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Can we have an adult re-rider support group?

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    TC...awesome job!! Love the photo. And yeah, you will get "those" judges. I guess at least she was consistently stingy with her scores. I've always heard at the lower levels not being vertical on the bit is completely acceptable and sometimes preferable. Ah, well. Good job!

    greys...I hope you are able to check in periodically. Please keep us posted if you are able. I have flashbacks of the other farm you were at.
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      Greys -- omg, that's insane. I hope the homes are okay too and glad the horses are out. Sending jingles and stay in touch.

      Cupid -- Yeah the first judge sounds a bit harsh. Glad the second one was good! Any horse that can do a test in crazy wind that made most people scratch should get like a 10 point bonus


        greys How scary! So glad you listened to your gut and took Sandro the day before. Like PF I was thinking back to the last farm when it burned. I can't imagine having that hanging over your head all the time. That would be stressful to the max!!

        Glad the rest of the CA re-riders aren't in harms way!

        Cupid That's great that Cupid was a Steady Eddie and you were able show under conditions that had others scratching. That's a wonderful positive to take away from the show regardless of what judge #1 thought.

        Suzie That's a seriously good haul from the tack sale. You always do good there! Hope you are having some rain.

        Rain Sounds like a great clinic! How cool is that to find someone who knew Rain bitd and can appreciate what he has become.

        Dewey How is Sky doing? Do you think you will be able to make the Finals?

        Time changes this weekend and I know that is going to make it harder for everyone to get rides in. Trudging out in the dark to ride can be a downer.

        I had a nice ride on Sunday at our local conservation area. It was a gorgeous day and met up with a friend to get one last ride in. We took DH's horse too but once we got there he decided he didn't feel up to riding. That was fine with his horse, he's so laid back he was fine staying behind when we rode off. That would freak a lot of horses out but he didn't mind a bit. He was probably just happy not to have to work after all. It was a cool morning and both of our horses were feeling frisky! Not out of control but snorty, prancy, silly. My friends horse is an older Arab mare. Don't know for sure but definitely late 20s possibly close to 30. We were laughing that we are getting too old for this shit, she's 69 and I'm 64. She said normally I would say I need an older horse, but all the ones older than this are already dead!

        The next day the weather changed and we had snow overnight with a bigger snow coming tonight and tomorrow. Then deer hunting season starts and that shuts down the trail riding until next Spring. I can't believe how fast this riding season flew by! The last couple of weeks we have been working our way thru the get ready for winter list. Getting more dirt in the lean to to keep it high enough not to flood in the Spring. Had work to do in both barns, some minor repairs to stalls, some fence to fix, some trees to cut down. Got all my flower pots cleaned out and store, fountain drained and stored. There is never a shortage of things to do on the farm.


          AFM, sounds like you're all prepared for the winter. .That's good. And you got a great ride in, too! I enjoyed your IM picture. Is that the same ride? Looked so nice. Hey, your friend can do a century ride! I am so not ready for winter. Nor the time change. Sigh. Can't wait till I can get an indoor for riding through winter.
          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


            TC Pepper and I used to always get over 20 points difference in our dressage tests from the different judges. It was said that you could complain if you got over 20 points but it always happened to us.

            But later when we could actually ride and win that 20 points difference cleared up and we won by miles. In one one day event Peppy and I went into the show jumping with 66 points to spare. We virtually could have knocked down every show jump and had 2 refusals and we would still have won. He went clear in cross country and show jumping.

            Greys I am so glad you and Sandro are safe. Heaps of safety hhhhhmmmmssss

            Oh and I got a cair girth for $20.00. at that sale. I am going to go and google it now.
            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


              Thanks PF! So far our house is ok. We are still not allowed back to our houses probably at least through tomorrow but I think they will keep us out until Thursday. Even though there was really no risk last night, I think they're worried about tonight's winds and didn't want to let folks in and then have to evacuate in the middle of the night again. The winds have been very strong and unpredictable. I'm just trying to hang in there until Thursday when we head out to the competition.


                It says that it is an elastic girth and very good for girthy horses. I will have to have a better look at it. I didn't realise it was elastic.

                The one like mine seems to be going for an average of $153.00 on ebay.
                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                  Greys, you will be in my thoughts till you tell us you are in the clear. And with all that on your head, have a wonderful show!!
                  My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                    Paradox - No offers yet? When does your option on the replacement property run out?

                    AFM - I'm so glad hunting is not a thing around here!! And snow already??


                      Greys- jingling for you, especially prepping for a show on top of it all. The grounds aren't anywhere close to the fires, are they?

                      TC- loved the pic, you guys are such a fun pair. Kudos to you, I have a thing with wind, as in I get super nervous, even in our covered arena. You have done a super job with him


               offers on our farm. We already "lost" that last property. I think we'll end up having to build from scratch. A daunting and exciting prospect. So we'll see. We only showed our farm once so far. I think it'll be a while. Another friend who sold their farm last year said it took around five months. I think it may take even longer. We'll see. Fingers crossed.
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                          Will catch up with everyone soon but wanted to let Greys know I’m glad your family and horses are out of harms way! It’s heartbreaking and scary watching the fire coverage on the news. Do take care!


                            Sadly another fire has broken out right next to my trainers barn in Simi Valley. The horses have been evacuated, but that's where Hudson normally lives. I'm starting to feel like I am cursed. My husband and I are talking very seriously now about moving. Not just bc of the fires, but that sure isn't helping the argument for staying.


                              Greys, are both Sandro and Hudson out at the showgrounds?
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                                Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                Greys, are both Sandro and Hudson out at the showgrounds?
                                yes, they've been there since Sunday. Hudson came over from a show in Del Mar and I drove Sandro myself. I'm so glad they're there. I can't wait to join them myself tomorrow.


                                  Greys- man, not the update I was hoping for. Jingles for your trainer's place, too.


                                    Originally posted by greysfordays View Post

                                    yes, they've been there since Sunday. Hudson came over from a show in Del Mar and I drove Sandro myself. I'm so glad they're there. I can't wait to join them myself tomorrow.
                                    Okay, good! Be careful. And good luck at show.
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                                      Greys: That is terrifying, i know you had thought about moving to our hoods, woodside is calling your name!! I'm so glad though Sandro and Hudson are safe, i saw pictures of horses evacuating and it is the worse nightmare! Jingles to your trainers farm!


                                        Greys- Jingles for a good and safe show for you and your trainer.


                                          AFM--Sky is doing great. I think she will be good for the adult medal final on Nov. 17. Aside from the fact that I will be very nervous, it will be a good show to go to as her first one back as we will show on only one day. Thanks for asking.

                                          Greys--I'm thinking of you. Hope your house is OK!
                                          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