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  • Had a really good ride today with my trainer. She picked up a new guy that needs some work and I'm woefully out of riding shape, so we mostly just walked around the ring (I did do some trotting) and just chatted and kicked back for the most part. Kind of like a trail ride inside the ring.

    Which I know sounds really lame, but you have to understand I haven't rode in the ring with anyone else in nearly 16 months. I ride on Monday and (sometimes) Thursday mornings and nobody's ever out there besides me. Ever.

    So, we're doing the same thing next week, but we're doing it out on the x-country course to throw in some hill work for both horses. It'll still be just walk-trot (with more trot next time) but it'll be so cool to ride with someone. Even Oliver was perkier than usual. (Probably picking up my happy vibes.) Hopefully, we can do this for several weeks. Besides, if I'm going to do hunter eq classes this year, I need to brush up on riding with other people in the ring.

    There's something to be said for riding with other people. I know everyone loves their private lessons, but imagine riding all alone for 16 months -- no shows, no trail rides with others ... It gets pretty boring.
    The dude abides ...

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    • Pancakes you are cracking me up with the mirror photo!!! LMAO!! We don't have mirrors but where my daughter rides (and I will take the Amazon) there are mirrors...sadly a couple of them reflect fun house images!! I'm going to "pull a Pancakes" and get a couple of photos. And my technologically arrested development self needs to get a photobucket or other online photo thingy so I can post shots of the Amazon. I love the new bridle, btw!

      About the Amazon....it's a swamp here - truly. Today was 62 but rained all day. Now the temp has dropped and the high for the next couple of days is something around 40 and rain. Gross. In the barn, however, the Big Girl has impressed & entertained us with her Houdini abilities with double ended snaps...she just unsnaps them in less than a minute and flings them into the barn aisle! It's a hoot. She's settled and my 12 yo daughter has been handled the daily beauty regimen with her. I really hope to get on her as soon as the weather breaks...we don't have an indoor at home.

      Investigating the vests...while I don't think I'll wear one all the time, I can't afford to push the envelope. The Amazon is like a working dog, I'm discovering...she's not going to be content to loiter about, she's going to be best if challenged. Time to buckle up and challenge myself...

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      • Originally posted by Opus1 View Post
        There's something to be said for riding with other people. I know everyone loves their private lessons, but imagine riding all alone for 16 months -- no shows, no trail rides with others ... It gets pretty boring.
        Actually, I really DON'T love my private lessons. But the trainers won't do them any other way! I much prefer semi-private or even a small group.
        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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

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        • A re-rider whine:

          I really, really wish I hadn't gotten rid of all my stuff when I "quit" about 6 years ago.

          Everything has gotten exponentially more expensive and the quality has gone down. I had a beautiful PJ saddle, bought for less than $2000. Now I am looking at $5000 to get a top quality saddle, and the PJs aren't even made the same anymore.

          I really am kicking myself. Clothes and stuff, I should have gotten rid of, but I should have kept the expensive tack because now I can't even get the same quality, even if I'm willing to pay. Which I'm not, because my horse was free, and I don't want to wait 3 months for a saddle that may or may not even fit.

          So I'm scouring the used market but there are basically no saddles coming through right now with short flaps and I'm a midget. Well not really a midget but hilariously short. I'm very frustrated, either go custom and break the bank or have to wait out the used market to get something decent. Sigh.
          Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
          you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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          • Alterageous, I got my like-new PJ for <$2000 used on eBay! I found a local seller by chance (to save on shipping) but it worked out well. There are many good options for used saddles online, but for a nice used PJ, yeah, you will be probably waiting a little or paying more than you did before. I hear you though...all I can say is maybe scour the resources, ebay, websites, local tack shops, etc.? I looked for about a month before I found mine, so it may not be forever for you. Good luck.

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            • Alterageous I feel your pain. When I quit about 5-6 years ago, I sold a bunch of stuff but kept anything that I knew I wouldn't be able to afford to replace. Some of it I may never use again (my really top quality hunting bridle)...but I know if I take care of it it'll last until I'm ready to part with it. I'm looking at saddles now, too, and just bought my daughter a new saddle this fall. Makes me appreciate the days of childhood when all we needed was some cobbled together bridle type thing and a semi-rideable horse to be in heaven.

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              • Originally posted by Opus1 View Post
                Had a really good ride today with my trainer. She picked up a new guy that needs some work and I'm woefully out of riding shape, so we mostly just walked around the ring (I did do some trotting) and just chatted and kicked back for the most part. Kind of like a trail ride inside the ring.

                Which I know sounds really lame, but you have to understand I haven't rode in the ring with anyone else in nearly 16 months. I ride on Monday and (sometimes) Thursday mornings and nobody's ever out there besides me. Ever.

                So, we're doing the same thing next week, but we're doing it out on the x-country course to throw in some hill work for both horses. It'll still be just walk-trot (with more trot next time) but it'll be so cool to ride with someone. Even Oliver was perkier than usual. (Probably picking up my happy vibes.) Hopefully, we can do this for several weeks. Besides, if I'm going to do hunter eq classes this year, I need to brush up on riding with other people in the ring.

                There's something to be said for riding with other people. I know everyone loves their private lessons, but imagine riding all alone for 16 months -- no shows, no trail rides with others ... It gets pretty boring.
                I really enjoy riding alone - did so on the trail for the majority of my riding years (25+). I could chat with people, it I wanted, while I was tacking up, etc. but always rode alone - riding is not a social activity for me, I much prefer the company of my horse (that sounds awful doesn't it?!). My current horse doesn't enjoy the trail, so we do more ring work and I relish the days we happen to get the arena to ourselves. And being a fairly busy lesson barn, if I happen to get the barn to myself - well, that's a real treat!

                Nothing wrong with a walk/trot ride! I do lots of walking with my guy, esp in the winter. We work a bit, he gets all keyed, we walk until he relaxes again. We accomplish a lot more that way, even though it takes longer.
                http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                • Originally posted by Pancakes View Post
                  Alterageous, I got my like-new PJ for <$2000 used on eBay! I found a local seller by chance (to save on shipping) but it worked out well. There are many good options for used saddles online, but for a nice used PJ, yeah, you will be probably waiting a little or paying more than you did before. I hear you though...all I can say is maybe scour the resources, ebay, websites, local tack shops, etc.? I looked for about a month before I found mine, so it may not be forever for you. Good luck.
                  That is one great buy!!

                  There are deals to be had if you are persistent (or lucky) - I picked up an older Hermes Steinkraus for $100.
                  http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                  "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                  • Pancakes, he is so stinking cute. And sounds like a lovely personality, which is even more important! Can't wait to hear your progress.

                    Opus, sounds like a good ride. Sometimes just a nice walk is perfect!

                    Alterageous, I hear ya. I never throw good tack out. My husband wonders why I need ten bridles for two horses, but hey, you never know when you might need a different one! Same with blankets.
                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                    • Alterageous, how tall are you, and what width is your horse. I have a Smith-Worthington Beaufort Lux saddle that I tried to sell to a pony kid before Christmas but with no luck. My email is moonshotacres at yahoo dot com if you'd like more info.

                      It was a sad day here today. We had to put our old pony, Charlie down. The vet had been out to see him a couple of times over the past two months, and last week had said there wasn't much he could do for him. The vet came out today for a recheck, and we knew it was time. He was a great old pony, and will be missed by many people. He spent many years as a lesson pony at Hunter's Court, after retiring from the A shows. Anyone who did IHSA, MTHJA and Brownland shows ten or so years ago would probably remember him. I had always told HC that when he retired, I'd give him a good home, so I got him about four years ago. RIP, Charlie.
                      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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                      • Aww....sorry to hear about Charlie. sounds like he had a good retirement.
                        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                        ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                        • Pony4me so sorry

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                          • Sorry to hear about Charlie

                            With new horse coming in a few days, I am still trying to figure out exactly how I am going to afford all this. Board is not too bad up here for a not-fancy facility but when you add in another $200/mo for one lesson a week, $100/mo for shoes, well, let's just say the bank wouldn't loan me that much and at least they can take the car back! It's been a long time since I funneled all my spare cash into keeping a horse.

                            Of course, when you do the math out on taking a half lease plus a couple lessons a week, it comes out the same. I'm unfortunately way beyond the point of being able to be happy riding school horses in lessons all the time, so it was time to buy my own.
                            Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                            you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                            • Pony4Me, I'm very sorry. That is so hard. You did right by Charlie.
                              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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                              • I'm sorry for your loss Pony4me. It is always very hard.

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                                • Pony4me - I am so sorry about Charlie. But, as Dewey said, you did right by him and gave him a wonderful retirement.
                                  And nothing bad happened!

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                                  • Wow! It sounds like many of you are having a great start to 2013! Pancakes, Bugatti is flippin adorable!!! Omg, and a personality to die for. I’m so jealous! And I love your pics – please share more!

                                    Finzean, I can’t wait to see pictures of the Amazon girl! She sounds amazing. You know, my little coming 3 year old filly is the same as your Amazon with the smarts-level. I think we’re both going to have our hands full! I don’t know if this would work with your girl, but mine (her name is Rose) used to try to walk *me* sometimes when I’d be leading her. The tugging ceased when I started carrying a dressage whip, and every time Rose got her shoulder further ahead than I wanted, I would gently tap her with it on the chest (well, as hard as need be to get my point across). She hasn’t done it for quite some time now – I think that fixed it. You could always give it a shot and see.

                                    Pony4Me, I am SO sorry to hear about Charlie. It’s a wonderful thing you did, giving him the life of Ryan in retirement. I know he appreciated every moment.

                                    Bumknees, I can’t even imagine getting a shock like that! My fiancé and I are about to get a loan to build on our land, and I think I would come unglued to find out something like that. I’m so sorry – I wish I had some wise words, but all I can say is that really sucks.

                                    So, Monday was my final day of college! I am now officially finished with school and am only working full-time instead of trying to do both. Woo-hoo! My horses are still 2 hours away at this point, but I found a great little farm that’s only a 20 minute drive from my house. Board is only slightly more expensive and I really like the BO. So, I think I’m going to move them. Then I can get back to riding and have some great little stories to tell just like the rest of you! I’m so excited – I can’t wait!!!
                                    ~*~*~*~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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                                    • Pony4Me - so sorry for your loss.
                                      http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                                      "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                                      • ClassyRide - congratulations!!!
                                        http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                                        "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                                        • Thank you, Tiger Horse! I don't think I ever got to officially welcome you to the group (work full-time + school full-time = no free time!), so welcome!!! It's great to have another re-rider among us as we all travel through the ups and downs of this awesome sport.
                                          ~*~*~*~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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