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    I'm sure in my own little fantasy world I LIKE to...

    I'm sure in my own little fantasy world I LIKE to think horses are emotional and loving and connect with me like I connect with them...

    But I have a healthy understanding that the reality is much...
  2. I love this thread! Last year I was lessoning...

    I love this thread!

    Last year I was lessoning on a good-ol'-boy-type gelding who took opportunities to laze his way out whenever possible. I'm admittedly a passive rider by habit (still a learning...
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    It's so muddy the horses are swimming.

    It's so muddy the horses are swimming.
  4. I don't have a horse, but a few horses at the...

    I don't have a horse, but a few horses at the barn have their quirks.

    The Friesian, after eating ANYTHING (grain, carrot, sugar, etc) will curl his head in and lick his chest for minutes. Every...
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    Finn is my 1-year old cat with me at my mom's...

    Finn is my 1-year old cat with me at my mom's house this Christmas, where she has four (!) cats of her own. He is naughty and might get coal for Christmas.

    Finnigan's plans include:

    -Eating his...
  6. Oh cross-tie etiquette & safety is a learning...

    Oh cross-tie etiquette & safety is a learning curve! ;) (albeit a learning curve that some people seem to never get...)

    The boarder in my case not only tried to lead the gelding under the...
  7. If a horse is in the cross ties in front of...

    If a horse is in the cross ties in front of Dobbin's stall, please do not walk up behind the horse and try to lead Dobbin UNDER THE CROSSTIES.
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    Plainandtall, I am so tempted to make a sign or...

    Plainandtall, I am so tempted to make a sign or something that says "Mulberry trees don't pay for advertising in the magazines." Brilliant :yes:
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    :sadsmile: I'm not a super emotional person,...

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    I'm not a super emotional person, and I'm usually pretty cynical and dismissive of people online sharing "words of encouragement" but for some reason EVERY response here has struck a...
  10. There's a marked difference between those who are...

    There's a marked difference between those who are comfortable at the barn, help out when someone needs it, relax there for a few hours cleaning tack or chatting or auditing lessons...

    ...and those...
  11. SAME. Cat's collar is plaid, my winter coat is...

    SAME. Cat's collar is plaid, my winter coat is plaid, my favorite shirts are flannels... I think I'm obsessed. :lol:



    Aha! Makes sense. Bitchy mare at the barn HATES her front buckles done, but...
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    I'm overwhelmed by the kindness and understanding...

    I'm overwhelmed by the kindness and understanding on here. :sadsmile: It's easier to take words from other horse people seriously (as opposed to my therapist who is not a horse person and to a degree...
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    Thank you all, really. Putting it into...

    Thank you all, really. Putting it into perspective really changes it; again, my perception of other equestrians is that they have their sh** together and I'm the only one hobbling along. ;)

    (I was...
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    On Clinical Depression & the Horse Life

    I considered creating an alter but I don’t post often so I’m pretty anonymous anyway. :) Warning: loooooong

    I’ve refrained from writing about this in any capacity because a lot of people already...
  15. beowulf- the working conditions & facilities are...

    beowulf- the working conditions & facilities are great thanks to an economic pricing of board per labor hour... so we get coffee whenever. :D


    Crowne- that's it essentially! I want to tell every...
  16. How to Drive the Barn Staff Crazy During Blanketing Season: PSA

    I've decided to channel my frustrations with boarders into writing instead of neck-wringing. :lol: Keep in mind these seem like little things but when we have a lot of horses to take care of, chores...
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    I'm going to go for the big guns- a Big Mac. That...

    I'm going to go for the big guns- a Big Mac. That sauce.

    (thanks COTH now I'm starving)
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    Finals week is the week where I mesh self-care...

    Finals week is the week where I mesh self-care and responsibility, which means if I want to go to class in sweatpants and eat ice cream for dinner and go to bed at 8pm, then so be it. (every other...
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    I do equine portraits :yes: Booked for Christmas...

    I do equine portraits :yes: Booked for Christmas but January is usually a lull. I work in oils, watercolors, pencil, etc. I do have a few full-size pieces for sale under "shop"marykacsur.com
  20. Dear Cat: why must you pee on my beanbag chair? I...

    Dear Cat: why must you pee on my beanbag chair? I clean your box two times a day. It's about 20 feet from the beanbag chair. I understand the beanbag must feel like litter under your paws but as soon...
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    My mom's cat has trained her to: 1) Let him...

    My mom's cat has trained her to:

    1) Let him out when he scratches the door to the porch.
    2) Let him in when he comes around the house and scratches the garage door
    3) Not get angry when he does...
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    I'm a college student and I work at a barn...

    I'm a college student and I work at a barn part-time, doing the morning routines of mucking stalls/picking paddocks/maintaining general cleanliness around the farm (we have 15 horses.) The standards...
  23. Sticky: Horseless Rider in Columbia, SC

    I'm an advanced beginner rider looking to ride during the school year. I took dressage lessons previously until my school schedule interfered with them. I don't jump, just flatwork (although I'd love...
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    There's the only standby, 'Boundaries' by Cloud...

    There's the only standby, 'Boundaries' by Cloud and Townsend. I haven't read it but everyone I talk to who has read it recommends it. I can't remember if it's told from a Christian perspective, but...
  25. Searching for Hano gelding, 18hh, 18ish yrs old, in VA

    About a year ago this horse was sold from a farm in SC to someone in VA. He wasn't mine, but I exercise rode him back from a suspensory injury and very quickly he became my "heart horse." He was sold...
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