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Can we have an adult re-rider support group?

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    Is it too late to join in? My reriding was technically only after a year to two years of not riding much, but that was enough to make me feel like i'm starting from the beginning.

    And goodness, over 1000 pages, trying to decide if I should start reading from the very beginning or just go back 30 or so pages first

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      Rain- welcome!! I enjoy reading your replies on other threads What a lovely horse in your photo- may I ask the breed?

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        Rain, gosh no don't worry about 1000 pages! Most of those folks at the beginning are not even here anymore. Welcome!

        greys, awesome job! You are doing so well with your change to the jumper ring. It's awesome.

        StG, Without any serious lessons and riding over the past year, I got out of shape. I totally feel my riding now. I think you can benefit from core exercises. I JUST started the Debbie Rodriguez videos (she is a dressage rider/judge/fitness expert. I can tell you, it is kicking my butt so far. I hope to see some results in my riding over winter, though. (I think Sugar here has done these vids?)

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        Had a short ride last night. Nothing special. I plan to ride this afternoon as well. Enjoy the sunny 70° day! Hope you all have a great weekend.
        My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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          Rain even 30 pages is an awful lot. You can start with just 5 if you want.

          Sigh hubby has finally let head rule over heart. But expects me to be the one to call the vet and be here when she is put down. Apparently I was supposed to do that yesterday so as he could cremate her over the weekend.. Ummm I am not home on Fridays I work. I have Mondays and Tuesdays off unless called in for work.

          We brought the other 3 in this morning and gave them a light lunge. Nothing taxing, just a walk and trot. Just to let them start getting used to the girth on their sides and the bit in their mouth again.

          All 3 were as good as gold, not a step wrong. Hubby said it was if they had had no time off. I said that is barley for you. Fattens without going to their heads.

          Oh and I nearly forgot to tell you. 12 mm of rain on Thursday. When we came home today, 4 horses trying to graze. The first time we have seen that for months. The grass is trying to grow.
          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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            Greys: Wow, just wow!!! Echoing PF, i think you made the right decision moving to jumper land!! And thank you for the kind words. I am no longer embarrassed about being yelled at. The most embarrassing thing wasn't just the yelling, but for me to continue to allowed that to happen!

            Suzie: Yay for some rain!! Grass grows fast so I'm looking forward to a huge piece of green soon for you!

            Rain: Welcome! And please don't go back 1000 post! It will be next year before you can finish!

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            No travel for the last two weeks so I am a happy girl! Travel starts again next week, so i am having more lessons this week! I rode the new guy last week and he was a little looky in the outdoor ring.I can tell he is a real gentleman because no matter how scary, he goes where ever i asked him to, although his neck was higher than a giraffe, and i have no doubt that his eye balls were completely white. He also doesn't like flatting and sorta not wanting to go forward. But once you ask him to jump, he perks up and becomes quite a packer!!

            When he was having those looky moment, the trainer told me what to do, and tell me to slowly work through it. This was kind of new to me, i used to get yelled at (either i shoudl've anticipated whatever the hell he was spooking at, always my fault).

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              I'll respond better when I'm back at my work computer avoiding being productive tomorrow, but Lucky, he's supposedly Appendix! Though lately he feels a lot more QH than TB I got him hoping he would be my next LL eventer but in the two years I've had him (he's 4 1/2 now, 2 1/2 when I got him), my riding confidence has plummeted from not getting to ride much (due to babyness and crazy cellulitis fun) and he also kind of sucks at jumping. Definitely more of a dressage horse if you asked him.

              I want him to be well-rounded though, so I'm going to get him at least comfortable cantering a small course. We have our first jumping lesson with Jim Graham next weekend (if anyone knows who he is), plus our last barn schooling show Saturday where we are going to attempt Training 3 with a bunch of kids and ponies running around in costumes, so that should be fun

              I also just got my first horse back, a little sooty buckskin QH mare that I used to do literally everything with, from cattle penning to barrels and pole bending to obstacle competitions to eventing and beyond. New owner had been having soundness issues with her and wasn't clicking personality wise (not surprised, she has liked maybe two or three other people besides me in her life, ever), so she gave her back to me rather than try to sell her on what with mystery lameness. I have a whole thread on THAT fun story in Horse Care, but we have an appt on the 30th with a lameness guru so fingers crossed he can figure out what's going on.

