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by Hot4Spots
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 11
Views: 257

Re: So what are you watching?

Looking forward to the third season of Victoria starting on PBS Sunday. Otherwise, been watching a lot on The Science Channel. I find "Mysteries of the Abandoned" fascinating. (Strange and often huge structures that are rotting in place, obsolete, etc.) Sadly funny was a tunnel bored throu...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 84
Views: 1770

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Ugh, Heddy. there's NOTHING more frustrating than a horse that won't get on the damned trailer. Good luck. I discovered that I do not have the skills or patience to conquer it, but I've found a magician who can indeed teach anything to go anywhere, thank goodness! Back in the day, I had a friend (w...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 26
Views: 497

Re: So what are you reading?

I am currently reading "Eagle in Exile" by Alan Smale. Fiction, but it is book 2 of a trilogy. It is set in AD 1218, and is about a Roman Praetor who is captured by North American Indians. Pretty good so far. :) Yes, I read all three. Really enjoyed them. Some reviewers were "oh, thi...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 84
Views: 1770

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Blob - The timing just doesn't work out, unfortunately. The Halfie was gifted to my former trainer, and while she does ride him, she travels on the weekends to teach at other barns, so we're just not there at the same time(s). It's a small barn, and most of the other boarders don't trail ride. I'll ...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another exciting New Year’s Eve
Replies: 12
Views: 272

Re: Another exciting New Year’s Eve

I had a quiet NYE, went to bed around 10:30. So I go down on New Year's Day to ride and BO informs me that since she was concerned about the horse's reactions to any midnight noise, she was dressed and out throwing them some hay around midnight (the barn has housing developments close on three sides...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 26
Views: 497

Re: So what are you reading?

Just finished "War of the Wolf" by Bernard Cornwell (historical novel, 10th Century in what-became-England). It's the most recent of a multi-novel series. I try to alternate fiction with non-fiction, so next up is "Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt" by Chris Naunton. I do, ho...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 84
Views: 1770

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Queso is so cute - a real 'My Little Pony." My goals. Haaahahahaha. Basically, to (a) survive riding my beastie when he's only ridden 2/max 3 times a week; and (b) teach him to be a trail horse, something he has always had a melt down over. Sigh. Unfortunately, it took him quite a while at his ...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A Lesson on Valegro
Replies: 1
Views: 107

A Lesson on Valegro

Shall we all be jealous? Scroll down on Carl Hester's Facebook page and he's giving a lesson to his 11 year old goddaughter on Valegro (an early b'day present for her). Looks like she's a pretty good little rider, too. :mrgreen:

https://www.facebook.com/www.carlhester.co.uk
by Hot4Spots
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Ponichiwa Tsavo was banned from the board because of her posts re acupuncture. Ahhhh... So I won't be attacked if I comment that the NFR broncs are looking fat and sassy and happy. ;) (And would you believe my horse has whacked his GOOD hindleg? Of course he has. He's a horse!) It iooks like just e...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Mark has always been an edgy, hyper-alert horse. We succeeded at showing 2nd level, but not brilliantly. I believe our best score was a 65%. more often 60-62% (Oh noes, we wouldn't be able to do a freestyle!). A big part of the problem showing was that edginess. He'd be tense at most venues, but obe...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

While Mark has adjusted fairly well to his new paddock/run-in shed arrangement*, he has been a nervous wreck under saddle. He's been at his new home one week, so admittedly, early days. I rode him the Sunday he was moved and the following Wednesday (used up my "floating holiday" from work,...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 725

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

My horse has a full brother. He's by Aul Magic (Arabian) out of Confetti's Red Rose (90% foundation bred Appaloosa). My horse is chestnut/snowflake blanket/socks/blaze. His brother is a chestnut leopard. My guy is 16.2, hs brother 17 hands. Both are/were very good movers. I don't know about personal...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I used to trailer my horse weekly for lessons, and after the first time or two, it became a non-event. I agree with Blob. If you do it regularly, it won't be that stressful because it will become part of the routine. (My roundtrip was about 44 miles)
by Hot4Spots
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Ah, Mari, love 'em all, but especially the spotty ones! Lovely pics. My humorous moment yesterday: Moved the horsie. My old trailer hasn't moved in 3 years, plug rusted so no turn/brake lights, don't trust it, so hired local trainer to haul him. My old trailer is a slant with the divider removed, so...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

My farrier - a rerun since he went on walkbout several years ago, then I "re-hired" him when his replacement passed away - called me this morning at work. "If it isn't one thing it's another." (Roseanne Roseannadanna) He was a few days late - I try to keep to a strict 6 week sche...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

I should mention that the mare won the CDS Sport Horse Championship for her age group as a weaning (open), and had the third highest score in the show. I'm not sure how big she us, but the sire is 16.2 and dam is an Oldenburg. Her name is Confetti's Cottontail ("Bunny") because she was bor...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Okay. This isn't MY progress, but at least someone with an Appy is making progress. LOL This is my horse's "cousin" (same grandsire). She's 4 or 5 years old, owned and ridden by a 14 year old. The horse is quite green, to my knowledge. She's very hesitant the first few fences, but around f...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 38
Views: 1383

Re: Lesson rant

Wow. That is truly annoying. I agree, bait and switch. As you know, I started some jumping lessons lately, and they were certainly much more upfront and responsible, and it's just a little lesson program at a big boarding barn with multiple trainers - the kind that runs a summer camp for kids as we...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

Poor Annabelle. Thankfully, from what you've said, her prognosis is better than my guy's. So the stabling saga continues. NONE of the stables in the area that are affordable and have a suitable stall paddock arrangement are available. Strangely, one said, "I'm out of town, back next week, call ...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 8562

Re: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress

A place to keep my horse, not too far from home, not too expensive, with a covered arena.........I've struck out at four places already - too full or too expensive. Hitting the road this weekend, in search of....a "unicorn" barn?
by Hot4Spots
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 13499

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

My last horse, Erik, always got excited about "going for a trailer ride." But it was not crazy, just more like a dog when you say, "Walkies?!?" He whoop around a little then come to the fence and eagerly wait for me to get hitched up, stand quietly while I put on the shipping boo...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 13499

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

Well, &*%*()@%!!!! I just received a letter from the BOs saying they are shutting down as of 1/1/19. They are entitled to their retirement, but don't tell me they didn't have this in the works long before yesterday. Now there will be about 17 people scrambling to find new boarding arrangements i...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 38
Views: 1383

Re: Lesson rant

Wow. That is truly annoying. I agree, bait and switch. As you know, I started some jumping lessons lately, and they were certainly much more upfront and responsible, and it's just a little lesson program at a big boarding barn with multiple trainers - the kind that runs a summer camp for kids as wel...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 13499

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

Ryeissa wrote:Yikes! How scary


It was! It happened so fast, I can't believe I escaped unscathed. Well, at least I kinow "whoa!" sorta works. :roll:
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 13499

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

Had a very odd weekend. Rode Mark early on Saturday and he was laid back and we walked around the (small) property for 45 mins. Then off to the jumping lesson. Again, a course of x-es, different instructor, but it is sort of gratifying that despite the fact that the fences are tiny, I seem to be get...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 13499

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: 423
Views: 13499

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: 358

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: 455

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: 455

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: 874

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: 1705

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: 358

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: 57
Views: 8971

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: 3298

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: 1423

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: 1031

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: 897

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: 136

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: 381

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: 350

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: 16116

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: 16116

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: 16116

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: 455

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: 16116

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: 16116

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: 2053

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: 16116

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: 16116

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...

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