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by Moutaineer
Thu May 24, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: You know that good news? Well it isn't happening

How are you doing, Shirrine?
by Moutaineer
Wed May 23, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 144
Views: 2647

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

Counter canter is so interesting, Chisamba. So much of it is about what's going on between the ears (horse and human) as well as balance and collection and position.
by Moutaineer
Sun May 20, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 144
Views: 2647

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

Laddie has been barefoot since the winter before he hurt himself. He's appeared to be perfectly functionally sound that way. However, he's been developing some vertical cracks that I didn't like the look of--he is a big guy and has large feet that tend to "pancake" and he grows foot at a r...
by Moutaineer
Wed May 16, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Giant life change...
Replies: 10
Views: 174

Re: Giant life change...

I'm still suffering from shock, I think, and I'm so tired I could just curl up and die... We are training the buyers for the next few weeks--it's truly weird being ousted from your office of 17 years and setting up camp in the conference room. Some of our employees have been with us from the start. ...
by Moutaineer
Tue May 15, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Giant life change...
Replies: 10
Views: 174

Giant life change...

We closed on the sale of our business last week. My husband is actually retiring, once the handover is done. I'm going back to my roots somewhat and returning to being "just" a designer, I'll be working from home, commission only. It will give me time to paint, and ride more, and have a li...
by Moutaineer
Tue May 15, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Interior decor / art
Replies: 12
Views: 214

Re: Interior decor / art

As a potential starving artist, I thank you, Tuffy!!!
by Moutaineer
Sun May 13, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 144
Views: 2647

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

We've had torrential rain here for the past two days and it has been really quite cold. I've been riding in a clinic an hour or so away, and hauling up and down the freeway in rush hour traffic and driving rain has been a miserable experience. We had a frantic message from the organizer on Wednesday...
by Moutaineer
Sat May 12, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 144
Views: 2647

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

Hot4Spots, I am so sorry, that is a heartbreaker. You've tried so hard to make this work.
by Moutaineer
Thu May 10, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What a few months it has been
Replies: 25
Views: 501

Re: What a few months it has been

I am so sorry, as a fellow Meezer lover, I understand that hole. And to lose two of your pets at once--what a blow.

And your boss is a dickhead.
by Moutaineer
Mon May 07, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 144
Views: 2647

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

I had an interesting and productive lesson yesterday. I asked trainer to hop on and work with the canter, and try out the FCs. I wanted to find out whether he actually knew what he was doing or whether we were both learning together... It was interesting. He clearly does understand what he is being ...
by Moutaineer
Thu May 03, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: News from down under.
Replies: 10
Views: 315

Re: News from down under.

Yeehaw! Very pleased to read this!
by Moutaineer
Tue May 01, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 144
Views: 2647

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

It's apparently going to snow again tomorrow... Waah. Thank goodness for a decent indoor arena. So goals for May and June: 1. The overarching one is to continue to work on forward, collected and connected. 2. Lose 5lbs 3. May 11th /12th ride with Mette Rosencrantz, yippee! Really looking forward to ...
by Moutaineer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

So a look back at my goals--the two months being all about ME and improving my position... Well, I'm happy with the progress I/we have made. I've been very focused on my position--upper body, hands, legs, the works. I've had to work on it largely on my own as my poor regular trainer has been very mu...
by Moutaineer
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anyone try this bit verbindend snaffle?
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: Anyone try this bit verbindend snaffle?

Good question... I think the same size, because it is measure horizontally not running along the bit, if you see what I mean.
by Moutaineer
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Anyone try this bit verbindend snaffle?
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: Anyone try this bit verbindend snaffle?

It's worth a try. I tried it on Laddie because I thought it might suit his odd mouth conformation, not because he leans. However, he backed off it like mad and just wasn't happy at all in it. The big lunk of a Friesian that is wearing it now loves it.
by Moutaineer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

I commend you weight-losers. It's not happening for me at the moment, and I'm feeling like a fatso. But there are extenuating circumstances that should all be settled in the next couple of weeks so I can have my life back. After spend the last 4 months being incredibly careful not to push too hard d...
by Moutaineer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My current obsession (what's yours?)
Replies: 22
Views: 621

Re: My current obsession (what's yours?)

I'm having the same issue, Chisamba. A lot going on in my life too. It makes it hard to switch off.
by Moutaineer
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

Well, that was an odd showing experience. I rode a respectable, quite conservative, but tidy test, with all the elements in place and no shenanigans, and got the worst score I've ever had. I've watched the video, and frankly, I'm puzzled--no, it wasn't going to set the world on fire, but it was dece...
by Moutaineer
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My current obsession (what's yours?)
Replies: 22
Views: 621

Re: My current obsession (what's yours?)

My understanding is that they only nerve the back of the foot, so they can still feel quite a lot, just not the pain...
by Moutaineer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

We had our "show prep lesson" outside this evening--still blowing a hooley, but warmer, and Laddie was really good, lots of up and forward but quite focused, until a giant tarp blew over the fence from the construction site next door. That put paid to our riding through our test completely...
by Moutaineer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My current obsession (what's yours?)
Replies: 22
Views: 621

Re: My current obsession (what's yours?)

Yeah. we're about ready to start addressing the FCs again. But, I'm scared of screwing them up. I need to address with Uber trainer and see if she will get on and give it a go...

I'm not sure I have a specific obsession at the moment, except just riding better--there are so many things to work on!
by Moutaineer
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rain, rain go away
Replies: 12
Views: 358

Re: Rain, rain go away

A very weird and windy 62 here today. 30's and snow tomorrow. Colic weather.

Of course I have the farrier coming tomorrow. The mud is unending. My horses look like vagrants.
by Moutaineer
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

Ugh, That's distressing, Chisamba. I hope you can get it sorted out. DJR, glad you haven't frozen solid! I highly recommend investing in a generator, it gives great peace of mind. We have a whole-house one that runs off our propane tanks. We haven't had to use it in earnest more than a few times in ...
by Moutaineer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

Chisamba wrote:Its snowing again, here, i mean more than predicted too!! darn. That makes morning chores take extra long and that makes riding time limited. My plans to be very productive this week will start tomorrow :)


It's the Gods telling you something...
by Moutaineer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I must be the world's worst packer...
Replies: 6
Views: 376

I must be the world's worst packer...

I've just filled my suitcase with what I think (sitting up here on my mountainside in rural Utah after drinking half a bottle of wine,) is a carefully thought-out wardrobe of chic, coordinating clothing for a variety of social and casual events for ten days in London and the English countryside. I k...
by Moutaineer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pysanky anyone? (Ukrainian Easter eggs)
Replies: 14
Views: 589

Re: Pysanky anyone? (Ukrainian Easter eggs)

These are beautiful!
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A superfluous thread about show clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: A superfluous thread about show clothes

I could do some serious damage to my bank account on that site, redsox!
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

Goodness, Chisamba, that's a big move! Well, my trainer/barn manager got resoundingly bucked off yesterday, dislocated her ankle and broke her fibula. They've pinned and plated her back together, but she's going to be off for a while. She said she'd actually had quite a nice, productive ride and was...
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Insurance-- yes or no
Replies: 15
Views: 569

Re: Insurance-- yes or no

I dropped it this year on Laddie. They didn't pay a cent of his extensive vet bills last year, and then excluded the stifle, and put the premium up to an eyewatering amount. I looked at doing just mortality, but the kicker with that is that they include a certain amount towards colic surgery, which,...
by Moutaineer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Life is stressful...thank you
Replies: 20
Views: 918

Re: Life is stressful...thank you

I'm sorry, Susan. I'm just coming up to the anniversary of my Father's death, and even though it was a release for him too, it's hard for those of us left behind.
by Moutaineer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How to deal with "The Borrowers" ~ sigh . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: How to deal with "The Borrowers" ~ sigh . . . .

They are probably clueless and think that if it's out, it is public property--that is the M.O. in a lot of barns. Do you have a noticeboard? I'd stick a note up saying that you favorite and much loved equipment has walked off, and that you would really appreciate it being returned to it's home next ...
by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A superfluous thread about show clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: A superfluous thread about show clothes

I was looking last night and mine in the Schoekemohle Silent Ears in "Extra Enormous." It really does help a lot. And yes, I've been pondering stickier breeches, too :) I'm actually signing up to go on our first outing since he hurt himself--a schooling show, but one where you are expected...
by Moutaineer
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Barn ghost?
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: Barn ghost?

