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  • Aw, Dewey, I hope Sky is doing ok!

    Tiger Horse well done...keep up the high spirits and believe me finding a saddle that works for both you and your horse is more than half the battle won :-D.

    I'm going riding at my new barn tomorrow! I'm super excited, I rode with them back when I was visiting in October and had a blast. Tomorrow I'm helping out with a trail ride. She's taking a group of middle schoolers out and wants me to ride a horse whose been giving the kids a hard time.
    "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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    • Dewey?? Any update??

      Event4Life - sounds FUN! It finally stopped raining here only to start snowing with thunder and lightning. Lovely. Envying your ride!!

      Tiger Horse - what did you end up trying? I finally saddled the new mare today for about 10 minutes on the lunge and it fits but I've been toying w/the idea of a new saddle.

      Hoping to get on the new mare tomorrow since the weather has finally broken...hoping to stay on the new mare tomorrow!! no vest as of of yet....

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      • So sorry I've caused anxiety, everyone. I have had a lot of trouble getting through tonight.

        It's been an emotional day. I'll start by saying Sky is fine. I went down today and groomed her and hand-grazed her for about an hour. She seemed perfectly normal. She was hungry and perfectly herself. Afterward, I put her in her stall, and she was eager for her carefully-monitored dinner. So far, so good.

        The bad news is that today, one of my favorite horses, Jack, was put down. I have talked about Jack earlier in the thread when it looked as though he was going to leave to be donated to another college IHSA team. However, he was bought by a young crossbar rider looking for a safe mount, and he ended up staying, much to my delight. Jack was my DD's heart horse. We leased him for several years, and she adored him. He was not an easy horse to ride, but he was Mr. Personality, and he was so smart. DD taught him tricks. He was the kind of horse you'd swear understood half of what you said, and he would put his head over the stall door to interact with you when you walked by. He was such a funny guy. The young girl who bought him had a great year with him, but about 5-6 weeks ago, he came down with an unexplained virus, which turned into laminitis. He has never been the same. He has been on stall rest and has made a slow decline. Yesterday he made a sudden turn for the worse. In fact, when I went down yesterday about Sky, I checked on Jack too, and I kind of "knew" that this was the end. He was curled up in his stall, and though he perked up when I went in and eagerly accepted hay from my hand, I could tell he was in a lot of pain.

        Today when I went down, I saw the backhoe in the pasture, and I knew. I heard one his front coffin bones had rotated severely and had come through the sole. Poor Jack. I'll admit I cried like a baby. I can't even think about how I'm going to break it to DD. RIP, Jack. I'll miss your funny face and your funny little tricks.

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        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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        • Awww Dewey, what a rough time you've had . Jack had the sweetest, kindest face ever.

          The best way to tell your DD is to give it to her straight. If she doesn't live at home anymore and you must do it over the phone, make sure she has someone with her. My parents had to break the news about 2 of my pets being PTS while I was abroad. It was really rough, but having friends nearby helps. Unfortunately the 2nd time I was alone, and that was even harder, but I would rather they told me before I got home over the phone than in person on my way home from the airport. It would have been far worse to deal with that way, or, in your situation, for her to find out over facebook or whatever. She'd rather here it from you, trust me.

          Hang in there!


          Finzean - I know, I don't get this weather at all. It seems its been terrible in the rest of the state but we've only had one afternoon of rain and thats it. This week is looking good (sunny and 50's-60's) until Friday. I don't know if I'll ever get used to weather like this in January!
          "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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          • Dewey, so sorry to hear about Jack. ((hugs)). RIP Jack. What a roller coaster you have been on, glad Sky seemed herself.
            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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            • link to saddle pics added

              Originally posted by Finzean View Post

              Event4Life - sounds FUN! It finally stopped raining here only to start snowing with thunder and lightning. Lovely. Envying your ride!!

              Tiger Horse - what did you end up trying? I finally saddled the new mare today for about 10 minutes on the lunge and it fits but I've been toying w/the idea of a new saddle.

              Hoping to get on the new mare tomorrow since the weather has finally broken...hoping to stay on the new mare tomorrow!! no vest as of of yet....
              Event4Life - Totally agree w/Finzean sounds like a lot of fun.

              Finzean - the saddle is made by Crown Saddlery/Ideal Saddles in Walsall England. I think it is actually an event saddle - at least that is what it looks closest to from what I've seen online. Although it is being sold as used, it doesn't show any signs of wear. It is kind of an odd color, but maybe it will darken. I will try to post some pics.

              Heres a link to the pics:
              http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v4...Dodger/Saddle/
              Last edited by Tiger Horse; Jan. 21, 2013, 09:41 AM. Reason: added link
              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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              • Oh, Dewey, I'm so sorry about Jack. Such a sweet face. Glad Sky is doing well. You'll get through this. Peace and hugs to you and DD.
                It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

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                • Dewey sorry to hear about Jack. Happy for sky .

                  Event4life 50/60's oh that sounds wonderful.. If we could get above
                  freezing this week I would be thrilled.
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                  • Welcome, welcome to Tommy’s Girl, RottiMom, and Geno! We’re so happy to have you join us here! And don’t get discouraged – re-riding is a bit of a challenge as we try to get our body parts to work independently and in harmony. But we’re all in various stages of conquering it, so you’ll get some great advice here! Tommy’s Girl, Wit is GORGEOUS!!! I love a hunky chestnut with white on his face – always makes me drool.

                    Dewey, I’m so, so sorry to hear about Jack. He was so handsome. Sounds like he was a very sweet character who filled a lot of people with joy. At least he is no longer suffering. {{HUGS}} I’m so glad Sky is feeling better! My Velvet has frequent colic-like episodes in Spring and Fall, and occasional ones in Summer and Winter, so I know exactly what you’ve been going through with Sky. We know part of Velvet’s issue is gas colic, but we suspect she may have some ulcers, too. So I’m interested to know if Sky remains good on Ulcer-Guard. I hope this is the magic fix for her. I’ll be thinking you two and sending jingles.

                    Tiger Horse, I’m so glad you had a great lesson! Forward horses can be very fun, but as you said, it’s good to get a handle on them and be able to rate.

                    For those of you using different saddles or shopping, different saddles can make a world of difference! I have 2 saddles. The one I use for Gabriel is a Henri de Rivel Show Jumping saddle. That was my first saddle and I had no frame of reference, but no wonder it took me so long to get my legs under me – for some reason, I find it puts me in a chair seat and I have to fight to keep my legs back. Now, the saddle I use on Velvet is a Collegiate Convertible Diploma saddle. And man does it fit me like a glove! My legs automatically go where they should in that saddle and I feel so much more secure in it than I ever did in the HDR.

                    And Finzean, good luck on the new mare! I hope it’s an amazing first ride!
                    ~*~*~*~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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                    • Dewey, sorry to hear about Jack. Sounds like he was a special horse! At least he had good final years with those the loved and cared about him. It's always sad to lose one like that.

                      Glad Sky is feeling better. Did the vet scope her? Remember that certain pain meds will make her tummy upset if she does have ulcers. Good luck with her treatment. There are some very good threads on this forum about ulcers!

                      Event4Life, have fun riding at the new barn! Sounds great.

                      Tiger Horse, glad you found a nice saddle. It really can make all the difference in the world.
                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                      • Thanks to everyone for your support. I'll admit that I have been weepy on and off today and am having trouble concentrating on anything productive. I really loved that horse, and he wasn't even mine.Those of you who commented on Jack's sweet face are so right. With Jack's kind expression and flashy blaze, DD and I always thought that he would have made a great halter model in a horse catalog.

                        I am very thankful that Sky is doing better and have been reading up on ulcers. I wonder whether moving her into a stall last fall may have contributed to it. She was outside all the time before that and afterward was only out at night. I have ordered one of those slow-nibble hay nets to slow down her eating as she is a very easy keeper, and having free-choice hay as the vet recommends may lead to her becoming very chubby.

                        Event4Life, thanks for your advice about DD. DH told me not to mention it as she is beginning a new semester in college, and he doesn't want her distracted. However, I have been thinking over what you advised, and I think you are right--if she doesn't find out till she comes home for the summer, she'll feel resentful and upset--she will expect to be able to see him and then find out that he's been dead for months! And she could find out by accident through FB, which would be dreadful as you point out. At the same time, I dread making the call: I know I'll fall apart on the phone and won't be much comfort to her. I may wimp out and write an email...I'll tell her I'll be glad to talk about it if she wants to.
                        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 Tiger Horse View Post
                          Had a blast today! Not as technically good as last lesson, but then with the colder temp, I was riding a very forward horse. Nothing that can' t be fixed, I just need to get a better handle on pace and how to rate him. He gets himself so cranked up, I love that he is having so much fun.
                          I am having the same experience with cold weather/forward horses/rating them! The horse is a lot of fun, but we were diving out of the canter the last few lessons. I was finally able to get decent transitions last week. Such a relief to figure it out, I was on the borderline of developing a complex about it! I've really got to work more on my core, I think. When I get uncomfortable I tend to do an impression of a turtle and its really not attractive, or effective!

                          Dewey, so sorry to read about Jack. I've got an old friend at my barn who taught me how to really enjoy riding, and I would miss him terribly if he was gone. I feel for you and your daughter!

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                          • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                            I have ordered one of those slow-nibble hay nets to slow down her eating as she is a very easy keeper, and having free-choice hay as the vet recommends may lead to her becoming very chubby.

                            Event4Life, thanks for your advice about DD. DH told me not to mention it as she is beginning a new semester in college, and he doesn't want her distracted. However, I have been thinking over what you advised, and I think you are right--if she doesn't find out till she comes home for the summer, she'll feel resentful and upset--she will expect to be able to see him and then find out that he's been dead for months! And she could find out by accident through FB, which would be dreadful as you point out. At the same time, I dread making the call: I know I'll fall apart on the phone and won't be much comfort to her. I may wimp out and write an email...I'll tell her I'll be glad to talk about it if she wants to.
                            Wish I'd known you'd needed one, I have one I am not using and would have been glad to send it to you - if anyone else would like it, please let me know.

                            As for DD, I also agree with Event4Life - you are much better off telling her now, as gently as you can. Finding out so much later would be awful, at least now you can share your grief and that in itself can be very comforting.
                            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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                            • Dewey - Glad I could help, and I can only imagine what my mom went through in having to be the one who told me, but I did let her know how much I appreciated being told straight off. Hang in there.

                              Well I had a really wonderful day :-D. I ended up leading the ride because the trainer's son who was supposed to lead it had a conflict. It was a very very beginner trail ride, only walking around the perimeter of the property & mostly in the arena. There was a lot of focus on horsemanship, I love how curious and willing kids are to learn. These kids would have quite happily spent hours grooming if we'd had the time! I'd forgotten how much I love both teaching and leading trails. We had help on the ground too which was great & I think very reassuring for the kids. Afterwords we built a campfire and roasted hot dogs and s'mores - it felt like summer camp!

                              My guy was great, and he's apparently going to be my project to get ready for the lesson program as he had formerly just been a trail horse. He spooked twice, but this is the first time he's had to lead a group so I thought that was pretty good, and neither were big spooks. He went right past both scary things (first being the farriers truck, which he sees all the time haha and second being a pile of fence posts next to a puddle). We just walked though so I'm hoping to be able to ride him properly 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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                              • Great job, Event4Life. Sounds like a fun, fullfilling day!
                                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                  Great job, Event4Life. Sounds like a fun, fullfilling day!
                                  ^
                                  Ditto!!
                                  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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                                  • So I FINALLY got to ride the Amazon...what a lucky, lucky girl I am!! There is no emoticon to smile large enough!!

                                    She is still being a PITA on the ground when she's away from her insta-BFF but I'm understanding that's sort of how she's wired. She was so difficult to get to the ring today, fussy, kicking out in the cross ties...just being a big ol' crank. Fortunately, she's so nice under saddle it just doesn't matter! her trot is enormous and rhythmic; canter is giant and "lopey." so excited for what's ahead. I did lunge her for about 5 minutes and she did one little half hearted bucky type thing one time and was just lazy the rest of the time. LOL

                                    Sending good vibes out to everyone - sounds like some are nursing broken people and some are nursing broken critters.

                                    Event4Life - what a cool treat!! Sounds like the Dub is going to be a good fit!

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                                    • Finzean, your Amazon sounds awesome. Glad you finally got to ride!
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Congrats Finzean - she sounds wonderful!
                                        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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                                        • Dewey sending comforting thoughts your way. There are no words...

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