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    TC/PF- I have a random question about the Ariat Heritage boots... can you condition them or do you just wipe with damp rag and use boot polish? I've been reading about leather boot care and I do like a good sheen for the showring so at least we look the part


      My DH has polished mine to shine, but I don't think most people do. DH uses black shoe wax and LOTS of rubbing.
      My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


        Lucky - I'm the wrong person to ask because I don't really have a system. After riding I may: brush dirt off with a very soft brush; wipe with a damp rag; wipe with a leather cleaner/conditioner; or nothing, depending on my mood. At shows I like to use this, which is super easy and puts a quick shine on:


          LOL PF was he in the military or something? Mine are rubber so I put on the stuff for cars for the dash and stuff. The last time after the Dressage Day my instructor asked me if I had bought new boots. I said no, I just cleaned them for the Dressage Day last week.

          The last time I saw them they are under an inch of dust and look brown instead of black. We have no grass and then gales of wind that just takes the top off the ground and puts it all through the house.

          I didn't get a choice to say no PF. Hubby was excited enough to call me. It is just talk at the moment. We won't push it, but hubby did say that he would like to see her before she is put down. She is not in work, probably a brood mare. Which is the situation Vinnie was in when I bought her. Vinnie never went into foal though, but was in the paddock with the brood mares and had 500 holes in her face where she was suffering from itch and had rubbed the itchy insect bite lumps off.

          She said they are buying in hay at $25.00 a bale and they just can't afford it. We just don't know when it is next going to rain or if we will get rain this year. It started sprinkling an hour or two ago. Just a tiny patter on the roof but not enough to reach the ground. It just teases you.

          I told him we would seriously have to think about Twiggy if it came to that. She is purely a pet and has been on our dime for over a decade. He bought her without me and didn't see any red flags. My instructor said he would never ride her. He was right. By the time hubby would be a good enough rider to ride her she would be long gone as horses don't live that long!. I did ride her at one stage and she stopped bucking and bonded with me and was such a good girl, but then I figured I was better off putting the work into a younger horse so I bought Stars.

          Of course she is one of our babies as we don't have kids and part of the family so she is still here. The head and the heart don't agree.
          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


            Very true, often the head and the heart don't agree. And, yes, DH was in the military!
            My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


              PF- I like to use a similar method, borrowed from FAL. I just wanted to make sure I wouldn't ruin them. I can usually get a good shine with warm shoe polish and lots of elbow grease (using pantyhose or the like).


                New members: Welcome!!

                Lost: I am so sorry about Max, losing them is losing a family member, you take your time to grief.

                Lucky: I'm so sad for you for the boot fiasco!

                PF: How's D doing? Hope he's settling in!

                Not much to report on my end. I have been on vacation and travel like mad for work. However, keeping twice weekly lessons and that is so good for my soul! I've grown to be in love with the pony (Lucky, i hear ya!!) He really is the best!


                  So, at 58 I'm taking riding lessons. Ironically, I pretty much stopped riding when I bought my farm and brought my horse home. Living alone I realized that if I were to pull a Christopher Reeve in the field, I could be out there for days before someone missed me. For 15 years, I've only ridden rarely, while continuing to feed and maintain my now 3 horses.

                  A month ago, I had a day off and went to a friend's lesson before we continued on to lunch. So the bug bit me again, and here I am. edging past middle age, in boots and breeches learning hunt seat. My previous discipline was dressage, and even after all these years, my body still remembers how I'm supposed to feel in the saddle. Unfortunately, that's not how hunt seat feels - there's a whole different body position. But, on the plus side, jumping!

                  So this will be an adventure. Will I stick with hunt seat? Go back to dressage? Buy another horse? Who knows?



                    St G I am in exactly the same boat. Being able to lunge correctly and being experienced enough to know about feeding so horses are fat but not overfed means that I have (touchwood) very safe horses even though they are OTTB's.

                    Adding a dressage arena has brought that along in leaps and bounds.

                    Hubby did not really start riding until he was in his 50's. I can travel over an hour away AND stay overnight and not even think about it because he knows how to lunge correctly to keep the horses safe to ride.

                    We also have the plastic contraptions on the front of the stirrups so as there is no way your foot can go through the stirrup in case anything happens like having a stroke or a heart attack while in the saddle.
                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      St G- welcome! I feel you on the hunt seat- my background is hunters and now I'm fully hunt seat with dressage/all around(aka whatever classes we put Pony in) thrown in

                      Faye- welcome to the dark side!! Ponies really do rock. With my fear of heights, I prefer the shorter equines. I almost had a panic attack on StraightFire the other week, and she's barely not a pony at maaaaaaybe 15.1. Yes, I too, am put-out and frustrated over the whole boot thing. I should have known after the 3rd or 4th bathtub that they just weren't gonna work. Even typing that, I realize it's the definition of insanity.


                        Hey, lucky, you did awesome with Chico! He is about 16hh!!
                        My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                          PF- aww, thanks! He doesn't ride like it- he gives me the confidence that Pony does I enjoyed riding him, and getting to hang with you. How's D doing?


                            I would appreciate jingles for Sky. We are in Aiken, and after a normal day of showing, Sky began to look uncomfortable, and it got worse until we ended up taking her to the local veterinary hospital. She has a blockage and is on IV fluids and pain meds. If the vet can keep her comfortable tonight, she will give me an update in the morning and we will decide on how long she needs to stay. If she cannot keep keep her comfortable, the vet will call me later tonight and we will have to trailer Sky to UGA for surgery. I'm really scared, everyone.
                            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


                              Oh no Dewey. I am so sorry to hear. Healing hhhhmmmmmsssss for Sky. I really hope she pulls through.
                              It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                Oh no, cyber hugs to you and jingling like mad for quick relief for Sky!!!


                                  Hello Re Riders

                                  Sorry to hear you are still not getting the rain you need Suzie. That has to be frustrating and scary. Is there any rain in sight?

                                  Dewey-- major jingles for you and Sky. Such a scary time. Hope all turns out well.

                                  Faye How fun to be enjoying a pony! Hope you keep having fun! a

                                  I have not been able to get a lot of rides in on PH between work and rainy weather. I think that all the rain that Suzie needs has come to my side of the world and just keeps falling, day after day. When I have been able to ride, he has the perfect attitude, willing, focused, serious. He is such a fantastic guy. <3. I have started taking a big whip into the pasture when I have to catch him, as there is one horse that is very aggressive towards humans. The other horses see the whip and get a look on their face like "Well, alrighty then. Be that way." Sort of surprised, yet, not surprised look-- I don't know how to describe-- like they have been caught out at something-- vaguely guilty. And I tell them "I will be that way-- thank you." Most of these have been trained with natural horsemanship, so they get the signals to get the blank out of my space. PH stands and watches, bemused, and them ambles up to me to be caught.

                                  I am still dealing with my back issue. Chiro does not want me riding yet. Well... you can see how well that is going. The more active I am, the better, I feel. It is a day at work that puts it all back to zero-- even though I try to be conscientious about standing, walking and stretching every hour, and not sitting too long. My work station is a crippler. I am trying to get a standing desk option but work is being very slow to respond.
                                  A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli


                                    Just a quick note--I am about to check out of the hotel and am heading over to the vet clinic. The vet just called, and Sky is better, thank goodness. She had more meds and fluid during the night and passed manure this morning. In addition, her gut is making all kinds of satisfactory noises. She is going to stay at the clinic for now while I return home for work. I am so thankful that she seems to be on the mend.

                                    I feel really guilty that I showed her yesterday, and she jumped around great in her usual style while she probably was not feeling well. The only thing I noticed was that her one lead change was much worse than usual, which I attributed to my poor riding. I don't know if that was a sign she wasn't feeling well or not, but that is the only thing I noticed at the time. Horses are such troopers.

                                    Thanks for your jingles, everyone.
                                    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: Glad Sky is doing better but will continue to jingle! Please don't blame yourself! There is NO WAY to tell! This happened to me last year after a clinic. TSH did so well during clinic and started to act funny and colic after, sent him to clinic and observation and TLC overnight he was sent home. I felt so bad but there was no way for me to tell.

                                      Sun: So sorry about your back, but you need to keep asking for that standing desk! Hate it when weather eats up riding time. Winter is coming! I'm lucky that the new barn has a huge covered and the ponies i'm riding doesn't seem to have traffic issue. I felt horrible for my barn mate that was riding a schoolie with traffic issue and it became a viscious cycle when the ring got busy. She was tense, horse got tense, and it was a difficult situation.

                                      PF: I missed the part where Lucky get to ride Chico!!

                                      Lucky: This week i didn't get to ride the wonder pony, i was back on the wild mustang, and a new schoolie. Miss the well behaved super pony! I'm obsessed!


                                        Dewey- sending major jingles and hugs to you! That sounds super scary. I'm glad you were able to get her to the vet quickly and that she is improving. Please keep us updated.

                                        Lost- thinking about you and sending you jingles and hugs as well

                                        Faye- The right ponies can be addictive! I must say, since you switched barns and are riding just for the fun again, I can hear the happiness and lightness that was missing for so long. I'm so very happy for you

                                        I go to choose between Pony and StraightFire for my lesson today- I picked Pony today but may branch out to StraightFire Thursday, depending on how sassy I'm feeling.

                                        Rode without spurs, as it was the first cool ride we've had, in the 40s. On Fab's request, we used the pelham and boy was she good. Got an honest connection, with work on both our parts. So often, in the pelham or kimberwicke, she will give a false frame to be lazy. This was the first time we had honest from the get-go and even the collected trot was easier and smoother to achieve.

                                        PF- Fab told me about a big tent sale the end of October. Dover is having it Oct 25-27. We're going to go the first day and hopefully my boots will be marked down. A girl can dream.


                                          Good news, Dewey. Sorry, belated jingles and healing jingles coming Sky's way!!
                                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: