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  • Why I am not in lessons:

    I lost my job in September, well, I didn't lose it, I know where it is, it just doesn't belong to me anymore. I, of course, applied for unemployment. My former employer contested my claim, after Emp. specifically told me there would be no contest. So, I had to appeal it and the hearing was yesterday. Employer did not appear, so, by default, I "win". So, when that is finalized and I get the back pay, plus going forward, will see about lessons. I need them!!!
    And nothing bad happened!

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    • jaslyn, sorry to hear of your unemployment troubles. A couple of friends have been bitten like that, too.

      Paradox, your horse is quite the handsome one. And yes, grooming time is so "worth it."

      Currently contemplating whether I am *really* going to go to the barn tonight... It will be around 10 degrees F by the time I get there, wind chill of -4.

      ETA: you really don't want to know what I spend on Miss Horse. Start with $750/month board, and just go up from there.
      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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

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      • Thanks for everyone's kind comments.
        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        ¯ Oscar Wilde

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        • Paradox - what a lovely boy! Appaloosas are the best :-D!

          Everyone - thanks very much for the info, I'm glad I wasn't THAT unrealistic when I worked out costs! I'm also very, very glad I chose this area vs. some of the others I was considering (Boston [sorry quietann!] and Washington, DC - LOL).

          I had another awesome barn day today. It started out having lunch w/ the trainer, which was a good time! I then headed out to the stables and rode Dustytheapp, who was a very good boy but has a long way to go. I also got to ride one of the awesome "lesson horses" (really far too good for it!), did w/t/c/j & had the most fun I've had on a horse in a looooong time. Everyone should have such cool school horses to ride. He's turned out with Dusty, and I told him to go and tell Dusty how to be a #1 lesson horse, lol. I ended with groundwork & lunging with future potential TB project horse, as by the time I got to him the BM had left & I didn't want to ride with no one else there. He's such a cutie though, he saw me coming down the lane and headed straight for the gate. The trainer calls him pathetic haha, poor guy.

          In other news, during lunch the trainer offered me an actual paying JOB. WHOOP!!!!! Trail guide extraordinaire at your service :-D. Have I mentioned how glad I am I moved here & how much I love my new home????

          Writing all this out is making me realize I need to start a blog!
          "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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          • Awesome, Event4life! Did you accept the job? If so, congrats!!

            Sounds like an awesome day riding. Good for you.
            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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            • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
              Awesome, Event4life! Did you accept the job? If so, congrats!!

              Sounds like an awesome day riding. Good for you.

              Yep I accepted it, & am taking a group out on Sunday!!
              "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! Have fun with it.
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                • Event4Life - How COOL is that?!?! Congrats!!

                  Paradox - what an awesome critter!! And I love having Day to Beauy-Tay at the barn! Everyone gets super groomed. The only 2 that ever fail to impress if they're super filthy and/or shaggy are the octoroons. Now that they've greyed out to white, their skill at grinding crap (sometimes literal crap) into their coats has evolved to a whole 'nutha level. If they were showing, I'd have to find some sort of Ronco white/grey hair bald spot spray and cover them head to toe!! LOL

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                  • Wonderful news event4life
                    To answer the boarding question..
                    Board: 250 month includes feeding 2xs day hay , stall cleaning, BO F/farrier who chec and trims as/if needed. Will add supplements if necessary unless i want to add something special then it is on me.
                    Vet: I do as needed for teeth and Coggins. I do shots except the one required by law by vet.
                    Blanketing and misc: she does it and has them. Haven't had to purchase them BO supplies them to all the boarders.
                    Show blankets and stuff: all on me.
                    Transport to shows: local free more than,20 miles 50$ .
                    Friend of bar .ka

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                    • Congrats Event4Life!!
                      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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                      • I think I'm getting "old & cranky" . . . a vent

                        All lessons were cancelled last night - which is OK, because it was really cold and I can understand why my trainer didn't want to stand around for hours. However, I've been itching to get back into my new saddle - so, I rode.

                        Dodger was VERY forward, but for the most part managable - bless his heart, he tries so hard to be a good boy. At one point we had two horses lunging - both let loose a couple of times, luckily at separate times and we handled that OK.

                        Finally, one horse being lunged was done and left indoor. Second horse (Louie) finished up and rider mounted. In the meantime another rider entered the indoor - a new shareboarder, a very capable teenaged rider, on one of the school horses. So that made three of us - a very doable number - usually. All three horses are thoroughbreds, all pretty forward. Situation was great - until - teenager started hand galloping. It wouldn't have been so bad if it had just been a circuit or two, but she just kept going and going. Needless to say, Dodger and Louie got pretty worked up. We eventually ended up just chilling out in the middle of the indoor until she was done. I hope this is not going to become the norm. Maybe I'm over reacting or maybe I'm just getting old and cranky, but I thought it was bit inconsiderate. Sorry, just had to get that out.
                        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 my goodness, Paradox! Your boy is GORGEOUS!!! And there’s no need at all to feel silly about that – I feel like sometimes my horses and I bond more during grooming sessions than any other time.

