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by exvet
Sat May 21, 2022 7:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

I entered Brandon in training 1 & 2 on Saturday for the upcoming recognized show in June. It's a two-day show (actually a separate show each day) not only making it far more expensive to show the full weekend but I think expecting Brandon to go to his first recognized show, all indoors and perfo...
by exvet
Sat May 21, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Huge mom brag!
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: Huge mom brag!

Congrats! That's quite an accomplishment. Sounds like your son has more than just a bright future ahead.
by exvet
Sat May 21, 2022 1:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Wow demi she's nice! You look good on her too, good size and nice type. Wishing you lots of fun (and safe) adventures!
by exvet
Mon May 16, 2022 1:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Demi, I wish you strength and positive vibes regarding your SIL's situation. Good luck with the PPE too. The lesson with the 'new' clinician went well yesterday. She gave me some really good exercises to work on with Junior and targeted homework. One specific exercise that I think is going to be the...
by exvet
Sun May 15, 2022 1:38 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Thank you to everyone for their kind words. They are very comforting. One day of stall rest is done. He was not pleased with his hay bag filled with soaked hay. For all of you who have BTDT, I fully understand what you're trying to say. I know the odds are against me and the likelihood is that I wi...
by exvet
Sat May 14, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

And... came home to the most exciting package!! It's stunningly beautiful and fits brillant, I cannot wait to go down center line wearing it soon. Schooling show tomorrow for another knock the rust off go around but with it hot as hades I won't be rocking the jacket just yet. Good luck at the show!...
by exvet
Sat May 14, 2022 7:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Goldhorse - thanks for the link. He does come from tried-and-true stock that's for sure. There are some in my family that would point to one or two several generations back as possibly being 'more prone' to producing stock with metabolic issues. I can identify though with the 'hope you can get away ...
by exvet
Sat May 14, 2022 2:10 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Goldhorse, another one who has BTDT. It's rough watching them go through their flare ups. I ended up losing my first heart horse, my Arabian (Bey Shah son) who helped me earn my bronze to laminitis. He rotated and began sinking so I felt I had to let him go. He was not the most mentally fit for long...
by exvet
Sat May 14, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Exvet Juliet is not a broodmare candidate. She’s n/pssm1. 50% chance of passing it on. Would not breed this mare anyway. Conformationally challenged and nothing special talent wise combined with a mental quirk that’s landed her owner in the hospital from her spooks. She also colics regularly and ha...
by exvet
Fri May 13, 2022 8:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

My next biggest news is Juliet. I had thought our relationship would come to an end when her owner decided she wanted to move her in order to not be constricted by my concerns over her riding the horse. Juliet took matters over by having eye issues. Serious uveitis issues for the past two weeks now...
by exvet
Thu May 12, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

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. Thank you StraightForward et al. I plan to start Brandon over fences next month when he turns 5. I don't do a lot of course work but more gymnastic set ups and one line bounces. ...
by exvet
Wed May 11, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: HTBF Colonel Brandon
Replies: 67
Views: 8183

Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

In the test on the video Brandon scored a 7 on gaits; but the Intro C test I rode before it (where he thought the white railing was somewhat suspect and had even more tension) I received a 6.5. For reference (and you can see it in the video thread) Junior scored a 6 on gaits with the word 'walk' und...
by exvet
Wed May 11, 2022 1:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

Thank you Tanga. THAT is certainly the plan. Do you know Molly Martin? She moved here from Washington (so I'm told). I might be riding with her this weekend. It's my observation that she's helped a couple of locals with their FC challenges. Hoping to get similar help if it all comes to fruition.
by exvet
Wed May 11, 2022 1:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

sigh. i have been thinking the last few weeks how insecure and weak i've felt in my position lately and well today i paid for it. I was cantering RP on a long rein in half-seat while warming up. He spooked, i lost balance more than i should have, which scared him and led to plenty of bucks and me h...
by exvet
Tue May 10, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

Here is a link of my third level test 2 ridden at Saturday's schooling show. I swear the wind was blowing us off the rail ;) We got one change, but my pony was pretty exhausted riding two tests back-to-back so the second one just didn't happen. This was his second test of the day. It seems like we c...
by exvet
Tue May 10, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: HTBF Colonel Brandon
Replies: 67
Views: 8183

Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Here is a video of Brandon's training level test 1 (from Saturday)- first time he and I have ever ridden this test (I've never practiced it with him but I have ridden this test or the older version (longer free walk back then) a few times in the previous test cycle. Given the wind and the flapping t...
by exvet
Sun May 08, 2022 2:12 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

Mission accomplished! Despite 40 mph wind, we managed to get Brandon through 2 tests which he won and scored well into the 60's. There were flapping tents, blowing trash, loose horses, etc and though we got a couple 'tense' comments (to which I laughed) he did pretty darn good. He got all of his can...
by exvet
Fri May 06, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

It's good to know that there are younger generations of trainers that have the right focus in bringing a horse along in their training. I have to admit that I've had to go back in time and dust off some of my old resources and honestly I'm glad that I did. I pulled out my old DVD of Kyra Kyrklund tr...
by exvet
Fri May 06, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

