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by StraightForward
Thu May 19, 2022 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Oh Mari, what a string of bad luck! I hope your thumb heals up and you're feeling better and back in the saddle ASAP! Demi, I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to see pics and video of Besa and follow your journey! Moutaineer, glad to hear you are back in the swing of things with Potters. I'm sure th...
by StraightForward
Sun May 15, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Demi, the situation with your SIL sounds very distressing. Jingles for her and your whole family! The mare sounds very exciting, I really hope the PPE is perfect and everything works out. Yesterday's ride on Tesla went quite well. I swear my instructor is a magician, and gave us just the right tools...
by StraightForward
Sun May 15, 2022 4:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Foam on one side of mouth
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Foam on one side of mouth

Could it have to do with her salivary glands? I haven't noticed a connection to foam, but Tesla always tends to blink when I brush my hand over her throatlatch area on the left. She seems to appreciate a little light massaging around there, then I play around with wobbling her nose/jaw both directio...
by StraightForward
Sat May 14, 2022 3:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Goldhorse, I'm very sorry Piggy is having such issues after you thought he was recovering. He is obviously in the best hands with you, and I hope he recovers. Khall, sorry to hear bout Juliet. It might be the best for the owner if she finally gives up trying to ride her. You've certainly gone above ...
by StraightForward
Fri May 13, 2022 5:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.
Replies: 33
Views: 1486

Re: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.

Fingers crossed for good renters! There is a house on my usual running route that seems to be a rental allowing large dogs, but with an inadequate (chicken wire) gate. I took to carrying a sharp stick that I would stash in the bushes after I passed their house after some labs dove under the fence an...
by StraightForward
Fri May 13, 2022 3:05 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

It is always something, isn't it? Tesla tended to have inconsistent poo, sometimes elephant flops, sometimes watery. Dynamite probiotic seemed to fix it for a little bit, but then it came back and I added Daily Gold, which has seemed to help for about two years now, and is pretty cheap (she only wil...
by StraightForward
Thu May 12, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10248

Re: The video thread

Jumping is so great for them. I am trying to screw up the courage to try with Tesla. I think it will be a battle but would also help her a lot. I have an AP jumping saddle, but she's probably too wide for it now.
by StraightForward
Thu May 12, 2022 4:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

I was finally able to get a lesson on Tesla with my regular instructor today. She had me putting her in a deeper frame and over-emphasizing the bend to get her unstuck in her back. Once she loosened up and was really moving forward we got some much better canter to the left, and then even managed so...
by StraightForward
Thu May 12, 2022 1:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10248

Re: The video thread

Nice tests ExVet! Brandon really has some moments showing the fancy canter he is going to have as his strength develops.
by StraightForward
Wed May 11, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Ouch Blob, I hope you're feeling better tomorrow and your finger is OK! Took Annabelle to the vet tonight and she was definitely a bit gimpy on the pavement, but nothing really noticeable on the lunge in the arena. Vet concurred that it is her left hock, but he wasn't too worried. He sent us home wi...
by StraightForward
Mon May 09, 2022 5:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Exvet - congrats on the great scores for Junior and good showing for Brandon! Aleuronx - sounds like a solid plan, glad your girl is doing well. Ponichiwa - I'm envious, what a guy Queso is! Nice bridle SF. I couldn’t get either size Micklem to fit Kyra right. I wonder if the Bobby’s is any differen...
by StraightForward
Sun May 08, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

I also bought silicon full seats that keep my butt welded to the saddle under nearly all circumstances :) Ha! In my last lesson, we'd finished and were walking on a loose rein and Annabelle suddenly spooked sideways. I declared "I will never apologize for my silicone breeches!" Instructor...
by StraightForward
Sat May 07, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Hey DQ, you are being far too hard on yourself. Just working with your mare and getting a lesson in after a 3 hour commute is quite an accomplishment! I did want to say, re: turning - I've also struggled with this. Both my girls are stiff to the right, and surprise, my body doesn't like to rotate to...
by StraightForward
Thu May 05, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10248

Re: The video thread

I finally got a chance to watch the videos of Lynx. I won't comment on whether he is "off" but I do get the impression that he is in a little more of a "frame" in front than he is ready for. In most of the trot work he is not swinging his hind legs through, so often the hoof is o...
by StraightForward
Thu May 05, 2022 2:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Well, I can already tick one goal off my list (maybe)! I hauled Tesla out yesterday and she was really good. 100% improvement over last fall and didn't even get too excited about the owners' mules. I'm going to keep taking her there now that they're open Monday nights. Yesterday the place was empty ...
by StraightForward
Mon May 02, 2022 5:01 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 14
Views: 746

Re: What to do?

