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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: 121
Views: 2032

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: 121
Views: 2032

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: 121
Views: 2032

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: 343

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: 121
Views: 2032

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: 196

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: 25
Views: 518

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: 9514

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: 25
Views: 518

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: 865

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: 9514

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: 529

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: 9514

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: 9514

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: 343

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: 9514

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...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu May 17, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening
Replies: 12
Views: 478

Re: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening

How disappointing but I guess we deal with it? What else can we do? At least your ponies are at your house and you can look out and enjoy them that way--hair and all. I left Kyra au naturale last winter and she finally is looking like a horse vs a yak. I will be going for surgery #5 in 6 years in Ju...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed May 16, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Giant life change...
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Giant life change...

:D How nice. Enjoy :!:

Susan (only slightly jealous :P )
by Kyra's Mom
Mon May 14, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

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

Ride #4 in the books. The butt is feeling pretty good. The back...not so much but buggers. Walking isn't doing any damage. However, my calm cooperative little horse disappeared :evil: . I thought something was up while I tacked up. She was calm but distracted. Ears swiveling around scoping for somet...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 11, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

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

Poor Pickle. At least you had the ulcer angle checked out. Fixing the ulcers ought to help a lot. I had ride # 3 yesterday. I have had a little vacation from work and for the most part, the weather has been gorgeous. With my mucked up back, I am sticking mostly to walk and go over to our little trot...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon May 07, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

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

Ride #2 down :D . I think I rode for nearly 30 minutes. The butt is coming along. That seat saver is nice. Too bad they didn't have those years ago not that I wouldn't eventually had the same outcome with the surgery. The back...not so much but it is tolerable so ride I will. I can still get on and ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat May 05, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tell me about your colonoscopy
Replies: 18
Views: 502

Re: Tell me about your colonoscopy

I surfaced towards the end and opened by eyes to see all that was happening on the screen. It was fascinating watching my squeaky clean colon go by. I did the same thing on colonoscopy #1. No discomfort at all and quite impressed by my squeaky clean innards :lol: . #2...slept through the whole thin...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 04, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 9
Views: 365

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

Boy, she has an engine. Enjoy.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 04, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: News from down under.
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: News from down under.

I know what you mean about the old bod :P .

So glad you are back on the back of a horse and not home #2.

RIDE ON :!:

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 04, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tell me about your colonoscopy
Replies: 18
Views: 502

Re: Tell me about your colonoscopy

I am sure you didn't have any good drugs on board for your "hydrotherapy" (shudder). The regular MD's have good drugs at their disposal and the procedure itself is a piece of cake. The prep is a drag but necessary. It isn't truly fasting. You can have clears including broth and popsicles s...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 04, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9514

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

My goal for the month...Get on 10 times. 1 time down. I rode today. I took Kyra over to the trotting track we have on the property and did 4 1/2 laps (about 3/4 of a mile). My back was not terribly happy and I am not pushing it when it is not. Her behavior was good. One forlorn whinny looking for a ...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed May 02, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Put on your happy face at the barn
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Put on your happy face at the barn

I don't know but my horse knows my car. She sees my car coming when I am about 1/4 of a mile away (her pen borders a hay field so it is open and she can see the road). I mean MY car. Many other white cars and trucks drive down that road and she just stands there. My car...she whinnies and meets me a...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Put on your happy face at the barn
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Put on your happy face at the barn

I believe ;) . I used to get to the barn harried, hurried and then if horsey put a hoof wrong...angry. It didn't work (duh). I have worked very hard on leaving all the stressful trappings of the day in the car and yes, put on my happy face. She is a much more willing partner if I do. Today was tryin...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Well, I rode two time this month! What progress. I got to ride today. My butt doesn't even feel the usual post ride ache :D . Granted it was only 15-20 minutes but I am stoked. Acavallo has a seat saver with a coccyx cutout and of course I had to get one and I am giving it two thumbs up. I was only ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Tsavo said: In re surgery for herniated disc, I am not a surgeon and don't know any particulars of your case but I can tell you this type of surgery is considered the most over used. People often have more pain afterward and there is a risk if he fuses a level that you will be on a path towards more...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Anything on Pickles? Thank you for asking but... le sigh. I went to see her today, and trainer was waiting to hold an in-person parent-teacher conference about Miss Pickle, who is so aptly named, unfortunately. Actually, she is Rosette to the trainer, which is probably for the best. She apparently,...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My pants fit
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: My pants fit

Good for you. I have gained 15 lbs over the last year. My clothes are literally on the edge. A few more ounces and they won't fit. Must get busy. I will look into their new program.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Well...I got to ride today :mrgreen: . Ok, I am paying for it now (sitting on an ice pack) but at the time, it felt fabulous. Kyra has funny mouth conformation. She has lots of redundant, flabby cheek tissue. When you put her in a regular jointed bit, she will pull it back off her tongue and chomp a...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I have had a bit more time to spend with Kyra the last couple of weeks. Her BFF that she has been boarded next to for oh, 12 years, was moved to a different part of the farm...out of site and almost out of hearing but not quite. I was a bit apprehensive...not that I could do anything about it...that...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How to deal with "The Borrowers" ~ sigh . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 633

Re: How to deal with "The Borrowers" ~ sigh . . . .

