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  • Lost- congrats to DD! I love seeing your lovely horses and of course I'm a sucker for a grey.


    • Originally posted by SuzieQNutter View Post
      LOL Lucky, when I was young Mum lamented that she wished I would lunge the horses as much as I lunged the dog!!!!

      I am so sorry about Tigger. I have heard about dogs packs roaming wild but I had never thought about it happening at home. You never know your old standard poodle may have tried to defend Tigger. A stray dog had a go at my younger brother as a child. The cat swept in and attacked the dog. The cat took off, the stray after it and our dog took off after the stray.

      Your post on the warmblood takes me back.

      I had won on my own horses, thoroughbreds, you think canter and they canter. I trained my company horse with my seat and passed my level I Certificate.

      I went down to a Dressage School training for my level II under A DRESSAGE level III.

      I had never ridden a trained horse before and I couldn't. Walk canter yes. Trot canter on those horses no. I was told my hands are dead, my legs are dead and I am not using my seat.

      Bravo was a part percheron and a part arab. He was trained to medium. I had lessons in him with a double bridle. He was big and heavy and oh so slow.

      Like you I bought a warmblood mare out of work. She would drop out of trot and drop out of canter. My instructor would say I was not using my seat.


      I used to lie in the caravan at night and try and remember the competitions and trophies I had won and not cry.

      I did not pick up a whip. I do not wear spurs. When she dropped out of trot I would reach down and stroke her on the neck and say out loud to her. Thank you Vinnie for telling me I am not using my seat. I will try again.

      On the day after I honestly didn't feel that I was riding any differently but Vinnie stayed in trot and canter.

      My instructor came to me and told me to get on Bravo. He had had a grass seed in his mouth. We don't want him going up and over backwards on a customer did we?

      I hopped on Bravo IN A SNAFFLE BRIDLE and WOW he was so light and forward. I put on a wrong aid and he started doing a canter pirouette. Riding a trained horse when you are not up to their standard is like putting both hands on a keyboard for a computer! I was so surprised I dropped my aides. I was having a blast but hopped off so he could go into the lesson.

      I took him back to untack after the lesson and asked how was he?

      He is so big and clunky and slow......

      As I said I did not FEEL like I was riding differently.

      It took that long for my core muscles to kick in and as I said before this I thought I had trained horses with my seat and I was having lessons every morning and working as a trail ride guide taking out 5 hour rides a day in a dressage saddle.

      It is much easier to do pilates!!!

      It was coming home and riding the horses I used to ride beforehand who told me how differently I was riding. I still to this day see it as Horse Magic.

      Thank you so much for your stories. They made me feel much better. I feel like an absolute beginner. My thoroughbreds were so good! They weren't spooky, they went forward, they didn't stop, they told me where the distance was to a jump. But two of the three were stiff and hard to ride on the flat. They didn't pull as hard as some warmbloods I've ridden, but they knew how to lock a jaw, that's for sure. My third TB, I didn't get until he was about 21. He was amazing on the flat. He was a rescue, but came with his papers, and we were able to see all of the ownership transfers. I tracked down his first owner off the track, and it turns out he was an amazing A/A and A/O hunter from Colorado who won all over the place with this owner. She said he had always been smart and fairly easy to train. He was one of those horses that just knew. And this horse was sturdy and sound enough to jump 2'6" into his mid-20s!

      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- great pics! I forgot you rode a lot of TBs.


        • TC: I grew up riding OTTBs out of Del Mar in lesson programs and working with them in therapeutic horsemanship programs. I always thought I would end up getting a big ol' draft or a QH as my first horse someday, but I'm starting to lean back toward TB. They're so pretty and fun to ride! I'm following a bunch of TB makeover pages on Facebook. It's dangerous! (Your blog has also contributed to this, and I've been reading back through your posts - I love it!)


          Lesson 2/3 down! I rode the OTTB again, and we had a MUCH better lesson. So good, my instructor was like, wow what did you do in your lesson (with other trainer)?! It's really interesting taking lessons with two different trainers who specialize in different disciplines (dressage vs. jumpers) because they take different approaches to exercises and teaching in general. The biggest difference for me is that the jumper trainer focuses a lot on body position and the dressage trainer is much more focused on rhythm and balance. For me, I think the dressage trainer's method might work better because when I'm trying to work on something, if I hear "heels down, leg back, shoulders back, elbows back...", I get overwhelmed and pretty much lose everything I'm trying to focus on. I even found that it happens when I get a compliment. If my trainer says something like, your legs look great! I immediately focus on my legs and lose what I was supposed to be doing. If anyone has any tips on focus and task compartmentalization, I'd love to hear them.

          Otherwise, I feel really great about the lesson and this week in general. One more to go tonight!


