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by exvet
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 11
Views: 134

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

I currently just ride 4 days a week because I work 3 days for a full-time schedule (no way at this time do I have time before or after work to ride). I spend an equal amount of time on the trail vs. in the arena/ring. That includes one lesson a week.
by exvet
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 65
Views: 1167

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

"Lastly, going back to another subject about saving, what pray tell are you doing to do with a few million saved dollars at age 80? You can deplete it in a nursing home, while those that didn't save get the same services free on Medicaid." Actually MC while I get what you're saying and the...
by exvet
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 148
Views: 13711

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you khall! That's probably the nicest thing I've heard in a while ;) Ponichiwa - Jr's dam is a sooty buckskin with minimal white and his sire is a sabino/splash bay. Junior did not get chrome that most do except for 'that' star which is sire stamps on each of his. However, though I don't think...
by exvet
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm so sorry to hear about your parents khall. I lost my dad to dementia this past fall and my mother has had now 3 strokes. Due to the part of her brain where the strokes occurred they have been preparing me for the likelihood of her developing dementia. I've made several changes to help take care ...
by exvet
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 148
Views: 13711

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o253/ldarling_photos/thumbnail_IMG_0389_zpstukh5hfu.jpg http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o253/ldarling_photos/thumbnail_IMG_0425_zps249mbsxc.jpg http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o253/ldarling_photos/thumbnail_IMG_0209_zpsen0bomdk.jpg Yup, no longer the rider I...
by exvet
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 148
Views: 13711

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Here are pictures of 'my boy' from the latest recognized show. It was Junior's second recognized show. He is just shy of his fifth birthday (next month). We rode training level test 3 in front of two well known 'conservative' scoring judges. All I can say is that I was so pleased with his performanc...
by exvet
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 65
Views: 1167

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Beyond a horse that is sound, sane, with three decent gaits, the difference I see is always, always in the riding and training. I agree in spades; however, I will give mc credit regarding her view and that is so many of those being sold with the higher $$ often have some basic training and talent t...
by exvet
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Thanks everyone. Blob, love the pictures. Looks like a real trier.
by exvet
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Thank you mari. Good luck on your show. Sorry to hear about the frustrations with the FCs and especially your neck. I've definitely had my trials with FCs and tempis with my various beasts. I'm keeping fingers crossed that when the time comes it will be less of an issue for Junior. If all the talk i...
by exvet
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm almost ashamed to say it but we had a beautiful day today for the show. I won my first class with a 69 and change (training level TOC - training level test 3) and took a third in the second class (training level test 3) under a different judge. The posted score for that class was 64 and change b...
by exvet
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Wishing everyone better weather and health (to horses and mankind). We've had quite a bit of rain and this morning was cold by desert standards. I just body clipped Junior and so I was expecting the lesson at 8 am to be a bit explosive. Well thankfully it wasn't. He was tight due to the cold to begi...
by exvet
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk

I had a lesson two days ago and one comment that keeps coming back to me is the fact that my horse likes to hold him self shorter (contracted) on the left side as opposed to the right side. It's subtle but there. When I insist quietly that he elongate his left side (actually have to keep his nose in...
by exvet
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 65
Views: 1167

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I have to say that to this day I'm still in awe of what others pay for horses. I just can't do it; but, I still insist on playing the game with what have.
by exvet
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Very cute Blob, he looks like Helicon/Glannant breeding. The last two days here have been very nice in terms of weather. Heading out for a trail ride this morning on our two. Looks like the stinker pony will be coming back too once the stallion is sold/leaves, since his baby sitting services will no...
by exvet
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: ISO exercises to improve the extended walk

Ditto what Blob suggested; but, I also have a question. How easy is it to develop your horse coming over the back and reaching into the bridle with a relaxed back (some swing to it) at the walk? I have found that (in the past with my welsh cobs) that the extended walk was difficult for them to achie...
by exvet
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 569

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

I grew up a very shy kid; however, because my mother was more shy than I, she forced me at a very young age to make her phone calls for her and approach sales people in stores, etc to ask questions (for her). Then in college I had to take public speaking in order to get into vet school (a required c...
by exvet
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 569

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

Most of my horses anticipate too much for me to run through tests at home with any regularity. In fact it's not unheard of for me to show up at a show having never ridden a specific test before but I've always ridden the sequences/movements. It doesn't unnerve me but that's because the one thing I k...
by exvet
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I feel for those who suffer both extremes in weather. I no longer deal with snow/ice etc and am thankful for having anything but 100+ degrees right now though I know it's coming. Unfortunately I was not able to get video yesterday of my lesson (again). It's just too dark in the covered arena to get ...
by exvet
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

