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by Imperini
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Hinneman article
Replies: 18
Views: 335

Re: Hinneman article

I thought the article was very good/interesting. I find the tail thing super interesting. Was there implication about the thickness of the dock or just the amount of hair? or are those two things interrelated and I've just never put that together before? I thought it was regarding the thickness of ...
by Imperini
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 292
Views: 6081

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

Well in typical horse/life fashion now that we've moved to my coach's barn there's something not quite right with the lovely miss Pal. No obvious lameness but she's having the "stepped in a hole" sort of stifle slip. Vets out tomorrow for teeth, so maybe will be back quickly for a lameness...
by Imperini
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 292
Views: 6081

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

Sorry for your loss CB. Puppy is super cute, and I just love your horse. Pal is all moved to the new barn, it's a gorgeous facility but I'm totally over the long drive already! She's settled in nicely which is a relief although she whinnies and trots to the gate when she sees me so I think she's sti...
by Imperini
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel colicked from the heat
Replies: 16
Views: 457

Re: Ariel colicked from the heat

Glad to hear Ariel is okay, the heat and humidity was really awful here for about a week too. I had to move Pal during that crap and I was really worried about it but she's adjusted quite well. Yesterday was such a relief, the temps and humidity were both low/comfortable.
by Imperini
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 292
Views: 6081

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

My next couple of months are going to be a bit crazy I think, lots of things going on, I'll share more once the plans are solidified. Moving barns this afternoon so getting to the barn will be twice the drive as it has been and the reason why I didn't choose to go to my coach's barn in the first pla...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

I'm lucky that P mostly finds spooks to require too much effort. She can sometimes be looky but typically no gigantic shenanigans. We had an entire sheet of ice and snow fall off the indoor right next to us (with windows so it could be seen too) one winter lesson and she just cantered extra fast dow...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Happy anniversary to me and Miss A.
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Happy anniversary to me and Miss A.

It's so wonderful to find a horse that you can get along with and trust and it certainly sounds like she's happier having you as her person, happy anniversary!
by Imperini
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: Planning Rides

Absolutely I think everything will become more clear when I'm riding with my coach regularly. I'm realizing that while I can stagnate at training/1st level okay myself with sporadic lessons that I'm going to need to be more serious about getting help if I ever want to go further. I'm sure the perspe...
by Imperini
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1928

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

Interesting that your total work time got shorter, at least the first two times. I guess after lunging you're able to go straight to work, get the quality of work you're looking for, and so are happy to finish up? When I was doing the lunging I still had to get my hips and back with the program afte...
by Imperini
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Hot4Spots I think it's a great that you're seeking another opinion and as mentioned medical professionals should be okay with that because their concern should be for your horse's welfare. Since it is the suggestion of your new farrier who wants to make changes I think StraightForward has a good app...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1928

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

She still seems happy to see me when I show up and I think that's important too. It may however, mean little as far as how she feels about her work, as I know a lot of horses whose owners work them very hard and over the years have damaged them severely, but their horses still seem happy to see the...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1928

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

She seems happier with this arrangement than she did when I previously tapped frequently. So your vote is for infrequent whacks rather than more frequent tap, tap, taps? Yes. I don't think a *frequent* tap tap tap is beneficial for my horse or me in any situation. Now your original question assumed...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Planning Rides

This whole experience with my physiotherapy has gotten me thinking about a lot of different things related to my riding and one in particular is how I plan my rides which at the moment I think is not particularly well. With my program for my hips it started out very basic, mostly I think it was just...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

I think there is good possibility that after the PT and exercise program, I’ll feel much more solid in the saddle than I have for several years. Firstly I hope you continue to feel better and better, it's no fun being in pain. I just wanted to comment on this bit because holy cow I am experiencing ...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1928

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

If I was my horse then I'd probably rather just hang out in my paddock with my buddies eating hay all the time. Maybe some grooming once in a while and treats. However my horse has to work 4 - 5 days a week for maybe an hour, often less, and is usually at least 20 minutes of walking and maybe 20 min...
by Imperini
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Mountaineer how frightening, I hope the people responsible are punished to the point that they make better decisions in the future. I like the format of this thread but I read it with the expectation of it being what it is. Individual threads might get overlooked because there would be so many and t...
by Imperini
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on horse type and lateral work - video added
Replies: 80
Views: 1928

