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by Hot4Spots
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Confederate statue should also be removed for piss-poor riding
Replies: 20
Views: 3293

Re: Confederate statue should also be removed for piss-poor riding

If that were one of my mares making that face? I'd be fleeing the scene. That's a horse saying "don't fuck with me!!" It's probably a Spotted Saddle Horse, and so, like the TWHs to which it is related, is amazingly tolerant. If they were not, there's be a lot more dead/injured Big Lick tr...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Confederate statue should also be removed for piss-poor riding
Replies: 20
Views: 3293

Re: Confederate statue should also be removed for piss-poor riding

Re all male equestrian statues: I do know of at least two with women. One is if Joan of Arc at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. The other, probably in Massachusetts, is of a young woman who was one of the riders who, like Paul Revere, rode to warn people "the British are coming.&quo...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gwen Stockebrand Has Passed
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Gwen Stockebrand Has Passed

Only 64. Cancer, apparently a recurrence. She was a fixture when I was eventing, and then moved on to dressage. One of the youngest to ever ride for the USET, and on Bao, a TWH-Morgan, at that! She went through some troubled periods, but my personal experience of her was always of a kind and caring ...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Yes, I will have to re-read Mark Rashid. I do have most of his books.
by Hot4Spots
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 52
Views: 1626

Re: So what are you watching?

Baseball....but it's a little painful these days with the way the Giants are struggling. I was happy to see GM Evans moved on, but Farhan does NOT seem to be an improvement, tho I have to acknowledge Kevin Pillar was a good acquisition. Carbon was a region's Dodger exec!! Heresy!!
by Hot4Spots
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Baby steps: beastie has been at his new barn for seven weeks. After the week and a half of hysterics when led or under saddle, he has settled, and seems to be adjusting. We actually herded stray turkeys out of the arena on a few occasions. He still gives them, and the deer, a wary eye, but there hav...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Hots4Spots, I would be livid, too! But as you probably know, something like this has happened at some point to most of us in the workplace, unless we have been incredibly blessed. Thinking of you. Would you consider job hunting in Aitken? Not totally kidding...but it's a very nice area for horse pe...
by Hot4Spots
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

They offered a severance, not particularly generous, but.. Bird in the hand? It's actually an employment law firm! I think I'll get a consult, but agree it may not be worth the hassle. California is an at-will employment state, and as shitty as it was, it probably doesn't rise to the level of "...
by Hot4Spots
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

I hate to be a whiner, but while I've vented to a few friends, I'm sitting here at home, and just going back and forth between anger and..I don't know...depression? Inertia? On Wednesday, I got fired. :shock: Been on the job for 9 years with consistently good reviews. Last review in January was good...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

H4S, I'm very careful because he has kicked me in the past. It's no idle threat, unfortunately. I had one like that. I understand your caution. He once shattered the handle of a broom I was holding when I asked him to move his very large spotted butt over. We had a serious conversation in the round...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Mark has never kicked, but he was a master of "butt to your face" when the old BO approached with paste wormer. He had to send his wife or DIL to catch him. Drove him crazy, because once Mark was caught, he would very politely accept the wormer - no pulling away, no raised head, just "...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 103
Views: 3908

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

75k - not in MY budget. LOL Well, as most of you know, my horse is semi-retired due to injury and while I ride five-six days a week, it's only at the walk (and boy does that make my thighs/knees ache. I know from experience that if I were trotting/cantering, I would not have this issue.) Anyway, I c...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Confederate statue should also be removed for piss-poor riding
Replies: 20
Views: 3293

Re: Confederate statue should also be removed for piss-poor riding

amygdala wrote:i'm with tarlo-- look at the horses, ignore the --all male-- riders. it's enough to make you think men just don't know how to ride


The Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco does have a statue of, I believe, Joan of Arc. :D
by Hot4Spots
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which Walker tries to commit suicide...
Replies: 27
Views: 799

Re: In which Walker tries to commit suicide...

