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by westisbest
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 41
Views: 6164

Re: Breakfast

Always OJ first, then 2 big mugs of French press, fresh ground dark roast to get my eyes open. Riding days (earliesh AM) I do a smoothie with Vega (brand) greens & protein powder, l banana, frozen fruit either pineapple chunks or dark cherries currently, coconut "beverage" and sometime...
by westisbest
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Wonderful facility/amenities, but no one rides and I'm lonely!
Replies: 11
Views: 2354

Re: Wonderful facility/amenities, but no one rides and I'm lonely!

I'm not a social rider but almost 70 so take this for what it's worth. The horse comes first. If you are afraid to ride alone just call someone and tell them if you haven't heard from me by - insert time - come looking for me. Wear your cell phone. I've done this for years at home and on the trail ...
by westisbest
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Exercise >> Previcox
Replies: 49
Views: 9609

Re: Exercise >> Previcox

I want stock on Previcox/Equiox! If I wasn't a completely broke old horse person I would too1 My 24 yr old has been on the standard 1/4 tab Previcox which is approved here in Canada for horses, since late March. He was in pretty good shape anyway but suddenly experienced moderate lameness in front ...
by westisbest
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Most hated domestic task.
Replies: 31
Views: 4941

Re: Most hated domestic task.

People clean baseboards? Lol. I'm the worst housekeeper apparently. I love to cook, don't mind vacuuming, cleaning hardwood floors. Will do anything happily at barn (friends private place) hand pick my horses' big hilly paddock daily. I guess I like the big jobs, also very tall 5/11 so loathe bendin...
by westisbest
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Chancellor
Replies: 42
Views: 6502

Re: Jingles for Chancellor

Sorry to hear, I'm not checking in here too often, but I'm so happy that she stepped up and created a new board for us.

Jingles, Chancellor for healing.
by westisbest
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Umm, "Delicate" question about gelding behavior...
Replies: 6
Views: 1642

Re: Umm, "Delicate" question about gelding behavior...

Literiding, that is a great little info sharing, more than I've ever read about gelding/stallion behaviour. I've posted here before that my now 24 yr old Hanoverian was imported as an approved stallion. He live covered mares or at least one, then was gelded around 6. He has a true stallion mind, was...
by westisbest
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Senior progress thread?
Replies: 262
Views: 45099

Re: Senior progress thread?

I'm here! I've been riding steadily 4-5 days a week.Trot stamina is coming well, done some TC trans and some steps of bounding canter, then I lose balance. So that's my new months goal. He has a super easy WC transition from years as a jumper and is totally seat responsive so it's just putting aids ...
by westisbest
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Senior progress thread?
Replies: 262
Views: 45099

Re: Senior progress thread?

A bit of an update from another senior pair :).. Winter was rugged here, I had a bad fall last September on my hardwood stairs whacked my temple hard on a piece of furniture before I hit the floor. So had months of some low level post concussion to deal with. My coach did more of the riding thru th...
by westisbest
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Senior progress thread?
Replies: 262
Views: 45099

Re: Senior progress thread?

A bit of an update from another senior pair :).. Winter was rugged here, I had a bad fall last September on my hardwood stairs whacked my temple hard on a piece of furniture before I hit the floor. So had months of some low level post concussion to deal with. My coach did more of the riding thru the...
by westisbest
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Health Issues - Seniors
Replies: 7
Views: 1814

Re: Health Issues - Seniors

I use estrogen tabs ie suppository. It improved the ahem environment. I had a UTI for three months couple years ago. Since I started these no problem. Are you using Vagifem? For women still sexually active, the inserted tablets and inserted creams are helpful along with helping the dryness and othe...
by westisbest
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Health Issues - Seniors
Replies: 7
Views: 1814

Re: Health Issues - Seniors

I use estrogen tabs ie suppository. It improved the ahem environment. I had a UTI for three months couple years ago. Since I started these no problem.
by westisbest
Fri May 12, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rain ....
Replies: 21
Views: 3258

Re: Rain ....

