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Stopping By Woods.....

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  • Stopping By Woods.....

    My friend CarynEve sent me this last night, certainly poignant as I watched my paddocks fill up with snow here in central LI...I guess about 14" the last time I checked.

    We were talking about the pitfalls of riding with different trainers at the same time, at least the pits I've fallen into. I've sworn off riding with regular [non-eventing] dressage trainers at least for this season. I just don't seem to be able to compartmentalize my muscle memory (or something) yet and I found that last year it did a number on my stadium performance (my fault, not trainers). I'm a BN level local HT rider, Caryn has been riding hunt seat but moved to a dressage barn and "switched majors" to dressage recently. Flo, who she mentions in her poem, is the Appaloosa mare she is currently leasing.

    She is a writer and cranked this out as a response to one of my recent e-mails.

    Apologies to Robert Frost....

    Whose woods these are I think I know
    (at least that's what I'm telling Flo,
    (She will not see me stopping here
    (Because my seat's so out of gear)

    My little mare must think it queer
    My seat's too forward for my rear,
    In the arena where we ride,
    My hands too high, my calves too near.

    She gives her snaffle bit a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake
    The only other sound's her hooves
    As I look for her parking brake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep
    The indoor arena gives us the creeps
    And I have miles before I sleep
    Sometimes I ride just like a sheep.

    - By Sugar Frosted Flake
    HorsePower! www.tcgequine.blogspot.com

  • #2

    That is delightful. Thanks!


    • #3
      How `bout

      My little horse must think it queer
      To deal with my enormous fear
      He feels my knees begin to quake
      Each time the ditch and wall draws near!


      • #4
        Oh Denny, that's good. Say, did you teach English once?
        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


        • #5

          Thanks for easing my winter blues a bit. It's hard to remember a non-white world with green grass and blue skies and tons of country to gallop across!
          “I always knew I had the ability, I just had to find the horse to get me there.” - Calvin Borel, on riding Street Sense to victory in the 2007 Kentucky Derby


          • #6

            Stopping By Woods is one of my absolute favorite poems and brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. I must say, this rendition did bring tears to my eyes, but it was only because I was laughing so hard (but silently because I'm still at work)

            I can't wait for spring!!!!
            Proud mom of a Chincoteague Pony


            • #7
              That's great! I like your rendition too Denny although my verse would go more like this:

              My little horse must think it queer
              To deal with my enormous rear
              He feels my knees begin to quake
              Each time the ditch and wall draws near!
              Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


              • #8
                I LOVE this poem; so much so that I named my last (late) horse after a line in it: Promises to Keep. (It was his show name, and he was a TB--to my delight, the Jockey Club accepted it as his registered name; I was amazed that it wasn't yet taken!...)

                When we had to take him to be euthanized , the hubby and I brought a book (with that poem in it); I read the poem to him before I said goodbye. Poignant indeed...

                I (show) named my present horse "Hope Springs Eternal", from a poem by Alexander Pope. I would really *love* to hear a "humorous revised edition" of that, but in the meantime, the OP's friend's version of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is very humorous
                "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")


                • #9
                  I accept the challenge

                  As the author of the Frost satire, I've been lurking and smirking. It's fun reading everyone's reactions.
                  Dr. Doolittle, may I accept your challenge and provide yet another ditty?
                  Just say the word.
                  I can't promise Grand Prix level....but it's the effort that counts, right?



                  • #10
                    Yikes! Reconsidering the challenge!

                    Just saw Pope's "Essay on Man," from which that lovely line is excerpted. That's a cross-country gallop over stone walls......I was expecting a nice trot over cavaletti. Whoa Nelly.
                    Hope sprung a leak when I saw that. Sorry.


                    • #11
                      How about something by Emily Dickinson (like Because I could not stop for Death--he Kindly stopped for me-....or I Heard a Fly Buzz when I died...)

                      Hmmm. A lot of death imagery here. Better not tempt fate!

                      But it is cool that you can sing a lot of her verse to "The Yellow Rose of TX"...and Battle Hymn of the Republic....and Amazing Grace....and the theme from Gilligan's Island...!
                      --Becky in TX
                      Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                      She who throws dirt is losing ground.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by C.E. Murray View Post
                        Just saw Pope's "Essay on Man," from which that lovely line is excerpted. That's a cross-country gallop over stone walls......I was expecting a nice trot over cavaletti. Whoa Nelly.
                        Hope sprung a leak when I saw that. Sorry.

                        I'll have to go "revisit" the piece with those thoughts in mind!

                        Thanks for thinking about doing it, though--and for the record, nice job on "Stopping by Woods..."
                        "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                        "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")