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by Hot4Spots
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: NO. CALIF_17-1/2" Ortho-flex Premier dressage w. Stitchdown seat
Replies: 0
Views: 8

NO. CALIF_17-1/2" Ortho-flex Premier dressage w. Stitchdown seat

This is an older model, and suitable for a bigger horse, though with its flex panels, it should fit anything but an extremely short-backed horse. It's very comfortable and when I stopped using it for dressage, it was great for trail riding. Black. The leather on the underside of the pommel has sligh...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 86
Views: 2330

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Lovely head shot, Chantal. He looks so calm, but alert. Here's my favorite headshot of Mark, which certainly show the contrast and his hyper-alertness. This was taken at his last show before his injury, almost four years ago. I call it "the DeNiro" - "You looking at me?!?"
by Hot4Spots
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 86
Views: 2330

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Latest news flash - vet had cancellation and is on her way to see Mark. Well. Yes, he has reinjured the suspensory in a slightly different area. Vet didn't say, "You'll never be able to ride him again," so while his future as a riding horse remains limited, I think we will be able to get b...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 86
Views: 2330

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Not much of an update. I am STILL waiting for MY vet to call. She only got back yesterday and apparently was heavily booked, but..... Anyway, still waiting for a call, so no appointment, no ultrasound yet. He's still confined to stall and I haven't changed the bandage the on-call vet put on him Wedn...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 86
Views: 2330

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Mark was doing so well and last night, he stumbled/tripped -I'm not sure which - and came up three-legged lame, of course, on his already damaged leg. :( Hour+ wait for the on-call vet. By the time she got there, he was putting some weight on it. Very tender in area of suspensory where there is a ca...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 86
Views: 2330

Re: It’s the Holiday Season! November/December Goals and Progress

Progress of a sort. Couple of weeks ago, I emailed my vet at her personal email just telling her that Mark was up to 9-10 minutes of trot (in 3-4 minute sets), and seem to be holding up. I asked if she thought trotting around the short ends of the arena and making an occasional width of the arena ci...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: American Pharoah votes with his teeth
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: American Pharoah votes with his teeth

Yeah, I call b.s. First, stallion handler wouldn't permit it. Secondly, this particular horse has been noted for his mellow disposition. Can this Cult 45 members ever NOT lie?
by Hot4Spots
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: What point is being made?
Replies: 40
Views: 1865

Re: What point is being made?

Chancellor wrote:Tsavo has been banned permanently


Whew. Thinking back to the rodeo discussion.
by Hot4Spots
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Stirrups/knees
Replies: 0
Views: 107

Stirrups/knees

Just wanted to give a thumbs up for the Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrups. For the years since my horse's injury where I've been relegated to only walking him, and now, presently some trotting (we're up to 10 minutes in 3-4 minute sets), my knees started ACHING really badly after about 10-15 minutes. Th...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Annabelle is up to 12 minutes of trotting under saddle now and all is well with her leg. She is getting a little more rideable, so we are working on getting a little more quality to the trot, bending, etc. instead of just trying to survive each ride. :lol: This is my entire equestrian life these da...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The end is nigh
Replies: 63
Views: 1801

Re: The end is nigh

Xan, I am so, so sorry. It's particularly hard when they are relatively young. Don't let others guilt you. You've done your best for him and It sounds to me very much like the right decision. ((hugs)) Despite having owned several horses, I've only had to make that decision once, and that individual,...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Flight wrote:I need to figure out what to do with my spare hand! I look silly, but I was trying to keep it away from the reins :D

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Just rest it on your thigh, as western riders who use braided reins with a romel do with the hand holding the romel.
by Hot4Spots
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Oh my. With all the devastating fires here in California, I am only being mildly inconvenienced, so it's probably shallow of me to complain, but.. I'm in Contra Costa County, and so far, where I LIVE has not been affected by the PG&E blackouts, but the barn where I board is near Mt. Diablo. Whil...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Moutaineer wrote:The only advantage I can find of getting older and less sleek is developing a "ledge" to park my elbows on..



