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by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

what are you feeding him, Blob? Walker gets extremely gassy to the point of colicing on any soy at all. I have to check the ingredients of anything that passes his lips--even treats.
by Moutaineer
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Manes
Replies: 14
Views: 176

Re: Manes

There was a woman braiding at the next trailer to me at the last show I went to--she was doing two rows of running braids. It looked really good when done and didn't take her that long. She said it stayed in better than one would because there was so much hair. Some kind of Friesian cross, if I reme...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 19
Views: 260

Re: What's good in your world?

Aww, Chancellor!

On the whole, my life is pretty darned good and fulfilling, We'll need to make some changes over the next couple of years, but in this instant, we are enjoying a fairly peaceful existence.
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Fingers crossed for a good vet visit, Quinta. It's been darned hot here, for here, too. We are all cowering in the indoor out of the sun and the very dry wind. It's fire weather, which is always concerning, especially after last year. Super good lesson this afternoon. Laddie got his half halt back :...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 194

Re: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

I think you fully deserve your Margarita, and a sulk.
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "And how was your day?"
Replies: 5
Views: 138

"And how was your day?"

Mine's been... messy. Today was the day that my nice new custom frameless shower door that I've been waiting ages for was to be installed. I was out--left the DH in charge. The guys came, they removed my old shower door. They went back downstairs and got the new shower door. They took it upstairs......
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?

Ugh. That would Have To Go if I were moving in, too! Yes, I'd be concerned if there was a height difference between adjacent rooms after adding the new floor--If it's an entire floor of the house, you could probably get way with it, but you would have to get all the doors cut down, which at the end ...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!
Replies: 16
Views: 194

Re: Jingles for Annabelle to get back to work please!

Ugh, this has been a long road. SF. I'm so sorry. How very frustrating.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Laddie is a very, very happy boy with his new hocks. So happy that he has no half halt at all. Well, no whoa of any kind at all, really. Lesson on Thursday and in the mean time, transitions, transitions and more transitions, I guess. We will not be showing next weekend. I'd like to have enough contr...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Don Giovanni
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Don Giovanni

I was so very sorry to hear about this.
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Flight, looks to me like he's just trying to puzzle out where all his body parts need to go in the FC, and he'll get it in time. We have "those neighbors" at the barn, too. I guess it's good training, but the piles of flapping trash, loud music, horses being chased by dogs, and the other n...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

Aleuronix, your trainers "crayons" analogy made me smile. I think we can sometimes get tempted into expecting advanced calligraphy from talented babies. She looks lovely--I'm a sucker for horses with big ears :) Everyone looks like they are working away and making progress! Dresseur, I do ...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)
Replies: 37
Views: 672

Re: Having a run of horrible luck (graphic photos)

What a terrible time. I'm so sorry and hope that is run of three, and things improve exponentially from here on out.
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1394

Re: Real Estate Discussion

That would be at least a 2 million dollar property here and it would sell in roughly 30 seconds. Fortunately, everyone's taste is different and there's room for all sorts! I don't think you'd like my house either... some of my bathrooms have log walls :) I went to an open house at a charming little ...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1394

Re: Real Estate Discussion

I live in a very expensive area, too, so I understand where you are coming from. What delineates uber expensive from merely eyewatering is usually the school district around here. We are just outside the boundary for the fancy high performing district with all the money and resources, so get the dou...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Re: Moving into town

Oh well, it looks like we lost that one. Someone offered a lot more money than we were prepared to pay. But it is subject to due diligence, so I guess you never know...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1394

Re: Real Estate Discussion

MC, in the "Design Dilemmas" section, and also in the replies to the articles.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread
Replies: 92
Views: 2127

Re: Let's sweat some! July/August goals and progress thread

I'll be the peanut gallery for the next couple of weeks, and with luck be able to join in after that :) I certainly hope so--I have Mette coming back in mid-August!

