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by musical comedy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

I don't like the horse MC posted at all. Too scrambly in the canter IMO. He looked so awkward going around. I don't like him for ME for Dressage. He is for eventing and jumping the big fences at speed. And he's only 5. I am assuming that Xan wants jumping ability over dressage ability. Besides, tha...
by musical comedy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Chisamba wrote:a few posts back some one said something about a noseband they loved, might not even have been this thread
Could it have been the PS Sweden Nirak that StraightForward uses on Kira? I don't know if it's legal or not.
by musical comedy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

I don't agree scruffy that Totilas 2 yr old showed up on my FB feed, great price with tons of talent. Smaller sellers don't have the connections to get the word out. Totilas gelding had first been advertised in July I believe. There are lots of horses for sale out there and unless you are a bigger ...
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

I would not take a Friesian for free! ##Me too## I mean that seriously. They are just such ugly creatures and I like pretty horses. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and many many people think they are beautiful. The ground shakes when they move. Most of them have no shoulder freedom.
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Xan, this one would be good for you. 5 year old imported Irish gelding. Placing 2nd at first Training Level event. Good basics with Doug Payne as the rider. Only problem is $$$. My belief is (as I've written before) that in the long run it is cheaper to just put up the big bucks for what you want ra...
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Tsavo wrote:Maybe the trigger they mention is some tick illness. Someone should look at the demographics wrt Lyme areas.
If that were true, then lots of young horses would have leaky value and that isn't the case. It's an old horse disease. You are on your way to beating a dead horse with this Lyme subject.
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Tsavo, re the heart, it's called Leaky Valve. Here's one article. Very common just as heart disease is common in old people.
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/degene ... der-horses
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Tsavo wrote:I think there are enough "mystery" lamenesses out there without a diagnosable cause to suggest they may be mostly tick-borne sequelae.
I disagree, but we'll probably never know. Most mystery lameness I think are soft tissue somewhere that can't be seen or neurological.
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Tsavo wrote:I was referring to the heart issue. i just wonder because how rare is that?
It's not rare at all; it's common. Research it. Have you had your horse's heart checked recently? Mine went downhill in 6 months. It was actually a shock when I found the problem.
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Also Tsavo, lots of horses will test positive on Lyme titer just if they were 'exposed'. Isn't a problem if they a asymptomatic. Gosh, there are so so many things to worry about with buying a horse, that Lyme would be at the very bottom of my list.
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

Fair enough. Do you think there could be any relation between the reason you retired your horse and Lyme sequealae? My guy retired very serviceably sound. He could still have competed 3rd level. I retired him for a very bad heart and felt it was dangerous for me to continue to ride him. Does Lyme c...
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite
Replies: 73
Views: 1561

Re: Things you would pay extra for and the opposite

You and I differ on the 'discounting'. If I dislike something about a horse, I don't dislike it less if they drop the price. I wouldn't even get to the PPE stage if all my boxes weren't ticked.

I think where am I is a Lyme area and I never even think about getting my horse tested.
by musical comedy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Tsavo wrote:I bet there is no laterality in your mare's canter, though. Maybe that figures into it.
I watched what I thought was most of that video clip and didn't see any canter work. Was there another video of this horse. LOL, I paid 5x that for my mare and don't regret it.
by musical comedy
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ryeissa he reminds me of Riot!
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Ryeissa he reminds me of Riot!

He's very cute but I don't see I1 do you? His head swings back and forth too, which is troubling to me. I don't see 40K worth of horse. What more would he need to show you for him to be an I1 horse? His head swings?? :? 40k is a big bargain for an I1 horse. I believe the reason he is only 40k is be...
by musical comedy
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Xan it said Canadian sport horse and draft, I don't see draft in there at all. Who the heck knows. I have a buckskin that is Lusitano cross with NO QH. No it doesn't look drafty at all right now. It looks like a nice horse! Honestly, I'm baffled at that low price. My mare is buckskin too and she is...
by musical comedy
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

Oh jeez - she needs a dressage horse while likes to hack out and is husband safe? How about she takes my 17.1 Negro gelding who got firsts at his two first dressage shows but will never go prelim eventing? Downside: shivers. Upside: very cute, black and handsome. 8-) :lol: She would probably consid...
by musical comedy
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

musical comedy that horse is on the large side! :shock: :lol: Yeah Xan. Here's the thing. My friend is a good, brave rider, but lower level dressage with no showing aspirations. She loves to hack out. She has a husband that rides, and the husband is like 6'6" tall. He's skinny, but still, that...
by musical comedy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!
Replies: 230
Views: 4380

Re: In which I'm reminded how much horse shopping sucks!

