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by piedmontfields
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

It was a suggestion from a trainer I trust (to go to an eggbutt). But the bit she has been going well in (novocontact) only came in a D-ring so I tried that. My mare generally hates French links, so I was at a bit (excuse me) of a loss for ideas. I feel like the D ring is a bit "stiff" for...
by piedmontfields
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)
Replies: 36
Views: 446

Re: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)

Yes, the creek is gorgeous! That is a regret I have with our property. In our region, it really is possible to wish for a waterfall or cascade, but we just have draws down our hill. Our dogs (pointers) live during the day in a serious multi-run kennel surrounded by several acres of fenced land. I'm ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 8
Views: 67

Re: Warm slippers

Wow--Tuddy's suggestion is serious beyond belief and Baroque's suggestion is beautiful and really works for my climate.

Thank you all!
by piedmontfields
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)
Replies: 36
Views: 446

Re: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)

SnowHorse, your creek spot is awesome---it gets so much action! I'm pretty much planning on getting DH/us a camera for his bday. We have a lot of what you have plus the occasional black bear. I wish we had reliable water---that is clearly the place to put a single camera. BTW, in E TN we have pileat...
by piedmontfields
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

-First, let me say: Go Kiwi! (and go Queso, he who will learn) That's quite something for both. -Hots4Spots, I hope in time your guy settles. He does just sound like hot spotty stuff! I appreciate that you want to do right by him, even as you wish for some other options. -Fingers crossed for Laddie ...
by piedmontfields
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 8
Views: 67

Re: Warm slippers

When it's very cold, I'm a fan of my shearling slippers:
https://www.celticandco.com/us/shearlin ... ers-bootee

I also like boiled wool slippers for when it is just "chilly". I think my current pair is from Garnet Hill.
by piedmontfields
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)
Replies: 25
Views: 511

Re: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)

I'm glad the clinic did this, and like you hope they learn.

Keep us posted on how your fellow does with the next round!
by piedmontfields
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 31
Views: 466

Re: Tempis and straightness...

I will point out the obvious, Dresseur: That is quite a lot of progress in understanding and method in a few short weeks!
by piedmontfields
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do I need a Kindle Paperwhite?
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Do I need a Kindle Paperwhite?

I lost my Fire several years ago while traveling and was very happy to switch to a Paperwhite. It is so much easier on the eyes, and very light and easy to carry in a purse. I love e-readers not only for books I purchase (of a certain kind--I am also a huge real book person, with 5000+ books in my h...
by piedmontfields
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: He's home!
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: He's home!

Tons of jingles for you and your fellow, Sue. Hope round 2 at home does the job.
by piedmontfields
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 198

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

(Yeah, I think coats are about at their thickest as we approach the Solstice. My mare usually starts shedding by New Year's!) I do not clip, but my mare barely grows a coat (Iberian x). If we do hard work while it is in the mid 50s or higher, she will get a little bit sweaty, but it is not too bad t...
by piedmontfields
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent
Replies: 13
Views: 180

Re: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent

Having recently struggled to buy a rather expensive car (really people, we are trying to throw money at you! Just do your job...), I am familiar with the pain of the acquisition process. I agree that there is average "short backed" (my mare for ex., who can handle a fairly normal 17.5 sadd...
by piedmontfields
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 200
Views: 3847

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

Yes. It must suck to try and reach any horse goals in areas where the weather is a challenge. It's the price we pay for lower fire risk! But yes, the competitive half my barn will go to Florida soon. Piedmont, staying afloat in the land of temperate rain forests and foothills..with a chance of snow...
by piedmontfields
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 200
Views: 3847

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

Good advice about shopping in Canada. I really like the one MC linked to. Looks similar in quality to the "expensive" (for US buyers) Irish imports at my barn.
by piedmontfields
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1075

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

That is a classic photo, MC, and you and the mare look utterly composed.
by piedmontfields
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Mother Nature creates some lovely backgrounds
Replies: 18
Views: 242

Re: Mother Nature creates some lovely backgrounds

Beautiful, Tuddy!

Here is E TN, we call the frost shapes on foliage from fog "hoar frost". It makes all kind of cool mini sculptures. That's most of the winter magic that we see. Yours is much more impressive (but intense).
by piedmontfields
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 200
Views: 3847

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

Whoa, Xan, your list would not make me get on a plane. Maybe a private plane with time and money to burn, but not regular travel! lol
by piedmontfields
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 845

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

Black is/was stylish? Coveted? It just seems like phases. This is an interesting topic and discussion I am no breeder or expert. I will just share that I have liked a lot of Sir Gregory offspring in person. So I looked him up: http://www.dreamscapefarm.com/HorseDetail.aspx?ID=383 I don't love him lo...
by piedmontfields
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 1075

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

It's the time of year where I think about this question more (damp, cold, challenging for miss PSSM mare). I'm in a bit of a funk as we were on the verge of much better work and are now grappling some with comfort and management. Some of this is me, as I do notice her struggles. Probably a more dete...
by piedmontfields
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic
Replies: 36
Views: 572

Re: I hate colic

MC, very glad to hear your horse is OK now.
by piedmontfields
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 700
Views: 113242

Re: "What's for dinner?"

My husband makes sourdough bread every week. Sunday is bread day :-) Our starter is "home grown" and is now about 6 or 7 years old. My DH sent it in for a starter study by a university (? Cornell?) and it turns out that our starter has a lot of unusual strains, at least in that sample set....
by piedmontfields
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)

MysticOak wrote: Pick the most intimidating horse, and follow them - chase them! My mare got more and more confident doing this - and now anytime I'm in a crowded warm up, that is how we start out - follow the biggest and baddest!


Thanks for the reminder! That totally works and I have used that technique.
by piedmontfields
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 434

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

That is an interesting question! I would love to see photos/videos. I have found similar breedings (Lusitano x Trakehner) and they were remarkably like my horse (very Lusitano in appearance/size/faults). However, there are no full siblings to her. I will say that this cross seems to yield something ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

You'd think they'd be happy to take my money... We struggle with that reality every day on so many things, so I totally understand! I am very grateful that my barefoot trimmer likes a proper schedule (one that is best for the horse) and is very reliable. Lucky got a very good report for free :) Tha...
by piedmontfields
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone here from Florida?
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Anyone here from Florida?

I think Lorilu is in south Florida, so not exactly close...

Good luck!

p.s. My dear mare came from that part of Florida...(the bargain zone :-)
by piedmontfields
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

I do appreciate you all sharing details about healthcare, shoeing, and comfort. It is quite enlightening and leads me to more learning. In a small contribution, I'll note that I have Emi (barefoot) trimmed every 5 weeks on the dime, even in winter. Actually every 4 weeks in summer would work well, b...
by piedmontfields
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

I may be grasping at straws here but this really ugly stuff started a couple of days after I ran out of a magnesium supplement which I wasn't going to continue with but I've ordered it again just in case so I guess I'll see what happens. That could be a real clue and IMO is not grasping at straws a...
by piedmontfields
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

Ugh, do not like the horse lameness news at all. SF, I'm glad you have a clear diagnosis, but what a bummer. It is so nice that you and Susan can help each other out. Speaking of cold in the south, it was our coldest ride of the year late yesterday afternoon @29 F. Em felt like a tight prancing slud...
by piedmontfields
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)
Replies: 25
Views: 511

Re: Fit to be tied.... (long, get ready)

Really sub-par. I'm sorry, Sue. I hope your fellow continues to improve.

I agree with the comments about finish the care and contest the charges/inadequate performance.
by piedmontfields
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.
Replies: 31
Views: 528

Re: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.

Love Chisamba's suggestion. But I would probably just smile and say "Oh, that doesn't work for me."

Get better and enjoy your spine regeneration.
by piedmontfields
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)

With other horses, I have done the loose horse in arena/field work. But they were more confident individuals on the whole. And the loose horses were more mannered. I think given how unimportant this is in the scheme of things to us (we do not show), I should just quit the arena and go outside when i...
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Rudy needs a new bridle
Replies: 20
Views: 653

Re: Rudy needs a new bridle

I'd love to see it! I am finally convinced that the Passier Blu bridle I got is a fine fit for Em. I'll try to share photos on this thread.
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

There is nothing like being satisfied with gifts :-D

I just got my latest quarter sheet: a grey Catago. Very pretty and I don't need to avoid a maroon coat while wearing it (like I do with the red one).

Sincerely,
not exactly a dressage queen, just matchy-match light
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How my horse got his barn name, aka Joey, why arent you walking?
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: How my horse got his barn name, aka Joey, why arent you walking?

That is an adorable video and I love the name Joey Zinnia! I was expecting a bit more hopping, though.
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 365

Re: I said YES!

Felicidad et bon chance pour vous!

p.s. We actually witnessed a couple getting engaged at a waterfall near us this weekend while we were on a hike. They seemed soooo young! (<30) But earnest. Marriage is a journey.
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 845

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

Interesting topic! However, I think the perfect dressage horse also has an outstanding mind/trainability.
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)
Replies: 9
Views: 231

The Warm-up Arena or Crowded Arena (and your terrified horse)

My horse is mostly terrified of other horses, until sanity and good behavior is well demonstrated by the "other horse." Blame it on her weird past or whatever---I don't think I'm going to fix it at this point. So, busy arenas are a real challenge. She is fine with "known" horses ...
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Linden- how are you doing?
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: Linden- how are you doing?

Keep sharing and know that appreciation of you being on this planet, Linden, extends well beyond your awareness!
by piedmontfields
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tempis and straightness...
Replies: 31
Views: 466

Re: Tempis and straightness...

This is well beyond my pay grade as a challenge, but I was going to ask about riding them one-handed and whether the problem changed. That is huge for sensitive horses IME.
by piedmontfields
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Linden- how are you doing?
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: Linden- how are you doing?

No, the world doesn't not work any one way or how it appears from any one angle. Nonetheless, this heathen Jew prays for you and hopes you had a good day today! You are clearly a talented communicator, trainer, and animal empath. Don't waste. *Heal* p.s My mare "fakes" bravery and I praise...
by piedmontfields
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I haz a sad
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: I haz a sad

Sorry for you! It is lovely to keep in touch with people like this, and I hope you will. I have a number of instructors from my past who enjoy my current progress notes.

Glad the new instructor is cool.
by piedmontfields
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic
Replies: 36
Views: 572

Re: I hate colic

Phew, Goldhorse. Glad he is home and I'm hearing that the air is better from East Bay friends. Jingles to you all.
by piedmontfields
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: On becoming you
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: On becoming you

I enjoyed this, but admit that I would never follow these paths. I've had plenty of diversions of career/plans as is. I'm not trying to sabotage myself!
by piedmontfields
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

I realize that I have not taken a break for more than say 4 days in almost 8 yrs besides one month when I was home sick (like sick from work for a month straight) and except when he was actually hurt. I think showing up and doing good work is huge! That applies to most things in life IMO. So congra...
by piedmontfields
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: Good video on tense horses

Wow--that is some perspective, Rye. I would consider the little grey in the video kind of a standard issue tense horse. Chisamba, I hear your point that this is an old/simple strategy and not complete in itself. p.s. This is why I have eventers or jumpers ride my horse when I am out on travel---not ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 245
Views: 4565

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

Abby, thinking of you and sending continued healing jingles.

H4S, that pair is awesome! I loved how careful yet willing the mare was. Quite elegant, too---even in the pink :-)
by piedmontfields
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches
Replies: 18
Views: 409

Re: "Revving up" "Engaging" "Energizing" the Canter: Your approaches

Tonight, I introduced Lauren Sprieser's idea for quick canter departs from a whip. (see https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/training/toolbox-clean-28593 ) After some bucks and kicks, Em got the idea very quickly and the canter quality was nicely revved up and the reactivity was at the necessary level. ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any Lake/River Kayakers?
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Any Lake/River Kayakers?

The flag is a great idea, Nancy. I'm on a river/flooded to make a lake (TVA) and there are many, many powerboats and jet skis in summer. Not so much in winter (just die-hard fishers). Being visible is important, though! I did not get fabulous paddles to start, as I was not sure of what we would pref...
by piedmontfields
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post
Replies: 9
Views: 169

Re: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post

texsuze wrote: Thankful for the opportunity to live close to nature.


This is so huge. Thanks for stating it.
by piedmontfields
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic
Replies: 36
Views: 572

Re: I hate colic

Tons of jingles to you. I'd vote sooner than later for the trip to Davis.

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