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  • Thanks. Hopefully with good weather we will have a great one.
    Finding Cures, Saving Children. Sept. 29, 2019 Saddle Up for St. Jude event. Donate here.

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    • Lucky, my trainer wears those Columbia shirts all the time while teaching. They look sharp and very comfortable.
      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

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      • https://forums.horseandhound.co.uk/t...in-h-h.778931/
        So just as a diversion-- I was looking on the Horse and Hound website for something, and came across this interesting thread about the most expensive boarding barns ( aka livery) in the UK. Fourteen hundred pounds per month was the most expensive-- that is roughly 1800 dollars. All in, includes the training of the horse.
        A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli

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        • Hi all! I read every time I see this thread bumped, but then I proscrastinate about pulling up the laptop (almost never get it out) to write responses...and then 30 pages later, it's too daunting. So jumping back in.

          Been a busy season of adventure for me and Winnie B! I guess we're eventers now. We actually won our division in our first little combined test, and she was a DREAM in our first HT last month! Bold and clear in our first XC course, same in stadium. Our dressage...is a work in progress, lol. Hubby even attended and camped out with me and the show team that weekend.

          Second HT is this weekend...as is our move to my Coach's barn! My BarnMom and her family have been wonderful to me in the year I've had Winnie there, but I really want to be with Coach and my show team.

          Just living the dream, adoring my bold little mare more than I knew I could. Still more adventures in store, with foxhunting on the list next (Coach and her hubby are officers in their club). Sharing some pics from our HT.

          Sun, love the singing! Coach laughed at me in the video from stadium, because she could hear me singing to Win. It's what gets me out of my head.

          Greys, I'm loving how the trailer is working out for you! Böckmann sisters? Good luck with the shopping! Since I lucked into my perfect-for-me horse, I can't actually imagine the shopping process at this point.

          Lucky, good luck with the boots! I just got some Ariat V Sports for a steal off horseloverz.com. About half price. Love them, even if they did chew up the back of one knee once. Looking forward to hearing about your outreach day with Pony!

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          • Hi all, I am a long-time lurker, recently joined member. I did the junior jumpers and rode through college, then took a long hiatus until now.

            I have spent the last month “gearing up” - getting boots, half chaps (still back ordered), breeches, helmet (please god let me stop calling it a hard hat - I am not *that* old!), etc... and yesterday started a riding-centric strength training program at the gym with a trainer. I can barely walk today, which has me extra nervous. Am I too out of shape to ride?

            I have yet to take my first lesson (primarily due to the challenges of getting kitted out when one is losing weight), though I will imminently... but if I am honest, I am completely, utterly terrified.

            I am older (40); relatively out of shape; and during my last few years riding before the hiatus, I had some pretty epic falls. And now I find myself reading and re-reading all of the horror story threads here. That can’t be good for the mind.

            I want to be safe in the tack, and I think the gym is a good first step (and I have been doing cardio for 4 months before starting strength training)... but I am still nervous about actually riding. I know I will be loose and that my brain won’t be able to make my body do what it is supposed to... but what can I expect from my first lesson back? And how long will it take me to get back up to speed lessoning if I can’t afford a lease or purchase? Should I just stick to the gym for a few weeks or months first? FWIW, I gifted my trainer with “The Riders Fitness Program”, so that is what we will be following.

            I love horses, and I love the jumpers, and I want to get back to it... but I don’t want to hurt, kill or traumatize myself in the process. It’s amazing how much one’s self-preservation kicks in after a certain age!

            Very thankful for any thoughts!

            Thanks in advance...

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            • PS, by trainer I mean at the gym... not my trainer trainer. We haven’t even done a single lesson yet.

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              • Meg, it's great to hear from you! And never worry about just "popping" back in. No judgment here. And WOW! Look at those pics. I'm blown away! You guys look awesome. You've come a long way. Winnie's doing so well and looking as cute as ever.

                erinmeri, WELCOME! Glad to have you. It sounds like you are determined and that will go far with your re-riding. Getting in shape is tough work. I'm trying to get back myself after a pretty lousy 2018 (three darn injuries that kept me off my feet for a while and out of the sadddle.) So kudos to you. I think if you feel you are able to be somewhat balanced and body aware, go ahead and try to find a good farm. Find one that caters to adults with some bit of trepidation, and be sure they have good, solid, reliable school horses. Shop around if you have to. Then, just dive right back in! I think for most of us that are older, we tend to have more of that fear factor than we did as young riders. It's common, so don't let it stop you. I find that when I ride regularly, and with a horse I trust, I feel like I can do it all. (haa..not that it's reality, but I feel it.) When I am on a very green, or naughty horse, or one I've had trouble with, that fear can take over a part of my brain, and it takes quite a bit longer to trust that horse. I don't ride nearly as well. So I guess my best advice is, ride safe horses right now. You'll enjoy it a whole lot more. Keep us posted. You don't have to be actively riding to enjoy this RR group.
                Finding Cures, Saving Children. Sept. 29, 2019 Saddle Up for St. Jude event. Donate here.

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                • Meg inspired me to jump back in! I have been off and on with random leases since I retired my horse two years ago and I finally have a 4 day a week lease on a horse I absolutely love. She is young and greenish, but she has a great brain and the best personality. She is for sale but I plan to keep leasing her until she sells (if that ever happens). Might even take her to some shows!

                  erinmeri it sounds like you are much more prepared to get back in the saddle than most! Good for you! I find that there is little I can do that really prepares me to use my riding muscles other than riding itself, although I do cardio and barre to help as much as I can. Paradox had some great suggestions so listen to those!

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                  • Thank you, Paradox and EqJumper for the warm welcome, the advice and the encouragement! I have found a good barn - one that has many reriders and adult ammys. I hear that their school horses are solid as well, so I am hopeful that will help. I will definitely keep you posted and will follow along here. Very happy to have found this thread! Thanks again!

                    ETA: Paradox, getting into shape IS hard! So much more so than when I was younger. Glad to know I’m not alone... and sorry to hear about your injuries!

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                    • Thanks for the warm welcome back, PF! And aww, shucks, thank you for the kind words! I feel so fortunate to have connected with my coach! Been riding with her since April, and regular coaching makes a huge difference. Having a bold, willing, athletic mount sure doesn't hurt, either! I knew I enjoyed Winnie when Sis first offered her to me. I didn't yet know she was my freaking DREAM horse! I grinned like an idiot through most of XC and stadium, even got special notice from several jump judges for the ear-to-ear grin I shot them, lol. And I cried with joy after XC, and TWICE after stadium! We have our second HT this weekend, and I'm excited, but that first one was the experience of a lifetime!

                      I'm an incredibly fortunate person!

                      Welcome back to you, EqJumper! Sounds like a fun new mount! I dont mind green at all, and I adore a good mind.

                      Welcome erinmeri! Wait...I was supposed to get back in shape *before* getting back into riding?? Sounds like you're working hard and have found a great place to start back. Nothing left but the jumping in! Good luck!

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                      • EqJumper, great to hear from you! I'm so happy to hear that you found a great ride and you are having a good time riding. That's awesome. I hope you get to do some shows. Keep us posted!

                        erinmeri, I'm glad you found a barn. It does sounds like a good place from what you say. Jump in whenever you want. We enjoy getting to know new people.

                        Meg, really, I am so impressed with how far you've come as a team. It's inspiring. I think I better get back on Jazzy instead of only riding Chico. They both can use the work. I do still want to do the TB-only shows. Maybe some day. And let us know how the HT goes. I'm excited for you.

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                        Plan to ride tonight. I find if I announce it, it's more likely to happen.
                        Finding Cures, Saving Children. Sept. 29, 2019 Saddle Up for St. Jude event. Donate here.

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                        • Hi all!

                          I too am a long time lurker but newly joined member to COTH (and now this thread!) Like most, I rode throughout much of my childhood and was fortunate enough to grow up with two horses on my property. I showed locally and had lessons at a nearby facility, but took a hiatus once I moved away to go to college.

