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Nov. 25, 2009, 03:11 PM
It's an easy day at work...

I want to know what everyone is thankful for!

Nov. 25, 2009, 04:10 PM
Every day on this side of the dirt is always somehting to be thankful for. I'm thankful presidents can only have two terms and most of all thankful for all the men and women in the armed forces that have given us such incredible freedom and liberty. God Bless 'em.

Nov. 25, 2009, 05:02 PM
Sticking with the horsey things:

Thankful that all the critters are healthy and well, there's plenty of hay in the barn, and that winter is only six months long. :sigh:

Very thankful to COTHer scubed for leasing me her little dynamo of an appy jumping machine. :D

Grateful for all the great years and great rides my beautiful Gwennie gave me, and that I was able to be there for her at the end when she needed me. :sadsmile:

SO thankful that a world-class trainer plopped herself down only three miles away from my middle-of-nowhere location.

Grateful that I have the luxury of having horses in the first place. :yes:

Nov. 25, 2009, 05:03 PM
I am thankful that everyday I get to see my most amazing friend, Diamond with whom I achieved things that I will always cherish, hanging out in his field with his buddies. I am also thankful that my 18 yo QH gelding was happy and healthy enough to complete his first LF T3D this October and that he is looking forward to a happy season competing in the spring. I am thankful for all of my family and friends, and all of the 4 legged critters that I have been blessed to have as part of my life.


Nov. 25, 2009, 05:08 PM
I'm thankful for so many things - good health, great family and friends, great job, amazing horse. But today, I am most thankful for modern equine medicine. I am on my way to soundness with my boy because of it.

Nov. 25, 2009, 06:42 PM
What a year this has been! Without a doubt I am thankful for Taco. And the wonderful Team Taco that has helped us with our wonderful partnership: annikak, my OH, my coach, my parents, and our COTH community of friends and fans.

I am also thankful for some non-HR things: a book accepted by an academic press, my healthy family, all my critters, my house, and a job where I feel like I am making a difference.

Many gifts to celebrate this year...

ETA: a slideshow of our adventures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfzF7si187k

Nov. 25, 2009, 07:05 PM
Keeping it horse-related.... I am thankful for my healthy, fun, laid-back, willing, trustworthy, kind-hearted, beautiful boy, Face. God willing, we'll be having fun together for many more years.

I am also thankful for my job. Albeit dysfunctional and drama-filled a lot of the time (ad agency :eek:), it allows me to indulge my lifelong love of horses. I'd be a miserable soul without the ponies.

I am thankful for plenty of other things but those will have to wait for Off Topic Day.

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

Divine Comedy
Nov. 25, 2009, 07:12 PM
I am thankful for a sound, healthy, happy horse. I am thankful that horse is a dynamo XC machine, became allergic to wood some time this last year, and is starting to really pull it together in dressage. I am thankful that we were able to successfully complete our first CCI* LF this past year, and thankful that every day he and I grow as a team.

Nov. 25, 2009, 07:17 PM
I am thankful for an incredible horse who makes me tingle when I ride him and makes me giggle when I hang out with him. Having both charm and talent makes him 100 times better. :yes:

I am thankful for a fabulous barn full of horses that I adore with their wonderful and varying personalities. And while it isn't a barnful of 4 star horses, they are all worth their weight in gold (and then some) for exactly what they are.

I am thankful for being surrounded by horsey people who make me laugh, make me think, keep me honest, and share willingly in the highs and lows that come with having and riding horses.

I am thankful for the good vets and I am especially thankful for the one who has come willingly and quickly several times this summer and fall and doesn't harass about my bill!

I am thankful for a boss and coach and friend who is easy to talk to and supportive in all aspects of my life, but most especially my riding and my success as a rider.

And while I love ALL my clients, I am especially thankful for the one who starts farm shopping of Friday..... :yes:

Nov. 25, 2009, 08:33 PM
I am thankful for a good saddle that keeps me basically stuck to the back of my dear Rugby. I am thankful for dear Rugby who keeps going each year when we never know between the two of us who hurts more or has ridden or been ridden their last. I am thankful for good horse friends who cheer me up and keep me going when those around me at home create depression, negativity, and demean what I love. I am grateful a top drawer trainer parked herself within 50 minutes of my home. I am grateful we did not flood our barn despite 6 inches of rain in four days, like so many of my neighbors. I am grateful and thankful for two elderly parents still in good shape and still running cattle on their home farm in their late 70's with no significant changes in sight! I am grateful for my job and hope that 2010 keeps me employed because I need the money to compete! I am thankful for COTH, and a way to talk about horsemanship and other things I love.:)

Nov. 25, 2009, 09:19 PM
I am thankful for a healthy, horse that I enjoy riding and hanging out with immensely.

I am grateful for a great fiance that I enjoy...handing out with immensely, who puts up with my craziness, and even though he is non-horsey, would never ask me give up what I love so much.

I am thankful that my brother and sister-in-law are healthy and have a wonderful niece that I look forward to spoiling.

I am thankful for a knowledgeable trainer who puts up with my craziness and my mare's quirks.

I am thankful for my friends and a wonderful step-mom.

Nov. 25, 2009, 09:47 PM
I am thankful for many many many things, including the wonderful horse of a lifetime I have currently and the baby horse that will hopefully also become the horse of a lifetime, but...

I also am thankful to the Long Format Club for their drive and desire to keep the Classic Format alive!! I'm thankful for the fantastic partner of mine that will hopefully take us both across the finish line after competing in our first T3D next fall!!
And I'm thankful that I will have the opportunity to do it because of the dedication of the wonderful people that put on the show.

In that same vein... I'm thankful for all the farms and the organizers who do such hard work for us to be able to show and to the volunteers who get up early and spend their weekends volunteering so that we can show our horses off!!!

Nov. 25, 2009, 11:07 PM
I am thankful for two boys teetering on the brink of adolescence (one who's tumbled over, I fear)!

I am thankful for an interesting, somewhat non-traditional family who is bonded by love, respect, and concern for each other.

I am thankful that I can finally afford all the "equine therapy" that I need to be healthy! :lol:

I am thankful that Paddy came into my life, and that he seems to be THE PERFECT horse for me--Like Fleck and Cookie say, the horse of a lifetime. Boy, am I lucky!

I am thankful that I finally get to DO eventing, even if I have to drive 6-12 hours one way to do it (and thankful that I CAN do that, w/ my truck and trailer).

I am thankful for a job in which I get to/am forced to learn new things all the time, and for students who are incredibly bright and fun.

My heavens, I'm a lucky soul! Now if I can just get to be a full and then get a sabbatical...!

Cookie, what's the book? When will it be out? I can always use another book....;)

Nov. 25, 2009, 11:24 PM
I'm very thankful to have a sound, healthy, sane, happy horse that makes me very happy every time I ride her :) Also thankful to have a healthy year for ME so far this year, last year was the first "healthy" year for me (no broken bones, no numerous trips to the dr or blood draws bi-weekly, no specialists, nothing but routine stuff!) -for the first time in several years (I hope most of the bad stuff is behind me, at least for a couple years). Thankful I am almost done with this round of school (I don't know if I will start another degree anytime soon, I think I just want to have some time to myself right now)!! Thankful for a wonderful, horse supporting husband, and some of the best horse friends anyone could ever ask for.... and Thankful the future looks bright for next year! in which I am also thankful I have so many eventing opportunities around my area, I do not need to go far at all - that I am very grateful for

Nov. 25, 2009, 11:30 PM
Before we leave tomorrow and make our annual Thanksgiving road trip, I decided I needed to ride both my girls tonight since they were going to have 3 days off. It was a long day at work and I really didn't feel like riding since it was dark and rainy when I got to the barn. Then I proceeded to have two wonderful rides--and thought about how thankful I am to have 2 fabulous horses that are a joy to own. Just to have horses at all--I am very fortunate. Then I tucked them in their stalls with piles of hay, and left to the sounds of contented munching. It was super late, I hadn't eaten dinner, but what a great way to start my Thanksgiving weekend!!

Nov. 25, 2009, 11:41 PM
My horses, and the fact that my parents are willing to help support them after my employment issues!

morning glory
Nov. 25, 2009, 11:52 PM
i am thankful for my lovely pony who was a complete star at her first season of events this fall and gave me high hopes for the spring. Even though she came in lame from the pasture today with an injury, she made me laugh my head off while she had her leg soaking in a bucket and amuses me every day. i am thankful that she is young, entertaining, talented and will (hopefully) heal quickly. Fingers crossed.

i am also so thankful for my character of a dog who makes me smile every day, and for my lovely parents who understand me cutting thanksgiving weekend short to cold hose and wrap the pony, my boss who immediately said, 'if you need to leave work early, it's fine,' today, and my lovely friends. i am truly blessed.

Nov. 26, 2009, 12:00 AM
I am thankful that after eight years with an opinionated sometimes difficult mare who would jump the moon but not trot a relaxed circle (and who has found a new loving home) I now have a wonderfully cooperative and so far talented five year old CANTER horse to continue my education (and his) and hopefully strive for the T3D in 2011 and possible a P3D after that. Thanks Fairweather and Caffeinated!!

I am thankful to be (so far) employed so I can afford #1 above.

I am thankful (as retreadeventer says) for healthy parents in their 80's who love an support me even though I know they scratch their heads at times about my decisions and goals (without the cows).

I am ever so thankful for Mr. Colliemom who shares the passion of eventing and horses with me (I can't imagine doing this alone!)

I am thankful to have experienced a year of horse racing that include Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra (and a few nice colts!)

I am thankful to everyone who donated items and services to the CANTER Midatlantic Auction to raise money for a wonderful cause! And I'm looking forward to my lessons with Boyd and Sally!!

Nov. 26, 2009, 12:04 AM
OMG you got the Boyd lesson, I know a couple of Pony Clubbers that would FIGHT you for that one! I got a really good deal on a shoeing!

Nov. 26, 2009, 11:40 AM
I'm thankful that I get to ride and have a job that supports it and a DH that is supportive of my doing it.

I'm thankful for terrific trainers, past and present

I'm most thankful for all the great horses I have gotten to ride over the years, and that I have such a lovely youngster now

I'm also thankful that Deltawave is keeping the muttly pony in work and out of trouble (to the extent possible) this year while I ride other critters

Nov. 26, 2009, 12:58 PM
OMG you got the Boyd lesson, I know a couple of Pony Clubbers that would FIGHT you for that one! I got a really good deal on a shoeing!

I got BOTH of the Boyd lessons :D

Nov. 26, 2009, 01:21 PM
I'm thankful for my wonderful girl that has perfect ground manners and who is an absolute joy to train. She's not just a horse, she's my best friend.

I'm thankful for the barn I'm at, how fantastic all the horses are, and as previously said, the sound of leaving for thanksgiving as the horses were happily munching in their stalls.

My amazing family: a sister who is the most thoughtful girl in the world, and a mom who has never let me down. I don't know what i'd do without them.

and of course all my critters.

:) Happy thanksgiving everyone :)

Nov. 26, 2009, 02:13 PM
I'm thankful for Mr. subk who in not a horse person, but puts up with me and my horse craziness. He even went to the barn alone this morning to do the ponies while I was up to my elbows making pumpkin pies and dressing...

Nov. 26, 2009, 02:41 PM
Thankful for my mare who continues to teach me patience (sometimes we get what we need and not what we want.) Thankful for my instructor moving here from a long way away and not giving up on me.

Don't get me started on my husband the saint. . .

Happy T'day:)

elizabeth Callahan
Nov. 26, 2009, 03:30 PM
I'm thankful every day that I can walk, use my hands and be able to ride. We take all these things for granted.

I'm thankful my sister's riding accident will merely mean 6 months in a wheelchair, instead of something much worse.

I'm glad my wonderful mare seems to be recovering from her terrible bout with laminitis, and is still in foal.

And I'm thankful my younger little mare seems to love eventing( even though she isn't bred for it at all) and I can relive the last course we jumped over and over in my head until next spring!

Nov. 26, 2009, 11:46 PM
I'm thankful for Mr. subk who in not a horse person, but puts up with me and my horse craziness. He even went to the barn alone this morning to do the ponies while I was up to my elbows making pumpkin pies and dressing...

And I am super-duper grateful for SUBK and Mr. SUBK's mad cooking skills and just general awesomeness :)

Nov. 26, 2009, 11:57 PM
I am thankful that even if I can't have them in my life, my horses have gone on to be wonderful horses in other peoples lives. How good it is to know that they are loved, cared for and warm and dry at night? They will never suffer the way that some horses do, and for that, I am very very grateful.

I am thankful, that because of the above, I can help a few other horses that were in horrid situations. Yes, they will never be a CCI horse, and one will never feel a rider on his back again, but they, too will be warm at night, well fed and cared for and loved.

I am thankful, that today, even with all the changes my life has seen over the past 24 months, that I still go out to the barn and have equine faces to greet me. That I am very thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 27, 2009, 08:54 AM
I'm so thankful for so many thousands of things but the most immediate is that I didn't get BADLY hurt on Monday...Long story short, I had a bungee chord snap and the end whacked me in the face. It split my lip, loosened my bottom teeth and I have a massive full-chin bruise. I had to have a plastic surgeon sew it up inside and out. BUT, it did not hit my daughter who was standing within range, it did not take my eye out, it did not break my nose and it was not horse-related! So, yes, very grateful, indeed. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday.

Nov. 27, 2009, 08:52 PM
I'm thankful that both of my ponies are now sound after a very difficult year.
I'm thankful for the trainers that taught me to have velcro in my britches so I could stay on one of said ponies today as she went back to work and had *lots* of opinions!
I'm thankful for a full barn as we go into winter....full of amazing boarders that make my job a joy to go to every morning.
I'm thankful that people actually pay me to ride and share this passion with them.
Thankful to fence2fence for posting this thread, since it's ugly and rainy today and I was feeling sorry for myself before I read this!
And more than anything, I'm thankful for a non-horsey husband who really, really *gets* it all. He's a rare treasure, that one.

As the t-shirt says, Life Is Good.