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by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

Sizzling hot show this weekend. Friday was a bloodbath, with one judge with a bee in her bonnet about one particular thing, and a very ascerbic pen, making a lot of very unhappy riders--and not just us smurfs, but also those who usually score consistently well in regional and national competition. N...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Geraniums

Newsflash.

Geraniums are not deer-resistant up here. I pulled them out into the full sunshine and they apparently got a serious pruning last night. Buds are especially delicious, apparently.
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spurs!
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Spurs!

Personally, I like the Balkenol spurs. They are heavy enough that you can feel them on your boots and know where they are and what you are doing with them.
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Geraniums

I should explain that we live in a very natural, wild environment at 7000ft. We keep a patch of mown defensible space (note, I do not describe it as "lawn" or even "grass," :)) around the house so if our world goes up in flames, we stand half a chance of surviving, but other than...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

It's funny how often I read these updates and nod my head that yes, this is what's happening to me, too. In this case, it's Dresseur and Chisamba ringing that bell! I think Kimba and Laddie have been on the phone to each other. He's been an exceptionally heavy and rather miserable and unhappy ride f...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Geraniums

I'll try moving them to the front of the porch during the day and seeing if that works. I have remember to move them back at night or they will just get eaten by some passing creature.
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Geraniums

As I mentioned on the other gardening post, growing stuff can be a challenge around here... I have two large planters either side of my front door. Both of them are filled with red geraniums. One pot is covered in blooms and has lots more buds on the way. The other one is just all leaves--profuse qu...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: How does your garden grow?

I have an impressive pot of basil on my kitchen counter. Otherwise, I have rampant cows, deer, moose. elk, porcupines and racoons and a roughly 10 week growing season. Attempting a garden is an exercise in futility and frustration. I miss it.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

Ugh, Chisamba.

And yes, we have to learn not to get greedy with our successes. I am guilty of that, too.
by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Amelia Newcombe short videos
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Amelia Newcombe short videos

I've been watching these for a while and I like them quite a lot. I've found her positional videos particularly useful and practical.
by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

I'm afraid I bailed on showing yesterday. It was forecast to be 97 degrees at the time of my ride, and the showgrounds are an hour and a half from the barn. 3 hours in a trailer in those temps just seemed like no fun at all for Laddie, for a really not very important score, especially as I wasn't fe...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 90 Day Training Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: 90 Day Training Expectations

Well, the poster said the horse was already WTC under saddle, no vices, just green. If you take that at face value, and remedial work did not have to be done, then I would expect the horse to be able to manage the basic elements of a training level test. (Note, i did not say "be able to go out ...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel colicked from the heat
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: Ariel colicked from the heat

Yes, and I'm adding extra salt to their grain as well after I had a scare with my little Pip earlier in the week (and wetting down his hay, which he thinks is a gourmet treat, surprisingly enough.)
by Moutaineer
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

CB, I'm sorry. New pup is cute as a button, though. And I have severe green field envy--it's just burning up here--literally and metaphorically. The dry West is a scary place this time of year. Chisamba. Sorry about Deneb, you've given it your best shot--far more than most people would have done, an...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 658

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

I suspect it's extremely unlike that unless as a result of injury, arthritis would only appear in one joint, so you are probably right, Tsavo. Quality farriery is probably the single most important thing we can offer a horse over it's lifetime to protect it's longterm soundness, and I am also shocke...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: She’s home!
Replies: 19
Views: 378

Re: She’s home!

What breed is she, Phoenix? She's a handsome girl!
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

Sue B, Cindy Canace is my judge on Sunday. I've had to scratch one of my two classes. They were scheduled 5 hours apart . I'm not making my horse stand tied to the trailer for 5 hours in the heat, and the facility can't offer me a day stall. I know it's hard to schedule a show, but really, both clas...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 977

Re: Shoulder-in

You are assuming the long side of the arena is the full 60 meters.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

DJR, I meant to say, lovely carriage! I look forward to seeing it with the fancy harness. Flight, I was meant to have my bronze medal 7 years ago... Life intervened. Kande, best wishes with your mother. Very hard, but good that you are there for her. I had a scarily sick little pony this evening. Wh...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

The eyelashes on that baby, DJR!
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 133
Views: 2554

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

Busy horsey time for me over the next two months. I said we needed to get out more... 3 shows, the first one next Sunday--I'm just going down for the day on my own in an attempt to keep it as low-key as possible. We are pretty solid on the work at home, so it's really down to me not falling apart wh...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

: 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 this 4. Go to a show in mid-June. Pondering setting sail for darkest Pocatello Idaho for this venture rather than showin...
by Moutaineer
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

While I hate the fact that we don't have enough water to keep the outdoor ring in good shape though the summer, snd wildfires are a constant worry, posts like this remind me why I like living and keeping horses in the high desert .. few bugs, no dew, no skin funk unless you own a Clyde, sweat evapor...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

I've had some good rides in the last few days...I worked with our visiting trainer on Thursday and we are "rebuilding the bridge." back to the basics of working on the connection issues at the trot that have cropped up with adding more forward. I think I did too much too soon and caused to...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A little update
Replies: 12
Views: 352

Re: A little update

Oh, my. That isn't a "little" update! You sound happy and fulfilled, which is so nice to read!
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

Dresseur, Charm looks very good!
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

GH, She looks great and you just made me nostalgic... when I still lived in England I had a nice show cob. I really enjoyed showing her at riding club events, much less pressure, even when we had to do an individual show! I miss those classes here. And I think a lot of us here get you on the show ne...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

Demi, and today, I sitting here in jeans and a sweater, feeling like I don't have enough clothes on... life in the mountains! Thanks for sharing your video, Dresseur--it's very interesting to watch your progress. He's just a rubber ball, isn't he? Yep, Kande, I think you are correct. But, I think it...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

Can you imagine two Siamese kittens on a plane! (Actually, I can. When we moved out here from New York, we bought 4 cats with us. 3 of them were Siamese. That was in the days when cats went in the hold. The racket was breathtaking--I could hear them from the cabin... All survived to live to ripe old...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

Oh, yes please! There only seems to be one breeder in Utah that I can find.
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

Well, you know, I am a meezer person :) Congratulations! We are pondering a pair of Siamese kittens here at the moment. (We have two female cats ruling the roost at the moment, Sage, the sort-of-Siamese and a new rescue, Puff, a Himalayan, who had been living in someone's garage, apparently driven o...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

So we went to a show on Saturday! Our first "real" show in 18 months. We did 2nd level 1 & 3. We were pretty tense. The weather was cooler and really windy, the arena is surrounded by blowing trees, a bank with bobbing heads behind it (a Ragnar relay race going by in the road,) pens fu...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Chancellor! Who is that kitten?!

OK, so who is that utterly gorgeous kitten in the banner?
by Moutaineer
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?
Replies: 48
Views: 903

Re: How obvious/intuitive is dressage riding?

It depends how high the hands were in the first place...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

Hot4Spots, I'd think any half decent vet would at this point understand your need to have another set of eyes on him. I think I'd approach it as "I know it's unlikely to be a miracle cure but at this point, I've got nothing to lose by having someone else look at him, and maybe he will have an a...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Planning Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: Planning Rides

I plan my rides based on what happened in my last ride. Having said that, we have a fairly set routine at the start and end of each ride. We start out with a walk in-hand to assess the mood of the day and get us both moving--at least twice briskly around the arena in each direction. Once on, we walk...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.

Flight, you have a lovely and correct horse and you do a very find job of riding him. I don't think what we see in the international dressage ring is representative of dressage as a whole. It's an entirely different level of "thing." We strive to do the best at what we can do. We don't giv...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: I'm probably just grumpy but would like opinions.

That spidery, flashy trot is not my cup of tea at all. The passage was nice though, the piaffe better than most but not perfect (we shouldn't expect perfection in another living beast, I don't think) and I'm not seeing a big issue with the canter. It all looked a bit tense--MSJ Freestyle is still fa...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 485

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

That's really impressive and very pretty!
by Moutaineer
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

Idahodians, sounds and looks like you are all having good summers so far! I will not be heading to Pocatello next weekend, I decided. I have a new truck (yippee!) and I want to make sure all works well on a local basis before I head out into the great unknown, so I am showing locally next Saturday i...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!! More pics added.
Replies: 37
Views: 875

Re: A pasture foaling at 4 a.m. - I'm in love!!!

Oooh! Lovely! Well done Kammie!
by Moutaineer
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Walter Zettl
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: Walter Zettl

A good man and an advocate for the horse. He will be greatly missed.
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?
Replies: 33
Views: 970

Re: Equilab -- anyone else using this app?

Downloaded... I will be interested to try it!
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?
Replies: 18
Views: 543

Re: Your horse: cozy pal or coworker?

Neither, really. I'm the benevolent boss. I'm not unreasonable in my demands, but I have to pay the bills, so I expect a decent level of responsibility and involvement in doing the job--which I try to keep interesting with the minimum of unnecessary drudgery.
by Moutaineer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

For Heaven's sake, It's a private bulletin board, not a democracy. They who pay the bills and do the work get to choose how they moderate. If we don't like it, we are free to go set up our own board and moderate it how we wish. Otherwise it's like turning up at a dinner party and then complaining to...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

No pix for me :(
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

I think this particular series of posts was supposed to be for "bunnies talking to bunnies," as you so charmingly put it, Tsavo. We provincial bunnies need somewhere to rabbit on about our lowly achievements and goals without driving our spouses and immediate families to drink. May I gentl...
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

DJR, you have gone viral...

The school bus photo was shared with me on facebook by a friend in Ontario :)
by Moutaineer
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9754

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

DJR, it sounds like you may have solved that little problem at any rate! Love the driving pictures--years ago, I had a friend who ran a wedding carriage business in central London. I used to help her out on the weekends and maneuvering carriages full of thankfully oblivious wedding parties through p...
by Moutaineer
Thu May 31, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Delta Airlines S...s
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Delta Airlines S...s

Oh, good lord! I would have been completely freaked out! That Delta "Customer Service" Rep needs hauling over the coals.

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