Thank you Ryeissa. No matter what, he's a fun little horse and I enjoy him. This is what counts and imo why most of us do this thing called dressage. He's only going to get stronger and better. It's nerve racking to know they have some sort of challenge and even more so doing the due diligence to d...
by exvet
Thu May 05, 2022 2:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

LSP-- I'm not sure If i've mentioned this to you before. But when MM was around 4, she seemed NQR. It was very subtle and at times I thought I was imaging it, but it was definitely different than It used to be and also some sport horse experts confirmed something was NQR, though not official LAME. ...
by exvet
Sun May 01, 2022 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 137
Views: 2229

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

No April showers here just wildfires, ugh! The season has started early this year. Me: Get my back more fit and particularly my right leg (left leg as one would expect is plenty strong). I'm finding that as I improve my lat strength (in the right way) I'm better able to control my right-hand issues ...
by exvet
Thu Apr 28, 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

No kidding to the time flying! right? I too have some 'similar goals" A. I need to lose 5 lbs. Much of it is muscle from all the work I'm doing but I don't like the creep. As for the rest of my goals, well of course it's to improve my riding.......more of the same in terms of what I need to do ...
by exvet
Tue Apr 26, 2022 6:16 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

Thanks, PF and Aleuronx helpful to hear from people who have ridden with him. I am definitely ok with someone who is tough on me. I want my money's worth! And I do tend to thrive with instructors who are tough or even harsh. I don't think it's that RP isn't fit or healthy just that he is unpredicta...
by exvet
Fri Apr 22, 2022 10:26 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

Lunged Junior on Tuesday night after work. He was nice and adjustable at the canter. Rode Junior yesterday working simply on keeping him supple. Rode today in a clinic with my fave Ellie Stine-Masek. We worked specifically on getting him and keeping him more supple in the canter. Towards the end of ...
by exvet
Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:17 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

Tanga - 3/4 mostly on 3-2 but a 5.5 at 3-1 for the first one and I think a 4 on the second one.

Allergy animal cases make up most of my medical caseload right now.
by exvet
Tue Apr 19, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Having 3 dogs is like having 2 toddlers
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: Having 3 dogs is like having 2 toddlers

Um yeah, I used to take my JRTs to work with me every day but I'm down to one JRT and where I work I'm not allowed to bring the dogs on a daily basis. However, I do so agree with you. My 3, the ancient JRT (hard of hearing and poor eyesight) and the 2 Spanish water dogs are most definitely like have...
by exvet
Tue Apr 19, 2022 12:54 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

Congratulations on your excellent results! I love when judges use the full range of scores available to them. Nothing more insipid than an entire test of 6s when you and everyone else who watched knows there should have been a bigger range. His trot mediums in 3-2 were really good, I could see how ...
by exvet
Tue Apr 19, 2022 2:36 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

Exvet I think I like you 3-2 a bit better! Both were nice tests and I’m so happy for you and Junior. Yeah, when I watched them me too; but the turn on the haunches were far better in my first test which I hope to make more of a habit. Exvet I loved watching because this is my level too. May I ask a...
by exvet
Mon Apr 18, 2022 9:02 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

Thanks everyone. I must admit I'm so grateful that Junior's 'other' personality was short-lived. Here is a clip of 3-1. We had a brief hiccup at A at the canter where Junior thought I wanted a flying change and then when I asked there was too much hesitation. Plus in the beginning it took too long t...
by exvet
Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:40 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

OWwwww! So sorry Tanga that smarts! Hope you heal quickly. Demi! Let me enable you ;) try out the horse and if it's a fit, BUY IT! Chisamba! Let me enable you too!!!! Breed your mare to make a horse you believe is going to be the mount that you want. You have skill. You have the eye and if it ends u...
by exvet
Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:19 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

Quick update, Junior was a very well-behaved boy today! This is the pony I know and have come to count on. We won our third level test 1 with a 64 & change and we came in second in our third level test 2 with a 63 which has me over the moon. My goals were two-fold to simply score a 60+ and to no...
by exvet
Fri Apr 15, 2022 10:58 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

Yes, welcome back DQ! Gosh those are eye-popping boots! You should post a picture of them on. Well, I'm not sure what to expect tomorrow. I hauled Junior over to the show grounds to school my tests early this afternoon. I'm having an exceptionally difficult time remembering to include the 20-meter c...
by exvet
Thu Apr 14, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Head tossing/head shaking
Replies: 33
Views: 1049

Re: Head tossing/head shaking

I read a couple of articles and watched videos regarding horses with tongue issues by Anja Beran. I found one particular horse that she took on very interesting because he had been demonstrating chronic tongue/contact/bit problems (or so everyone thought) and this went on for years. It appears that ...
by exvet
Wed Apr 13, 2022 1:09 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

Wind has been exceptionally high here too for the last several days. I worked Junior on the line last night despite it since the show is coming up this weekend. He worked so well over the gymnastics I set up for him and his canter departs were prompt and forward. Hopefully I can keep that under sadd...
by exvet
Wed Apr 13, 2022 3:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

LoL Morgans and Welsh Cobs aren't for those who prefer the greyhound physique ;) I'm afraid Brandon shows signs of more 'exploding' in terms of growth. His current width is what has caused me to fall back into a somewhat chair seat position at times. I'm going to wait for him to stop growing before ...
by exvet
Tue Apr 12, 2022 1:59 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

blob wrote:Exvet--the link doesn't seem to be working, it says video unavailable when I click on it.


I changed it from private to public. Looks like it just took a while for the update to register. See if it works now. Thx.
by exvet
Tue Apr 12, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The video thread
Replies: 239
Views: 10249

Re: The video thread

So at first I wasn't going to post this due to the fact that Brandon and I are going through another ugh the saddle doesn't fit perfectly in the expanding young horse phase, thus putting me in more of a chair seat position than I would like; but, it does demonstrate the training phase we're going th...
by exvet
Tue Apr 12, 2022 1:52 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

Well I’ve gotten a wild hair and am taking Gaila in for breeding exam tomorrow. Depending on how she looks I’m going to buy a dose of frozen Saphiro semen and give it a try! I really want another Saphiro baby!! Wish us luck Good luck! Very jealous. I so wish I could breed another Junior or even a T...
by exvet
Sun Apr 10, 2022 3:06 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

SF, I do think you can improve the canter, at least make is stronger and more engaged, though you have all my admiration for taking on a horse that is rather large; so, my suspicion is that you'll be one way or another developing a true six pack, LOL, in order to do so. Trust me, working on the cant...
by exvet
Sat Apr 09, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

SF I apologize for the confusion and my mistake in choice of words so I'll try again. When I watched your last video that you posted it appeared to me that your horse was leaning on the right shoulder (falling over it) and keeping her left hind out/not engaging her left hind. It also appears that sh...
by exvet
Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Keeping calm and cantering on
Replies: 53
Views: 2184

Re: Keeping calm and cantering on

I think you're managing the challenges of strength (her need for more) & balance with such a good-sized mount quite well. Most of what I see are balance and straightness issues in a horse who is very strong (but still needing more ability to carry in the hind which she won't develop without bein...
by exvet
Sun Apr 03, 2022 11:06 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

Congrats Susan, SF and LPS. Sounds like lots of accomplishments and progress. I rode Junior in the arena this morning with our upcoming show in mind. Poor guy, I was simply not going to accept anything but correct transitions. We actually had a pretty good ride and I think I'm working out how to get...
by exvet
Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.
Replies: 33
Views: 1487

Re: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat.

We live in town, not on the open range. Oh. Yes. The citation will be issued. Even in town here since everything has grown out to envelope the various towns that make up the metro most areas still have their ordinances written with the focus of fencing things out. Seems counterintuitive but old hab...
by exvet
Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for my sick dog please- Edit- new friend March 2022
Replies: 57
Views: 7925

Re: Jingles for my sick dog please- Edit- new friend March 2022

Stunning and congratulations on your new family member.
by exvet
Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.
Replies: 33
Views: 1487

Re: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat.

My condolences for your loss. In Arizona we are required to fence things out, not fence things in. Animal control would likely have the same response here unless the animal was a repeated menace. I personally would have them write the citation even if it seems minimal because escalation or repeat of...
by exvet
Sat Apr 02, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Submission and "positive tension"
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Submission and "positive tension"

I have certainly had a couple of moments where both Brandon and Junior have been concentrating and focusing so much on me and what I was asking for that the recognition that a horse was 'all of a sudden there' registered anything from a quick little shy to an OMG 180 spin. I do my best to try to get...
by exvet
Sat Apr 02, 2022 2:36 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

Commiserating with those who have been dealing with some of the more challenging aspects of horse health management. I woke up yesterday morning and hustled out to take care of the critters before my farrier arrived only to find that the patterns in the sand in my arena clearly was evidence of all-o...
by exvet
Fri Apr 01, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: managing grass allergies
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: managing grass allergies

I realize that this was directed to Blobu; but, yes, they still do allergy shots and the stinker pony was on them for a few years. I found that they helped but they became too cost prohibitive without enough benefit. I was lucky that the stinker's symptoms were mostly skin/hair issues so we were abl...
by exvet
Fri Apr 01, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Rehab strategy and program for illness rather than injury
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Rehab strategy and program for illness rather than injury

As you start to get into warmer/more humid weather, I would also add that monitoring body temperature would be wise if you note any nostril flare or 20% increase in respiratory rate. Horses with COPD or any respiratory compromise even if they sweat are at more risk of heat stress/stroke and once tha...
by exvet
Fri Apr 01, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 14
Views: 746

Re: What to do?

I am going to raise my hand and say I can't overemphasize the value of dental xrays. I have saved more teeth with their use than prior to the availability of using this modality. Without that view below the gumline, you simply have to make a call based on what you see and feel and we've been learnin...

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