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    Whew I logged in for an update and got the one I was hoping for. Yay for Sky.

    A little rain on Saturday for us Sun, not heavy about 10mm all up. We will take every drop we can.
    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


      Originally posted by luckymaverick View Post
      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?
      Come out and ride again! Also, I did see a sign at Dover for the tent sale. I think I may need to go and get a new sheet for D. The one that came with him is a 78" and goodness, I don't know where they came up with that number. His poor booty is sticking out. So I'm going to look for an 81". I have TBG's old one, but it's a Horze brand, I don't like it. It shifts and the inside flap folds over at his chest. Just a poor design in my opinion.

      Okay, so I had my first ride on D! DH put shoes on on Saturday because the vet/farrier was out of town for 2 weeks. Ack. I can't wait two more weeks. So DH did the shoes and my boy was ready to go. Well, I only rode about 20 minutes. I really like him! It will take me a while to get to know him under saddle, but he's pretty nice. I'm going to have fun with him. I texted a few pics to my trainer of our first ride. He was on his way back from PA National, so he'll be back in town. Next two shows are at Brownland, so lucky for me, that's local. He is coming today for a lesson. I'm so excited. I know, silly, right? It's just a lesson. But really, I've not jumped in a year due to a non-jumping horse, and then not having a horse (Chico I won't jump), so it's been a while. I hopped over a few cross rails on a horse at the adoption facility. But that's it. So I don't expect to do much today, but I'm just happy because my trainer knows this horse so well and he can guide me on what to work on, etc. I'll report back.

      Faye, this must have been when you weren't not here as often. Yes, lucky came to meet my boys and ride the "best horse ever" Chico. (I tell Chico he's the best horse ever every time I lead him in or lead him out, or ride, etc.) It was fun to meet up! Next time you're in Nashville, look me up and you can ride him, too!!!

      sun, I hate those types of turnout situations when there are aggressive horses. Heck, I don't like my three together as it makes it complicated to extract one. So I do two and one right now. Hope you're feeling better soon.
      My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


        Lucky: I didn't want to deal with drama of switching trainers at my previous barn, and didn't want to get out of my comfort zone of switching barns and stuck with it, talked myself into it for oh, 5 years! I can't believe how stupid i was. I am so much happier now, and i'm so glad you notice!

        PH: Ah man!! I didn't even think about it! I was in Nashville twice!! Most recently i was there for a short meeting and even went to Barry's bootcamp! I would love to see the Chico man!

        Dewey: Any Sky updates?

        Super fun group lesson yesterday! The trainers at this barn is really challenging my brain in memorizing courses. Fun times though, and if i forget, i don't get that nasty gram!

        Rode the mustang girl again, and this mare really teaches you to ride, you CANNOT be pulling to the fence or it gets ugly! Just make sure you have a gallop and she will take care of you. Yep, just like that, we had a super fun lesson!


          Hi, everyone--Sky continues to improve--I have talked to the vet in Aiken twice since I returned home on Sunday. She will be coming home tomorrow. The bill will be huge, but I think insurance will cover most of it. Anyway, I am so thankful we got her there in time and that she is in good hands.
          he became dehydrated during the day on Saturday and that is what started the problem. The vet said horses often stop drinking as much as they need to when the weather changes, and I think that is what happened. She had opportunities to drink, she just didn't. Then the food that was in her stomach just sat there and became a blockage.

          Thanks again for all your positive vibes and jingles!
          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


            Glad to hear Sky is on the mend, Dewey !!

            Y'all, I rode 5 horses this weekend and I'm walking like a bow-legged grandma today. Please tell me this gets better?


              Supershorty, I'm right there with you. I had my first lesson in many months today. I haven't jumped in a year, and I jumped my new horse was a challenge. I'm sitting on the sofa now recovering, haha.

              Dewey, great news!!


              As mentioned above, I had my first lesson today on D. It was our second ride. We jumped. Um...not overly pretty yet, but I really like this horse. We will get in sync I'm sure. My last jump was good, so there's that. . On the flat we worked on extending the trot, and shortening the canter, then back to medium work. He is fairly adjustable. We are just both out of shape. So we are both working on that.

