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by exvet
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

You bring up an issue Blob that I want to expound upon with respect to my OBSERVATION. Here I do not have issues with horses getting their feet wet. Because I no longer live in an area with horses feet being exposed to dew, rain and drying out often within the same 24 hour period, I've had (in 20 ye...
by exvet
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

My horses have very good and tough feet. That being said I shoe everyone who is under saddle in front shoes at the very least because the terrain and soil here is extremely tough/rough on their feet and I wish to keep my horses sound. I can easily ride 10-15 miles in a day on very tough terrain. My ...
by exvet
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 150

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

I would recommend getting a jack that can hold the weight of your truck and trailer (loaded) combined. You can either drive to a weigh station for that information or look up the details online or in the manuals for each your truck and trailer. I can't say that I have a preference in a particular br...
by exvet
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 150

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

I can get away with the trailer aid on my 2-horse if the blow out is on the trailer and not the truck. So in that case, if the blow out was on the truck, you'd need a heavy duty jack for the truck, not a regular truck jack? I've had a few blow outs over the years. Some having to do with the trailer...
by exvet
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 150

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

My trucks have all been one tons or 3/4 tons, loaded with hay and pulling a trailer, regular truck jack not the safest if the blow out is on the truck. I had a four horse trailer that usually was fully loaded, again the trailer aid wasn't always enough or the safest. I can get away with the trailer ...
by exvet
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 150

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

While I do have one of those, no I also carry a 10,000 lb jack which is what I needed at the time.
by exvet
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things I wonder about wrt modern dressage
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Things I wonder about wrt modern dressage

And that brings up another brilliant idea that will probably never happen. It would be great to get some of the top riders who are never going to go through the judges program because it is not worth it in so many ways, an alternate route to being judges. I don't care if they've not been through ev...
by exvet
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage
Replies: 64
Views: 828

Re: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage

You are putting way way more thought into my comment than I did when posting it. I think it still looks ugly....you can see where there is a dent in the side because it's pushing in. Top I am putting more thought into it because reading [the] post simply underlined, for me, the differences in perce...
by exvet
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 150

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

I have it. I've had their service for 20 years. I have used them a total of 8 times including on my car when I've had a flat. I have 99% of the time had great service. The only time I didn't have awesome service was once with a flat on my trailer, fully loaded with horses headed for a show two hours...
by exvet
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage
Replies: 64
Views: 828

Re: Fabulous video on what's wrong with dressage

I'm not trying to single anyone out or 'pick' on anyone; so, please take this in the intent meant; but, why do we make comments such as nice picture except spur in side? I mean, yes, I agree it would be a very pleasant picture (harmonious) if there was no use of spur; but, let's face it. The spur is...
by exvet
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

I have had the same farrier for 15 years. I've been lucky because he's good and he was willing to learn when I had a horse with white line disease. It helps being a vet and it helps even more when your farrier respects your opinion and is adaptable. He has often asked me why my horses have such grea...
by exvet
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

This is clearly very impressive. I wish I could say the same about my progress. With respect to the bit change, a good while back you mentioned this legal mylar with the port and I went out and bought it for my gelding. He liked it, so thanks for that. Well all pick up little morsels of info that h...
by exvet
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

It was actually cool this morning for my lesson. We ran through second level test 1 and first level test 3. All in all it went well. I got true mediums and Junior is really using his top line well. I changed bits which seems to have really helped. I went from a typical 14 mm K-K to an older tongue r...
by exvet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

I have done localized areas. For my carpal tunnel because of the damage and lack of disability insurance (ie, surgery is out of the question), I was undergoing treatment every 2 weeks while I continued to work (high volume spay and neuter). After I took 6 months away from doing any surgery, the leve...
by exvet
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

On another note, it was ONLY 85 degrees at 10 am with a constant breeze WOO HOO! My niece and I went on a long trail ride and the horses had a definite pep in their step. Looking forward to some much more fun rides! Hope everyone is doing well.
by exvet
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

I have had acupuncture done for my carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis (wrist and fused vertebrae) with positive results. I was only able to keep working with such treatment. I have also had it done on a horse that had malformation and damage done at C1-C2. He had little proprioception of all 4. Wi...
by exvet
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

It's a combination of mean-ness and at times ignorance on dressage ( Have seen both happen). Top While ignorance is what I ran into regarding the stealing of my photos and videos. I would say it also, and often, has to do with envy in addition to the above. I use to post tons of pictures and video....
by exvet
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

