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by DJR
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 281

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

Although my first two horses were mares, I ended up riding geldings most of my adult life. But now I have a homebred filly that I CANNOT wait to develop into my riding partner! And I've been interested in bringing along a mare for awhile now. For me, though, it's the horse not the gender that matter...
by DJR
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2375

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

Look who is home now after 5-1/2 months away for training (3 mo in harness training, 2-1/2 mo of under-saddle training) ... Mr. Finn! He is my homebred 4 yr old Hano/Shire gelding. 11C32493-FDE3-4DE1-A7F4-D559FB88F0DF.jpeg He was started in Nov-Dec last year but it didn’t go very well as he was quit...
by DJR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Remember my "tripod"?
Replies: 17
Views: 3335

Re: Remember my "tripod"?

FYI -this was a very old thread (2016) but thank you. He has really blossomed into a beautiful horse. Last year, in 2017, he had more scores in the 70s than 60s for First Level and finished the year with multiple championships and reserve championships. Such a good boy. We're now schooling Second Le...
by DJR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2375

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

My daughter & I just got back from a 2-day dressage show with our local chapter, the last one of the year. My daughter rode her cute QH pony, “Huckleberry Finn”, on the first day in four Walk-Trot tests. She had to get up bright & early as her first ride time was 8:15 a.m.! It was very cool ...
by DJR
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2375

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

I’m writing this from the show site after a very successful first day. My daughter started the day with her four Walk-Trot tests. It was very crisp & cool (for the first time in 3 months) so her pony, Sawyer, was more fresh than she’s ever had to deal with. Early in the warm-up, he even gave a f...
by DJR
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Rye gymnastic jumping is FUN with the right horse! (don't know how fun it would be on Rip) Great for strengthening the HQs It also really helps them get smarter with their feet. Annabelle used to be just awful with awareness of where her feet were, or any concept of how to adjust gait. She was pret...
by DJR
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question about Third Level Freestyle
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Question about Third Level Freestyle

FWIW I think you will get eliminated if you do full walk pirouettes as they are not found in any test at any level. You could avoid it by doing the half pirouette, clearly walk forward a few steps then do another one. It wouldn't be elimination, it would be a -4 deduction. At any rate, I've chosen ...
by DJR
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2375

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

piedmontfields, that property looks gorgeous. I've often thought of moving to the States, and specifically to TN. Maybe some day I will. For now I'm staying in Canada given the current politics. khall - I relate to the house woes. I'm in the midst of replacing the SECOND well's submersible pump afte...
by DJR
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 443

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I use LY in some capacity probably half the time, and sometimes more. For my 7 yr old who has a weaker RH leg, I use LY more as a gymnastic, "physiotherapy" exercise (coupled with SI and travers in the appropriate directions) so I use it more often. I also have added it at the canter (head...
by DJR
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question about Third Level Freestyle
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Question about Third Level Freestyle

FYI, I'm in Canada. USDF and Dressage Canada use the same tests for the most part, but some rules are slightly different and some of the "forbidden" items do not appear on Cdn tests. On the third level test, it says that 1/2 turn on the haunches is clearly allowed. To further confuse thing...
by DJR
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question about Third Level Freestyle
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Question about Third Level Freestyle

Freestyle question: I’m preparing my first freestyle and I’m not sure about whether an element I’m considering is allowed. It’s a Third Level freestyle, and in the walk work I wanted to put in a full turn-on-the-haunches to the right, and repeat it to the left. Full, as in all the way around, 360 de...
by DJR
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2375

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

Panache (7 yr old Argentinian WBx gelding, schooling Second Level: Are you still planning on selling him? I'm wondering if he would be a prospect for Scruffy? Just a thought. Given his reactivity this past spring when I moved him to the indoor, scruffy didn’t think he’d be a good fit. He’s back to ...
by DJR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 192
Views: 2375

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

I’m going to have to adjust my goals as I just haven’t been able to ride as much as I’d have liked due to work & single-mom pressures. So, I’m going to keep my goals much less lofty in the hopes I can meet a few of them. For all ridden horses: ride each twice weekly. Jet (13 yr old Friesian/Perc...
by DJR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: My hay delimma
Replies: 17
Views: 197

Re: My hay delimma

I hope she gets better quickly. Colic is always scary. No advice for your hay situation, just lots of sympathy. And, I now feel even more fortunate that my hay guy is literally 4 km down the road from me and supplies me with delivered hay every year. This year I got about 2600 bales of quality 1st-c...
by DJR
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

