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  • #21
    Okay, I'll play!

    Found a great equine dentist who has a partner who does Equine Touch, and are reasonably priced, who will come out to my place! Appointment set up for March 26th so I'll be starting the season without worrying about teethies and with a great support team to help them feel good.

    Got my truck unstuck all by myself this morning - didn't even have to call my buddies with the backhoe!

    The snow is down to 1 foot deep (from 2 feet deep).

    I am almost caught up on my bills, so I'll be starting the season in financial control and even have a lesson/entry fee budget!

    I'll be getting back my full benefits starting April 1, no worrying about riding & competing without health insurance this season.

    All my horses are sound and still at least baseline fit, in spite of a nasty winter - at least we won't be starting from square one when things get better weatherwise!

    I'm on track to run my first marathon on Mar 30th, something I've always wanted to do - I'm fit, sound and its going to *happen*!

    The daylight lasts until 6pm now and the days are getting a little longer every day!

    Thanks for making me look at the positive side of things.



    • #22
      Me Too!
      I had a Grrrreat jumping lesson on Wed. I felt really solid and secure, and enjoyed every minutes of it!

      "Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow"
      \"Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow\"


      • #23
        This is so much fun!

        --Several of my close friends came over last night and we just hung out all night-- no pressure of parties, going out, etc.

        --It's raining like crazy here, and I took the opportunity to sleep in and lounge around all morning without feeling guilty!

        --Spring break is next week, and my dad is letting me use frequent flyer points to go home. Yay for my second horse, my family, and my dogs!

        --While I'm at home, I have a job interview! Yikes! May 18 and the real world will be here any minute!

        --my mommy is coming to visit in less than a month!

        The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.
        "[I don't like the word] try. To me, it means you plan to fail." --Robby Johnson

        "All you have to do to succeed is decide to succeed." Jimmy Wofford


        • #24
          Well even though I board at a barn with a huge heated indoor arena, having to tack up in -20 weather with wind yesterday at a show definetly got me wishing for summer.

          My plans for the season are to start Pre-Training and move up to Training by season end on my TB mare. I have 9 events planned for us, from May-September (2 out of province).

          My green 5 year old will start Snurf (2') and I'll hopefully have him going strong Starter (2'9") and maybe even move him up to Pre-Training. He'll only be doing 5 events this season.

          As for new tack, I'm going to be getting my brand new custom fit Jaguar close contact in about April-May..I can't wait!

          I also have a few clinics planned, I attended one with Chelan Kozak last month and have a jumper clinic with Marilyn Dixon (Irish SJ Team, some years ago) March 8-9. My mare will be off to train with Val Hellerud (Pan Am games competitor) for the last 2 weeks in march while I'm away, so hopefully I'll have super dressage horse for the spring. Then come May, I'll be doing an outdoor XC clinic with Chelan. I absolutely love her, shes so much fun and just a great teacher all around.

          Anyways theres my good news. Oh right and I just got back from the first show of the year and I got a 4th and a 6th in my 3' jumper classes.
          Talia and Heidi

          *EVENT RIDERS* 3 days - 3 phase -3 ways


          • #25

            So glad to hear your guy is doing well and all recovered. That is great news. April and I will be doing a Jim Graham clinic next weekend. She has been doing great -- if this is a dream, I don't want to wake up.

            Have a great season this year and I hope to see you soon.



            • #26
              My good news lately:

              Bonnie is turning out to be a little angel, with really nice movement and looks to be growing up sane, sound, and athletic...just what I wanted (right, Denny?--loved that article in "Eventing")

              Gwen just knocks my socks off on a daily basis, and I'm positively DROOLING over show season!

              Kelly is hanging out and enjoying semi-retirement. She might be a "DQ" this summer.

              My little boy is healthy, happy and keeps us in stitches. The latest: we were watching horse racing on TV the other day and as the jockey trotted up on the winner standing in his stirrups, Evan (who is in a "scolding everybody" phase) stood up and yelled "SIT DOWN, MAN! You're gonna FALL OFF!"

              "If you think your hairstyle is more important than your brain, you're probably right." Wear a helmet!
              Click here before you buy.


              • #27
                Becky -- that's terrific! Where is Jim's clinic? I'll try to come audit/throw poles/ cheer folks on if it's anywhere close.


                • #28
                  Simon and I are pictured on page 60 of the USEA "Eventing" mag I got in the mail yesterday!

                  I lost 15 pounds right before the picture was taken this fall!

                  My husband made a funny joke today about Simon's vet bills--he's yet to complain!


                  • Original Poster


                    Now we're talking happy!

                    My new kitty is here 2 weeks today and is doing fine! Picked up the Mail this afternoon and there are No Bills!! Still raining here, but it is Not coming into the cellar.

                    Thinking Events this Season:

                    UNH, King Oak, Apple Knoll, never been there, a new Volunteering Adventure!!

                    Groton House I + II (maybe my Most Favorite Rider in the Whole World is well enough to ride again! )

                    So Many Wonderful Events, so little time!

                    GWV/ still thinking Happy Thoughts


                    • #30
                      It's going to be a wonderful spring!