Well I'm almost afraid to even put it in print but we may be getting a break in the weather soon. I had a lesson on Wednesday but it was so hot even before 8 am that we worked on turn on the haunches, simple changes, overall elasticity at the trot and getting him to march and encourage more telescop...
by exvet
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 226
Views: 3691

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

Well we're still in the throws of god awful heat but I'm hoping or a true fall. Goals are schooling show at the end of September debuting 2nd level. I was hoping to ride with Heather Blitz in October but I am scheduled to work; so, we'll just keep working on our strength and stamina with weekly less...
by exvet
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Got to take a lesson today which is the first one in at least one month. Between my instructor's show schedule and my commitments it was impossible to coordinate time for a lesson until now. It's just as well because the weather has really hampered our ability to progress much. The good news is that...
by exvet
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do your horses have hay at all times?
Replies: 38
Views: 843

Re: Do your horses have hay at all times?

No. My horses used to be fed 4 x's a day; but, now I am feeding just 3 x's a day consistently and 4 x's a day on my days off. My parents and kids helped with the fourth feeding and it's just not possible to maintain any more when I'm at work. My horses have destroyed every slow feeder imaginable. Th...
by exvet
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jet and I tried 4-2 today for the first time ...
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Jet and I tried 4-2 today for the first time ...

Congratulations! I actually love fourth level. In fact second and fourth level were Monty's favorite and despite is downhill, short neck and sway backed conformation (well just a curvy welsh cob with a short neck but one hell of an engine and mind) did very well at both. Sounds like Jet is quite com...
by exvet
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

I've pretty much taken the approach of Blob and Flight for many, many years. I am at a point in my life, however, that time is precious. What that means is this time around, because it will likely be my last, I will keep my mind open to the idea of a proven trainer whom I trust putting on the change...
by exvet
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

My empathy to all those dealing with injuries, both horse and human. Putting life and progress on hold is always stressful imo. I just got back from a week in Mexico and two weeks off of riding. Yesterday I rode both Junior and Ace and both resumed their 'posts' rather well. This morning we took the...
by exvet
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Left/Right versus Inside/Outside
Replies: 14
Views: 512

Re: Left/Right versus Inside/Outside

While I'm right handed I far prefer inside/outside as directives; so, much more autopilot for me especially if we're talking about use of leg, not just hand(s).
by exvet
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fourth Level debut!
Replies: 16
Views: 622

Re: Fourth Level debut!

Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment and with style. He really does look like a 'real' dressage horse with beautiful frame. I have a feeling that you often pull off you best in the face of adversity <wink> Still you deserve a huge pat on the back as does Jet :)
by exvet
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - HAPPY UPDATE Sep 13/19!!
Replies: 84
Views: 3101

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - UPDATE later in the thread

Ah wound care, it's my bread and butter, though, now it's more often dog on dog than any other species. Good healthy looking granulation bed and at least there's plenty of skin, at least it appears to be so. I had a horse that filleted his shoulder similarly when I was a teenager. Not quite as long ...
by exvet
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Wow Mountaineer I'm jealous - a show, a clinic and good company. Have fun and good luck at the show.
by exvet
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: FREEEDOOOMMM! I'm out! I'm back!!
Replies: 17
Views: 941

Re: FREEEDOOOMMM! I'm out! I'm back!!

Glad you're back! We've missed your input and equine therapy is definitely prescribed!
by exvet
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

No price can be put on those with a good brain and willing attitude. Congrats!
by exvet
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Congrats on everyone's progress and what nice pictures. Blob my hat is off to you. It takes a lot deep down to know that there will be challenges after the warm up day and still go, show and most importantly have some success. It's disgustingly hot here. I had to give my horses two weeks off of work...
by exvet
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

Congrats! I so understand the thrill of having one who is sensible and 'mature' in such a young body. More pictures please!
by exvet
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just want to gush for a minute
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: Just want to gush for a minute

Congrats! No such aspirations for my mustang (Navajo, one of the many Salt Springs herds) but I can definitely appreciate the work of bringing up one from scratch.
by exvet
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Chantal - FWIW regarding Albions I find the old styles and the SLs & SLKs to have a narrower twist. I cannot ride in the legends, comfort or other models.
by exvet
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Phew! It's just too hot. I rode briefly Friday, took off up North to hike yesterday (literally a 40 degree difference in just 90 minutes) and rode very briefly today. I'm taking off for Minnesota for a few days come Wednesday so for now I hope to just get everyone through this heat and hopefully sus...
by exvet
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 2595

Re: Trainers riding through you.