It's been wet and cold by AZ standards here in the valley. Fortunately my arena drains and dries easily. Everyone around me has been sick with the flu. I finally succumbed on Monday. Fortunately I've had the last 3 days off before I go back to work tomorrow. I feel for all those who have it or had i...
by exvet
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Well I looked and it's not a toy I can afford; so, I'll see if my instructor is willing to video tape any of my ride tomorrow. I have to get my car fixed and my mother was just put on cardiac meds that neither medicare nor medigap will cover. They suspect the A fib she was just diagnosed with caused...
by exvet
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I would love it if you shared some videos!!! Your pics have always been nice to look at in addition to being helpful in my own training. Soloshot 3 (25 optic) has worked well for me. I don’t know if it’s still available at the reduced price but maybe. I'll look into the soloshot today. I don't know...
by exvet
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Welsh Registries/Sport pony registries
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Welsh Registries/Sport pony registries

Blob, I just got the following announcement yesterday and thought I'd pass it on..... WELSH PONY & COB SOCIETY OF AMERICA, INC. Extra Extra Read All About It! The WPCSA has instituted a registration amnesty from 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2019 available to all Ponies, Cobs, Half-Welsh, and Part-Bred...
by exvet
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

We had a lesson yesterday and really focused on straightness and forward and back within the gaits. We're finally at a point where in both directions the canter from the transition upward to downward is a balanced relaxed working momentum; so, it was time to up the ante. When I first mounted I thoug...
by exvet
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Welsh Registries/Sport pony registries
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Welsh Registries/Sport pony registries

I was interested in it for breeding purposes only. I had a mare that was half-morgan and half-welsh cob who we showed in USDF/USEF shows and ACTHA competitions. She was registered with the Canadian morgan association as a half-bred, the USEF, the USDF, and ACTHA. All the DNA testing had already been...
by exvet
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Training goals for my 4yo
Replies: 30
Views: 1147

Re: Training goals for my 4yo, clinic today

Lovely pair and really nice photos.
by exvet
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Training goals for my 4yo
Replies: 30
Views: 1147

Re: Training goals for my 4yo, clinic today

Congrats on the successful outing. I find going to 'new' places so beneficial for their character building moments. I plan to start Junior over fences this year just to get some more conditioning in and to assist in building up his back end......plus just to have some fun. Looking forward to the pic...
by exvet
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Welsh Registries/Sport pony registries
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Welsh Registries/Sport pony registries

I can only speak to the Welsh registry. Do you know either parent? If you can track down the breeder (owner of the mare at the time of foaling) and find out if either parent was registered half or full welsh then there is a process. It isn't cheap but it can be done if one of the parents is known (a...
by exvet
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm going to have to come up with a means of getting Junior on video again. One nice bonus with where I am taking lessons currently is that they have mirrors. I was able to see just how expressive and cadenced Junior is becoming at the canter in my lesson yesterday and it was to the LEFT! which is u...
by exvet
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 162
Views: 3971

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Other than continuing to establish and maintain that ever elusive true connection over the back powering through to the bridle, my main goal will be showing at a recognized show in February with Junior. I plan to continue our regular trail rides/hacks increasing the mileage and distance with both th...
by exvet
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 55 horses
Replies: 12
Views: 432

Re: 55 horses

Oh I have tractor envy!
by exvet
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

So sorry to read about your dog Sue. That just stinks. I've been slammed over the holidays with emergencies, unfortunately, a few of a similar nature and end. On an upbeat note, I did have my last lesson of the year the day before yesterday. We were able to get Junior to understand how to slow the f...
by exvet
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila
Replies: 21
Views: 577

Re: Jingles needed for Rip and Gaila

Jingles for a speedy, uneventful recovery. Had this happen a couple times (years and years apart) at my place.
by exvet
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

Piedmontfields - let us know how you like the bit in a couple of months. I am intrigued with it. The concept would likely work well on Junior. Initial response is important but I find after time not all honeymoons last; so, I will be following! Yesterday I rode at the neighbor's training facility. H...
by exvet
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 720

Re: Year In Review

This year I feel like I am finally 'back'. We hit all of our major goals for the year - first schooling show, first recognized show, first bath, first body clip etc and survived. Junior is certainly living up to his breeding and hopefully despite containing full ponytude will continue to progress. I...
by exvet
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Paging Lisa Noel!
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Paging Lisa Noel!

