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by exvet
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 21
Views: 207

Re: Lesson rant

LOL, well if it's any more of a consolation, I'm sure my furry tanky pony will make me feel like a crappy rider all the while people will tell me how far along he's come for just a 4 year old......We're doing our first schooling show today. I've never ridden these tests before though I have ridden h...
by exvet
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 21
Views: 207

Re: Lesson rant

I had a trainer/riding instructor do this to me as well after I asked for the horror of all horrors - lunge lessons. Instead of her working student it was her barn manager that was assigned to the task. I liked her as a person but had seen her ride, knew she had never taught a lesson in her life, an...
by exvet
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Training goals for my 4yo
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: Training goals for my 4yo

Glad to hear of the significant recovery. I think jumping in a variety of forms helps build muscle, improve timing and tact and dressage of course gives the rider more tools to support that. All of mine jump, just not all do it competitively. We still enjoy doing hunter paces for that reason. Once h...
by exvet
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thanks everyone. I hope to get to ride on Friday and then it's the schooling show on Saturday. Between work, needing to take my mother for her diagnostic tests on Friday and the fact that my father is in hospice, all has to take priority right now. It is so nice to have a pony that has such a good n...
by exvet
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 344
Views: 5600

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

Thank you khall. It sounds like you've already got a good citizen with your filly. I always, always, always appreciate the level headed ones. Manners usually are ingrained and require few reminders. Good luck, with her breeding I'm sure she'll be a stunner. On the discussion of trail saddles, mine i...
by exvet
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

There is a national or world (can't remember) Clydesdale show going on in the US in a week or two in Madison, WI. It's supposed to be the largest congregation of the breed in the US. You might be able to gain some contacts who produce crossbreds from that gathering whether you go in person or have s...
by exvet
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

The rein back exercise is intended. It's not like a competition rein back but the purpose is to get the desired contact and the desired balance. If he cannot achieve it going forward and insists on going backwards then so be it. The key point is that I'm not going to be suckered into relaxing the co...
by exvet
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

There use to be a couple of breeders of Clyde crosses (TBs, warmblood and saddlebred combinations) with varying degrees of Clyde blood in Ontario. I use to own a couple from one of the breeders but that was 20+ years ago. From what I can see they do still exist but I agree with focusing on the foxhu...
by exvet
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

LOL, yup that is exactly what I'm talking about......and the true test was it was easier and more consistent in terms of the acceptance and improvement of self carriage - today. Heather was pretty clear in that she was telling me to train/teach him what I want with respect to contact (no matter what...
by exvet
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: This is what has kept me going. Pony video
Replies: 11
Views: 166

Re: This is what has kept me going. Pony video

What a lovely steady pony! Congratulations and I too would be thrilled with such a good looking guy.
by exvet
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: PPE vet recommendations in Philly area?
Replies: 9
Views: 108

Re: PPE vet recommendations in Philly area?

Wow musical comedy it does sound like you have a very good veterinarian. There are not many who will get on them. My mentor while I was in vet school (and after) was one of those kind and was not hesitant in any way to have me get on when we had ones come to the vet school for lameness or PPE exams ...
by exvet
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you Chantal. Yesterday and Saturday we rode with Heather Blitz. He did pretty well on Saturday and then Sunday Heather told us we were going to take it up a notch. Let's just say Junior wasn't really sold on the idea but by the end of the lesson he was moving and working in a whole new dimensi...
by exvet
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 782

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Assuming that the horse was otherwise healthy I would only pay 'extra' for level headed solid disposition. That is 'sort of' what I did when I purchased the mustang (I compromised on a couple of health issues that I knew I could 'fix'). I knew the kid I bought him from had only paid $800 for him and...
by exvet
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 344
Views: 5600

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

NO reason to be jealous of me; but, I'm so much happier to be back in the thick of things (actively training at a level that has recognizable progression). It balances out some of the personal challenges I'm facing right now. I must chime in as well to say that I had one of my horses die from heart ...
by exvet
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you. I returned this morning to school again and see if I could get him into the equidome (often considered scary to horses). I was able to lead him around inside and he was fine. I lead him past my former coach on my way out (love her just too far to drive to now that I've moved) who hasn't s...
by exvet
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 344
Views: 5600

