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by Kyra's Mom
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:53 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?

Rarely. Although I have a white horse...we do not have hot water available for bathing. Even in the dead of summer with the temps in the 90's, by the time I am done bathing her, she is ready to jump out of her skin. Well water is just too cold for her liking. If she is sweaty and needs a rinse I jus...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I Sold My Dressage Saddle Today....
Replies: 13
Views: 177

Re: I Sold My Dressage Saddle Today....

I had a western saddle for a while. Kyra looked very cute in it, especially when I rode with my bosal. Total western pony. Use what you are comfortable in. I didn't use mine enough and I actually lost weight and it was too big and I slid around a lot. I sold it on...kind of wish I still had it (yep,...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Little or Lot of Emotional Support Needed

Jingles for a safe stint. I can imagine how worrisome for you.

Definitely rely on the retail therapy and I hope the new horse works out.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:18 am
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

Oh Sue...I hope you mend quickly. I know, I am in love with this time of year. My surgery was in July but my final follow-up isn't until Oct 12th. Of course I am taking time off work from Oct 1 through the 12th. I told my PT I was going to ride during that time off...again, only at walk. She asked i...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Micklem bridle
Replies: 5
Views: 80

Re: Micklem bridle

I think SF means jowel strap (autocorrect :P ). I tried Kyra in the same PS of Sweden bridle and she is doing great in it. It moves all the straps away from her molars. She is very fleshy inside her mouth and even a French cavesson, pressed all that fleshy stuff into her teeth. It is very hard to fi...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 340

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

I have always left the registered name. I have no imagination. One arab was Obra Sahib but did have a cute barn name...Sherman. For an arab he was built like a tank and had an injury when he was a weanling that required regular doctoring. He tired of that quickly and nearly put the owner's two sons ...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:23 am
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

Congratulations Deanna. What a loveable (and ABLE) mug.
Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:07 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?

Well, I finally got out to the barn...eager to try my "liberty sticks". The company that makes the Hybrid halters had these. They had an oops and ordered too many I guess so they were selling the pair for $25 instead of $25 each. They are a nice very light "wand". One is a longer...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:51 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?

Today was lesson day. I'm not sure if I've ever had two lessons in one day before, but I lived through it. Second lesson was on Kyra. I wish I'd gotten video, because it was the best ride I've ever had on Kyra. Instructor got us working quite nicely and I think I have SI sorted out much better now....
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 5079

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

What a hunk but yes, he will be much better without the jewelry.

Have fun!

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I think I have created a service horse
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: I think I have created a service horse

No fusion Tsavo. Just a disc issue but still no "excessive" bending, twisting, lifting. Whatever "excessive" is. I am trying my hardest not to find out because excessive will end with me back where I started :P and I don't want that. SueB that is cool. When I had foot surgery sev...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I think I have created a service horse
Replies: 8
Views: 179

I think I have created a service horse

8-) :mrgreen: . So one of the precautions for my back surgery are no 'excessive' bending at the waist. Of course, I am working in the round pen with my horse and drop my cell phone on the ground :oops: :evil: . I have my riding tights on and they don't have any pockets. I have just been shoving my p...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 27
Views: 543

Re: All I want for my birthday is....

Birthday was fine...if you like work :P . That is OK...who is counting? Weather is some better. Still wanting to get in the upper nineties. What I don't like is that it isn't cooling off very well at night. I don't sleep well if I am hot. Of course, I have AC and I think I have used it more this sum...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shopping spree today
Replies: 21
Views: 467

Re: Shopping spree today

It must be the time of year?? I've been on a bit of a spree too albeit on-line. For the size of Boise, there is no longer any English tack shops around :P . There is one in Middleton but that is about a 30 mile drive (and the opposite direction from the barn) that I haven't had time for. I bought so...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!
Replies: 33
Views: 586

Re: My announcement -- another redhead!

Lovely mare. Enjoy :!:

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 27
Views: 543

Re: All I want for my birthday is....

I wore a "clamshell" back brace for 7 months :shock: Yuck...Oh yeah, T shirt under the brace for sure. It is a wonder the incision will heal when being parboiled...but it looks good. I know...summer has been :P :P :P everywhere. We finally got some relief this morning. In the low 60's wit...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 27
Views: 543

Re: All I want for my birthday is....

Well, I got is wrong. The official was 110F :o . Not to mention I am wearing a nylon and plastic back brace. I should have an hour glass waist when I am done with that 'cause I get some serious sweating. It gives me a reason to go lay in bed since I don't have to have it on then. Mountaineer, that i...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: All I want for my birthday is....
Replies: 27
Views: 543

All I want for my birthday is....

Cooler weather. PLEASE :!: My BD is next Friday. It was a freaking 109F here today. I'm melting. It is supposed to moderate to the low nineties on Sunday then back to the upper nineties. Come on...I don't remember how many days over 100F in July but it was too many. It isn't even enjoyable to go to ...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 693

Re: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!

She is looking better already after that long haul (rehydrated and a little meat on). LOVE the halter. Now I have to get one. Well, a leather one. I already have a nylon one and love it.

She does look like a love. She has a soft but curious eye.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:09 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?

So sorry Hot4Spots. I have no words. {{{HUGS}}} Maybe look into a part lease? Something you could really ride? Rosie...get well soon. Summer bronchitis/pneumonia... NO FUN. Rye, Riot looks great. My back is doing fair. The leg pain I was having is greatly reduced but not gone. My primary care doctor...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge
Replies: 34
Views: 484

Re: Spinoff: cantering on the lunge

I currently don't use side reins. #1 one...I have trouble finding suitable reins. Kyra is on the lighter side. I absolutely detest the ones with donuts...bouncing on their mouths. The ones I have now which are old do have some (mostly stretched out elastic) but are lighter and not so invasive. Kyra ...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 26
Views: 459

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

StraightForward wrote:There fixed it. The cute bay AndyX I saw when I was in Spokane.


He is nice...about a hand taller than I can handle. With all my infirmities, mounting Kyra has been a challenge with a 3-step mounting block. I would need a ladder with him :lol: . I do like him though.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 26
Views: 459

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

Nika, link doesn't work for me...it says OOPS? That is what would happen if I got another horse :lol:

Susan.
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Trying again, hope this is the one!
Replies: 42
Views: 3383

Re: Trying again, hope this is the one!

She looks like a keeper. What a nice mare.

Happy riding.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: She wants to go left, I want to go right
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: She wants to go left, I want to go right

Where are you looking? You should be looking ahead on the arc of the circle where YOU want to go. Do you start looking at her or elsewhere when you have to start wrestling for control? A exercise that can help is called point to point...yes it is a natural horsemanship exercise but a good one to wor...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Rain, lost shoes, and barefoot
Replies: 33
Views: 489

Re: Rain, lost shoes, and barefoot

Rain...what is that? My barefoot girl has hooves like flint. And they are doing a champion job of chipping. It is only cosmetic. They look like crap but she is sound as can be despite hoof appearance. She is getting trimmed this week, a week late because of my surgery. They will look better for a co...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!
Replies: 36
Views: 693

Re: I have a big announcement... actually more of a tall announcement!

Well, to be fair, pics are from her just off the trailer after what, 12hrs? on the road.

I would be teaching the head down cue pretty darn fast ;) .

Can't wait to see her in person.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Chestnut Newcomer
Replies: 26
Views: 459

Re: Another Chestnut Newcomer

Do you know how hard you (Sunshine2me, Chatal, KathyK, Straightforward) are making this? I want another one.
Mind you, I can't even ride the one I have currently due to my surgery but damn...I want a horse that isn't white :lol: .

She is a brick house! Very nice girl. Enjoy.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Meet Mikey
Replies: 42
Views: 697

Re: Meet Mikey

Mikey looks like a sweetheart. Congrats and enjoy.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:40 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 got my horse fix today. 11 long days since I have seen the princess beast. I actually worked her a bit at liberty. I don't want to chance getting jerked on so I kicked her loose in our indoor. It is on the smaller side and oval so works fine for liberty if said horsey wants to work with you. Last ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 38
Views: 1212

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

Good work. I find a decent lunging cavesson or arrangement that doesn't attach the lunge line to the bit or over the head and through the bit ring to be #1. Otherwise, so much pressure from the side on the bit and I haven't seen any horse that is really comfortable with that arrangement. When Kyra w...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:44 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?

Well, I am not riding but I did survive my surgery. Just working on my recovery and rehab. I am supposed to be up to 2-3 miles of walking in a day by 3 weeks. I hit 2 miles (over 3-4 sessions/day) for the last 3 days (I am a week out). Straightforward has ridden Kyra a couple times. I am going to tr...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wildfire
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Wildfire

:shock:

Damned fires. Like Straighforward said...fire behavior out here can be way off the charts especially in these dry, dry, hot, hot conditions.

I am glad your house is still standing and that all the critters are safe.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:34 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?

I had my right hip replaced in 2015. I had a less 'popular' approach called Superpath but that was great. SuperPath uses some special tools and allows the surgeon access to the joint without cutting any of the muscles. I believe an anterior approach also allows muscle sparing or at least less cuttin...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:41 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?

Well, I waited until it was 90F to head to the barn...yes, that is good strategy :roll: . Nevertheless, I decided today would be a liberty day. By that time, the RP has some shade. I had her do 5-6 laps then call her in and we stood in the shade for a couple minutes then back out and do some more. S...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:57 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 had another ride today so a good day :D . She was still distracted and looking for BFF but our discussion about work ethic was not as long as the last ride. Once we got a couple laps of walk, I put her to work and worked walk-halt-walk in position to join in the fun everyone else is having. I did ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:47 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?

Chisamba, I think Titan looks good in the pics. To nitpick, yes he is a little curled but in such a short time, I would be happy with that, especially if his go- to posture is upside down. I rode today and Kyra had her radar in search mode. She still isn't over her BFF moving (it has been 4 months :...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 570

Re: Downward Transitions

Yeah, that maybe should have been the first thing taught to this mare, but wasn't. It isn't too late. You can teach her this if you want to. Does she stop/stand square? Working this in hand and making it a habit, even when grooming and tacking up should help her balance. Another exercise that might...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:40 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?

Well, I was going to bow out of this set of goal's threads but hey. I have maybe 2-3 rides before my surgery and if the one today was any indication...boy am I going to miss riding. My goal...get my decrepit body to where I can really work on my fitness. I am NOT ready for a rocking chair yet. Still...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 90 Day Training Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 338

Re: 90 Day Training Expectations

Well...I have only sent one of mine to a trainer for a whopping two weeks so I guess I do not have much in the way of expectations ;) . I have started 4 in my riding life. Bought them all as yearlings. Very much knew what I had before I threw a leg over. My first two (a purebred arab and an arab/Han...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 38
Views: 1212

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

Chisamba, I do lunging *or* RP. I still need the RP for liberty. Although we have a nice, smaller oval indoor, I usually can't get her to "stick" with me and due to said physical issues, I am not mobile enough to convince her otherwise. For lunging, I am usually in our large outdoor arena ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12934

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

My goal for the month...Get on 10 times. I lost count but I am pretty sure I got my 10 rides in. Amazing as life has gotten in the way again. Last week and this week, I only plan on 2 barn days :P . I got Kyra on a trail ride twice :D . Both times lovely weather and uneventful. I am trying to ride ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: why I find lungeing helpful
Replies: 38
Views: 1212

Re: why I find lungeing helpful

I happen to think that not every time a horse builds muscle should it have to carry weight. However I also believe posture, carriage and balance are not improved with liberty work. I guess I have to disagree on this one. It is difficult and you need to be very precise and particular but most defini...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1327

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Is she by the same stallion as Finn? Lovely 'little' girl.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12934

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I think I am one ride away from my goal and it shouldn't be hard to do :D before the end of the month. We actually went for an honest to goodness "trail" ride today. No arena and no track. We can ride up the road about 1/4 miles and cut off onto a ditch bank. For about 1/2 mile there is a ...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

I am trying to fall into Mountaineer's category of benevolent boss. I do like a lot of Karen Rohlf's philosophy. She breaks things down simply. I have come to enjoy my riding and interaction with my horse a lot better since I started working with her material. Pals...not really because I want to run...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12934

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Such deep discussions :? . Me, I am just happy to be on the back of my horse. I think I have 7-8 rides in so far on this 2 month chunk. My goal is 10 so I am more than on track and that makes me happy that I don't have to wait 5 or 6 days between rides for the old butt to cool off (pain wise). It is...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 25, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12934

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I managed yet another ride on Tuesday. Very pleasant. We actually did some trot work on the track and managed a lap each way. The horse could certainly do more but me...I'm a wimp and the back started talking so I called it good at a lap. She was amazingly calm and quite nice in the hand for over th...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun May 20, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Phone Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Phone Insurance

I haven't had insurance on my smart phones. On the current one, I did pay a little extra to get a glass screen cover which includes replacements for life but no insurance on the phone itself. Like StraighForward, I can afford to replace it so I will keep that insurance money for myself.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun May 20, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12934

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Not sure I will eek out my 10 rides this month due to non horse issues but the last two have been pretty pleasurable. My calm horse has returned (she went out of heat). This was the first time I have ridden with only one day in between rides in a couple years. I know that sounds strange but (butt :P...

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