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        01-09-2013, 08:30 PM
      #2711
    Yearling
    Hahahaha! Totally off subject! But, my brother in law is trying his new rice cooker. He hit a couple of buttons and the silly thing played Twinkle twinkle little star! I almost choked from laughing!
         
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        01-09-2013, 09:36 PM
      #2712
    Yearling
    I'm not a fan of the rat mane/tails and mottled skin on Appys either,thankfully my little girl got the dark skin and a nice full mane and tail. :)
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        01-10-2013, 02:28 AM
      #2713
    Super Moderator
    Oh boy, I'm so amused! I went to a steak house last night. The restaurant was Western-themed with staff dressed as cowboys, country music and different ornaments linked to riding, cattle work, etc. The best part - there were bar stools, made from saddles that were posted on some sort of a holder. I was laughing so hard when I saw them, because those were ENGLISH saddles and, if you were to sit on them by the bar, you'd be facing the cantle - they were posted the other way round!
         
        01-10-2013, 08:55 AM
      #2714
    Foal
    I've always wanted to cross an Appy with a haffy. I'd call it a halfaloosa. Although I'm sure it wouldn't come out like I envision, but I'd hope for the Appy height, versatility, and agility, with the haflinger durability, mane, tail, and uber-calm demeanor. Personally, i've never seen this type of cross, has anyone? Anyone else have a cross they'd to try that hasn't been done yet?
         
        01-10-2013, 09:01 AM
      #2715
    Green Broke
    Haha I would imagine that would not come out like you would want it too. I can just see it looking like a tick lol. Little appy head with the haffy body and little appy legs lol. Crosses are so unpredictable.

    Lizzy had her first meltdown in her stall last night I giggled. The snow was melting off the roof and was making a ton of noise lol. It scared me the first time as I thought I was alone so I thought someone was lurking around lol. Anyways I was about to walk into the stall to give her her alfalfa when a huge crash sounded and she bucked and kicked the stall door and snorted around. It was hilarious because then she came up to me and was like "mom did you hear that? It was scary so I kicked at the invisible monster, ok can I have my food now?? Hmmm? Pretty please?" and then went right back to munching on her hay. Such a character.
         
        01-10-2013, 04:41 PM
      #2716
    Foal
    Haha I love appaloosas, Our first horse was a foundation appaloosa. Im not much in to what they have done to the breed.

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    Foundation appaloosas I've owned both had pretty thick manes and tails but we had them on great feed and supplements. Although both never grey long manes they were always thick
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        01-10-2013, 04:46 PM
      #2717
    Foal
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    Skip at age 35 :)
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        01-11-2013, 06:19 PM
      #2718
    Foal
    Angry Need More Riding Time/Wasting Lessons

    I just had an unproductive lesson I started out doing turns on the forehand and before I could warm him up (he's not mine but I ride him in every lesson) my instructor came in. She had me do another turn on the forehand except that she thought I didn't know how and walked up to the horse and poked him. Then I did it myself away from her and she goes "good". Im thinking yeah duh, I just did the same exact thing the same exact way before you came in here in both directions. So then I start warmiing him up and she has me counter flexing him and leg yielding him and doing spirals. All things Im very good at already except counter flexion. But its not hard. Then she tells me, okay when you get to the corner make a sharp turn (like a making a square to get him to collect) and canter. I didn't feel the horse was ready to canter, he definitely was plodding along and in a stretchy frame, almost on the forehand (he's a lazy older warmblood). But I shortened my reins and did my best to get him more awake before the turn. The turn went well but he slowed down just as I asked for the canter. Then when I asked he got pissy because the last time I cantered on him it was a big battle. So then he was flying around with his head up, back hollow and counter bending when I would pull on the inside rein and when I would push him into the outside rein he would over bend to the inside and slow down. Then he was straight but unbalanced/uncollected with a hollow back. So after my instructor had me bending him all over the place to try and trick him into the canter (and he still wouldn't do it, he just kept kicking out at my aids) and me getting so frustrated that I lost my form and my stirrups. I got pist, stopped listening to my instructor, put him on a circle and said, "this is pissing me off, Im not playing this F**king game with you anymore!" I got him back into a frame, got a better trot and then he cantered right away. But he broke, he seemed to struggle with every stride. He's an upper level horse, I think he's probably just having trust issues with me and is afraid to actually go. So I just cantered him a few more times in both directions until he wouldn't stop unless I told him to. Im glad I fixed the problem but I feel like it was a good waste of a lesson. The only thing I learned is that I need to pay more attention to what my body is doing. We also practiced square halts but they were all from square turns (Doing a sharp turn and asking for the halt as Im turning so he's already got his haunches under him).
         
        01-11-2013, 06:52 PM
      #2719
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 1322271927queen    
    I just had an unproductive lesson I started out doing turns on the forehand and before I could warm him up (he's not mine but I ride him in every lesson) my instructor came in. She had me do another turn on the forehand except that she thought I didn't know how and walked up to the horse and poked him. Then I did it myself away from her and she goes "good". Im thinking yeah duh, I just did the same exact thing the same exact way before you came in here in both directions. So then I start warmiing him up and she has me counter flexing him and leg yielding him and doing spirals. All things Im very good at already except counter flexion. But its not hard. Then she tells me, okay when you get to the corner make a sharp turn (like a making a square to get him to collect) and canter. I didn't feel the horse was ready to canter, he definitely was plodding along and in a stretchy frame, almost on the forehand (he's a lazy older warmblood). But I shortened my reins and did my best to get him more awake before the turn. The turn went well but he slowed down just as I asked for the canter. Then when I asked he got pissy because the last time I cantered on him it was a big battle. So then he was flying around with his head up, back hollow and counter bending when I would pull on the inside rein and when I would push him into the outside rein he would over bend to the inside and slow down. Then he was straight but unbalanced/uncollected with a hollow back. So after my instructor had me bending him all over the place to try and trick him into the canter (and he still wouldn't do it, he just kept kicking out at my aids) and me getting so frustrated that I lost my form and my stirrups. I got pist, stopped listening to my instructor, put him on a circle and said, "this is pissing me off, Im not playing this F**king game with you anymore!" I got him back into a frame, got a better trot and then he cantered right away. But he broke, he seemed to struggle with every stride. He's an upper level horse, I think he's probably just having trust issues with me and is afraid to actually go. So I just cantered him a few more times in both directions until he wouldn't stop unless I told him to. Im glad I fixed the problem but I feel like it was a good waste of a lesson. The only thing I learned is that I need to pay more attention to what my body is doing. We also practiced square halts but they were all from square turns (Doing a sharp turn and asking for the halt as Im turning so he's already got his haunches under him).
    Its not really my instructors fault, she is a certified dressage judge and she rides at fourth level. Im just so mad that I can't just canter whenever, where ever like every other rider. Its my main problem and makes me look like I don't know how to ride. If I ride a horse regularly without lessons I have no problem cantering around on them in any kind of pattern but when someone tells me, okay canter! I end up making an ass out of myself. I still have trouble transitioning from the walk or halt even outside of my lessons. That is what I want to work on. At this point my instructor probably thinks I can't even do a canter transition from the walk or halt. She says everyone has trouble making this horse go but I think she's lying to me. He's lazy but I doubt everyone has as much trouble as me-unless they're a beginner.
         
        01-12-2013, 10:55 AM
      #2720
    Weanling
    Man, that is really frustrating. It is a teeny bit your instructors fault that she was 'teaching' you something you already knew well. Does she have a lot of students? I'm not an upper level dressage instructor, but I do teach lessons, and I take notes after every lesson, what we did, how it went, goals for next time, etc. that way, I can review it before a lesson, make a distinct plan, and present an efficient and productive lesson. Are you riding outside of lessons? Do you have time to practice these on your own? Also, have you expressed your frustrations with the canter to your instructor? What does she say when you're asking him and its not working?
         

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