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by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which Walker tries to commit suicide...
Replies: 5
Views: 51

In which Walker tries to commit suicide...

My old appy, Walker, has had about as much of this winter as he can take. Last night he discovered that slipping down an icy slope into a muck puddle and getting cast is a Really Bad Idea. Poor old man was covered in lacerations, dings and lumps, all hidden under a thick layer of what can only be de...
by Moutaineer
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1657

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

in a moment of madness I signed up to ride with Dawn White-O'Connor in 3 weeks time... better get our rears in gear!
by Moutaineer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1657

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

Just plodding along here. Work has been a bit nuts, family in town and less than stellar weather have made for less riding than ideal, but we are making steady if slow progress, I feel. No clinic at the end of this month, but we'll live... Looking at getting something together for mid-May when the w...
by Moutaineer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Dreams that seem real
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Dreams that seem real

Yes, my dreams can get particularly vivid and disturbing if I am under a lot of stress. I always seem to be late for something important, naked and desperately in need of a bathroom. It's exhausting. I've learned to break the cycle somewhat when I wake up during them by forcing myself to get out of ...
by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking UPDATE
Replies: 29
Views: 718

Re: The Pit of Eternal Despair - AKA Stall Rest/Hand Walking

I thought that COTH thread was interesting... I mean, really? Keep the humans safe and keep the animals as stress free as possible! So you can tell I'm an "all in on whatever's needed" person, myself. I don't need to be heroic and I don't need to get hurt. This isn't a time for "train...
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: My Situation
Replies: 21
Views: 509

Re: My Situation

I'm so very sorry, MC.

I don't have any good advice, just much sympathy. I know how hard it would be for me to cope on my own up here, so I understand where you are coming from.
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying good-bye - so hard.
Replies: 18
Views: 434

Re: Saying good-bye - so hard.

I'm so sorry for you and your daughter, DJR.

(And time passes so quickly--it's hard to believe that its 4 1/2 years since you adopted her.)
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Training goals for my 4yo
Replies: 34
Views: 1523

Re: Training goals for my 4yo

:) So nice to see you having so much fun with him, Chantal!

(And the goats are adorable.)
by Moutaineer
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1657

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

OK, I've calmed down now. (And ordered a sump pump to drain my stalls with--OMG, it's ugly out there and I just cant keep up bailing it out even now, and the melt off is going to be epic when it really gets going.) Mari, I always love seeing your beautiful spotted boy. He looks great and what a fun ...
by Moutaineer
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: March & April Goals and Progress
Replies: 64
Views: 1657

Re: March & April Goals and Progress

It's freaking snowing again.

At the moment I have no goals except to not commit homicide before the end of the winter.
by Moutaineer
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: HELP: houseguests...

We have my stepson and his wife and three whiny grandchildren staying. My quiet, orderly house looks and sounds like a bomb hit it, and my cats are suffering from major trauma.

They are packing to leave which is a day-long drama in itself...
by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)
Replies: 25
Views: 867

Re: Here's some fun - Have a cool photo you'd like to share? (horsey or not!)

On my front porch this morning...

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by Moutaineer
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Help me name my puppy
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Help me name my puppy

AAWWW!!!

No good on names, though I rather like Paula's suggestion!
by Moutaineer
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rothenberger Barn Fire
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Rothenberger Barn Fire

Terrible.
by Moutaineer
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

A brief weather respite--it was 43 glorious sunny degrees this afternoon--slush fest, but at least not snowing or freezing and actually warm and bright in the indoor, which always makes for better work from both of us. Worked on shoulder in to half pass--going for the flow rather than the shove, and...
by Moutaineer
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: step-grandparenthood
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: step-grandparenthood

My name is Amanda, so it can be a bit of a mouthful with something else tacked on the front. But I guess Gram would work--someone suggested Gramanda… yeah, no. I'm a Brit, so no cute foreign diminutives, sadly--and I have the same ex-wife issues as Sue B except with Dementia thrown in, so I'm trying...
by Moutaineer
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: step-grandparenthood
Replies: 17
Views: 408

step-grandparenthood

I'm sure I'm not the only step-grandmother here. Somehow we have amassed six grandchildren on 3 continents, now between the ages of 6 months and 11 years old, and I suspect there will be a couple more in the pipeline soon. The issue is, apparently, amongst their parents, how should they address me? ...
by Moutaineer
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Flight, yes, we will have some flooding when all this melts--and mud... Mid April to the end of May is known as "mud season" here. With due reason. I was looking at the banks of ice 20" thick outside my run in sheds this morning and not looking forward to that melting into my run in s...
by Moutaineer
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm finding the trot/canter/trot/canter transitions useful for all sorts of things--they require a very balanced horse to do properly.
by Moutaineer
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

It seems like everyone I know is having a challenging winter--Blob and Dresseur, sending good thoughts to both of you--very worrying indeed. H4S, it'll be OK. It's been unseasonably frigid here on top of all the snow. It's making me tired and depressed and unhappy, and everyone around me is exhauste...
by Moutaineer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How often do you ride/work your horse?
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: How often do you ride/work your horse?

I normally try to ride 5 days a week, but this winter has interrupted my flow badly.
by Moutaineer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

After 5 days off due to a combination of life circumstances and unutterably shitty weather, I wasn't sure what to expect this weekend. What I got yesterday was actually pretty good, and very friendly and focused, which was a whole lot more than I thought I'd get, so I stopped while I was ahead. Toda...
by Moutaineer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Another exciting day of horizontal snow and high winds... this goes through Sunday with a brief break on Friday. The roads are dreadful, so indoor arena or no indoor arena, I'm staying home and safe. Goals and progress are on hold for a while. Khall, I'm sorry you are going through this. Seeing one'...
by Moutaineer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Linden- how are you doing?
Replies: 19
Views: 1183

Re: Linden- how are you doing?