                          You know, even though I’ve never owned one, I’ve had a thing for Appaloosas for years. Seeing your boy’s photos brought back memories of my friend Ashley’s horse. His name was Buddy, and he looked *very* similar to your boy except his base color was chestnut, not bay. But he roaned in a similar way and had those awesome big spots on his butt. Anyway, Buddy made me fall in love with the breed. When he was young, Ashley had barrel raced and done other gaming things with him. By the time I started re-riding, though, he was old and mostly blind. But Ashley would stick me on him for trail rides and he took great care of my beginner-butt. Blind or not, he was a spectacular horse and so kind. A little stubborn or opinionated at times, but always safe. I would *love* to have an Appy just like Buddy someday.

                          If you don’t mind me asking – what is your boy’s breeding? Because the next time I’m in the market for a new horse, I’d like to try to find an Appy sporthorse.
                          ~*~*~*~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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                          • Tiger, did the teenager ask before doing that? If not, then rightly or wrongly, I would've been upset about that, too. I haven't often had to share a riding ring (despite boarding for years, I'm usually there pretty much by myself), but every time I have, myself and the other rider(s) always communicate about what we're doing. And we ask before doing anything that may upset another horse. That way, *everyone* is prepared.

                            I also hope this will not be the norm. Maybe next time she comes into the arena with you, you can politely ask her, "Hi, [teenager]! My, it's cold out tonight! Kudos to you for coming out to ride. Are you planning on hand galloping [schoolie]?" If yes, "Ok. Can you please let me know right before you do? Dodger can get a little upset/bothered by it, so I want to be ready. Thank you!"

                            Best case scenario, she gets the hint that it bothers Dodger and either doesn't do it at all, or cuts it short. Worst case scenario, you're prepared.
                            ~*~*~*~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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                            • Originally posted by ClassyRide View Post
                              Tiger, did the teenager ask before doing that? If not, then rightly or wrongly, I would've been upset about that, too. I haven't often had to share a riding ring (despite boarding for years, I'm usually there pretty much by myself), but every time I have, myself and the other rider(s) always communicate about what we're doing. And we ask before doing anything that may upset another horse. That way, *everyone* is prepared.

                              I also hope this will not be the norm. Maybe next time she comes into the arena with you, you can politely ask her, "Hi, [teenager]! My, it's cold out tonight! Kudos to you for coming out to ride. Are you planning on hand galloping [schoolie]?" If yes, "Ok. Can you please let me know right before you do? Dodger can get a little upset/bothered by it, so I want to be ready. Thank you!"

                              Best case scenario, she gets the hint that it bothers Dodger and either doesn't do it at all, or cuts it short. Worst case scenario, you're prepared.
                              No, she didn't ask. I like your idea though - it's a way of making a point, without making anyone uncomfortable and without it seeming like I'm stepping on our trainer's toes.

                              The other thing that bothered me, and maybe I'm just too over cautious, is that it was pretty darn cold to have a 27 year-old TB galloping around for more than several minutes, in both directions. Whether they are feeling good or not, a little common sense in this cold, goes a long way.
                              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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                              • Funny, ClassyRide, as I'm looking for a possible second Appy Sport Horse. I'll look at his papers here when I get a moment, as I don't know it offhand! He is the best horse I've ever had. And that's saying something as I've been riding for, oh, 34 years now! I never believe in having a "heart horse". Don't get me wrong, I've really enjoyed some of my horses. I've not enjoyed others so much. But never had one that I trusted so well. Chico is a keeper. I love this horse. He tries his heart out for me. He's not perfect, but he's definitely perfect for me! I don't doubt I could tack him up today and get on and he'd take care of me. And he has such a good attitude and kind eye. Speaking of which....

                                This is one of my favorite pictures of him: http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/x...ps5d369942.jpg
                                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                • TigerHorse, I agree with ClassyRide's approach. And even moreso, I agree with you that galloping around an aged horse in an indoor for more than one lap is totally inappropriate. Hope she doesn't accidently injure the poor guy!
                                  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                  ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                  • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                    Hope she doesn't accidently injure the poor guy!
                                    Me too! He's a total sweetheart and a fun ride.

                                    Trainer thought maybe she could borrow Dodger for a lesson or two with said teenager - after seeing what I saw yesterday - thanks, but no thanks.
                                    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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                                    • Amen. I wouldn't want her riding mine either. Bad judgment.
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                        Amen. I wouldn't want her riding mine either. Bad judgment.
                                        I don't know, I would maybe be OK with a lesson (ie supervised) if the kid is otherwise a good rider. I like to have my horses ridden by others because I like to watch them go from the ground and I think it helps keep up their ability to "take a joke" since I'm a wimpy amateur.
                                        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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                                        • I agree, Alterageous. If it's supervised, that might be okay. But not free riding.

                                          Can you tell I don't feel like working today? I'm sitting in my home office, and it's raining, and I'm getting sleepy....
                                          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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