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by Hot4Spots
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Opinions needed: I can either drive a longish way (I think about 1.5 hours) and take some lessons on schoolmasters, or drive 40 minutes* and do the same. The 1.5 hour away one, I don't know anything about, so have to investigate. The closer one, hmmm....well. Friend/low level trainer speaks well of ...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Oh my, Chisamba, Musical Comedy. I've been bitching about how hot it is out here (San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay), but while there are occasionally humid days, they're nothing like you're describing. I will stop complaining. I was so down after the UC Davis verdict, even thought I kinda knew it wa...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?
Replies: 78
Views: 701

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

I retired Walker from dressage because I reached the point where I couldn't keep him sound enough, even with regular injections and assorted pharmaceuticals. He had so much try, he'd always really give it a go, but one day in a lesson, I looked at my trainer and said, "no, this is futile, we a...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Well it turns out I do have pneumonia. The radiologist had a look at my X-rays and the hospital called me this morning. They’ve prescribed 2 antibiotics which hopefully won’t make me vomit and fingers crossed I’ll be feeling better soon. This is Day 9 of being flat out. Onward and upward. I felt &q...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Kande - you sound like the conversation going around in my head - If I can just get him "going down the road" and into the open space, I can stand doing the same (relatively level) ride over and over again. I'm right next to Mt. Diablo (SF Bay Area), so the areas I can take him are limited...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Hot4spots, is he in pain? I personally would not keep an animal confined and in pain for another ten years. Perhaps I sound particularly harsh but as cruel as nature is, predators pick off the slow, sore and weak and it is better at that than we are. Edited to add, I believe in giving horses a happ...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Well, it's over. We went to UC Davis. X-rays, ultrasound, etc. Severe CHRONIC suspensory desmitis, i.e., it ain't gonna get better. Ever. We got momentarily hopeful when there appeared to be a bone chip - maybe that's the culprit! Nope. No evulsion, no fracture. It's an osseous formation WITHIN the ...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

How about this piece of equipment? https://www.beastmasterrodeo.com/steer-saver/ "The Steer Saver is designed to prolong the use of steers for practicing rodeo events. When the steer wants to stop running you use the Steer Saver to keep them running. The Steer Saver is a Remote Electric Stimul...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

if no hands were needed it would not be called a connection, jmho several things are done with the hands when riding dressage, keep them still, push them forward, lift, lower, apart, together and back. to say no hands in collection is a misnomer. Chisamba, are you responding to something posted her...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

I guess this is some sort of progress (hah). So, I spoke to my local vet re new/old farrier's suggested shoeing change for injured leg and getting second opinion on treatment. She was okay with the shoeing change, but got her back up NOT about getting a second opinion, but about the fact that the fa...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

My b'day is July 21st. 73. I think the GP ship has sailed....... :lol: Now it's more about The Century Club than GP. ;-) Seriously! My horse is neither sound enough nor old enough for me to do a Century Ride (yet), but BO has a 25 year old Trakhener mare....I've sounded her out about borrowing the ...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

I've got a birthday coming up and i realised I said 10 years ago that I should be doing GP easily by now! Ha :lol: :lol: Guess I'd better keep working on that! Truly my only goal is chipping away at those pirouette things. My b'day is July 21st. 73. I think the GP ship has sailed....... :lol:
by Hot4Spots
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 291
Views: 6047

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

Oi. So I FINALLY got ahold of my regular vet to discuss possible shoeing change recommended by new farrier, and taking him to another vet for a second opinion on treatment of his injured leg. I've emailed her a picture of the shoe that new farrier recommended. She said she was happy to recommend som...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

It's June 15th, and we are still walking, walking, walking. We get to trot the equivalent of four long sides of a dressage arena (in our case, 4 times up the driveway) every other day. Sigh. However.....my farrier died. Nice guy, reliable, a little strange (aren't they all?) but good with the horses...
by Hot4Spots
Tue May 15, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Is your horse any better if you go out with another horse, or isn't that a reasonable option for you? At present, no one else at our barn trail rides except a couple who only ride on early mornings on the weekends, and always trailer out and ride FAST. Not the types to babysit another horse. But......
by Hot4Spots
Tue May 15, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

0 I've gotten good results from starting where my horse is reasonably comfortable and then very gradually pushing him out further and further. It takes a lot of time, but I'm doing what I enjoy the most (figures and circles) while I'm pushing him further out of his comfort zone. Sometimes I just ri...
by Hot4Spots
Mon May 14, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well, if she's Bright Eyes Brother breeding, then I think you can confidently go with buckskin. He was very dominant for that color AND lots of white. My guy is Arab/Appaloosa, and unfortunately, (pace Arab lovers), he certainly has the hotter Arab temperament, not the calmer Appy temperament (IOBVI...
by Hot4Spots
Mon May 14, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Ah. Blazer was definitely bay - born with bay forehand and mid-back to croup blanket with peacock spots and regular spots. By the time I bought him at age 9, he had roaned out so he looked like a leopard - very freckly over shoulders and neck. He would have been a "varnish roan" but he had...
by Hot4Spots
Mon May 14, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Imperini - Nice pic. I was going to ask - is she bay or dun? Looks like bay roan with a blanket that has roaned out a bit, like my old event horse, Thunderblazer, or is she a true leopard? I guess I should take a more recent pic of my guy - "disabled" or not, he LOOKS fantastic, as several...
by Hot4Spots
Mon May 14, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

H4Spots, it also sounds like you have a challenging environment for getting him out of the arena (walk down a road???!!!). It's pretty easy to "pretend to trail ride" at the farm I now board at, as the barns/arena are on a hill and surrounded by fields/roads we can hack around. It is easy...
by Hot4Spots
Mon May 14, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

I've tried off and on for 10 years to put in "more miles" to no avail - and he's 14 now. I haven't tried reserpine. We did give him fluphenazine when he was first injured and I was hand walking him. The effect was minimal and only lasted about 3 weeks, but I was going to try it again if ve...
by Hot4Spots
Mon May 14, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well, the report on our first venture off the property is...not so good. This just in: 2 ccs of ACE is NOT enough. Sigh. I had to lead him out first because the driveway gate is not one that can be opened from horseback. There's a fire hydrant nearby I used as a mounting block. Even slightly drugged...
by Hot4Spots
Fri May 11, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11088

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Well, I think it's pretty much "That's all f-f-f-f-folks!" I've been pushing it to the back of my mind for months and months, but the vet finally said what I've been afraid of - "This probably as good as it's going to get." So, it looks like he'll never be 100% sound. He's fine t...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

[quote="khall"]H4S, gosh what a roller coaster! Did your guy have a digital pulse? Usually if it is an abscess they will have a pounding pulse. I've had abscesses do weird things, from not reacting to hoof testers to never even being lame and yet boom, one opens up. Jingles your guy contin...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

What a bummer Hot4spots. I feel for you. I have had horses that always seemed to have issues that kept them unrideable, or just walk work. It was so frustrating. The vet bills were bad enough but not being able to ride my horse was worse. I sure hope your luck changes. It's like he "saved up&q...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

And....Monday night, he's sound at the walk in front, the slight filling and heat gone. This is so weird - dead lame on Sunday, sound 24 hours later. Kande: Re ticks - not totally out of the realm of possibility, but he'd really have to work at it. He hasn't been out on the trail in over a year, any...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

Okay. Just shoot me - not the horse. Remember my earlier post about mysterious severe lameness (right fore), which resolved overnight - though I treated it all week with poultice since at first glance, it seemed likely to be an abscess? He was sound in less than 24 hours, 4 days later vet found noth...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

Goodness, Chisamba, that's a big move! Well, my trainer/barn manager got resoundingly bucked off yesterday, dislocated her ankle and broke her fibula. They've pinned and plated her back together, but she's going to be off for a while. She said she'd actually had quite a nice, productive ride and wa...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

Very odd stuff going on. My guy had that three-legged lame episode that lasted less than 24 hours, with vet (five days later) finding nada. So we were back to walking/walking/walking. I think I'll wait until May to call vet for check up on our very slow progress re the hind leg. As the millenials wo...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 968

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

I'm in California, SF Bay Area, so there's usually a fair number of shows within my 2 hour radius, though one very popular series disappeared after the owner sold the property. New owners didn't want to continue, though they did allow the then-current season to finish out. I'm sort of out of it for ...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 968

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

Musical Comedy, you and I are most definitely on the same page. One day shows only - so no stall costs (except for the few shows who will not let you show from your trailer, and I rarely will do one of those shows just on principle). With rare exceptions, only shows within a 2 hour drive of where my...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: There ain't no wild horses.
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: There ain't no wild horses.

Well, interestingl. So I'll have to stop saying the Mongolian wildies are the only truly wild horses. They, too, are simpy feral. I don't have time to look it up now, but I seem to remember that some German scientists "recreated" the Tarpan (wild/feral horse)?
by Hot4Spots
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What is the quote about speed and collection?
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: What is the quote about speed and collection?

My old eventing teacher used to simply say, whether referring to jumping (i.e. too much speed) or dressage ("enemy of impulsion"), "Speed kills."
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Stormy Daniels - Mot what you think.
Replies: 12
Views: 835

Re: Stormy Daniels - Mot what you think.

Since it has that prefix of "Cooley," I would assume it's from the same breeder that produced Kim Severson's "Cooley Cross Borders." So definitely bred to be an event horse. Her husband rides, too.
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

Well, I've been poulticing since last Friday - and he's been walking sound since last Saturday. I SWEAR, this horse is trying to give me a nervous breakdown! He stands there, staring at me with his big, brown very human (Appy - white sclera) eyes as if to say, "What me, lame?" AAARGH. Actu...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Stormy Daniels - Mot what you think.
Replies: 12
Views: 835

Stormy Daniels - Mot what you think.

If someone else has posted on this, then just ignore, but are you aware she is a horsewoman, competing under her married name, Crain (It's safe to click link below - strictly G-rated and horsey) https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=stormy+crain+horses&view=detail&mid=CFBC11F2183C19D84390CFBC...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

DJR - Mark has been on Quiessence since about 6 months after I started him under saddle. I don't know if it really does any good, but I don't think I want to find out by stopping giving it to him! He's been very reactive his entire life. I'd like to blame in on the Arab side of his pedigree, but I k...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

DJR - That's great re Ocean, for what appears to be a (mostly or all?) Great Dane). I had friends who used to raise them and changed to Shelties because of the age thing with Danes. What a beautiful dog. Here's hoping she continues to enjoy life for years to come as she so obviously does in that pic...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13451

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

Well, you guys are going to tell me to just "stop it!" with my tales of woe. ;) Markey-Mark and I have been locked into our walk/walk/walk routine, contemplating when (2 months, 3 months from Feb. 8?) I'll call in the vet for a checkup. Also thinking that when the weather gets a bit better...
by Hot4Spots
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 11808

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

I'm at a boarding stable, and while it's the least expensive in the area for a place that has a covered arena, it ain't cheap (although from the board I've heard some people mention on this board on the east coast, maybe it is cheap!). The only place I would trust for pasture board is 90 minutes awa...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 11808

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Okay. I am officially depressed, goals and progress derailed. As you may recall, in late 2015 my horse suffered a moderately severe hind suspensory injury. He was almost back to 100% in early 2017, then partially reinjured. We were back to walk only under saddle (at least not hand walking!). We had ...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

Many years ago, when I was just out of h.s. and taking weekly hunt-seat lessons, the lesson barn acquired an early teen-age QH Mare who had been used as a rodeo pickup horse. A saddle bronc had tripped while the pickup guy still was holding the halter rope (they usually toss it loose as the bronc go...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 14062

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

A friend has suggested getting the correct lead by me looking over my right shoulder as I asked for the left canter lead and it does seem to work I assume by redistributing weight but possibly also be my focusing on that rather than the lead so asking more softly. This is exactly what my instructor...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

I think the phrase we may be looking for is a quote attributed to Dale Carnegie, but he was quoting someone else (unattributed): "A man convinced against his will is a man of same opinion still."
by Hot4Spots
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

If there is no issue with abuse, why are they only limiting them to a few minutes a year or at most "15 trips"?? If it doesn't make sense then it probably isn't true. Because they don't want to use the same few horses over and over again. The contractors have large numbers of horses and s...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

the statistics for Pro rodeo injury of bucking horses is around 5 hundredths of one percent I figured it would be low. Watching the NFR, I'm beginning to think the biggest danger the broncs are in is from over-feeding. A lot of those horses are FAT (and healthy looking). One was fat enough, tho, to...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

The percentage of Omak horses that died was quite high back when we were discussing it years ago. My memory isn't reliable, but it may have been as high as 20%? Don't know if the percentage has gone down or not, but it was much higher than the percentage of horses who died at Saratoga this summer, ...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Bronc Dressage
Replies: 72
Views: 5162

Re: Bronc Dressage

Chisamba wrote:ooh i see where the poll post came from. Did not realize it was a offshoot.



Yeah, it's all my fault for watching the NFR and commenting on it. Sigh. :roll: I was admiring he horses' athleticism. My bad. ;)
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Would you allow the intentional infliction of pain/discomfort from a bucking strap on your horse?
Replies: 36
Views: 2170

Re: Would you allow the intentional infliction of pain/discomfort from a bucking strap on your horse?

I've already said that calf-roping (or tie down roping as they now call it) is something I very much disapprove of. Even on the open range, most ranch work doesn't involve roping at speed. While the contestants ARE penalized for "busting" the calf, yes, I wish it would be eliminated from r...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Cross Training
Topic: Would you allow the intentional infliction of pain/discomfort from a bucking strap on your horse?
Replies: 36
Views: 2170

Re: Would you allow the intentional infliction of pain/discomfort from a bucking strap on your horse?

And, Tsavo,that is why PRCA Rodeos work together with the humane society to see that things are done properly and not abusively. I and others have made the distinction that there ARE unrecognized rodeos and that we cannot speak to what goes on in those instances. I was specifically talking about wat...

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