According to my scale, I have actually lost 5lbs. Muffin top is still present, though. I think it's a function of age.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Re: Moving into town

Well, we put in an offer, but I'm not holding my breath... We've got a bit mentally invested in it, though.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1394

Re: Real Estate Discussion

Ah well, we all have different tastes! Houzz is my second favorite site after this one and the design debate can get pretty intense on there. Blob, that would irritate me, too... Some one stopped by my house last year asking me about the color of green my trim is--now, this is a unique color I spent...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Well, I didn't have much in the way of goals this last two month period. I did have a very good clinic with Mette. I did do a show and do OK, and we did get a lot of nice work done. However, today, I have a distinctly off horse. We've been on-again, off-again, is there actually something wrong or is...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Re: Moving into town

Well, it was fascinating...the house, while incredibly charming, is uninhabitable as the owner tore the bathroom out 6 years ago and has yet to get round to re-doing it, and it's a complete mess everywhere. Some of it is hilarious--there's a bedroom that has deep, multicolored brown shag carpet, bro...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Moving into town
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Moving into town

I'm rambling a bit here. Looking for people's experiences... For the last 20 years, we've lived up this peaceful mountain, in our pretty log house, on our lovely, idyllic 30 acres, with my horses out the back and no neighbors in sight. Last spring we sold our business and were thrilled to think we'd...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The back of the barn
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: The back of the barn

Nice!
by Moutaineer
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Darn, Dresseur! We need you riding again! I hope your MRI gives you some fixable answers. I'm sure the little guy will blossom into a swan with your guidance :) Hot 4 Spots, enough with the falling off, no fun at all. Glad you weren't badly hurt. Goldhorse, I love your gold horse :) That picture of ...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Blob and Exvet. Your posts both resonate loudly with me. I'm finding that the work demands a significantly different level of skill, body awareness, fitness, accuracy and focus than at previous levels. I think this would have been much easier at 20 years younger and with fewer miles on my personal c...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Safe sport
Replies: 85
Views: 2048

Re: Safe sport

Sue B, I would dispute that the Safe Sport training is meaningless for a significant portion of the population. I rather grudgingly sat down one evening and went through the training because I had to. I don't have to do this kind of thing in any other walk of my life and I have little contact with c...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Trainers riding through you.
Replies: 74
Views: 1496

Re: Trainers riding through you.

demi, the hot button word for me is "fine." "That was fine" means to me "I can't be bothered to invest my time and energy in making you better." The trainer who "rides through me" to me at my level of riding and training is the one who is really involved in wh...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

We survived our first show of the season! We showed 2nd level test 3 on Friday and Saturday, attempting to knock off two qualifying scores for Regional Championships in one weekend. Of course, these things never go according to plan. Friday was disappointing--(I wasn't the only rider who felt that w...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here he is!
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: Here he is!

Very nice! Sweet face and happy ears. (the horse, I mean :))
by Moutaineer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 960

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

Zola--my Irish cob. Such a great horse! This would have been around 1986, I was 25
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34 years (and regrettably, probably a many pounds!) later...
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by Moutaineer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: My training with Gunnar Ostergaard
Replies: 14
Views: 593

Re: My training with Gunnar Ostergaard

You should be very happy with how you and your horse developed during the course of that ride. You are lucky to have access to such a good teacher and horseman! He looks like one of those that you can go "in the zone" with as he pretty much rides every stride with you. I love that--especia...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?
Replies: 25
Views: 960

Re: Anyone (over 40) up for 'then and now' pictures?

Love it! I'll have to go hunting for old pix later!
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: THIS RAIN!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: THIS RAIN!!!

Wet and rather cold here, too, so I sympathize. We have a horse show this coming weekend, it's going to be in the 50s and rainy. Ugh. None of us are set up to deal with this out here in the desert.

I guess at least we aren't in flames.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: When you develop a new standard for a gait...
Replies: 27
Views: 792

Re: When you develop a new standard for a gait...

An old trainer of mine used to call it "peeling the onion." Every time you get to a good layer, get it down, and think you are the shizz, you find there's another layer underneath, and become dissatisfied with what you've got. And it doesn't matter how advanced you are, or your horse is, t...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle jingles, please
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Saddle jingles, please

Interesting, isn't it? I ride in a Trilogy Amadeo--in fact, two of them, one for each horse, because it's apparently made specifically for someone precisely my shape and I haven't found anything I love nearly as much, and they fit my horses. But the Trilogy Verago just kills me in about 10 seconds a...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Chantal, I feel you!