Re: Musings on horse type and lateral work

I certainly have much the same struggle as Rosie with my girl. Sometimes I feel like I give her the excuse of being a heavier built horse but then I see these drafty types who are even heavier than she is cruising along just fine and that excuse goes out the window. This is a horse that's always try...
by Imperini
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 607

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

It's gorgeous, you should be very proud of it!
by Imperini
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 121
Views: 3767

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

I keep seeing palominos everywhere now! haha Most of them are either not suitable for what you're looking for and/or in Ontario which I suspect is probably a bit far for you. I did see this girl, not sure if she's quite what you're looking for and she's at the top of the price range but she's pretty...
by Imperini
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Really nice pic of Kimba! Sue B glad that Tio (and you I'm sure) is enjoying the new saddle. I remember when I first got my dressage saddle for Pal which I had a saddle fitter come out and adjust for her how nice it was for both of us. Couple of funny things happened recently. The barn I'm at has a ...
by Imperini
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 676

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

I think some of my issues with Pal stem from starting out trying to be cozy pal which encouraged her energy efficient tendencies. Now I've moved on to coworker who delivers a lot of treats and she's like but can't we go back to being pals? She's a mare, half Appy and lazy so I think she tries to man...
by Imperini
Thu May 24, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Much of my focus is still on my leg being meaningful as P is perfectly happy to just pretend she didn't notice my leg. I'm getting better at making sure that if my leg goes on then something happens and even if it's not the answer I was looking for something does have to happen. Since I've started a...
by Imperini
Thu May 17, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Sounds like you had a productive lesson Dresseur, though I'm nowhere near the rider you are I can certainly relate to finding something that feels fantastic and then wondering just exactly what it was I did and how I get there again. Hope Yonka starts feeling better Tuddy! My lesson yesterday was mo...
by Imperini
Thu May 17, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

So I have found one weakness to the app (other than forgetting to turn it off), I think that when you are on an uneven surface it doesn't always pick up the direction that you are traveling correctly. When I ride out in the grass ring, which has a slight slant to it, it seems to think I'm going lef...
by Imperini
Mon May 14, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Hot4Spots she's only actually around 1/4 Appy on her dam's side with the "famous" one there being Bright Eyes Brother who doesn't look like much of a dressage horse to me :lol: I think her dam might have crossed better with a lighter built horse if they were going for sporty which I would ...
by Imperini
Mon May 14, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Imperini - Nice pic. I was going to ask - is she bay or dun? Looks like bay roan with a blanket that has roaned out a bit, like my old event horse, Thunderblazer, or is she a true leopard? She's registered dun but I suspect she's actually buckskin, can't actually tell if she has a dorsal stripe or ...
by Imperini
Mon May 14, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

Aw I'm a little sad I don't get to see Kiwi first every time I open the last page of the thread. Everyone is looking fantastic! Sorry to hear about the latest news for your boy Hot4Spots, that's so tough but sounds to me like he's really lucky to have you as his person. Pal is funny about new things...
by Imperini
Tue May 08, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

I found the navigation through the app a little weird at first but I think I'm getting the hang of it now.. of course I'm probably missing whole screens or some other interesting thing :lol: If you go to an individual training there should be a Details button that will get you to the section that gi...
by Imperini
Tue May 08, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Tranistional Vertebrae/Fascinating article
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: Tranistional Vertebrae/Fascinating article

Interesting, I have one of these but didn't know horses might too although I suppose it makes sense that they could.
by Imperini
Mon May 07, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

I was looking at the meters per minute and comparing it with another site that showed a typical range for each gait. According to that we are waaay off but I'm not so sure because I rode with the app on for our play day yesterday and we were trotting and cantering at what I would consider a pretty g...
by Imperini
Sun May 06, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 11093

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

My goals/continued goals are: 1. Lose 10 lbs. The final goal is 20 lbs but as I mentioned in the last thread I have a tendency to get obsessive to the point of being unhealthy if I'm not careful so I'm giving myself very reasonable goals and to make sure I stay healthy throughout the process. 2. Con...
by Imperini
Sun May 06, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

I was able to try it out yesterday. It says Pal and I are still too slow.. Here I thought we were doing good lately :lol: Really neat though, I'm excited to use it again today. I just strapped it to my arm and it felt weird at first but I didn't notice it when I got going.
by Imperini
Fri May 04, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 1169

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

I saw another thing a while back that actually attaches to the girth and measures how high the horse is picking up their feet, and a bunch of other info. Looked really cool, but was very expensive. Anyhow I got this on my android to try out now I have to figure out how I'm going to attach my phone t...
by Imperini
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13459

