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  • Faye- I'm so happy that you got to see Toff. Made my day

    PF- happy saddle shopping- I only hope it's more fun than boot shopping. I'm finally saddle-less, which makes sense since I'm horse-less.

    Took advantage of CyberMonday and got a nicer helmet for shows/exhibitions. Also found my boots, thanks to Ebay, and a determined seller. She offered back the lower price and I snapped them up. Can't wait to give them a test-ride. Now I just have to go showing, since I have fancy new duds.

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    • Aww, Faye. That is a great story and an adorable pic. I love it.
      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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      • lucky, good deal on the boots. Crossing my fingers they work out perfectly!

        Dewey, how is Lulu doing?

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        Well, I found my saddle. I ordered it online today. I'm crossing my fingers that it works out and fit well. My fitter said to try it, send pics and she'll help me figure it out via text/phone, etc. and she'll be back later in December if I think she needs to do any adjustments. It's an Albion SLK. I hope I like it. I'm not overly dressage-saddle savvy!
        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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        • PF - Yes, I was first to go and it was after the rest of the show ended so everyone was watching! Glad I didn't embarrass myself!
          lostin - Exactly, we find out at the banquet. So I find out Sunday!

          Faye - What a sweet reunion! Love the picture, perfect for Tongue out Tuesday!

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          • Got home early from a deposition today and the weather was decent. Dragged the arena. Brought Tay in. Took off sheet. Picked hooves. Missing a shoe. Ack. DH pulled it this morning because it was loose but didn't get it put back on yet. He wasn't home when I went out to tack up. So, tacked Jazzy up. He was actually a very good boy. I'm glad I was able to get a ride in!
            My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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            • Hi everyone! I'm all caught up. It's been a crazy fall and I can't believe it's December. A couple of things happened that have kept me from being as connected as I'd like. The first is good, we finally got the barn finished and opened a very small retirement boarding business. We have two boarders (both people I know from the shows), one ex-1.50 horse who now looks like pregnant pony, and one middle aged horse who just can't stay sound. I love that their owners wanted to keep and retire them. DD's first pony Bowen will be joining them in the spring. he turns 20 this year and has spent the last 4 years being a lesson pony for my trainer. He's the best and we are happy he will be coming home. I love looking out and seeing the horses in the pasture--it's good for the soul.

              Which, my soul needed some goodness. In late September our dogs (which we've had since they were puppies and whom my husband in particular was very attached to) got out of their run and killed almost all our outside small animals: 4 chickens, two turkeys and our three goats. I don't know what happened with the dogs, something just snapped. I came home first to find what I can only describe as a massacre. I found 3 chickens alive, one was fine, two went to the vet and one of those two made it. My son's favorite hen "Chickie" didn't make it at the vet. Two of the goats were babies. Second to my mom dying, it was the most traumatic thing I've ever been through. I called my husband sobbing and screaming. The goats and chickens and turkeys were our pets. I wish I could unsee what I saw. Anyhow, I don't want to belabor it, but we ended up rehoming the dogs. They both found great new homes, but the whole situation was brutal on the kids, and my husband. He was really bonded with the dogs, but we couldn't have them stay. It took me a good month to get past just crying over everything. The hardest thing was coming home and not having it feel desperately lonely. The goats and turkeys used to come greet us (they free roamed during the day, the property is all fenced). Luckily, the to boarders moved in right after and having the horses there has helped. And we got new chicks a few weeks later when the kids were ready. We are taking it slow, but I'd like to get goats again when the kids want them.

              After all that I really didn't have my head in the game riding wise, but had qualified for Zone Finals at 1.10 so went down to Thermal. My trainer was great and kept telling me my only job was to enjoy the moment and being there with Hope--zero expectations. I got to see Greys ride--she is grace in the saddle and SO FAST! And I got to meet her new horse who is just lovely and see her most adorable son and Flo. They came to cheer me on, it was wonderful. Everything came together for me and Hope and by the last round I finally learned to let him gallop and keep coming through the turns! And we got to jump in the GP arena, which was perfect for Hope and his enormous stride. We ended up with four clear rounds and took home the gold medal for the adult 1.10 championships. It was a crazy feeling going last in the final round knowing I had to be clean, but we did it (thanks to some help from my sports psychologist) and Hope was just amazing. Sometimes it seems insane he's only 7 and such a solid guy. I got so lucky with him (and did you all know Greys helped me pick him out??? Poor thing I send her probably 125 videos of horses I liked when I was looking, and she would usually, very tactfully point out whay they were a "no," but not with Hope, she liked him the most and right away). Here's the video from the final round--it took a few days to sink in, but the whole experience was amazing https://youtu.be/mlLx4PEcTag

              Anyhow, it's been a long fall but things are getting back to normal. I am hoping to be less distracted. I adore you all and know this is a safe forum for me to express my sadness over the animals, and you all will know how much our animals mean to us.

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              • hi guys

                I've been reading and BITSA's post inspired me to update.

                First of all, what BITSA didn't mention is the absolute carnage happening in a lot of the jumper finals classes. The courses were NOT set soft, it was a true test of riding tact, you couldn't take anything for granted. The quality of her horse and riding were on display and let me tell you I absolutely teared up watching her cross through the final timers. She was amazing!

                BITSA I had no idea about the animals but MY GOD, that must have been utterly traumatizing. I can't imagine walking into that scene AND having the task of rehoming the dogs your husband loved. I am so sorry. That must have been so so hard for your family. Sending you hugs bc that sort of thing takes time to recover from.

                Faye I'm also emotional reading your reunion with Toffman. You can see in his eyes the deep trust he feels with you. That happened over months and months of tender and patient care. you saved that horse and he knows it in his bones!

                EqJumper Waiting on pins and needles to see how you finished. How crazy to have to wait like that!!!

                Lucky great job on getting new duds. Sometimes that can be a powerful motivation to get out there and push your boundaries. Like new sneakers encouraging you to run.

                PF I'm really excited to hear about the new saddle and how it's going with Tay. I have LOVED your pictures on instagram, I know it's a lot of work having horses at home, but seeing them in such peace, that must really do good for your soul.

                Austen Fingers crossed for a safe passage for your horses and let me tell you, you'll never get judgment from this california girl for not riding in the cold. That's not wussing out, that's just smart! I need to start coordinating dates with you in Florida. I'm going to leave my trainer to work peacefully without my meddling until mid Feb I think.

                as for me, I haven't really ridden since thermal. The horses have been gone a week. They traveled extremely well with Iron Horse Transport (highly recommend Lost they have new vans and extremely knowledgeable guys). None of the horses lost weight on the trip, and I think the IV fluids they got before leaving really helped.

                Sandro is living in paradise with tons of grass turnout and it's already had a huge impact on his temperament. My trainer got on him just to trot a bit around and see how he was feeling. Despite not being ridden in three weeks and being in a totally new place and it's being a bit cold, he didn't spook once. He was just relaxed and perfect. That's just unheard of for him.

                So that pretty much settles for me that he needs a change in lifestyle, one with real turnout. It also makes me feel like I made the right choice sending him out there. I'm hopeful we can find a good home for him.

                I'm pretty down and out to not be riding, but trying to stay upbeat as best I can.
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                • BITSA, I haven't been writing much because I've been overwhelmed at work, but I had to respond to your post. First, congrats on your big win!!! SO PROUD!!! Loved the video!

                  Second, my heart bled for you as I read about your horrific experience with your dogs. I had a very similar experience as a youngster with a dog I loved and who was totally devoted to me. She was overly protective and used to be agressive with people who came to the door, but we didn't see the warning signs, and my sister was given some ducklings to raise as pets. My dog got out of the house and killed them all. What was worse, after all the tears and horror, I promised I would keep the dog penned up and would be oh-so-responsible, so my parents got more ducks for my sister. A few months went by, and the dog got out again (this time from a pen outside) and killed all the ducks a second time. It was horrible. I was so upset and felt so guilty. We realized that the dog just could not be trusted (she had also bitten someone who came to the door), and we had her put to sleep. It was one of the worst experiences I've ever had.
                  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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                  • PF, Lulu is doing well--will update later, maybe with a pic.
                    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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                    • Bitsa - you know we’re always here to share the good (Yay Hope!) and the not so good. My heart goes out to your family on the loss of your loved animals. Sometimes life is just hard. On the other hand, I’m so excited for you to have horses at home. I know from experience how looking out the window and seeing them peacefully grazing can make it feel like all is right in the world.

