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by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Straightening help needed
Replies: 13
Views: 523

Re: Straightening help needed

Hey, that is very cool, Dresseur! I have to watch myself more at trot with what you describe than canter. In canter, if I'm not careful about nose in the middle of the chest, I have NO POWER. You and Manni wrote some things on the other thread that lead me to some mind-blowing rides this past week. ...
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Dresseur, I would be in a funk about this too (and job-hunting): "we have a new boss at my work and his philosophy is no work from home, no leaving early (Even if you pulled an all-nighter) and you're not really busy unless you're pulling 12, 14+ hour days." I've been in a different funk a...
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 104
Views: 8074

Re: So what are you watching?

Oooh, horse search? I must have missed that (current) season. Good luck!
by piedmontfields
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Ow, that's quite a clocking, A...x! Weird video to have, but also instructional :-0 Very reasonable to me that you are using a tool (draw rein) to help get through this and stay safe. Glad you are okay. SF, glad the meeting with the earth was not bad and cantering proceeded without issue the next day!
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fire at my barn
Replies: 17
Views: 350

Re: Fire at my barn

So glad your barn community is working together. Hope the barn owners are able to re-group and go on. That is very sad that a horse in quarantine was lost. I'm so glad the staff were able to get out and are okay. As our staff did tons of work today on the driveways, parking area, and then convenient...
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: PSA of the day/: When was your saddle last fitted?
Replies: 0
Views: 62

PSA of the day/: When was your saddle last fitted?

I usually have the saddle fitter out 1-2 times each year, but after getting a new to me saddle this summer (which was barely used and needed some break-in time), I finally got the fitter out and the flocking adjusted. Wow---my horse is super happy and a third level quality canter is right there. Don...
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fire at my barn
Replies: 17
Views: 350

Re: Fire at my barn

That is so terrifying. I'm relieved that humans and horses are okay. Hope the barn crew gets the help they need to move on.
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for my dad
Replies: 17
Views: 256

Re: Jingles for my dad

Thinking of you and your family, and sending peace.
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

That is quite the transformation with Caliburn! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. I've been having some really great rides lately--probably because you all are sharing very helpful reminders and insights. A very simple exercise we did last night where we played with shoulder and neck posit...
by piedmontfields
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A gift from my vets....
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: A gift from my vets....

Love it!
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

I do enjoy the exchanges on this board so much. Frankly, Chisamba's and Flight's notes reminded me of Dresseur's description of her trainer. Also, I really enjoyed Flight's video---there is a playful, exploratory quality to your work that I think is both kind and valuable. Exvet, I love that you wen...
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2020 training hopes and dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: 2020 training hopes and dreams

Ponichiwa, sometimes just keeping going and keeping everyone alive is the big dream! Life is like that. Thinking of you and your lovely herd.
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: On Saying Goodbye...
Replies: 31
Views: 974

Re: On Saying Goodbye...

It is so hard. Peace to you, fergusnc, and please keep checking in.
by piedmontfields
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Today is Fergus' and my 20th anniversary... :-(
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Today is Fergus' and my 20th anniversary... :-(

Being present, kind and loving is huge--in every moment. Thinking of you.
by piedmontfields
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Maia, we are proud of you! It rained for 3 straight days here. Tons of flooding. Yesterday, there was a few hour break and I was able to take Emi out and about to check out flooding and other damage to culverts, trails, etc. It's a mess, but miss mare was stellar. This photo shows a hay field border...
by piedmontfields
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

OMG, Moutaineer---that is so scary. I unfortunately witnessed a horse have a full-out seizure from a reaction to Exceed (long-acting antibiotic). Amazingly, the horse did recover after several weeks in a vet hospital, but she fractured her skull in the process of the seizure. She recovered from that...
by piedmontfields
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2020 training hopes and dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: 2020 training hopes and dreams

I'm continuing to enjoy reading the 2020 hopes and dreams! Actually, to be honest, a lot of these posts sound like *plans* ...as you are aware of what you want to improve and how to do it. Very impressive. I keep trying to hold in mind some advice from this group about "why don't I just keep ex...
by piedmontfields
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tile shower shelves vs. shower baskets
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Tile shower shelves vs. shower baskets

I think the shelf would be easier to clean! Are you in the habit of placing bar soap on a drain plate/something? That helps. But make sure your shelf is big enough for that.
by piedmontfields
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng
Replies: 48
Views: 2029

Re: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng

Glad you have a back-up offer percolating...the new place will bloom under your vision. It's cool that it has a nice yard and is so walkable to the town.

Fingers crossed that DH + meds get sorted. It can be tricky to get the combo/levels correct.
by piedmontfields
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For those of us dealing with wintry weather - :-D
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: For those of us dealing with wintry weather - :-D

Keeping up a riding program without an indoor up north would be no joke---especially around typical working hours. I'm in the mid-south and I definitely have to drag myself to the barn sometimes, due to gloom and rain of winter---but it really isn't that cold here (so far, we've had less than 4 days...
by piedmontfields
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A small nonsmoking brag
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: A small nonsmoking brag

Very inspiring, Paula. Well done and glad your circle is supportive, too.
by piedmontfields
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Your preferred spurs

Argh. Thanks for that info, Ponichiwa. Right now, I'm just quickly wiping off the grey residue from the side of the spur after each ride.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Your preferred spurs

Blob, I needed a visual apparently to understand. I was thinking of those rubber things you can put on your spurs to protect your boots, but not of spurs with rubber.
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildflower Mixes
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Wildflower Mixes

I'm learning from this thread--thanks!
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Your preferred spurs

Susan- that looks like what I need--something that covers the side of the spur.
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Your preferred spurs

Blob, I agree, and am definitely realizing I need them for "harder work requiring a quick reaction" aka engagement! I find the spur helps with specificity, too. So do all of the metals rub off on white horses? I mean, I do not normally ride with my toes so far in/heels so far out that the ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Your preferred spurs

Thanks, all. Good tip on the nail polish, M.! Even if I don't use the spur during a ride, the metal wears off on my horse's coat. BTW, this is what I have been using, when I use something: https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/rounded-end-spurs-2140 Also BTW: What on earth is "german silver"? ...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildflower Mixes
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Wildflower Mixes

I don't know if you're buying in bulk or not, but Ernst Seed (https://www.ernstseed.com/products/) has a great selection and good prices. I've also been very happy with the seeds from Prairie Moon Nurseries (https://www.prairiemoon.com/seed-mixes/ ). This source is better for specific flowers. You c...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Your preferred spurs

OK folks, I finally feel ready to accept that spurs are something we use for harder work that demands a quick reaction. I trust my leg enough to be clear and to know when the spur is on/off, and I'm ready to "graduate" from my cheap tiny nub spurs. I know a lot of dressage people like a ro...
by piedmontfields
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

I appreciate the clinic report and reflections. It is a complicated matter to offer suggestions in a tight time frame without a lot of knowledge of the horse-rider pair. I'm glad you still got some good input on expectations for Jr. from Blitz. FWIW, the trainers I respect who very occasionally use ...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: a "what would you do" scenario about cats
Replies: 15
Views: 497

Re: a "what would you do" scenario about cats

This is probably not helpful, but I could understand either decision from the breeder. It would matter a lot what I thought of the breeder and how they placed their kittens in how I reacted if that makes sense.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: On Saying Goodbye...
Replies: 31
Views: 974

Re: On Saying Goodbye...

A beautiful and heart-wrenching story of love. Godspeed Fergus. You will not be forgotten.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper
Replies: 22
Views: 746

Re: Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper

The passage also consistently shows the right hind less active than the left. Alas, one needs to make them match--otherwise it is not only inelegant but off-putting (lame-looking). I agree that weakness of the horse is a big part of what is going on.
by piedmontfields
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

That sounds like really sound, patient re-training, Blob. I'm glad you could hang with it and get to day 2. I hear you on the trailer practice being tricky. I'm assuming it was a back-out trailer when the incident occurred? Dresseur, Miro looks pretty darn amazing. I'm very excited for you and also ...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Help developing a training plan among lots of travel
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Help developing a training plan among lots of travel