I would say the danger range for eventers is $15-25k, with the WBs falling at the top of that range. It’s obscene. (It’s not necessarily obscene that horses cost that much or more, but rather that horses with serious problems are priced that way). Bip, check out this nice horse in the UK. You could...
by musical comedy
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Need the most secure dressage saddle!
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: Need the most secure dressage saddle!

The deep seat, big knee roll saddles are helpful for typical riding and especially sitting big gaits. However, I do not think any saddle is helpful when a horse spooks sideways and swings around. Centrifugal force will get you off in any saddle.
by musical comedy
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Clipping
Replies: 27
Views: 690

Clipping

Am I the only one here that body clips when the horse starts to grow a winter coat?
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Scruffy, a couple of questions please. In the Azteca video, was the horse in the twisted wire? Is that the owner or agent riding? Also, just wondering who you chose for your ppe vet. It's none of my business, so I understand if you don't want to say. Just curious if you picked my vet who is in Pa an...
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

It doesn't matter if it's a steal or not. What this horse is "worth" (and he's easily worth 10K in midwest, no offense to all the TB lovers) and/or/in relation to what he is being sold for, is of zero importance because this is not Scruffy's horse. I agree. My comment (and I assume Rye's)...
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: How often do you bathe your horse?
Replies: 44
Views: 1124

Re: How often do you bathe your horse?

I hose after every workout if they are sweaty. If a horse (or person) is truly working, they are going to sweat and get hot. If it is already hot and/or humid outside, how are you going to cool them down if not with cool/cold water? Walking in hot/humid weather won't cool them down. Besides, it take...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

My views on horse prices have nothing to do with the Northeast. I've bought horses from all over, including Europe. I feel very confident in knowing what you can get for various prices.
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Oh gee Scruffy. That is really a shame. You do deserve some good luck. A lot of us do. I hope the one you tried today works out. Hopefully it is close enough for you to try twice.
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

scruffy he is cute but dang he is so out of balance no wonder he is worried! No way no how is he worth $10,000 or IMO anything close to that. Sigh I love the color I love the cross, he could be very nice. He needs someone who understands training not just getting the horse "round". He is ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 1087

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

if you run a google search on riding in position, you will find nothing. How do i know, i asked my riding kids to research riding in position, and come back the next week and let me know what they found. i thought they had to be wrong so i did a search myself lol. Not true. I quickly found somethin...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 1087

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

I"ve been taught it and use it, although I didn't know it was called this. Everyone here is not on the same page as to what this is. It means different things and is open to interpretation. I don't think any of us are using what the P. Karl group is doing. I certainly don't see what they do is...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Welp. I'm seeing something that's way outside my normal box tomorrow and then something more within my box on Monday. The Monday horse ticks a lot of my boxes but I worry that he's overpriced. They said when they told me about him that the price was negotiable. I don't even know what that means and...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!
Replies: 37
Views: 1198

Re: My announcement -- another redhead! Update!

Looking good Kathy! My goodness, either she is a big girl or you are a small one. That's a lot of horsepower for you. Yeah, all those tiny issues with new horses. There is always something to work through. Regarding the indoor, I have a small issue there too. No spooking, but tense in a couple place...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 27
Views: 648

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

In reality, if Carl has truly had some reservations about the nosebands, it may have been a situation to take privately to the participants I doubt he has any issues with flash straps because there are photos of Charlotte riding with them, including the young Valegro. The fact is that the vast majo...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I'm seriously contemplating the show MC recommended. Here's the prize list Chisamba. Good judges. If you go, I'll drive up to meet you. http://www.buckscountyhorsepark.org/docs/2018/1020-323031DressageattheParkV.pdf?v=08302018091313 Who are you using for dental work? I'm really stuck needing a dent...
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: A good read, Carl Hester
Replies: 27
Views: 648

Re: A good read, Carl Hester

Moutaineer wrote:I've just been back through the article and I'm not seeing anything particularly egregious about the nosebands? Yes, they all have flashes on...
For some, just the presence of a flash is a negative. No point in trying to support its' use.
by musical comedy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I'm in crazy pain and bored to tears when I'm not doing surgery or some other fun stuff, and so...I bought a new helmet. This time I went for a little bling. I really wanted the blue and silver one but it is no longer available, so I got this one instead. https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ovation-z...
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Interesting read, discussion?
Replies: 50
Views: 1087

Re: Interesting read, discussion?

I don't understand the fléchi droit at all. Maybe that's because it means different things to different people. :D I am assuming Khall is picking up these topics from COTH? That's where I heard of it for the first time. They have a legerete rider posting there and a couple French posters that are i...
by musical comedy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: First “Trail Ride”
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: First “Trail Ride”

She looks so nice! Good for you. Did you ever get that saddle problem resolved?
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 1331

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

My mare is a very different ride than any of my previous horses (mainly geldings) have been, but she is now a very fun ride. She took a long time to believe I was worth listening to. If I recall correctly, she didn't have the best starts?? No matter the sex, how they were raised and started makes a...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?
Replies: 37
Views: 1331

Re: A spin off: Mare, Gelding or doesn't matter for you?

I was thinking about this after Scruffy's post. It could be (at least I think it is for me) that some of us already form an opinion about the horse based on its' gender. I cannot tell you why I like mares and don't like geldings. I have given a few geldings a chance, but I couldn't bond with any of ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?
Replies: 163
Views: 5241

Re: Virtual shoppers, interested in another one?

Thanks, Josette. I tried a couple of mares and as I suspected, it's not a good fit. I'm interested. You can tell that the bad fit is because it is a mare, and not just the wrong horse? If you were to try several horses and not know their gender, would you be able to tell which one is a mare? I'm a ...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Micklem bridle
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Micklem bridle

Tsavo, I have the large size Micklem that I used on my retired gelding. I loved it for him. I have the higher quality one, the Diamente. https://www.doversaddlery.com/mcklm-dmnte-competition-bridle/p/X1-12890/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9NL51va_3QIVi5-zCh2Oqg1QEAQYAyABEgJSpPD_BwE I've been planning on puttin...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Thanks guys. :) I was really pleased with my first test today (Second test 1) so I scratched from my second because I knew it wouldn’t be better than that. And I was happy when I got the score, too. 66.97%. :) Still lots to improve upon of course. But it was a respectable test today. That is so awe...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

I did want to debut second level with Kimba in a rated show, since we did okay in a schooling show, but you are there, way ahead of everyone who did not show up!! like me. Chisamba, maybe consider the rated dressage show at Buck's County Horse Park on October 20. I always liked that show because th...
by musical comedy
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?
Replies: 44
Views: 1213

Re: Leg Yeild: How much, how often?

I use the HP to SI if I am not losing the haunches. The HP to HI is a curative for the horse that wants to leave his haunches in the next county. But IMO both of those are better in terms of fixing issues than the LY... although, maybe I am not seeing or understanding something. I think it's an eas...
by musical comedy
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

demi wrote: I am interested in adding lateral work, even on bending lines, to Rocky’s walk program.
I would suggest running this past your vet. Usually, any lateral work (even at walk) is not recommended when rehabbing a suspensory injury.
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals
Replies: 423
Views: 10669

Re: Don't call it fall: September/October Autumn Goals

Nice report, Dresseur. Agree. Reading Dresseur's reports, most would not think her horse is only 5 years old. Really progressing at a rapid pace compared to some of us. Dressage, for me, has produced more situations with me thinking I am an idiot than everything else in my life combined. The people...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 65
Views: 1794

Re: Musings on leg position

Apparently reindeer furs pads are best... LOL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20156245 Reindeer fur is Sheepskin which is used a lot. I can't and won't argue with the results of the study, but I personally feel that thicker (sheepskin) pads change the fit of a saddle. Also, the thicker the stuf...
by musical comedy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musings on leg position
Replies: 65
Views: 1794

Re: Musings on leg position

Dr. Hillary Clayton has done studies on this using pressure mats. This article may answer some questions, and then, maybe it will generate more questions.
https://equusmagazine.com/riding/postin ... rses-30159
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 2812

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

[Unlike some posters on this board, I actually have a pretty low opinion of my riding skills. :D I also consider anything below the FEI levels to be "lower level." Nice dig. Doesn't really bother me what you think. I know you mean me. I have plenty of riding faults and I stress about them...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 2812

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

Western riders ride with one hand. They can do various lateral work, spins, stops, etc. My point is just because someone can ride with one hand and 'get by' does not mean the work is good. Before I get slammed, I'm not saying anyone here that is riding one-handed is merely 'getting by'. But, you may...
by musical comedy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal
Replies: 105
Views: 2812

Re: Thoughts on the foundational vs the ideal

There are moments where everything feels great and I literally have to do nothing but sit there and steer/direct the movement. Those are the moments I strive for. Just saw MC's comment about coasting. I don't regard that as coasting. I look at it as keeping the noise/demands to an absolute minimum ...

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