                      Faye - your reunion with the Toffman brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Horses really remember “their” people. Before we got Bingley (still miss him every day) he lived with my trainer’s parents in Ireland for a few years. After we had him about five years they came over to visit and we invited them to come see him, Now, Bingley was very standoff-ish in his stall. DD always said he was like a hermit crab, he’d retreat to the back corner unless you were one of “his” people. Trainer’s mother walked to his stall, said his name and he immediately walked over to her. That brought a tear to my eye too. And a chuckle from her because she said he was impossible to catch in the field! But he remembered her even after all that time. You two have that special bond!

                      Greys - glad the boys arrived safely! Quite a long haul for them. We’ve used Beacon Hill (now Lukens with a recent merger) for years and Trainer #1 knows most of the drivers personally so we know the ponies are in good hands. They’ve settled in nicely to a new farm this year. DD and I are going to sneak down for a quick visit on the 17th. 12 LONG days from now. Even with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we really miss riding! And just being at the barn! I’m glad Sandro is enjoying the new situation. It’s funny but, our horses don’t particularly care for the FL grass as it’s different than our PA grass. Takes them a few weeks to realize that’s all there is! I’m sure Sandro is just thrilled with green snacks everywhere!! Do let me know when your dates firm up. I should be there for the duration of the circuit with the exception of a week in early Mar. (unless DS deigns to visit us this year. Then I’ll stay. DD would like him to come for her birthday, we’ll see.) We’ll be there to cheer you on!! (And of course cheer on the ponies until you get there!)

                      So, it seems like eons ago I mentioned possibly buying a 4 yr. old mare from Europe? Well, the purchase actually went through in Oct. but getting her here became a comedy of errors (until it wasn’t funny anymore!). She finally arrived to FL today!! She’ll be with trainer #2 after quarantine (and won’t quite be out of quarantine when we make our quick trip, but we can visit her) and I’ll try to post pics when I can. We’re calling her Bee. So excited to watch her develop!

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                      • BITSA, so proud of what you accomplished on your super pony!! I love seeing the progress on IG. You had an excellent year. Also, I am heartbroken to your your story about your beloved animals. That's a horrible thing to have to go through on so many levels. Hugs your family's way for all the loss. I can totally understand your feelings about this. (And Dewey, you too even though it was in your past...still a loss.) Hang in there. I often still miss my dog, Leo. And my cats, Gracie and Spy. It takes time when you lose your pets, even in a less-shocking manner. Hope to hear from you more.

                        Greys, thanks for the kind words. I do love to look out the window and see the boys content. Yeah, it is a lot of work, but it is good for me. It works. Sandro looks content on his grass as well! I definitely think turnout is going to be his happy place. Glad you are able to see how good he's doing in turnout. Hugs to you as well. Can't wait to hear how Welly goes! I wish I could make it down this winter for some vacation time and see you and Austen. Hmmm. Wonder if I could swing it.

                        Dewey, glad to hear Lulu is doing well. She deserves it. Can't wait to see a pic.

                        Austen, I love your Bingley story. That's sweet. And I like the hermit crab analogy. Tay came to use pretty stoic and standoffish. More businesslike in manner. He's finally starting to show a sweet side and I think he's doing well on our routine here. At first I didn't think he was very sweet, but he was an angel compared to TBG, so I was happy. But he's coming around and becoming more the horse I wanted, and it makes me so happy! I now think I'm his "peep". How exciting about Bee! Can't wait to see pictures. (And I'm still sorry for your loss of you beloved pup!)


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                        DH got called on a new case last minute yesterday, so no shoes for Tay. I rode Jazzy again, because I'm finding it's better for me to keep riding rather than take riding time off when my horse can't be ridden. I've found that I remember how I enjoyed working with Jazzy when my DH wasn't able to ride much. He's really a good boy (at home, haha). He was softening nicely for me and we just had a nice, quiet ride.

                        On a side note, we had a kitten in our barn the other day. But when I walked into the barn, he hauled tail out of the barn. I just saw his cute little fluffiness and one white back leg. Unfortunately, I haven't seen him since. Darn. I could use another kitten. I'm not going to go out and get one since the farm is still technically for sale, but if one showed up....



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

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                        • Lucky: That was one of the happiest day this year for me too!