They are ALL born trying to commit suicide. He's an Appy. He'll pull through, but I'm sure the old boy is miserable right now. Sounds from your last post that he's already perking up a bit. I'm guessing fighting infection's going to be the big part of it, but it sounds like you are on top of it. Get...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Just to let folks know that while my horse remains his hyper-alert self, he is more or less adjusting to his new home and has been pretty quiet and rideable. A little humpy-back for the first few minutes of a ride, but settles pretty quickly. I think it also may have helped that I brought out my boo...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Whew! After much angst, tension and frustration, not to mention a little fear, I think I have my horse back mentally. Rode last night w/o any chemical assistance. He has been and always will be, I am sure, a reactive horse, but last night I merely groomed, saddled, mounted, and rode. Though he was a...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Just to let everyone know I survived the weekend. I gave him the paste calmer on Saturday for the farrier. He's never been a problem in that regard, but he's been so on edge, I just felt I should give him something. After that I hand walked him. He's never had issues, but in general, I prefer not to...
by Hot4Spots
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Whomever recommended the herbal calmer from Smart Pak (sorry, can't remember who it was), well, I sort of ran into a wall. He already gets Quiessence, so I didn't want to double up, but I just got this month's SmartPak and certainly don't want to toss it out. I thought I could just not give him the ...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 29
Views: 1105

Re: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking

Fortunately for me, when I dealt with a fractured coffin bone some years back, I had an absolute SAINT of a horse. He quietly recuperated in his stall and amiably strolled with me during hand walking sessions, and when he was cleared for riding, I just hopped on and started gradual rehab. He did enj...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Yes, Sue, I've been considering using the paste (though most take up to 2 hours, at least the ones I've seen at the stores here). I hate having to ACE him, and I've kept hand walking him hoping he'll "get over it." When I ride, which hasn't happened since the move, he has ear poms and nois...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Hots4spots, any chance there are any interesting (terrifying) creatures visiting this new barn? (wild or domestic) I'm asking in part because I've come to accept that anytime my very sensitive but usually polite mare flips out, there is a real reason (I just don't know about it). There are chickens...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Are there other routine changes other than location? Is he being handled by more barn staff as opposed to just one person in previous situations? Is the grain/hay different? Is the amount of/kind of turn out vastly different? If he's taking much longer than normal and in general taking 3 months, th...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

My horse is still manaical after his move. He's calm enough in his stall/paddock. But I can barely lead him. I've gotten him to the point where I can walk him, in hand, fairly calmly down ONE side of the arena, then he spins around me, has to be halted, perhaps backed, then I try to lead him forward...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 103
Views: 3908

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

Sort of a sidebar to this subject. A few years back, I knew a lady who boarded with my instructor. She had a very nice 3/4 TB, 1/4 Shire. She got her bronze medal scores on him, but by the time he was 13, his hocks were shot. At the time, construction was going on in the area of my instructor's barn...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6173

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Ladies (mostly), I hope I'm not boring you with my tales of woe. I've been feeling so much better that I got into the barn closer to home, so Saturday, a friend went with me to pick him up. He was his normal, a little hyped, self, when I got him out of his paddock, and put him in the cross-ties, put...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8041

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Oy! I am probably angsting here before I need to, but....so I get to move my guy to the closer to home stable. My vacation (Landrover/Rolex!!!) is set for the end of April - tickets bought, plane and event, hotel, etc. And now I find that the person who usually rides my horse when I am away (a small...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 1636

Re: So what are you reading?

My new favorite book: "A Gentleman In Moscow" begins right after the Bolshevik revolution. A 28 year old count is put under house arrest in an elegant hotel right across the street from the Kremlin. Now I would NEVER have picked up that book on that description, but it was my book club re...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8041

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Thanks, Khall. I will check it out and give it a try.
by Hot4Spots
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8041

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Hi, everyone. Haven't commented in a while, tho I've dropped in occasionally to keep up with everyone. So....since December my guy has been at my old trainer's barn, 22 miles from where I used to keep him (add on another 9 miles each way to home.) A bit of a drag in terms of truck/gas consumption, p...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 52
Views: 1626

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 41
Views: 1636

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 643

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: 41
Views: 1636

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: 201
Views: 8041

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: 203

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 1259

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 1932

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: 13336

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: 13336

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: 20107

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...

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