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  • lucky, that horse, Toby, was such a good horse and he was my first confidence builder when I had some bad falls off my WB mare. I wish he would have stayed sound. He never was quite sound and I ended up taking back to his previous owner. I miss him. If he was sound, I would still have him. He was much like Chico. That picture was from a ACTHA ride, which was a ton of fun. He was pretty good with all the obstacles.

    TC, I ended up taking your advice. Sort of. That Kerrits chill chaser you recommended, I went to the Kerrits site and ordered it, but in black. And I plan to wear a tan vest with my tan/beige breeches. Or if it's not too cold, just the top. Thanks!!

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    I had another good ride on Tay Tay. Just flat, since I was riding alone. So I had three good days in a row, and today it's raining. It's supposed to rain all day, so no riding for me. And that makes tomorrow iffy with the arena footing. Hopefully I can at least get a flat ride in tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

    Next week I have out of town depositions for three days, and then a local dep the day I get back, so riding time will be limited before the show. I want to get in as many rides before than as I can. I think we'll be okay. Maybe I can ask DH to ride him one day when I'm gone.



    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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    • Everyone, the photographer took some really nice shots of Sky at Aiken on the day she colicked. I never thought of photos as you may imagine, but my trainer sent me a link. Here's one but there are a bunch more. Sky looks eager and happy in all the shots, and that is how she felt to me as I was riding. The fact that she did not feel good became apparent later in the day. I know I am trying to make myself feel less guilty for showing her that day, but I really did not notice anything until I got off. To see the pic click on the words "unsupported browser."
      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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      • Dewey, that's a wonderful photo! She looks great, happy, calm, and engaged. You did NOTHING wrong. You two look so good.
        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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        • dewey- lovely shot. you are a great horsewoman and you take excellent care of your girl.

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          • Dewey Sky is always so photogenic, such a pretty girl. It nice that you have these great pics to remind you that she was fine at the time. With animals you can only go by the information they are giving you at the time, once Sky let you know something was wrong you took action. That's all you can do, don't beat yourself up over it.

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            • had a great ride on Pony today- in the snaffle. Not as much forward motion, however by the end we had some great stretchy connection both ways. I was super proud of both of us. Pony was sure that my bragging on her meant she also earned extra cuddles, as she kept nudging my hand when I would stop petting her

              Jingles please for Granddad. We have a specialist appointment for him as he's had continuous sinus drainage for a while and not responded to antibiotics. We know he has melanoma in multiple sites on his face/eye and the sinus scans showed "something". Mom and I will honor his wishes of no more hospitals or surgery, as we have equal medical power with Granny Dot. Granny wants surgery or treatment no matter what. Families are hard. I wouldn't trade being his voice for anything, however I'm such a people-pleaser, not rock the boat type, I haven't slept well in a few days over it.

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              • Jingles, lucky! And great job on your lesson.

                greys and BITSA....great job at your shows. According to IG you both did super!

                I had a good ride today before heading out of town for 3 days of depositions. Sitting in a hotel room getting ready to watch Sunday Night Football right now. I am hoping DH will ride Tay Tay while I'm gone before Sunday's show. I should be able to ride Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Sunday show.
                My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                • PF- thanks! Looking forward to cheering you guys on at the show. Fab may come out, too. Hope your out-of-town work goes smoothly. Other than being cold, weather should cooperate for DH to ride Tay this week.

                  Greys/Bitsa- echoing PF, congrats to you both!

                  Faye- I've been thinking about naughty Elsa. She's quite precocious and sounds like loads of fun. I hope you get lots of rides on her. Is she tall? On closer look at Justin, the new guy, he might be just over Pony height- everyone looks big in the stall and then shorter outside.

                  I've been attempting No Stirrup November, at the walk. I keep drawing my legs up, out of some whacked out habit, instead of stretching down. Moreso on the right, and I holepunched my right stirrup on a half hole for next week to drop it further. Any advice for staying long in the lower body? I'm short-waisted so I'm always trying to stretch up tall with the upper half. My legs aren't long for my height- not exactly the Eq ideal

                  I think part of it is fear, not totally trusting my girl and not trusting myself to stick. Years of riding hunter-short will do that, it's still my default.

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                  • Dewey - I'm so sorry to hear Sky colicked. How is she feeling now? It sounds like you did the right thing once you noticed something was off. I hope you aren't carrying too much guilt. These things happen and all we can do is react to the best of our ability.

                    Lucky - Shout out for doing no-stirrup November! My legs tend to creep up without stirrups too, I think it's an attempt to try and get a better grip around my horse. Glad you had a great ride the other day in the snaffle, and jingles for your granddad. Families are indeed hard, but they're lucky to have you there for support.


                    Paradox - Yikes, I'm not envious. Hope you're at least somewhere fun for depos!

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                    I've been noticeably absent lately, for which I apologize. Life has gotten so crazy. I'm handling two class action lawsuits at work and it's been hectic - we even had to hire a temp and outside counsel to lighten the load. I've also been volunteering for a political campaign (legal work, grassroots organizing, etc.) which has been a mostly positive experience, but has taken so much of my time and energy.

                    In horse world, the lady half-leasing my horse loves him and wants to up her lease to 4 days/week! It seems to be a good fit so far, though I'm not sure she'll be in a position to transition to a full lease once our 6 months are up. I haven't been riding as much as I would like, but I went to my last horse show of the season yesterday. I don't feel like I rode my best, but I managed to get a qualifying score at both 2nd level & 3rd level! My trainer and I were jumping up and down celebrating. It was a very nice way to close out the season, especially since I'd convinced myself I would never be able to get a qualifying score on this horse. He got all the carrots yesterday.

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                    • Mustang- great job! What exactly does a qualifying score mean?

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                      • Mustang, that's great with your riding. And I know your work is crazy right now. My depo case is so-so interesting. The cool thing is it is in the little court house where the Scopes (Monkey) Trial was held. They still use the courtroom. I love old court houses. Except for their heating and cooling, haha. Today is about 30° so it will be a challenge.
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                        • Lucky - Thank you! In dressage they have rider awards for when you reach certain benchmarks. I'm trying for my bronze medal, which requires two "qualifying" scores of 60 or above at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level. When I originally set that goal, I figured it wouldn't be too difficult, after all, I had done dressage in eventing for years. Actually, the scoring in *real* dressage is significantly tougher and my horse (with his pony gaits and head up in the air) definitely sticks out among the big flashy warmbloods I'm competing against. Of all the horse shows I went to in the spring, I didn't get a single qualifying score. Funny enough I think I rode the worst this past weekend, but the judge was the most generous. It's so subjective, but I'll mark it in the win column nonetheless.

                          Paradox - That is so cool! Those old courtrooms have such stately elegance. Stay warm today!

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                          • hi guys!

                            Dewey, when I look at the picture, I just see a very content and beautiful horse. I cannot tell you to not feel guilty, bc those emotions are complex. But I do think if you look at the data, it's clear that at the time of your ride, your horse was comfortable. You are an incredible horse woman, of that, you can be certain.

                            PF Oh man, that doesn't sound super pleasant, I'll admit! How are you feeling ahead of the show? How do you think the connection is developing. Just remember how much the horses grow up after they go to a show, you'll have some super rides to look forward to next week despite any momentary flurries of anxiety this weekend. You'll be terrific! I love older rooms like that courthouse, beautiful!


                            Lucky, one of the best exercises my trainer gave me is to 2-point at the walk with no stirrups. It is INSANELY hard, but if you're focused on squeezing with your calf and knee, very effective at developing strength. I find it easier to mindfully not pinch with my knees. Try it! Jingles also for your grandad.

                            mustang glad to hear the half leaser is game, I bet she's really enjoying your horse. And congrats on a super super end to the competition year!!! that is amazing!!! I would be jumping up and down as well!!!

                            as for us, we wrapped up two great weeks in the desert. The new owners did amazing work in a very short period of time, the footing is so much better and everyone is much more friendly.

                            our first class was in the Grand Prix ring, which I was super nervous about but it was great. I had a rail
                            in the in and out but otherwise all good. The next day was the classic in a regular ring, and I just never got him in front of my leg, so our round was kind of a disaster.

                            I was much more determined the following week. We rebuilt our confidence in a 1.10m class and then jumped another good 1.20m speed on Friday and Saturday I had a super 1.20m speed class that we won out of 30! Such a great way to end the year. I also got to show Hudson twice and even though he’s just a baby, he is so much easier to get around than Sandro. I’m excited for the future with him.

                            Anywho, this was our winning round, I’m really proud of our inside turns and that we were able to take strides out smoothly.

                            https://vimeo.com/372526228

                            We also got to watch Bitsa be a complete rock star in the championships. Amazing to see that partnership gelling!

                            im now sending both horses to Florida but probably won’t get out there until mid feb so I’m looking at a few horseless months ahead but it’s for a good cause

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                            • Excellent riding, greys. You and BITSA lately have been motivating me through video. I will definitely be doing baby stuff though on Sunday. I often feel like I am starting over. This weekend is more an experiment than anything. And I won't have my trainer, just going alone (with DH, of course.)
                              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                              • Greys- thanks for the pointers, I will definitely try the two point. So proud of you and your guys- your videos look great. I look forward to your IG, your Mom seems like tons of fun

                                PF- what a pretty courthouse. stay warm!

                                so we had a significant cold snap with snow in some areas today, so Granddad's appointment was rescheduled for December. Of course it's when I'm out of town- I really didn't want Mom to have to go deal with all that without me. I guess it's just a case of jingles, deferred.

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                                • Bc I showed two weeks in a row, I scheduled a scope for today to make sure sandros ulcers didn’t come back. Sadly both types of ulcers returned. I feel terrible for causing him pain. I don’t think I’ll be sending him to Florida after all. honestly I’m tempted to just throw him in a field for a year and finding a dressage home for him on the east coast. I just don’t think he can handle the job here.

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                                  • Aww...hugs, greys. Sorry you are dealing with this and that Sandro is getting ulcers again. What do you think is causing it? He is such a good boy, hate this for both of you.
                                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                                    • Originally posted by luckymaverick View Post
                                      PF- thanks! Looking forward to cheering you guys on at the show. Fab may come out, too. Hope your out-of-town work goes smoothly. Other than being cold, weather should cooperate for DH to ride Tay this week.

                                      Greys/Bitsa- echoing PF, congrats to you both!

                                      Faye- I've been thinking about naughty Elsa. She's quite precocious and sounds like loads of fun. I hope you get lots of rides on her. Is she tall? On closer look at Justin, the new guy, he might be just over Pony height- everyone looks big in the stall and then shorter outside.

                                      I've been attempting No Stirrup November, at the walk. I keep drawing my legs up, out of some whacked out habit, instead of stretching down. Moreso on the right, and I holepunched my right stirrup on a half hole for next week to drop it further. Any advice for staying long in the lower body? I'm short-waisted so I'm always trying to stretch up tall with the upper half. My legs aren't long for my height- not exactly the Eq ideal

                                      I think part of it is fear, not totally trusting my girl and not trusting myself to stick. Years of riding hunter-short will do that, it's still my default.
                                      Lucky even now sitting in the chair. Move your seat bone forward. That does not mean tilt your pelvis. You should feel your thigh drop and come back and your heel drop. For stretching up don't think about stretching your thigh. Stretch up using your tummy muscles and again no tilt to pelvis.

                                      Or just think "Look up and sit on your butt."
                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                      • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                        Aww...hugs, greys. Sorry you are dealing with this and that Sandro is getting ulcers again. What do you think is causing it? He is such a good boy, hate this for both of you.
                                        Argh. Have you tried turning him out with no stabling and taking him off all grain and hay only?

                                        Oh and according to John Kohnke (spelling?) who is a vet in Australia. 100% off horses in stables with music playing have ulcers.
                                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                        • Originally posted by SuzieQNutter View Post
                                          Argh. Have you tried turning him out with no stabling and taking him off all grain and hay only?

                                          Oh and according to John Kohnke (spelling?) who is a vet in Australia. 100% off horses in stables with music playing have ulcers.
                                          He doesn’t get any grain currently and always has hay in front of him. I appreciate that 24/7 turnout is the solution, but unfortunately, in the middle of Los Angeles, it’s not an option. This is why I’m starting to think the kinder thing is to find him a home on the east coast where he could be in more horse friendly environment. California horse practices are just tough on these horses.

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