                          Dewey: Thank you!!

                          EQJumper: That is so strange they make you wait till year end?? Best of luck and we are waiting for some good news!

                          Bitsa: I have no words on what happened to your animals Such a tragedy. I cannot even imagine what you and your family go through. I'm happy on the other hand about your boarding business, and able to provide such great avenue for those who need it. I've always think about that when i had Cato, what if something happen to him and he need a retirement place?

                          Austen: It is great to hear about Bingley story. I know they remember us, but i was shock after so many years that they still remember!! These are great stories to tell
                          And WHOA!! 4 year old mare? Need to tell us more! I might have missed the story!

                          Greys: Sandro looks super happy in pasture. I do believe that some horses can't cope with the california barn life (bay area is the worse).
                          When are you all going to Wellie? I will be in Miami beach for a meeting in Jan, if it works out, i would love to meet up for horse cuddle and wine!

                          PF: Kitten!!! They are so much fun, they are easy to move, so thats not quite an excuse
                          I hope your saddle fits! I rode in my friends Albion dressage saddle and its super comfy!

                          *****************
                          I am having a ton of fun with the 4 year old. Our jump lesson was a little of a hot mess, she over jump due to poor distance, i was jumped out of tack, lost my reins, and fell apart. I kinda want to just make a circle and give up, but trainer made me finish the course, so i was already off track, staring at the jump from a sharp slanted angle, and we went over it. finished course and did not die.
                          Learning so much with her!


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                          • LOL PF. I hope a kitty shows up.

                            Faye Awwww they never forget.

                            Yes Bitsa you have to push to slow down and push also for balancing for faster corners. I found that out with Pepper. I once had a girl tell me that she didn't like being beaten, but she took her hat off to me to be able to go that fast and not one fence down.

                            Greys I can see Sandro's smile from here and hopefully the ulcers are diminishing.

                            I hopped on Stars for the second time time today. It is amazing how fast time goes. He was perfect on the lunge. He is also perfect to mount. We walked while hubby finished his workout on Sim. Stars doesn't care about that and stayed in walk.

                            I was worried about the trot transition. I had hubby in front and told him to trot at a letter. I must have picked up the reins as suddenly Stars was not going forward, sideways and not straight and not forward. I dropped the reins and got him back on the track. I actually asked for trot before hubby reached the letter and Stars trotted. WHEW. We then followed him around the arena, a 20m circle, across the diagonal, around the arena and a 20m circle. He trotted the whole time. I used my seat and legs and not the reins.

                            I was happy with that and after a walk hopped off him. There was no sweat as we hadn't done enough.

                            The biggest difference is that he is now getting lipstick on the lunge. I see this as a good thing. He also had a bit of foam between his hind legs. I see that as a good thing as well. I am very happy.

                            oh and the curry comb glove. I love it. It is not a rubber mitten. It it is like a riding glove but with bumps on the palm and fingers. Which means you can use it on the contours of the horse just by using one finger. It is great for the legs. Great for the dimple in the rump. I love it. I looked back and I paid $3.00.

                            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                            • Whew I am still with you. 2 near misses in 2 days.

                              I lunged and rode Stars the next day. The moment I picked up the reins he went up to 8 on the a###hole scale. A way of training the rider not to do anything. Hubby came over with the lunge whip and the little #### can do it. I would ask once then allow hubby to take over with the lunge whip and him asking verbally.

                              We did this with trot and canter and it worked. We did 20m canter circles. The transitions were good and after awhile hubby was not needed.

                              Hubby wanted me to ride Dodge next so as he could see how he looks. Little does he know that horses do not look the same under different riders, but I agreed. I let Stars go in Dodges paddock as he is picking up some old strands of hay Dodge has left

                              I walked him first. Dodge is getting on in years. An ex riding school horse. We allow him to warm up to get rid of any stiffness. I had just asked for trot in long and low, when his head came up and he took off. Stars had galloped up near the arena in my blind spot. Dodge had shortened his neck so my elbows went back past my body with the extra length of rein from what I had been asking. From there I did manage to make contact with his mouth and stop him and I kept his head up in case he was thinking of bucking. He calmed down and we went on with work.

