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  • PF- I know, Duran Duran was one of my favorites of Christoph's string.

    Greys- thanks for the explanation. I had always wondered.

    Mustang- jingles for your boy, that sounds very not fun or comfortable.

    Got to ride this morning before I had to go in to work. We used the earplugs/bonnet (or earbuds, as the kids call them), and once the rain started, I was so glad we did! I was all over the place- it's been about 3 weeks- and we worked on collected trot. We almost got it, which then made the working trot so fabulous at the end. Soft contact, focused Pony, felt like a dressage pony or the hack winner She does love the snaffle, and from what I can tell, we're both a tad de-fluffed, so perhaps being thinner agrees with us both.

    On another good note- I was able to trot longer today and was breathing easier. It was Pony that was coughing, however she worked out of it.


    • Lucky, glad you had a great ride! Yay you and pony!


      Just got off Chico. He was a good boy, as usual. Even better than my last ride since I wore spurs. . I was tossing around the idea in my head of taking Chico to do some western dressage for fun. Do you think 25 is too old to be trailering around locally?
      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


      • Lucky, what size are you? My trainer has a bunch of brand-new Devon-Aire pull-ons in her tack shop that have been sitting there for years. Are you interested? I'd be glad to buy you a pair and send them along. I am sure I can get a deal from her--there is little interest in pull-ons now.
        I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


        • Thanks for the jingles everyone. My guy is feeling more comfortable under saddle after the vet came out, which is a relief. Praying if we treat the summer sore aggressively it'll heal (relatively) quickly. The vet said it may not heal until after fly season...which can last until November here. The horse living next to him also has a summer sore (same location too), but it was caught sooner.


          PF - If Chico seems up for it, I think it's fine! I trailer mine around locally and he doesn't seem bothered by it in the least, but he's always been a good traveler.

          Lucky - It sounds like you guys had a great ride!
          Last edited by MustangTwist; Jul. 18, 2019, 06:19 PM.


          • Dewey- what a kind offer! I'm a 7. I was hoping for a 14" calf, 17 height to allow for a 1" drop. Are they the fake leather? My old ones were- the ones where the footbed became a flipflop, so I'm a tad leary of boots at all

            PF- You should check out the show Fab is putting on at ClearView Sept 21-22.



            There's even a Triathalon with Halter/English/Western- if I had been riding more, I was aiming for that one with Pony. I'll be going that Saturday to groom and chearlead.
            Last edited by luckymaverick; Jul. 18, 2019, 06:53 PM.


            • Thanks, lucky. If Chico were younger he could do the triathlon. Now, he is too old and swayed for halter. Sounds fun, though. I am still trying to find the prize list. Will keep searching.

              ETA found it.
              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


              • Lucky, my trainer used to run a full-fledged tack shop from her farm. She doesn't keep up with it now, but she has a lot of inventory still. In addition to the boots, she has a lot of show clothes, bits, girths, bridles, and martingales--all brand new but a bit out of style. The boots are lower-end, but they are leather. She used to sell a lot of them to her students, but everyone wants zip boots now, so what she has left isn't moving. I keep telling her she needs to start an ebay store or join one of those tack FB groups, but she hasn't done it. I plan on going to the barn this weekend, so I will let you know what she has and about pricing, etc.
                I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                • Dewey- that would be great, I really, really appreciate you going to the trouble!

                  PF- Let me know if you end up going to the show, I would be beyond excited to hang with you and Chico-man.


                  • Hey all! I know I’ve been AWOL, lots going on. But, first you guys:

                    Mustang - you are so right. With horses if it’s not one thing, it’s another. The flies, gnats really, have been terrible in our neck of the woods. Probably due to all the rain we’ve had. The paddocks look great for mid July so I guess that’s the trade off. Hope your guy heals quickly!

                    PF - I love that you have Chico and can get on him anytime and know he’ll be there for you. It brings a smile to my face to hear about your rides.

                    Lucky - glad you’ve gotten some rides on Pony also. And that your lungs have been cooperative! We’ve had some pretty intense humidity up here the past few days (and to come) which makes it hard for ANYone to breath.