                          Fast forward 10+ years, I graduated college and law school, found myself a local hunter/jumper barn last year, and just purchased a TB in May for my 30th birthday! He's progressing a lot in the few months I've had him, and I'm hoping that by Fall or Spring I can get back into the show ring after 14 years!

                          Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. Now that I've rediscovered my passion for horses, I know I'll never be able to leave it again. It's amazing how the excitement/love/obsession for it just comes back to you so quickly.

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                          • Welcome Esq and Erin!

                            Erin-
                            I agree with the above advice. Definitely give yourself time and grace. One of the hardest things for me was letting go of "well, I did this or that easily when I used to ride and now I can't even canter without bad nerves". A great trainer and a kick*** schoolie/unicorn has helped immensely.

                            Meg- I'm so happy to hear you and Win are doing so well- y'all look fantastic!! I'll keep you posted on the Outreach- it could be awesome on several levels. Can't wait to get pics of Pony as the real Unicorn.

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                            • Erin - Welcome! It's never too late to get back into horses (and into shape). PF has some great advice, but it sounds like you're on the right track. Please keep us updated!

                              Meg - Okay, let me express my absolute elation that you and Winnie are eventing - yay! I hope you're having a blast and settling in nicely at your coach's barn.

                              Greys - Fingers crossed for a clean vetting!

                              Eq - That sounds like a pretty good situation. Post a pic!

                              Esq - Welcome! Similar age & profession here. What area of the country are you in? I totally know what you mean about all the emotions flooding back in. I had 2-3 horses throughout most of high school and college. Consolidated to one in law school. After I took the bar I lived overseas a while and leased him out, and when I came home I was working crazy hours and didn't have the time/money to give my horse the life he deserved, so I kept leasing him. I kind of enjoyed life without horses - I did lots of traveling, saved a good deal of money, had a vibrant social life, etc. But I finally got my boy back about 1.5 years ago (the trainer he was with recommended he retire because of his age), and there's been no turning back. I thought I would wade back into it gently, but of course there was no way that was going to happen. My horse is my whole world, and my friends and family respect that fact .

                              ~~~

                              I've been a little absent from this thread as well (work has been hectic) for which I apologize. I've been lurking, I promise!

                              Nothing terribly exciting to report here. The summer sore is still there, but looks nearly healed and doesn't seem to be bothering him. I realize I'll probably still have to treat it for a while, but as long as he's comfortable it's not a big deal. However, in trying to get serious about fly control I put an automatic sprayer in his stall which I later replaced with fly tape which I later replaced with a green fly trap. He was terrified of all these things in equal measure and refused to sleep in his stall for almost a week. As a result, he laid down in his paddock and now he's got hock sores . If it's not one thing, it's another, right?

                              My plan for this year was to half lease my horse out to a nice older lady who does lower level dressage at our barn starting this summer, then transition it into a full lease once I get my next horse. However, she's had some medical issues that have pushed the start date further and further back. It's gotten to the point where I can't wait around anymore, and trying to find another person has been a little frustrating. Someone tried him twice and then told me they couldn't afford it. Um....would've been nice to know that beforehand! I'm optimistic the right match will come around eventually, I might just need to delay horse #2 a bit until that happens.

                              My husband likes to ask me if horse ownership is worth it, if the enjoyment I get out of it balances out the stress and the financial burden. I say "yes" as I'm sure would many of you. But some days I think we're all a little off our rockers, lol.

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                              • EsqEq, WELCOME! Nice to "meet" you. I look forward to learning more about you and your TB. This is a great group.

                                Mustang, glad the summer sore is healing. It'll take a while, but sounds like you're doing well. And I hope the half lease/lease works out. You will find the right match. Sometimes these things take time. And I'm with you, the price is worth it, but it's hard to swallow when put on paper.

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                                Had a decent ride on Chico last night. I feel like I really should be looking for my next horse, but with the farm sale up in the air, I feel it's better to wait. Maybe I should just "steal" a few rides on Jazzy during the week.
                                Finding Cures, Saving Children. Sept. 29, 2019 Saddle Up for St. Jude event. Donate here.

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                                • Mustang, thank you! I'm in Southern CA, how about you? Husband and I are looking to relocate in the next few years (out of state) because we both really want to have a bit of land. Where I'm currently boarding right now, there is minimal turnout and hardly any grass! The concrete jungle of CA can really suck sometimes. Plus it's just getting way too expensive on top of all of that. Not looking forward to having to take another bar exam though LOL. I'm sure you can commiserate.

                                  Paradox, thank you for the warm welcome! Nice to "meet" you too. Really looking forward to getting to know everyone and seems like its a great group for support

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                                  • Had a much better ride on Pony today- it's amazing what happens when you fix the walk

                                    I took the plunge and bought the cheapie boots off of FB. They look great and hopefully with the bathtub treatment, will drop nicely. Tried them on today and had a momentary claustrophobic moment- I couldn't get my right leg out. Finally did-which confirmed the need for the bathtub. I did try a trick I read about on FAL- instead of buying heel lifts, I used a tack sponge.

                                    Had a good heart to heart with Fab today. Like many of you, I'm still plugging away on a get fit/lose fat/gain muscle journey. I usually wear bigger clothes to the barn, however Fab reminded me I've come a good ways towards my goals and I need to dress like it It helped that when I tried on all my riding pants, they fit and the ones from last year were almost baggy.

                                    I've been following the Pony Finals coverage, and cheering for one of our locals, Hallie Rush. Her mom is a trainer and friends with Fab. Hallie rides all the time, mostly jumpers, and is a phenomenal athlete. I was so happy to see her hard work pay off in the Pony Jumper win- the only combo to go double clear all 4 rounds. She does all the work, all the horsemanship.

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                                    • Good luck with the boots, lucky. Hope they work out for you. And good luck to Hallie.
                                      Finding Cures, Saving Children. Sept. 29, 2019 Saddle Up for St. Jude event. Donate here.

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                                      • hi guys

                                        Esq, I'm also in Southern CA and definitely feel you on wanting to leave in a few years for more land. Welcome back to the show ring, I took a similarly long break and I have to say, coming back to show has felt so much sweeter this time around. You really appreciate it.

                                        Lucky fingers crossed the boots work out. I love watching pony finals as well, it's such a neat hullaballoo for the kids. How great to be able to cheer on someone you know, who is obviously working so hard at it!

                                        Mustang Oh man, he is really putting you through the ringer. Sandro is pretty violent in how he rolls in turnout so he now has to wear hock boots and I just want to be like, dude, lower yourself slowly! Why is that so much to ask! That's really a bummer about the half lease, I feel like you've been trying to be so patient for the new horse. Hang in there!

                                        Meg So psyched to hear your update, that is terrific! A great trainer makes ALLLL the difference. Thank you so much for your help advising on the Boeckmann, my only regret is that I waited. It's a complete game changer.

                                        Erin I think PF really hit the nail on the head with all her advice. Sometimes being a rerider is 3 steps forward, 5 steps and a slip back and then you leap forward again. Sometimes you plateau. But it should really mostly be fun. So don't be afraid to make changes if something isn't working. Safety is definitely top of mind in the beginning and as your confidence grows, you can challenge yourself more.

                                        EqJumper welcome back!!! It sounds like you've found a super situation, I think we would all prioritize a great brain over everything else.

                                        As for me, I finally had a horse pass a vet, praise be! I'm picking him up tomorrow. I need a new name for him. He is an utter dude of a horse, total bro. I need something masculine for him. I'm thinking maybe Hugo or go crazy and name his Walker or something equally cowboy!

                                        He will come live with me for a couple weeks and then we will head north for Split Rock and then he will stay with my trainer through the end of Florida next year. I'm hoping by then, we will have a pretty grown up guy.
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                                        • Greys, he is LOVELY!! I am so excited for you. Can't wait to hear more. What is his registered or current name? We will come up with something. What is his personality like? Happy dance for you.
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