          • Hope you're all doing well. We're pretty much swimming here with all the rain. I'm really getting tired of it. Nothing like getting a new toy (Surge) and not being able to play with it because of the weather!

            The new boy is settling in quite nicely, though. His temperament is actually much better than I thought it was going to be just in handling him. In KY when we saw him, he was bitey, and he sort of weaved in his stall and hated to be brushed, etc. He's much better now. Not sure if he was just riled up over there, or if the castration helped. Maybe he was just being a typical stallion and now he's settling down. I'm really happy, whatever it is.
            My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


            • Okay, here is my first attempts at a blog. Not super fancy, but I will chronicle Surge's progress here.
              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


              • Paradox - Your blog looks great! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to following your journey =)


                • PF- love the blog!


                  • Thanks, TC and ĺucky. I'm glad you are able to view it. I wasn't sure I was doing it correctly.
                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                    • I enjoyed your blog, PF! Keep it up. The pics are great, too. I didn't realize from the other pics you shared that he was so thin. Hope you can fatten him up without too much trouble. But what a temperament! Such a sweetheart.
                      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


                      • Yeah, Dewey, in some pics he looks nice,, he needs some meat on his skinny bones! I am wondering if it is because he was raced quite a bit at the end of 2019.

                        December 6
                        November 10
                        October 21
                        September 29
                        September 22
                        (and it goes on)

                        We'll get there. But he's been a good boy so far even with the rain and being stuck in his stall. His biggest issue right now is that we have stalls that they have to step over a board to get in. We were always planning to put concrete in the aisle, yet haven't done it yet. So they have to step up. Well, he's not a fan yet. And stepping OUT of the stall is even trickier for him. He's the first horse I've had here who hasn't figured it out quickly. But he's sweet, and he'll figure it out. Thanks!

                        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                        • PF- we have step-over boards as well. Lazy Pony doesn't always like to pick up her feet, hopefully Surge is a quick study. Does he watch the others walk in to their stalls? Is he the cuddly sort? You deserve one after TBG.


                          • Whew, ok I finished lesson 3/3 this week. I was back on the QH and did not forget my whip this time (thankfully) although I lost a glove on the way down to the arena (grr). Someone found it and put it in the barn for me, but it's no fun to ride without gloves especially in the cold. Anyway, my lesson was alright, mostly focused on serpentines. For some reason, I seemingly had no balance. I'm not sure what was going on. Maybe I was just tired from all the riding and travel and it finally caught up with me? I need to up my core work next week... because I'm off again for the weekend. How is this month already halfway over?!


                            • Rider your balance comes from your position. Your position starts with your foundation. So think down with your legs and heels first, then up with your tummy and shoulders. Look at the horizon with your eyes.

                              How often do you half halt?

                              Every time you half halt your horse, do a position check on yourself!

                              We have had rain too, PF. It looks like the drought has broken. The dam and the Lagoon will now be full.

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


                              • Sitting in a deposition today and during a lull while the witness was reviewing a document, I quickly checked emails. One started, "Congratulations! Your application to compete in the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover HAS BEEN ACCEPTED! You are one of over 600 talented and diverse trainers who will acquire and train a Thoroughbred to show the world what an ex-racehorse can do."

                                So excited.

                                My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                                • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                  Sitting in a deposition today and during a lull while the witness was reviewing a document, I quickly checked emails. One started, "Congratulations! Your application to compete in the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover HAS BEEN ACCEPTED! You are one of over 600 talented and diverse trainers who will acquire and train a Thoroughbred to show the world what an ex-racehorse can do."

                                  So excited.
                                  Congratulations! I've been watching your thread on Surge and had my fingers crossed for you and the handsome guy!
                                  "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


                                  • Chestnutmarebeware, thank you SO much! Can't wait to get started.
                                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                                    • PF- congrats! what a way to start the weekend.

                                      Planning to ride/work Pony Sunday- here's to clear weather and an even clearer head so we can do.the.things.


                                      • PF- Whoo Hoo, congratulations on your acceptance to the TB Makeover. Let the adventure begin with your lovely Surge.

                                        A big Happy Birthday to Cupid from fellow birthday boy Milo. Milo celebrated by munching the 3 C's - carrots, cookies (lemon snaps) and candy(starlight mints). He also stole one of the dog training treats that I found in my pocket and set out for the barn cats. He was highly offended, seems he is not a fan of beef flavor. Serves him right for surfing in the tack box.

                                        Hope Cupid enjoyed his day and treats.


                                        • Thank, all! I think it will be a fun year. Now I just have to wait for Surge's surgery restrictions to pass. We were to wait five weeks before he returns to normal work. But it's cold and went anyway, so it's okay. But he's settling in nicely, which I am happy about.

                                          Happy Birthday Cupid and Milo!
                                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: