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  • Dwpc- welcome, welcome! I don't own or lease, I ride my trainer's large Arab pony, aka SuperPony.

    PF- just saw sweet Tay's pic on IG, poor guy can't catch a break for long.

    Hoping to ride Tuesday- work got in the way today. Hope Pony won't snub me, it's been mid-November for riding.

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    • Lucky, pony won't snub you. She loves ya.

      Yeah, poor Tay. He had a small wound that the vet came out too look at before Christmas. At that point it was about the size of a ping pong ball, cut in half. It was full of blood/pus, nasty. The vet basically helped drain it and we had him on ten days of antibiotics. Vet didn't know the cause, even thought a spider bite was a possibility. But we kept it wrapped for a while. I rode, and he was fine (even the jumping lesson.) Then the rain came and he was stuck inside more. Well after a few days his back leg was totally swollen. Cellulitis. Sigh. Poor boy. So we had the vet out on Friday. She x-rayed to be sure there wasn't a chip of bone trying to exit. There wasn't, thank goodness. So she took a culture, wrapped him well past his hock, and he is back on antibiotics and some bute. Let's hope for the best!
      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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      • PF: Poor Tay, i hope this gets resolves quickly. Totally sucks when they are so fragile!

        Lucky: Awwww Pony wont snub you, silly!! I love your riding goals! Braver every ride!

        DW: welcome!! Please don't start from the beginning! Jump right in, ask us questions and you will fit right in!

        Lost: Oh My!! Bee!! I'm in love!!!!

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        Last day of vacation and i am so depressed!! I already have a full month of travel including some really far trips (Miami twice , NewFoundland etc) but so so glad my trainer let me ride the school ponies over the holidays!!

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        • Oh no on the cellulitis. I know it is not the same as what humans get, but hubby has had it twice on his leg and it is not good.

          A brilliant ride on Stars this morning. He hasn't really been much work with the small cut on his leg and only being restarted.

          The last couple of rides he has only given me 1/2 a circle of canter.

          So today I asked for it in different places of the arena. I asked for more trot each time after.

          Hr did one transition of trot from slow to quick which still has me grinning this afternoon.

          I stopped then, I didn't want to overdo it for him.

          I just spoke to hubby on the phone. I said he didn't ask how Stars went. When I said brilliantly. He said he thought so as I was up there for so long.

          Before I worked Stars hubby lunged and rode Sim. He was also grinning as he was able to get Sim forward and did trot and canter without me up there.

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

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          • Lostin - Congrats on Bee, she has quite the jump!! lucy - I love those goals, I may have to come up with some myself. Suzie - Sounds like all is going well with Hubby's recovery and the horses! dwpc - Welcome!! PF - Oh noooo, I am so sorry! I hope he heals quickly.

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            Drumroll please.... Fiona is officially mine!! Woohoo! I am so excited to see what the future holds for us. Unfortunately this is my last week of freedom before work is very busy for 9 weeks, when I won't be able to lesson. I have a clinic at my barn with Cynthia Hankins on Sunday, so hopefully that will be a fun experience. Greys - did you ride with her? I searched her name in the forums and your post from last year popped up.

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            • EqJ, congrats! So happy for you. Darn pesky work sure takes the fun out of things at times, doesn't it?
              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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              • Dwpc - Re-riding after 50 years is probably a new record for this group, so congrats! I was only off a few years (initially I still had a retired horse, then didn't ride for about a year and half after she passed) but I was largely self-taught before and am now working with a coach to unlearn all my bad habits. I own an OTTB, we mainly do dressage but also trail ride and jump just for fun.

                Paradox - Do you have access to a dressage court to practice in? Based on you're videos your arena seems shorter and wider then 20x60, so my biggest tip would be if you can find a regulation size arena to run through your tests before the show. I hope Tay heals quickly.

                Not much to report. Cupid and I have our first lesson in over a month tomorrow, so I'm excited about that!

                http://trainingcupid.blogspot.com/

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                • Originally posted by Training Cupid View Post
                  Dwpc - Re-riding after 50 years is probably a new record for this group, so congrats! I was only off a few years (initially I still had a retired horse, then didn't ride for about a year and half after she passed) but I was largely self-taught before and am now working with a coach to unlearn all my bad habits. I own an OTTB, we mainly do dressage but also trail ride and jump just for fun.

                  Paradox - Do you have access to a dressage court to practice in? Based on you're videos your arena seems shorter and wider then 20x60, so my biggest tip would be if you can find a regulation size arena to run through your tests before the show. I hope Tay heals quickly.

                  Not much to report. Cupid and I have our first lesson in over a month tomorrow, so I'm excited about that!
                  If it is narrower than 20 m then it is actually harder than being in a real arena. The horse will find it easier in the show.

                  The rider needs to know the tangents for 20 m circles so they get round circles in the show.

                  eg circle at e and b hit e and b and 2 m before the line across for s and r and v and p on the centre line in a 60m arena. At c and a you hit the rail 4 meters after the first letter and 2 meters on the centre line past the next letters.

                  Is that as clear as mud?
                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                  • EqJ - Congrats on getting to own your dream horse!! I hope you guys have a great 2020!

                    Is anyone else having trouble with the COTH layout on a computer? The last few days it's been super zoomed in for me. just this website so I don't think it's my computer. The mobile version on my phone is fine.
                    http://trainingcupid.blogspot.com/

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                    • Cupid It's been fine for me. What browser are you using? I'm using Chrome. Hoping you have a super lesson

                      PF so sorry about the cellulitis. Sandro had that when he first got here and it looked awful but cleared up quite quickly. Hoping it passes quickly so it continues with the strong momentum you had.

                      Suzie It sounds like your horses are going well. How is the air quality where you are? It must be so scary. I'm sending all the rainiest rainy prayers your way.

                      EqJ Congrats on Fiona, all so super exciting. Cynthia is amazing, I got to ride with her for a week at WEF. She has a dry sense of humor and she appreciates riders who listen and implement what she says. She is super friendly and really loves the animal, so I'm sure she will really like working with you. Shine your boots, relax and do your best to listen well!

                      Lucky, there's no way pony would snub after all you've been through. Those riding goals are terrific, I need to come up with mine too!

                      Faye I'm so sad vacation is ending for you bc I love your horse posts so much!!! It's ok, you'll be rocking and rolling but eventually back in the saddle. It sounds like your barn is entrusting you with all kinds of horses and that is super cool!

                      DWPC WELCOME!!! Just jump right in, we're all friendly here.

                      Lost WOWOW!!! That is an exciting horse! I'm really excited to see in person! I'll be there the weekends of WEF 4,6,10 and 12. I literally cannot wait!

                      I've finally been riding again. I'm working with a predominantly hunter barn and it took a few rides to get my eye back. They also had me hacking a few, so I am slowly getting my fitness back. One month and it was literally all gone. This week, the horse I'm borrowing is staying at my barn. I had forgotten that it's a bit spooky there, so our first ride yesterday was a bit hairy, but I think he'll settle in. He leave next weekend for Thermal and I'll show him a few days here in there in some age equitation and the Ariat and I think there are some fun 3'3 medals. I'm excited, it's funny to be doing equitation again all these years later. There are so many amateur medals on the west coast!

                      Then I hit Florida and I'm just hoping to not make a fool of myself. The horses are doing well over there. The trainer who took Sandro on trial decided to pass, I think he was not as consistent as he would like for his program. We have great video and honestly, I'm shocked Sandro is marching around WEF in the 3'6 hunters and big eq like no big deal. I think the grass turnout really is the secret for his happiness. He's going on trail rides all over the place and been rock solid, no spooking at all. So now I'm praying we find a nice east coast home for him.

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                      • Eq- I'm so happy for you and Fiona!! Here's to great things in the new year.

                        Greys- I'm glad Sandro is doing so well, jingles on the right landing spot for him. That's exciting about the medals classes- can't wait for a report.

                        Well, I get to put my resolutions to the test tomorrow afternoon. I would appreciate any and all jingles for not turning into a wuss once I get there. I feel like it's been forever since I've swung a leg over. It's nothing like the 8-9 week runs I had last year, however it's long enough.

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                        • Lucky - you will do great - it’s Pony! I’m sure she’s missed you! I wore my big girl breeches this weekend to ride G. We arrived to Wellyworld about 3am, took a little nap, went to see Bee then over to ride. It was a blustery day (not my favorite), G had just been clipped and my energy was fading. Got on, WTC. (Dropped my spurs for the canter - didn’t need them!) The next day the temperature had dropped about 15 degrees (yikes), still blustery (double yikes) and there was a small palomino pony in the paddock next to the ring having “a moment”. WTC again, albeit somewhat abbreviated - discretion is the better part of valor, after all. Attitude is everything! My current mantra. Enjoy your ride!

                          EqJ - Congrats! So glad it all came together for you and Fiona. Looking forward to your continued adventures.

                          ​​​​​​​Faye - I know it’s hard to be on a riding hiatus but you sure got in some great rides to tide you over. Safe work travels! Pop in and say hello when you can. (And if there’s anyway you can pop up to Wellyworld from Miami - do!!)

                          ​​​​​​​Cupid - cute picture! Hope the New Year is good to both of you!

                          ​​​​​​​dwpc - welcome! As Faye said, just join in! There is lots of good info. throughout the thread but, you’ll get to know us soon enough whether you read back or not.

                          ​​​​​​​Greys - Sandro got some great exposure these last few weeks at the Holiday series. Certainly respectable scores this week, You’ll find the right place for him over the winter. (Plus he’s soooo cute all braided!) I should be here for your visits! I think week 10 coincides with DS coming for DD’s birthday but, we’ll get together before then. Week 6 is Hunter Week - prepare yourself! It can be crazy on the show grounds! We’re not showing week 1, DD thought it best to give herself a full week of reuniting (read: ride and lesson!) with her girls before showing. She’ll start week 2 and probably show again week 3 unless her best friend in PA has her baby, DD has promised to go home for that! We don’t schedule too far out, it’s a long season! I’ll pm my contact info.!!

