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by Imperini
Sat May 18, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 152
Views: 2226

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Abby, very sorry for your loss. Congrats Kelo on the GP and the picture of him trotting all big for his cow horse job is great. Would also love to hear what's helping you with Norsey's late changes Flight after you get a chance to try again and see how it goes. We had a lesson with a new instructor ...
by Imperini
Sat May 18, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Our new addition, born yesterday!
Replies: 17
Views: 218

Re: Our new addition, born yesterday!

She's adorable, congratulations! So cute how she's marked just like her mom.
by Imperini
Tue May 07, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 152
Views: 2226

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Nice to see the lovely horses of the board :) I need to see if I can talk DH into coming to the barn to take pictures or video at some point as I haven't gotten any since we moved down here. I've been having weekly lessons with a new instructor and she has been really good for both Pal and I. She is...
by Imperini
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6216

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Hooray for 4 tempis Ponichiwa! You and your mare look lovely blob, sounds like you had a good show and took away some things to work on for the next time, so I'd say success! Very glad to hear your boy is settling in and somewhat down Hot4Spots, it's really tough when they're so anxious and up that ...
by Imperini
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Socrates is home
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Socrates is home

What a cute little guy and sounds like he's got a good brain too. Can't wait to see more of him!
by Imperini
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which Walker tries to commit suicide...
Replies: 27
Views: 801

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

Oh no, how scary for both of you. Glad he's on the mend now.
by Imperini
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 213
Views: 6216

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

blob I had that same issue with P but hers ended up escalating to balking/completely stopping and refusing to go forward when I put my leg on, especially for canter. I got past it by riding with a completely loose rein and no contact for a while and super light aids with escalating aids for no respo...
by Imperini
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying good-bye - so hard.
Replies: 18
Views: 693

Re: Saying good-bye - so hard.

So very sorry for you and your daughter's loss
by Imperini
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun thread: What is your super power?
Replies: 22
Views: 696

Re: Fun thread: What is your super power?

I have super inference and observational powers. I've had people ask me if I'm psychic just because I can often put the pieces of a situation together pretty easily.
by Imperini
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Lunge line recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Lunge line recommendations

Back at the barn I practically grew up in the barn owner had these really thick but really soft cotton ones somewhat like this https://www.statelinetack.com/item/tough-1-braided-flat-cotton-lunge-line/SLT901698/ but without the bull snap (or bright colors). I absolutely loved them and have never fou...
by Imperini
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

When weather or travel don't get in the way I ride 5 days a week. Since there's limited turnout availability here I usually hand walk or briefly lunge on another day but I try not to make it seem like an actual work day and then make sure that at least one day is completely hers.
by Imperini
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8058

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Sorry to hear Miro's still not quite recovered yet Dresseur. Congrats exvet on the successful show, Junior is looking lovely. blob I feel your pain! I feel like although you're a bit more advanced than P and I are at this point our struggles are pretty similar. Hot4Spots I'm sure it will be a huge r...
by Imperini
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter Seat Progress (update)
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: Canter Seat Progress (update)

Pointing the hip bone was super helpful my last ride, thanks for the description. I've found that going right my saddle always tends to slip to the outside and I could never figure out what I was doing or not doing to cause it but when I rode with the idea of pointing my hip bone where I wanted my n...
by Imperini
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8058

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

My goodness Norsey is a big boy although I'm sure you hear that all the time Flight. In any case he's lovely. I know it's probably a bit too early to hope for better winter weather for those that are having troubles but I will anyway. It's tough when the weather can't decide how it wants to be, or w...
by Imperini
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!
Replies: 12
Views: 733

Re: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!

Dashiell is great! He's a super good looking pony.
by Imperini
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans
Replies: 15
Views: 754

Re: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans

Aahhh he's so cute! Thank you for sharing his adorableness with us!
by Imperini
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 8058

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

My goals are going to be pretty basic because it seems that's where we need to be right now. I'm currently riding 5 days per week and a very brief lunging session 1 day per week. The lunging is just because she doesn't tend to move around at all unless asked and she seems to feel/go better if she do...
by Imperini
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13349

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

Well these couple of months were a bit of a goal failure for me however it did push me to re-evaluate my relationship with Paloma and I think that it's been a worthwhile learning experience. I'm pretty sure that I offended her by being a bit over aggressive with my keeping her forward and light off ...
by Imperini
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout

I think Chisamba has the right idea, she really needs more variety. Today was one of her days off, I did lunge her briefly (10 mins) with a fair bit of walking included then hand walked in the arena for a few and walked over a cavaletti which was interesting to watch because she banged her toes on t...
by Imperini
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help with a sale ad - UPDATE!
Replies: 54
Views: 2083

Re: I need help with a sale ad

Sorry that you've not clicked with her. I like musical comedy's suggestion as far as ad content and as both she and Ryeissa mentioned good photos and video are probably more important than the words. I think since whoever purchases will need to know about the past colic surgery anyway it wouldn't be...
by Imperini
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout

Thanks for the input so far everyone. She may in fact be less distressed about all this than I am. But like AmityBee I've always been of the mind that horses should be moving around. Also the naughty behaviors under saddle she's never exhibited to this extreme before make me wonder if she's a bit un...
by Imperini
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Schedule for Horses with Minimal/No Turnout

Not sure quite if this topic belongs here but it's the best fit I can think of. Having moved my horse from Ontario where they offer abundant pasture/turnout options to (southern) Nevada where it seems pretty much unheard of in a boarding situation I'm looking for input on managing a horse and their ...
by Imperini
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: Year In Review

Lots of big changes for us this year. The biggest of which was moving from Ontario to Nevada. When DH and I first decided to go for it I wondered if I should sell Pal instead of moving her from pretty much one side of the continent to the other but ultimately decided it would be a decision I'd regre...
by Imperini
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13349

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

Lots of interesting discussion here. Paloma can be stiff and resistant but once she gets moving nicely forward she tends to become quite soft and easily connected. It's the getting her moving part that is difficult. When we last checked in I was feeling pretty discouraged. Every ride was an argument...
by Imperini
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself
Replies: 28
Views: 1198

Re: In a world where you can be anything..be kind to yourself

This is so timely for me, I'll post more in the goals thread about our recent progress, but basically after several weeks of just not enjoying myself and Paloma obviously expressing that she was also not enjoying herself I too was thinking. I ride because it keeps me sane, it's actually quite painfu...
by Imperini
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 856

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

I blanketed in Ontario and didn't clip. Her blankets were heavy and layered and she never got too hot under the blankets. We also worked regularly but not heavily throughout the winter and I would groom in sections with the blanket still on before work and a cooler on after work. If I would have had...
by Imperini
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?
Replies: 44
Views: 2052

Re: The *Perfect* Dressage Horse (Physically). Your Examples?

I've known two Sir Gregory offspring and I really liked both of them as far as personality looks and movement. I didn't ride them so I don't know how they felt but they sure were nice to watch and easy in the barn.
by Imperini
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Mother Nature creates some lovely backgrounds
Replies: 18
Views: 922

Re: Mother Nature creates some lovely backgrounds

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

You can keep all that snow and cold though ;)
by Imperini
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13349

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

Aw StraightForward that stinks but at least you know what's going on and have a good prognosis. I am.. frustrated. Some days I feel like we are making good progress and other days I feel like we couldn't even make it through a decent training level test. Her new trick is balking behavior where I put...
by Imperini
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I said YES!
Replies: 28
Views: 1206

Re: I said YES!

Congratulations! Much happiness to both of you!
by Imperini
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow
Replies: 28
Views: 1206

Re: RIP Roger my buddy, my shadow

So sorry :(
by Imperini
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13349

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

Sounds like a neat experience Flight, can't wait to hear about the working equitation class. Wow Chisamba, indeed what a nice problem to have! Like SF I can't speak to Texas but I've found with my move to a warmer climate my wardrobe is approximately 75% winter clothes and 25% summer clothes but it ...
by Imperini
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls
Replies: 73
Views: 2546

Re: Drying and cooling out wet fluff balls

I wonder though if riding a horse in who still has their natural coat would be quite the same as exercising in our heavy clothes since when I start out my horse is quite fluffy and when I finish she's no longer as fluffy, she changed her clothes. That being said I try not to work her hard enough to ...
by Imperini
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13349

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

Sorry to hear about Annabelle SF, hope the additional stall rest will do its thing and help her heal up so you can get back to work with her. Lovely fuzzy pics Mountaineer, Laddie is looking really good. I don't have anything helpful to add Flight but thanks for sharing your videos. I think you and ...
by Imperini
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The last sextal (bi month) of 2018. November, December goals and training orogress
Replies: 332
Views: 13349

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

Hoping to be able to join in on this one but Pal is having some trouble adjusting to the dryness and dust here so we've been taking it easy. I'm also unfortunately wondering if I need to do some saddle shopping. I feel like I'm jabbing my seat bones into the saddle all the time no matter what I do t...
by Imperini
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Safe Sport
Replies: 24
Views: 1329

Re: Safe Sport

I was concerned about the same thing Kelo because I'm not sure if I'll compete next year or not so I went to see if there was any info. This is from the USEF website: "A 30 day grace period to complete the SafeSport training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December...
by Imperini
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 20125

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

Oh man Rosie, 4 in the morning, you are dedicated. I was thinking that may be in my future come summer for weather avoidance purposes but I'm not sure how likely it is to actually happen. Congrats Chisamba, nice scores and what a lovely picture too! Too bad about the spooks Flight but still, PSG! Ho...
by Imperini
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lesson rant
Replies: 38
Views: 1936

Re: Lesson rant

Ugh how frustrating, I guess it goes to show that "you get what you pay for" isn't always true.
by Imperini
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 179
Views: 19171

Re: Class of 2013?

Haha he's still super handsome even with his mud accents
by Imperini
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Accountability
Replies: 140
Views: 6749

Re: Accountability

Well, now that I have my horse back and I've gained 10 lbs during and after the move (eep!) I guess I better get my act in gear. Somewhere in there I stopped doing the physiotherapy exercises that had helped me so much so I'm feeling really stiff and I've been eating terribly as evidenced by my weig...
by Imperini
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics
Replies: 27
Views: 1282

Re: Musings on Hobby Horse, stall cleaning and seemingly irrelevant topics

(And on the hot and cold thing, whrn my husband installed our new kitchen tap, which has a lever, he installed it "backwards" because he thought it would be easier for my left handed self to not end up with wet sleeves every time I turned it on. Of course it means the hot and cold are now...
by Imperini
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Regaining confidence
Replies: 33
Views: 1528

Re: Regaining confidence

When I came back to riding after a six year break with a short summer riding stint in the middle I started with part boarding a horse. Long story short the horse I started with dumped me pretty hard over some back to back spooks at nothing and completely wrecked my confidence. She was not a bad hors...
by Imperini
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 1477

She's here!

Thanks everyone she made it here about 4:30 this afternoon, a little worried but in good condition. She was happily munching hay when I left the barn, but now I'm suspect I'm going to wake up as soon as the sun starts to come up in the morning and want to go to the barn and then again after I finish...
by Imperini
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 1477

Re: She's on the Way!

She's not here yet :(

No issues along the way just a long way. She's supposed to be here today so I'll post an update later.
by Imperini
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?
Replies: 27
Views: 1192

Re: Am I going to even find a 1/4-3/4 Clyde cross mare to try?

It was not a big deal to bring my gelding across the border but i wonder if bringing a mare will involve a much longer quarantine period. My gelding left western Canada and was in NC 22 hours later. If there was a quarantine period, it was measured in minutes to hours. Do you know? I just sent for ...
by Imperini
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: This is what has kept me going. Pony video
Replies: 12
Views: 766

Re: This is what has kept me going. Pony video

Great to see him, such a handsome boy!
by Imperini
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 1477

Re: She's on the Way!

Well so far just a set of 4 new boots, a girth, and some supplements but there's certainly a possibility for more!
by Imperini
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She's on the Way!
Replies: 20
Views: 1477

She's on the Way!

My spotty girl is finally on her way from Ontario to Nevada.. eep! Needless to say I'm going to be an anxious mess for the next several days but also so so happy she's finally on her way to be with me. I'm already buying her things to ease my anxiety, hopefully I'll still be able to afford her by th...
by Imperini
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Shameless Bliss Update
Replies: 15
Views: 1098

Re: Shameless Bliss Update

Congrats, lovely pics and lovely pair. Thanks for sharing!
by Imperini
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: OMG! It's a pony
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: OMG! It's a pony

My horse always stares at oddly colored horses which is funny because I'm sure most of you have seen her. It was great when they put up mirrors on the long side of the indoor :lol: I don't think she's actually scared I think she's curious/nosy.

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