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by Moutaineer
Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

You are a total Badass, Chisamba! I am in awe!
by Moutaineer
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

Well, darn, SF. If it's not one thing, it's another! Ponichiwa, I hope you get the work situation sorted out. It's all a bit much when it gets in the way of the important stuff like riding. So, with this barn move (such a lovely place! I had my lesson today outside in the early fall sunshine surroun...
by Moutaineer
Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does your farrier make an appt for the next time?
Replies: 19
Views: 336

Re: Does your farrier make an appt for the next time?

My old farrier used to say "just call me when you need me." And I'd have to call him repeatedly to get an answer, and then when I finally did get an appointment, I'd take the morning off work and he wouldn't show up... And this was for at least 3 horses, so worth the trip. Drove me BANANAS...
by Moutaineer
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Proud momma moment!
Replies: 6
Views: 207

Re: Proud momma moment!

Good for him! You obviously raised him right!
by Moutaineer
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does your farrier make an appt for the next time?
Replies: 19
Views: 336

Re: Does your farrier make an appt for the next time?

We book the next one before he leaves the barn. However, we are now doing the "moving to a different barn and only having one horse" dance. Fortunately, the new barn is on his way home, so I think we'll be able to sort it out. I hope so, as he's done a good job for me and has been reliable...
by Moutaineer
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

Rye, I'm sorry you are going through this. I'm still working on my mojo too after hurting myself this spring and realizing that I am far from immortal, but it's getting better. And I am getting out of Dodge for 3 weeks starting next week, which will be immensely helpful as a reset button after the l...
by Moutaineer
Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tips on sitting a rough canter
Replies: 9
Views: 161

Re: Tips on sitting a rough canter

If I were you, I would take Lynx. If the clinician is any good, which it sounds like she is, she can help you a lot without overfacing him, and it will be a great bonding and learning experience for the both of you. It will be a far more valuable experience for you than taking someone else's nqr hor...
by Moutaineer
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

I'm sorry, Khall.
by Moutaineer
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

The last few days have been difficult and stressful, I thank you all for your kind thoughts. The old man went with dignity and peace, which is the best one can expect. His half leasor drove down from Jackson to be with us yesterday morning. I'd noticed the day before that his sclera were starting to...
by Moutaineer
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

Nice to hear from you Demi. Got Potters moved yesterday. He turns out to be an absolute champ at loading and trailering, bless him. I think we are going to enjoy the new barn very much. Please spare a thought and a prayer for us in the morning, and wish my dearly beloved Walker Godspeed. Many change...
by Moutaineer
Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rider score questions
Replies: 20
Views: 437

Re: Rider score questions

Once in my life I have got an 8 for rider seat and position. The judge dropped his entire stack of papers on the floor of the already dark and spooky open fronted booth as I was passing C. Laddie teleported to X. I stayed on. We started a couple of movements back and carried on, with Laddie regardin...
by Moutaineer
Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: best shine/shimmer shampoo or spray
Replies: 20
Views: 354

Re: best shine/shimmer shampoo or spray

It would be interesting to try one of the blue shampoos for greys on him.

Other than that, I like Vetrolin Shine, and the Santa Fe coat spray in the orange bottle.
by Moutaineer
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rider score questions
Replies: 20
Views: 437

Re: Rider score questions

Just read your other post... L judge... eh. A bee in her bonnet about a position pet peeve? If your local schooling shows are like ours, they are good for an outing but the scores are all over the place and can be biased about particular "things," and training programs , etc.
by Moutaineer
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: canter adjustability
Replies: 36
Views: 823

Re: canter adjustability

I think we also need to remember that collected work requires a significant amount of strength that needs to be built carefully over time.

It's always that delicate balance between moving forward in the training and moving forward in the physical development!
by Moutaineer
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Who rides bareback?
Replies: 24
Views: 674

Re: Who rides bareback?

Honestly? God, no... I'd die.