Did they look at her sinus cavity with the radiographs? Does she have any tearing up? Obie had to have a large cyst removed from his sinus, but the nasal discharge was always clear. About a month ago a horse at our barn had discharge from one nostril. Owner was convinced he had strangles, but tested...
by StraightForward
Mon May 02, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Yeah the weather. :roll: I'm taking some time off this week, so hoping it evens out and I can take advantage of some extra ride time. Both girls were pretty good today. Some boarders took their horses (including the new large mini mare Tesla is entranced with) for a walk down the canal bank behind o...
by StraightForward
Sun May 01, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

I think just getting moved to Texas, with humans, horses and piggies is a big enough goal. :shock:
by StraightForward
Sun May 01, 2022 2:08 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

I might order some ear puffs…I am not showing but I am not sure she would like that but she might be OK with it. I have a pair of the soft foam ear plugs. If I can find them you can have them. Yeah, hard to find noise canceling bonnets in cob. I have on in full and one head shake and it popped righ...
by StraightForward
Sun May 01, 2022 1:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2228

April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

We are getting the April showers, but we certainly need it! Self Hit the gym at least 2x a week, and run outside 1x Clean up that diet, go lower on carbs again and drop the 5-6# that crept on over winter. Possibly sign on for DRT 2 (I have a week to decide) Break in those shiny blue boots. Annabelle...
by StraightForward
Sun May 01, 2022 1:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

I thought I might pop out and ride at least one tonight, and that thought was greeted by a long roll of thunder, so I guess it's time to closeout this two months instead. Self Finish next 5 weeks of Dressage Rider Training 1, and then go back to the beginning with the harder exercise options. I fini...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 30, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: NINE DAYS
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: NINE DAYS

One more week, how exciting! Think of all the quality time you'll get to spend with Miss A. :D

I've got 12.5 years to hit minimum retirement age, but who knows what will be happening by then.
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 25, 2022 2:31 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Saturday was blustery, and they were loading manure next to the arena with a skidsteer. They also used it to pull back the built up footing around the edge of the outdoor arena. It must be the season for arena work. Tesla very oddly just wanted to be over in the corner near the work. Once we passed,...
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 25, 2022 2:22 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10248

Re: The video thread

Imperini, nice to see you and Pal! Here is my contribution, practicing transitions in SI that were introduced in my last lesson. It's an interesting exercise in shoulder control and executing multiple demands simultaneously. I've done a little W/T/W in SI on my own, but no trot/halt or trot/canter, ...
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 21, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Second lesson with the new instructor today went well. Annabelle was still tense, but better than the first time, and of course the instructor had a better idea of where we are in our training and pushed us some more. That looked like Trot/Halt/Trot while staying in SI, as well as Canter/W/C staying...
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: It never stops, crossing hind legs?
Replies: 17
Views: 444

Re: It never stops, crossing hind legs?

Annabelle was doing that last fall. I asked the bodyworker and vet and they both just kind of shrugged. She stopped after a couple months, and no other issues seemed to go along with it.
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 166
Views: 49869

Oh yeah, we binge watched Inventing Anna! If you liked that, you might also like The Dropout, which is about the Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes fraud.
by StraightForward
Mon Apr 18, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Bridles, girths and more!
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Bridles, girths and more!

Sent you a PM :)
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 17, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Tack for sale
Topic: Bridles, girths and more!
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Bridles, girths and more!

I gathered and cleaned my extra gear for a tack sale, so I thought I'd post a list of what's left and not too bulky to ship. If anyone is interested, I can get photos and talk prices (bulk discounts people! :lol: ). Girths 30" Schleese Softy 8" girth 30" Fairfax girth 54" HDR sha...
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 17, 2022 2:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

ExVet, way to go on those third level scores! Especially after treating everyone to a rodeo spectacle the day before, sheesh! DQWB, nice to see you, I remember your screen name from UDBB. I hope you stick around and post on your progress! Demi - that sounds like a really amazing opportunity to get a...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anyone in search of a young horse?
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Anyone in search of a young horse?

She is cute, and those high whites make her so flashy! I will keep an ear out.
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 166
Views: 49869

Re: So what are you watching?