If metal sided, it could have been a metal panel changing shape from expansion or contraction due to the weather. My little metal barn does this when it warms up from being cold overnight.
by Moutaineer
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: There is No Excuse to allow this to happen
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: There is No Excuse to allow this to happen

Unbelievably sad and awful.
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A superfluous thread about show clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: A superfluous thread about show clothes

SF, mine was expensive because Laddie has Mule-sized ears... We ended up with the large Equifit (I think) one. but I see Horze does them now at a sensible price.
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A superfluous thread about show clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: A superfluous thread about show clothes

StraightForward wrote:Considering one of the noise cancelling bonnets. Anyone using one?


Yes. That's why I haven't died this winter, rehabbing with the snow crashing off the roof...

It's a good thing.
by Moutaineer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

I finally got around to dropping my stirrups a hole at the weekend. I've been working hard on keeping my leg closer to the girth, and apparently as a result, the stitching on my breeches patches against the roll of my saddle ate my knees last week so I had to do something. It has made quite a differ...
by Moutaineer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Life is stressful...thank you
Replies: 20
Views: 918

Re: Life is stressful...thank you

Yes, I also enjoy this little family and much appreciate it's presence.

Sue B, feel better soon. May spring bring some stress-free sunshine and outdoor time to us all!
by Moutaineer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A superfluous thread about show clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: A superfluous thread about show clothes

So the navy croc bridle arrived a few minutes ago... It's actually rather pretty and subtle sitting here in the sunshine on my desk. Can't wait to try it on the black-faced beast!
by Moutaineer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec
Replies: 15
Views: 686

Re: Just need to complain about the cost of showing for a hot sec

That's one advantage of being out here in the dressage boonies, I guess. We kind of have to boot strap it a bit out of necessity, so it's somewhat cheaper! I'm not planning on Regionals this year--they are a 12 hour drive away, so I've simply joined my GMO for $55, vs. joining USDF as a PM. I can st...
by Moutaineer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A superfluous thread about show clothes
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: A superfluous thread about show clothes

I bought a new navy coat with a lighter blue collar from RJ Classics. It's very lightweight and ummm... actually fits... my navy Pikeur Skarlett, that I love dearly, seems to have mysteriously shrunk in the closet over the winter. I shall wear it with my navy OneK, very light beige breeches because ...
by Moutaineer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

Eh, SF, that sounds like a not so tough decision. I too had a great lesson/clinic with trainer's trainer yesterday. She got on him for the heck of it and loved him (of course :)) And now she understands him better she can help me more :) We worked on all the stuff I have been working on but with qui...
by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Show Warm-up - How long do you warm up?
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Show Warm-up - How long do you warm up?

When I'm working out my timing for show day, I usually allow 45 minutes so I've got some margin of error, but I would say, with Laddie, about 30 minutes.
by Moutaineer
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1374

Re: New flying change thread

Yeah, I nearly got bucked off with the whip aid thing... Laddie gets very easily offended by the whip--he's such a little worker bee that I think he already feels as if he's giving you 100%, "so what more do you want, witch?!" But the renvers is an interesting and understandable approach t...
by Moutaineer
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Footing bonanza or waste of time?
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

I tried this with the footing from under the swing set at a neighbor's house.

A pick up truck full of crumb rubber makes a pathetically small pile once you shovel it out into the arena.

And it was full of dirt.

Not a success, I would say.
by Moutaineer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

Oh, no, HFS! I hope it is a simple abscess that resolves quickly and easily. Poor guy, those things hurt!
by Moutaineer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New flying change thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1374

Re: New flying change thread

We've been working hard on the CC, the W/C/W, etc., and I'm feeling it's mostly getting pretty tidy and accurate. This is frankly largely because of the emphasis I'm putting on my own body positioning and core stability. Laddie is a big boy, long as a bus, and if he can pull you forward out of posit...
by Moutaineer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Measuring a bit's thickness
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Measuring a bit's thickness

If you don't know the thickness, and don't happen to have a pair of calipers lying around, I just took mine with me to the tack store and said "I want one like this but thinner."
by Moutaineer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Riding britches
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Riding britches

If you need a short rise, they aren't pull ons, but the Smartpak Pipers are indecently low for me. It would be worth checking if they do a tight style, because all their low rise regular front zip breeches are REALLY low rise. I've tried several styles and I'm fed up with sending them back, so I've ...
by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get some spring in your step - March/April Goals & Progress
Replies: 292
Views: 9749

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

DJR, you and your daughter sure hit the lotto when you found each other!

Yipee. the clocks change tonight!!!!

Heading out now for a few hours of quality barn time :) Need to do some serious shedding and trimming on the giant hairy one...

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