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    Quote Originally Posted by HazelG View Post
    Quietann what did the vet say?
    Still waiting on a definitive answer but I know she's on stall rest for at least a month
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    PassionforSaddles, we are not far from the original topic. We're all still re-riders, and we support each other. Welcome. It sounds as if you've been through some rough times as well as good ones, but getting back to the horses will help, I think.

    Since you're interested in saddles, I'll share that I bought my current saddle in 1979 (used) and am still using it. Of course, it was in storage for about 20 years during that time, but I am sure it will outlive me.
    hehehe, thanks, mine is a Delgrange and has only spent 10 years in storage, a baby, kind-of Now let's see if my behind still fits in it... that's another story...



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    Wow, I am so far behind!!!!

    PaintedHunter -- I am a potty mouth too, it's awful. Terrible habit, and I feel really bad on the rare occasion that a kid at the barn hears me Congrats on 3 feet -- I am so jealous!

    Dewey -- the pictures of Sky are amazing!! Lots of air to spare, that's for sure!

    Welcome to Event4Life, PassionForSaddles, and ballisticgirl.

    ballisticgirl -- I would be seriously annoyed if a trainer told me I could not show my horse for a few years. Are you showing her at all (as in you do some classes that are in a lower division than your trainer shows your horse in)?

    CVPeg -- so glad all is going so well at your new barn.

    bumknees -- your typing is fabulous!!!! You must be making so much progress, that is awesome.

    quietann -- so sorry to hear about Feronia -- is there another horse you can ride over the next month? I am jingling for a stone bruise!!!

    I went a little crazy in the last couple of days! I just today bought a friend of mine's County Competitor dressage saddle (she was selling it because it does not fit her new horse). Tajar and I have done a couple of very low level combined tests, and they were a lot of fun -- I'd like to keep doing 2 or 3 a year. So, I figured I might as well start taking the dressage component seriously. Before I "test rode" the saddle last night, I had never ridden in a dressage saddle in my life. Holy smokes -- it's different!!! I think this dressage saddle will be a fun new toy, and it may help my perennial problem of leaning too far forward!!

    Headed out of town this weekend. I hate to miss good riding weather, but my husband gave me my Christmas present early -- we are going to London to see the opening of the new James Bond movie! I am a little bit of a James Bond fanatic. It's just a quick trip - tomorrow through Sunday. I can't believe he planned the whole thing on his own, and kept it a surprise!

    Hope everyone continues to have great rides, and that any and all injuries to horses and humans are on the mend!
    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson



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    Tarheel - swoon!
    Have a great time!
    (And what a catch of a DH you have!)
    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    When my coach saw the second picture (IMO the best one), she said, "We're going to have to photoshop in some more rails."
    Absolutely!!

    Quote Originally Posted by PassionForSaddles View Post
    hi everyone!

    note: oh and yeah, I do have a passion for saddles, thus the name. Even through my difficult years I couldn't part with mine. I just think they are fascinating pieces of leather work and I really like reading and learning about saddles and saddle fit. I can see I'm not the only saddle addict from all the threads here...
    Welcome, PFS! Yes, it's hard to stay away, no matter how long the break, right? As for saddles? My hand was forced into a Schleese for my current guy, but I've still got my 30 year old Prix Des Nations in a closet somewhere!

    My conundrum is saddle pads - all the pieces, configurations, and prices! $55 for limp, washable fleece?!? $150-300 for sheepskin (but then they're stuffed with cardboard?) There I pine for the good ole days!

    Quote Originally Posted by quietann View Post
    Still waiting on a definitive answer but I know she's on stall rest for at least a month
    So sorry, quietann - hope that's all it will take.
    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson



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    Latest news is... we still don't know what is wrong.

