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  • Thanks, Austen. I am safe! Lucky?

    The tornadoes hit hard right where my last farm is. We still don't know all the damage in the area. My good friend's niece's school was flattened. Another friend without power. I drove this morning to Dayton, TN for work, so I haven't been able to check in with all the folks I know in the area.

    Hard to believe how fickle Mother Nature is. I took these photos during my drive within the last hour.

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    My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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    • I touched base with lucky. She is fine. They were without power, though.
      My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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      • PF - glad all is (mostly) well. And thanks for checking on Lucky! My niece lives in Nashville proper and she did have the presence of mind to use the Facebook check in for all of us so we knew she was ok too. So scary when they hit in the middle of the night!

        I need to do a little catching up. Time in Wellyworld passes quickly!

        Faye - you have taken on so many challenges in your lessons lately and come through with flying colors! Yay you! I think this trainer knows you rise to the occasion so is confident in your ability to ride through “some stuff”. I see your confidence in yourself growing too!

        Rider - had a friend who tried a gaited horse once, quite a different ride. It didn’t work out for her. The right one will come along for you. Don’t rush it as long as you have opportunities to ride a variety of horses. You’ll know the right one when it happens.

        Dewey - a little belated but I’m glad Sky is doing well. It’s not fun when something like that goes through the barn!

        Let’s see, we’re on to Week 9 down here. Time flies! DD showed the hunters week 7 and got a lovely third over fences with my almost 18 year old G. (2’6” low adult hunters). Then got a fourth in the flat class with Lucy against some very nice horses (and riders). She was supposed to show last week but Penny got a little sore with a slight shoeing change so we’re holding off for a bit. And Ollie had a pretty bad case of thrush but he should go this week. Did I mention we now fully own Ollie? You know, when you’re not even looking..... We think he’ll enjoy his new career as a hunter! (And I was able to tell DH I was only buy half a horse.)

        Welcome to the newest Re-riders! Will try to catch up with all of you!

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        • Hope everyone is ok after the storms! Absolutely wild.

          Faye: Disclaimer - not an expert on gaited horses! However, from what I understand, gaited horses are intended to be more pleasant to ride over long distances/periods of time, so they have additional gaits at the walk/trot that are less bouncy, i.e., less suspension. I don't think there is anything too special needed to ride a gaited horse, but it's a little trickier for a beginner like me to handle when I am still working on normal WTC transitions.

          I love hearing about your lessons!! I used to (maybe still do?) like them big. I learned to ride on a huge OTTB named "Biggun", followed up by a big draft cross. I totally get the lesson gap - six days must feel like forever! I have four days and it feels so long. I keep making the mistake of joining horsey groups on Facebook and watching the available horses pop up...

          Suzie: That's a good point! I was paying more attention to that recently, and I think it's mostly the younger instructor who does it, so it's probably an experience thing. Now that you've said it, that's actually helped me understand what I'm doing a little bit.

          I also think you're right that I have a lot of things to think about at once, again with the younger instructor. I think I observed a while back that the younger instructor is a bit more detail-oriented so I get a lot of corrections and the other instructor is more big picture-oriented and less corrective of small stuff. I suspect that has to do with what you're saying.

          Lost: I know, I'm trying to be patient. It is a good experience to get to ride everything. I don't think gaited is for me, unless it's just for pleasure. I also don't think mares are for me either! I've never been able to form any sort of connection with one, which I guess makes sense because I otherwise surround myself with male animals. I was reading an old COTH post about ISO ads, and there was the funniest bit about preferring "consistently dumb" geldings to mares. I loved it. 😂 Sounds like you're having a great time! I would love to come watch for a week or two one year.

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          Biggest news is that bf and I are going to Tryon for a long weekend in April! I'm not sure he is fully aware of what he signed up for, but I tried to pick the most exciting spring weekend for him. Hopefully if he likes it/survives, we'll go back during the summer since it's only about 3 hours from us.

          Lesson on Sunday was good - the arena was finally somewhat dry, so I got to ride in the uncovered. We did lateral work on the OTTB, and I felt pretty good about how I was doing - and got some compliments about being quiet and having excellent timing! Not sure what happened from my poorly timed previous week, but I'll take it.

          Leasing update: Buckskin did not make it to the barn last week because another horse had a medical emergency. They are going to wait that horse out to see what happens before bringing another horse in, so no updates on that front yet.

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          • Lost- glad the shows are going well, and super exciting about owning 1/2 a horse

            Rider- hopefully Buckskin will arrive soon. Never been to Tryon- I look forward to hearing your report.

            We lost power 12:45 Monday and just got it back. Several schools were leveled, businesses too. I have friends that have lost everything. I just can't get my head around the devastation. Very thankful it hit when it did, otherwise casualties would be overwhelming.

            One funny story- when we went to our "safe place", aka the master closet, Lucky (pit mix) was thrilled with the party that was the closet. Mav, (lab/beagle) however refused to leave the bed. I didn't have time to grab a leash so I used my sports bra. He will go with anything around at least the top of his neck

            Poor Fab- she had power, however the wind moved the outside panel arena into the front yard enough that the front pasture horses were chilling in her yard. Thankfully the whole area is gated and she rounded them up quickly.

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            • Lucky/PF: So glad you both are doing okay!! Lucky, no power sucks, sports bra as leash will need a picture to proof!!

              Rider: Folks here know that i use to have this love of my life horse Bobby, 17.3H giant that sorta taught me how to jump, bless his heart. It was like a full body work out to keep him going! I am use to riding smaller horses, so riding Mr. Giant was a change for sure, but mainly, the stops is a little bit of a challenge for me, but it did teach me to sit up tall, shoulders back and leg on!
              Have fun in Tyron and report back! Also can't wait to hear about buckskin!

              Lost: Time flies in Florida!! So great that you and DD are doing so well! Congrats on full ownership of Ollie! I'm starting to get them confused and need a re-orientation!

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              Lesson is tomorrow , it's a long gap in between!!

              How are you guys dealing with the COVID19? Are you on the "its just another flu" camp or "it's gonna kill us all" camp? Hopefully somewhere in between?

              I know this can go south fast, but i'm not super concerned. What worries me the most is the amount of travel my team does, so we are on planes all the time, and in and out of hospitals. Sr leadership and HR is not helping, they are just saying risk is low, you can catch the flu just as likely blah blah blah and meanwhile i'm getting emails from my team telling me how other groups are cancelling attendance to xyz meeting etc.

              So much stress around this.

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              • Lucky: Oh my goodness, dogs are so funny! Glad he was able to lighten the mood a little...

                Faye: Wow, that is a lot of horse! I imagine going to, well, any other size must feel a lot smaller/different, haha. As far the virus panic, I'm concerned but not frenzied. Maybe I don't know enough to be really afraid, but I have no big trips planned, I work from home 100% of the time, and I live (almost) in the country outside of a non-major city. If I was back living in LA again 1.5 miles from LAX? I would probably have some more concerns. I would be a little worried if your company isn't responding, and it sounds like you travel so much - my company, again fully remote - already sent out a "you don't have to travel if you don't want to" memo. Maybe time to invest in one of those fancy masks? (ETA: After PF posted, I googled and saw that today there was a confirmed case in the county next to mine in NC. Joy.)

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                I had a lesson yesterday, and the weather was nice so we went into the uncovered arena to do some poles and cavaletti. My turns weren't great, so we ended up doing more bending practice, which I think is finally starting to make more intuitive sense to me.

                Literally right after I posted earlier this week I got a text from my trainer that buckskin IS coming this week after all. I would be super excited if he was here for my Sunday lesson, but we'll see.

                Bf has also been talking about how much he likes ponies and how I should get a pony (note that he has not ridden or interacted with any ponies before), so I found a volunteer opportunity for us to man a miniature horse grooming station. Will report back on his enthusiasm toward "ponies" after said event. 😂

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                • Faye, we just had our first case announced in TN today. One county over. Scary. Personally, I am washing ny hands a LOT and using lots of sanitizer. I will stay home whenever possible till we know more. But it will be everywhere soon.
                  My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                  • Faye- We just had a conference call about it, and how to protect ourselves and our residents. Do you have to take any special precautions working in peds? I don't think we have anything out of the ordinary to do for our seniors.

                    I just got pics from Fab- a friend had their barn totally wrecked- boarding barn at that. Covered arena and barn are total losses, with all horses accounted for with only minor scratches. Interestingly enough, the driveway forks- one way is the barn, the other is a separate dog boarding/grooming place that was unharmed.

                    Hoping to work Pony Sunday, however work is getting crazy. I'm helping out at my one place all weekend and next week in addition to the regular place- their normal therapist had a horrible tragedy. Her mom died unexpectedly and so she's out for who knows how long.

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                    • Rider - fingers crossed for the buckskin! I hope it’s a good fit. Nice that bf is getting interested. Good luck with the grooming station! All the minis I’ve ever known are evil! (Mother/son that lived at my barn.) Stinking cute but just looking to bite you the minute you turned your back. Enjoy Tryon. We went for the first time in 2018 when they were starting construction for the WEG. Very nice facility (sort of a medium Wellington since it’s the same company). Very well run. Sort of in the middle of nowhere although I think there are more hotel options since the WEG.

                      Faye - the thing about big horses is that you can’t let them know they’re big! G is 17.1 but doesn’t ride that big. My 5 year old is probably 17.3 (we haven’t put a stick on her because we don’t really want to know!). She can be a little intimidating in hand (we’re working on that) but under saddle she’s well behaved. I guess big horses are my “type”. (Current herd is holding at - gulp - 8. How did that happen?!?)

                      Re: the virus, I’m a newshound so I read just about everything. Being informed (but not panicked! - chose your news source wisely), I think is the first line of defense. DH’s company has advised against non-essential travel. (DD’s boss said she didn’t have to fly up to PA this month as planned). And of course caution is prudent. We’re scheduled to go to London in mid-April. I’m hoping the virus is not an issue by then.

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                      • Hi all!
                        I think I was part of this thread several hundred pages ago...

                        Life happened, and after leasing my horse out for about 3 years, I finally sold him to his leaser last year and have officially been horseless since then. Funny how as soon as I sold him I realized just how much I missed riding.

                        I found a great barn through a mutual friend to take weekly lessons throughout last spring, summer, and fall. I really lucked out, as the barn is a show barn and not a lesson barn, so I got to ride some really truly amazing horses.

                        Right before Thanksgiving this past year, my husband and I made an impromptu decision to sell our house and move closer to work and to an area with some more options for barns and riding, with the goal being that eventually I'll be able to purchase another horse. What I didn't realize is how hard it would be to find a barn with quality school horses...I was quite spoiled at the barn I've been riding at!

                        After a lot of searching, a few weeks ago I finally found a barn that has what I'm looking for...a Adult Ammy friendly atmosphere, great quality lesson horses, and interesting and challenging instruction! Now that I'm riding more regularly and have dipped my toes back in the water, I'm driving my husband crazy sending him photos of horses I want to buy, but I've agreed to wait another year to purchase. Now we'll see if weekly lessons will be enough to hold me over until then!
                        My CANTER cutie Chip and IHSA shows!
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                        • Max, welcome back. Glad you are getting some good riding time in at a place your feel comfortable!
                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                          • Max: welcome back!! I sold mine last year and it was a huge relieve mentally for me. I am now riding in a not quite show barn, but not a lesson barn. They have a small lesson program but mostly ammy that begs the trainer to jump 3 fences at a time :P

                            Lucky: Nothing specific re: Peds. I'll let you know as i have a new case and will be in Seattle soon (the area where like 10 people died). What's making me upset is my boss's attitude. She normally is super reasonable, but she sort of think that we are making a big deal out of things. I think it is reasonable for my team to be concern, its not like they are asking not to travel at all. I think some of the conferences will be canceled.

