09, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7479

Re: Class of 2013?

Anne wrote:I couldn't stick on, but managed to fall quite well


Ouch!! Hopefully no lasting bruises were incurred! It's crazy how quick a 1,000+ lb horse can relocate itself ... right out from under the rider!
by heddylamar
Wed May 09, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7479

Re: Class of 2013?

And a few more:

Squats and bridges on a bosu ball. Any sort of unstable surface will work for these. Even standing on a foam pad v. hard floor.

Lunges with resistance band. This guy has the best explanation of form that I found online, although my PT had the band above the knee, not below.
by heddylamar
Wed May 09, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7479

Re: Class of 2013?

I picked up some resistance band and hand weight exercises from physical therapy last fall for my left hip that I’ve kept in rotation. The increased strength in my legs (and I’m already strong — distance runner, bike commuter) has had a big impact on leg effectiveness in the saddle. No more wimpy le...
by heddylamar
Wed May 09, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What a few months it has been
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: What a few months it has been

That's a rough few(!) months :(

Luddites who are afraid to upgrade should be weighed down with the corpses of old tech.
by heddylamar
Wed May 09, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Quality of Life ?
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Re: Quality of Life ?

I go with gut instinct, which very nearly always agrees with brain. If all measurable signs point to yes, then the answer is yes. Discount the inexact signs. My girl made the last few days a trial. I needed a few days to coordinate all the moving parts (vet, neighbor with backhoe, husband to drive m...
by heddylamar
Sat May 05, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7479

Re: Class of 2013?

I'm glad to see you're out and about on your boy Anne. He's looking great! I've been reading your posts here, but obviously not posting much. Maia's advancing nicely, despite the human setbacks we've faced since Thanksgiving ... no more breaking myself? I hope. She's stepping into the canter immedia...
by heddylamar
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Injured ACL in knee
Replies: 14
Views: 1780

Re: Injured ACL in knee

Head lamp, blinky light on a shoe, and reflective clothes. I'm an early riser, so the getting up isn't a problem. It's the not getting run over that's the challenge!
by heddylamar
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Injured ACL in knee
Replies: 14
Views: 1780

Re: Injured ACL in knee

Congrats! I'm glad the half went well :) I'm only riding one horse, but have a 1.5-2 hour each way commute (whee!) Long runs office days, I'm up to go running at 4/4:30 a.m. On short run days (5-7.5 miles :lol:) I can sleep in until 5:30. I am no fan of running in the heat of the day, or, really, an...
by heddylamar
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12121

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I am still riding in a splint, but the wrist is definitely beginning to heal — the list of things that hurt has become shorter and shorter. We had a fantastic ride yesterday morning. Maia was *lit* so I wasn't sure what I'd be dealing with under saddle, but I was able to direct the energy toward goo...
by heddylamar
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rain, rain go away
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: Rain, rain go away

galopp wrote:Heddy you can have our rain, we are having November RAIN, not just showers. LAKES.


PLEASE!!!! The region got enough rain that there were flood warnings yesterday. But there still wasn't enough precipitation in my immediate neighborhood that I can pull weeds in the front yard without watering.
by heddylamar
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Anyone looking for a hauler?
Replies: 0
Views: 137

Anyone looking for a hauler?

I followed a Johnson Horse Transport for 15 miles this morning in snarly DC traffic, and man, that guy was a conscientious driver! In spite of cars darting in and out of the lane in front of him, slamming on brakes, etc, this guy maintained a smooth, steady ride. Those were some lucky horses. I have...

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