    Ultrasound showed normal suspensories... Her RF medial collateral ligament looked a little strange but the vet thinks it's an old, never-detected healed injury. After a night in her ginormous immobilizing standing bandage, she jogged a bit more sound yesterday. So current plan is to keep her on stall rest in the big bandage and recheck everything in a week. I'm also switching farriers, which is creating barn drama, but my vets and the current farrier don't get along. I trust the vets more than the farrier at this point, and agree with them that the hoof on the lame leg looks pretty funky.
    Last edited by quietann; Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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    WOW, what a great thread. I was an adult rerider a couple of years ago but have never really had gotten my act together. I did for a while and then had a family so we had to start over again. I got a horse and we did okay until he got hurt then I spent the better part of three years trying to put him back together and never really got in the saddle much. Then I got a wonderful dressgae horse for myself. An ex-eventer who brought me back to life, I had forgotten how much I liked to ride! We had him only 18 months then lost him in a pasture accident. The hunt was on and we have now found another retired eventer and he is awesome.
    I love the stories and I can relate to a lot of them. Fortunately, I am now with a wonderful trainer and a new horse that I have to learn to trust.. I am a very nervous rider when I start out. We are progressing and doing well... My DD is even riding him! At the walk and trotting on a line but that is okay...
    Some people just do not get that the yellow stripe up my back is pretty wide and I work a lot so I am happy just spending time with my horse even if all we do is walk! I am not showing but I do want to learn to be a better rider. so if my trainer puts up with it and so does my horse who cares! There have been comments about showing but not for me...I am done with that...
    Thank for letting me in here
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    Me too, me too! About to start re-riding after working my a#% off during 6 years and having no time or money to ride! LOL

    btw, still riding in my old Bates, you know cause a saddle was just always out of my price range. But I guess not all Vuitton employees leave the factory with a V bag on their shoulder, right...
    Last edited by MILOUTE55; Oct. 26, 2012 at 02:20 AM. Reason: original comment was too harsh on former employer



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    hi Amandine, I've heard great things about you and CWD!

    In any case, good luck with everything! Have you found another job? Still in the saddles or tack business?
    Last edited by fluffy_pony; Oct. 26, 2012 at 08:55 AM. Reason: requested by poster of quoted text



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    Thumbs up

    aw, thanks! *blushing smiley*

    I know the girls in the office are doing a great job, although Jenny left a few months before I did. She works with Antares now, so I'm sure you'll get great customer service there too... I trained her well hahaha.
    There is a new Jenny in the CWD office, so customers tend to be all confused I only worked with her for a few months, but she is great too
    I stay informed of all activities and gossip through my best buddy Ludo who is the LA rep.

    No, I haven't found a job yet... trying very hard to come back to the US but still stuck in France for now. Visa sponsors are kind of hard to find. The good thing is I get to spend time with my family and my horse, and I haven't lost hope of finding my dream job soon.



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    Oh boy, Quietann. I hope you figure out your mystery lameness. It sounds too much like what my horse had last year, which turned out to be a coffin bone stress fracture and collateral ligament injury. Now, thirteen months later, we are still rehabbing. It's been long, slow, expensive and depressing. Jingles for your horse!

    We get yet another vet check next Friday. So far we are trotting all the way around the ring going his "good" way, and just trotting straight lines going the "bad" way.

    Hope you all are enjoying the nice weather before it gets cold and rainy. This fall has been beautiful down here. It's been in the 80's all week. The last Brownland Farm show of the year is this week, and all of my friends who are showing over there are enjoying the beautiful days and wonderful facility.

    Tarheel, tell hubby he done good! Have a fun trip!
    It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

    www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.



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    Pony4me, the Xrays taken so far show nothing unusual in the coffin bones... but eek! I've already done the surgery and lengthy rehab with her once, and I really don't want to go through it all again.

    Here she is in her ginormous wrap as of this evening. This was before I put the standing wrap back on her other foreleg:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/103634878102801472104/October252012#5803438900441076466. She is tolerating it all very well so far.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"



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    Quote Originally Posted by quietann View Post

    Here she is in her ginormous wrap as of this evening.
    Pretty big indeed!

    Poor girl, I hope you find out what's wrong.



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    Quietann, , so sorry about Feronia...I hope you get some answers and some healing very, very soon!

    CVPeg- that's so incredible! Congrats

    Tarheel - congrats on the saddle purchase! I've been toying with the idea of taking some dressage lessons at some point as well, as Ollie has some training in dressage, and he's a quite lovely mover with incredible transitions that we've been working on. And how wonderful for the London trip! What a fantastic present.

    Welcome to all our new people!

    My husband said last night that he might get me new boots for Christmas - the Tredstep Donatellos. Tried them on at Dover, and they sure fit me well.
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    PaintedHunter...love the Donatellos. They were MY Christmas present last year!

    Re-rider here, too. Started back about 2 years ago. Had some confidence issues with another horse I had (came off twice when she would prop/buck at the canter). Since then have gotten different horse, and started lessons again. Just now starting to feel confidence and like I'm learning again. Whew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
    PaintedHunter...love the Donatellos. They were MY Christmas present last year!

    Re-rider here, too. Started back about 2 years ago. Had some confidence issues with another horse I had (came off twice when she would prop/buck at the canter). Since then have gotten different horse, and started lessons again. Just now starting to feel confidence and like I'm learning again. Whew.
    Your story is MY story to a T! Started back two years ago, bought a horse, he did a 180 and ended up totally wrong for me - sent my confidence backwards and my butt into the dirt repeatedly. Got a new horse in June, and I have accomplished more in 4 months than I did the previous almost two years! It's AMAZING what the right horse fit will do for you.
    Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors



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    Quote Originally Posted by TarheelJD View Post

    I went a little crazy in the last couple of days! I just today bought a friend of mine's County Competitor dressage saddle (she was selling it because it does not fit her new horse). Tajar and I have done a couple of very low level combined tests, and they were a lot of fun -- I'd like to keep doing 2 or 3 a year. So, I figured I might as well start taking the dressage component seriously. Before I "test rode" the saddle last night, I had never ridden in a dressage saddle in my life. Holy smokes -- it's different!!! I think this dressage saddle will be a fun new toy, and it may help my perennial problem of leaning too far forward!!

    Headed out of town this weekend. I hate to miss good riding weather, but my husband gave me my Christmas present early -- we are going to London to see the opening of the new James Bond movie! I am a little bit of a James Bond fanatic. It's just a quick trip - tomorrow through Sunday. I can't believe he planned the whole thing on his own, and kept it a surprise!

    Hope everyone continues to have great rides, and that any and all injuries to horses and humans are on the mend!
    Wow! Jealous on both accounts ... the saddle and London! I want to get a dressage saddle, too. It makes transitions and sitting work so much easier, plus, the horse I ride is going to be 25 this year, so less and less jumping for us.

    I am a bit obsessed with Jane Austen and other British authors, including TV and film adaptation. I just love Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen who played Mr. Darcy. If I could go to one of their premiers, I would! Daniel Craig is nothing to sneeze at though!



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    Boy, you get away from this board for even a week and all kinds of stuff happens!

    Welcome to the newest members!

    Jingles for the lame and hope a cause is found soon.

    Handstands to the jumpers out of the comfort zone and riders in the field with no airs above!'

    I have had some serious issues riding my boy. When we do lessons, all three of us, trainer, me, and horse all end up pissed off and frustrated - mainly because of me. I get so worried about what I am/am not doing that I screw it all up. Things that should be relatively simple turn into quantum physics - i.e. circle to the right without bulging. Nope, not happening.

    It got to the point that my trainer talked to me about another person who might be willing to trade their somewhat been there done that qh mare for my tb. Said I should consider it. Can't tell you how badly I felt at that - logic had no part in it - just felt like a total failure. But, said I would ride the mare and see. As it turns out, that is not an option.

    See, on the ground, my horse and I are so in tune. I walk out into the pasture with his halter he comes to meet me, even if it means pulling his head out of the hay. When I dismount, he will follow me around the ring. Just today, four horses out grazing in the "yard", the troublemaker of the group says "we run now" and off they all go into the front pasture (gate was open). I get there, call mine, he immediately stops what he's doing and comes to me.

    In the saddle, not so much. But, I rode him today. There is a hurricane off the coast, cloudy, windy and all that. He was a total jewel. We even managed the dreaded right circle without bulging. We trotted all around the arena on a loose rein. He was a totally good boy.

    Now, I am thinking I just need to pull my head out of my ______ and just ride my horse.

    Sorry this is so long.......
    And nothing bad happened!



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    jaslyn, have a look at today's post in the Mugwump Chronicles blog:

    http://mugwumpchronicles.blogspot.co...oing-good.html
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"



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    Thank you so much quietann - that hits the nail on the proverbial head!
    And nothing bad happened!



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