                            *****
                            I am super happy with Mr. Giant. Not gonna lie, i wanted to throw up when trainer put the jumps to 2"6, with a really wide looking oxer (I'm sure it was normal, but i got the nerves today), plus , wind. the trees were waving like mad and i was a little worried. Mr Giant though, didn't care. I can't remember the last time I jumped a line from a vertical out to an oxer. My two lesson mates had refusals at the oxer, for different reasons. At that time, i was ready to puke. Doesn't help that Mr. Giant does not stand still waiting for his turn, so he's wanting to back into things, i can't walk the rail because another group was doing flat lesson on the rail. I have to say though, Mr. Giant packed me through the course like a champ! SUPER FUN!!

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                            • What a great lesson report, Faye. Glad you aced it! Sounds like MG is trusting you now.

                              I worry about folks who don't think this virus is a big deal. There are actually folks out there that still think this is a hoax. I don't get it. Stay safe!
                              My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                              • PF: I told HR one of our team member has an immunocompromised husband and she is worried, I think she just wants reassurance that the company is monitoring things. The HR lady said “I don’t mean to be insensitive but she is traveling now, now is it different with Covid19?

                                Also I’ve lost faith in CDC, we had a month to get prepared but they didn’t. Not testing people will of course make the confirmed cases less. Masks are useful , I get it that we don’t hoard them so the health care providers have enough supply but don’t lie and say they don’t work. They don’t work 100-% but they do work

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                                • Rider it is said that men like mares. Women like geldings. Mares are a whole horse like a stallion and they do change when in season and when a mare bonds with you it can be special. But geldings can bond as well.

                                  The problem with ponies of course is the laminitis problem, but other than that, recently in posts people have said how lovely the 17hh horses are. That is because you cannot manhandle a large horse, so they are taught. Ponies can learn that strength wins.

                                  Because they can be owned by people who think it is easier to have 4 guys pick up the pony and put it on the float instead of shock horror training it to walk on the float itself.

                                  Ridiculous panic buying has started here. Toilet paper has taken a real hit. People buying trolley loads of it and nothing else in the trolleys. People putting it on ebay for high prices.

                                  There is no shortage of toilet paper. Just that people are buying it faster than the stores can restock it. They have restricted to 4 packets of toilet paper but that doesn't really stop people as they can go in again or go to a different store.

                                  The carparks are ridiculous, the supermarkets are so busy. People have years worth of toilet paper in their trolleys. I will admit I did laugh when a truck carrying toilet paper caught on fire. They did save half the load.

                                  A doctor in an interview said that only very expensive masks will help. Ordinary masks will only help a bit if the person with it wear it. For the rest the virus can sit on the outside of the mask and you can breathe it in.

                                  I have also been told that hand sanitizers are running off the shelves. The hand sanitizers are antibacterial NOT antiviral, so using them will not stop the virus. Washing your hands is better.

                                  I have started doing audits in supermarkets. I was supposed to do Thursday, Friday last week. A text at 4.30pm to stop doing audits until after the 10th. So now I am doing them Thursday/Friday this week. I don't think that will do much to stop the virus, but the supermarkets might be a bit quieter if the panic buyers start staying home.
                                  It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                  • Re; Masks -- They are not 100% effective but when everyone has one, we are *all* better off. With Covid19 so infectious and also many asymptomatic, it will help spreading it to others.

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                                    • Originally posted by Faye View Post
                                      Re; Masks -- They are not 100% effective but when everyone has one, we are *all* better off. With Covid19 so infectious and also many asymptomatic, it will help spreading it to others.
                                      Yes everyone meaning the one that has the virus is wearing it. One person with it not wearing it will stuff it for the rest of us.
                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                      • Are you all calling it Covid19? We call it Corona Virus.
                                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                                        • Suzie- Covid19 is the official name.

                                          Faye- That is frustrating. I would think with your patient population and mine, we have two of the most vulnerable groups. I love your lesson report. I'm glad MG is turning into such a good partner for you. Does he get antsy on the flat, or does he just love to jump?

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