                              Today I put Sim away for hubby as he has to go to work and told him I would like to get on Stars but won't as I don't want to do it without him and the lunge whip yet. I will just lunge instead. He said he would go and get ready for work and he will come up with the lunge whip before he leaves.

                              I tacked Stars and started lunging him. I hopped on him and we were walking...

                              Sim and Dodge were being naughty over the fence and paid no notice whatsoever to me growling at them and telling them to stop iy. They amped it up to cantering up and down and rearing at each other over the fence.

                              I know why. No grass so we are feeding them quite often to try and stop them eating the ground. They are bored. They persisted.

                              I did ask Stars for trot without picking up the reins and I was very happy when that worked. He tied the ####hole routine a couple of times in walk but I did get him forward. Hubby came up and told Sim and Dodge to quit it and the same as yesterday we got Stars forward in trot and canter. I thanked him and said I was right now and he could leave me.

                              He went up to put fly veils on Sim and Dodge as they had pulled them off and were still playing up. They took off in gallop and this time Stars reacted.

                              I stopped him trying to buck, he didn't really get to the point of bucking and I brought him to walk but he did not settle like he usually does as he is still so fresh from no work.

                              I knew instinctively that he needed to canter but knew at the instant second that that was not a thing I could handle at the moment. I haven't ridden for months. Stars is full of feed and joy. It was a recipe for disaster.

                              I needed to dismount but it was not safe to do so. He wasn't staying in halt and it was taking all my skill to keep him in walk, with his head up. It was not a relaxing forward walk, but stilted and sideways.

                              I called hubby for help. I told him to drop the lunge whip snd fly veils and come and help me. As he aporoached Stars halted and I dismounted.

                              I doubled the reins over his head and left him and went and grabbed Dodge and put him Stars paddock.

                              I did not remount Stars as hubby was leaving.

                              From now on the extra horse will be put in the paddock away from the arena while we ride and Sim has been warned that if he misbehaves again he will be locked in the house yard while we ride.

                              Sheesh, horses who would want one?

                              It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                              • BITSA - I am so, so sorry you had to experience and witness that awfulness! But CONGRATS on your big win! That is so awesome and it sounds like you really earned it!! Greys - so what is the plan, sell Sandro and keep Hudson at the winter circuit? So no riding for you for a few months? Sounds like you managed to keep it together, Faye - I know what getting off kilter does to my brain and finishing the course is always a challenge after that. I have gloves like that, Suzie, but don't really use them for some reason! I think you have inspired me to pick them back up.

                                Drum roll please... I won the medal class! Got a nice big trophy, a hat, backpack, and engraved Yeti cup. I also came in reserve in the Adult Eq division. Overall a good first year with my new lease horse... Who might not be my lease horse for much longer... She is for sale but between having a retired horse on the books and her price being too high, I couldn't bite. I have spent the last few months terrified she will sell out from under me so I made a very low ball offer, which they didn't accept. I bumped it up a little on Saturday and they accepted Sunday!! I am getting a PPE next Tuesday!!! We leave for HITS Ocala on Thursday, where we will do the Adult Eq, Ariat Medal, and a hunter prix. I am excited and terrified - I have no idea how she will react to the big show environment. I will keep you all updated!

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                                • EqJ, WOW!! A few big things to be WOW about! First off, congrats on your championship and reserve. That's awesome. Good for you. And as I was reading I was a bit bummed about lease horse being for sale...till you BOUGHT HER! That's so cool. I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to see how you do next year (fingers crossed for PPE.) Good luck on all, including Ocala.

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                                  Finally got Tay shod. He got a little boo boo on his back leg and he was a little sore. I got the new dressage saddle yesterday and needed to try it on him to check the fit before my 7 days is up. Looks good! I did lunge Tay and he was good to the right, sore to the left. But not horribly and he worked out of it for the most part. I did get on him for ten minutes and rode (to the right) to check the saddle fit. I like it. Seems to fit when from what I know of dressage saddles. I send a bunch of pics of it on Tay to my saddle fitter and she thinks it will work out well. So, yay!

                                  Tomorrow we are scheduled to have lessons. Today is snowed. It rarely snows in TN. So I don't think I'll be riding, due to the soreness issue, and I think DH may beg off due to the weather. Sigh. Why do our lessons coincide with crappy weather?



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                                  • Everyone, I am taking a breather from grading and want to ask a question that may not seem horse-related, but it is.