Better Call Saul is finally starting on Monday! I think this might be the best spinoff show/series ever.
by StraightForward
Thu Apr 14, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Yep, we have had that funky spring weather keeping us on our toes. Piedmont, glad Emi is being good so far with the tack walking. SueB, are you planning to show this year? I guess it's about the same distance to show in Boise or eastern Idaho for you? Khall, best of luck with the breeding endeavor. ...
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 10, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

Thanks for clarifying ExVet. We are starting to be a little more successful with some baby lateral work and counterbending, so I think it will be a more accessible tool moving forward. I do wish I'd gotten video of our last ride because I asked for a touch of counterbend in the left lead canter and ...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 09, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Susan, is your titanium bit a Fager? I've quite happy with my Fager bits; I think A appreciates the light weight. Piedmont, so glad to hear Emi's injury is recoverable! It sounds like you're working with a great vet and I know you'll do what's best for her. I had nice rides on both girls last night....
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 09, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Head tossing/head shaking
Replies: 33
Views: 1049

Re: Head tossing/head shaking

Yeah, I have one of those mesh hoods that goes over the bridle/whole head. There were more bugs at the place we took a lesson last week, and she was fussing about that too. I'm thinking I might end up putting her in the hood so at least it's not disrupting our lesson. At shows with braids it doesn't...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 09, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

Yeah, I am thinking Exvet meant travers not renvers, but I'm interested to read her clarification. The sloppy LY is doing pretty much what I think you are describing. We just aren't quite at the point where she can process asking for HI and canter simultaneously. She does seem to try to figure it ou...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 09, 2022 2:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

Thanks Khall and Exvet. I think I do tend to bring my left hand in too much in an attempt to maintain contact when she is counterbending and bulging her right shoulder. Using the sloppy leg yield seems to be helping because I know I have to create space for her left shoulder, and it gets her into th...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 09, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Head tossing/head shaking
Replies: 33
Views: 1049

Re: Head tossing/head shaking

I'm sure you would have notice this, but could it be his hair? When Annabelle gets more bouncy and in a frame the front of her mane starts tickling her ears and she starts shaking her head. Since she tends to dump her bridle if I put her in a fly bonnet, she just has to deal with it.
by StraightForward
Fri Apr 08, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

Thanks Chisamba, interesting thought. I don't think so, but will keep it in mind. Yesterday was very sunny and she was quite good except for the canter. Eventually she got going on the right lead and I kept her cruising for about 2.5 circuits of the arena. I felt like she had switched in back, but a...
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 05, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10248

Re: The video thread

Thanks Blob - I should probably try to switch it up. She used to be so stiff behind the saddle the hips would just trail but now I can catch her hips pretty well. I'll try stair step SI to HP on our next ride and see how it goes.
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 05, 2022 2:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Well dang, Heddy! I hope the surgery thing gets resolved. Moving, much less with horses, is stressful enough on its own. Chantal, good to hear from you. It sounds like Mikey is coming back well, and just in time for spring. I audited GR last summer as well and got some good tips. He said we must hav...
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

Khall, I think we have the opposite problem - I watched video from yesterday and Tesla is getting a little buried in her poll and over striding with her hind legs, so I think she can't lift up into the canter from there. The last video was apparently our high water mark, and now we've regressed a bi...
by StraightForward
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:23 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10248

Re: The video thread

Joplin looks like so much fun! Here is how Annabelle's trot HP is coming along. Left kind of tends to fall apart after several steps. The nice thing about training lateral work on a slope, is how much easier it is when we get to a flat arena. I do try to do both directions up and downslope to keep i...
by StraightForward
Sun Apr 03, 2022 3:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Submission and "positive tension"
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Submission and "positive tension"

It is interesting how they can react so differently! Exvet, Annabelle doesn't really care about horses in the arena. The other day I did feel the pogo stick in the mail when we were riding up the rail and someone came in the other direction and took a crossrail about 5' from us just as we passed, bu...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 02, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.
Replies: 33
Views: 1486

Re: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat.

I'm sorry, that is awful! :cry:
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Submission and "positive tension"
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Submission and "positive tension"

I thought about putting this in the spooking thread, but I think it's more about aspects of submission. Annabelle's style of spooking is "the pogo stick." It usually comes out of nowhere, she slams her front feet into the ground the pops straight up. As we've been advancing, this is gettin...
by StraightForward
Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress
Replies: 326
Views: 10994

Re: Looking forward to looking forward - March/April Goals and Progress

Interesting Chisamba. He has been up here for clinics a couple times, but I think I had a conflict so I couldn't audit. Instructor's mom and aunt live nearby, so I'm sure she'll be up here and do some lessons at least 1-2x this summer, so it will be interesting to see if anything changes with her te...
by StraightForward
Fri Apr 01, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Health and fitness 2022
Replies: 22
Views: 1649

Re: Health and fitness 2022

Nicely done, Chisamba and Fzybt! I just finished the last two workouts for DRT 1 this morning. I enjoyed the program and will probably start back at week 6, and also venture back into my gym a couple times a week. I need to use the elliptical machine a couple times a week because my foot and ankle h...

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