Letting it go

Dressage Mom Archive on August 7, 2011, 1:26 am

So I still get weepy when I think that I'll never ride Kaswyn down the centerline again at the upper levels, but now that I've finally made a decision that I'm not going to try to get him back to where he was I'm much better. In fact, I'm considering buying that young horse. Seriously considering it. Here is the thing - I like to show. I've been showing other people's horses for the past few years while Kaswyn has been off, and it's nice and all but it comes with certain issues. I can't always do
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Heart made of lead

Dressage Mom Archive on August 3, 2011, 4:11 pm

I had a very sad revelation yesterday.I rode Kaswyn and we worked on our usual stuff of the moment - straightness, some circles, and then I fooled around a little bit with some flying changes just for fun.Then I rode this new horse, a six year old purebred Arabian gelding (who I have really become quite smitten with... more on that later) and I realized that this young horse has a lot of go. I had to take my spurs off and didn't have a whip, and this young guy was still flying. He doesn't get the
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Do you strap one on?

Dressage Mom Archive on July 31, 2011, 3:50 am

This email from Lyndsey White (co-founder riders4helmets - http://www.riders4helmets.com/) just came through on the horse bloggers email list."A special video presentation by US Olympian Courtney King Dye who suffered a traumatic brain injury in March 2010 opened the 2nd Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium on July 23rd. The video was posted just 48 hrs ago and has already been viewed nearly 7000 times. To view the video please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awJDYBhBPzk. To view reports
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Crooked to the left, crooked to the right

Dressage Mom Archive on July 30, 2011, 12:58 pm

Sometimes it's just really hard to make any progress.It seems like it's always something. Either Kaswyn is having an issue or I am. Recently it has been me. Two weeks ago I got really sick and spent three solid days in bed. Then a few days ago I had a really severe asthma attack and had to stay indoors and away from dust and mold for three days while my meds reduced the inflammation in my lungs. It's frustrating.Kaswyn has been doing pretty well despite my absences. Our big issue right now is with
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Cute boy

Dressage Mom Archive on July 22, 2011, 10:41 pm

So it's not news that's it's been hot around most of the country recently, and our neck of the woods was no exception. For the past two days I didn't ride Kaswyn because, well, he's no spring chicken anymore and I figured we could wait until it got less obnoxious heat-wise. No sense in pushing it and making him feel icky. I still went out to visit him, walk him, and give him a cool shower. Today when I was hand walking him I decided to reach over and scratch his itchy spot on his withers while we
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Dressage Mom Archive on July 18, 2011, 10:31 pm

So I haven't done an update on Kaswyn in awhile, mostly because I'm afraid to put this down in print, or even utter the words.He's been sound.I've been working really hard, but very slowly with the biomechanics stuff, and had been riding him in a bareback pad for a few months. This was because I just wasn't getting the feel of when he was straight or crooked, or when he threw his shoulder or haunches this way or that way when I was riding in a saddle. So I went to the bareback pad and really concentrated
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Flip Camera winner!

Dressage Mom Archive on July 14, 2011, 3:00 pm

The winner of the Purina Flip camera (chosen by random drawing) is OnTheBit! Please send me your mailing address at dressagemomblog@yahoo.com so I can ship you your camera! I hope you have lots of fun with it.Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Now I have a whole list of blogs to check out!Updates on Kaswyn will be coming...when I get the time to sit down and write! Summer is always crazy!
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Win a Flip camera from Purina

Dressage Mom Archive on June 29, 2011, 11:03 am

Purina is running a program called "60 Day Challenge" where they say "Try Purina® feed for 60 days and you'll see the difference in your animals or we'll buy back the feed. " They'll send you feed coupons and there is a place on the web site for you to upload photos and share your story about how Purina feed has made a difference in your horse (or other animal, the program is open to the many species of animals that they manufacture food for).Purina has sent me a Flip video camera and a coupon
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Back in the saddle

Dressage Mom Archive on June 26, 2011, 11:32 am

It's strange to take a week off from riding, but I did it.Not because something was wrong, but because our whole family went on vacation to Turks and Caicos (small islands in the Caribbean) to a Beaches resort for a week to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. It was a fantastic time! All inclusive (yes, booze too), plenty of sun and sand, and lots of activities for the kids.Back home now, and I'm heading out to the barn today. I hope my rides don't make me sore! Ack!Can't wait to see
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ShowSheen Contest Winners!

Dressage Mom Archive on June 18, 2011, 11:49 pm

I got pictures of some very dirty horses for the ShowSheen contest! Each of the winners will get a free bottle of the new ShowSheen! (Click here to see a quick video of the new ShowSheen).And the winners are -Mary ColemanValerie ConfortiJennifer CroweLisa McClarren SinticLexi PassaroPlease email your mailing addresses to dressagemomblog@yahoo.com so I can get your prizes to you. Thanks for playing!And a big thanks to Absorbine for supplying the prizes!
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Topics of interest, in three parts. Part 3.

Dressage Mom Archive on June 17, 2011, 12:42 pm

One more day to send me your dirty horse picture to win a can of the new ShowSheen ! Go here for details.Part 3 - The road before us, as I see it now.Craig has talked to me before about my horse, obviously. But last time I had a big ol' crisis he gave it a lot of thought and has this epiphany. This time, be must have known my breakdown was coming, because he approached it not with anger or frustration, but with compassion and understanding.He sat down with me on the couch where I was moping and
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Topics of interest, in three parts. Part 2.

Dressage Mom Archive on June 16, 2011, 6:00 pm

First - send me your dirty horse pictures to win a can of the new ShowSheen ! Go here for details. Contest ends June 18.Now, Part 2. The emotions of last week's dressage show.I went to a dressage show this past weekend. I've been to lots of dressage shows, mostly with Kaswyn, but I have gone to other shows without my horse and have ridden other horses. For a variety of reasons, this last show was different.Kaswyn has been "not quite right" for six years now. I've done just about everything I could
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Topics of interest, in three parts. Part 1.

Dressage Mom Archive on June 15, 2011, 1:27 pm

I have three things to talk about. I'll start with the easy one - some things that I have learned from Lee.During my last lesson on Lee with my trainer, she pointed out that I was riding crooked. That I was up off of my right seatbone, my right shoulder was up and forward, and that I was raising my right hand.Since then I'm been concentrating on trying to fix this issue. I found that I'm much better at the trot - it's the canter that gets me twisted and not centered. I had to finally get a mental
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ShowSheen for you, too!

Dressage Mom Archive on June 8, 2011, 12:24 pm

The good folks at Absorbine want you to try ShowSheen 2.0 too! So, they have agreed to give free bottles to five lucky Dressage Mom readers. Here is all you have to do -Send me a picture of your horse at it's dirtiest. Caked with mud, dust, poop, whatever. Rinse those babies off and then let them roll in the dirt! Turn them out in that muddy paddock! Do whatever you have to do, but get them nice and dirty and get a picture. The top five dirtiest horse pictures will get a free bottle of the new ShowSheen!
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ShowSheen 2.0

Dressage Mom Archive on June 6, 2011, 12:30 pm

Absorbine contacted me and asked me if I'd like to try some of their new products. Of course I said "Sure!", cause I love Absorbine stuff.The first thing I tried is the new ShowSheen.First of all, the sprayer is not a pump, but a continuous mist. It will spray at any angle, even upside-down, and doesn't make any noise when you push the button on top to spray it. It smells a little different, but it's not unpleasant. I used it on Kaswyn's tail, which I keep braided up. I hadn't taken his tail down
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Let me 'splain

Dressage Mom Archive on May 25, 2011, 10:17 pm

So, I'm done with my little temper tantrum. Sorry about that.Yeah, it's not that big a deal that people say I should retire Kaswyn and buy Lee. I shouldn't be such an over-reactive snot about it. I was just really frustrated about Kaswyn, and I was feeling sorry for myself. Believe me, I wish I could buy Lee too. He's great, and he works well for me. I just can't afford it. That makes me sad.So I just got overwhelmed and was feeling bad. I'm less drama queen about it now.It helps that I have a bit
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In the ribs

Dressage Mom Archive on May 23, 2011, 2:46 pm

Dr. Chiro came out last Thursday and gave Kaswyn another adjustment. He said that Kaswyn's left shoulder was less tight than it had been before, so the stretching has been helping him. When I told the doc that Kaswyn was still not quite even at the trot, he checked his shoulders, neck, and chest for sore sports. He found some soreness in Kaswyn's chest, right between his font legs and over on the left side.Dr. Chrio said Kaswyn could have a rib out of place, which could be pressing on the underside
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 17, 2011, 4:19 pm

Kaswyn is still not sound. He's not lame but he's still taking a short stride on the left front. I can tell that when I do the left shoulder stretches that he's sore, and it's painful.I have Dr. Chiro coming back out on Thursday. I know that he's only had one treatment and I've only been doing the stretching and exercises for two weeks, but frankly I'm frustrated and impatient. I've done every treatment that the vets and other equine professionals have suggested. I have faithfully followed all instructions
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 9, 2011, 12:09 am

Many people get butterflies when they are about to compete in a show. I don't get nervous, but I get the "really excited" kind of butterflies. Today I wasn't at a show but I got really excited. The instructions from Dr. Chiro were that I was to warm Kaswyn up before I started the stretching exercises. So I lunged Kaswyn instead of riding him so that I could see him move. He was totally sound and even at the trot going to the left. He looked as good as he did after those neuroma injections last year.
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Great session

Dressage Mom Archive on May 7, 2011, 12:57 am

Tonight I had a fantastic session with the chiropractor that my massotherapy/biomechanics lady recommended for me. He's a human chiropractor but he got into horses when his daughter started riding. She encouraged him to learn about horse chiropractic, and he took courses and learned all about it.He arrived and I got Kaswyn out. He asked how old he was, what he did, and what his problems were. Sheesh, where to begin? I gave him a quick rundown of "Well, he had a neurectomy five years ago, then recently
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