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

The good news is that I lost 7 lbs since March 1. The rest of my goals are also on track. I am on the “slow track” to be sure, but at least I’m on a track! Yay, good job! Sometimes slow is better, and as long as it's going down and that's what you're after then that's something to be happy about. I...
by Imperini
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13459

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Lovely picture Dresseur! StraightForward sorry to hear about the continuing trouble with Pickle, hope you can get to the bottom of what ever might be bothering her. DJR glad to hear that Panache returned to his normal self. Did you have him boarded out as well? Do you think it has anything to do wit...
by Imperini
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Obsession
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Another Obsession

Oh goodness, I must admit I'm quite jealous. Growing up in Michigan a big part of spring with my family was going morel hunting but when I moved to Ontario I stopped because I don't really know any spots to go so I haven't had fresh morels in years. Of course we're covered in snow right now so even ...
by Imperini
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13459

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Hope you made it through the ice storm without too much trouble DJR, it was certainly not nice here. I must agree Finn does look awesome! Dresseur as always your reports are very interesting and bring up good things to think about and/or work on. Hope that you get whatever might be bothering Deneb s...
by Imperini
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13459

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Hot4Spots I hope your boy feels better soon! Looks like Ocean was enjoying herself there despite needing a bit of help. It always amazes me how big Great Danes really are. We've had more snow here :( I'm afraid it's not going to do much melting in the next few days either. Certainly ready for less s...
by Imperini
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 13459

Re: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress

Pool noodles look fun cb06! Broken wrist not so much. I hope you heal well and quickly heddylamar. All our snow and ice melted and I was able to ride outside for the past two weeks but my luck has run out as we are snowy again. Not nearly as snowy as Chisamba (yikes!) and it isn't icy now so outside...
by Imperini
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1947

Re: New flying change thread

My horse came with [thankfully mostly clean] "hunter auto changes" but I took them out of the equation for a while to establish a counter canter. Now we have a pretty decent counter canter and hit and miss changes. :lol: I'm sure having had them before they'll be easy to re-establish when ...
by Imperini
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: The Ritter Dressage Training Stuff

You should be able to either leave the group on FB or if you click on the three dots in the corner of a post from the group and then select "Unfollow <group name>" that will keep you in the group so you can go there and look on your own time but it won't clog up your feed. You may have to ...
by Imperini
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anna Banana
Replies: 34
Views: 3912

Re: Anna Banana

That's really quite a change! Awesome!
by Imperini
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 11811

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

New strategy for adding energy to our rides: Step 1: Warm up with Pal's favorite pasture buddy in the arena with us Step 2: Have said buddy leave the arena Step 3: Canter immediately Step 4: Enjoy having a lot of power to work with :lol: This happened today and she actually surprised me with the pow...
by Imperini
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: cheap but decent video camera
Replies: 46
Views: 2521

Re: cheap but decent video camera

My husband bought me one of those tripods and remotes but couldn't get the remote to record video, it would only take pics so if anyone else is going to try that make sure that the remote is one that will work for the video too. Though I suppose it's not too big of a deal for the price if you're in ...
by Imperini
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lewyn needs jingles Update. :D
Replies: 41
Views: 2924

Re: Lewyn needs jingles

Jingles for Lewyn!
by Imperini
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 11811

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Good to see so many lovely horses! Amazing how much Laddie has changed over the last couple of months coming back into work Mountaineer, and neat to have the photographic evidence too. Sooo ready for spring.. When I got to the barn last night it was +2C and raining and when I left it was -3C and sno...
by Imperini
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 11811

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Apparently we're going to get some reasonable weather starting tomorrow. Not sure what everyone else who has been dealing with this cold weather's forecast is looking like but I hope for everyone's sake it's looking warmer too. With it being just past the holidays and in the -20C range we haven't be...
by Imperini
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 14064

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

Great picture Rosie, both of you look lovely! Your recent work is definitely paying off. Hard to believe the month is coming to an end. The forecast says it's going to get bitterly cold here in the next week so I will have to start putting on 10 layers to go to the barn. I didn't clip this year and ...
by Imperini
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Betta fish - mine is trying to die - UPDATE RIP #gtff
Replies: 26
Views: 1339

Re: Betta fish - mine is trying to die

I had gotten a Betta fish once and bought it a fancy tank with a filter and all sorts of bells and whistles and I found that the filter I guess was too powerful for him so if I left it on he would start going downhill and if I turned it off then he would perk up. It sounds like you may have had him ...

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