                      I have an armload of "just starting eventing" students and horses to take to the unrecognized events.... several students doing recognized Novice, a couple students moving up to Training this season, one who just needs to get her Training qualifiers to go prelim (and then one *, this horse will ABSOLUTELY do it!). And all but one of my students (one of the Novice riders) STARTED eventing at my barn, and trained their own horses.

                      My stallion's arthritic hock is doing MUCH better with the new vet's injections, so I am going to start taking him to some unrecognized events and work him up from the bottom again..... we will try Prelim again one of these days if it will hold up!

                      And if that fails, I have my stallion's very fancy three-year-old daughter, who is gaily trotting 2' courses with one of my students after about ten rides, completely unconcerned by the weirdest-looking obstacles. Next year, look out!! She'll take up where daddy leaves off. The 2 year old is for sale (can't keep everyone), but I'm hoping to keep the 7 1/2 month old ISH filly, who is almost 14h already.

                      And I'm getting married in June, to my farrier :-) How much better can it GET?

                      Third Charm Event Team


                      • Original Poster


                        Third Charm,

                        Just saw your Stallion! There's a reason to be happy! Wow!!

                        GWV/ eyes hanging out!

                        Great Warrior Volunteer


                        • Original Poster


                          No Happy News People Out there, on a Sunday?! What's the World coming to??


                          Great Warrior Volunteer


                          • #33
                            OK--here's my happy Sunday news. I jumped today, for the first time since July, on my new horse Willie. Steering is an ongoing issue (he's way green), and we had a discussion about the application of the right leg, but to the jumps he is a heat seeking missle--point and shoot. I can honestly say I've never ridden a horse like this, and I had a BLAST.

                            And it didn't feel too, too out of it and rusty. A little bit, but not too bad.

                            Also, I've lost ten pounds, but I'm not going to reveal how many more I had to go, LOL. Let's say, I'm not half way to my goal yet, LOL.

                            So I'm smiling, despite the furstration fo the weather.


                            • #34
                              Boy do I need to do this!!!! Esp. since the freezing rain on Sunday turned the paddocks into a skating rink and the walk to the barn is truly dangerous. Don't know when I'll be able to turn the boys out - thank goodness for the indoor.

                              Good news is that before Christmas I lost 15 lbs. Probably gained a couple pounds back on a week long Carribean cruise. Lordy, cruise food is GREAT!

                              Better news - I stopped smoking on the 27th of January. Anyone that knows me, knows I have a cigarette hanging out of my mouth just about all the time. I was a 2 pack/day smoker. I'm using Zyban to keep from killing people and Nicotrol Inhaler to get my nicotine fix but give up smoking. The interesting thing about the Nicotrol Inhaler is that they expect you to use between 6-16 cartridges/day to start with and I only used 4 cartridges the first 2 days! Now, hopefully I can stick with it since it's been a month!


                              You know you're a horse person when...you can find your boots by smell.

                              PWBTB@WC (People who browse the BB at Work Clique)


                              I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                              • #35
                                My happy news is about my jumping lesson yesterday (first since February 5th!) - in which, for the first time in the 3 1/2 years we've been here, my trainer told me to SLOW Prozac Pony DOWN... Generally, it's "KICK HIM!! GET HIM MOVING!!!"

                                And even better, I wasn't scared that he was going too fast (although this was stadium, not x-c, where I'm still a weenie ;-)

                                And best of all, I'm scheduled for a semi-private lesson with Eric Smiley on Thursday.

                                Approved helmet: Every ride; every time.
                                Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
                                "When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother


                                • #36
                                  MsRidiculous- Is it a boy or a girl? You must have the baby by now, don't you? Pictures please!!!

                                  Standardbred lover
                                  Standardbred Lover- owner of Studs Hooligan, aka Strider, ex- pacer, retrained for eventing and endurance
                                  Strider-OTSTB-, Gus-OTTB-, and Rio-rescued QH!
                                  Founder of the High Maintenance Horses Clique


                                  • #37
                                    I have two sound horses!

                                    They have just learned how to use the run-in shed, in time to get out of the hail storm!

                                    Allie has kept her shoes on, even with all the sucking mud! And, she is mud fever free!

                                    I have a created schedule for the year, that will work even if the weather doesen't cooperate!

                                    Think positive! Think positive!

                                    No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.


                                    • #38
                                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AJHorsey:
                                      MsRidiculous- Is it a boy or a girl? You must have the baby by now, don't you? Pictures please!!!

                                      Standardbred lover<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                      HA! Like Pony is THAT willing to cooperate. Still no baby, but man does my mare look miserable. She's holding out on us. However, the names are official: Mia for a filly, Jagger for a colt. Now.. that little thing needs to get its butt out here and say hello!


                                      Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da...


                                      • #39
                                        Speaking of thinking positive thoughts ...
                                        I bought a gallon of flyspray to last the entire summer.
                                        Think positive, think positive, think positive, buy flyspray, flies will come ...
                                        Even duct tape can't fix stupid


                                        • #40
                                          I had some great rides this weekend. In particular, I had fun with one of the greenies. I was thrilled with his flat work on Saturday -- his balance and rhythm at the canter have come so far. Over fences on Sunday, he was a delight. Soft, eager, and absolutely cracking his back over every fence! It was all I could do to stay out of his way in the air, which says something for the strength of my position these days, but at least he was happy with the ride I gave him

                                          And we had a great time finding and excavating the shavings pile --Jess