In process

Dressage Mom Archive on May 30, 2009, 2:13 am

I'm working on commentary and video of my lessons on Thursday. Since Kaswyn is healing I only had two - the first on Albert (for which I have no video - bummer) and the second one on Skyy. As always, I got a lot out of my lessons. I'll share the info when I get it done.
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Visiting Dr. G

Dressage Mom Archive on May 28, 2009, 1:50 am

It always sucks to have to take your horse to the vet, but Dr. G's office is great. I actually like to go there because I always learn something. It would just be nice if I didn't always have to learn on my horse.Susan was able to finish with work early and get to the barn in time to drive her truck and the trailer to the vet's office. When I was able to get a good look at the trailer I decided that I could have done it, but was just as happy to let Susan do it. After all, she had hauled the trailer
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 27, 2009, 1:09 pm

Kaswyn took a funny step yesterday when I was warming him up and now he's off. He had felt sore on Saturday so I had Susan give him one gram of bute twice a day and he had two days off. Then yesterday he took a bad step behind and then was really off. I wouldn't call it lame, but certainly not as good as he should be. He got another gram of bute. Then I started making phone calls.Dr. B is booked until next Tuesday, as was Dr. G. However, I called Dr. G's office this morning to check for cancellation
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FDA - what's going on there?

Dressage Mom Archive on May 22, 2009, 4:41 pm

I got this comment on another post, but I'm assuming that this comment is in regards to my last post about using the Polyglycan instead of the Legend and Adequan -"The issue really is do you want to use a product that is not FDA approved and therefore requires no testing and can claim anything they want on an animal you love to save a few bucks. There is a reason is cheaper. "This looks valid on the surface, but let me give some information out about the FDA. FDA approval just means that the FDA
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Keeping it straight

Dressage Mom Archive on May 21, 2009, 3:08 pm

Now that I'm taking three lessons in one night I'm starting to have problems remembering what I have to do with who. It was easy with one, not to bad with two, but with all three I think I'm forgetting things. So after my last lesson I came home and jotted down some notes.5/18/09 lesson notesSkyy - make steady uncompromising contact, but not pulling or holding. think elastic side reins and try to keep position consistent so he knows where I'll be. steady deep seat in canter. keep hips from drifting
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Hey Mama, I have something to tell you.

Dressage Mom Archive on May 19, 2009, 6:14 pm

Last Wednesday evening Macey had the worst temper tantrum of her life.Seriously, it was a doozy. I mean screaming at the top of her lungs for easily ten minutes. When she would not calm down I told her she would have to go to bed, so I just proceeded to get her ready for bed. Eventually in the course of getting her in her jammies, picking out clothes for the morning, and brushing her teeth, she calmed down. We had a little chat and everything was fine again. Craig was not home for this, but heard
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 18, 2009, 3:46 pm

Skyy's owner sent me an email telling me that he needs three scores, not two scores, to qualify for Nationals. ACK. I'm only showing him in three classes in two weeks, so I need to make every class count or I will have to take him to another show. I need three scores of 62% or better. Yikes! There is a show in July that I can probably go to, but I don't think I'll take Kaswyn. Albert probably won't go either, so I'd be able to show Skyy in more than one class a day. If he needs to go, that is. Good
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 12, 2009, 5:39 pm

Oh my, I'm so busy! That's why I had lessons on Friday and I'm not writing about them until today.So I started with a lesson on Skyy. It's a good thing I had a lesson because I was riding him incorrectly. Skyy has a lot of movement but he's a bit disorganized and unbalanced. He's very "forward thinking" and moves out with a big trot with no problem. So I had just been letting him go and was concentrating on steering, bending, and getting on the bit. My trainer said that what he needs to do is slow
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So cool!

Dressage Mom Archive on May 7, 2009, 5:25 pm

Check this out, although I'm sure many of you already have -'s a mural of a horse made of of a bunch of different horse paintings. If you click on each tile you can see what each painting looks like. Click on the eye - I find that one especially interesting.
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Three great rides

Dressage Mom Archive on May 6, 2009, 2:55 pm

Yesterday was a tiring day for me at the barn. I didn't have anyone to help me, but I managed to groom and ride three horses in 2 hours and forty five minutes. I blew off cleaning the tack (I know, shocking!) but I really needed to get home because Craig needed to pick some things up at the store. One day of dirty tack won't kill me, right?Anyhow, everyone is coming along really well. I started with Skyy and he's beginning to settle down and is becoming more consistently on the bit. The canter still
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Fire on the back burner

