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  • Thanks, Tarheel & Paradox. I'll definitely pay attention to the zippers going all the way around. I want something more protective so will be going with fleece. I think I'll get a stubben saddle cover since it doesn't come with one.
    "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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    • Merry Christmas all. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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      • Thanks Paradox. Adding my wishes back to you and all my friends on this thread for a warm relaxing and happy holiday season. I hope you all enjoy a few moments of a soft velvety muzzle blowing warm Christmas wishes into your neck. I know I will be enjoying a bit of peppermint breath from my favourite four-leggers myself.

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        • So, the girl who rides my boy in her lessons is now half leasing him! Merry Christmas to me!!

          I'll do hunter equitation stuff with him this year, and she'll be doing dressage. Should work out really well, especially since I'll only be doing a show once a quarter, and we're both in the low levels of both.

          Merry Christmas, y'all! Hope it's a good one!
          The dude abides ...

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          • Well, been away from this thread for awhile. Trying hard to get a business up and going so not as tied to COTH as previously. But wanted to wish you all Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. All is well here, and with the horse. Hope you're all doing great and have a successful and happy New Year! Really have enjoyed hearing everyone's adventures, and appreciate all the support during the year.
            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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            • Merry Christmas to all. I have not been around as I have been sick with the flu. It was pretty horrible last week. I'm better now though still have an awful cough. I haven't been doing much except lying around. Christmas was pretty subdued at my house.

              I did get a new video camera for Christmas, so hope this year to have some good video of Sky to share with you all during the coming year.
              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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              • Sorry to hear you're under the weather, Dewey. My husband has been sick for over a week, and now I caught his bad cold, so I'm with you in spirit! Top that off with my broken ankle, and that gave us a very quiet Christmas.

                Can't wait to see your videos!
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                • Hope everyone has had a good holiday season! Happy holidays from Ollie:

                  Had a lesson last week, where I wanted to work on flying lead changes; I told my trainer that he'd been getting them about 1 time out of 20. We went into lead changes after a warm-up, and he immediately got the first one over a pole. Went on to go at least a dozen more, and there was only one he didn't get - and I suspect that one was my fault as I did not have the correct straightness going into the pole. Of course, he had to go and make a liar out of me when my trainer was there. We then moved on to do some gymnastics work, as he's been lazy with his hind end. He ducked out after the first crossrail in the line of four, as he looked down the line and saw OH MY GOD, JUMP TUNNEL OF DEATH. A little smack and he went into it again, and soon figured out that oh my gosh I have to MOVE my hind end to make this work. Light bulb!
                  Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors

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                  • Ollie looks so cute! Sounds like a very good lesson.
                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                    • I'm on Winter break from school for about a week and a half, so figured I would check in. I'm glad everyone seems to've had a good holiday!!!

                      Sorry, but I got so behind that I'm just going to reply to the last few posts...

                      Opus1 - Congrats on the half-lease! Sounds like a perfect situation for your boy - he'll be quite well-rounded.

                      CVPeg - Wow! Congrats and good luck with the business!!! I look forward to hearing more about it when you have the time.

                      Dewey & ParadoxFarm - I'm sending you healthy vibes from PA, hoping you get over the Winter Crud asap! My fiance is currently sick as a dog - hope I don't catch it.

                      PaintedHunter - That pic is too cute!!! Ollie's a cutie pie! Congrats on the great lesson, and congrats to Ollie for his fearless excursion through the Jump Tunnel of Death. What a brave soul.

                      I'm doing ok. Getting by. Had a great Christmas, but having some trouble dealing with the distance from my horses. I posted a thread in Hunter/Jumper about it - long story short, the boarding farm they're at is great in some ways, not so great in some others. BO is super sweet, but sometimes doesn't see eye-to-eye with me on their care, and since I only get out to see them once a week, sometimes things aren't being done the way I'd like. Add to that the fact that I simply MISS THEM all the time, and I want to move them closer to me. But, I'm trying to decide if that's the right thing to do or not. Plus, fiance and I are going to be building our own house/barn as soon as weather will permit (hoping to be in by end of Summer), so is a move (of the horses) really worth it? Bah - trying to wrap my head around my options and what the best solution is right now. It sucks, and it's tough to deal with. But at least I have my health, a great job, and a lovely fiance/family. Things could be a lot worse.
                      ~*~*~*~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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                      • I hope you all had a Joyous Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
                        We decided not to do Christmas this year for many reasons some of which are to many birthdays -not enough $ after ( birthdays start in Nov and end in Jan), and Piggie =$$.
                        I haven't been out to the barn yet, to many drs apts. Seemed like they were one every other day until last week. But unless something happens it looks like me schedule has settled down until June then it get crazy with the vfw.. then I have like 5 weeks(ends) in a row where I be going hither and yon and leaning more about some people then I ever wanted to know about or cared to know.. But I get to go to Louisville Ky for a week (July 20-24) for the Nat. Convention.(just shoot me now).
                        Painter Ollie looks really cute in the photo.
                        Friend of bar .ka

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                        • Merry After-Christmas and Almost Happy New Year! It's been rainy and cold here, so I've had to ride because the barn staff has been on vacation, and turnout limited because of the weather. Thankfully, the trainer who rides my horse is back today, so IF he gets new shoes, he will get a good training ride. He feels good, and has been very well behaved.

                          If you get a chance, look at the NY Times and Humble post in the H/J forum, and click on the video. The trainer being interviewed is the owner and main trainer of the barn I ride at. He did a great job with the interview.

                          Happy riding!
                          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 read that this morning and was happy to see David, to me a local! . He did do a very nice job. He has always been nice and very friendly any time I've talked to him.
                            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                            • I just hate winter...

                              So the squished ribs are healing up nicely but I haven't been riding YET. Hauled in a load of beautiful orchard grass today from my hay guy who is a gem of a man and grows the best hay.

                              Holidays were very good to us - The Birthday Girl (my now 12 year old daughter) is a 12/26 baby so we've been covered up in wrapping paper. She received a lot of new horse stuff...we're excited to put it to use...some Posh Purple Pony Glam hoof goo, new dressage bridle, riding clothes... I'll be living vicariously thru her! lol

                              Hoping to get on my grey mare in the next couple of days but the weather ain't cooperating.

                              Hope everyone had a great holiday!

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                              • Late Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope everyone had a good holiday.

                                Had 4 days off from work and didn't ride at all. I shopped the first two days, then it rained. Finally made it out to the barn in the cold on Thursday night and the Little Gray Mare was lame when I trotted her off. Trainer says it looks like her stifle is acting up again a little bit so she got some meds and a week off. Last night I rode my old buddy the Cadillac and discovered I can barely remember how to ride him. Very different mover from the little mare (Hack winner vs lesson horse!). I didn't really canter him as I've never ridden him under the lights before, he was cold, he hasn't been ridden in almost a month and he was a bit up. We'll ride during the day tomorrow and I'll be braver.

                                Everyone at the barn seemed to like their fingerless gloves, so my Christmas knitting was a success.

                                Hope everyone gets to start out 2013 on a good horse note!

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                                • Good lesson this morning, on a schoolie who was happy to be doing something after a week off. Then this afternoon, trainer cautiously trotted Snickers over a couple of cross-rails. He was fine! Plan is to do it again tomorrow and then gradually get back to normal work, including jumping.
                                  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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                                  • Late Merry Christmas everyone! I just got back from a caribbean vacation with my family, and am now a qualified scuba diver! YAY! Onwards and upwards....I love diving, but you can't cuddle dive gear & I'm so ready to get to the barn later today.

                                    I'm way overdue for a lesson so am trying to get that sorted for next week sometimes. Should be easy as I only have 2 shifts at work (so annoying!). I think I mentioned earlier I found my dream saddle at a dream price on Ebay. It arrived, seller was super easy to work with - she paid for insurance so if it arrived while I was away they wouldn't leave it on the porch - so I'm excited to pick it up tomorrow!
                                    "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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                                    • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.

                                      I informally lease my friend's horse Leo, a perfect elderly, but spry, thoroughbred. (I've mentioned it before, but since I don't post often, I thought that I'd spring that info again.) Things are tight these days and I've wanted to find someone nice to half lease him with me. I put up an ad on craigslist and think I may have found a great person! I'm so excited. This will allow me to do more things for him and take lessons for me.
                                      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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                                      • Originally posted by iechris View Post
                                        Everyone at the barn seemed to like their fingerless gloves, so my Christmas knitting was a success.
                                        I was thinking about doing this for some of my horsie folks but didn't - glad to know it was a hit...I'm going to get started now for next year!! Keep calm & knit on!

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                                        • Happy New Year re-riders! May we all see our 2013 goals with our horse come to fruition!
                                          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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