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

Whoa who let the flood gates open?! We've had so much rain in the past week that we've been dealing with flooding issues. Last night was full of thunder, lightening and torrential down pours. Weather aside, Junior has been stepping up to the plate. His canter is getting more balanced. We've been str...
by exvet
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Here are a couple more pics of my boy - he has remained to true pony height too! My daughter caught a shot with the other welsh pony that was there. Junior measures a hair under 14.2. http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o253/ldarling_photos/2018/20181006_102933_zpseitrxkyi.jpg http://i122.photobucket...
by exvet
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Another milestone! This weekend is the Region 5 Championship at Westworld. Due to my job and medical issues with my aging parents I haven't been able to get to any schooling shows this year; so, I decided to bite the bullet and take Junior to the Championships as a schooling opportunity. He was FANT...
by exvet
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

Having owned/trained/backed/competed mares, geldings and stallions, I can honestly say I don't have a preference when it comes to my own riding. A good horse is a good horse; but, I am one who likes a personality and an independent thinker as long as it's sensible. I don't have a problem establishin...
by exvet
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 491

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

I had a Lucky Oil Field Reb who came off the King Ranch, speaking of AQHA and 'Lucky'. No matter the breed, as long as there is/was a 'program' in place the names usually do tell a story whether it's with the God awful prefixes that we Welsh people put on them (most sound like Klingon) or the names ...
by exvet
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Registered vs. Show Names
Replies: 25
Views: 491

Re: Registered vs. Show Names

As a breeder I agree with Chisamba; but, I'll also admit that at least with AQHA there are no (as a matter of conformity) prefixes that truthfully distinguishes by name one breeder over another. I, however, do own (and paid for a prefix) that is attached to those I produced. As a breeder, my hope is...
by exvet
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 640

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

LOL khall, no problem.......I'll just keep riding and spend the majority of what little free time I have on the horse. I'm sure to make more progress that way ;)
by exvet
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 640

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

But khall, what I'm referring to doesn't have any bend - I will use true leg yield in between the lateral movements which do have bend. In those moments I DON'T WANT BEND AT ALL I want the horse to have each shoulder separate and out on each corner with no bend in the body and many times no bend in ...
by exvet
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 640

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Ditto what mc said. I think too which sequence of exercises to use is really dependent on exactly what you need to fix in relation to the horse's (meaning the one you're riding in that moment) weakness or 'tendency'.
by exvet
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)
Replies: 24
Views: 549

Re: Reflection: The Kind of Trainer You Need (now, in the past, at different moments)

I have been very fortunate over the years but was in a wasteland for dressage for several years before moving to Arizona. There I ended up taking clinics in order to get the help I needed and the progress was slow, very slow. Even in the 20 years I have lived here, I have seen my needs change and mu...
by exvet
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1642

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

Personally I took her comment more to mean that everyone should lighten up and just go ride. Nothing wrong with discussion or agreeing to disagree. Food for thought is just that and perhaps reading a thread and then going out and ride while considering the comments just read is a better way to weigh...
by exvet
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1642

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

LOL Mountaineer - well said.
by exvet
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 640

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Perhaps I should have written THINK counter bent, not actually counter bend. I do know when I'm riding a straightened horse and when I am not. I guess my challenge with communication will simply keep it a mystery to those of you who know how to describe movements and that's not meant as a snark eith...
by exvet
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1642

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

Had an AWESOME lesson today and really had a lot of 'don't worry about if it's not perfect (ideal), we're creating the foundation and establishing the concept moments. I've been toying with reinback a little bit even though Junior is just green and at training level. Today we were able to get him re...
by exvet
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 640

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Actually khall for you on your horses "what I describe" may not be leg yield. In other words maybe you accomplish what I am striving for with bend involved; but, I can promise you that what I'm having to do with more than one of mine is - I am asking the horse to step over sideways and rem...
by exvet
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1642

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

Just saw MC's comment about coasting. I don't regard that as coasting. I look at it as keeping the noise/demands to an absolute minimum while the horse is going very nicely. This is how I took your comments to mean. In other words there is a fine line between being in tune and maintaining your feel...
by exvet
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 640

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

Grant it that I have a 4 year old at this time; so, I ride leg yield fairly often (not every ride but a few times a week). Currently I'm training responsiveness to the leg with out letting the shoulders or haunches escape or speeding up to get away from the leg; but, I also use leg you from the wall...
by exvet
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 344
Views: 5600

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

Some favorite exercises these days include: -slaloming at walk, trot and canter. They can be deep (10 m) or very shallow slaloms. I love this for reminders about shoulder mobility, but it is also huge for overall thoroughness for us. Ditto but on the very baby scale for my 4 year old. It has defini...
by exvet
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 1642

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

I agree, but I'll add that contact is so variable between horses. I often have a very firm contact with Annabelle. If I didn't, she would just go along strung out like the western pleasure horse her daddy's genetics bestowed up on her. It seems like there is a lot of conflation of firm contact, bac...
by exvet
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 344
Views: 5600

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

My goal is to ride two horses, each, 4 times a week. Get Junior to his first recognized show as a schooling exercise. It should be pretty hectic (it's the regionals) so we'll see if he really does have a level head. I hope to improve Junior's strength and stamina. I plan to ride in another Heather B...
by exvet
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10230

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I find the discussion of how much pressure to apply to a horse quite interesting. I had another fantastic lesson today despite Junior coming off the trailer in quite a heightened bit of a tizzy. He loaded great and actually unloaded like a gentleman but he was getting eaten up by flies and mosquitoe...
by exvet
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10230

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Junior is a gelding. I wish I had been able to keep him intact; but, at the time I was having to downsize, I felt he would be easier to 'move' if it came to it having already been gelded. Of course now, I regret that decision but I didn't have a crystal ball. At least I don't have to worry about the...
by exvet
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10230

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

Just got back from another lesson and Junior is definitely developing better balance and more strength. As a result he's moving freer with more swing through his back. I got to see ourselves in the mirror on a few occasions and I was like, wow , not so much of a baby cob any more 8-) well, until the...
by exvet
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: May I Have a Seat on the New Horse Bus?
Replies: 22
Views: 585

Re: May I Have a Seat on the New Horse Bus?

She reminds me of a QH filly I had 25 years ago. She went on to be a fantastic roping horse for my (back-then) farrier who he passed on to his boys to learn how to ride. She was very catty but luckily had a great mind and not just a 'can do' attitude but a 'will do' attitude. Congrats on your new ad...
by exvet
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 166
Views: 5813

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

Honestly I love starting babies. Glad it's going well. A good egg is a good egg. Sounds like you have a level-headed blonde bombshell. Congrats again.
by exvet
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 166
Views: 5813

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

I waited to geld my mustang stallion a few months after I acquired him because of flies, needing to get more weight on him and quite frankly I was too busy. In my opinion if they are well behaved, it's best to wait for all the environmental factors to line up that way if you're properly prepared you...
by exvet
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 166
Views: 5813

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update

I've done those that have been older without a problem. The vet can always close them if they want to so it's really just their personal comfort level. He's a beauty. Looks a lot like a Skipper W bred gelding I had years ago. He was a really nice mover. Good luck and I too hope the surgery goes well...
by exvet
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A couple of nice videos
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: A couple of nice videos

Love this! and very well done.
by exvet
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

I had a lesson today and for good or bad it was the first time I've had a chance to ride since the clinic with Heather. Junior was even better than before and it showed. He was more responsive, very cooperative and had better balance. He is more consistently seeking and moving into a true connection...
by exvet
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?
Replies: 84
Views: 1234

Re: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?

I think you need to 'qualify' retired. I've retired horses from specific levels of work and/or disciplines to other careers more suited to their physical & mental capabilities. I've retired horses to pasture pet and companion horse status for the same reasons. Some went from higher levels of com...
by exvet
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

She stated that if I make a request and he doesn't answer with an immediate 'yes, ma'am' that I correct him swiftly and make a REAL impression. I have always asked once politely and then follow up with the whip or escalate the 'degree' of the request; but, Junior even though he would respond (in thi...
by exvet
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

I'll definitely take from Heather again. She's here for 4 days but I have to work. Actually I'm glad I could only take one day so that Junior isn't 'overdone'. Thanks for sharing your experience Sue B. I'm hoping Junior has a similar evolution. I'm looking forward to more adventures along the way!
by exvet
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you piedmontfields. I have to say that Heather did not disappoint. My riding instructor/coach did video tape some canter but the quality is pretty grainy and I'm having trouble getting it shared; so, I guess y'all will just have to believe me when I say that I got a lot of help and good advice...
by exvet
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Hi khall! Thank you! I've been watching from afar your sweet young one. The saddle is just an Albion SLK. With the cobs it's Albion or Black Country.....I've certainly tried others but I keep coming back to Albion for my own comfort as well as theirs. This saddle fits my section C, the stallion and ...
by exvet
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 107
Views: 9763

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

He's a chunk in many ways but still hasn't laid down all the bone so at 5 I have a feeling we'll see the full tank. Our ride this morning went well which most honestly do. He's spoiled but very willing to please. I definitely see both his dam and sire shining through however he's not as 'hot' as eit...

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