Laddie was sound today, so I've just drunk half a bottle of wine and done my show entries for next weekend. I'm ridiculously superstitious about this stuff, sigh.
by Moutaineer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: lateral work: why, how to, and where for
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: lateral work: why, how to, and where for

We use the SI in the walk on the centerline as a warm up exercise--with halts in the SI and move-offs still in the SI alignment. Working towards the mirror, so no cheating :) Helps him with suppleness and getting the hind leg stepping through and under, and helps me with straightness and body alignm...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

The weather here is lovely. We are taking a couple of days off as Laddie came out a little indiscernable to anyone but me ouchie on that left front again on Sunday. He worked right out of it in no time once he had a canter, and was sound and forward and happy to work after, but still... I'm guessing...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: best correction half pad
Replies: 8
Views: 316

Re: best correction half pad

I have the Thinline one. I think it's called the Trifecta. I'm pretty happy with it and it had held up well to daily use. Not cheap, but worth it--and big enough to fit under my saddle properly. I think Chisamba is talking about the Total Saddle Fit pad, which I would like to try one of these days. ...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Spanish Riding School today!
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: Spanish Riding School today!

Yes! Looking forward to pictures! Have a wonderful trip.
by Moutaineer
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Looking really super, Rosie! You must be very happy with that. He's a lovely mover. Looks like you've found the right trainer. That is exciting! Lovely happy picture of you and Norsey, Flight. Our centerlines continue to be a work in progress. I'm trying so hard to sit still and back and keep my leg...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

I had a bit of a centerline session yesterday with Laddie. I thought it would be a quick little pre show season refresher... Frankly it was a trainwreck, and we know better. So we will be spending part of our lesson tomorrow ironing it out. Stupid place to throw away points. I'd also like to do some...
by Moutaineer
Wed May 29, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Done deal, I bought a horse!
Replies: 53
Views: 1985

Re: Done deal, I bought a horse!

well, you know we want to see pictures!
by Moutaineer
Tue May 28, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Laddie says thank you to you all for your concern but he's feeling perfectly fine today and doesn't know what I'm fussing about... Blob, how is MM doing? Has she ever tied up? Chantal, that horse is just a stunner--you look pretty good too :) I'll be interested to see if that helps, Demi. You know h...
by Moutaineer
Tue May 28, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Well, it's been a long afternoon and evening on colic watch with Laddie... but all seems to be OK now. I've just been back down to the barn and done a late check on him and we have had a good visit from the poop fairy, he's drunk a bucket of water and mugged me for his night hay and a carrot. Ugh. H...
by Moutaineer
Mon May 27, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2719

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

Demi, a take on what Rye suggested--try lifting your inside hand up so it is slightly higher than your outside hand--like an inch off level. This will help her lift her inside shoulder and give her somewhere to come through with the outside hind. It'll also change your balance a bit so you sit back ...
by Moutaineer
Mon May 27, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection
Replies: 83
Views: 2719

Re: All things canter- to get, improve and engage leading to collection

I was coming on to the board to start a canter thread, so you beat me to it! My takeaway from last week's clinic was that we've done a really solid job on the trot, and now need to live in canter for a while. My challenge is a bigger, more forward canter while maintaining (and improving) the adjusta...
by Moutaineer
Wed May 22, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

Snow here today, too, Cold and damp and utterly miserable. My clinic went very well. I'm tired and sore from lots of intense riding combined with the cold and damp, but I'll be back to somewhat normal tomorrow and will do a proper update then, but here's a picture to be going on with--we worked a lo...
by Moutaineer
Fri May 17, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: May & June Goals & Progress
Replies: 338
Views: 10065

Re: May & June Goals & Progress

An impressively well rounded horse with a very talented rider, Kelo! Congratulations. Laddie was a rock star in our lesson today. We are mastering the canter half pass. He popped a very pretty change in at the end of one today--shame I didn't ask for it! Now I'm just trying to clean all the things b...

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