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by heddylamar
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sous Vide devices?
Replies: 36
Views: 4306

Re: Sous Vide devices?

Koolkat wrote:Can you reuse the plastic bags?


My husband uses regular Ziploc freezer bags, which are reusable. Vacuum bags are a bit more delicate, but they seem to be reusable if the first round item is soft or squishy.
by heddylamar
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sous Vide devices?
Replies: 36
Views: 4306

Re: Sous Vide devices?

The IP sous vide is a bit chunky, but it stores well in a canister in a lower cabinet.

I hear sous vide great for reheating things like mashed potatoes, risotto, soups, and delicate sauces. We rarely have leftovers, so that doesn't get any play here.
by heddylamar
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sous Vide devices?
Replies: 36
Views: 4306

Re: Sous Vide devices?

My husband bought one of the original Instant Pot branded ones (no bluetooth, etc) several years ago when it was on sale for a lot less than the current price. He uses it for salmon (then sears it on the stove), and I use it for soft boiled eggs. We should branch out more :lol: Okay, I should find m...
by heddylamar
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14908

Re: Class of 2013?

Plus a few cute photos after our ride in the snow on Monday: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7809/46758089121_a7225c5304_c.jpg Trying to look innocent after I yelled at her for gnawing on the fence. She's turning into a terrible beaver when bored. :oops: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4898/4584289252...
by heddylamar
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14908

Re: Class of 2013?

Fergus has a great canter! When I started sitting with Maia at the canter, I wore knee patch britches so my backside could slide a bit easier if she got off balance. We're advancing with the horse trailer! Maia's pretty stubborn and not one to be pushed into anything that's not her idea ... so we're...
by heddylamar
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

Nice! That sounds like a great deal! Do you have any favorite recipes for the IP? I'm taking recommendations! :-) Have you checked out the earlier threads here and here ? I use the IP as just another tool, like a dutch oven. Most of my favorite dals and bean-based dishes (very few recipes there -- ...
by heddylamar
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

I've used the IP a few times for mac and cheese. For some reason my SIL keeps asking me (no dairy; nearly vegan diet) to bring mac and cheese to family events she hosts?! Anyway, the IP is even better for making and traveling than the dutch oven ever was. I combine per this recipe, (obviously, all w...
by heddylamar
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

demi wrote:
heddylamar wrote: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


This thing is so cute!! I tried to make one like it but don’t have key that makes the sideways smiley mouth.


That's the "tsu": ツ

You can add the shruggie to your auto-replace text. It's a whole lot simpler than tying the Unicode each time or copy and pasting.
by heddylamar
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

Close your eyes for a safe stride or two and focus on feel. I do this all the time -- on the flat, over jumps, while ice skating (and getting myself all bound up bracing for whatever reason), occasionally while running on the flat, frequently while lifting weights or doing planks or such. It works ...
by heddylamar
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gifting my AP saddle?
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Gifting my AP saddle?

Nope. I've done it. I ended up accepting a token amount ($20) so it was a cleaner transaction for the recipient.
by heddylamar
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1350

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Vet visit for Laddie this morning. Based on a lunge (where he looked so much better than he had, and worked out of some minor ouchiness pretty quickly) and some x-rays, vet feels we have made significant progress in sorting out the NPA issue in his front feet, and that we are well on the way to ful...
by heddylamar
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1350

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Demi, that forward/back technique is what I attribute correctly(?) or not to Clinton Anderson. Most horses get so fed up they charge forward into the trailer. It worked for Maia before the face-meet-trailer incident. Now she's like "Haha. I'm not falling for that one, silly human." We need...
by heddylamar
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8041

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I love shaped pads like that! It's hard to find ones anymore that fit a variety of saddles.
by heddylamar
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1350

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Ugh, Heddy. there's NOTHING more frustrating than a horse that won't get on the damned trailer. Good luck. I discovered that I do not have the skills or patience to conquer it, but I've found a magician who can indeed teach anything to go anywhere, thank goodness! Back in the day, I had a friend (w...
by heddylamar
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 72
Views: 1350

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

As of this morning, our top goal has shifted: 1- Get Maia's butt on the freaking trailer! 2- LESSONS (see #1 ....) 3- Jumping (already intro'd cross rails, need to pump that up 4- More trail miles (firearms hunting season ends mid/late February; archery runs through March) I had to cancel this morni...
by heddylamar
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 126
Views: 4000

Re: Accountability

I'd started running again after the bout with the flu and sinus infection over Thanksgiving ... only to be felled by norovirus the Friday before Christmas (Is it the holidays? Coming up on 40? I've never been sick so often in a single year as I have this fall!) Anyway, back to running, YAY!!
by heddylamar
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 26
Views: 438

Re: So what are you reading?

