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by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5679

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

Finally had an actual jumping lesson. LOL Same horse I had that strenuous flat class on. Mostly just little "x"s, and while I didn't get left I was a bit wonky over the first few and had to grab mane until I began to get my eye back. Eventually we did some little courses, also all "x&...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 348
Views: 5679

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

Well, progress of a sort. First, while I hold out no great hope that my horse will come sound, the lump on/of his injured suspensory is waay down. (this after three years). After the visit to Davis, he had yet another shockwave treatment, but I also started giving him a supplement called "Total...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: WEG - Who went?
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: WEG - Who went?

Yes, the volunteers were wonderful, especially Abby in the ticket office who was dealing with refunds, exchanging tickets after the freestyle was cancelled, etc. Unfortunately, in that capacity, she was the ONLY one who seemed to really know what she was doing, so the lines were a bit discouraging. ...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Northern California - Schoolmasters
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Northern California - Schoolmasters

North Peak in Walnut Creek (formerly Castle Rock/Leap of Faith, etc.) That place changes names so often it's hard to keep track! The lesson program is run by a gal name Deb Henry.
by Hot4Spots
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Northern California - Schoolmasters
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Northern California - Schoolmasters

Well, Seven Oaks may work - but it's a long drive for me, and their availability on weekend is minimal. The other choice is just as far in another direction, and I know from others' experience in the past, that while I may get good lessons there, I will also be pressured to buy a $$$$$ horse from th...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 27
Views: 510

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

Since my horse will never show again, I took the flash off his bridle. However, even when I used it schooling, it was never tight. My horse was never particularly evasive of the bit, but when he was young and green, a loosely fastened flash just reminded him not to open his jaw too much. He's always...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:52 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?

My first two horses were mares. I moved on not because they were mares, but because of very specific issues: The first had talent as a jumper, but hated to jump! The second, purchased as a green 4 year old just trotting over x-es, turned out to be a klutz. Dangerously so. By then I was eventing, and...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: WEG - Who went?
Replies: 6
Views: 203

WEG - Who went?

Haven't noticed a thread on WEG. Anyone - besides me - go? I saw the Grand Prix and Grand-Prix Special (sadly, freestyle cancelled due to weather considerations), the eventing cross-country and stadium, the show jumping team final and the driving marathon. If I brought a horse home with me, it would...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Please tell me it can stop
Replies: 39
Views: 7039

Re: Please tell me it can stop

Re" Treason: We are basically in a cyberwar with Russion and others, so.......
by Hot4Spots
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: No Moore!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2436

Re: No Moore!!!

A friend who lives in Aiken drove down to Georgia and helped drive people to the polls to get out the vote against Moore.
by Hot4Spots
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Military Parade
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Military Parade

The only things Trumplethinskin lacks to become a total fascist are his military parade and a fancy uniform dripping with gold braid. Cadet Bone Spurs, indeed! I'm glad my uncle has long since passed. He served in the WWII in the Philippines. He'd be disgusted by this vicious, childish poseur.
by Hot4Spots
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: DACA and Walls
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: DACA and Walls

The wall is pointless and impossible. To throw out a change-up on "if you build it, they will come," - "If you build it, they will find a way over/under/around it." The vast majority of "illegal aliens" came to this country legally, and just overstayed their visas, etc....
by Hot4Spots
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Four days to go. Whoohoo
Replies: 22
Views: 562

Re: Four days to go. Whoohoo

Well, shirrene - I'm leaving Sunday from San Francisco for the WEG, staying with friends in Aiken, and then a rented house in Tryon. my email is marrujosc@gmail.com. Give me an email sometime and maybe we can hookup at the WEG. I used to have a friend who lived in Bendigo, but we lost touch quite a ...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ferdinand (animated film)
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Ferdinand (animated film)

So it's just an animated film, based on Munro Leaf's children's book (which I loved as a kid and which had marvelous illustrations by Robert Lawson. Also the author and illustrator of Mr. Revere and I, the story of Paul Revere's horse). HOWEVER, I was torn between cracking up and simultaneously sayi...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Perfectly preserved 30-40,000 year old foal discovered
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Perfectly preserved 30-40,000 year old foal discovered

Some intelligent and some very dumb comments on that article. One woman was saying it couldn't be "ancient" because prehistoric horses had three toes. Ummm......30,000 years ago - that is, I believe, the Pleistocene, the era of the modern single-toed horse. She's probably only off by a few...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Book Recommendation
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Book Recommendation

I just finished "Out of the Clouds," about Stymie and Hirsch Jacobs, and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. There were some reviewers who complained that it "wasn't enough about the horse," but a book like this is as much a social history as the story of a champion racehor...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10238

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

I don’t know if she has school horses. It’s been at least 28 years since I last saw her!! But maybe she could be talked into giving lessons on one of her horses, if she had one that was suitable. I boarded with them before Carolyn even got into dressage. She had a little QH stallion named Buzzy Bar...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10238

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

Hot4spots, I would try both trainers for a while if you can, and then decide. Too bad you don’t live closer to Pleasanton. I boarded at Yarra Yarra for several years and I really like Carolyn Adams. Actually, Pleasanton is closer than either of the other two leads I was following. I know Carolyn, b...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10238

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

G Talking of leopards, it started hailing here a minute ago and my old appy, Walker, who tells me he "can't canter properly at all, no really, not one step" has just gone streaking past my office window towards his shelter, not a bunny-hop behind to be seen... Yes indeed, it is cold and w...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Northern California - Schoolmasters
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Northern California - Schoolmasters

Okay, so after the visit to Davis and their verdict, my beautiful guy is going to have to go into semi-retirement and try to learn to be a trail horse (so far, he disagrees). But despite the fact that I'm a "Little Old Lady," I'd like to continue to progress, even if only in teeny-teeny st...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 84
Views: 1234

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 73
Views: 6535

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 394
Views: 10238

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 15080

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: 16951

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: 16951

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: 16951

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: 16951

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: 16951

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: 16951

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: 1112

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 ...

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