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by Kyra's Mom
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for my dad
Replies: 17
Views: 233

Re: Jingles for my dad

khall wrote:
It's an emotional roller coaster.


This is so right. You and your family have my jingles and prayers.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New year, new goals! Jan/Feb 2020
Replies: 140
Views: 4047

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

Well, I am following along with everyone's trials and tribulations. Me...I haven't done squat all winter. Like Khall, I have been very busy with elder care...Mother and her equally old dog. The dog has been the real problem but Mom has trouble taking care of her and for sure can't pick her up. So I ...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your preferred spurs
Replies: 18
Views: 361

Re: Your preferred spurs

I use these https://www.dressageextensions.com/soft-touch-spur-w%2f-rubber/p/1266R/. I do not consistently ride with spurs. I really don't need them but want something "soft" and that rolls easily for my sensitive mare when I chose to use them. If we get back to regular work (fingers cross...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Correct Connect Reins
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Re: Correct Connect Reins

I would be think that the velcro would attract dirt and hair and then your reins would be even harder to hold onto. Don't know? I find that the stops or rubber reins work well for me. I try to always wear gloves. I do think they help me with my connection, especially if you get some that have some t...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 104
Views: 7935

Re: So what are you watching?

I sprung for Disney + and am thoroughly enjoying it. I watched Fantasia (for about the 20th time). That is my favorite movie of all time. That in 1940, really in the infancy of animation (and a World War) that someone had the thought to dream up animation to go with classical music. Amazing. Also wa...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Strange infection
Replies: 22
Views: 825

Re: Strange infection

It almost looks like a burn or severe rub like maybe she got her neck caught on something? I sure wish they could talk. Glad it seems to be on the mend. The pink skin looks good.

Jingles for continued improvement.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2020 training hopes and dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 982

Re: 2020 training hopes and dreams

My hope is I can get myself physically able to really enjoy my horse. I echo piedmontfields re: keeping pony comfortable and happy in her work. Kyra will also be 18 this year. With the exception of those very occasional days when she isn't ;) , she has become a joy to work with and I want to continu...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Blanket washing question / laundromat
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: Blanket washing question / laundromat

I have used the laundromat and always do an empty cycle of the washer after the horse blankets....except for the washer that stopped right in the middle of the cycle. Ei-yi-yi...what a mess (pulling soaking wet blanket out and moving to a different washer). They did refund my money for the washer th...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 7186

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Chisamba...great progress. He actually is rounding out all over. I love dressage for stories like this :D .

Congrats Flight on getting one back in the fold. She is "cute". My mare is only 15.2 and a fairly ballerina build so she is always cute.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 28 days smoke free
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: 28 days smoke free

$$$ Cha-ching for Ms. Ariel and her wardrobe.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone familiar with Multiple Sclerosis
Replies: 21
Views: 1398

Re: Anyone familiar with Multiple Sclerosis

Jingles for you both. As for the gym with pool, check out if any of the physical therapy businesses have a pool. I did pool therapy with physical therapy and it was wonderful. I would think directed exercise in the early phase would be helpful. Or, if any of the pools have a physical therapist on si...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shoulder injections? (human)
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: Shoulder injections? (human)

I have had a couple...and probably am in need of another one. Having to use crutches for about 8 week really did a number on my arthritic right shoulder. The PA put local into the mix and it really didn't hurt. Maybe some pressure and residual slight aching for a day. Otherwise a non-event.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 7186

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

As always, lots going on. Jingles to everyone dealing with lameness and illnesses. I have been getting out to do something with Kyra about every other day. That schedule seems to work well with my various infirmities although I must say, I feel like the riding is helping my back. It was doing great ...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 28 days smoke free
Replies: 16
Views: 869

Re: 28 days smoke free

Yea! Keep up the good work.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 128
Views: 7186

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Not much to report here except I have ridden my horse now for 2 whole months and nothing else (on me) has fallen apart :mrgreen: . That is a definite plus. My riding has been hit and miss. My Mom will be 90 next month and still living in her own home but needing lots of help. Add to that a good frie...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Really Cool Opportunity
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: Really Cool Opportunity

Ditto what Flight said. I am excited for you.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A Sudden Goodbye
Replies: 23
Views: 1345

Re: A Sudden Goodbye

I am so sorry but glad he found his way back to you for his last few years.

