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Can we have an adult re-rider support group?

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  • Good luck, Bumknees! Wishing you great weather and some helpful support for tacking up and getting you back in the saddle. If you lived near me, I'd take you to the barn and borrow a steady-Eddie lesson pony for you. Let us know how it goes.
    It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

    www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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    • Let me add my belated congratulations, Trevelyan, to everyone else's! That is a big milestone! Keep up the good work!

      Hazel and Tarheel, thanks for the reports. Winter can be a drag. I don't feel justified in complaining, but even here in south Georgia, we had a rainy, dark, chilly day yesterday. It brought back memories of November in New England. I did manage to get a ride in, though, and we did some gymnastics, which is always fun.

      I like the idea of Rolex, Hazel--when is it? I have never been to the KHP. Anyone else up for a re-riders field trip?
      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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      • Pancakes, check out this girl:

        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

        They call her bay, but IMO, she's a liver chestnut. I saw her posted in off-course, and when I clicked on her picture, I had to wipe the drool off the keyboard.

        I know she's far away, but maybe you can afford the shipping since the adoption fees at NV are quite reasonable--usually well under $1K.
        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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        • Oh Dewey, she's gorgeous!! And definitely a liver chestnut.
          Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors

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          • Dang, where is Pancakes??!!
            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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            • Bumknees- I so wish you lived closer, I'd come out and ride with you next weekend. And just for you, I rode in the "OMG I'm going to freeze" 46F cold last night. Took hours to get my hands and feet warm again!

              This is such a tough time of year. I think all of us have a lot of stress, and it tends to get worse around the holidays. I think we are all here to support each other and IMO venting is totally allowed! Sometimes you just need to. Heck at my work some of us watch trash TV at lunch as a mental reset. Today is one of those days, 10 AM and I am already dealing with an angry old man who would rather be nasty than listen and try to get help.

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              • Bumknees- I so wish you lived closer, I'd come out and ride with you next weekend. And just for you, I rode in the "OMG I'm going to freeze" 46F cold last night. Took hours to get my hands and feet warm again!

                This is such a tough time of year. I think all of us have a lot of stress, and it tends to get worse around the holidays. I think we are all here to support each other and IMO venting is totally allowed! Sometimes you just need to. Heck at my work some of us watch trash TV at lunch as a mental reset. Today is one of those days, 10 AM and I am already dealing with an angry old man who would rather be nasty than listen and try to get help.

                Oh, totally forgot to tell you all about my big fail last night! Trainer wants the little grey mare to use a bevel pad now and so I put that one top of my saddle pad. Tightened my girth before mounting, but didn't check it again after mounting. I was cantering around to the right and just felt all over the place and she felt strung out, etc. Had my friend AAHunter watch us and she noticed that my saddle pad and bevel pad had slipped almost all the way out from under my saddle. My girth was so loose I could stick my arm between it and the mare. Yikes!! Fixed that disaster and she was much better. I'm thinking I'm lucky my saddle didn't slid underneath her.
                Last edited by iechris; Nov. 16, 2012, 11:02 AM.

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                • Dewey, that horse is GORGEOUS. Wow.

                  Four more days till "cast off". . Tomorrow we're trailering my horse to my trainer and my DH will ride him in a lesson. Can't wait to see them together. DH hasn't jumped him in a while, so will be nice to see someone else jumping him.
                  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                  ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                  • New Technical Term for the Adult Re-Rider

                    Ladies and gents, I am proud to say that after almost 5 years of not riding, I've started riding again. I'm even doing a partial lease on a wonderful gelding who is just fantastic for what I need - steady, safe, trustworthy. All-in-all, a perfect horse to re-start riding on.

                    However, this past Wednesday I took my first "tumble" in over 5 years. For the stupidest reason, too. Walking back to the barn in the dark, someone was grazing their bay horse in a shadowy area. Horse was concerned, so I let him stop and take a look/listen. I should have just dismounted right then and there, so as not to put myself or him into a position where things could go awry....but I didn't. And apparently Bay Horse Grazing In The Dark (BHGITD) moved or grew fangs and hissed at my horse or something, because Horse dropped his shoulder and scooted out from under me. One second I'm on a horse, the next I'm on the ground.

                    I was amazed at how little it hurt to fall. I felt lucky that it seemed like I bounced just as well at 30 as I did at 20. In fact, the last time I fell (at age 25) seemed to hurt WAY worse (granted, I smacked my head on the ground and got stepped on).

                    Little did I know, the lack of immediate discomfort was due to a new phenomenon that I have now dubbed "A$$-Fat Reverb" or "AFR."

                    Turns out it's not that I bounce just like I did when I was 20....it's just that I have more FAT in my REAR AREA to absorb the shock.

                    Like, you know that scene in Jurassic Park where the glasses of water show the rings as the T-Rex approaches? AFR is similar, in that I'm pretty sure that's what my butt fat did when I landed. Didn't hurt at the time, but I'm pretty sore 2 days later.

                    So beware of AFR, my fellow adult re-riders.

                    Seriously, though - I'm glad to have gotten my first fall of my "new" riding career out of the way. Now I don't have to worry about when it's going to come or if all the bones in my body would simultaneously break upon impact with the ground. But I do think I have to come up with a cooler story about how it happened. The whole "I fell off from a standstill" is a little embarrassing.
                    Last edited by ybiaw; Nov. 16, 2012, 02:49 PM. Reason: grammatical corrections.
                    Adversity is the stone on which I sharpen my blade.

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                    • Aww..sorry to hear about your fall ybiaw. But glad you realized it wasn't horrible. That's a plus!
                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                      • It wasn't horrible. It was HILARIOUS!
                        Adversity is the stone on which I sharpen my blade.

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                        • Good attitude.
                          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                          • ROFL ybiaw!!! AFR is something to be very wary of!!!

                            Hey, don't feel too bad about your fall. My first fall as a re-rider was something just as stupid. I was on my saint of a gelding riding bareback in an indoor arena. We were at a very nice, relaxed walk, rounded a turn, and the lights from the indoor glinted off of a metal piece on the wall. The flash made him stop dead in his tracks... whilst I slid gracefully on down his left shoulder. hahaha!

                            Funniest part of mine was that I, not remembering to "just fall," held on for dear life with my arms around his neck and the heel of my right foot hooked on his withers. And he just stood there. While I hung off of him. Until I decided about 20 seconds later to slide off the rest of the way. Talk about saintly! Thank goodness for great-minded horses.
                            ~*~*~*~Founding member of the Spotted Saddlebred Pals Clique~*~*~*~

                            The equine love of my life: Gabriel
                            4/6/1993 - 8/23/2015 ...RIP my big, beautiful boy <3

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                            • ybiaw - had the exact same experience two weeks ago. I landed on my rear and got up unscathed. Then I realized ummm, yeah...saved by the junk in my trunk...I guess that's a good thing?

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                              • ybiaw - hysterical! Glad you have such a great sense of humor about it.

                                I will definitely be at Rolex - which is the last weekend of April. If anyone else decides to go, let me know so we can plan to meet up!
                                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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                                • I posted a few pages back about starting up again...

                                  I've found a horse to part-lease, and he's lovely :-D. He's a 15.2ish hh 11ish y/o Quarter Horse/Percheron cross. I've ridden him 3 times so far (including trying him). He's definitely going to teach me to be VERY correct in my seat as he's such a wiggle worm! Right now we're focussing on getting him between the aids, so I'm riding with a fairly long rein/little contact and lots of leg. Which is great because it reminds me to SIT BACK since as soon as I tip forward he goes forward/downhill!

                                  Anyway....so far its a story of my muscles remembering how to ride and feeling very lucky I have such a great horse to re teach myself on. I will be starting lessons next Sunday every other week so am looking forward to that as right now I don't feel comfortable jumping without an instructor present.

                                  I may try to make Rolex this year as I've never been & finally wont have any exams to study for!!
                                  Last edited by Event4Life; Nov. 17, 2012, 11:05 PM. Reason: spelling error
                                  "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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                                  • Congrats Event4Life! Can you post a picture of your new horse? Welcome back to re-riders club. We'll be happy to share the wine and Advil!

                                    Pancakes where are you? Are things ok?

                                    I think we should all try to meet at Rolex. We'll have to wear those dorky "hello my name is..." nametags with our screen names on them or we won't have any idea who anyone is!

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                                    • Originally posted by HazelG View Post
                                      Congrats Event4Life! Can you post a picture of your new horse? Welcome back to re-riders club. We'll be happy to share the wine and Advil!

                                      Pancakes where are you? Are things ok?

                                      I think we should all try to meet at Rolex. We'll have to wear those dorky "hello my name is..." nametags with our screen names on them or we won't have any idea who anyone is!
                                      The only pic I have so far is a not very exciting one of him grazing, after rolling, after I gave him a nice long grooming, typical gray horse :-P.....Hoping to get a friend out with a camera soon so pics to come!
                                      "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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                                      • Congrats on the lease Event4Life! It's always nice to have one that's "yours." And to those of you who've had a tumble and just gotten up and laughed...how on earth did you do it??? I would have been injured, bruised, scared and in the worst mood ever. Yes, I know it happens, and we just have to shake it off and get back on, but it gets harder as one gets older.

                                        Had a good lesson this morning on a schoolie I had not ridden since January. He was a good boy. I'd like to think that riding many different horses over the past year has been a big help to my riding. Even so, Mr. All Better is on full training board until 1/1/13 so the barn can deal with any happy bucks and feel-good shenanigans. As expected, the major vet visit was major, and the specialist recommended a change in shoeing, which was farrier was all in favor of. She said she's happy with the horse's recovery so far, but thought that we had not addressed some back and shoe issues that possibly, if left alone, could cause future lameness. Before Thursday's vet visit, the horse had cantered soundly two days in a row, without drugs, and without incident. We knew he'd be sound for Day1, but were all crossing our fingers and holding our breath for Day 2.

                                        Beautiful weather here today and tomorrow, and a short work week coming up. Happy riding to all!
                                        It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

                                        www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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                                        • Dewey, that horse is so gorgeous! I don't know how I feel about shipping a horse that far that may or may not work out, though... She is beautiful though, and very well put together.

                                          I'm actually going to look at a horse this week, I think. I am kind of halfhearted about it because I feel so out of sorts in general. Work has been terrible, my confidence at work/at home and in general is crap, and working overnights is causing the fading cough/illness to linger and make me physically feel ill. But this horse is a 6yr old 16.2h dark bay gelding that has a great mind and work ethic. They want more for him than I can spend, but the price is negotiable to a good home. So we'll see!

                                          My aunt makes some progress, and is nearly off all sedation, but today she suffered a setback and isn't as responsive as she used to be. They're doing brain scans today to see what the problem is.

                                          This whole month sucks. I just want to run to the barn and stay there with the horses cuddling them and my friends all day...but the real world begs attention too. I know things will get better eventually, but it's hard to not feel like you're stuck in the mud all the time.

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