                                    I have terrible nails. I mean my fingernails. They are very soft and rip easily. In addition, in winter my cuticles dry out and crack, so my fingers bleed all the time. The problem is exacerbated by my riding and work in the barn as well as by my constant gardening. I do wear gloves (always) for both riding and gardening. My nails always look terrible, especially in winter, and they often break down to the quick.

                                    This has been a life-long issue, always worse in the winter. I have tried taking care of my nails and keeping polish on them. It helps some, but the polish always chips within a few days, and I can't keep up with it. The polish I used is just the regular kind, not the gel polish, which I understand is much stronger. I have read bad things about the risks of repeated use of gel polish, so that is out. I have no ambitions to have long, glam nails or anything like that. I just want normal, neat-looking nails.

                                    A few years ago, I asked my DH for a gift certificate for a manicure, meaning to go have my nails professionally trimmed, etc., and to consult with the people there about my problem. However, when I walked into the nail salon, I was approached by several workers in the process of helping another customer. They were all wearing masks. I made an excuse and turned around and left. I really don't like the idea of strong chemicals.

                                    Is there any help for me?
                                    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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                                    • OMG EQJ I am jumping up and down for you.

                                      There are 2 things you can do Dewey. The first is take fish oil. You can get ones that are odourless. You can get krill but you are stealing that from whales, because it seems everything we do nowadays seems to be bad!

                                      The fish oil will help from the inside out. It is good for your brain as well. You can not take it if you are on wharfarin.

                                      The other is to use a product I don't know if you can get it over there. It is an ultra healing cream and is cheap. Believe me you will love it. It is called Protec E. I hope you can get it over there.
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                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                      • Eq- congrats!! Fingers crossed for the PPE.

                                        Dewey- I swear by Hair Skin and Nails gummies. I get mine from Puritan's Pride (their brand)- they have great sales. CyberMonday is buy 2 get 4 with discounts for their brand items with a good selection of other brands as well. I get all my supplements from them.

                                        PF- I hear you about the weather and lessons! As it stands, I won't be riding at all in December thanks to work. I'm glad you found a saddle and that Tay likes it

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                                        • Faye - Your IG posts about your Toff visit made me cry! How awesome that you are still able to visit him!! So glad to hear you're loving your new trainer and that lessons are going so well.

                                          EqJ - Congrats on both your year end awards AND your new horse purchase! So happy they took your offer and he didn't get sold out from under you!

                                          Bitsa - Wow, what a year you've had! You and Hope are an inspiration, I can't believe how much you two grew this past year!!! And congrats to DD on her new horse, so exciting! So sorry for your losses, I can only imagine how traumatic that was.

                                          Greys - I'm so sorry that Sandro isn't handling the CA horsekeeping scene, but you're being such a kind, responsible horsewoman for recognizing that he needs a different lifestyle and for trying to find him a perfect situation...that cannot be easy!

                                          PF - Congrats on the new dressage saddle! Sounds like you and Tay have been starting to figure each other out, glad to hear you've been able to get some rides in lately. Are you planning on doing dressage with him or will he still jump?

                                          Lost - Congrats on your new horse purchase!

                                          Lucky - Nice work on the cybermonday deals!


                                          Thanks for all of your jingles for Cash...he recovered from the choke episode with no complications and he and my mare both showed last week. Unfortunately, he choked again at the show so we are contemplating having him scoped to check if there is something causing these episodes.

                                          On a brighter note, both horses were stellar at the show. I showed Cash during the week to tune him up for Short Stirrup and he won all of his classes in the low hunters. He was reserve with his SS rider over the weekend My trainer showed Lucca during the week and she won some nice ribbons, her changes are not quite confirmed, but she had a couple of rounds with all clean changes so we were thrilled with that. I showed her in the 2'6" over the weekend, and even doing the simple changes she still got a second and a forth, and we won the Eq under saddle so I was pretty much on cloud nine! It was the first time I'VE actually shown her, and it went so much better than I was expecting. She still feels super green, but definitely more rideable than ever before. I feel like we progressed by leaps and bounds just in the past week.

                                          And my last bit of news - we bought a new house! It's on 14 acres with a barn, and we close the end of January. I plan to bring Cash home to retire as a trail pony once his lease is up this summer.


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