Very pleased to hear that you are making some progress, Linden!
by Moutaineer
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

You are most welcome to come and shovel it, Sue B! I'm just not looking forward to it all melting. My little barn will be underwater. Laddie was a reformed character today. Mustered one half-hearted bounce into the canter on one lead on the lunge. I think he was tired after yesterday's performance.
by Moutaineer
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Today's lesson was an exercise in not getting killed... It's been quite the week here weather-wise with a multi-day blizzard, and so I haven't been able to ride since Saturday. The horses have been in or if they have been turned out are just standing by the gate up over their knees in snow waiting t...
by Moutaineer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Conrad Schumacher Clinic Notes

Useful stuff. Thanks for posting!
by Moutaineer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Once again...horses don't lie
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Once again...horses don't lie

I wonder how on earth she did that! I'm glad you got to the bottom of her problem!
by Moutaineer
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 1230

Re: So what are you reading?

I'm working my way through the Flavia De Luce books by Alan Bradley. 11 yo solver of murders and chemist. Not in order. They are a charming winter read. Also Notorious RBG and Smoke gets in your eyes by Caitlin Doughty of Ask a Mortician youtube fame. Everything you wanted to know about cremation a...
by Moutaineer
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I think it's an issue many of us face. My horse is generally pretty forward, but he can be a bit sticky and "make me" at the start of a ride particularly in the walk lateral work. He also has to realize that I mean it, but now he's starting to get to "yes ma'am!" fairly quickly. ...
by Moutaineer
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It’s 14 below zero
Replies: 26
Views: 896

Re: It’s 14 below zero

Weird here. We've had a lot of snow and very cold wind so far this winter. But it's been warm and melting for the past couple of days and now it's RAINING here at 7000 ft. It's supposed to turn into snow overnight and then about a foot of snow over the next three days--which presents a problem as my...
by Moutaineer
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse
Replies: 93
Views: 2635

Re: Ponderings/mystifyment/bafflement - The 75K+ sales horse

I'm not in that bracket myself, but a large number of my clients are--it's not uncommon for someone to spend 30 or 40K on a closet or garage (and the cars that they put in that garage are mouthwatering, too...) so spending $75K on a horse, if it is their life "thing," wouldn't be that unus...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Clipping Laddie apparently allows him to feel my legs again :) We had a very forward and positive session. Sneaking in another lesson tomorrow...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Late changes
Replies: 20
Views: 836

Re: Late changes

I've stopped asking until we get the left lead canter better--more upright on that right shoulder and more connected. Right to left is clean most of the time, left to right, he just struggles to push off behind. The spirit is willing, I feel, but the flesh is decidedly on the weak side! He stands a ...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gnarly feet
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Re: Gnarly feet

I swear, I have tried all these things over the past 20 years. I have a multiplicity of discarded tubes of heavy duty grease of one form or another! Desitin is, so far, in the lead. WMW, for about 7 or 8 months of the year I am a socks and shoes (generally Clarks clogs at home or some kind of boots ...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gnarly feet
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Gnarly feet

Mine, not the horses... Since moving out to the desert west, my feet have been a constant struggle--cracked, callused, dry, and really quite painful to walk on some days--and the poor bed sheets! I try to stay up on exfoliating them with pumice and nailbrush in the shower, have a bunch of assorted f...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider
Replies: 24
Views: 755

Re: Spinoff: Becoming a better show rider

I think for me, I have to get my warm-up more dialed in. I don't get nervous, and I've largely gotten over riding in front of other people with going to clinics and the fact that I've always got someone watching my lessons (we do that at this barn, we learn a lot from each other.) But, thinking abou...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

I'm sorry, Dresseur. I hate to hear you sounding so down.

This has got to be the worst time of year to be handwalking.

It will be all right eventually, and there's no shame in better living through chemistry, especially if it stops you both from getting hurt.
by Moutaineer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Finally back in the saddle again after a 2 week bout with some kind of stomach flu. Our current project after our break is "stand up on your right shoulder and quit laying on my right hand." On Saturday my trainer got on and worked with him, and it was such a treat to get on afterwards and...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 61
Views: 2088

Re: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse

Such good news!
by Moutaineer
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: New to the Board
Replies: 13
Views: 504

Re: New to the Board

Welcome back!
by Moutaineer
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 61
Views: 2088

Re: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse

Fingers firmly crossed that all continues to go well!
by Moutaineer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Ugh, Chisamba. More feet of snow here and high winds so huge drifts. fences now only have top rail visible. I'm about done with this.
by Moutaineer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar Eclipse Live Stream
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: Lunar Eclipse Live Stream

Clear and spectacular here in the intermountain west. Could reach out and touch it...
by Moutaineer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Two feet of wet, heavy snow here in the last 24 hours and still snowing, and windy and drifting... I staggered out to feed and check on the horses this morning for the first time in a couple of days (DH has been doing it, bless his dear heart,) and Lucky's blanket was a shell of ice--I have to say h...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

And now I have some flu thing...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals
Replies: 201
Views: 6201

Re: 2019 and Jan/Feb goals

Rudy is just protecting his organs from the cold, like any sensible mammal should... Finally back to some semblance of normality here post-holiday and work catch-up. Laddie apparently enjoyed a little vacation, and is going well, except we seem to have lost some of our "through" in left le...
by Moutaineer
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Name of this craft?
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: Name of this craft?

Cutwork?
by Moutaineer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gifting my AP saddle?
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Gifting my AP saddle?

Give the money to your favorite equine charity--or ask her to make a donation instead.

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