I agree with SF. Turnout is a very big point for maintaining fitness, especially if they have a bit of room and you know they use it (walking leisurely throughout 12 hours is good exercise). Have you ever done this long of time off with either horse before? I ask because sometimes it just does not w...
by piedmontfields
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

The updates are so great to read. Love the photos and video. Blob, I think both of your horses look awesome. The young fellow has filled out so much! My fixation of the winter appears to be management/development of the right hind---in all gaits, conditions and movements. I saw this Ali Brock video ...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trainers selling clients horse so they can ride them
Replies: 22
Views: 1215

Re: Trainers selling clients horse so they can ride them

Having ridden my very rideable yet modest Lusitano x (actually Lusitano x WB for WIW) today in a cold wind after a 20 F temp drop, I have to say that rideabilty is huge. So is the right match for horse and rider. Many amateurs would in fact find my dear of mare quite difficult---she is hot, she is q...
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your evolution aka tolerance
Replies: 10
Views: 434

Re: Your evolution aka tolerance

I do think there is actually something brilliant and mind blowing about working smarter---not with more strength!
by piedmontfields
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng
Replies: 48
Views: 2029

Re: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng

Fingers crossed for your DH. Glad he got checked out and has a plan in place. Better earlier than later with these things! Exvet is right---this will all eventually work out and you will be glad for the next stage of life with fewer snow drifts that are your responsibility. I'm glad the sale looks t...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trainers selling clients horse so they can ride them
Replies: 22
Views: 1215

Re: Trainers selling clients horse so they can ride them

I think it's back to the very uneven education available--esp. in the US. When people come to dressage with a bit of money as adults but relatively little solid horse and training sense (like at least Pony Club C level sense---few people even have that)---they are a vulnerable target for less than e...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your evolution aka tolerance
Replies: 10
Views: 434

Re: Your evolution aka tolerance

Thanks for the thoughts. I should say, I'm really just thinking that I am in a different place with my attention/skill than 5 years ago. It has taken me quite a bit of time to make these basic improvements. Alternatively I have worked on my feeling and timing to catch things before they devolve and ...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your evolution aka tolerance
Replies: 10
Views: 434

Your evolution aka tolerance

I have been thinking recently about what I no longer tolerate (because my horse knows it and so do I) in our workouts. -My straightness/crookednes barometer is on in full force from the get go. I may walk on a long rein for 15 minutes, but I demand a certain degree of straightness. -My forward butto...
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: World Cup Tickets?
Replies: 21
Views: 710

Re: World Cup Tickets?

I really need to do this some year. Why is work always in the way??? (whine)

Snork, that is tragic.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: One thousand....
Replies: 19
Views: 940

Re: One thousand....

PaulaO, this makes me so happy. You are a tough, strong and determined non-smoker.
by piedmontfields
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fitting
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Saddle Fitting

Maybe there is a local fitter who can help you assess the fit? Even if you use MacRider to make the adjustments? That might be an option.

I know this is more appointments and $$$. I agree that the leather and overall quality of MacRiders is very nice.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fitting
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Saddle Fitting

"Way too narrow" as in you need an XW and it is a W? Or you need an XW and it is a medium?

It doesn't sound like this saddle is close to right. A good fitter helps a saddle go from close to perfect.
by piedmontfields
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 4377

Re: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020

Flight, it is great to see your progress. It is really helpful perspective, especially given the time it took to get to this consistency and calm. Well done! I was watching some DT online videos this weekend, including a bunch of Ali Brock's teaching. With one very fancy, sensitive mare and maybe a ...
by piedmontfields
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng
Replies: 48
Views: 2029

Re: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng

That is pretty amazing that you can be at a Starbucks in 10 minutes from your roost on the mountain! It is over 30 minutes from our rural home to a Starbucks FWIW ;-) I looked up other properties in your area and 1. They all have snow photos now and 2. Your place looks like a great deal (plus I bet ...
by piedmontfields
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng
Replies: 48
Views: 2029

Re: Moving into town, redux... i may need some hand-holdng

Fingers crossed, M. Your home is lovely and the setting is awe-inspiring. BTW, do you also have photos *without* snow in your listing? I know people like that area because of snow, but it seemed useful to show it in another light, too, so as not to put off those who are less hardy or worried about a...

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