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  • Thank you!
    The dude abides ...

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    • Opus, "we", as in the boarders and whoever else wants in, usually put $ in a pot, either for something specific of just give cash to go toward something she wants. One year, it was $ toward new boots.

      Pony4me - Way to go!!!

      Opus - I suspect you and I are sort of neighbors - I am in N Fl too, but Jax way.
      And nothing bad happened!

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      • Paradox, I ride at Hunter's Court, and have one lesson a week with Matt, and one with Amy. That way, I'm equally comfortable with each of them, at a lesson, or at a local show. Occasionally, I take a lesson with David, but not very often. And now that we're over this long, complicated rehab period, I probably should start using my horse's real name, which is Snickers. White Chocolate is his show name.
        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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        • -- I'd thought about a money pot to get one gift, but I'm not sure what everyone else is doing and I don't want to put anyone on the spot.

          -- Yep, yep. T'hassee area. Of course, I live and work in Ga., but you know how it goes when you live close to the border.
          The dude abides ...

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          • Originally posted by Opus1 View Post
            -- I'd thought about a money pot to get one gift, but I'm not sure what everyone else is doing and I don't want to put anyone on the spot.

            -- Yep, yep. T'hassee area. Of course, I live and work in Ga., but you know how it goes when you live close to the border.
            I think you can do the money pot without putting anyone on the spot. Ask around what others are planning; suggest a few ideas that you could pool together for. Let people donate whatever amount is within their means. This worked really well at my barn: we got the BO a vacation instead of all getting random little gifts that would be forgotten about in less than a month. This became a tradition (except the one year my friends and I got her a winter jacket with her name and the farms embroidered on it as well) which was great because everyone knew what to expect & was happy to participate.
            "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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            • jaslyn, we do that too. Not everyone does it. I usually go in with the IEA team. This year, I'm going to suggest we chip in for a new video camera.
              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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              • Slighty off topic.. or fully off topic.. I took my dog to the vet yesterday after I tried to tend to what I thought was a simple abcess on his L hind foot. I did what every horse person would have done epson salts 20minutes then wrapped with icthmaol rinse repeat for a week. Then toss in sugardine when it appeared not to work. I took him to the vet becase he went off his food ( there is a reason his name is pig) and he dropped weight. 65lbs to 35lbs is just 4 days.
                It is my fault that I did not see something sooner as my health... I should have seen it sooner... /the vet said it might be CANCER... When he said that word I lost it... The vet however is open to the infection opition so he is give 10 days of antibot and steroids. So if I don't make it out to the barn in the next 10 days....
                It is all my fault. If I was not so wraped up in my health I would have cought on to the changes. I should have notied him pulling out fur. I should have noticed the weight loss.. I should have noticed all of it and I didn't ...
                if you could spare some jingles for him I'd appecerate it...
                Friend of bar .ka

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                • Jingles for you and your pup, Bumknees. Please don't beat yourself up over this! It is not all your fault! Sometimes things happen with our pets so quickly. You did what anyone of us would have done prior to the trip to the vet!

                  Big hug for you!!!
                  And nothing bad happened!

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                  • pony4me - YAY!!! I bet you were grinning from ear to ear with every regular, solid step!!!

                    Bumknees - ditto what Jaslyn1701 said: Don't beat yourself up over this. AND cancer is NOT necessarily the end of everything. Keep calm and panic if and only if there ends up being something to panic about. Let the vet do the worrying...you spend your energies loving on that fur baby!!! Jingles, and more jingles!!

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                    • Bumknees, don't give up hope yet...a really bad infection can cause a dog to drop weight and lose condition. I hope the antibiotics work. While I don't mind at-home remedies, if things don't look better in a week, I always tell people to get to a vet. Skin things are especially tough -- some things are not what they appear. Jingles for your dog and hope that it's just a really bad infection, or even osteomyelitis. Treat for the treatable and let the rest be as it may.

                      Opus1 -- I love your description of your "lesson." Sometimes that's what you need!

                      Congrats on the soundness issue, Pony4me! That's fantastic. I bet your horse was happy to get out too, pain-free!

                      Tarheel- I also do a similar thing. Some group lessons, some private. I wish there were more people my ability to do group lessons with, but any group lesson has some value. It's a combination of my variable schedule and that of the people that lesson frequently.

                      That's a good question...for you adults who take group lessons, are your co-riders pretty well matched in ability? Or do you get thrown in a group where you find that you're dong more or less than the other riders?

                      Update from the horse hunting...I financially am in a better spot, and I have a few prospects this week! I am hoping to go see 2 WBs on a long trip next week, and there are a few TBs that are also promising locally too if those WBs don't work out. It's exciting! I feel like I'm getting closer... I just hope they don't get sold out from under me, but if they do, c'est la vie. Sometimes I feel like I'm getting guilted into getting something that's beyond my comfort level because it's a nicer horse and I'm silly not to take a deal, but I honestly want to be able to enjoy myself and not get killed in the process at the end of the day.

                      I've been riding my trainer's adorable Welsh pony recently. He's SO stinking cute and athletic. We jumped almost everything in the jumper ring yesterday, including scary liverpools, gates, rolltops, and oxers! He is so brave and showing great promise. We ended jumping a 2'9" scary bright jump with no hesitation or refusals! Now we're just working on more miles for him, lead changes, and trying to make him into the pony hunter we all know he is It's really good for me too, since he's coming 7 and still very green. I'm looking to buy a green horse, so I need to learn how to handle their antics and be adaptable. It's also a lot less threatening on a pony than a 16.3 WB!

                      On an off-topic note, my aunt is doing a lot better. Not life-threatening at this point, but not out of the woods. It's going to be a lonnnnng recovery. And my refrigerator/freezer broke the night before last. NOT FUN!
                      Last edited by Pancakes; Dec. 6, 2012, 12:15 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by bumknees View Post
                        if you could spare some jingles for him I'd appecerate it...
                        Jingles for your dog, bumknees. And please, please don't beat yourself up over it!
                        The dude abides ...

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                        • Bumknees - I'm so sorry to hear about your dog, hang in there, and don't beat yourself up. Try not to jump right to worst case scenario either, though we all know how tough that is.

                          Pancakes - how exciting about the horse hunting! I really, really hope to be in your position in the not to distant future. Don't get discouraged though, it took us nearly a year to find my first pony. And your welsh lesson pony sounds super cool, I <3 the littler guys.

                          Had a super ride this morning, again! It was beautiful weather & the BO let me know what time she was riding so it was nice to have company. Luckily its a bit cooler so poor pony isn't sweating quite so much. He's being soooo good though, I'm seeing improvement every ride in both of us.

                          https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...30985784_n.jpg this is an FB link so I really hope it works. Ignoring the fact my leg is on its way to the moon, how adorable is the oversized pony?!!! I love how much effort he puts into cross rails. WHEEEEEE! lol
                          "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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                          • It sounds to me as if you did everything that a normal caring dog-owner would have done. We can't second-guess everything, and most of us have had the experience of dogs coming back from the vet's office having picked up some virus or other from another dog in the waiting room, so many of us are very cautious about running to the vet.

                            Your vet sounds sensible, and maybe the 10 days will prove that it was a simple infection after all. I hope so.

                            Cancer is a scary word and yes, it's one of the first things you suspect when a human or animal suddenly loses a lot of weight. But your dog dropped weight SO quickly - four days??? That's NOT a long time; you didn't do anything wrong!

                            No matter how attentive we are or how much we love our animals, we cannot notice every change instantly. Please don't waste any psychic energy blaming yourself - take care of your dog! And also please take care of yourself, because if you're upset and angry, your dog has no way of knowing that you're not upset or angry at him. For his sake, try to be at peace with yourself.

                            I've added three curb chains to the wreath on my door, so you'll get serious jingles whenever anyone goes in or out (which is pretty much from six in the morning until ten at night).
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                            • bumknees -- seriously, you don't need to beat yourself up. Our pets can go downhill very quickly, and you were doing everything you could to help him at home. As soon as you realized that wasn't working, you took him to the vet. There is no reason to torture yourself. Jingles that the antibiotics do the trick.

                              Pancakes -- all great news, except for your freezer! Good luck on your shopping expedition. So exciting!

                              Glad for everyone who has had good rides recently. The weather is supposed to be pretty good here this weekend, so I am looking forward to horse time! I need to pull Tajar's mane - he looks a little disheveled right now.

                              Oh, and I guess I need to start a "yay, Dover" thread on Off Course. I generally don't buy from Dover by mail because of the shipping charges, but we have a Dover not far from me, so I do get stuff from there that requires lots of trying on, etc. I got my helmet there, and some boots. Well, I noticed on Sunday that the stitching on the cap toe of the left boot was coming undone. I've not worn these boots very often (I'm a bit of a field boot junkie, so I have a few pair that I rotate), and I got them 9 months ago. So, I dug out my receipt and brought them to Dover, and asked them to send them back to Ariat to see if Ariat would fix them. The manager at Dover just said "don't worry about going through all of that, we'll just give you a new pair." I told her I did not expect that, but she said no problem. So, off I went with me new boots. The only bummer is that now I need to break them in The other pair were at the point where they fit like gloves.
                              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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                              • Hi, everyone--just a quick check-in--

                                Bumknees, I am jingling for your puppy! I have an elderly, frail dog myself, so I know my time with him is precious and limited. I really feel for you. I am in total agreement with everyone else--you are not to blame, and you need to give yourself a break. You sound like a very conscientious dog owner to me. Give him lots of hugs, and please keep us posted.

                                Event4Life, I love the picture! More, more!

                                Pancakes, it's so nice to read cheerful words from you! May your horse search prove fruitful soon!

                                I had a lovely ride today. The weather is really nice, and Sky was so good! She jumped a short course and was so relaxed and lovely! She even did two perfect changes, one in each direction.
                                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 Dewey View Post
                                  Hi, everyone--just a quick check-in--


                                  Event4Life, I love the picture! More, more!
                                  Ask and you shall receive!...

                                  https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...78370733_n.jpg ....and this is why we'll never do the hunters! LOL And ugh I need a bigger saddle.

                                  https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...19704194_n.jpg so stikin' cute. I am so glad I found this horse :-D

                                  https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...97284005_n.jpg Whee!

                                  https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...62584597_n.jpg forgot my release but upper body and leg is better in this one

                                  Love this pony, & looking forward to an awesome winter and then hopefully spring of competing. Needless to say I also love North Carolina weather.
                                  "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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                                  • Jingling like crazy, Bumknees! Hoping your doggie is all better very soon, and that you get some much-needed saddle time.
                                    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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                                    • Jingles for your dog Bumknees.

                                      Way to go on the lead changes Dewey!

                                      Glad to hear your aunt is doing better Pancakes. And good luck with the horse search. We're all anxiously waiting to hear!

                                      Thanks for posting the pics Event. Very cute pony!

                                      Not much new up here. Weather has been really weird, freezing then warm then freezing again. Colic weather. So far we have been lucky. I have a brutal work schedule coming up this month so I had a lesson tonight because I could. We've been working on flatwork and eq for the last month. Tonight we got to jump a two foot vertical. I thought my horse was going to explode with happiness. He loves to jump and gives me the big eye-roll to heaven when we don't. Ahhhh, winter riding in Canada

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                                      • Event4Life - how close are you to the Piedmont? Or Suffering Pines? I've been toying w/the thought of hitting the Foundation....sometime...in the near-ish future!

                                        Love your horse! Adorbs!

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                                        • Originally posted by Finzean View Post
                                          Event4Life - how close are you to the Piedmont? Or Suffering Pines? I've been toying w/the thought of hitting the Foundation....sometime...in the near-ish future!

                                          Love your horse! Adorbs!
                                          Thanks He is pretty cute, and knows it too.

                                          I think the Foundation is the series we're aiming for. Is it a jumper series that starts in April around the Triangle Area? The pony is kept at a private place in Durham but we ride with True Flight Equine (they come to us). I don't know where Suffering Pines is....my geography of NC is not very good! lol
                                          "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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