Thursday, February 16, 2012

TMT time :)

1. Jorgen would like to know what skill would you like to have that you don't currently have?

Honestly, I'd like to be able to talk to animals.  Not the hokey kind of animal whisperer you laugh at but to be able have a true connection and talk to them and understand what's going on.  If you don't feel well, tell me what is wrong/painful/etc so we can do the right test.  If you don't understand something tell me what it is.  That kind of thing.....That would be wonderful :)

2. If someone were going to play you in a movie, who do you think it would be?

Is there someone out there that brave?  Can I make them much more attractive than me?  And smarter too?  And someone who had no fear of saying the things that I bite my tongue and sit on my hands to keep from saying/typing to people :) HA! I'll have to think on that one...

3. Kelsey wants to know what is a quality that you admire in a dog but would never fit with you?

Hmmmm probably an extreme of either end.  A super, super soft dog and I wouldn't get along.  I have tweaked myself to get along with Dutch who is an unconfident dog because I love him but sometimes even I still scare him...I just am not the cheerleader type.  And a super hard dog and I wouldn't get along, because that would turn into a battle of the wills and I wouldn't stop until I won....I just want a dog who can get the job done with out a lot of input.  I like dogs that are smart and get things with few repititions too :)  I dont' ask for much LOL

4. If you had just enough money to pay someone to do one chore for you, what would it be?

To keep my car clean.  I have this thing where if I can't keep it perfect I just can't deal with it.  And with a ton of dogs and an 11 year old son I can't keep it perfect.  So it looks like a rolling trash dump...or something like that. I try I really do, but I just need someone to do it for me, PLEASE!  My dad once told me about an old car I had when I told him I was going to clean it out "you better not clean that car out, I think all that crap you keep in it is what holds it together and if you clean it, it might go into shock and fall apart."

5. Are you a procrastinator, a doitnower (I made that word up), or something in between?
Well it depends on what it is.  I'm kind of a now or never kind of person but if I know that I'm not going to achieve perfection then I'm more than likely a procrastinator.  Oh and at work I'm definatley a procrastinator, I perform quite well under pressure.  So I do tend to wait until the last minute to do things are work...nothing like trying to beat a deadline!

Friday, February 10, 2012

This is way off the dog topic but maybe it relates....

This is my, hopefully, final vent about horse things going on around me....I gave up the horse showing world for a reason and really stopped teaching for the same reason. 

I love horses, I love sitting on a horse, I love teaching kids and adults alike and I really love caring for horses.  But what I don't love it the politics, uncaring trainer and riders, and those who move up the levels without the basic skills that keep them in the saddle.

Classical equitation/horsemanship, is just that classical.  Yes it can change slightly, you can put your variation on it, each discipline has slightly different forms of equitation to better serve the terrain they will be riding over.  But classic equitation should be the same basic seat, hands and leg position with slight variances for what type of riding you are doing. 

So if you look at every single picture and video that people have taken of you on a horse and you are looking down.  You should probably start doing something about getting your "chin up".  If every picture and video shows your heels up, or your horse inverted, or your horse in rollkur then that is how you probably ride the majority of the time or how your horse goes.  DO something about it.  Stop blaming the photographer or the day or whatever.  Find someone that can help you.  I'm not talking about backyard riders/trainers here that have no clue, I'm talking about competent students and adults who will argue that its just in that picture or those pictures.  Its not.....I'm sorry, if someone captures you doing something in almost every single picture/video on different days doing the same thing then its a problem.  If your trainer isn't catching it then ask!  If they don't see a problem with it then maybe its time to start looking for another trainer or a supplemental trainer, something as simple as looking down can affect your whole position.  Constantly hearing that you need to lift or pull back your inside shoulder?  Straightening your head/neck is only going to help your shoulder.  Use the pictures people take to help you understand whats going on, post them and ask for honest opinions, I'm so tired of seeing horrible pics of glaringly blatant faults where everyone goes "how pretty"....