Agree with Nikiwink. Put a notice up requesting return. I am not shy about checking out all the stations in the tack room if something of mine walks away.
Truthfully though, it is usually because I forgot to put it away or misplaced it :oops: .

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 12148

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

I hope to start riding soon. At least a walking program since horsie and I have done little for nearly 2 years. Since my tailbone surgery, I have porked out and subsequently don't fit in my saddle very well :P . The butt if quite picky and doesn't like to by squished up to the cantle. Since I still ...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Insurance-- yes or no
Replies: 15
Views: 765

Re: Insurance-- yes or no

I started "self" insuring years ago after I dutifully report every ding (several on a silly 2 y.o.) a choke episode and a melanoma removal (yes on a 2 y.o.). Never filed a claim. Well the next year, I think her only covered body parts were her front legs. No chance to get a vet exam to ass...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Life is stressful...thank you
Replies: 20
Views: 1158

Re: Life is stressful...thank you

Thank you for all the condolences. Yes, I am so grateful he is no longer suffering.

SueB...didn't mean to hijack your thread but yes, this is the place to come for understanding and like I am doing, some vicarious riding.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel is in season
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Ariel is in season

My mare has been evil lately but I haven't noticed her in season, I think it is just the Spring sillies. She has been taking off when I turn her out, most often before I have officially let her go. GRRRR. Evil mare. Today I pulled her halter holding her with the lead rope around her neck. She tried ...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Life is stressful...thank you
Replies: 20
Views: 1158

Re: Life is stressful...thank you

Me too. Between my body that does not want to cooperate. Tailbone area is coming along. Still tender but heading in the right direction. BUT, in October, I hurt my back and it just isn't getting better. Well, it did calm down from initial presentation of horrible to the point of tears sciatica to ju...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP our one of a kind Tucker
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: RIP our one of a kind Tucker

RIP Tucker. What a handsome pup.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dry Mane and Tail
Replies: 19
Views: 952

Re: Dry Mane and Tail

I re-do the modified summer braid every 2-3 weeks just like the big braid for the bag. It doesn't take long. I haven't every removed much hair...any more than usual. I am not one of those that never takes a brush or comb to mane and tail. I for sure don't do them every day but I do give it a good br...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dry Mane and Tail
Replies: 19
Views: 952

Re: Dry Mane and Tail

Yes, the tail bag definitely helps. Kyra's tail is gross and peed on if I don't braid and bag it in the winter...especially if she is wearing a blanket with a tail flap :P . I use this type. https://www.sstack.com/horse-care-tail-bags-protection/Ultraflex-Lycra-Tail-Bag/?msclkid=bd9c51c293bd15ab13b4...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What to do... horse at home, or horse at boarding stable?
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: What to do... horse at home, or horse at boarding stable?

Thanks for all the perspective! Yesterday was a balmy, sunny beautiful spring day, and looking out the window at my horses grazing in big green pastures filled me with joy. I miss this by boarding. Today...a nice sunny day after a week of wind, on and off snow or rain and colder temps than we had t...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dry Mane and Tail
Replies: 19
Views: 952

Re: Dry Mane and Tail

Diet wise, since she was on stall rest and not much pasture...maybe she needs a boost of Vitamin E? My mare's tail is very thick and long. In the winter I always put it up in a tail bag. Dirt, mud and muck can be very drying and the tail bag seems to save the majority of her tail from seeping in wha...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Mane hair memorials? Not tail!
Replies: 22
Views: 1239

Re: Mane hair memorials? Not tail!

Very cool ideas. I like the resin bracelet. My horse is white and while still very much alive, preserving her white hair in some form without it getting soiled will be tough. The resin bracelet solves that.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Has anyone tried Hint Water?
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: Has anyone tried Hint Water?

I just noticed some at the cafeteria at work. Kind of pricey for my blood ($1.70 for 20 oz) but it looks good and with no chemicals (artificial sweeteners) or sugar. I just add an ounce or two of fruit juice to my 20 ounces of water. Yes...a few calories from the sugar but not that much. I will wait...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lewyn needs jingles Update. :D
Replies: 41
Views: 2481

Re: Lewyn needs jingles

You got 'em. Mega jingles flying your way.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 10780

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Demi, I used to ride with an instructor that always called such antics that the horse was "calling the union" because certainly, working that hard wasn't in the contract :lol: . They do seem to get it sorted out. Good to have the trainer ride her some as we (generic we ammy rider/trainers)...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel in the winter
Replies: 10
Views: 792

Re: Ariel in the winter

I don't think it is a mare thing. She just feels good! And sometimes we would rather not deal with that. My horse is out 24/7 and can move at will and has room to trot and canter in her pen. Now mind you, I haven't been working her this winter but yesterday, I turned her and her buddy out in a small...

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