Dressage Mom Archive on April 30, 2009, 5:13 pm

It appears that I am better. At least I feel better today. Good enough that I could go to work, so you know what that means - I'm going to the barn. I probably won't ride all four horses, but I'll try to at least ride two.Yes, I now have four horses to ride. And I have no idea how I'm going to fit them all in. Here is what happened.There was a gal who had her young arab gelding with my trainer. She had him in training for one month and my trainer took him to a show and got as high as a 67% at Training
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Bad day, but good things coming

Dressage Mom Archive on April 26, 2009, 2:38 am

I have exciting things happening right now, but I can't really get started on them because I'm sick right now. I don't know if I've got a virus or if I ate something bad (turkey sandwich from the work cafeteria on Friday is suspicious) but I've got diarrhea pretty badly. I hope it's a food thing cause this would SUCK if either of the girls got it.So when I get back to normal I'll reveal details. Right now I need to get better and get some strength back.
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The light bulb goes on

Dressage Mom Archive on April 22, 2009, 12:35 pm

On Sunday I rode Kaswyn after riding Fire, and I was marveling at how both Fire and Albert just go forward with no leg and that I'm always pushing Kaswyn. Then it hit me - my trainer had told me during my last lesson that if Kaswyn is ignoring my left leg that I need to take it off of him so he doesn't become numb to it. I realized that I've made my horse behind my legs by always pushing him and keeping my legs on. Now he doesn't go unless I'm squeezing him forward all the time. This is not how
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Dressage Mom Archive on April 13, 2009, 2:08 am

I think someone I know is getting beaten by her husband.This is not someone I know well, but we are acquaintances. I have seen her with extensive facial bruising three times now, and the second time was also accompanied by a broken wrist. It seems like every time she heals from the last set of bruises she as another "accident". The second one made me say "Hmmmm..", but this last one spurred me into asking someone else. Maybe I was just being paranoid.So I asked someone who knows her better. All
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More parents, less pony

Dressage Mom Archive on April 9, 2009, 3:04 pm

My parents will be visiting for a week, which means I will not have time to ride after work. I will be able to get out and just lunge Kaswyn, but if I were to spend hours riding my parents would have a fit. Also it's nice to spend time with them and the girlies.Since I'm only able to work Kaswyn, I asked Susan if she could lunge the other two. Unfortunately she's having a busy week at work, and said she might be able to lunge Albert. So then I asked about Fire's owner coming out to lunge him, and
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Dressage Mom Archive on April 3, 2009, 2:42 pm

So I was catching up on blogs I like to read, and I came across this post over at Rising Rainbow.Full disclosure here - I didn't watch the video, and I don't think I'm going to. From what I've read it's a very scary video of a cart wreck at an Arabian show. Apparently there are comments about the video which trash Arabian horses, saying they are poorly trained or crazy or something. I don't think I will read the comments either because that will just piss me off.Let's get one thing straight - horses,
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My take on it

Dressage Mom Archive on April 2, 2009, 5:56 pm

Marge stopped by to talk to me Tuesday night when I was at the barn. She is very good friends with Fire's owner, and wanted to know my take on the situation.Her is what we know so far. Basically her friend bought Fire as a young horse and he was pastured until he was eight. Her trainer broke him and then began showing him Country Pleasure. Marge said she wasn't sure but she got the feeling that the trainer had an open slot for a Country Pleasure horse, so Fire was a "30 day wonder", meaning that
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Riding three? Crazy me.

Dressage Mom Archive on March 29, 2009, 11:59 pm

Kaswyn's foot is really healing up nicely, and I've kept it unwrapped for a few days. Since it is almost healed I've ridden him twice, and he feels really good. He's picked up weight and is getting much stronger. He still has a ways to go, but I think we're on a slow uphill climb back to getting in shape. I'm also riding Albert, but I'm not working on the flying changes. He just got himself so upset about it that his counter-canter got very tense and crooked. So I've been working on counter-canter
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On Fire

Dressage Mom Archive on March 26, 2009, 4:00 pm

Since I don't have Kaswyn to ride recently, I've been riding a new horse at the barn. His name is Fire, a 13 year old purebred Arabian gelding, and he was an Arabian English Pleasure horse at his last barn. His owner is a good Friend of Marge's and she moved Fire to our place because she was having issues with her previous trainer. She asked if I would ride him saddle seat, and I told her no, that I would do dressage or nothing. She hesitated, saying that he was fully trained in saddle seat, and
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Small but mighty

Dressage Mom Archive on March 25, 2009, 11:46 am

Since the show I've only been lunging Kaswyn so I can get his heel to finish healing. It's coming along nicely, thanks to some miracle products. The first one, called Derma Gel, was recommended to me by my trainer who used it on at least two horses at her barn that had some type of hoof/foot injuries. She came over the night before the show when I thought that Kaswyn's heel had exploded outwards. When she saw the foot, tried in vain to get a vet out that night, but ended up running back to her barn
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