I just added the Donner party book to my master reading list -- that's perfectly fitting :) I need to take it on my next group backpacking trip ... like the hijacking novel I was reading on my last international flight: The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking (Koerner)...
by heddylamar
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 26
Views: 438

Re: So what are you reading?

I'm a bit of a juggler :D I am currently reading White Fragility (DiAngelo), How Not to Get Shot (Hughely), and Code Girls (Mundy). And I have Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Bennett), Fear (Woodward), and Ruthless Tide (Roker) on reserve. I need a to pick up a copy of Tana French's lat...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Bit clinics and changing it up...
Replies: 11
Views: 315

Re: Bit clinics and changing it up...

All of the bit talk here, and my normally really soft-mouthed mare's sudden (at least to me) switch to being hard-mouthed and brace-y had me considering bits. Maia was due for coggins and teeth, so I had the vet and dentist out, then rode another ~10 days with the original bit (thinner copper roller...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another exciting New Year’s Eve
Replies: 12
Views: 237

Re: Another exciting New Year’s Eve

I'm making a dal for dinner tonight, plus a bit more prep/house cleaning for the great invasion tomorrow -- we host hubby's family once a year for dinner. They're all local ... but the headcount is up to 16 now :shock: And 4 of the neiblings aren't partnered up yet! Hubby claims we're staying up til...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Deadly fungus on Chincoteague
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: Deadly fungus on Chincoteague

Repeating my reply to Koolkat's thread: I've been following this in WaPo. I wish they were heavier on the details (swamp cancer?) and lighter on the hyperbole so we could get a better sense of what this disease/infection looks like. It's particularly worrisome right now because Maryland is in the mi...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ponies of Chincoteague
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Ponies of Chincoteague

I've been following this in WaPo. I wish they were heavier on the details (swamp cancer?) and lighter on the hyperbole so we could get a better sense of what this disease/infection looks like. It's particularly worrisome right now because Maryland is in the midst of a wet season. There has been so m...
by heddylamar
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Long Overdue Update on The Fixer Upper Farm, The Little Red Barn, and its Residents.
Replies: 23
Views: 391

Re: Long Overdue Update on The Fixer Upper Farm, The Little Red Barn, and its Residents.

Junior needs his own instagram!

When/if we ever get this farm built, we'll need a third herd critter. My husband wants goats. I have childhood goat trauma so I'm working on convincing him a donkey or mini-donkey is the way to go :D
by heddylamar
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sometimes holidays are difficult
Replies: 17
Views: 329

Re: Sometimes holidays are difficult

I'm so sorry, Sue.
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 284
Views: 6845

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

WOW! *I* might need another prospect! Move over Xan 8-)
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!
Replies: 54
Views: 971

Re: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!

Since she's your trainer, I think the lines are blurred. In my case, I'd hand it over and agree with Paula's addendum.
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!
Replies: 54
Views: 971

Re: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!

If you really need to keep a copy of the PPE, I'd keep an electronic version and hand off the original.
by heddylamar
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Horse-proof blankets
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: Horse-proof blankets

Ooof. Tio!!! Rotten horse! Sounds like he was bored. Hopefully SmartPak comes through for you!
by heddylamar
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila
Replies: 21
Views: 411

Re: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila

Oh no! Sending Rip and Gaila lots of jingles!!
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 742

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)

Great update! I apparently forgot to post after checking with Mom -- her vet recommended hot compresses several times a day. Until he re-grows hair, are you using an eye ointment? For a while, the vet had Mom use the same anti-bacterial greasy goo (the tube is at the barn :roll:) I stick in Anzia's ...
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!

Happy holidays everyone!
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14908

Re: Class of 2013?

Our canter-trot-canter transitions have gotten FAR better. And, as I suspected, the canter improved vastly too. She's round, 80% balanced, and responsive to lengthening/collection within the canter. Woohoo! (That part had me riding turns like :shock:) A few rides after the last post, I gave up on th...
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Horse-proof blankets
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: Horse-proof blankets

For Maia's current blanket, get one of the stiff Kensington Fly Sheets to put over it. Those are supposed to be pretty good at deflecting teeth. How about one of those plastic mesh fly sheets over the top (Kensington, I think is the brand? plaid, hideous, indestructible.) I am not ignoring the fly ...
by heddylamar
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 284
Views: 6845

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

Xanthoria wrote:End of the day tho, he can jump! :D


And not break his neck when he gets stuck in weird situations!
by heddylamar
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Horse-proof blankets
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: Horse-proof blankets

Lol. I went straight to Shires site and couldn’t find any 2000D blankets, but I didn’t check any with neck covers. I will keep those and Rambos in mind. For the moment, Schneiders is sending yet another replacement (within the 1 yr warrantee period), so I’ll give it another go. The midweight is the ...
by heddylamar
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Horse-proof blankets
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: Horse-proof blankets

I'd probably buy good used blankets until your youngster out grows this. With my dislike of tossing money in the trash, Maia's going to look like a patchwork quilt until she outgrows this stage! I've got a sewing machine, patches, and seam waterproofing :D Both the replacement sheet and mid-weight ...
by heddylamar
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Horse-proof blankets
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Horse-proof blankets

Are there any blankets that can survive a rambunctious 5yo?? In the past year (I'm not including blanket destruction that happened at Mom's or the trainer's farm), Maia has exacted a toll on her wardrobe. - ripped original sheet - broke buckle and tore fleece cooler - ripped the brand new replacemen...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you always tell you SO when you have an oops or a close call with the horses?
Replies: 13
Views: 302

Re: Do you always tell you SO when you have an oops or a close call with the horses?

Early on in my husband's equine tenure, I had a fall that included blackout (before I hit the ground) and resulting concussion. Doc checked me out; concussion. I didn't tell my husband until two days later, and we were 400 miles away from the mare. At that point, he just huffed and eventually rolled...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 284
Views: 6845

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

TBH, from one "ridden prelim" to another, I'd only consider #4, and possibly #1 from your list. You don't appear to be a big person, so small doesn't bother me (I'm 5'7" and competed a 15H QH at prelim), but, as annoying as it is, I'd keep shopping.
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?
Replies: 13
Views: 377

Re: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?

I board currently and have a fantastic barn owner and great stand-ins when she’s out of commission (rarely), but horses at home is a totally different situation. We’re building a farm, and my husband is not a horse person. I will be doing all of the barn chores. He can’t be trusted to feed and water...
by heddylamar
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where did the wild things go?
Replies: 10
Views: 316

Re: Where did the wild things go?

I don't think Kip's saying every horse person is careless or insensitive to their animals, but has shoved every example (plus a glaring one) into a collective "we." Take what fits you, or what doesn't ... the point is that we should slow down and enjoy our time with our horses. I know that...
by heddylamar
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?
Replies: 13
Views: 377

Re: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?

Stay home. Miss A will live.

As far as going to the barn while ill, it depends. Wonky stomach, no. Migraine, no. Kidney infection/UTI, 50/50 depending on severity. Generally off from allergies/cold/sinus headache, yes.
by heddylamar
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 19
Views: 354

Re: Warm slippers

Don't expect the lassos to arrive in any normal (week+) time frame -- they're coming from France. My husband loves his pair so much he packs them when we travel.
by heddylamar
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 19
Views: 354

Re: Warm slippers

piedmontfields wrote:heddy, translate please? :?: :P


Mahabis and lasso slippers ;)
by heddylamar
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 19
Views: 354

Re: Warm slippers

We have mahabis and lasso slippers here.
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8041

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I don’t run into the left to left conflict much when I’m riding (I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve shared the arena with my 4 barn mates in the past year), but when I run later in the day it’s an endless gauntlet of walkers, dogs, old folks, moms with strollers, etc. All seem mystifie...
by heddylamar
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14908

Re: Class of 2013?

Awwwww. Queso is all cuteness :)
by heddylamar
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 168
Views: 14908

Re: Class of 2013?

I'm snorting :D Silly horses and shadows! Maia gets really tall and steps really high when we're riding at dusk. The shadow monster's going to get them!! Last night we did trot-canter-trot transitions. Well, I should say, *I* tried. After the third downward transition, she was bucking into and out o...
by heddylamar
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Re: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent

That’s just so frustrating. I’ve “fired” my favorite vet, several farriers, and clients for being non responsive. I need a new saddle fitter (if anyone has suggestions, I’m in Maryland) because while my dressage saddle fits great for the most part, there is a small dry patch under the left panel. I ...

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