It's heartbreaking to see the news with the terrible flooding around Quebec, place of my birth. We had a very rainy summer here last year (SW of Calgary) so I sympathise on the no riding. Hope things dry out soon for you. Dont' blame you for venting.
by westisbest
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Dinner tonight is Chicken Piccata, wild rice and fresh asparagus. Dessert is a fresh strawberry pie. Went to my Amish neighbor where they picked fresh strawberries for me and came home and made the crust. Probably with a little whipped cream on top. I would eat that right now! along with my dinner ...
by westisbest
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Greek salad, rosemary sauteed potatoes, a couple of lamb chops and a tortilla (since I need to use them up!)
by westisbest
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Showing and previcox...
Replies: 13
Views: 2388

Re: Showing and previcox...

The 1/4 tablet dosing is for the Previcox 227mg tablet. It also comes in a smaller mg tablet. Much cheaper with the 1/4 tablet dosing but some owners/vets are not comfortable with splitting tablets. They are chewables and split very easily. I did a whole bottle of 60 tabs quartered with a sharp par...
by westisbest
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Our first show
Replies: 14
Views: 2626

Re: Our first show

That is so great! You look really good on her.
by westisbest
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Showing and previcox...
Replies: 13
Views: 2388

Re: Showing and previcox...

It's really just bute isn't it? Previcox is for dogs, and the equine version is Equioxx. My understanding is that Equioxx is milder than Bute but easier on the horse's stomach. Different formulation I believe, it's a cox-2. Previcox was used off-label for horses now it's approved (Canada) my vet ju...
by westisbest
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Seniors...will you buy another when....
Replies: 132
Views: 16900

Re: Seniors...will you buy another when....

Different for everyone. My now 24 yr old is looking and feeling better than ever after a short thankfully lame front got immediate vet attention, xray some arthritic changes on coffin and short pastern.. Injected for the first time in his life, after a pretty impressive, dressage, SJ and FEI eventin...
by westisbest
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Favorite cookie recipe?
Replies: 14
Views: 2763

Re: Favorite cookie recipe?

I'm not much of a baker only use my mom's old recipes.. This is one I do they are delish quick to make, I actually use 3 egg whites makes them more meringuey.. plain corn flakes not sugar frosted, I just get some at the Bulk Barn since I don't eat cold cereal. http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Ragged_Ro...
by westisbest
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: New here!
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: New here!

So many great pics! The kidlet is so cute I can barely look at the horses :))) I'm in S. Alberta where we are trying to decide if it snows, rains or shines daily. Welcome!
by westisbest
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Colic Monster
Replies: 11
Views: 2197

Re: The Colic Monster

I'm so glad the horse is doing OK... the owner must be so grateful to have someone as observant and caring there as both barn mate and barn help. I have seen some bad ones, one of my closest friends lost her OTTB 3 years ago, I was with her to the end... awful. it is the curse of the equine. xx
by westisbest
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A captive again
Replies: 20
Views: 3760

Re: A captive again

I'm so sorry Shirrine, you have had way too much of this ! Jingles for healing.
by westisbest
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Iceland trip!
Replies: 33
Views: 4993

Re: Iceland trip!

What a beautiful experience! I know someone around here (S of Calgary) who has imported Icelandics she rides out in the dead of winter. Of Course! I think she has the highest rated mare in N. America. I would love to go there and ride. Beautiful pics and yes you are very talented to do those sweaters.
by westisbest
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 1st World Whine about the weather
Replies: 15
Views: 3001

Re: 1st World Whine about the weather

Hang in there :).. This time last week our ghastly long bitter cold winter started the upswing to spring. Been mega mild this week, yesterday 17c. Longest hardest winter in awhile. But spring always comes.
by westisbest
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: PSA: Check your old horse's heart
Replies: 7
Views: 1876

Re: PSA: Check your old horse's heart

I would think this is a routine part of your yearly vet check/teeth/shots. My vet always checks vitals on my now 24 yr old.
by westisbest
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need Help Naming -"E" and "J" suggestions please!
Replies: 31
Views: 5600

Re: Need Help Naming -"E" and "J" suggestions please!

