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by exvet
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 638

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

If dressage were intuitive there would be a lot more gold medal riders and the US would be three teams deep in talent/skill. I agree that the principles/concepts are simple but making the connection/the link/being able to develop the feel and cultivate the skill so that the horse's way of going is t...
by exvet
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

So it took a while to get my trailer repaired after daughter dear borrowed it. I've had two lesson since the aforementioned 'escapade', both within the past 7 days. That means we've loaded 4 more times since then. The not so little stinker is now self-loading. That alone is a huge win; but, what was...
by exvet
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 410

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

Good luck and an official measurement would be a must in my book. Shouldn't have to worry on the welsh side for any 'other' issues especially if this is already a gelding but MC's point on substance is definitely valid. They are less likely to take up a ton of leg like some other lines.
by exvet
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 410

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

While this may be too late, long distance PPEs, especially without being present can be and are often done being video taped. I've had it done on cobs I've sold to others who were not present. Out of curiosity, what are the welsh bloodlines. For me it's always paid off to know the bloodlines in orde...
by exvet
Thu May 10, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Quality of Life ?
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: Quality of Life ?

The day it truly becomes easy to make the decision to euthanize we need to all get out of caring for pets. The decision to do so may be straightforward or 'easy' to rationalize but having to make the choice should never be welcomed. QOL, what is it? This is such an intriguing yet ironic question for...
by exvet
Mon May 07, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

Kyra's Mom wrote:Boy, she has an engine. Enjoy.

Susan


Boy I'll say she sure does! Wowza! Love a mare that's built solid like she is and of course one of my favorite colors too. Nice to get to see her.
by exvet
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Yes khall photos are in order. I had forgotten that we both have 4 year olds that we bred. I'm sure she's lovely. I rode Jr yesterday in the arena and the focus was on crisp transitions particularly getting him hot off my leg and responding promptly to my aids. Today we went out on the trail again, ...
by exvet
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you khall. I rode him today, 5 miles on the trail and we cantered both leads, trotted a fair amount and of course worked on the walk - free walk, working walk, etc as well as leg yields. He was perfect. You wouldn't know it was the same horse. Tomorrow is another day and we'll work on the same...
by exvet
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Well I knew we'd hit 'the wall' sooner or later, it's always just a question of time with each one. Yesterday I had a lesson, the second time in the indoor arena. I was introduced to a mini-me meltdown like no other in which Jr was channeling his mother from some of her worst days (before I got her)...
by exvet
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Because of work I wasn't able to ride again until today and we went out for a 6 mile trail ride. The weather couldn't be better so I don't know if that had a lot to do with it; but, he was relaxed and marching into both hands from behind, reaching over his back. It was one of our best rides. We trot...
by exvet
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

I will do so. He's definitely a blend of his dam and sire. He's got the sass and the 'you can't make me up until it's too much work to keep resisting attitude of his mother' and the 'look at me, I'm all that and a bag a chips' attitude of his sire. He's got a snap in his back to his buck but not a r...
by exvet
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

So today I was to have our fourth riding lesson this afternoon. My riding instructor texts me to see if I could come earlier, like right then at 7:30 am. The weather reports were indicating that strong winds were headed our way with gusts up to 50 mph by afternoon. I decided to take advantage of the...
by exvet
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec

Yup. Sounds like NOTHING has changed. I used to voice my opinion but would be admonished by the 'have's' for it. I hope to show recognized some time in the fall; but, my showing days will be strictly reduced even when I do have a competitive ready mount. For the last 2-3 years I really haven't and a...
by exvet
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP our one of a kind Tucker
Replies: 14
Views: 714

Re: RIP our one of a kind Tucker

Hugs to you. I have two senior dogs currently and I know that time is precious. All we can do is give them the opportunity to shine in our hearts both while they are here and after they're gone. From the pictures it's clear you've succeeded in doing just that. Godspeed Tucker.
by exvet
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Show Warm-up - How long do you warm up?
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Show Warm-up - How long do you warm up?

I didn't select an answer because I have found that it not only depends on the individual horse but also the day (weather, time, what the week leading up to the show was like, etc), venue and the test/level. I've warmed up any where from 15 minutes and gone in to have a really nice test and have nee...
by exvet
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 11133

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

Well I started lessons last Saturday. This was my first one in over a year and Junior's first one ever; so, I guess our goal is to continue with them. I have one scheduled for this Saturday. We're simply establishing the basics so beyond expanding our knowledge each time we don't have much more on t...
by exvet
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: The Mustang
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

Re: The Mustang

We're getting into a routine and trail riding is a must when the day is so pretty.