                          Of course the excitement of having Bee out or quarantine and “home” was tempered by Remy being a horse and hurting himself! X-rays, ultrasound and a bone scan later, he’s on stall rest for a month! Not quite as dire as it sounds, the prognosis is good. There just seems to be something about FL and him....... Otherwise, we arrived in Wellyworld Sat. And are looking forward to some riding, showing ( DD and trainers #1 and #2) watching Greys and just generally taking in all the wonderful horse and rider combinations as much as we can!

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                          • Healing hhhhmmmss for Remy

                            Greys the Air quality is good again. After the weeks and weeks of smoke we had a day of dust. Since then the air quality has been pretty good.

                            I am really happy with the horses. They have only just been brought back into work recently with the drought.

                            Stars has come along very quickly with him once again pulling the No I don't want to do that routine. I have used every thing I was taught by my instructor with me riding him last year and he has come along so quickly in about 6 rides. I did ask for the fantastic transition again this morning and got a no instead. Hubby came up with the lunge whip and I asked for canter. After hubby left I did more than one canter circle on each lead and then did quite a few transitions within the trot while he was forward.

                            So this time it was Stars who came in looking like he had run the Grand National. My hair was drenched. I come in so hot. To sit down on the couch with a frozen zooper dooper and I am about recovered by the time I have sucked/eaten it.

                            There is now a sprinkling of grass, it is just long enough for them to graze a little but it is not all over, just here and there and if no follow up rain it will all be gone again soon.

                            So yes nekkid rain dances for us please
                            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 Training Cupid View Post
                              Dwpc - Re-riding after 50 years is probably a new record for this group, so congrats! I was only off a few years (initially I still had a retired horse, then didn't ride for about a year and half after she passed) but I was largely self-taught before and am now working with a coach to unlearn all my bad habits. I own an OTTB, we mainly do dressage but also trail ride and jump just for fun.

                              Paradox - Do you have access to a dressage court to practice in? Based on you're videos your arena seems shorter and wider then 20x60, so my biggest tip would be if you can find a regulation size arena to run through your tests before the show. I hope Tay heals quickly.

                              Not much to report. Cupid and I have our first lesson in over a month tomorrow, so I'm excited about that!
                              You're right...my ring is about 150 X 100. I can only put a 40-meter dressage ring up (temporarily) in there. I will definitely need to get out. I know my trainer is thinking at some point we can trailer out to one of his lesson barns, but of course that would be for jumping. He used to have a facility(now he travels to others...bad divorce settlement) that had both a jump ring and a full-size dressage ring. Bummer. Thanks for the tip. I will start looking. Or maybe I can at least put a temp up in my grass field if I was desperate.

                              *****

                              Trainer is coming for lessons tomorrow. For DH for sure, and I'll see where Tay is tonight. His swelling is down considerably. He's not been lame at all, which is good. Just swollen.
                              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                              • Suzy, how far away are you from the devastating fires? If you mentioned, I don't recall. It is scary. I hope you get rain, too.

                                Austen, can't wait to hear about your rides. I hate blustery days as well. I think I spook more than my horses do. And I don't like the wind blowing past my ears. Ah,well. Have some great rides!! (For DD, too.)

                                lucky, good luck. You'll rock it out and have a great ride.

                                greys, glad Sandro is thriving in FL. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the right home comes along. If that trial he was on was not right, then it wasn't right. You'll find the right match.

                                Faye, I always enjoy your pics on IG as well. Both horse pics and travel pics. You are quite the world traveler! Glad you got some really good rides in on a variety of horses. Enjoy.



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

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                                • PF they wete close 3nough for a few weeks that the air was full of smoke. There were posts on Facebook that the 2 local showgrounds were taking in evacuated horses.

                                  We don't have a blade of grass from the drought, sigh, so nothing to burn.
                                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                  • Lost- way to be super brave. I've never ridden a freshly clipped horse, let alone with wind kicking up

                                    I don't know why I get myself in knots for my lessons. Pony was wonderful. She had missed me and was fantastic- she'd actually been ridden the two days before, which is a record for Miss Fluffypants. My brave was lengthening my stirrups. I got all but one of my diagonals on the first go. I was very tickled with myself. Plus, I told Fab my goals and she said "hey, let's get a picture of you two." So I did. I didn't look at it, baby steps and all.

                                    PF- I thought of you during my lesson. I unwittingly coordinated my blue turtleneck and brown pants with blue socks

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                                    • Originally posted by luckymaverick View Post
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                                      PF- I thought of you during my lesson. I unwittingly coordinated my blue turtleneck and brown pants with blue socks
                                      It is my secret riding weapon. Color coordination!! Haha. Pads/polos/breeches. If I can't impress them with my riding, maybe I can dazzle with my turnout, haha.
                                      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                                      • Well, I guess I was being optimistic. My poor pony is lame. His swelling is down, but he can't trot. No lesson for me. I am waiting to hear back from the vet to see if we just wait it out, or if we need to do something else. I don't know if they got the results from the culture.
                                        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                                        • Big step ahead...after four months of lessons I'm signing a half lease for my TB schooler so my ride time can go from one hour a week to 4 or 5. It's been slow progress but I think it will pick up considerably now.

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