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by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant

Time and loss may be your only ultimate solution. I am in a similar environment in Tennessee, but we are all on larger acreages here (20-200 acres). I know my dogs bark when I put them in the kennel and prepare to leave for work (for about 5 minutes), a few 5 minutes rounds during the day when the F...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

urface the same, such as in an arena, it should be fairly easy to figure out if a horse would benefit from shoes--except for the fact that it's so hard to make the evaluation "blind". Given that the only time I think we need shoes are when it's bone dry and rocky, I'd say, we have a somew...
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)
Replies: 75
Views: 6542

Re: Bobcat on my trailcam (video!)

Love the jumping for apples coyotes!

I need to move our camera to the fruiting persimmon trees, as they tend to be a font of action this time of year.
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Best Bit ?
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Best Bit ?

Glad to hear the good update! It is amazing what a difference the right match between bit and horse can make.
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My Portugal trip to the Valenca's
Replies: 9
Views: 181

Re: My Portugal trip to the Valenca's

I really enjoyed your short videos! The bull fighting horse in training with the wheely bull reminds me that this really is the type of horse I sit on: She is very catty and quick with those sideways canter moves :-) How does the cost of the Spain and Portugal programs compare to the kind offered th...
by piedmontfields
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

As intense heat continues here in the mid-south (again today high is in the mid 90s F), I am surprised to report that my horse is really comfortable in this weather. She really is a Florida girl :-) I've been doing a lot of work outside the arena (as it is too sunny and dry in the outdoor for my lik...
by piedmontfields
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My Portugal trip to the Valenca's
Replies: 9
Views: 181

Re: My Portugal trip to the Valenca's

What a fun trip! Thanks for the description. I love the quadrille--that would be so awesome to be in a setting where we could do such things a few times a month. Which rider are you (I'm guessing the leader?)

Hopefully summer will end at some point in the southeast....it has been brutal period.
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: MacRider Saddles
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: MacRider Saddles

You are so right that if you and your mare are happy, and your saddle is sound, changing may not be the best idea! :lol: :D :D Do realize that many, many saddle companies will send you a trial saddle---they just want your CC info on file in case they do not receive the saddle back within the trial p...
by piedmontfields
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What point is being made?
Replies: 39
Views: 547

Re: What point is being made?

Mrs. Horse Problems Australia is an FEI rider. She's an excellent rider and a professional from what I recall. And Mr. HP, like him or not, I think is a downright excellent horseman. https://www.victorharbortimes.com.au/story/3060245/linda-olearys-emphatic-win-despite-injury/ Wow, I had no idea. Se...
by piedmontfields
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

That is a really good point from your lesson, Flight. When I do this, Em goes even better. It's like it is easier for her to respond when she is still in a moment of energy--not falling. I just need to remember to be ahead of the moment! lol
by piedmontfields
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What point is being made?
Replies: 39
Views: 547

Re: What point is being made?

I finally watched this. My impression was that the complainer/video poster had never seen the exercises performed *well* for a genuine 7 or 8 or more. Hence, they thought what they did was better than sufficient or fair. The difference in scores is not that wild. This kind of rider venting/frustrati...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 844

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

It's the overnights in winter which are most vulnerable at many boarding barns, I think. Some horses do have trouble with the slow feed netting. Sometimes you can address this with differently sized netting holes. If I had my horse at home, I would have a built-in slow feeder in my stalls, rather th...
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: MacRider Saddles
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: MacRider Saddles

I've seen some in person and they are very beautiful! (lots of custom options if you like bling) I have no idea how they feel, though. I think they are pretty pricey compared to other quality saddles. Do you have a good saddle shop somewhere in your area where you can at least sit in bunch of brands...
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

I never like hearing about close encounters with the ground...glad you weren't hurt badly, P. Moutaineer, your description is helpful and interesting. Thanks. Demi, it is even hot here in E TN! We have another week in the mid 90s---which is truly weird for us this time of year. Hot planet. Emi and I...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Need people with experience on orthopedic issue
Replies: 21
Views: 387

Re: Need people with experience on orthopedic issue

You have plenty of good material for your vet. Good luck!

As you know, all horses are a risk and at risk, so we do the best we can with what we know and how we care for them.
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel and the new farrier
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: Ariel and the new farrier

My equine dentist published a free book on horsemanship that describes horse personalities and how to understand and be understood by them. It might be helpful to peruse (he works primarily without sedation and has to figure out how to communicate effectively with a horse very quickly upon meeting t...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Well, I think for me there the theory is important. I like to have a framework for why I make choices. Being forced to type out a response for how I deal with riding challenges, insights, and theory is personally very helpful to me. It gets me jazzed about dressage when I connect what I know in my ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

If you cannot tolerate the risk of your posted photos being re-used or shared in ways out of your control, don't post them online. If you cannot engage in exchanges of different points of view without insult or defensiveness, stay off internet boards. I am glad for the folks on this board who are sk...
by piedmontfields
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Need people with experience on orthopedic issue
Replies: 21
Views: 387

Re: Need people with experience on orthopedic issue

I'm sure you have some good angles on second opinions, or know who to ask for them.

Glad the mare sounds so promising!
by piedmontfields
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Well, in honor of sharing photos, I still need to get some good canter comparison shots put together.

This is one from 2016...I think we have evolved a bit since then! :lol:

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by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel and the new farrier
Replies: 14
Views: 266

Re: Ariel and the new farrier

Hopefully she will get used to the new farrier and set up. Safety for all is important, so if Ace helped, there you go. This is not quite the same topic, but I had my regular chiropractor treat my horse while I was out of town last month. Usually my mare is a total gem and loves her sessions. Not th...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 844

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Just about all the time. She gets night turnout in summer (pasture, and in early/late summer hay, too) + hay in a slow feeder in the stall. In winter, she gets day turnout on pasture with added hay. I am very lucky to board at a place that is generous with hay and with turnout. For the 24/7 turnout ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: One bell boot
Replies: 34
Views: 648

Re: One bell boot

The comments and questions are interesting. From The Horse article, I was assuming that this worked much like a body band to bring a bit of proprioception to that leg/body part. However, from human work with bands, etc. I know that it is easy to over do this and thought that more selective use of a ...
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Happy anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Happy anniversary

Happy Anniversary!
by piedmontfields
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

So many good updates! Flight, that's a lovely photo and we will never know about any others! LOL Congratulations on your PSG work and journey. So glad to hear Miro is doing well and Dresseur is able to be back in the saddle! Glad you have such wonderful support to help you as you get back to strengt...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8501

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

What AmityBee said!!! And you will get this on the BIg Horse :-)

One day it will not be 95 degrees and I will drag out the soloshot again! (I hate riding in the sunny arena when it is this hot.)
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Vaccine reactions
Replies: 16
Views: 416

Re: Vaccine reactions

Hope MM recovers quickly. Glad it seemed a bit easier this time.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any greyhound people?
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Any greyhound people?

Thanks for the details. Truly, my worry with having sighthounds in our current environment is that they would slice their skin open. I know that sounds horrid, but it is a real possibility. The whippets I've known in rural environments seem to do fine, though. BTW, my English Pointers also are not t...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8501

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Imo, you don't have nearly enough impulsion to be asking for a change. Probably not, which is why it's not really a buck. He's just trying to do as I ask. I struggle working this out largely on my own. Yeah, it does not look "bad"/scary on video. In fact, I'm pretty sure my mare looks lik...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The past 24 hours haven't been great
Replies: 33
Views: 977

Re: The past 24 hours haven't been great

More jingles for Maia. Glad for the update.

Hope the little piggy boys are hanging in.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 1227

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

First off, this sounds crappy, Xan. Is there any way you could expand your territory north or south? This does remind me of a lesson many years ago with a H/J + GP J trainer. I loved talking to him on the phone because he said "There is no point in talking. I just need to see you on a horse!&qu...
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Is it wrong that I?
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Is it wrong that I?

Thank you for that, Ponichiwa!!!!!
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The past 24 hours haven't been great
Replies: 33
Views: 977

Re: The past 24 hours haven't been great

Maia, please get better soon! jingles to your lovely girl.

