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    Winter is approaching... this only means one thing

    ready the steeds, sharpen the clipper blades, pack the trailer, repack trailer, wave goodbye to all your friends seething with envy...


    HEAD DOWN SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where is everyone going this winter? Who are you training with? I am so excited I can hardly stand it!!!!!!!!!

  • #2
    I'll be seething with envy with my fuzzy ponies at home in VA :-)


    • #3
      Staying right here at home! The YP is working on the dreaded circles with the big horse, now fully recovered from whatever it was that knocked the wheels off in August/September and getting my fancy black 4 year old Aussie filly started at some schooling shows.

      I am finally doing something for ME and am learning to drive. I have just inherited a wonderful upper level pony who had fallen on hard times - as he rehabs he teaches and we are having a blast. My goal is to make it to a CDE in a year or two, and force the guys in my life to groom for me!



      • #4
        For now the plan is to work on my dressage with Kitty for the next two months and jump a bit with Sally Cousins on a once a week basis. If all goes according to plan, Kitty, along with a couple of the youngsters and 2 of my FEI dressage horses and I will head to Aiken to avoid the cold for a bit. We'll invade Sally's barn so I can feed my addiction to jumping on a more regular schedule and start competing in February.

        But you know what they say about the best laid plans and horses...so we will have to see what happens.
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        • #5
          Ah Tasker - we'll make you a full convert yet!


          • #6
            I think you guys are well on the way....I walked my Novice course at Rubicon with an eye firmly planted on the Prelim stuff that I 'happened' to walk by! Since I've been taking Kitty over to TP every once in a while and jumping some of the more complex stuff under Ryan's watchful eye...and torturing Sally 2xs each week...well, Novice doesn't intimidate me much anymore! Kitty (of course) is happy to jump ANYTHING!
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            • #7
              I, too will be seething with envy & shivering the winter away in the indoor on my fuzzy pony. I'd entertained the thought of going south again for part of this winter (maybe Aiken, went to SP & trained w/ Denny for a bit last year), but my boy's been battling lameness/illness off & on this summer/fall & I think we just need to hang out & get well!
              I might try to spend a few weeks with Sally Cousins this spring to get 'back up to speed'. I've never trained with her, but I've heard only good things about her as a trainer. Spring also comes to Pa. alot quicker than it comes to Mass....
              Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it ~ Goethe


              • #8
                I have considered going down for a week or two in March - but it depends on work and if i can get away for that long, money and if my hubby will let me. LOL

                I am super jealous of everyone who gets to go south for the entire winter.
                Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!


                • #9
                  I'm in NC so I'll just be hauling over to SP for lessons all winter. Love living in the south.....

                  Third Charm Event Team


                  • #10
                    Hopefully I'll be legging up the FatPaintMare, who has her final ultrasound on that check ligament next week!!!


                    • #11

                      If you get to compete in a CDE, I will BRAID your pony!

                      There may only be 4-5 braids---

                      They may each be the size of your fist---

                      They may each point a different direction---

                      They may cause you to suffer ridicule---

                      But it will get done.



                      • #12

                        Oh Baby - you are on!! Andrew will be both crushed AND impressed that you have offered to cripple yourself on my behalf. This is a 13.2 pony, there only needs to be 5-6 braids!

                        And since I now have lots of time on my hands. . . Deb Branson and I are driving lots!



                        • #13
                          ooooh, envy.

                          My winter plan is to re-learn how to jump, only very low stuff since that's all I am allowed. If all goes well, I should be able to handle a "baby" 2-phase by the spring. My mare loves to jump and she has calmed down a lot in the past year, so is not quite so quick and is more rate-able. I may never be able to take her X/C but we'll see.
                          You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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


                          • #14
                            Vernon and I are going hunting! I'm very excited, though also extremely terrified of something happening to him. BUT, I think he'll be great, and I've been threatening to do it now for two years. It will be SO good for him, too, as he is NOT a mudder and I want him to learn to deal with mud. I may be hunting as soon as Thursday of this week. He'll also get a little time off to chill, and we'll also be maybe making some trips for some jumper rounds to keep my new found skills sharp and some dressage shows to work on us both. We are also already signed up for a clinic with Kim Severson next month, which should be fun.

                            We are also supposedly going to Aiken at some point, but probably later in the winter (late Feb and/or March?). It was such a semi-disaster last time when we went for 8 weeks, I think we're going to stay home and wait to go a little later. I'm sure I'll be more than ready, though, considering how much I hate winter.


                            • #15
                              My guy will go south and I will visit on weekends as work allows. He is luckier than I am
                              OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                              • #16
                                Pegasusmom--Welcome to the dark side...driving that is! Such a natural progression for eventers looking for a new thrill. And ponies are just the best...we always get the "well, when are you going to get a horse" question; our answer, "Why?" Ponies kick butt.

                                We'd love to come down south this spring for a CDE; big "ifs" include if the weather up here allows us to condition in Jan/Feb (as long as we don't have a lot of ice we are okay) and whether we think our truck (my husband's first car!) will make the trip.

                                In the meantime, hoping to get my baby backed and started so I can dream of coming south one winter.


                                • #17
                                  No Florida for me this winter... BOOO

                                  My horse will be as hairy as a yak since I can only ride on weekends now due to daylight savings, my work hours and lack of lights in my outdoor ring...

                                  He's getting his shoes pulled for the first time since I've owned him and gets a real winter vaca.


                                  • #18
                                    I think I am in the "fuzzy ponies, indoor, shivering with envy" (oh, was that seething? I, personally, will be shivering) camp.

                                    Every year I wish I could "visit" denny in SP but every year it doesn't quite seem to work out (see above post, $, time, husband)...

                                    However, I have
                                    1) one-just-moved-up-see-Ma! Training pony and
                                    2) one-cross-our-fingers-finally-fixed last-seen-as-a-prelim pony

                                    and the idea of prepping BOTH to be sound, fit, and ready to go at Training in the spring will keep me plenty busy at home this winter, no matter.

                                    Having two sound and lovely talented horses means I am not allowed to complain even WHEN I am ice-skating across the 70 acre field trying to chivy them in for the farrier. Well, ok, maybe just that one day.
                                    The big man -- my lost prince

                                    The little brother, now my main man


                                    • #19
                                      Pegasus Mom, Denny and Third Charm - I hate you.....sigh.....Asterix, and anyone with an indoor....I hate you, too.....sigh......but here's the good news. I am back in the tack, after some healing time, and hope to be ready to hunt on opening day! Yeah!
                                      I have been looking for some local schooling shows for the greenies but it doesn't look like there is much for dressage or jumper shows locally this winter. I hate to travel too far for schooling shows, so not sure what we will be doing once I am back in the swing of things and riding more.
                                      I really wanted to try and get south this winter but more and more it is looking like work won't be too cooperative. Sigh again. This thread makes me sad. I feel like I ride alone all winter sometimes, except for hunting, which certainly saves our bacon!
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                                      • #20
                                        Mare is going to Aiken with trainer. I'll be left behind freezing in snow & ice-bound New Hampshire. Mare has a better life than I do.
                                        -Debbie / NH

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