Godspeed Henry.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The end is nigh
Replies: 63
Views: 3384

Re: The end is nigh

{{{{{Xan}}}}}

Godspeed Baby Bronto.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I Was Her Human
Replies: 29
Views: 1640

Re: I Was Her Human

{{{{Tarlo Farm}}}}

My condolences.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I quit smoking
Replies: 33
Views: 1783

Re: I quit smoking

You can do it ;) .

All that money for things for Ms. A. Sweet.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It’s ridiculously cold outside, but this will melt your heart ...
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: It’s ridiculously cold outside, but this will melt your heart ...

Lovely pose from the donk in his finest duds. Such cuteness overload :mrgreen:

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Has anyone heard from Musical Comedy?
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Has anyone heard from Musical Comedy?

Hello from balmy Idaho. We had our arctic blast in October...it has been warm (50's-60's) and dry ever since.

I hope the cold resolves soon.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: global muscles vs postural muscles
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: global muscles vs postural muscles

Well...I guess I have the 'luxury' of having only one horse to be beholden to. I have time to putz around with other 'stuff' besides pure dressage training. Add onto that the fact that I was able to ride very little for over 3 years due to my physical issues. I have used a lot of work-in-hand, a lot...
by Kyra's Mom
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Finding gratitude after an otherwise difficult year
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Re: Finding gratitude after an otherwise difficult year

Well, my horse has been (finger's crossed) wonderfully sound her whole life. I am grateful for that for sure. Me...I'm the wreck...but ready to forge on. I won't subject anyone to my laundry list of maladies. Suffice to say I've had 6 surgeries in the last 7 years. Most requiring a fair respite from...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Unbelievably, my bad luck continues ... now Jet. (Reinjured, and now Pippa, too!)
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Unbelievably, my bad luck continues ... now Jet. (Reinjured, and now Pippa, too!)

:? :? The universe owes you a huge break.

Healing jingles for every pony that needs it.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The end is nigh
Replies: 63
Views: 3384

Re: The end is nigh

{{{{XAN}}}}

It isn't fair but you are surely doing right by your boy...know-it-all bystanders be damned.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 26296

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

Rosie...Bliss looks fabulous. Aleuronx... :lol: . Praying for the growth spurt to stabilize and for the front end to catch up SOON. I have been riding as I can...last week was a bit slow as over the week, there was a lot of arena maintenance going on. Got some new sand for the outdoor last Monday wh...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 26296

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

I haven't been posting much. I currently do not have many goals except to get my riding fitness back. I definitely feel better on the horse but my core is so crappy. Today, she gave me a few strides of very nice lengthened trot and it was all I could do to go with her and had to bring her back quick...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Trick training is GREAT for rehab!
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: Trick training is GREAT for rehab!

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: . I have been doing a little "trick" training. I follow Karen Rohlf and she had a couple videos on "silly horse tricks". So far, I can tell Kyra to go get in the bucket...and she does (with front feet) and to go sideways on command.The 'bucket' is a 20 gal rub...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - RIDING AGAIN!!!, Vids posted Oct 7/19!!
Replies: 119
Views: 9534

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - RIDING AGAIN!!!, Vids posted Oct 7/19!!

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

Finn looks fantastic. You did well by him. I think you both are smiling.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My Third Level freestyle from last weekend
Replies: 13
Views: 1235

Re: My Third Level freestyle from last weekend

Very nice. Congratulations.

Jet is such a beefcake (in a good way ;) ).

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Mold on tack
Replies: 11
Views: 1013

Re: Mold on tack

You could move to southern Idaho. Low humidity = no mold ;) . Good luck finding a resolution. I did have one item I put in a plastic tote until I decided if the new one would work (my Thinline girth). When I got around to bringing it home as the new one is working well, it was very moldy :o . Just n...
by Kyra's Mom
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 26296

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

Apparently Kyra is lame too because she will kick out at the whip at times. If she does it now, it is most certainly my fault for over aiding. I listen to her, thank her for her opinion and tell her to get over it and strive to ride more correctly. I have found (with my sample size of 6--3 mares and...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Iron woman Hilda Gurney
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Iron woman Hilda Gurney

Wow. I have always liked Hilda.She is great judge too (IMO). I showed under her years ago. Hauled about 4 hours to the show. Horse seemed out of character with her tension and stiffness. My friend that accompanied me couldn't see any lameness. She just didn't want the leg on. So, I pulled her out th...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 26296