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by exvet
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Well I did manage to con someone into snapping some shots from my phone today but it is more trail riding. It's cool here for this time of year but sunny and gorgeous. I think Jr was happy to be doing something simple today. Not that yesterday was hard but there were so many distractions with all th...
by exvet
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Well no pictures but Jr loaded and hauled like a champ and when he came off the trailer he couldn't have been better. We had a great lesson! I was given homework that I think will help and we're scheduled for another in one week. So glad to be back. I think we have the potential to be a real team. W...
by exvet
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

No lesson today but he's going to have one next Saturday. I can't wait to get back into the groove. Today we did another trail ride and trotted quite a bit. He's settling in and is really demonstrating how level-headed he is even if he's a bit of a brat still. To answer the question about the gate -...
by exvet
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Keeping fingers crossed. I was forced to cancel my lesson tomorrow but next Saturday Junior is going to become a dressage prospect. Taking a lesson with someone I've observed for years but have never taken a lesson from before so we'll see how it goes ;)
by exvet
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: The Mustang
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

Re: The Mustang

Thank you khall. I love them both and consider myself lucky to be owned by them!
by exvet
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: The Mustang
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

Re: The Mustang

Not sure what happened. I will try to fix it asap.
by exvet
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: The Mustang
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

Re: The Mustang

Here are some shots from last weekends trail rides. He is such a good boy. He prefers to ride drag LOL but does well out on his own and in the lead (if he must). I'm riding Junior and a family member is riding the mustang. http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w442/mcherrier1/DSC_0502_zpsffwsrnml.jpg ...
by exvet
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Here are some shots taken last weekend on Junior's fourth trail ride/second weekend. He is very bold and loves to lead. He doesn't mind cars, bikes, dogs or ATVs. Not too keen on mule deer though LOL....and my position has really deteriorated but we had so much fun. http://i122.photobucket.com/album...
by exvet
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows
Replies: 20
Views: 1387

Re: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows

1) You are right that there are those who would claim things as 'routine' as sitting on a horse is causing pain but in all honesty there is a lot of research that shows what is acceptable and does not cause unnecessary pain if we agree that a horse is livestock and a beast of burden. 2) As for fear,...
by exvet
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc
Replies: 72
Views: 3954

Re: Bullying, Del Mar riding etc

I've copied and pasted from another thread with some edits: I haven't read all the threads that pertain to this issue; so, I can't speak to the alleged behavior on COTH. What I do want to address is: Abuse isn't hard to define and every jurisdiction has a legal definition of it. Because I'm certifie...
by exvet
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows
Replies: 20
Views: 1387

Re: Movement to institute qualifying to move up at shows

Abuse actually isn't hard to define. I am often in a position to describe the type of suffering an animal goes through by relating it to what would be an equivalent experience to a human. When I start to describe the physiologic process that goes on based on forensics and/or medical knowledge it's a...
by exvet
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Strategies for lateral work
Replies: 23
Views: 1096

Re: Strategies for lateral work

"In all the lateral work, I go after the response first. SI (shoulders have to leave the wall), HI (haunches have to come in — so, even if initial attempts at HI are almost counter shoulder in, the haunches have left the wall - bend gets fixed later), SI to R (there has to be some attempt at a ...
by exvet
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: The Mustang
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

Re: The Mustang

Me too! I was commenting the other day to my SO while we were out riding that I've been so blessed to have solid citizens. No jigging, no nervous nellies. That's not to say there isn't the occasional spook when a mule deer bounces out of the underbrush or a biker comes stalking up behind but usually...
by exvet
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

I think he was a little overscored at 2nd 1 but he's a cutie and typical for the breed. He's a nice mover and seems to be the typical 'hard tryer' that many are. He could certainly come live in my barn though my stalls are all filled up at the moment.....oh wait, I have another barn that has a few e...
by exvet
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you Anne. I was hoping to get some but unfortunately no one had a phone. I'm tentatively going to be taking a lesson in a couple of weeks (on Junior) for the first time in close to a year; so, maybe I'll be able to get someone to get a couple of photos then.
by exvet
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: The Mustang
Replies: 23
Views: 2449

Re: The Mustang

I have never regretted spending one penny on this guy. He accompanied the colt (Junior - 3 year old, coming 4 welsh cob) on his very first trail ride. The mustang was so solid and perfect. The colt/Junior definitely picked up on the mustang's cool, calm demeanor. It was an awesome day with beautiful...
by exvet
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