Well, bottom heavy does help you keep your a$$ in the saddle...… (not speaking from experience, of course. Oh. Wait a minute. Yes I am!! :lol: )
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Marky Mark is Matchy Matchy! Glad you and the Spotted Wonder Boy are able to do a bit more, Hot 4 Spots. Just so you get the full effect, here's the saddle pad he's wearing. It was a gift from a friend. The joke, of course, is that he has never transported me through time, but has often transported...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Marky Mark is Matchy Matchy! Glad you and the Spotted Wonder Boy are able to do a bit more, Hot 4 Spots. Just so you get the full effect, here's the saddle pad he's wearing. It was a gift from a friend. The joke, of course, is that he has never transported me through time, but has often transported...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Thanks. Isn't that an adorable face? (His, not mine!). Although he does have that Appaloosa, "You want me to do what?" expression.
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Well, I guess pic won't load. sorry.
by Hot4Spots
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.
Replies: 442
Views: 17168

Re: Cool down and keep going! September/October Goals and Progress.

Mark Selfie.zip Just keeping on, keeping on. One year after our second opinion at Davis ("this is it, it isn't going to get any better."), I had local vet out to check. She said he definitely looked improved to her, though the suspensory is still damaged enough that he's never going to be...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Assessment lesson: is this normal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2164

Re: Assessment lesson: is this normal?

Interesting. Well, because dressage schoolmasters are usually only available on lease, and since my guy is semi-retired, for a while I tried some H/J lessons at a (HUGE) local barn where they had an Arabian Trainer, an H/J trainer, a couple of dressage trainers (again, clients and/or lessees only) a...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 14029

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Tuddy - have you considered grazing muzzle(s)? Friend uses ones on her super-easy keepers, and they can still graze, but it slows them down a LOT. Oh yes, Houdini has snapped a few leather halters on me though, or his other pasture mates help him slip them off. Gets a little expensive after a while...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 14029

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Tuddy - have you considered grazing muzzle(s)? Friend uses ones on her super-easy keepers, and they can still graze, but it slows them down a LOT.
by Hot4Spots
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 226
Views: 14029

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Haven't checked in for a while.* Sort of same old/same old. Progress has not been good on Mark learning to be a trail horse. Had one lightly drugged ride (about 1.55 ccs) and while he behaved, it was in a walking on eggshells kind of way. I used the same amount a week later, and had to get off and l...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: (I see) Dead Things
Replies: 5
Views: 709

(I see) Dead Things

Well, my horse is reactive anyway, but what has your experience been vis-a-vis your horse and dead or badly injured animals? My horse has been relatively calm, even lazy, in the arena, which is a good thing, since he's permanently on restricted exercise. Today, he was calm while being groomed, but k...
by Hot4Spots
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 4152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

kande - she had the horse checked by the vet/chiropractor, blood work was done, had saddle fit checked, as if it were a PPE, etc. All the horse health care professionals say there is nothing physically wrong with the horse. He is moving more freely now and has noticeable suspension in his trot, but ...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 4152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

Just the fact that most experienced riders have, or have had, much more or less reactive horses pretty much blows the whole idea of rider incompetence out of the water. l And there are also degrees of "reactive." A friend had a horse I used to ride occasionally - a delightful black TB mar...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: He/She Has Got Your Number
Replies: 61
Views: 4152

Re: He/She Has Got Your Number

Well.....a gal at my barn has a couple of horses. One is a mellow TWH, no issues. The other is a really cute Arab. She has gone through multiple saddles, had the chiro out, had the vet out....and the horse simply "won't go." Not even when free in the round pen. Turns on her when lungeing, ...
by Hot4Spots
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Flight, he's good in an arena, and when I was still showing, he could be tense and occasionally spooky at new venues, but rarely explosive. I've tried to trail ride him since he was four. He's 15 now. Sigh. Of the seven horses i have owned, three, including Mark, were four or younger when I got them...
by Hot4Spots
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

blob wrote:Hot4spots, is there a buddy you can take with you? Someone with a calm, reliable trail horse?


