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by exvet
Sat May 18, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Our new addition, born yesterday!
Replies: 16
Views: 172

Re: Our new addition, born yesterday!

Congratulations and what a wrapper to her - she'll be a looker for sure.
by exvet
Wed May 15, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Fingers Crossed (and toes LOL)!
by exvet
Wed May 15, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

My sincere condolences to you Abby. It sounds like George was as lucky to have you as you were to have him. It's never easy to lose such giving partners. That's awesome Kelo! on both accounts! I rode the stinker pony on his first official trail ride in 2 years. He was the bomb! He's 17 this year and...
by exvet
Wed May 08, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Glad to hear that the new arrangement is working out so well for you and Autumn. As you know she never had issues with spooking here, was actually rather bold especially when trail riding. Of course from the time she was born until she left here she had pretty much always been turned out 24/7 even i...
by exvet
Wed May 08, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I RODE THE STINKER PONY TODAY!!!! and stayed on! We decided to trail ride after another unusual Arizona rain storm. When I got home, I put the stinker on the lounge line. He did go a little 'ape sh!t' at the canter but darn it looked so good. I haven't done xrays but clinically all the signs point t...
by exvet
Tue May 07, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Thanks for the pics! Chantal, I think you guys are looking good. I'll add that we're all a work in progress, LOL.

Quinta, Autumn looks simply dashing. Really miss her.
by exvet
Mon May 06, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I finally have my arena footing finished and in the perfect shape; so, we were able to set up cavallettis and work on the walk. Of course as we've been focusing on the canter and transitions especially the proper balance/bearing within those transitions......all of a sudden......I have the walk to c...
by exvet
Thu May 02, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 1852

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

How and how long it takes me to reach my goals will be predicated on my family's needs; so, my first goal will be to make sure I carve out time to ride. Junior - We'll be focusing on much of the same - improve balance and strength and maintain what we've achieved on establishing straightness. By doi...
by exvet
Wed May 01, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

We had a lesson yesterday and I was very pleased with Junior's progress with his canter and willingness to lift his front end without speeding up. He's taking half-halts within the canter now. The next couple of months will be working with that and building more strength. We'll be developing relaxat...
by exvet
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I have to agree with MC on this one Blob. The stinker pony is a classic example. I am preparing to get back on him and just use him for trail but even so I know his launch to unseat me mode (he does this during mounting) is well entrenched and even at 17 will revisit me. She is absolutely right in t...
by exvet
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Medium trot
Replies: 33
Views: 577

Re: Medium trot

Agree with all of the above and have owned the one who wanted to 'test' when pushed. Finding the motivation in the 'tester' is a challenge. We all know those horses that just love to rev it up and 'shine'. I am really hoping Junior is going to be one of those of course. I think we have a decent chan...
by exvet
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 972

Re: My rodent problem

Probably not an option but it is why I have and have had a small herd for many years of Jack Russells. Of course I have never owned one who didn't do their job well but I will say my females have always been infamous killers - not a squirrel or rodent on the property and rabbits take mind to know wh...
by exvet
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you for the kind words everyone. I really appreciate them. Sue B I should probably have a colleague I work with come out here and do it but I just look at my 2K amount of equipment which is all in great working order and haven't completely given up on that ghost. In fact I just sucked it up an...
by exvet
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I can commiserate Sue B in more ways than one I'm afraid. I have an albeit short list of clinicians/judges I will not ride under in a clinic setting based on similar experiences. One insisted I use draw reins on a half draft I was riding at the time in order to get her to submit to the bit and roll ...
by exvet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Training goals for my 4yo
Replies: 57
Views: 2426

Re: Training goals for my 4yo

I agree, lovely photos. I miss doing hunger paces and hill topping back east. While we've had really nice weather lately and an over abundance of flowers, I miss the springs I had growing up on the East coast.
by exvet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you khall. I wish we lived closer too. I think we could share a lot of resources to help each other out on many fronts. I agree that in hand work will be the key to preventing some issues I've had with others as well. I also have a skid steer now which will help me finish my arena. The footing...
by exvet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you heddylamar - the spooky things were mostly the flags flapping in the wind, the big gulp cups (trash) blowing by and the various tents that were being noisy due to the wind that was kicking up at the time. Nothing extraordinary to be sure but the typical things that will scare horses that a...
by exvet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Thank you Chantal. I agree in the high expectations vs. realistic endeavors. I learned a long time ago with this breed that high scores at the lower levels (meaning training and riding to those scores) unfortunately doesn't usually give you the beast ready to make it happen at the higher levels. My ...
by exvet
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Here is a video. I know there isn't much to say - no lengthening, no difference shown, rushing and not particularly signing up to accepting the bit in the canter departs......he was just stiff and reticent though obedient with the exception of the first canter depart where we almost left the arena (...
by exvet
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Interesting that the topic of teeth has been brought up because I think that is what I need to address next. We went to our show yesterday and didn't do great but didn't bomb it either. Junior was simply not signing up to the idea of being relaxed and swinging. He wasn't bad or misbehaving. In fact ...
by exvet
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Well our first level debut wasn't all that inspiring. Junior did well schooling yesterday, almost too well. There were several things we'd been working on and assumed I just wouldn't have it for the show that he seemed to miraculously pull out of his hat and had several light bulb moments where thin...
by exvet
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

My heart goes out to those struggling with horse health issues, people health issues and the other challenges life throws at us that always seem to throw a wrinkle or temporary road block in our plans for riding progress. Junior gave me heart failure earlier in the week when he kicked the fence in a...
by exvet
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Don't let anyone tell you that dressage doesn't have a purpose! We went riding late yesterday afternoon out on the preserve next to our property. There's been an overabundance of everything alive - flowers, plants, and animals due to our weather. It's breeding season for the rattlesnakes. We're usua...
by exvet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I'll PM you. There's a young horse in that vicinity that has peaked my interest.
by exvet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

We have two lessons scheduled this week, then we school at the show grounds on Friday, then Saturday it's our first level debut, tests 1 & 2. I'm showing open so we'll see how well we do. I think Junior is ready. This week of course we'll know for sure. I haven't ridden the tests yet but looking...
by exvet
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Well if it's any consolidation I LOVE second level. I wish we were there now. So for those of you who are contemplating doing it (again or not) you have my envy.

Hey Mountaineer how far way from SLC are you?
by exvet
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

The juggling act is a bit easier with fewer horses. I get tempted every once in a while but a quick call from my mother telling me her list of needs for the week snaps me back to reality. Despite our weather being crazy this year I consider myself so lucky to be able to ride at least 4 days a week. ...
by exvet
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 35
Views: 1147

Re: My Situation

Clearly you've been going through a very stressful time subsequent to a devastating loss, no matter how prepared. My condolences and my sympathies. I wish you continued strength.
by exvet
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Houston we no longer have a problem! Well at least one seems to be improving/lessening. I took another lesson today and we definitely have gears within the canter! It is such a relief when the light bulb goes off and no more flickers/dimmers/wishes it were true. Oh and another bonus for me today is ...
by exvet
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Piedmont.....I totally get the head-shaking when others exclaim how 'lucky' one is to own such a 'well-behaved', sound or all-round nice horse as if it was a 'gift from God so-to-speak' and the heavens are shining down to show just how 'lucky' we are. LOL on the one hand I do consider myself very lu...
by exvet
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Congrats Blob and nice pics. I too find showing alone less stressful and oddly cathartic in many ways. Junior and I will be heading to a show in just a few weeks to try first level. He's starting to figure out engagement and that he has power that comes from his hind end instead of just trying to us...
by exvet
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 163
Views: 15571

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Happy Birthday Junior! Well Annwylid Dare to Dream turns 5 today. It's hard to believe that 5 years ago I delivered his little orneriness! He was cussing me out when I slid him to the ground and he still talks to me all the time, giving his opinions. He's turned into a good egg even with his strong ...
by exvet
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

Love her color and her substance! Congrats on her development.

On another note, I too have been seeing a lot of doctors' waiting rooms lately. Hang in there.
by exvet
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Well Arizona has been far wetter than a desert is supposed to be and colder! So y'all's weather has been dipping down here too. As such I haven't been able to ride as much as intended but I did get to haul out to a lesson yesterday. It was windy, cold and all the horses were ramped up and giving exc...
by exvet
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 925

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

I think part of our job is to ask for and expect what is reasonable in every circumstance. It's my job to temper the requests but I believe it's also my job to make sure I'm not changing the ground rules with those requests. So if it's only safe to walk due to footing, I do so but I don't change my ...
by exvet
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Riding without Ambiguity
Replies: 27
Views: 925

Re: Riding without Ambiguity

While I agree with what most are saying, I do think there is something being left out. It comes about with the premise of most training whether it be horses, dogs or even kids - be black and white AND BE CONSISTENT. I think all too often it's the lack of consistency that sabotages our riding. Sure w...
by exvet
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6172

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Goals? Hmph, well ride as much as I can. We had real snow here which lasted a few days; so, I'm done with cold weather and the like. If I have to put up with the Gawdawful heat then I don't want the winter <period>. After talking with my riding instructor/coach, we've decided that first level is whe...
by exvet
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8041

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Well we finally have great weather here. Like most of the rest of you I had to deal with snow, not just a dusting, but we ended up with 12 inches of snow due to a freak storm that hit the desert. I was thankful to have 4-wheel drive in my truck. Any how the snow is now gone and I was able to have a ...
by exvet
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 14
Views: 606

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: 103
Views: 3906

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: 163
Views: 15571

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 163
Views: 15571

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: 163
Views: 15571

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: 103
Views: 3906

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 596

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...

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