Dressage Mom Archive on June 28, 2010, 10:21 pm

Okay guys, I really need your support right about now!I fell from second place to third today, and third place will not get me to the WEG. I'll notifying all the networks that I can think of asking them to post some help for votes for me. Arabian Horse Association, Equestrian Collections, Northern Ohio Dressage Association, all my FaceBook friends, the SCA, all these people are on board but it hasn't been enough. It's getting serious now. I need votes, and you guys can help. Plaster this link everywhere
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I'm still here...

Dressage Mom Archive on June 25, 2010, 4:20 am

...but really, I'm there -> I still need your votes.And I'm really tired and sore. Tuesday I did the jumping phase of Sheri's Great 8, and tonight (two days later) the vaulting phase. Let me just tell you that my stairs and I are not friends. Who would have thought that jumping would make my calves hurt?! All that aside, I'm having an absolute BLAST doing all these riding disciplines. Now I need a shower and some sleep. *yawn!*
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Tweet it

Dressage Mom Archive on June 20, 2010, 5:17 pm

Okay dear readers, I need your help.I have a blog. I have a Facebook account. I don't have a Twitter account. Someone else already has, and has had it for awhile. I never made an account, so I'm not connected to the twitter community.Here is where you come in. Can you Dressage Mom fans tweet this link and ask folks to vote for me? - Hopefully I'll get some re-tweets, and then some votes.I've gotten a few emails from you readers
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Two down, five to go

Dressage Mom Archive on June 19, 2010, 5:57 pm

Well it's been an interesting week.Thursday I went and got some reining instruction. You can see my blog post all about that here - on Friday I had a meeting with an eventing professional. Yes, I jumped. And it was fun. That post is coming. I've got video to edit and a writeup to do.However, my butt hurts! Seriously. Two days in two different, unfamiliar saddles and my tush is really sore. Not just on my seat bones, but all along the back too. Sitting
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Viva la Groundhog, Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on June 16, 2010, 11:42 am

Part two of the giant rat (well, giant hoels too) story is up on it and enjoy. And vote too, please.Also, I have a really fantastic series planned for that blog over there. It's going to be awesome. I'm excited, but also a bit scared. This is really going to stretch my boundaries as a rider and a blogger. There will be photos. There will be video. More details later, hopefully by Saturday.So stay tuned. You won't want to miss it.
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Viva la Groundhog

Dressage Mom Archive on June 15, 2010, 1:27 pm

I have a new blog post up on the Purina page. Go there to read it. You can click on "View Sheri Israel's Blog Posts" or scroll down to see them. They can also be found at the bottom of the right sidebar. Oh, and while you're there you can vote for me! 1 of 2!
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Live From Lexington Voting Starts Today!

Dressage Mom Archive on June 14, 2010, 1:00 pm

Okay, so here is my blog site on the Purina Live From Lexington page - should be able to see my most current blog posts on the right side of the page. I should have one up there right now. It's a little blurb about me, as a sort of introduction. Click over to the page to read it, and while you're there VOTE FOR ME!Vote every day! I'll keep reminding you, don't worry.Thanks. Enjoy!
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Changes of different kinds

Dressage Mom Archive on June 11, 2010, 1:30 pm

Changes of the Horse Kind -Little Albert and I have been working on flying lead changes. It it hard for both of us, because I've never tried to teach a horse to do these before. My trainer taught my horse to do them over six weeks when I had hurt my back and couldn't ride, so I never had the experience. Let me tell you it's mush easier if the horse already knows how to do them!The problem is he knows how to do them. He's just anxious about them , and would rather panic and avoid the whole situation.
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I'm a Semi-Finalist!

Dressage Mom Archive on June 9, 2010, 3:01 pm

Purina picked me as a semi-finalist for their Live From Lexington World Equestrian Games contest! I'm so excited, I don't even know where to begin.Well, actually I need to begin by asking for all of your help. On June 14, next Monday, I will start blogging from the Live From Lexington site along with the other three semi-finalists. Visitors to the page will be able to vote on the blogger who they think should be one of two Purina blog-o-spondents at the World Equestrian Games.So I'll need you all
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No news is...

Dressage Mom Archive on June 9, 2010, 1:53 am

..bad news? Or not news at all?I'm not really sure, actually.I haven't heard about the semi-finalists for the Purina Live From Lexington contest. The website says they will announce the four semi-finalists on Monday, June 7. Well, it's Tuesday, June 8 and I haven't heard anything. The website says they are picking the semi-finalists, and there is no other information listed.So since I haven't heard, I can come to one of two conclusions.#1 - They have not picked me as one of the semi-finalists, but
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Two days until results!

Dressage Mom Archive on June 5, 2010, 7:21 pm

The Live From Lexington Contest, sponsored by Purina, will be announcing their four semi-finalists on June 7th. I think there are 223 entries, including mine.If I'm lucky enough to be chosen as one of the finalists, then the voting begins! The semi-finalists will blog from and visitors will be able to vote (once per 24 hour period) for their favorite semi-finalist between June 14 and July 12. That's a lot of time to vote! Then the two semi-finalists with the most votes will
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Educating Albert

Dressage Mom Archive on June 2, 2010, 12:05 pm

Last week I had a lesson with my trainer on Albert. He's my friend Susan's 18 year old Arabian gelding, and last year I showed him Training and First Level. My trainer has had him in training in the past, but it's always been for a few months at a time, and never anything consistent. Since I moved Kaswyn back to our old barn where Albert is, I've been riding both horses (well, when Kaswyn isn't hurt, that is). Albert has always had tons of talent and is very willing to work, but this is the first
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The Great Turnout Debate

Dressage Mom Archive on May 27, 2010, 3:35 pm

Kaswyn has been on stall rest (plus handwalking) for the past month while his lateral collateral ligament in his left front leg heals. I've been hand-walking and grazing him every day, and he's out of his stall for 45 minutes to an hour. He's used to being out either during the day or all night in the summer, and it really sucks when the rest of the horses are out and he is cooped up in his stall. But, he needs to heal, so it's necessary.I wasn't expecting to have Marge, the barn owner, approach
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Step it up

Dressage Mom Archive on May 23, 2010, 5:26 pm

So at work there is this fitness contest thing where groups of people are signing up in teams for weight loss, healthy eating, pedometer steps, stuff like that. So just for fun I signed up and got myself a pedometer.Now you're only supposed to walk with it, and most sources say that it won't be accurate for anything other than walking. However, I decided to wear it riding just to see how many steps the pedometer said that I took.I got on Albert, and timed my ride from start to finish. I only rode
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Dressage Mom is now on Facebook

Dressage Mom Archive on May 17, 2010, 1:49 pm

I finally bit the bullet and made a Facebook Page for this blog.Find me here - - and send me a friend request.Then you can follow the blog on Facebook, using this link - can also follow the blog by looking to the right sidebar under "Follow Dressage Mom on Facebook" and click the "Follow this blog" button.I'll be posting smaller snippets of info about what I'm doing at the barn, along with the longer standard
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Live From Lexington!

Dressage Mom Archive on May 17, 2010, 3:10 am

The World Equestrian Games is coming to Lexington, KY this year, and Purina has teamed up with and Active riding trips to run a contest where two winners are chosen to be blog-o-spondants for the World Equestrian Games (WEG).I decided to enter the contest. There are two components - a video entry and an essay portion.Here is a link to my video entry -And here is my essay portion -***Sheri Israel is Dressage Mom, and wants to be A World Equestrian Games Blog-O-Spondant! EXPERIENCE
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Clinic Visit - Part 4

Dressage Mom Archive on May 13, 2010, 4:13 pm

Part 1 Part 2Part 3My friend Z brought me and Kaswyn back to the clinic four days later for the MRI. We had a wait a bit while they finished up with the last MRI. Then they doped my poor pony up and brought him into the MRI suite.It's a really cool setup. Here is the outer room. The floor is all rubber matted, and there are warning signs all over.This is the MRI machine. The whole room is temperature controlled because changes in temperature affect the machine.The metal cuff thing is what goes around
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Clinic Visit - Part 3

Dressage Mom Archive on May 3, 2010, 2:20 pm

Part 1Part 2 This is the video of Dr. G analyzing the x-ray images. He compared the images took this year in 2010 to the images we took in 2006. This is just part of the reason why this man is so amazing.Since I'm suspicious of the left front splint bone, I had Dr. G take some images of that area too. He compared them to the 2006 images. I don't have video of that analysis (I'm kicking myself for not getting that video!), but the end result was that the bottom part of the splint bone has fused to
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Clinic Visit - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on April 27, 2010, 2:00 pm

Part 1Here is my wonderful boy, waiting for the nerve block on his left front foot to take affect.After 15 minutes we went back out and did another flex test of the left front leg. First Kaswyn was just trotted up and back on the pavement, and you can hear Doc saying "It's to help him get used to the block." And then he says "Looks pretty good, doesn't it?"Yes sir, it does look good.Then the flex test of the left front. Negative.Finally, lunging.Clearly we had pain relief with the low block of the
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Clinic Visit - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on April 24, 2010, 1:10 am

When I rode Kaswyn on Thursday night, I knew something he was very off. Susan happened to be at the barn and said that it looked like he was lame in the left front leg. Now, you're probably wondering why I would ride him on Thursday if I was already planning on taking him to the vet on Friday. Well, Dr. G has told me in the past that when we are trying to diagnose a lameness by treating certain parts, like injecting the hocks, that I should keep Kaswyn working so that whatever still hurts him will
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