Julliard does suit her.
Jacinthe
Jolie (fr,.for pretty) could extend to Jolie Mademoiselle , Jolie Coeur etc.
by westisbest
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Compliment for Miss A.
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: Compliment for Miss A.

Good job, Paula. When horses reflect back the love and care that they are receiving others notice it. She's lucky to have you, :)
by westisbest
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Flax Substitute & Vit E Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1842

Re: Flax Substitute & Vit E Question

I buy milled ie ground stabilized flax at the feed store. Get a 30 or so lb bag it lasts about a year. I keep it in the garage which I don't heat as I keep my farm winter storage potatoes in there as well :)... it goes in his baggy with mineral compound, joint supplement, Lysine and randomly as in a...
by westisbest
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Miss A. and I are are going to show
Replies: 10
Views: 2076

Re: Miss A. and I are are going to show

This is amazing.. I've been following your posts about the sweet Miss A.. I haven't shown in...?? 6 prob 8 years.Just feel that I couldn't manage the energy demands now at 68.. My 24 yr old tho no problem he'd be there in a heartbeat. I work a lot at shows mainly volunteer and who knows.. anyway bes...
by westisbest
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Polyglycan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1929

Re: Polyglycan?

I just started my retired 21 yr old on Previcox this winter. It really has made a difference for him. I did do baseline blood to check his kidney and liver function but it is not required. I Good to know Josette. My coach has her 19 yr old one it.. He is still capable of PSG but doesn't have a ride...
by westisbest
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Polyglycan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1929

Re: Polyglycan?

I think poyglycan is Ichon? was using this but vet supply in US will now longer cross border ship to me here in Canada without a script. I would use it mainly for cost. Dont' think there is enuf objective evidence for any injectibles frankly but the cost alone was the draw for me. Pretty similar che...
by westisbest
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Question for those mid-40s and older.
Replies: 30
Views: 4909

Re: Question for those mid-40s and older.

I'm 68 and I havent lost strength just stamina. Two summers ago I took a job doing landscapiing/gardening at a huge race horse facility. Damn near killed me doing manual labour 8 hours a day 6 days a week but after a month I adjusted. Was asleep by 9 pm up at 5 am. Now I help with chores at our priv...
by westisbest
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Vancouver Island BC - trip ideas / suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 2266

Re: Vancouver Island BC - trip ideas / suggestions

I just wrote a long post with more info, but the ... ate it.. I would do just two nights in Vic, then head up to the Wild West coast. There is just so much to see and do there it's spectacular wilderness.

feel free to email me at kdescossa@shaw.ca and I'll give you all the inside info.. :)))
by westisbest
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Vancouver Island BC - trip ideas / suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 2266

Re: Vancouver Island BC - trip ideas / suggestions

Once off the ferry, head to Parksville., beautiful little town lovely beaches, lots of accomodation. If you want to spa etc., check out Tigna Mara. If you want to see spectacular beaches, then driving up to Ucluelet and Tofino is a MUST. From Parksville, it's about 2 hours.. The road is windy and no...
by westisbest
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Worst winter here in living memory, well mine I've lived here in outskirts of Calgary for 40 yrs. Anyway mega snow arctic cold for a week now. Made a Bailey's cheesecake on Sunday for the man and me. Haven't made a cheesecake in decades, it turned out pretty yum maybe tiny bit soft in middle but it ...
by westisbest
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Surprises | What has your horse surprised you with lately?
Replies: 14
Views: 2011

Re: Surprises | What has your horse surprised you with lately?

Oh Kande lol! My nearly 24 yr old has surprised me with his kind and authoritative adoption of the coming 5 yr old PRE stallion we have in training belongs to a friend of mine that is importing some nice horses from Spain.. I was dead freaked out when I brought him (my guy) home after an injury reha...
by westisbest
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tuddy's Photo Shoot...
Replies: 18
Views: 3425

Re: Tuddy's Photo Shoot...

He is a beauty, and no mistaking he's a macho beauty. I can see why you are so invested in him. I hope that you can continue with his training when the weather gets better.
by westisbest
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hep C
Replies: 25
Views: 3004

Re: Hep C

Pretty sure they wouldn't do it here (Canada) unless as I said, you were showing some specific symptoms. You don't get everything under the sun or on the req form just because it's there.. Waste of resources.
by westisbest
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hep C
Replies: 25
Views: 3004

Re: Hep C

I had several blood transfusions in the mid-80's but I have never had any indication that I may have contracted Hep C. I routinely get a full physical with blood workups (thanks free health Care!) and I'm pretty sure that if I had been harbouring Hep C for decades I would have shown elevated liver e...
by westisbest
Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Holy WINTER, Batman!
Replies: 38
Views: 5611

Re: Holy WINTER, Batman!

We were warned by the I guess Farmer's Almanac that it would be an unusually cold snowy winter here in S. Alberta and yep they were not kidding. November was still mild t-shirt weather here then the hammer fell in December. We have had one intensely cold spell couple of weeks ago now we are about to...
by westisbest
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The beginning of a new equine adventure !
Replies: 84
Views: 13360

Re: The beginning of a new equine adventure !

Just read this thread and wow, big yes on the total cuteness and really nice confirmation of Echo. You look really good on her. what's this "old" stuff lol, I'm closing in on 69, you look pretty young to me :)
by westisbest
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The beginning of a new equine adventure !
Replies: 84
Views: 13360

Re: The beginning of a new equine adventure !

Just read this thread and wow, big yes on the total cuteness and really nice confirmation of Echo. You look really good on her. what's this "old" stuff lol, I'm closing in on 69, you look pretty young to me :)
by westisbest
Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another rockin' New Year's Eve
Replies: 12
Views: 1778

Re: Another rockin' New Year's Eve

We had our now trad seafood supper a pot of mussles then some raw NB oysters on the half shell.. my SO had an emerg small stitch up to do this am (he's a dental surgeon) so champagne is still on ice. It's been snowing a ton here. We are planning on heading out to a village half hour away for dinner ...
by westisbest
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Oh man! sounds so good.
by westisbest
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

After the longest stretch of bitter cold here in 20 yrs! finally a west wind chinook today. So making the chicken thigh veg (using brussels shallots, and sweet taters) ala Rockabilly :) and a Pink Lady apple pie with a heart on top for my guy. And red wine, Apothic Red on sale nearby.
by westisbest
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A toasty 5 degrees last night
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: A toasty 5 degrees last night

I just checked my weather and it is currently -4°F, but with the wind-chill factor, it feels like -24°F. My three horses at home are doing well, they have their heads buried in a round bale, I give them extra oats for some energy. The donkeys are in the barn in their stall, with blankies and same t...
by westisbest
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Thx so much, I'll skip the bacon as well. :)
by westisbest
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Round Bale Holders
Replies: 11
Views: 2211

Re: Round Bale Holders

I am doing my first winter at a private barn a friends place. We are using round bales for most of the horses. With a slow feeder net over the hay, the holder is very heavy duty plastic? or some kind of synthetic material.
by westisbest
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Rockabilly wrote:Yes, boneless thighs. You marinate for an hour or overnight whichever suits you. Would you like the exact recipe?


Yes please! It's been arctic stupid cold here for a week. Made a lasagne but that's done so am looking forward to this for tomorrow after riding.
by westisbest
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 657
Views: 95193

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I have chicken thighs marinating in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and country digon mustard. Later today I will put them on a foil lined tray with cut up sweet potatoes, onions and brussels sprouts. I will roast all together on the tray for about 40 minutes basting every once in a while. It is a deli...

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