I have lost track of this thread. Llfe got chaotic for me and I wasn't even reading this board for awhile. So apologies if I've missed anything ... I'm sure I have. For the first time since Oct 2017, I showed Jet this past weekend. I rode Third-1 and Third-2. I was NOT happy with his warm-up as he w...
by DJR
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

I worked on T-W-T in SF tonight, very useful. I'm only riding Panache these days (while Jet is getting a driving refresher). I'm really enjoying him again. Why is it that "for sale" horses feel so good that one rethinks selling them ... just before a prospective buyer is due to come and tr...
by DJR
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

I finally found time to ride Panache after almost a month off (only because I was too busy with hay & work). He was foot perfect, and amazingly easy to sit once he was warmed up. I put him through a bit of everything, but kept it light & short sessions between walk breaks. I was very pleased...
by DJR
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 568

Re: Downward Transitions

I like to imagine the hind legs stopping last and stepping up & under. I also use an upward hh during downwards if the horse is leaning or bracing, which my 7-yr-old is prone to do. A great exercise for teaching the horse to stay active behind through any downward is to do trot-almost walk-trot ...
by DJR
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

So sorry to hear about the losses. Cb06, that is never easy losing our beloved dogs to hemangiosarc. Nasty cancer that is. My condolences. That pup is awesome, though! Chisamba - so sorry that Deneb has had to be retired. I definitely understand that choice. I hope she is more comfortable in the yea...
by DJR
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 945

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I do PPE's on any horse I buy, and make informed decisions based on what the rads tell me, and as I said before, work is managed from an athlete's perspective. M I did a PPE on Jet, my Friesian/Perch. The first vet who saw him felt that his stifles were a weakness and a major concern. I had a 2nd v...
by DJR
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 945

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I agree with most of what others have said. Good luck is underlying all of it! Movement is important. My guys live out 24/7 on varying terrain. They move all the time. I do board in the dead of winter (because if I want to ride, in wintertime, options are otherwise limited), and I do board indoors b...
by DJR
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

Moutaineer wrote:The eyelashes on that baby, DJR!


I know! She still takes my breath away every time I look at her.
by DJR
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

My personal goals: -ride at least 4 times a week -go for morning walks more days of the week than not -cut back a bit on carbs I unfortunately did not achieve any of these goals. I'm still struggling with all of them. I did join a 6-wk challenge at a local gym that is within a 3 min drive from work...
by DJR
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8868

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

My goals are a bit different this month. That's because of a slight change in plans. Jet, my Third Level boy, has gone for a 1-month driving refresher at the trainer who started Finn, my 4-yr-old, under harness. The reason is that I bought a lovely carriage for Finn and it will work with Jet, too. I...
by DJR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

I don't have a lot of experience with the FC, but my experience in the 3-yr odyssey of teaching them to Jet was that it sent the rest of our canter work to crap here & there. Not all of it all at once, but here & there, sporadically, just related to him going through the process of figuring ...
by DJR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

I rode Jet last night after dark (I'm SO glad I had outdoor lights installed for my outdoor ring!). It was cool & breezy, perfect conditions for him. I had quite a nice ride so worked on his changes and canter HP. He felt really good so I tried the 3-change diagonal line that is in the Fourth Le...
by DJR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

I appreciate the perspectives people have offered re: my "slump." This weekend I was going to show my daughter's large pony QH, Sawyer, but he came out of the paddock lame in the LH. He doesn't want to put the heel down so I'm thinking/hoping it's just an abscess. If it isn't that, it's hi...
by DJR
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

DJR, I wonder at where you find all the energy sometimes! You have a lot on your plate professionally and personally and I admire all that you accomplish! I can commiserate with the slump - I think that no matter how passionate we are, we all go through it from time to time. In those times, I usual...
by DJR
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Conflicted by the Duggars for years
Replies: 27
Views: 1070

Re: Conflicted by the Duggars for years

How do you even keep up with their comings & goings? Do they still have a tv show?
by DJR
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 1123

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

It's taken me AGES to understand that I get my horses rounder by allowing my hands 'up and forward'. I have to say to myself 'up and forward', 'up and forward'. I always want to drop my hands and pull them back. My instinct to do that is strong and I'll admit, I have to fight it hard! Ditto! And a ...
by DJR
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 1123

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

I think the quote about dressage being simple but not easy is sort of accurate. For me, when my instructor points something out and I follow her direction, my horse goes better (and so do I). Why didn't I think of that then? Well, because I was thinking about 5,000 other things and forgot about that...
by DJR
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

I had another dressage clinic weekend with my beloved FEI instructor. As usual, lots of good stuff to work on. Yesterday, with Jet, she introduced counting exercises in anticipation of canter zig-zags in the future. It was eye-opening! We did 8-count LY from the wall to quarter-line (or thereabouts)...
by DJR
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

I had such a busy work week that I did precious little riding. I managed to ride this evening, though. First I rode Sawyer, the large pony QH gelding that I'm tuning up for my daughter. His feet were trimmed today and I found him ouchy on the gravel driveway but fine on the grass and in the sand rin...
by DJR
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Walter Zettl

I remember in the 2nd clinic I attended, it was very chilly that morning with frost in the air. Everyone was wearing winter jackets, including Walter. At noon hour, someone brought him another hot chocolate and asked about his welfare as he was in his 80s then. He said, "no, no, I'm not cold at...
by DJR
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Kammie is doing great with no untoward after-effects. Thank goodness! I have more photos but I'm too tired to upload them tonight (12-hr work day ... unexpected ... again). I'm thinking of naming her "Lady Galadriel", with Gala as her barn name. My dressage horses all have Lord of the Ring...
by DJR
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Walter Zettl

I didn't know him, meet him or ride with him. So I'll take your word for it. But, Linda Parelli claiming he lives on through her is enough to make me vomit. His association with the Parellis happened later in his life. I choose to ignore that aspect (and hope that some of his genuine wisdom rubbed ...
by DJR
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

acheyarcher wrote:does she have a name yet?

her star looks a bit like a shamrock

3day 3 months 3 years. I like what I see, seems to have a natural uphill


No name yet, but we're zeroing in on a couple of ideas!
by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Is this your first filly to breed and raise? She is adorable and gosh you are flushing the mare by yourself? Yes not an easy undertaking especially when momma is distracted by the little one. Thank you! This is my second foal since I've been an adult, my third since childhood. But, yes, she's my fi...
by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 3, the last of the photos ...

Mother & daughter:
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Feetsies:
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The wonderment of all things new:
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:mrgreen:
by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 3, continued ...

More interactions with my daughter:
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Those fuzzy-wuzzy ears!
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by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 3, continued ...

Frolicking:
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Cantering:
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Checking out my daughter:
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by DJR
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

The next 3-4 posts will be photos showing the filly at age 3-days. She's unfolding beautifully, and has a lovely personality that is blossoming more each day. I apologize that the photo quality is rather awful. I unexpectedly worked a 12-hr day and didn't get home until 8 p.m. so I was running out o...
by DJR
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Well DONE Kammie! So glad all are well, retained placentas are quite common in draft mares and can be very problematic. Fingers crossed no further troubles from that. Kammie looks amazing, beautiful condition, tip of the hat to you :) Thanks, Quelah! That means a lot coming from you. Let me tell yo...
by DJR
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 12833

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

Today I took Sawyer, my daughter's large pony QH gelding, to his first ever show. It was a semi-local dressage schooling show about an hour away. I started riding Sawyer about 3 wks ago so this was a test to see (a) how things are going so far, and (b) how he behaves in a show environment. It couldn...
by DJR
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

Day 2 and all is well! Kammie is being treated after she retained her placenta, but so far so good. We caught it in time and got it all out. She is none the worse for wear, but will be on meds for awhile. Today they were let out to the pasture. It's a gorgeous, sunny day, and the grass & flowers...
by DJR
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Unfortunately, Kammie had a retained placenta which I didn't discover until I got home from work. The on-call vet and I managed to treat her and get the placenta out intact, though, and Kammie is behaving totally normally. Fingers crossed that nothing untoward comes of this. She's on meds for the ne...
by DJR
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Kyra's Mom wrote:Is she by the same stallion as Finn? Lovely 'little' girl.

Susan


Yes, she is a full sister to Finn. I LOVE this cross!
by DJR
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Once I got Kammie & baby in the stall and settled, I got to bond with the "wee" one (although, she's anything but wee!). I was head-over-heels in love with her full brother, Finn, when he was born four years ago and wondered if I'd be as in love with this foal. I need not have wondered...
by DJR
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1315

A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.

I had a feeling early this morning so I got up and went to check my Shire mare, Kammie. I found her at the back of a lovely, grassy pasture with a wet, newborn filly foal at her side. 2018Jun08 KammiesFillyFoal5.jpg I got to watch her suckling for the first time. 2018Jun08 KammiesFillyFoal6.jpg Then...
by DJR
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Walter Zettl

I'm glad someone started this thread. I knew of Walter for years, of course, then was able to ride with him several years ago when I was fairly new on Jet. I also brought my full Percheron that first clinic, wondering if we would be frowned upon because he was a full draft doing dressage. And, I was...

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