                    Greys - isn’t horse hunting a double edged sword? You weigh the pros and cons and then it really boils down to the vetting! I could see you getting something a little green and bringing it along with your trainer - you know your long and short term goals. Fingers crossed! Congrats on the trailer! It really is a feeling of independence. I loved our two horse “gooseneck”. (Maybe they call it a fifth wheel now.) Hated driving the four horse one - especially backing it up! Somehow my dyslexia came into play backing up the trailer. It wasn’t pretty Good for you and enjoy!

                    Since I last checked in: Lady C continues with her rehab. We just moved her to a local rehab center so we can visit. She’s been on the treadmill but will start the aqua treadmill soon. DD showed the last two weekends, placing in all but one class and winning two! Trainer #2 was at those shows also and both boys got some nice ribbons. We were looking for a horse to lease for DD while Lady C rehabs and were supposed to try one at the show. It fell through but another sort of fell in our lap, she arrived at the barn today. Continuing in the new horse dept., looks like I’ll be vetting another from Europe. Wasn’t really looking after the other ordeal but..... 4 yr old mare. Yes, I seem to be accumulating the ladies. Fingers crossed it all goes well. What else? My farrier (who had done my horses for 10 years or so) retired!! Trainer #1 went with one guy, Trainer #2 another. So far so good. G and I have kept at it as much as possible. We’ll take this weekend off as the heatwave has hit! I lasted all of twenty minutes this morning before the sweat was stinging my eyes!

                    Hope the weather is better for you all to enjoy some great rides this weekend!


                    • Ugh. I have read about Summer sores on this forum. Touchwood something that we do not get here.

                      We went to the CDI here. I kept commenting that I was taking that horse home. Hubby piped up and said, "No. We already need a semi trailer for the ones you want!" Bahahaha.

                      Such beautiful horses but very interesting that really there was not one horse that was poll high. We didn't get to see the Grand Prix as we had to come home to feed and rug our own horses. We saw young riders, young horses. Small tour and intermediare.

                      At lunch time we went out to sit at some tables to eat what hubby had brought from home. We were listening to a Grand Prix rider. He said his horse was in a box for 40 hours to get here from Italy.

                      He eventually turned to me and asked if we had bought what we were eating here as it looked good and that was what he wanted for lunch. I just shook my head and said no bought from home and I will add that hubby had made it not me.

                      Hubby is on a health kick at the moment, due to something his sister said to him, so he did not stop for Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the way there but had a toasted sandwich instead. He did not stop at McDonald's on the way home but we had scrambled eggs with ham and mushrooms instead once wer were home.

                      He won't tell me what she said, but I did say that if he was serious, he would stop putting sugar in his tea and coffee and adding salt to his meals!

                      Greys the horses had such beautiful tails. There were quite a few horses with the icecream in their mouths and foam between their back legs which I have been taught is good to see. A few with a lovely swing in the bottom of the tail which is supposed to show relaxation.

                      In dressage you think of one swish as 2 points off. There was one horse which started swishing every time he was asked to half pass which shows tension. Other than that he did not swish

                      From memory there was a famous Grand Prix horse whosswished her tail continually like the horse in your video. She was a grey. There was great debate as to whether she was sound, which has nothing to do with whether she was lame or not. She was ridden for a few years but yes she did break down eventually.

                      One of the reasons to teach dressage is that it prolongs a horses life and years of riding. This is not really achievable if the horse is not 100% sound to start with.

                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      • Lost- that's exciting about your new horse, and congrats to DD and your young string. The two with the trainers now are geldings, right? I never thought about horse rehab- sounds a bit more fun than the people rehab sometimes Jingles for Lady C.


                        • Suzie, glad you haven't had to deal with summer sores, but Australia does get them. It comes from the worms Habronema and Draschia, which you also have there. BUT, the sores are rare, and have been for the past 30 years or so. They were more common before the home dewormers of ivermectin and moxidectin, etc. They're are a bit on the rise, though, so you, too, may be seeing them closer to home.