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                Dewey - I'm so glad Sky continues to improve.



                  Dewey- so glad to hear the good report!

                  Faye- it's not you being stupid, at all. As the saying goes, Happy looks good on you and you deserve all the happy I'm not super far from PF, so add me to your meet-up list when you're in the area please.

                  PF- the more I see of D, the more I really like him. I'm so glad he's been worth the wait.
                  Last edited by luckymaverick; Oct. 14, 2019, 09:03 PM.


                    Yay that Sky and D are both getting better. D looks great.

                    I can hear that both Faye and PF are much happier!

                    Dewey if I can't take my own water. I take some molasses with me. I know I can't drink water in Brisbane. We are on tank water and all I can taste over there is chlorine and horses are much more sensitive than us to the taste of water.
                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      It's funny, Suzie. I know horses don't like the taste of all water, but Sky usually drinks fine in Aiken. In fact, she drank most of what what was in her stall the night before this happened. I refilled the buckets the next day, though, and they were untouched when we took her to the vet that night. I was thinking of taking some Gatorade to add to the buckets at the next show. A lot of horses like it.

                      Love the pic, PF.

                      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


                        Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I posted but I have been reading along, and following a lot of you on IG. So I've kept up and cheered you on from afar. This will probably be crazy long, so I apologize in advance!

                        Dewey I'm so glad Sky's colic resolved so quickly. Esp scary when you were out of town and had to depend on a strange vet clinic. I love the pics you have posted of her at the shows. She is so photogenic!

                        Faye It sounds like you have found the right situation for you and I'm very happy for you! I'm sure it was a hard decision to sell Cato but I can see where it would be hard to fit horse ownership into your life/work/travel schedule. That you can continue riding and be in a better environment is a win/win.

                        Lost So sorry about your sweet Max. I had to pts Katie, my Cavalier, this Spring. They are such sweet dogs and it is just heart wrenching to lose them. She is my 2nd Cavalier and there will definitely be another one in my future. Right now we have 2 older dogs that were dumped here many years ago and moved right in, and a dog I adopted from a shelter a year ago. Dogs just make life better, for sure. On a happier note your trip to Italy looks amazing!

                        Suzie We went thru a 10 month drought last year so I feel your pain. Hay was sky high here also and had to be brought in from quite a distance. Many people were forced to downsize their horses and cattle, or even sell the whole herd. Then we had a lot of ice and snow over the winter and then record amounts of Spring rain which caused so much flooding. It was crazy to go from no rain to nonstop rain. We had the wettest May on record and all the months so far have been much wetter than normal. Crazy to go from so dry to so wet. I hope when your rains come they are gentle soaking rains and not flooding rains. The flooding washed so many roads, bridges and railroad tracks out that many of them are still closed months later.

                        PF I hope D turns out to be a better fit than the last 2 were. Does Arcane's new owner still stay in touch? What discipline did she end up doing with him? I was surprised to see you were lessoning and jumping him because I thought he had been out of work for quite awhile. I must have read that part wrong originally or didn't remember correctly. I was thinking you were going to have to do quite a reconditioning process before starting back and not much time before winter starts. Like I said I must have remembered that wrong. As the years creep up the memory goes away, DH and I are happy to just remember our way home! That's neat that you were able to find out more about him. Did he ever race? Has your trainer been involved with him his whole sport horse career? I know you said he started his jumping career. Any lookers at the farm? I know, I have so many questions! That's what I get for lurking and not participating!

                        TC I'm glad Cupid's back on track and you are enjoying rides again. It's never fun when they are NQR and you have to play detective to figure it out.

                        Trot I would love to see some pics of the handsome Milo!!

                        greys Sandro looks like he is maturing and coming into his potential now. Your trainer is a lovely rider! I think you made a good decision there. Your new guy is just handsome as can be and what a mind! Another good decision, and it goes to show there are good options here in the good ol' USA. I must say, that Charlie is just the cutest little guy. So big and so curious and adventurous! Once those long legs of his learn how to run you all are going to have your hands full keeping up.

                        I know I'm missing some people, sorry about that. Welcome to all the new re-riders! It's a great group!

                        I'll try to keep my update short. Winter was rough, so much snow and ice, hay shortages, barn doors frozen down DH had pneumonia and a huge reaction to 2 types of medication and was in ICU for 5 days just barely hanging on. He fought his way back and then had a months long recuperation. So the winter just sucked.

                        Then record rain and flooding all Spring and Summer and mud, mud and more mud. We're lucky our home didn't flood like so many did and mud was the worst I had to deal with. So non-stop rain and mud means no riding. It was late June before I started getting some rides in.

                        AJ was good, finally after all the years it took to straighten him out after his bad experiences he has finally turned into a (mostly) reliable trail riding partner. A few glitches now and then but 99% better than when he was given to me as a hopeless mess. Quincy (Q) was lame in a back foot for months. Thanks to all the mud he was abscessing big time. I would wrap it with varying kinds of poultice wraps, it would break, he would be better for a short while and then dead lame again. Repeated that process for months and eventually he broke 5 times. He was then soundish but NQR for another month or so. Not positive to hoof testers or flexing, no soft spots on coronary band where another abscess was brewing. Finally it broke on the inside of his pastern about halfway between hoof and ankle. It drained for a couple days and then healed up and he has been completely sound since. That's only the 2nd time I've had one that broke up on the leg. So he was out of work all year and I've just been doing a little groundwork now and then. Maybe next year will be the year he and I get it together.

                        DH actually recuperated enough to ride his horse a few times. Just short 1/2 hr strolls thru our woods, but more than I ever thought he would be able to do.

                        Our old guy, Bugs, is 26 now and still doing well. I have to soak alfalfa pellets for him 2x a day and make his grain into a mash but he's able to graze some still and that keeps him satisfied. He stays in overnight and eats and sleeps like a baby then goes out with his buddies for awhile then wanders up and stands under the lean to and snoozes.The retirement all horses deserve and so few get.

                        That leaves Buddy the mule. He just lives the good life. He comes in with the rest of them every morning to get his couple handfuls of grain, sprayed and fly mask put on, and some snuggles. He's just a sweetie.

                        I just finished a 75 day temp job that was absolutely crazy! The most screwed up mess I've ever been a part of. So glad it is over but the up side is it paid for all the extras for the horses for awhile. Now I'm hoping the rain will calm down and we will get some nice fall weather. I only have a month to ride before deer hunting season starts and that shuts down all the trail riding. My phone died a spectacular death and I lost everything. I'll see what is in the cloud and post a few pics later if I find anything. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. I knew it would be a novel.


                          AFM, it's great to hear from you. I'm sorry about all the troublesome issues you have been having to deal with lately. I'm hoping it will all calm down now and that you'll be back to a more routine life! When it rains, it pours, huh? Jingles to your DH for his further recovery. Scary.

                          Well, you sort of read that right with D. He was off work for a few months. Prior to that my trainer was still working him and jumping him. So it wasn't overly long ago. And he was off here for 4 weeks due to the shoe/foot issue. Okay, I admit, when I say jump, it was crossrails, and a few 2' verticals, so nothing overly taxing. But I'll be taking it slow on my own. My trainer knows him well, and he's the one who set up the jump, so I just figured he knew the horse best. The two of us BOTH need to get in shape.

                          TBG's new owner is a dressage rider. She really like him, so I'm super happy about the pair. Yes, we still talk, which I love.
                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                            AFM it is so good to hear from you and I was ecstatic to here that DH has come through and even to the point to be able to ride again.

                            It does sound like Quincy ended up with a case of Quittor. I am also glad he is over that now.

                            Our property is set up for floods and really it won't recuperate again without one. The grass is struggling with a blade here and there but that is more than we have had for a year so it is great to see a blade here and there when we can.

                            I am boiling the barley given to me from Dalson Park and I am feeding them up to 6 times a day just to try and stop them trying to graze the dirt as there tummies are not empty. Work does interfere with that some days!
                            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                              AFM- good to hear from you! What a rough go you've had lately. I'm glad DH is on the mend, ICU is no fun. As I've never been through a winter rough enough to freeze barn doors, how do you unfreeze them?

