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  • Greys - I'm sorry to hear the horses didn't work out. Better to know now, but still disappointing!
    Cupid has shown some improvement, but unfortunately not as much as we hoped. So now we're doing a full spectrum of treatment - acupuncture yesterday (which Cupid seemed to enjoy!), possible FES, then recheck in a 3 weeks with chiro or acupuncture as needed. In the meantime we can do a little light riding, every 2-3 days warm up with a light lunge then 20 minutes riding long and low (no collection).
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    Lucky - I'm glad you're talking the the Dr, hopefully you can try a different medication that might be more effective for you?

    Dewey - Congrats on moving up and having a successful show!

    Mustang - Maybe you tend to overthink things when you're well-rested!

    Paradox - Having your own indoor would be amazing!! Once you get the figured out are you going to start looking for your next jumping horse?


    • TC- jingles for you and Cupid. What's FES?

      Thanks for the support- the doc was wonderful! I now have a steroid cream plus 5 day dose of prednisone for the eczema, a strong antibiotic for the crud, and best of all PRN happy pills (Buspar) I plan to use them for shows for sure. Kudos to him, as the Xanax I wanted he wouldn't write. He had concerns since it can be habit-forming, so I'm glad he was being careful. Who knows,with the happy pills, maybe I can sit more chilly for Pony and if I get brave, Buddy, or anyone NOT Pony.


      • Sorry, out of the loop. Got back driving in from MI and the next day had to drive 3 hours to work three days on all-day depositions. Back this weekend.

        Oh, farm going back and forth with counter offers, etc. Nothing definite yet.
        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


        • And, yes, will look for new pony when I move!!
          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


          • PF- sounds like a lot of things are coming together for you, can't wait to hear all about it.


            • Lucky - FES is an electrotherapy - similar to TENS but gentler. Here's a study on it if you're interested:



              • LOL MT I am sure you said hoof-flicking trot in jest, that is not something to vie for.

                Thank you for posting that video of your test, it did motivate me to start lunging Stars last week. Not this week yet. We have passed the shortest day.

                That sounds promising Lucky.

                I took Stars and Twiggy outside our front gate to graze this morning. one point they bumped heads. You should have seen the nasty face Twiggy made at Stars. I guess she is an alpha mare!
                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                • Hope you're all doing well. I'm hoping life will calm down some for me here soon. Hopefully the house will be listed today, so that was a big deal. Now I just have to keep it clean and maintained. I do have a few fence boards to replace and weeding some gardens, but the bulk is done. Whew. We are still going back and forth with the offer/counter offer, etc. Nothing set in stone yet. And if it is, it will still be contingent on selling our current farm. So fingers crossed. If this one doesn't work out, we will likely just buy land and build from scratch. That has pros and cons.

                  The poor ponies have had NO work all month. I'm sure they don't mind, but I hate that I'm not riding at all. June was a pretty lousy month. I should at least tack up someone and do a short easy ride. Glad I'm down to two horses right now. It's much easier to deal with two. Three just makes it a lot harder for some reason.
                  My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                  • Suzie - I'm being a bit hyperbolic, what I mean is that I got more push/energy/engagement, esp. in my mediums.


                    Anyway, my horse stepped on a screw this weekend (ouch) so it's soaking, wrapping, and hand walking for the next few days. The vet doesn't seem too concerned, so hopefully it resolves itself quickly. Jingles appreciated for a speedy recovery!


                    • Jingles, Mustang!
                      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                      • Ouch Mustang. We had a horse who did that. Yes poulticing and wrapping and he was okay.

                        My Vinnie a girl could do a true extended trot. Hubby said she looked like the horses on TV.
                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                        • One step closer to the farm we're looking at. Finally agreed to terms, and will sign it to make it official today. But, we still need to sell this farm for it to be a done deal. Wish me luck! It listed on MLS yesterday.
                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                          • Oh man, all the jingles to you Mustang, that is such a bummer. Especially after being on a bit of a roll.

                            PF I am also jingling like mad for the house. So glad you at least have one side of the transaction sorted, now we need the second half to fall in place!

                            Cupid It sounds like from your blog you're making the best of a bad situation. I'm hoping Cupid makes more progress with this new workload. I feel you so hard on the disappointment for this summer, that is very much where I'm at as well and you're inspiring me to count my blessings!!!


                            • I feel you both, TC and greys. I haven't even ridden since May. And that was only a few rides. Life sometimes gets in the way as well. But TC, wishing Cupid a speedy recovery, and greys, hope you find your next mount! Keep us posted. Sorry your last prospect didn't pan out.
                              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                              • Thanks for the jingles everyone! We found the screw Sunday morning, and we put him on the lunge line both Monday & Tuesday to see if he was sound, and luckily he was. Yesterday I walked him under saddle for 30 minutes, and today my trainer will attempt a light hack. Hopefully by this weekend we'll be back to normal! We've had two such incidents in the past 2 months though, so clearly there's an issue the barn owner needs to resolve...

                                Suzie - Definitely - this was my first experience poulticing with Sugardine. Neat stuff, though I could do without the rust red stains on my clothes from making it. Glad to hear yours was okay in the end.

                                TC - How's Cupid doing? Is he back in heavier work yet, or still on the light riding regimen?

                                PF - Any update on the new farm? Did they accept your offer?

                                Greys - Any more horse hunting trips coming up since your last one was a bust? PS, I started taking lessons a few times a month with a local H/J barn I really like.They regularly import horses from Timo Keuben and seem to have had pretty good luck with them. I think they mostly import off video. The trainer told me she could help me source something from him (even in my price range, which as you know is not very generous) when I'm ready, but I saw on another thread you had a bad experience with his operation when you visited. Was your experience mostly that they were unorganized and the horses weren't getting regular work (which isn't great...but isn't automatically a deal breaker), or did it seem like there were deeper problems as well?


                                • Mustang: That's great that you found a good HJ barn. Since my first visit with Timo, we've chatted a bit online. I think he's somewhat cleaned up his act, but for sure. He's mostly trying to turn over hunters, but I think he understands now that reputation really matters and I think it's more quality all around.

                                  With most of the sellers I saw on this last trip, these are larger well-established sellers who will do a trade on a horse if the one they sell doesn't work out. I don't think Timo is quite there yet, but maybe I'm wrong. On this go round, I'm not looking for a great bargain bc I want this to be the horse I learn how to jump bigger tracks on properly. But if I were looking for a bargain, I probably would check in with him for what he had.

                                  I will say, this trip was UBER humbling as far as what I thought my skills were for assessing video. All the horses I tried felt completely different than they looked on video. One of the mares I loved looked cold on the video and she ended up taking you beautifully to the fence. Another had a massive hind end over the jump and I was like I'll never be able to stay with that jump and she ended up being the easiest one to jump. One looked like it had a beautiful balance and when I got on I realized it's neck was quite short and he was incredibly downhill. So now I'm doubly convinced I need to sit on everything. I can ask if one of the agents we work with will sit on something for you from his barn?

                                  As for me, I'm not sure if we will shop again. My trainer would like me to sit on her Grand Prix horse. He's older, but she feels he could step down to the 1.30-1.40m with me for several years. He's nice and big and certainly knows the job. Otherwise, we have a lead on an 8 year old in the states that's out of budget but could for sure do the high's. So maybe we do a lease to own situation. It's a little tricky.


                                  • Thanks Greys! I'll get in touch once I'm closer to being ready. I think your point about sitting on horses is a very good one. It's hard to get a real feel for them just off video, at least for most adult amateurs (myself included).

                                    That would be nice if your trainer's horse worked out! It's great to really know their history, quirks, and routine beforehand.


                                    • Interesting Greys. Maybe it is because I have ridden a great lot of horses, but if I see a horse in a video or being ridden, I know whether I will ride it or not.

                                      Stars I bought from photos. Toby I bought from video. They were both perfect for what they were bought for. Both were the first horse looked at.

                                      Other than that it is really just how green they are or how much training they have had. I know that in the first 5 strides!

                                      Stars she kept calling him green. She had no idea what she had. He was not green training wise however he was green handling wise and that was purely because she was treating him like a green horse.

                                      He came here and was treated like an old pro. Me throwing stirrups over him, etc. Sure he reacted the first time but I didn't so it soon became old hat.

                                      I still learn so much from each horse. I love these journeys.
                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                      • Mustang: It's interesting bc for the hunters, I think it's much easier to buy off of video. In order to be competitive, it needs to be a good mover, attractive, jump beautifully, have a good size step. The step is really the only thing that can sometimes be harder to gauge off of video. But the fit of horse and rider is maybe less important than with the jumper. Especially if you want to jump bigger.

                                        That's more what I meant Suzie. For a horse doing primarily flat work, sure the video can give you a good feeling for how the horse goes and you as an experienced rider, can adapt. But bc this horse is being bought to help teach me the higher levels, the fit is critical. The jump is particularly important bc with Sandro, I lose my balance sometimes bc he pushes so hard with his hind end through the air.

                                        If you watch video, he doesn't actually look that impressive behind. But everyone who rides him agrees the push can put you out of balance when you land.

                                        Now if you look at this mare, who we tried and decided to pass bc she was a bit too mare-ish, had THE EASIEST jump of anything I sat on. And this is despite a much bigger hind end in the air than Sandro.


                                        That's why I say video can be deceiving.


                                        • That is a nice mare, greys. Yeah, the tail swishing gives her away. She looked pretty attentive and obedient here. Was she a difficult ride? Have you always had geldings?
                                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: