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  • Suzie: Awwww, thank you!! Couldn't do it without everyone here's encouragement!! So glad DH is doing better and the drug worked!!


    • Faye- that's super fun being able to have so much saddle time! The most recent pony you put on FB, the chestnut, is super-duper cute. You look good on him. Thanks for the kind words about Pony, I couldn't love her any more if she was mine. I love your bravery, getting on whoever, and just doing.all.the.things.


      • Suzie - How's your husband doing w/ Sim? Is his vertigo any better? My grandfather suffered from severe vertigo late in his life and it was really tough on him. Hopefully your husband's can be easily managed and goes away soon. Hope the weather is getting better for you!

        Greys - Glad to hear Sandro seems happy, I can certainly commiserate on the lack of good turnout options in California (at least within reasonable driving distance of the cities where you can actually earn enough money to show horses). It seems Hudson is progressing well! I love seeing pictures/videos of him.

        Lucky - So glad pony is okay! I'm sure you being there was a great source of comfort for pony because of your deep connection. Have you been able to ride much recently?

        PF - That's awesome you had such a great lesson! Tay seems to be working out really well. I'd love to follow your IG

        Faye - Love that you got to ride over the holidays! Were you sore at all?


        All is well in my world. My horse is still being half-leased by a very nice amateur lady who absolutely adores him. Funny enough, our schedules are so misaligned we haven't actually gotten the chance to meet in person yet! The other day she apparently brought him molasses dipped carrots. Honestly, all I want in the world is for someone else to spoil him as much as I do . And to be able to clone him, but that's a different discussion!

        Our 6 month lease contract will be up relatively soon, and I'm going to ask her if she'd like to transition to a full care lease for the next 6 months or so. If she says yes, that will be my green light to actually start horse shopping for a jumper prospect. I'm not sure it'd be worth it for her financially since his maintenance is pretty significant (Legend, Equioxx, routine chiro, supplements, etc.), but while I'm paying for all that it would be a financial strain to have a second horse in full training. If she prefers to continue the half lease, which I'd understand, I'll try my hardest to be patient and use the time to take some jumping lessons at a nearby barn and save up more.

        In the meantime, I'm still working on my flatwork and playing around at dressage shows. I'm hoping to get 2 more qualifying scores in the early 2020 show season (one at 2nd level, one at 3rd level) but we'll see how things go. I'm tentatively considering retiring him in the fall of 2020, since the last time we injected his hocks the vet mentioned his right hind was very tight and it was difficult to get any fluid in there. Those injections do a lot to keep him comfortable and if we're not able to effectively get in there again and he's not feeling his best, I think he'd likely be happier getting fat & fuzzy in a grassy field than doing up-down lessons at our barn. Actually, a different vet told me the same thing almost 5 years ago, but he hasn't shown any significant signs of discomfort since then (and subsequent vets have been able to get into that hock). After this most recent round of injections, it took a little longer than usual for that hock to feel "right" again, though we did have a cold snap right after he got injected (making him pretty stiff) and it does feel good now. Anyway, the question of retirement/phasing down is always on my mind. Right now he seems comfortable & happy to work at his current level. I'm sure when the time is right, he'll let us know.

        Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays, and best wishes for a wonderful new year!


        • MT
          the drug really worked, he has lunged and ridden since he stopped taking the drug and he went back to work yesterday.

          I googled it and the last cause says genetic and Menieres Disease. There is no treatment for it. He has the hearing loss and the vertigo. I think his sisters get migraines. I don't think any of them have the tinnitus. But they have all had vertigo.

          I laughed at the molasses covered carrots. For Christmas I presume not all the time. Don't be in a hurry to retire him. Horses like a job and seem to pass away quickly once retired.
          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


          • Hi all! Things have been going well, I've been reading here periodically but when I'm not working I spend far less time on the computer! Cupid had his brief freshening break. We started with a few light rides, then did a nice trail ride, jumped yesterday (he was super!) and are now back working towards our upcoming dressage show. I'm still going to be doing Training level but looking forward to moving up to First soon!

            Is anyone going to the FEI World Cup in Vegas? Wonder if I could swing it...


            • Cupid: yay for you and Cupid jumping! And also moving up to first! I Hope you are enjoying some well deserved break!

              MT: I’m not sure from riding but tacking and untacking (two of the 3 horses also lived in a paddock further away from the main barn) was what made me tired!
              Besides the baby, the school ponies are so well trained, it was really easy and FUN to ride them! The baby can be a little sassy but she only does some jumping up and down , and overall a very good girl.

              You still have a long time to think about your boy, do you think you can lease him out as a trail horse ? I love it when someone else love and spoil them as much as we do

              Suzie: I hope your DH continues to feel better and do well on the drug !


              • Dear All,
                I hope you Xmas holidays were wonderful. We're travelling about an hour away for a New Year's party at my (ex) step dad's.

                Before we take off I am going to try a horse of an acquaintance of mine that she needs help getting in shape. I need to get in shape too, so I hope it is a good match.
                You hate that, dont you? Do you like oysters? You have to acquire a taste for oysters and the deep distance.
                -- George H. Morris on learning to love the deep distance


                • FDF- jingles for a new horse to ride! I hear you about getting in shape- at my house DH and I are both working towards that so I coined the phrase "look good feel better"

                  MT- I actually haven't ridden at all this month- the only Pony time I got was last week during the colic episode. Hoping to ride this weekend and be super brave, like Faye and Lost and just do all the things. Jingles for wisdom with how to best proceed with your boy. I know you will make the best decision for him.

                  One funny anecdote from my last Pony time- I was able to quote movie lines to Pony to keep her occupied as we were walking and they fit right in. One of my favorite movies is Waiting for Guffman- a mockumentary about community theater. One of the main character's lines is "people don't like things poked, poked in their noses" (said after a too realistic rendition of backdraft involving embers through the heating vents in the auditorium). Poor Pony, the line fit since she had to have a line dropped in her nose


                  • I’d like you all to meet Bee! This is trainer #2 just “playing” over a jump today. I wasn’t there for this but did see her pop over a couple X’s when I was there before Christmas. It’s a little dark but I think you’ll see why we’re so excited about her! Will try to get some better pics when I get to Wellyworld - on Sat.!!

                    Happy New Year to all!


                    • Woohoo, Austen! Love her! She is definitely going to be fun to watch.

                      TC, I'm going to use you as my role model for my dressage debut this year! We will do training level.


                      Had a great week riding last week, but it then rained, and now it colder, and not as inviting. I'll try to ride today or tomorrow, though!

                      My Insta is @dpgparadoxfarm.
                      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                      • Lost- man, Bee is stunning! Congrats

                        New Year- New Riding Goals (or goals revamped)

                        1. Compete in That Arena
                        a. not have a panic attack
                        b. show off my kick-ass partner and kick my nerves to the curb
                        c. canter in the classes and not die or have an asthma attack

                        2. Be braver each ride
                        a. try to extend work and shorten walk breaks
                        b. get truly fit for canter work
                        c. try more no stirrup work so it won't scare me so much every November

                        3. Get fitter- more muscle less fluff
                        a. get over myself in riding pants- no one looks good in those
                        b. get over myself in riding pictures- the only thing that matters is cute Pony ears, blingy browbands, and the smile I get when I'm with her.


                        • Lucky. I love 3b.
                          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                          • Happy new year to all my rerider friends!!
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                            • Happy New Year to all!

                              TC- love the pic and that forelock


                              • I agree, Happy New Year!! Stuck in real estate depositions for the rest of the week. It is raining out anyway, so I am not missing good riding time!
                                My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                                • Okay when do you give up on training and just shoot them?

                                  No I do not have a gun.

                                  We finished riding in the morning. We had our goodbye ritual as hubby went to work.

                                  I spoke with my friend and agreed to go into town to pick her up and take her home. I would do my 1.5 hours work in the local Supermarket before that.

                                  I feed the horses morning tea and lunch. I am playing on COTH, so running a touch late. I put my hair up and jump in the shower, dry myself, spray on deodorant and perfume. I put my hair down, use a hair brush and brush it out. I spray it.

                                  I just need to get dressed and go.

                                  At the very last second, I decide to clean my teeth. Yes I will be late but I don't like the feeling of them not being clean.

                                  I take one step further over into the bathroom and look in the mirror.

                                  The whole of the left side of my face from eye to chin and the full width is covered in true blu.

                                  In a panic I look down at my hands, they are completely clean.

                                  Water does not take it off.

                                  Thankfully facial cleanser did.

                                  When I later told hubby. He said that he had seen that in the morning before he left. He did shake his head.

                                  WHAT THE????

                                  Cue my first need ever for a gun?

                                  I do remember at the time that as I was putting Sim away. Hubby sprayed true blu on him and I actually commented that he was trying to put true blu on me as I had not permoxined him yet!
                                  Last edited by SuzieQNutter; Jan. 3, 2020, 09:37 PM.
                                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                  • Horsewise Stars has had the week off as a little cut above his heel with a bit of swelling and 99% sound.

                                    Sim, I have been working on long and low in walk trot and canter. Not throwing his head in transitions. Forward, and canter transitions when asked not 2 circles later as was happening with hubby.

                                    It is Saturday today, so I said he could lunge and ride Sim. I would give Stars some attention. Stars loves attention.

                                    I went up and he had lunged and hopped on and was in walk. He asked me to come up with the lunge whip.

                                    I told him to ask for long and low in walk, to keep that and ask for trot. Then keep him there and when I said canter. Sim cantered. Ask his head down. Trot and canter again. I told him to go large and across the diagonal. I said canter and Sim cantered. I told him to shorten the reins and bring his poll up, to go large and cross the diagonal. I said canter and Sim cantered. Trot. Canter. Across the diagonal. Canter, trot, canter. Walk and stroke.

                                    Hubby had had enough. That is the closest he has come to a 5 minute work out!!!! Which I have given him homework on in the past. Sim had foam between his back legs.

                                    Hubby asked if I had used the lunge whip to get Sim to canter. Nope I had just said the word. Now he needs to be able to do that without me there.

                                    Stars was sound on the lunge. I had lunged and was on him in walk when hubby hopped on Dodge. Not one A###hole moment from Stars. We walked and trotted in long and low following Dodge. I shortened the reins and he went forward to canter when asked. He did that twice, a nice canter when asked and forward but dropped out in half a circle. I took that to mean that canter with me on him hurts his injured hoof so I left it there.

                                    Dodge when I ask how he went hubby always answers perfect. When I see him I will always say something so he changed it to perfect except that circle you saw.

                                    Yesterday he said that he tried to get Dodge forward into the outside rein but he didn't want to. If you just let him do what he wants to do he is perfect. I pointed out that if we let every horse do what they wanted to do, they would all be perfect!
                                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                    • I was very happy to find this thread for re-riders. I didn't even know the term 'til I saw the thread. It'll provide a lot of good reading in 1000+ pages of posts. I'm just getting back into riding after a 50 year lay-off. I started re-instruction in September and am just about to sign a half lease for the 20-yr old OTTB school horse I've been riding. I'm still in basic equitation and not sure whether I'll proceed to jump again or go towards dressage. Any alumni of Keith Line Academy (Oakbrook IL) lurking about?


                                      • Originally posted by dwpc View Post
                                        I was very happy to find this thread for re-riders. I didn't even know the term 'til I saw the thread. It'll provide a lot of good reading in 1000+ pages of posts. I'm just getting back into riding after a 50 year lay-off. I started re-instruction in September and am just about to sign a half lease for the 20-yr old OTTB school horse I've been riding. I'm still in basic equitation and not sure whether I'll proceed to jump again or go towards dressage. Any alumni of Keith Line Academy (Oakbrook IL) lurking about?
                                        Welcome Welcome Welcome dw.

                                        There is no need to read back. You can start off on this page.

                                        I am Suzie Q and I live in Australia. I used to event and then took up dressage. I don't know if I will jump again.
                                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                        • Welcome dwpc!! Don't feel like you have to read all those posts. Fellow TB rider here. I have two. There are a few of us here riding TBs. Enjoy getting back to riding and do what you enjoy.
                                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: