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  • Dewey - love the pictures and you might as well jump 3' since your amazing mare is jumping that high anyway

    Love it!!!!
    Live in the sunshine.
    Swim in the sea.
    Drink the wild air.

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    • Quietann, so sorry to hear about Feronia!

      Let us know what the outcome is. I know you must be so worried.
      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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      • Thanks, doublesstable! I'm very, very proud of my girl!
        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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        • Dewey- your girl is adorable and what great knees!

          Quietann- hope it is nothing serious with your girl

          Bumknees- your typing is really getting better and better all the time!

          The little grey mare and I are having quite a partnership! I think my trainer is a bit surprised at how well we have been getting along. I'm back to jumping cross-rails and have been working on courses of poles at night with AAHunter. I finished up last weeks lesson by hand galloping around the ring!

          This past weekend I finally made it back down to the hunt I'm a member of. I only got down once last year due to sinus infections and dog shows. Had a great time but it was a bit sad as almost all my favorite hounds are retired. I need to get to know the first and second year hounds. I did have a great bonding session with one of the puppies, who is the son of one of my beloved retired hounds. Had a rough day a few weeks ago when I found out my absolute favorite hound was retiring. I had said I'd take him as a pet when he did, but he retired several years sooner than I expected and I still have his father who I am VERY happy to report is hale and hearty. Unfortunately that leaves no room for him currently. He will stay with the masters unless another home comes along.

          The horse I ride sometimes isn't quite back in work enough to hunt yet, so I wheel whipped, little white truck instead of little white horse. That is always a mix of a bit dull and a bit terrifying and I hit 45 on a dirt road trying to get around part of the fixture. Did get to take the little white horse on a solo trail ride after the hunt where he decided there were a lot of bears in the woods (he is a whips horse). We sang a bunch of songs but he liked my sorority drinking song the best! (Mary Margaret Truman- any Pi Phis?).

          Hope everyone had a great week and gets in a lot of riding. We are having warm and dry weather right now so great for riding!

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          • I am fairly new to this thread and read it more than I post. I've had my leased horse at a dressage barn the past month and a half, but it's not working out as I'd like. (See the thread gone wrong in the dressage forum!)

            I haven't been getting in as much riding due to getting two widsom teeth yanked on Friday. Grrrr.

            It sounds like some folks here had a good weekend, though, showing and hunting!

            Kick on!
            You hate that, don’t 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

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            • Just have to gush.

              Am really pinching myself. Just had our weekly lesson, and today we worked again in the field.

              Bagavond is regularly cantering with no bucking, no bad behavior, and just a great mindset. He's asked to canter, and voila, it is one!! (And is supposedly lovely - trainer said, "OK, Madison Square Garden -er, I guess National Horse Show - is just around the corner!")

              I know I've been repeating myself a bit lately, but after all we've been through this past year, including previous whacko BO and BT, and my trips towards the sky and back towards the ground, I wasn't sure we would ever really get there. I just keep smiling, and coming home on a cloud.

              Very appreciative for our lovely new barn owner and our visiting trainer. Plus the nice weather lately, and whatever good vibe is being passed around for those of us who are getting somewhere. (Although sorry about your horse, iechris, and your issues MrsFitzDarcy )

              But all I can say again today is "YAHOO!"
              (And if you're driving through Upstate New York near Rte 20, and ever notice some "older woman" kicking her heels and generally acting like she's gone off her rocker, that's me! )
              But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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              • Whee! Can officially join this group as I have finally found a horse to lesson on and lease....I guess I'm a re-rider, does 5 years mostly out of the saddle count??

                I'm just starting to love jumping again, so here's hoping for fun times ahead
                :-D. I lucked out and found a great trainer on the first try, and the horse I'm riding is such a confidence giver over fences. Flatwork is another story, but we're working on it!
                "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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                • Originally posted by doublesstable View Post
                  Dewey - love the pictures and you might as well jump 3' since your amazing mare is jumping that high anyway

                  Love it!!!!
                  When my coach saw the second picture (IMO the best one), she said, "We're going to have to photoshop in some more rails."
                  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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                  • iechris--Wow, sounds as if you're a hard-core hunter! I understood most of your post (my Pony Club days of learning hunting terminology are far behind me), and I certainly did get that you are enjoying your hunting! I love that you sang your sorority drinking song to your horse!

                    Mrs. FD--sorry things aren't working out at the dressage barn, and I'm very sorry about your teeth! Ow!

                    CVPeg--Woooo hooo! Great, great news!

                    Event4Life, of course you can join in! Welcome!
                    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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                    • Quietann what did the vet say?

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                      • hi everyone!

                        Very happy I found this thread... it's going to take me a couple of weeks to read the 107 pages but I hope you guys aren't too far from the original topic. I plan on starting "re-riding" within the next month, after a break of almost 10 years. I've been missing it so much but baby, work and divorce issues made it difficult to find time/money for anything... I've always stayed in touch with the horse world though, attending shows as a spectators and going to say hi to friends' horses regularly, grooming and spending time with them. That I really couldn't live without.
                        I'm doing much better, at least financially, so now is a good time to start riding again but I'm pretty anxious.... What if I don't remember how to ride??

                        note: oh and yeah, I do have a passion for saddles, thus the name. Even through my difficult years I couldn't part with mine. I just think they are fascinating pieces of leather work and I really like reading and learning about saddles and saddle fit. I can see I'm not the only saddle addict from all the threads here...

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                        • PassionforSaddles, we are not far from the original topic. We're all still re-riders, and we support each other. Welcome. It sounds as if you've been through some rough times as well as good ones, but getting back to the horses will help, I think.

                          Since you're interested in saddles, I'll share that I bought my current saddle in 1979 (used) and am still using it. Of course, it was in storage for about 20 years during that time, but I am sure it will outlive 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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                          • Originally posted by HazelG View Post
                            Quietann what did the vet say?
                            Still waiting on a definitive answer but I know she's on stall rest for at least a month
                            You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                            1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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                            • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                              PassionforSaddles, we are not far from the original topic. We're all still re-riders, and we support each other. Welcome. It sounds as if you've been through some rough times as well as good ones, but getting back to the horses will help, I think.

                              Since you're interested in saddles, I'll share that I bought my current saddle in 1979 (used) and am still using it. Of course, it was in storage for about 20 years during that time, but I am sure it will outlive me.
                              hehehe, thanks, mine is a Delgrange and has only spent 10 years in storage, a baby, kind-of Now let's see if my behind still fits in it... that's another story...

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                              • Wow, I am so far behind!!!!

                                PaintedHunter -- I am a potty mouth too, it's awful. Terrible habit, and I feel really bad on the rare occasion that a kid at the barn hears me Congrats on 3 feet -- I am so jealous!

                                Dewey -- the pictures of Sky are amazing!! Lots of air to spare, that's for sure!

                                Welcome to Event4Life, PassionForSaddles, and ballisticgirl.

                                ballisticgirl -- I would be seriously annoyed if a trainer told me I could not show my horse for a few years. Are you showing her at all (as in you do some classes that are in a lower division than your trainer shows your horse in)?

                                CVPeg -- so glad all is going so well at your new barn.

                                bumknees -- your typing is fabulous!!!! You must be making so much progress, that is awesome.

                                quietann -- so sorry to hear about Feronia -- is there another horse you can ride over the next month? I am jingling for a stone bruise!!!

                                I went a little crazy in the last couple of days! I just today bought a friend of mine's County Competitor dressage saddle (she was selling it because it does not fit her new horse). Tajar and I have done a couple of very low level combined tests, and they were a lot of fun -- I'd like to keep doing 2 or 3 a year. So, I figured I might as well start taking the dressage component seriously. Before I "test rode" the saddle last night, I had never ridden in a dressage saddle in my life. Holy smokes -- it's different!!! I think this dressage saddle will be a fun new toy, and it may help my perennial problem of leaning too far forward!!

                                Headed out of town this weekend. I hate to miss good riding weather, but my husband gave me my Christmas present early -- we are going to London to see the opening of the new James Bond movie! I am a little bit of a James Bond fanatic. It's just a quick trip - tomorrow through Sunday. I can't believe he planned the whole thing on his own, and kept it a surprise!

                                Hope everyone continues to have great rides, and that any and all injuries to horses and humans are on the mend!
                                Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson

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                                • Tarheel - swoon!
                                  Have a great time!
                                  (And what a catch of a DH you have!)
                                  But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                                  • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                                    When my coach saw the second picture (IMO the best one), she said, "We're going to have to photoshop in some more rails."
                                    Absolutely!!

                                    Originally posted by PassionForSaddles View Post
                                    hi everyone!

                                    note: oh and yeah, I do have a passion for saddles, thus the name. Even through my difficult years I couldn't part with mine. I just think they are fascinating pieces of leather work and I really like reading and learning about saddles and saddle fit. I can see I'm not the only saddle addict from all the threads here...
                                    Welcome, PFS! Yes, it's hard to stay away, no matter how long the break, right? As for saddles? My hand was forced into a Schleese for my current guy, but I've still got my 30 year old Prix Des Nations in a closet somewhere!

                                    My conundrum is saddle pads - all the pieces, configurations, and prices! $55 for limp, washable fleece?!? $150-300 for sheepskin (but then they're stuffed with cardboard?) There I pine for the good ole days!

                                    Originally posted by quietann View Post
                                    Still waiting on a definitive answer but I know she's on stall rest for at least a month
                                    So sorry, quietann - hope that's all it will take.
                                    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                                    • Latest news is... we still don't know what is wrong.

                                      Ultrasound showed normal suspensories... Her RF medial collateral ligament looked a little strange but the vet thinks it's an old, never-detected healed injury. After a night in her ginormous immobilizing standing bandage, she jogged a bit more sound yesterday. So current plan is to keep her on stall rest in the big bandage and recheck everything in a week. I'm also switching farriers, which is creating barn drama, but my vets and the current farrier don't get along. I trust the vets more than the farrier at this point, and agree with them that the hoof on the lame leg looks pretty funky.
                                      Last edited by quietann; Oct. 25, 2012, 12:25 PM.
                                      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                                      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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                                      • WOW, what a great thread. I was an adult rerider a couple of years ago but have never really had gotten my act together. I did for a while and then had a family so we had to start over again. I got a horse and we did okay until he got hurt then I spent the better part of three years trying to put him back together and never really got in the saddle much. Then I got a wonderful dressgae horse for myself. An ex-eventer who brought me back to life, I had forgotten how much I liked to ride! We had him only 18 months then lost him in a pasture accident. The hunt was on and we have now found another retired eventer and he is awesome.
                                        I love the stories and I can relate to a lot of them. Fortunately, I am now with a wonderful trainer and a new horse that I have to learn to trust.. I am a very nervous rider when I start out. We are progressing and doing well... My DD is even riding him! At the walk and trotting on a line but that is okay...
                                        Some people just do not get that the yellow stripe up my back is pretty wide and I work a lot so I am happy just spending time with my horse even if all we do is walk! I am not showing but I do want to learn to be a better rider. so if my trainer puts up with it and so does my horse who cares! There have been comments about showing but not for me...I am done with that...
                                        Thank for letting me in here
                                        Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
                                        Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
                                        "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"

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                                        • Me too, me too! About to start re-riding after working my a#% off during 6 years and having no time or money to ride! LOL

                                          btw, still riding in my old Bates, you know cause a saddle was just always out of my price range. But I guess not all Vuitton employees leave the factory with a V bag on their shoulder, right...
                                          Last edited by MILOUTE55; Oct. 26, 2012, 02:20 AM. Reason: original comment was too harsh on former employer


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