OVER THE MOON! Took Junior out on the trail with the mustang for the first time. Last weekend I moved the horses to my new place. Barn isn't finished but enough is built to finally have them out here. Any how last weekend I rode Junior and the mustang at the neighbor's place. He has a huge reigning ...
by exvet
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Welsh Cob breeding
Replies: 20
Views: 2784

Re: Welsh Cob breeding

Yes a cob that likes to canter is a very good thing ;)
by exvet
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Welsh Cob breeding
Replies: 20
Views: 2784

Re: Welsh Cob breeding

If you get a chance to capture this beauty on video I would love to see his movement.
by exvet
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2308

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Hmm.....well I'm not an expert but soundness is evaluated at all three gaits. When you're conducting studies you must be consistent in your application of evaluations; but, I can think of a couple of neurological/orthopedic issues that show up more at the walk or the canter than these conditions do ...
by exvet
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Welsh Cob breeding
Replies: 20
Views: 2784

Re: Welsh Cob breeding

Now that's a nice welsh cob baby....nice angles!
by exvet
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2308

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Musical comedy I'm not looking for an argument and I actually do think we agree on many premises. It's usually you who counters to my points first and have done so for many years. I grew up with work horses who did actually work. I also spent time on the track (was literally, not figuratively thrown...
by exvet
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2308

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

"A couple of the top training places I know of use the walking machine, tread mill, or have working students take the horses out multiple times a day to limber up. So even if there is not actual turnout, they at least get movement. And really, mine are out all the time, but they don't move as m...
by exvet
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2308

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Well Chancellor I think I was riding with you then....the stone age is when I grew up and yes, horses were managed much differently then, at least the majority were. I know I would hurt like hell if I were kept in a box stall 22 out of every 24 hours with 45 minutes of a lesson or exercise and maybe...
by exvet
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently
Replies: 39
Views: 2308

Re: Half of all sport horses are lame apparently

Well if we want to discuss the pervasiveness of lameness in 'sport' horses, I live next to a reining barn. I think lameness and stiffness issues have far more to do with the overall management of horses (this includes riding and training practices but also their time in stalls, etc) not the discipli...
by exvet
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Commercial horse
Replies: 17
Views: 1424

Re: Commercial horse

I use to ride under a trainer who brought several of these horses in to the KC, MO area from Canada over a period of years for her students and clients. She did pretty well bringing at least 1 or 2 up through PSG if I remember correctly. I honestly don't know if any went any further. I ended up with...
by exvet
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: leg yield - oh my heck!
Replies: 17
Views: 1422

Re: leg yield - oh my heck!

To capitalize on what Fatcat said (because I employ much of the same) I also would add that for me to insure that I don't use too much leg in addition to the checklist of insuring I'm looking in the direction I intend the horse to go, I also make sure it feels like my seat is taking us there. In oth...
by exvet
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you piedmontfields, I hope to be able to get back into a more regular routine soon. Our new barn is almost done; but, the guy building it is juggling my small barn with 3 huge operations going up in the neighborhood so it's that 'so close yet so far' feeling. Any how fingers crossed I may be a...
by exvet
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you Anne and you are so right. I rode him today and we asked for the canter, each lead/each direction and today he was able to maintain the canter for almost 2 full 20 meter circles before needing to trot - no scrambling, no motorcycle turns. Now maintaining consistent tempo at the trot is goi...
by exvet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

LOL piedmontfields I hardly think there is much difference between you and I in terms of the 'smarts' department. I just STILL have a fair amount of velcro on my hiney which has maintained well even at 54 years of age. It helps to have been brought up on horses and been more afraid of what your fath...
by exvet
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

There are fewer than 5000 welsh cobs in North America (that's Cs and Ds). It's difficult to find one available with under saddle training let alone one with dressage training though they exist. I have a friend who has been trying to sell a lovely mare but she isn't cheap, nor should she be. Welsh Co...
by exvet
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7210

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Well it's been a while since any updates. Junior cantered yesterday under saddle for the first time. He took both leads about three different times, maintaining the gait in balance for 8-10 strides. I've never had a youngster so well balanced and easy. I have goose bumps still.
by exvet
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 12516

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Well it's been a tough and hectic week work-wise but I came home and was at least able to get on and ride Junior. It was the first time he's been ridden at night in a lighted arena. Considering the number of things he could have taken exception to and spooked at and the fact that the other two were ...

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