There is a newbie dressage rider with what is supposed to be a pretty quiet Paint. We are trying to coordinate schedules.
by Hot4Spots
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I am NOT going to give up on this, but I guess I'm going to have to up the meds. I gave Mark 1.75 ccs of ACE today. We started down the road and he was looky, but quiet. I followed the same route I did on last week's successful ride. I was about half way back when he started getting happy feet, but ...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Goldenhorse - your posts and lovely pictures stirred a memory for me from long ago - the beautiful palomino Morgan, Prince of Pride. I don't suppose your fellow is one of his descendants? https://www.morganhorse.com/upload/photos/904MaryWoolverton6.14.pdf Looking at the pedigrees, I don't see any r...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Goldenhorse - your posts and lovely pictures stirred a memory for me from long ago - the beautiful palomino Morgan, Prince of Pride. I don't suppose your fellow is one of his descendants?

https://www.morganhorse.com/upload/phot ... on6.14.pdf
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Maia has frequent moments like that. Before escalating to a one-rein stop, I throw her into a janky shoulder-in or haunches-in. It's hard -- even for her athletic self -- to rear, bolt, or buck from a lateral movement. Most days that badly executed shoulder-in or haunches-in is enough to make Maia ...
by Hot4Spots
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Yeah, Chisamba, he knows (and I know) a one-rein stop. My reflexes just weren't quick enough. When he was "passaging," I thought I could keep it under control and that he would relax when he got to his friend, then the ducks "happened" and I just wasn't quick enough to bring his ...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Well, I guess my happiness at getting an actual trail ride done without any issues was a bit premature. Sigh. I went to ride out in the pasture last night (which I have been doing for about 10 mins. at the end of every ride for the past several weeks, with no drugs, without incident). I had just sta...
by Hot4Spots
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Reporting our first successful trail ride in years.......I quit while I was ahead and praised, petted and rewarded him with peppermints, a nice roll in the sandy round pen, and a shower, followed by an apple and carrot rich lunch snack. :) :) Thanks for posting. I love the way you take care of your...
by Hot4Spots
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 21677

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Reporting our first successful trail ride in years. Yes, he was druggd, but I have been riding him around the pasture (which runs parallel to a road and residences and is populated with deer and wild turkeys) undrugged. The last time I tried to go further, back before we changed barns, I gave him 1....
by Hot4Spots
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 2419

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

Buckwild Breeches. They were about $120, so not bad for full seats.
by Hot4Spots
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 2419

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

Paula - I LOVE rust breeches (you can see a pair in my jumping pic), but they only seem to be available these days thru Tailored Sportsman, which I don't like. I did Land Rover aka not-rolex, in April and a breeches retailer had a rust pair of riding tights I bought and just love. They are rust, wit...
by Hot4Spots
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 124
Views: 7344

Re: Safe sport

I get that we need ruled but I just see this as safe sport trying to act like police. Let it be a criminal charge first. Its so much bigger than horse showing. I have to agree. A more proper procedure would be a TEMPORARY suspension, an investigation (with all legal protections in place for both ac...
by Hot4Spots
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 72
Views: 5673

Re: So what are you watching?

I've been Tivo-ing Luther on BBC America. It's only a four-show series this time, and I think the last one in next week. Then I can sit down and binge. Love Idris Elba!
by Hot4Spots
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 2419

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

I notice most are posting ON their horses (not just snuggling with them like my first post), so here are a few OLD pics of me on my horse(s): Top is at a horse show (hunter/jumper) at Bercut Field in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (circa 1975). The reason we are all looking in the same direction is...
by Hot4Spots
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 2419

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

Sure, why not? I just thought under 30 wouldn't generate as many differences. ;0)
by Hot4Spots
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 2419

Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

I'll go first. I'm 29 in the first picture, 73 in the second :lol:
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: 21
Views: 5040

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: 21
Views: 5040

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: 671

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: 15575

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: 72
Views: 5673

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. Farhan 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: 15575

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...

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