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

I have actually ridden two times this week! I was on vacation for 9 days (3rd-12th) but this week I have gotten on track with getting some saddle time. Kyra is going very well. A lot of thanks to Straightforward who has done some really nice work with her. I turned her loose in the indoor on Wednesd...
by Kyra's Mom
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility
Replies: 80
Views: 5192

Re: Another terrible story-- shooting at Barisone's facility

Sad situation. I am waiting for a Dateline episode...maybe in a couple years. My question on COTH, other than happening on a dressage trainer's property and that the victim and the alleged shooter ride dressage, what it is doing with however many pages now (150?) on the dressage forum? I am not sure...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: rehab for shoulder injury: what would you do?
Replies: 10
Views: 991

Re: rehab for shoulder injury: what would you do?

You can lunge him in a square...it takes a lot of effort on your part. Probably good to start in the arena so he has a fence to stick to. Ditto what someone said about long reining. Also effort on your part but it would avoid the torquing of a circle. Yeah...ponying can be fun. I used to pony Kyra o...
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2996

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

Have fun with the little pocket rocket. Glad you found a situation that worked for you...yeah for being on a horse.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2016, am I the only one?
Replies: 12
Views: 1410

Re: Class of 2016, am I the only one?

I would love to help SF but I think I am too decrepit (about the same age as her barn owner...damn, things just don't work right anymore). I just am not very agile. At least Tesla has already been sat on. I don't think it will be a big deal but for sure, need someone around...I can punch 911 on my p...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 18687

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

4 1/2 months...I got my paddock boot on my Frankenfoot :mrgreen: . So...I rode today. I intended to work on the track but they were bringing in hay and the hay guy parked his truck at an angle right on the track and took up the whole width :roll: . The stack wagon didn't bother her (they use one sid...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 44
Views: 2981

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

Right that...only it was straw but most definitely round and very precariously hanging off the side of the truck :shock: . I don't understand why you and the driver in front of you didn't want to follow more closely :!:
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 44
Views: 2981

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

No. Where I board they get fed twice a day. I have tried a myriad of slow feed things. Few would the barn owners even try (they do all chores and feeding is walk and toss so if they could not do it from outside the pen, no go) and the ones we did try frustrated the horse terribly, didn't slow her do...
by Kyra's Mom
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2996

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

Second situation just sounds bizarre. Great for the trainer getting paid to get all THEIR barn work and grooming done. I second checking around for a catch ride. Straightforward has been riding my horse while I seem to be perpetually recovering from some surgery or another. It has worked out great f...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 20
Views: 1641

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

I looked up Idaho utilities. :shock: :shock: It's almost the lowest in the county. Truly I am shocked. And Maryland? That is even a bigger surprise. I suppose gas heat is available somewhere here in NJ but it's never been in places I've been. I wouldn't complain about paying a little bit more for s...
by Kyra's Mom
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 20
Views: 1641

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

My electric and gas are about $1500/year (that is a generous calculation). Susan You mean electric and gas heat? If so that is truly astonishing. How can anyone heat a house that cheaply? Well, I got online and checked my last 12 months of (natural gas) gas bills and it was a whopping $281.00. I ha...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)
Replies: 89
Views: 8435

Re: Help me Horse Shop?!? - Now need help with names :)

Ditto what redsoxluvr said.

Enjoy. I hope he is recovered.

I use the Manna Pro treats for my liberty work. They are very convenient.

Susan
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)
Replies: 20
Views: 1641

Re: Expense Related Thread (Retirement, etc.)

I feel am pretty well set (I think :?: ). I retired in July at 63 and 11 months. So, I do have to pony up for the full health care bill for another year (until Aug 2020). I was physically worn out and just felt I needed to go and give my body time to heal. I am doing Cobra...it was much cheaper :rol...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 18687

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

I haven't been in a much of a mood to ride lately. I don't know why. I love to spend time with her but riding just hasn't moved me much in the last couple weeks. I was able to get a regular shoe on my left foot today 8-) . I still can't get my paddock boot on but will keep trying every few days. It ...
by Kyra's Mom
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Is it wrong that I?
Replies: 13
Views: 1365

Re: Is it wrong that I?

Sounds perfectly fine to me. So no, not wrong at all.

I am surprised that Kyra let me put her fly mask back on. When I got there, I whisked it off and gave her a gigantic static shock...which she hates. She wheeled away and stood about 6 feet away from me, softly snorting at me.

Susan

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