              So yeah, that's me. More a newly-turned-weenie rider rather than rerider!


              And cuz it's fun to post pics, here is Rain in all his 16 hand awkwardness, Rain today doing a leg-splaying attempt at jumping our first vertical, and Twilight (goes by Twi) because she is just pretty. Click image for larger version

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                Rain- love the pics! Riding as an adult vs riding as a kid, the self-preservation and consequences of falling off are so much greater.

                Faye- I'm so glad you're enjoying the different schoolies. I'm proud of you for working through the "up-ness" and am thankful for a kind instructor that actually, you know, instructs

                Had a so-so lesson with Pony today. Werk is hard for a thisclose to being "fluffy" Pony. All she wanted to do was cuddle. I was hoping for a better ride, as we won't be riding next weekend. Fun reason that I can share once it's official

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                  Awww Lucky​​​​. Keeping us in suspense.

                  Gorgeous photos Rain. I used to event as well.

                  All 3 lunged for a few minutes without side reins yesterday. Stars was as good as gold and stretching down over his topline. He is so happy to be getting attention again.

                  So far hubby did Sim with loose side reins this morning. I have 2 hours of pamphlets and linedancing to go to this morning so I figured that was enough exercise for me this morning.

                  I will call the vet about Twiggy and see when the deed can be done. I will also ask about when their Hendra vaccination is due and get that and a 2 in one for tetanus and strangles vaccination if the Hendra is due in a month.

                  Do you have something like Hendra over there? It is carried by fruit bats. They drop feed in the paddock the horses are grazing. The horse gets sick and if a vet doesn't follow proper protocol and get up and close with a horse or inside for some reason as in surgery, the vets get sick and then most die.
                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                    The vet has been and gone. He is a young bloke, lol saying he is probably about my age and I consider myself young even if long in the tooth. He is a really nice and understanding guy.

                    He approached me with Stars with the lethal drugs and asked if he was the one to put down. I said no we will do the vaccinations first because he does not want me helping with vaccinating the horses if I am crying. He said, You are not like that are you? I didn't answer.

                    So we vaccinated and then I said I would take Twiggy down through the double gate and he drove down there. She was good and didn't react when the wind picked up and moved a large piece of tin. He sedated her but she did not lie down. She is quite a hot horse. He said most horses would have their heads on the ground by now. Hers was still quite high. But her head did lower and she no longer knew I was there. He put a catheter in and he put in 2 large green syringes. He then said to give him the lead rope and he would help her down without hurting herself and could I go over there. I said I would go and talk to Sim. So I did. I went and stroked Sim and then I walked up further and cuddled with Stars.

                    He drove up and gave me the halter and lead rope and said she had passed very peacefully and did I have my dogs locked up as she is toxic if they go to eat her. I don't have any but I rang my neighbour to let them know to keep the dogs in for a couple of hours. Hubby is cremating her now.

                    I didn't work Stars and Dodge after that. I am letting myself recover I called hubby to come home as soon as he could to cremate her. He said he was sad now too.
                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                      Suzie: I'm sorry you and hubby had to put one of your horses down. Was she old or just having issues? Are you in AUS? I'd never heard of Hendra, sounds kinda scary.

                      Lucky : You have a fluffy pony?? Can you post a pic? I love fluffy ponies!

                      Faye: It sounds like you have a good trainer to help you through things. You can learn a lot from the nervous types, and getting to know new horses is always an adventure.


                      And thanks everyone! Of course, now that I have a clinic and a show this weekend plus hauling to the vet next week, I think I might be getting sick. Brought a giant jug of orange juice to work today, I'm NOT going to miss this weekend.