Good on the rest of you though!
by Moutaineer
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

And... Piedmont, I was reminded by a Facebook memory this morning from 12 years ago that it is indeed a long road to recovery for a suspensory injury. I was still hand walking and trotting Walker up and down my mountain. (To heck with him, I think I was the fittest id been in years!) However, here w...
by Moutaineer
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

So, a week tomorrow is now the move date for Potters. Thank Heavens. We had an excellent lesson today. I'm almost embarrassed by how easy the flying changes are on this horse. Stay off his face, shift your weight, push your leg forward and Boom, clean, easy, non-dramatic change. (Bearing in mind tha...
by Moutaineer
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:01 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Encouraging drinking away from home
Replies: 13
Views: 270

Re: Encouraging drinking away from home

I'm tired and emotional, and don't need to be encouraged to drink away from home.
by Moutaineer
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

Demi, where are you?
by Moutaineer
Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September - October goals and progress
Replies: 110
Views: 2495

Re: September - October goals and progress

Well, I'm just plowing on here. We'll get moved to a new barn eventually--in a weird turn of events, the person that is the road block in moving into the barn we are supposed to be moving to is actually going to be the person taking the lease on our current barn, so we are all stuck in a strange vic...
by Moutaineer
Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Well, I'm not going to cheer anyone up, I'm afraid. I had the vet out to look at Walker yesterday. He's not been doing well over the summer and has taken a major nosedive in condition in the past few weeks, despite eating and drinking well, getting great, if psychotic, care, and appearing pretty bri...
by Moutaineer
Fri Aug 27, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Picking a new barn, help
Replies: 43
Views: 1641

Re: Picking a new barn, help

Exvet, I've spent the past couple of months very nostalgic for the option to just bring 'em home, as I was able to do for 20 years before our move last year, so if you have the opportunity to have a bolt hole of some kind, even if it's not terribly sophisticated and you use the boarding facilities i...
by Moutaineer
Thu Aug 26, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Picking a new barn, help
Replies: 43
Views: 1641

Re: Picking a new barn, help

Sounds like the boarding barn stars are aligning! (Now jingle that they can align for me, too...)
by Moutaineer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Lovely, SF!

Exhausting afternoon of ridiculous barn drama. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.

Very nice ride on Mr. P however, despite all the nonsense.
by Moutaineer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Picking a new barn, help
Replies: 43
Views: 1641

Re: Picking a new barn, help

The allowing other trainers in thing is a bit of a two edged sword... yes, you can bring your own, if they are prepared to travel, but so can everyone else.
by Moutaineer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Shes still got some way to go to grow into those ears Aleuronx!
by Moutaineer
Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:42 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Picking a new barn, help
Replies: 43
Views: 1641

Re: Picking a new barn, help

Barn H, hands down. Thats a very acceptable turnout schedule for a horse in work, and it sounds well managed and offers good training, and a structured environment. Which I think you will find enormously helpful to you and your horse at this stage. And your daughter is already riding there so you kn...
by Moutaineer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: College Ramblings
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: College Ramblings

As the (step) mother of 3 sons, trust me, he's not really gone :)

Enjoy having him around as an adult. Its a different and very enjoyable experience!
by Moutaineer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Which classes should I enter for champs?
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Which classes should I enter for champs?

Hmmm... well, Championships isn't about doing the practice, its about reaping the rewards of the previous practice! So, enter the classes you stand the best chance of excelling in and have a good time :)
by Moutaineer
Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

So, overnight, we've gone from droughty, dusty and brutally hot to torrential rain, thunderstorms, hail and quite chilly. Not a riding day today, but at least it helps put out the fires and fills the creeks. Apparently, now I've supposedly learned how to achieve a canter on Potters, next week we get...
by Moutaineer
Wed Aug 18, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Lets talk about stretching for the mid-upper level lads and lassies (for real this time)
Replies: 23
Views: 1148

Re: Lets talk about stretching for the mid-upper level lads and lassies (for real this time)

I probably don't do enough of this, so this has been a good reminder to incorporate more into my rides as I start to trust Potters more on a longer rein...
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Painful topic making that hard choice
Replies: 47
Views: 3324

Re: Painful topic making that hard choice

I'm sorry, Khall. Its never easy, even when we know its the right thing to do.
by Moutaineer
Mon Aug 16, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Awoke to clear blue skies on Saturday for the first time in ages. Went to watch Jeremy Steinberg teach a clinic in the morning, which was interesting and held some very helpful nuggets. On the way to the barn after, we saw an ominous pillar of black smoke just to the west of us... a very fast moving...
by Moutaineer
Fri Aug 13, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Proposed dress rule changes!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1204

Re: Proposed dress rule changes!!

I commented on this a long time ago. So glad it is taking effect. I own nothing white because I am a slob. The only issue is I don't want to waste all of the white breeches I bought. I am scheming on a way to dye them all dark gray or something. I've been thinking that there might be some good clea...
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Rehabbing the mild stifle strain
Replies: 54
Views: 1327

Re: Rehabbing the mild stifle strain

It's quite a hard area to get good ultrasound images of. When Laddie stuffed up his stifle, which was I think 4 years ago now, we did ultrasound, but found nothing significant, but it was obviously where the problem was from the way he moved. Any further diagnostics would have been quite invasive, s...
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 10, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Rehabbing the mild stifle strain
Replies: 54
Views: 1327

Re: Rehabbing the mild stifle strain

Have you done the PRP yet? It will be interesting to see how he feels a couple of weeks after that. He looks tight and guarded in his back, which could well be from the after effects of the stifles being sore, but bear in mind it could be from being trotted bareback without any carrying muscles. (Be...
by Moutaineer
Mon Aug 09, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Congratulations, Chisamba! Aleuronx, super pix, she's coming along so well! Straightforward, I'm so sorry you couldn't find a yellow shirt :) Blob, you and MM look lovely, keeping my fingers crossed for RP being something simple. I am happy to report I have nothing to report, just boringly quiet rid...
by Moutaineer
Mon Aug 09, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tesla's stops and spin outs
Replies: 110
Views: 6782

Re: Tesla's stops and spin outs

She's physically matured quite a lot this year, hasn't she?

I think dressage quality, balanced canter transitions under saddle have got to be hard for horses until they have developed a bit of a hind end and understand how to use it and balance a human at the same time. Takes time...
by Moutaineer
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rotator cuff ear/surgery?
Replies: 16
Views: 1506

Re: Rotator cuff ear/surgery?

Tucking in a shirt... yowza!
by Moutaineer
Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Very happy to hear this Piedmont! Potters is one happy and relaxed boy now he doesn't hurt. Frankly, it's a shame no-one in his life has investigated thoroughly before and treated, rather than slapping a bandaid on the problem and pushing him through it. I'd be reactive if someone did that to me. I ...
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Rye, yes I bought a Bliss Loxley. I like it a lot. So does he.
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Glad you are doing better with your back, Sue B! I was thinking about you the other day as I was pondering County Fair entries, you must be about to get started on all that. Let's hope it stays a bit cooler! I've always loved my Trilogy saddles. However, Potters told me very distinctly that they are...
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Tanga, I had a dentist drill through into my sinus cavity while doing a root canal, and not tell me.... several years and multiple awful sinus infections later, the issue was uncovered by a specialist who did some surgery and fixed me up. It wasn't an afternoon of riotous entertainment, but it wasn...
by Moutaineer
Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Tanga, I had a dentist drill through into my sinus cavity while doing a root canal, and not tell me.... several years and multiple awful sinus infections later, the issue was uncovered by a specialist who did some surgery and fixed me up. It wasn't an afternoon of riotous entertainment, but it wasn'...
by Moutaineer
Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

How is Maia today, Heddy?
by Moutaineer
Mon Aug 02, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Congratulations, Blob! Well done indeed! Potters looked lovely on the longe this afternoon. Lesson tomorrow, so we will find out how he is under saddle... Walker has been a bit of a test this week. Tried to kick barn manager's head off on Friday, for, I'm told, no reason. Hmmm. He was a good and sou...
by Moutaineer
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

cooled off a little bit here, and we have had some much needed rain, though not enough. However, that means we have humidity, which we are surely not used to! I had a new vet come out on Monday--sporthorse specialist who is also a chiro. She was coming to chiro another couple of horses in the barn, ...
by Moutaineer
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Quasimodo gets to see the specialist vet tomorrow for his shoulder, but it seems much less sore even if still rather swollen. But he's his normal, cheerful friendly self. I'm keeping my fingers crossed we can get things moving along. I went to see Laddie this afternoon, who is looking well and happy...
by Moutaineer
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

I'd mailed the check for the clinic next weekend on my way to the barn yesterday.
by Moutaineer
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress
Replies: 209
Views: 9338

Re: Sweat equity: July-August goals and progress

Bless my dear vet for squeezing me in to his busy day today after having been up all night operating on a colicky horse, and losing it, which he takes very personally. We are kind of in a "wait and see" mode while we get the swelling down. I have a DMSO and cortisone potion to apply daily ...

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