I'd like to comment on the use of the term "good" during a lesson and how instructors use it. To be honest, I think I've developed a pretty good sense of when an instructor or clinician is just blowing smoke up one's back side. When I hear 'good' in a lesson I usually take it to mean that ...
by exvet
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1175

Re: Lightbulb Moments

I truly feel the lights are on now. All I have to do is remember and make this new thing a habit. I've defintely made a breakthrough. I look forward to tomorrow's lesson to see what the trainer thinks. Congratulations on your progress. Such moments/realizations really are fuel for the fire to conti...
by exvet
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Chantal - No, I sold all 3 of my KNs to a good friend, another welsh cob breeder. I have two Albion SLKs. One was fitted for my stallion and it fits Junior to a "T" as well. My expectation is that I will have to get it reflocked/fitted to Junior in another year because I see his back alrea...
by exvet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos) - HAPPY UPDATE Sep 13/19!!
Replies: 84
Views: 3101

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)

My condolences on your loss and tragedies. I think you've had more than your fair share so hopefully you'll have a reprieve.
by exvet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Going through Heartworm treatment
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: Going through Heartworm treatment

Since she is on aspirin it would be too risky to try to switch her over to either another more effective NSAID for dogs or prednisone at this point. The only safe way to do such a switch is to observe a wash out period between medications. I don't think that is an option. There are better medication...
by exvet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1175

Re: Lightbulb Moments

Oh I agree khall and definitely resemble that remark - in fact my father use to tell me I was double dosed homozygous Type A.
by exvet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1175

Re: Lightbulb Moments

I was thinking about this thread today after finishing my lesson. I think Junior had more lightbulb moments than I did today; but, those that I had were entirely centered around very subtle changes in my communication with Junior. There were no drastically different efforts. I simply had an opportun...
by exvet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

Well I just got more homework after my lesson today. We're planning on showing second level in the fall per my instructor. With a wee bit shorter rein, good connection and better understanding of what I want when I give subtle aids with my hands/acceptance of the bit and more suppleness in the jaw w...
by exvet
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Going through Heartworm treatment
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: Going through Heartworm treatment

Did your vet give you anything in the form of sedation and/or pain control to help her through this? My herd (dogs & horses) is/are sending well wishes. I've seen my fair share of dogs through this but it's not easy on them at all and not all make it. Fortunately the majority of them do. If ther...
by exvet
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lightbulb Moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1175

Re: Lightbulb Moments

Everything has to become auto-pilot. I think about jumping a course. For me, it is auto-pilot to look up for the next fence. Or for a dressage test, to think about going into the corners or thinking about the upcoming transition after an extension. This to a "T" for me. I, like so many, h...
by exvet
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 8494

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

This weekend was hot but we managed to get some quality work in despite the heat. We did a lot of transitions within the gait and counter canter which is developing nicely. Junior finally realizes that when I ask him to go in the canter the strides are to get bigger, loftier as opposed to quicker. I...
by exvet
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3210

Re: Good connection

I like some others have ridden multiple disciplines, landing on a couple of specific ones as those I prefer. Each has it's own expectations of the horse and how best to get there through training. To that end, each is 'right' so-to=speak. My preference for dressage was partially created because I li...
by exvet
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3210

Re: Good connection

I think connection when using the term the way I was taught requires that we test it momentarily or for short periods of time to see if the horse can carry on in self carriage but energy, if not recycled, usually runs out and that is how I see it with trying to ride a horse truthfully from back to f...
by exvet
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Good connection
Replies: 103
Views: 3210

Re: Good connection

Of the majority of examples provided, I see horses that are in tuned to their rider and appear to be cooperating and waiting for the next single/cue. I'm not sure I would agree that I see the 'connection' as I use the term = recycling energy coming from behind, over the back to the bit as a horse wh...
by exvet
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 2330

Re: Real Estate Discussion

MC, I'm thinking white ceramic tile in a kitchen---ick! There ya go...proving my point. Not only do I like white ceramic tile, I LOVE it. I have it in my current kitchen. I also have cream colored marble floor in my sunroom and living room. I like white, I like tile/marble, I like mirrors, I like w...

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