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                        Hugs, Suzie.
                        My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                          Yes Rain

                          I am in Queensland Australia. We are set up for floods but no rain for almost a year. We have had no grass. It is struggling to grow now but we really still don't have any. Usually it is 6 foot tall. Hay was gathered up by charities to send up North before that for a drought. Then unprecedented rain and hundreds of thousands of beasts were drowned. Hay is way expensive if you can find any to buy. We usually make our own but nothing. We have sold off most of our cattle.

                          We have had Twiggy for nearly 15 years. No idea what age she was when she came as hubby bought her without me. She was too hot for him and he never rode her. She is not a beginner's horse. I rode her for a while but she was western. I did do dressage on her but she was green and I bought Stars instead as I wanted to put the work into a younger animal.

                          She did suffer from choke and you could hear her coughing if everything isn't wet down. She was happy and had condition on her. She had many years retired here and lived a great life.

                          She had colic a few months ago and I had mentioned to him then that we probably shouldn't be saving her but I hadn't spoken to hubby about it , so we saved her and I brought it up with hubby amd let him come to terms with it first.

                          A lot of people are making the same decision. The vet said it is a very hard season.

                          We have only lasted this long as the riding scool I train some horses for gave us nearly a ton of barley grain. I am feeding small feeds of chaff and boiled barley throughout the day as there is nothing for them to graze.

                          They grow it in a hydroponic system, but this lot was not germinating properly so they gave it to us and the company replaced it.

                          Hopefully that happens again!!!
                          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                            Rain, very cute pictures! We love pictures.
                            My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                              Dewey, how is Sky doing?
                              My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                                Rain- Pony is my trainer's, and fluffy is our nice way of saying she could lose a few pounds. She's of the line breeding that is chunky style vs fine boned.

                                Suzie- I'm very sorry about Twiggy. Hugs to you and DH.

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                                  Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                  Dewey, how is Sky doing?
                                  She is doing well. She is not quite back to her normal feed yet but almost. I gave her a light hack today (first ride since the colic), and she was really fresh and sassy. She feels good. Thanks for asking.

                                  Medal finals are in three weeks. Not sure if she will be ready or not. We will play it by ear.

                                  Suzie, I am so sorry to hear about Twiggy. This is the tough part about horse ownership. Hugs to you.
                                  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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                                    Suzie: I shed a tear, sorry about Twiggy. Hugs to you and your DH

                                    Rain: Thank you! To save you from reading a million posts back, i recently fell off and had a concussion (ambulance and CT scan all the shenanigans with it), so i am a little nervous with spooks. He did not spook at all, just kinda looky but i can tell i was getting a bit nervous, but trainer helped me work through it. Agree, riding different horses is so good for my riding! Your pictures are LOVELY! Rain's jumping picture is hilarious!

                                    Lucky: Right? Instructions!! Instead of either starring at her phone, or just chatting with other riders (most likely complaining how ridiculous we rode).

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                                    I'm really enjoying these twice a week lessons! I rode the wonder pony yesterday, and i had the BEST time! He is legit 13H and the course is set for horse strides, so i need to get him in a good gallop so he can adjust his strides (because i cannot see a distance for the life of me and hopping up like a helicopter over a jump is not so fun for me).
                                    Nothing over 2"3 but he jumps everything super well, tight turn after a bending line to a wall? No problem!
                                    I'm so lucky

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                                      Faye- your posts make me smile I feel safer going faster on a pony- closer distance if I hit the ground. What's the pony's name- I can't remember? Funny story, the only way Pony will prick her ears for the IG pics is if I stand towards the tackroom, since it has the fridge where her cookies are. We have to keep all the horse snacks in there now, not just hers. The raccoons kept taking everything.

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                                        LOL at the racoons.
                                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                          lucky, we keep all feed and treats in an old freezer, too. All sort of critters out here.

                                          Dewey, glad to hear Sky is on the mend. If she's ready, great. If not, that's okay, too. Time will tell.

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                                          Nothing exciting going on here. Got a good ride the other day, but then we had a bunch of rain, and when it rains, it's challenging in my arena. I may ride tonight out in the grass fields. If DH is home in time. I don't like to do that on a new horse all alone.
                                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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