                          Austen, glad to see Lady C is closer to home. I'm sure she enjoys the visits!! And sounds like your DD had some wonderful show weeks. That's great to hear. Did she get the new lease horse? How is that working out? And a new four-year-old, how exciting! Keep us posted.

                          lucky, thanks I will keep you posted! Chico has been to that arena a few times and has done well. I have to see where he is physically in the next month or so. Poor guy is not enjoying the heat, and neither am I. I'd love to take him, though, if it works out.


                          We had a torrential unexpected rainfall on Saturday, so I didn't ride. And I felt the arena was too sloppy/deep on Sunday from all the rain, so I did not ride again. I'll be trying for today or tomorrow. Today it may rain again, so we'll see.

                          Other than that, just trying to do some fundraising. I spent Friday inquiring with companies/vendors. So far only one yes. It's a process.

                          Hope you're all getting in some good rides.

                          The rain....
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                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                          • PF- please do! I would love for you to meet Fab, and of course Pony. I'd help groom for you too, if that would be helpful


                            • Lucky, here's what I found out. Trainer has some assorted pull-on boots, but not much in your size. I got exited when I saw a box labeled 7R, but when I pulled the boots out to look at, they were actually 7.5. They might work for you, though. They are Dublins. I took a picture (below). They look nice and have a good finish on the leather. I don't know how tall you are, but just for the heck of it I tried one on. It was too big, of course. I am 5' tall with a size 5 foot, but they didn't strike me as enormously tall. If you want me to take any measurements, I will do my best. I asked trainer about them, and she said you could have them for $50, which seems fair to me.

                              After trainer left the barn, I browsed through the second-hand boots just to check. There was actually a size seven in a Devonaire. They look almost new. The finish is not as shiny as the Dublins, and they have a Spanish top. I took a picture of them as well. If you are interested in them, I will ask trainer how much she wants for them.

                              I am sorry the pics aren't better. I forgot my camera, and all I had was my cell phone, which has a crummy camera. I am getting a new phone for my birthday on Friday, but I don't have it yet.
                              I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                              • Dewey- thanks for the pics, they both look great. I'm 5'2 on a good day. The height I need is between 16.5 and 17 to allow for drop. Any measurements of calf/height and model/style on both would be appreciated. I can look up size charts online as well. Price as well if you don't mind. I'm hoping at least one might work.
                                I can put a heck of a shine on boots- I did on my old synthetics

                                what's the big deal with a Spanish top?
                                Last edited by luckymaverick; Jul. 24, 2019, 07:17 PM.


                                • Lucky, I took some measurements today on both pairs although I am not an expert. Both pairs have the same measurements. They both measure 14.5" around the widest part of the calf. I ran the tape down the back of the boots and got a measurement of 18", so they are a little taller than you want. Of course, if they don't drop enough, you could get them cut down since they are pull-ons.

                                  As for the Spanish top, that's a style feature. You may like it; you may not care about it.
                                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                                  • PF- Wow, hope it dries out soon so you can ride. We have the opposite problem here - it's supposed to be 100+ for the next few days so it'll be early morning rides for all the horses!

                                    Lost - Absolutely. We got an unusual amount of rain here too over the winter/spring, so I suspect that's why the flies are so bad now. How's it working out with DD's new lease? And the 4 year old mare?!


                                    • Mustang, we have had a few days of lower temps, but they're creeping back up. The last few mornings, though, have really been nice! I hope you cool down soon.
                                      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                                      • Dewey- thanks for doing the legwork on the boots. I think they are a tad too tall/wide, which is a bummer. my short/wide self may not be meant to get non-customs.


                                        • Too bad. I don't mind at all checking for you. It was worth a try.

                                          Do you ever shop on ebay? You might try searching some of the really good old-fashioned brands like Dehner and Vogel. You might find a used pair in your size--you never know. They are not expensive since they are pull-ons, and they are top quality. If you haven't used ebay before, you can ask questions of the seller before you put in a bid. I am sure they would send you measurements or additional pictures if you asked.
                                          Last edited by Dewey; Jul. 26, 2019, 09:44 AM.
                                          I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne