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by Kyra's Mom
Sun May 19, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Our new addition, born yesterday!
Replies: 16
Views: 190

Re: Our new addition, born yesterday!

Lovely filly. Congratulations.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun May 19, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 148
Views: 2109

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Abby, I am so sorry for your loss. Godspeed George. Me---still zippo. Waiting to get out of my cast on Thursday then start the cumbersome task of walking again. I know that isn't going to feel too good at first but certainly a step in the right direction. I went to the barn last night and took some ...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 03, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gwen Stockebrand Has Passed
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Gwen Stockebrand Has Passed

My first exposure to 'real' dressage was when I got to tag along with a fellow rider that went to the Regionals in Santa Rosa...way back in the day (80's). Idaho was pretty elementary in dressage back then. Very few upper level riders. Gwen was a very elegant rider and I remember coming up to one of...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri May 03, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Goofy horse
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Goofy horse

Well, I guess she isn't such a speshul flower after all. They just can't seem to process the extra legs? Abby, I am so sorry you are having such issues but I have talked to my mother about such things. I am of fairly similar thinking regarding endlessly trying to fix things. I hope this turns out OK...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu May 02, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Goofy horse
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Goofy horse

No Chisamba...it seems to be the crutches themselves. I did a lot of desensitizing and jumping around when she was younger. Heck, I've been know to fall on my butt nearly under her (doing in-hand work but not very well :oops: ) and that hasn't bothered her. I really intended to do a little desensiti...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed May 01, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 35
Views: 1164

Re: My Situation

I just read this.

I am so sorry and sending my condolences.

It is just so overwhelming when we find ourselves so vulnerable and alone. I hope you have found the strength to forge onward and that the picture may be getting a bit clearer. I certainly hope so,

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed May 01, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Goofy horse
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Goofy horse

:roll: .I knew I should have taken my crutches to the barn BEFORE my foot surgery. Poor Kyra is just beside herself and cannot figure out my extra aluminum legs. She was that way on my previous foot surgery and yep...she still is. I went out today to meet the trimmer to pay her. Kyra was being total...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 52
Views: 1626

Re: So what are you watching?

I am off work after some surgery and doing a lot of laying around.

I started the Handmaid's Tale and Scrubs. Also almost through Parks and Recreation. That show is freaking funny. Got to have the funny stuff outweigh the deep/dark stuff.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I got bravER
Replies: 9
Views: 220

Re: I got bravER

Good job. I would be very proud too. I have had bridge anxiety and can certainly understand. Way back when when I was just learning to ride, I had a horse back off a bridge. Not what you want to do :o . It was just a small bridge over a canal and I don't know what I did (or didn't do) but she stoppe...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Puppy Therapy
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Puppy Therapy

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Thanks for the therapy.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I enjoy keeping up with everyone. Those of you lucky enough to ride look maahvelous. Kyra has had hardly anything done with her. While rehabbing my back, I apparently blew out the tendons in the side of my left foot (already did that on the right) and walking around on frozen or muddy ground has bee...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 56
Views: 1143

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

I know my mare has my number despite life long work of which she is compliant about 99% of the time. But that other 1% :roll: . Her main problem is with turning out. She can get in a hurry and bolt and I have tried umpteen different things to fix it. Of course, it is hard to fix when the issue isn't...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Nope not dressage or health.
Replies: 9
Views: 2084

Re: Nope not dressage or health.

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Congratulations.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans
Replies: 15
Views: 754

Re: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans

That is one beautiful ass :lol: .

Boy did he find a soft landing.

Keep us updated on the adventures of Junior.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Sometimes holidays are difficult
Replies: 17
Views: 815

Re: Sometimes holidays are difficult

{{{{Sue}}}}

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Long Overdue Update on The Fixer Upper Farm, The Little Red Barn, and its Residents.
Replies: 23
Views: 1080

Re: Long Overdue Update on The Fixer Upper Farm, The Little Red Barn, and its Residents.

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Thanks for the update. We have missed you but I do know about that "busy" thing.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 55 horses
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: 55 horses

Sweet--on both DS and tractor! When did DS get to be 6'1"!?

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ready to call it a career...
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Ready to call it a career...

I just can't seem to trust my body anymore. I have the opposite problem of most people that have trouble having a sound horse. I have seemed to spend more time in the operating room in the last 6 years than in the arena and it looks like there is one more in line soon :P . I had my back surgery in J...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Riding After a Hysterectomy
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Riding After a Hysterectomy

Definitely follow doctors' orders. You don't want internal things going where they aren't supposed to be. I had a vaginal hyst. I waited 8 weeks. At my 6 week visit, there was still some healing to be done. MD said to wait 2 more weeks. I did then got on and never looked back. I was able to do lungi...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you always tell you SO when you have an oops or a close call with the horses?
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Do you always tell you SO when you have an oops or a close call with the horses?

No SO but no, I usually didn't tell my parents either. As long as I was upright and able to pass for 'normal'. I have been very lucky and not had severe injuries--usually just bruising. One time I went off right over the back of the horse (I was not being present...just standing around shooting the ...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 855

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

I haven't blanketed for 2 years now but then the horse isn't in any serious work either. If she was in serious work, she would need at least a bib or trace clip because she is one fluffy, woolly critter. Especially this year. Wowza...her hair isn't really long but man is it thick. It would take fore...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 301
Views: 12632

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

RE: grey horses...you will probably be dealing with melanoma at some point. Usually more of a nuisance but not necessarily. I currently have a grey horse. I won't have another. Her first melanoma popped up at 2! They were pretty minimal between having that one removed and now but she is starting to ...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13336

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

SF, I am glad you kept at it. I had something similar...sort of...vet said one thing but in the back of my mind I was going...no, I don't buy that. Turned out to be an abscess...a little easier recuperation than what Annabelle has ahead. I wondered if she would need a shoe to stabilize things. Damne...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 1205

Re: I said YES!

:D :D :D Congratulations.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13336

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

SF--poop :P , You know who is standing around a couple miles away. For some unknown reason, my butt has been on the warpath so I haven't been riding much. Have managed a bit of ground work though. If you feel like you are going to ride her much, I will have to clip and blanket. She is one wooly crit...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

Well, I will say that dinner was quite good. The turkey was fairly melt in your mouth tender. You never know when you get the bird given to you. My sister even dressed up the Stovetop adding mushrooms and more celery. So we had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes w/carrots, and green b...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 61
Views: 2613

Re: I hate colic

goldhorse wrote:All is fine. Minor impaction which will pass after tubing. But I HATE COLIC


I wholeheartedly agree.

Jingles all has passed.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13336

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

It was so funny the other day - I was handwalking Annabelle and she was watching a palomino horse being ridden down Hubbard Rd. Then they cut across the corn stubble field, and all the horses freaked out because the palomino just blended right into the dried corn. :shock: :shock: Very dramatic! Yes...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

You aren't going to get any inspiration from me. The hospital gave each employee a bird. My sister is going to cook that and yep horror of horror...Stovetop. I am making jello salad (horrors again). Both my Mom and sister are great for getting stuff off of QVC so I have no idea what the rest will be...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 2537

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

I think a hair dryer would come in handy and shorten the process? I know when I have had surgery, to avoid rubbing an incision, I have used the hair dryer on a lower setting to get those areas nice and dry and it worked very well. Of course, I don't have a winter coat :lol: . I do know my mare is ve...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow
Replies: 28
Views: 1204

Re: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow

My condolences khall. Godspeed Roger.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good video on tense horses
Replies: 17
Views: 998

Re: Good video on tense horses

Boy, does that video bring back (bad) memories. Kyra wasn't quite that tense but she had the 'flamenco' dressage down pat. I wish had found her stuff back then. I can say that my riding and mind set to riding has changed a lot (for the better) since I started working with a lot of her material.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13336

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

Kyra and I are plodding along. I am currently continuing to work on my fitness and flexibility which means I am not riding very much but I do feel things are progressing although it seems awfully slow. I guess when you get 'over the hill', that is the way it is. I am swimming a couple time a week an...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 1436

Re: Side Reins!

Yes, khall, I do Karen R's alignment exercise quite a bit. It is so cool to see them find straight. It is very apparent and at least my horse seems to enjoy it as it takes little effort to keep her there. I too do a bunch of in-hand work or at least did until my foot said otherwise. I still do a lit...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Pony, New Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 1428

Re: New Pony, New Problems

You may have multiple things going on. I would definitely check for ulcers. As to the mouth issue...it may not be "teeth" at all. I went through something similar with my mare in her younger days. She was very slow to mature and most of her 4 y.o. year I just putzed around with her in a ro...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Side Reins!
Replies: 26
Views: 1436

Re: Side Reins!

I seldom if ever use side reins anymore. You can address alignment without them although it is really attention to detail type work. Last spring and early summer I did quite a bit of lunging (a couple times a week for no more than 20 min) as I couldn't do much riding due to my back. According to Str...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Go out and vote
Replies: 20
Views: 1067

Re: Go out and vote

Done (at 11:15 this morning).

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13336

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

I am continuing the goals of the last two months. For both of us, ride a couple times a week. I had a nice ride today with some more trot sets. Short ones which then ups the number of transitions we do which is good. They were prompt and connected. One circle she did want to bear down a bit but I ju...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15575

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

He looks maaahvelous ;) . A very solid intro to showing. Yes, those young ones can be challenging in such an atmosphere but it sounds like he got it together. It certainly looks like it in the presented pictures. Congratulations. It is so gratifying to bring these babies along although my dear made ...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pumpkins!
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Pumpkins!

Very cool.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20107

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Gosh...jingles to everyone that all maladies resolve. I got to ride yesterday. Kyra was great even in the wind and I did a few more trot sets to test out my back. She was more forward and energetic and it went pretty well although I am still not pushing the trot agenda. My foot is killing me walking...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rein length and connection for the lower levels
Replies: 81
Views: 3416

Re: Rein length and connection for the lower levels

I was just fussing with this yesterday. I haven't ridden a whole lot for a long while but yesterday noticed that if I did not have the reins short enough...I lost her. Some body part would bulge, she got crooked and boom, my hands were in my lap trying to correct everything...it doesn't work very we...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20107

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I actually rode 2 days in a row :!: .What a concept :lol: . I have a very painful foot...my damned body :P ... so I have to ride or do nothing. Like SueB, I tried a little trot and pooh, that didn't feel so good. Not really painful just very incompetent muscles that were struggling. I didn't want to...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20107

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I got in a ride today. Managed to pony up the energy to get my saddle back to the barn ;) . Just a splendid wonderful fall day. 65 degrees, sunshine and a good horse. I got the OK from the back surgeon to resume life but am still being a bit on the cautious side. So still just did a walking session....
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20107

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Oh shoot - did you want to try the Eloquence? I grabbed it to bring over to Adrienne in case she said the Vinici was a no-go. No...my saddle is fine. It just needs to be at the barn ;) . Whichever one you had there is fine for walking but I think for me would be a crotch banger at rising trot. I do...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20107

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Well...I was going to ride yesterday but someone (Straightforward) came and got her saddle so riding didn't happen :P . Really, I have my own saddle but I took it home before my surgery with the intent to clean it and decrease the saddle count in the tack room. I looked at it as I left the house and...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Clipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1321

Re: Clipping

It depends for me. I usually do a trace or bib clip to help with cooling. I don't do a full body clip...Kyra is out 24/7 and we have a lot of wind so even with blankets, I would be hesitant to do a full body clip. My barn, other than feeding is pretty self service so when she is blanketed, you have ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20107

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Got another ride in today :D . We headed over to the track. I don't think she has been over there since before my surgery and she was a delight. It was nice to not have the dust...the flies were terrible but I guess that is what you get when the field next to the track is getting cow manure spread a...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Need the most secure dressage saddle!
Replies: 25
Views: 1536

Re: Need the most secure dressage saddle!

I am with musical comedy. Nothing would have saved me when I've gone off of Kyra. She teleports :lol: . Literally, the horse has disappeared out from under me. She has either literally zagged sideways about 6 feet or drops (about a foot) and spins. I personally don't like the deep bucket dressage sa...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 9535

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

He looks very sweet. I love the forelock adornment. ENJOY!

Susan

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