On OTOB I think her board name is redsoxlvr but my memory could be playing with me.
by exvet
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

My mustang has a lot of natural suspension but he's not strong enough behind to be able to lift himself in front enough to get any kind of shoulder reach. He's short backed though not extreme. He is also easier in some ways to connect and recycle the energy; but, it's very difficult to convince him ...
by exvet
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?
Replies: 13
Views: 475

Re: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?

Well, I'm sure she was fine and no guilt trip intended but like khall I'm the sole caretaker for the most part. My SO does help; but, that just means I don't have to do quite as much. I still 'have to go'. Of course my best ride so far in my life was when I was puking my guts out after contracting f...
by exvet
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

Has any one ever driven? It's not uncommon for the advanced (well-trained) driving horse to be hitched and in the riggings standing 'on the aids' softly chewing and ready to go forwards, backwards, sideways at the moment it's asked. Of course some that are more tense and less settled chomp their bit...
by exvet
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 516

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

I haven't had to clip a horse for a few years and thus have not been blanketing; but, this year I chose to show at the November show which necessitated a body clip. That alone has forced me to blanket at night. I'm further out from the city and the temps do get low here at night especially for the d...
by exvet
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent
Replies: 17
Views: 586

Re: Saddle Fit Nightmare - Very Long Vent

As one who lives forever in the saddle fitting nightmare and also has very short backed horses, Junior having the shortest back (proportionately and literally) but fortunately not as curvy as some cobs get, I too feel your pain. I have NEVER found upswept saddles work for mine. I also have found tha...
by exvet
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 1413

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

My EX father-in-law was a horse trader (quarter horses and grade working western stock) and he as well as the reining trainer that lives next door and flips horses weekly claim that 'black' is the easiest horse to sell. I always had people calling me for palominos or buckskins, not caring about much...
by exvet
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

I regularly haul out for lessons. I start my young stock loading and hauling before their weaned so that hopefully it's a nonevent later in life. For those I've acquired that weren't handled the way I do it, I have always had a 'beast' like the stinker pony who LOVES to haul. He truly loves going pl...
by exvet
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 1413

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

The one Cyndi is riding is a stunning mover. My SO was mesmerized at the last show watching him go.
by exvet
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: "cool backed" horse and magnesium
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: "cool backed" horse and magnesium

Zinnia, FWIW #1 & #3 are what keeps our welsh cob studly happy; but, we're in the desert where green grass exists only for a short while. Not PSSM; but, simply a need for those things deficient.
by exvet
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 827

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

Chisamba, the only way I can answer that is when you can look at the offspring and know immediately who the sire is then you know (1) that he truly stamps his get and (2) the traits are more likely familial than just being from a specific breed and adhering to the standard. It's an interesting quest...
by exvet
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 827

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

I worked for a farm that repeated the same breeding 3 times. The first two were colts and the third was a filly. They all 3 were VERY similar right down to color and markings but each subsequent was better than the one before which was reflected in their scores at approvals. The filly was exquisite....
by exvet
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

Nice Flight, really nice! I came home from work to find out I won the Passier bridle that was being given away at the last recognized show as part of a raffle. Christmas came early! I'm going to pick it up tomorrow and see how well it fits Junior and if not I've got a few others to try it out on. Sh...
by exvet
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 Test Clinic with Hilda Gurney at LAEC
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: 2019 Test Clinic with Hilda Gurney at LAEC

I'm not going but I got to ride with Hilda during one of the AA USDF symposiums. Her perspective and analysis is more than worth the value of the cost to attend. I wish I could go and audit. I'm sure I would gain more information to add to my tool box. I hope all that attend have a fantastic time an...
by exvet
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 9573

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

Sorry to read about all the health issues. Hoping that the holidays will bring speedy recoveries to all. My personal challenges are financial, not physical. I had to pay for unexpected family expenses which forces me to forego the upcoming Heather Blitz clinic. Still, I got to have a lesson yesterda...
by exvet
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 1000

Re: Fit to be tied.... (long, get ready)

I can promise you that more than one vet has worked a holiday whether it's coming into the clinic or off the truck. Some of us do it because we're scheduled that way but many also do it because we own the business and there are hospitalized animals to care for which require a doctor checking on thei...

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