                              PF- hey now, crossrails are jumps! That's what I tell Pony the odd day that we sail over them she loves all pole related things in any discipline.


                                Dewey: Yay for sky!

                                SuperShorty: 5 horses?? You are super athletic! Welcome to this forum by the way!

                                Suzie: Thank you!! It's such a delight now to go to lesson!

                                PF: Agree with lucky, crossrails, 2ft are still jumps!! I'm glad both of you are progressing and learning about each other!

                                AFM: Rough winter for you indeed, but i'm glad things are turning around for the better, especially for DH, super scary when your love ones are in the ICU. I hope he continues to have a speedy recovery. Riding again is a super good sign!


                                  SS- I missed the part about 5 horses! I get sore after SuperPony and she's built like a sofa.


                                    PF I'm so glad you're jumping around again! Cross rails most certainly count. It's got to feel good knowing that while the horse is new to you, he's known to your trainer. He's gorgeous by the way. I'm really excited for you.

                                    StG welcome!!! I don't think it matters what discipline, it just feels so good to be riding again

                                    Dewey my gosh, how stressful, I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. I'm glad Sky's on the mend. I know at the shows, I usually add extra iodized salt to his feed bc I just felt like Sandro wasnt' drinking enough.

                                    Sunflower I'm so sorry your back is killing you. I've had a standing desk, bouncing ball and kneeling chair. I found the ball to be the best for my back, especially when pregnant. The struggle I had with standing was I would get tired and slump, sort of defeating the purpose. If you do get a standing desk, make sure you get a gel mat to stand on. I really hope it gets better.

                                    Faye I'm so happy to read your updates. I feel like we are finally getting rid of that mean voice you would direct to yourself. It's not all gone, but good riddance. You deserve kindness in your training, you are a wonderful horse woman!

                                    SuperShorty DAMN girl that's awesome. That is for sure the most I've done as a rerider and it was allllll the advil after to recover.

                                    AFM so great to hear from you! Your poor DH, my gosh, that must have been such a weight on your shoulders. I'm glad things are looking a bit brighter now, but I really hope things are easier. you've certainly earned a breather.

                                    We had a fantastic show in Del Mar. Sandro did a warmup class with my trainer and two rounds in the 1.20s. I did the AO's day one and just ticked the last rail in the speed, but he was superb. The second day I rode in an open 1.20m class with 45 people in it, mostly professionals. I came in 8th!!! My trainer bumped my on her sale horse . It was a table 2D class, which is my favorite. Jump off starts after the orange.


                                    Other than a monster chip of indecision , it went well! The softer I am with my hands, the braver he is. My trainer was pleased with my progress. I'm still pinching a ton with my knees, so I'm working hard on fixing that. We get a couple weeks off and then close the year with two weeks at Thermal. It's under new management with a friend of mine running it and I am so excited at the changes they're making. We will do a light schedule for both horses and hopefully I get to show Hudson the second week.


                                      greys - Well, feel good might be questionable...a little sore. Speaking of sore, does anyone have any suggestions for stretches and strengthening exercises? 2 point is kicking my butt. It doesn't make sense that it's so much harder to hold - after all, your weight is in your stirrups, so your feet are holding you up, just like they do every day.

                                      AFM - What a stressful year!



                                        Greys- what a fun show. I would get distracted with the other horse in the arena- I didn't think they could come in before you were done or almost done.

                                        StG- Fab has me doing stretches before lessons, and I ended up liking it so much I do them before workouts, too. It's only 5 minutes, "5 Minute Total Body Stretch" from Bowflex on Youtube. The coach is very positive and encouraging


                                          St G Jennifer Kries has a work out that has Pilates, Yoga and Ballet exercises. They are not boring and the whole work out is done lying down on a mat. Make sure it is a foam mat preferably 1 cm thick.

                                          The side affects of doing the whole workout - 1 hour daily means no aches and pains from any exercise in any kind of sport.

                                          There is a 15 minute work out on there as well I think. Total Body Workout
                                          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.