And you trainers who are out there and have gotten by without the basics, have no idea how to teach the basics and have just lucked into damn good horses.  STOP, stop now.  Don't teach anymore because you are going to get someone killed.  Good trainers have students that get hurt even with the best basics, bad trainers are the ones that are getting kids killed.  I'm not calling anyone out but we all know trainers who have kids over faced on horses or who let kids jump 3'6" because that what the kids/parents or even the trainer wants.  Horses are dangerous in themselves, 1200 pounds of raw power, that we sit on and point at huge fences.  Just because your horse has gotten you out of scary situations doesn't mean your students are going to fair so well.  I honestly hold the trainers responsible for what their students are doing.  You are the higher power, you should know what's right and wrong, you should put a stop to it, you should do the right thing no matter what.  Just because something is in right now or not being effectively stopped by the governing bodies doesn't mean you should teach it to your students! Its not just hunters, jumper, eventers, dressage riders.  It flows over into the western sports as well
Rollkur in western?

Yes there are different ways of getting a result but in the end they should all start from the forward riding system, legs first, hands just control the movement!  I ride hunters and believe me I'm not taking up for them either, most hunter riders need to learn how to sit!  I'm glad I can go back to being an amateur and not have to be the one who decides what is right and wrong, but now I need to find a trainer who has some b#ll$ and isn't afraid to do the right thing...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Its that time again :) TMT #6

1. Robin wants to know what your ideal number of dogs is?
4, it makes it so easy around my house.  Though I currently have 5 dogs...
2. Lora wants to know if you find that your dogs are better or worse after time off from training?
I'd say yes, my dogs had to take an unexpected and unwanted vacation from work after my sheep were killed and they can back working very nicely, though they were a little pushy and hard to handle, the work flowed very nicely.
3. What is your favorite power tool? What power tool do you wish you had?
Well its a toss up, I use the drill a lot but I love my circular saw too....
Hmmm what do I wish I had.....I really have no idea.  Does a skidsteer count as a power tool LOL
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
5. How many of your friends are not "dog people"?

Ummm none?  Maybe not to the extreme I am though.  And if by some off chance someone I know isn't a dog person they have horses, so they are a horse person.....

Thursday, February 2, 2012

TMT 2012 #5


Its that day of the week again....
1. Julie would like to know one frugal tip this week.
I had to come back to this question.  Hmmm....does it count that sometimes I wash out plastic sandwich bags and reuse them?
Or I've been leaving my house heat set at 55 and just warming the room we are in with a ceramic heater?  The verdict is still out on wether or not that is saving me $$$
Lately I've also been trying to cook bigger meals at night so that I have lunch to take to work with me the next day.  The $9 lunches are killing me!!!
2. What are you reading this week?
Reading?  Craigslist, emails, those count?
No I have 2 books I'm flipping through now, one on farming on small acerage, the other on gardening on small acerage.  Just trying to get a plan for the garden this year.  I'd go broke if I got new books every time I finished one, most of the time I read the books my mom gets me for christmas in about 3 days :)

3. Barbara wants to know: do you hit the snooze button on the alarm clock, and if so how many times?
I set the alarm so it goes off 15 minutes before I have to get up.  It makes me feel good to have a few minutes to lay in bed and watch the news!  So I hit snooze once (my alarm goes off after 9 minutes) and then get out of bed a few minutes later

4. If you had to travel in a sedan (or if you already drive a sedan type car) and you had five or six dogs, how would you handle it?
I had a mazda protege and I had, I think, 4 dogs at the time and Tucker who had to still ride in the back.  Solution was to throw dogs in the back seat and one in the front and crates that folded up in the trunk.  It wasn't ideal or super safe, but it worked.
Now I have a mazda tribute.  Its the small SUV.  I have more dogs, 5 to be exact, which is lower that what I typically keep.  One rarely travels with us so that helps.  But I do Jen and Hep in a crate together, they actually do wonderfully that way.  Dutch and Cass ride seperately.  I'm searching for used Central Metal crates, they make them in narrower and shorter versions of regular crates, which would allow me to fit 4 crates of the same (intermediate) size in the back.  I can fit 2 intermediate and 2 mediums in the car now, but I'm still searching for cheap medium crates on craigslist :)  I've gotten 3 intermediate/large crates for $10 why do people want more for medium???

5. How much do you filter what you put on your own blog?

A lot, I love the super snarky blogs, but I also know that I have people that would offend and also some of my former riding students who read here.  I also work for a non-profit that is funded by the state :)