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by heddylamar
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 10
Views: 57

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

I hose after every ride when it's above 60 degrees (we have warm water) and give Anzia a sudsy bath 2-3 times each summer. Maia gets a quick bath, if I have time. Bad horse owner? Anzia's a walking, itchy, fungus machine. She needs a scrubbing :shock: Maia's generally fungus-free, but has a disturbi...
by heddylamar
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed

I know it's no consolation right now, but you and your husband raised a wonderful person. Lots of hugs and well wishes.
by heddylamar
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 285

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

All redheaded mares :) I've ridden stallions and geldings too, but other than one stallion -- who wasn't mine -- none really called out to me the way my mares do. I like the snark, the "are you sure?" (subtext: dumb human), and the challenge of talking to them just right. Once I've won the...
by heddylamar
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 447

Re: Accountability

Thanks ;) I am far from a speedster, but I've finally reached the age group where my normal pace is paying off.
by heddylamar
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 41
Views: 447

Re: Accountability

I need to join in here! I'm normally a pre-dawn runner, but since I became fully self employed earlier this summer, my adherence has slipped. And I cannot stand running in full sun when it's hot (if there were any shady routes, it would be fine). Anyway, the past month has been better. Competed in a...
by heddylamar
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 202
Views: 2487

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I really dislike the mono crowns because it's impossible to find one that fits in all directions properly. All of my mares have needed more circumference from the noseband than offered in the bridle that fits height-wise and around their forehead. Maia's in a Bobby's bridle right now that was bought...
by heddylamar
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95231

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 heddylamar
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95231

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?
by heddylamar
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Casual horse hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Casual horse hunt

Thanks. It's hard. He was such a good guy, and the absolute perfect fit for her.
by heddylamar
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Casual horse hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Casual horse hunt

Mom's on the lookout for a new horse. She's open to all breeds, sex, colors, etc. Requirements: - between 14H and 16H - sane - quiet - wtc - suitable for pleasure/trail riding, with a bit of low level dressage (she may never show) - located within a day's drive of Memphis, TN - under $4k She just lo...
by heddylamar
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 340

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

The names tell a story, if you choose to listen 8-) They do tell a story, but that doesn't mean some of the names aren't terrible! Mom's appy gelding was saddled with Straw-Bar-E. Roman Straw Man and Ms. Bar Plaudit (Prince Plaudit offspring) bloodlines. My QH mare was relatively lucky with Joy's L...
by heddylamar
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9188

Re: Class of 2013?

After a day of "my face hurts," Maia's back to eating just fine. I've never owned another horse who you can just stick all of their meds in the grain .... but this girl? No problem. She just slurps it all up, bute, antibiotics, and all. :shock: :shock: This was the aftermath: https://farm2...
by heddylamar
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9188

Re: Class of 2013?

Queso is looking great! Maia and I had a trailer loading mishap today. Trailer meet face. No major structural damage (miraculously), but a possible chipped bone (didn't show on radiographs, but there was a crunchy feeling) under the wound site and blood in her sinus cavity. She has 6 staples, and I ...
by heddylamar
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A different kind of competition...
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: A different kind of competition...

Lovely!!!

I cannot draw under pressure at all.
by heddylamar
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Favourite suppling exercises
Replies: 22
Views: 318

Re: Favourite suppling exercises

I do transitions, circles, serpentines, squares, and zig zags, with shoulder-in/out, haunches-in/out, and leg yield. Thanks for the halt/rein back reminder, Ryeissa. I used to do that, but it's fallen out of my toolkit. After the last few rides, I think Maia would benefit from that. It checks quali...
by heddylamar
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 389

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

My overall needs really haven't changed a great deal. There was a short period, after I took ~5 years off (retired my eventer + riding in college intercollegiate + moving as an enlisted spouse) where I would ride with anyone who could get me back to riding fittness. And, subsequently, after moving m...
by heddylamar
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any experience with personal injury claims?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Any experience with personal injury claims?

I hope the PT was at least upfront that they would get a referral! I'm not a fan of that sort of practice. There's a bunch of articles on the web on how to file a claim yourself v. when to consult an attorney. You might check into them. You might also consider doing a records search on the other dri...
by heddylamar
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any experience with personal injury claims?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Any experience with personal injury claims?

When you say you spoke to the insurance company, do you mean you spoke with your insurance company? Or the at fault driver's? I'd start with your insurance company. While they aren't paying the final bill, they normally act as the go between between you and the other insurance company and keep your ...
by heddylamar
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Favourite suppling exercises
Replies: 22
Views: 318

Re: Favourite suppling exercises

I do transitions, circles, serpentines, squares, and zig zags, with shoulder-in/out, haunches-in/out, and leg yield.

Thanks for the halt/rein back reminder, Ryeissa. I used to do that, but it's fallen out of my toolkit. After the last few rides, I think Maia would benefit from that.
by heddylamar
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8930

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

I met 4 out of 5 goals. Maia's picking up the correct lead nearly every time now (only one misfire across the last 3 rides), and we've been riding out both in the pasture, and along the road. Haven't hit the trails yet, per-say, but we'll do that this week. And I'm cantering her over cavaletti in an...
by heddylamar
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

:D So, I bought one too... I have my very first item cooking in it right now. Beef bourguignon. I will report back. If it doesn't work out, the collective you are responsible for ruining Sunday Dinner :) Haha. You'll love it! I've got quite a few relatives living at elevations (other than sea level...
by heddylamar
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 93
Views: 9188

Re: Class of 2013?

Fergal is going great! I envy your buddy! I've been riding Maia out on my own, which can be hair raising. But, my barn is teeny (3 other borders, plus BO) and ranges from experienced, but only cross paths every 6 month, to timid. I decided we're better off on our own than out with a timid pairing. I...
by heddylamar
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8930

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

I'm an associate creative director and while I really enjoy what I do, it's hard to be on all the time. Also, I'm the lead creative on several large, national accounts that are gearing up for TV production and are launching new campaigns, and the timelines are all right on top of each other, so I'm...
by heddylamar
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: An interesting out come
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: An interesting out come

I can so see the value of this work to build that understanding of the aids in the horse before the rider even sets foot in a stirrup. I am definitely pursuing this with my filly in hand, wished I had known this much when Rip was younger, might have gone a bit easier. Since Maia was in TN with my m...
by heddylamar
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 13
Views: 428

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

Does she even own the horses she's trying to sell? It's all shady.
by heddylamar
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95231

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I have been eating cucumbers, cucumbers, cucumbers, and a side of cucumbers. I'm house/animal/farm/chicken/horse/Dad (he's in the VA home) sitting for Mom while she takes a vacation, and she has a vegetable garden for a family of 10. I'm overflowing with cucumbers, beans (freeze), greens (freeze), s...
by heddylamar
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 13
Views: 428

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

You are 1000x more patient than me. I'd never have reached the voice mail stage. Are you looking for a potential eventer? My aunt (upper level dressage and trail rider) bought a great cheap Hanoverian from a breeder in Oregon ~10 years ago. He would have made a fantastic eventer, and did after she s...
by heddylamar
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trimmer Rant
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Trimmer Rant

I too have fired farriers (and vets, doctors, clients ... name a working relation, and it's likely I've kicked them to the curb) who don't honor appointments. I've been spoiled for the past 10+ years by a farrier who shows up on time and on schedule (and who does a fantastic job with all of my baref...
by heddylamar
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Meet Mikey
Replies: 42
Views: 697

Re: Meet Mikey

Mikey's a handsome fellow! Congrats :D
by heddylamar
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 26
Views: 459

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

Are those dapples?? She's adorable!
by heddylamar
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8930

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

Cantering on both leads is getting more consistent -- picking up the correct lead more often, holding it in a semi-balanced canter longer, and transitioning down smoother. “pasture dressage” I do that too! My old barn only had badly rutted, hard grass arenas. But the pastures and hay field across th...
by heddylamar
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hip replacement who here has had one?
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: Hip replacement who here has had one?

I sleep on my side with my left ( the side of the surgery) knee bent and slightly elevated. Do you have a recliner? They're not the most comfortable for sleeping, but it would force you to sleep mostly on your back, and far straighter than curling on your side. I forgot to ask if I should stop my l...
by heddylamar
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hip replacement who here has had one?
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: Hip replacement who here has had one?

My mother had her right hip replaced 3 years ago. She'd lost all of the cartilege, and some of the knob of the femur. I was there for Mom's surgery and several weeks of recovery. She was up and about with minimal pain within the first day, and started PT two days post-op. Lifting anything over 20# w...
by heddylamar
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildfire
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Wildfire

I'm glad you were able to evacuate and were spared, Mountaineer! Hopefully, your oldster resettles. My mare was amazingly resilient at that age. Re: fire breaks: My aunt and uncle's farm was spared in a 2012 fire, while several of their neighbors went up. All had significant fire breaks and similar ...
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Repurposed materials-- found a website
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Repurposed materials-- found a website

That's a great find! Anzia and Maia need a sweeper brush to scratch their itchy selves :)
by heddylamar
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion
Replies: 22
Views: 607

Re: Gravity is a law, not a suggestion

For #3, I have a flow chart of things I do until the horse gets the idea that they should respect my leg — it's not pretty or subtle. On a related note, I presume his teeth have been checked relatively recently? Riding as you normally would (outside aids + inside aids), horse does #3: a. Lift the at...
by heddylamar
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 428

Re: Guinea pig help

I very much agree with this!!! He doesn't look too bad in the picture plus 1300g is still an OK weight for a healthy male plus a littel extra weight is usually a good thing, they tend to loose weight so fast when they get sick! I like mine to be on the chubby side, just in case... I totally agree a...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 428

Re: Guinea pig help

Tsavo wrote:Are the two males neutered???


Oh yes.
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 428

Re: Guinea pig help

Haha. Yes! They are kind of adorable :-D Remi, the 2.5yo male who needs to diet as you can somewhat see from the extra neck folds and rubenesque-physique: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/841/42734365065_593cd4bd48_b.jpg https://farm1.staticflickr.com/837/41830244520_2f8f854a83_b.jpg Sasha, 5.5yo fema...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 428

Re: Guinea pig help

PhoenixRising wrote:When I had an overweight guy a few years ago, I made sure to switch to a timothy based pellet instead of alfalfa. Many of the guinea pig foods out there are actually alfalfa based.


Yup! I feed Oxbow adult, which is timothy-based, plus timothy hay.
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 428

Re: Guinea pig help

I have 2 young males, and an older female. They get along well now, but because it was a tenuous herd dynamic originally (had MF, rescued now-porky M), I didn't want to seperate them fully. But given the last few days, that may be the direction we have to go. Anyway, my diet attempts since March: 1)...
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guinea pig help
Replies: 16
Views: 428

Guinea pig help

Are there any guinea pig people here? I have one who's in desperate need of a diet, and two who need to hold steady. Everything I've tried thus far hasn't worked on porky pig, but the other two lost weight (boo).

I need ideas.
by heddylamar
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Riding in the rain
Replies: 16
Views: 410

Re: Riding in the rain

Moutaineer wrote:Rain? What's that?

:lol:
by heddylamar
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Riding in the rain
Replies: 16
Views: 410

Re: Riding in the rain

I generally ride in the rain or snow, but not if it's a thunderstorm or heavy downpour (like we're getting now). In the summer heat, no special equipment is required -- just wipe down your tack, and have a spare change of clothes on hand. When it's cooler, I wear a water resistant jacket, and don't ...
by heddylamar
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8930

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

I think I"m a wannabee Ingrid! Here's some vid from a xc comp on the weekend. Ding is back to enjoying this and he didn't hesitate going into the water, I was almost left behind expecting a little pause (especially as it was full of ice!) but no, he was great! Was a lot of fun: https://youtu.b...
by heddylamar
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8930

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

Urk, demi. That heat! Ours finally broke, and now we're getting drenched. It's okay, everything needs it after 4+ weeks of scorching temperatures and no rain, but I really wish it could have waited until I'm out of town for 2 weeks. We only have an outdoor, so it's interfering with my riding! I got ...
by heddylamar
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Question Knee Blocks
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Saddle Question Knee Blocks

How the saddle fits you and the horse is far more important than the type of knee block IMO. I have a long femur, and an old arthritic hip injury, so most dressage saddles with deep seats and knee blocks are flat-out painful. After riding in a bunch, I ended up with a Laser 747. The knee blocks are ...
by heddylamar
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Barn fire-Update on horse
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Barn fire-Nothing bad happened

Aaaaah scary. So glad it ended well!

Every time I read about a barn fire, I think about adding sprinklers to our future barn.
by heddylamar
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does your horse use gestures to communicate with you?
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: Does your horse use gestures to communicate with you?

How do you mean? Maia head butts if she wants a scratch, Anzia stretches her neck around me. When I hit the right itchy spot, Anzia has her neck stretched around me, and the near side back leg lifted.

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