I'm so sorry about your pig loss, too.
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 20
Views: 617

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

I've very aware of fee-based advisors. It's around 15k so they can tell me I need to be in a 60 bond 40 stock portfolio. I'm no newbie to investing. OK! I think your comments have said it all!:-D :-D :shock: I'll ask again what do you think they meant by Transportation Costs? Typical transportation...
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 20
Views: 617

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

I don't think you will regret talking to a trusted qualified financial planner. No! BTDT. I'm not paying someone 1% of my money each year nor am I paying the expense fee to a fund manager. As Tsavo mentioned, there are fee-based financial advisors whom one pays for their consultation time only. I a...
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Vaccine reactions
Replies: 16
Views: 416

Re: Vaccine reactions

One more simple strategy is to make sure she gets turnout afterwards. It can really help with swelling.
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Default brain settiings
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Default brain settiings

This is how people advance in my opinion... they have successful and quick warm ups made possible by their body not their brain monitoring the situation and not having to consciously address a million things every damn ride. This resembles what I hear from a friend who is deep into excellent traini...
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Marius Schreiner clinic went well
Replies: 21
Views: 747

Re: Marius Schreiner clinic went well

That would be great if Marius can do 2 x year near you. It is a great photo and I love how you described how he worked with you and Kimba (appreciating her qualities and what she brings to the work).
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8501

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Argh, that is annoying, Moutaineer. Good luck. While there are mini dramas that come and go at my barn, I am grateful that the overall vibe is one of cheerfulness + engineered efficiency and attentive care.

p.s. I take it Walker is healed and feeling good if he is going on walkabouts??!!
by piedmontfields
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any greyhound people?
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Any greyhound people?

A question for Nancy P: How safe does a fenced area need to be for grey to blow it out and run? We have 3+ acres fenced (with woven wire) on our 20 acre property but it has trees, shrubs and meadow plants. Basically it looks like a bird field for training bird dogs. Would sight hounds just get torn ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: To thine own self be true...
Replies: 29
Views: 1046

Re: To thine own self be true...

Chisamba wrote:Well, regrets cannot change the past but they can guide us in future. Trust your instincts more but not completely.


Lots of wisdom here. So sorry to hear that happened, Wicky.
by piedmontfields
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any greyhound people?
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Any greyhound people?

No direct experience, but I've high prey-drive dogs for years (without cats). The greyhound people I knew over the years from dog parks with cats said with an indoor cat, it was usually fine, but they would expect an outdoor cat to die from the dog(s). I do love the quiet temperament of the greys......
by piedmontfields
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Marius Schreiner clinic went well
Replies: 21
Views: 747

Re: Marius Schreiner clinic went well

It sounds like a very good experience. Chisamba. Did you get to watch many other rides?

I love the suggestion to add in small circles in half pass work. That is so brilliantly simple---and I know it will be a helpful exercise.
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: To thine own self be true...
Replies: 29
Views: 1046

Re: To thine own self be true...

It is frustrating. I think the lesson from this experience might be to open to leasing your next horse...
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Default brain settiings
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Default brain settiings

Well, from another point of view, these are things I have to remind myself of on most rides! -Less left hand, more left leg (my old problem) -Check availability of even contact in both reins -Amplify reins aids with shoulder down/back--not flailing hands (keep hands in box) -If the neck shortens, HH...
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 751
Views: 146122

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Yes, the garden is pumping out food now!

Last night, I roasted veggies from the garden (eggplant, zuchini, peppers, onions) and then smoked a side of salmon. Served with a lemon tahini sauce and of course some sliced heirloom tomatoes. Desert = French melon
by piedmontfields
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Re: Your favorite patterns/exercises and what they do

5. I think it's called 'thread the needle' or something of the sort in that 101 dressage exercises book. But there's an exercise where you do a 20-meter trot circle at C (or A), then do a half-circle and diagonal back to the rail at E, the circle again at A, and then the half-circle back to diagona...
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel and the purple halter
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Ariel and the purple halter

Copper mare, don't care!

Why not? It can be quite smart especially in a darker purple.
by piedmontfields
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)
Replies: 24
Views: 899

Re: Lifestyles of the rich (aka Training in Florida)

I would like to go to Wellington once, without a horse, just to watch the scene. I'm aware that I would have to avert my gaze from some of it! I have a friend who used to do the Welly-world thing with her horses. After a few seasons, she realized she was becoming a horsewoman who was just trying to ...

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