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  • Congrats on the saddle Alterageous! And thanks for the updates, Tarheel and Event4Life. Weather here has been crazy too, and I'm the only person who made it to the barn for this morning's Saturday morning Adult group. There was a little snow and that was enough to bring out the worst in many, most, or maybe ALL, Tennessee drivers (except for me of course, because I grew up in Chicago.) Lots of facebook posts from friends who were stuck at their houses, or stuck in traffic. Not fun for them at all. We had a good lesson, and my horse has been cleared to add our Tuesday group lesson to his work schedule. That gets me off school and sale horses. In retrospect, riding many different horses helped my riding, and was a big part of getting me through my horse's rehab. We're even starting to think about showing again. Maybe in May if things go well.
    It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

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    • I'm writing horse trials on my calendar and making purchases in my old eventing colors. Is this crazy or what?? But I'm just fixated on the idea and have been having actual dreams where I'm killing the water complex. I need someone to remind me I'm not 20 anymore....

      Event4Life - VERY different ideas about suitable riding weather!! Lol suitable riding weather is 68-74 degrees and sunny with only the lightest of breezes so the horse's mane is dreamily lifted off its neck to flutter in the wind!!

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      • Wow - a lot has happened!

        First - finally got my unemployment $ so the wolf has left my door! Course, ended up having to replace my water heater, but it was not as pricey as it could have been. Love friends in the plumbing business! And, now that I can take real showers can get back to being serious about job hunting.

        On a somewhat down note - after talking to my trainer, my horse is up for sale, for a number of reasons. One, until I have a job, I can't afford to keep him. Second, if he and I clicked in the saddle the way we do on the ground, there would no better match ever. But we don't. And he needs somebody who can ride him at least 4 or 5 days a week and I usually only get to ride on weekends. I am bummed about it since he is my first horse, but its the best for both of us. It's sad, because I have always loved TB's and my dream was to own one - maybe just not this one.

        Today, Trainer's mom (who is here visiting) rode my horse and I rode Ms. Do Not Bang Me in the Mouth. From haltering to mounting, she was pretty clear that working was not on her agenda - she checked her schedule - eat hay, wander around, eat hay. Work - nope. But, once we got going, she cooperated. And, (trumpets blaring) I managed to get her to canter a whole circle today - and it was quite round.

        Let me explain - this little mare requires LEG. If you even think about relaxing, she slows to the walk. LOL. So, the times I have tried to canter a whole circle (straits are fine), I "lose" her somewhere along the line. Not today!
        And nothing bad happened!

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        • jaslyn1701 That's wonderful news on the unemployment front not so much in the hot water tank front and horse front .

          I got a strange call from my BO yesterday.. She asked if I had made my payment thought the bank as I always do (you know the bank cuts the cheque then send it to her). I said yes yesterday the 1st, she asked is there a way I could possibly stop the cheque and she would pick it up today.
          It appears that her mailman has quit delivering mail to her for some reason. Could be that she only empties her mail box once every few weeks or something like that but still. I didn't think that they could do that. She works all day literally and I at the barn most of the evening so picking up the mail is the last thing on her mind and I don't blame her. When I live out of town I would go a week or so with out picking up my mail also, until I got an anal neighbor who did it for me...

          But anyway as we were talking another reason I love my BO most BO's/BM's would call and rant and scream at you if your horse were to remove their stall door when they were kept in when the temps were so low that turning them out might be hazardous. Mine just happen to mention it when I asked how Toby was. she said " the fart removed his stall door at the hinges. I still have to fix it but other than that he is ok ." I had to ask he to repeat that cuz I wasn't sure I heard correctly.. So she did laughing.. I said I would be out to fix it as soon as I could but I had to find a place ect.. And get this she may have found the only place for rent she is getting the particulars it is in the same place as her DD lives. But back to story.. she said if you want but my fault and right now he is fine with a stall guard.

          Gonna have to get that woman a huge thanks for every thing gift as soon as the move is done...
          Friend of bar .ka

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          • bumknees - I love your BO! Sounds like the kind of person to just take it all in stride. We need more folks like that...in just about every walk of life!

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            • Originally posted by Finzean View Post
              I'm writing horse trials on my calendar and making purchases in my old eventing colors. Is this crazy or what?? But I'm just fixated on the idea and have been having actual dreams where I'm killing the water complex. I need someone to remind me I'm not 20 anymore....

              Event4Life - VERY different ideas about suitable riding weather!! Lol suitable riding weather is 68-74 degrees and sunny with only the lightest of breezes so the horse's mane is dreamily lifted off its neck to flutter in the wind!!
              hahaaha whereas in Edinburgh if we waited for weather like that to ride we'd be lucky if we rode twice a year! I'm getting used to it. I will ride tomorrow though even if its "only" 50 out. & you should definitely let me know if you're ever in the area - I'll take you on a beach ride :-D.
              "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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              • Originally posted by Finzean View Post
                bumknees - I love your BO! Sounds like the kind of person to just take it all in stride. We need more folks like that...in just about every walk of life!
                Totally agree!
                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 had a great & very interesting lesson today. We were working on a grid, walk in and canter out. It was a ground pole, one stride to a cross rail and two strides to a vertical. Once we got that going in a fairly nice rhythm, trainer added another two stride to an oxer. First attempt, I forgot to ride - big run out on the last fence - ended up hanging off the side, but somehow managed to get back in the saddle. 2nd attempt - run out second fence - managed to stay on again! 3rd attempt, I got my act together and we got thru it. Trainer said I could do better - 4th attempt was a thing of beauty - a fist pump and victory gallop later we were done! Needless to say staying on and getting it done was a real confidence boost. Not to mention we were working in a bit that had I used last winter, I would have had real control issues and the grid was setup going in his stronger direction. I think I am finally learning to ride my horse!!
                  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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                  • bumknees, how awful! Some people just have a need to fill their lives with useless drama. Ignore it, and live happily.

                    Dewey - good luck! I've read a lot of good things about the "pop rocks."

                    I have felt stalled many times in my riding since I've come back. It always starts progressing again. Find some new things to do, like others suggested. I've found that when I stopped being so hard on myself, and didn't take things as seriously, my often-mental roadblock disappeared.

                    I've been having some GREAT success with Ollie lately in getting him off the forehand and more responsive. he can now sidepass too, thanks to my exercises. (and big thanks to Findeight on COTH for helping me with some ideas to help Ollie out). He's really enjoying new exercises, and I'm hoping all of this will help him jump better with more control and now heave so much. He needs to muscle up and build his hind-end endurance, but it's a work in progress

                    A whiny, ridiculous first-world-problem moment: a new OTTB came to our barn without a barn name. The owner decided to name him Oliver. Boo! We already have an Oliver! MY guy :-P
                    Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors

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                    • PH, That's great about the progress you and Ollie are making.

                      I don't blame you for feeling annoyed about the name. It's not as if her horse already came with that name. She could easily have picked something else.
                      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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                      • Jaslyn, I'm glad the wolf has left your door, but I'm so sorry to hear that you have to put Finn up for sale.

                        You seem very philosophical about it; is that accurate? Are you really OK with this?
                        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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                        • jaslyn, hope all works out for the best. It's never easy to decide to sell. Well, I guess sometimes it is! But I wish you the best! Keep us posted.

                          PH, I would hate someone having the same name for their horse. I can feel pretty protective of my names, haha. So I definitely understand where you're coming from. Maybe it will end up with a name change. That happens sometimes, names don't stick. Maybe you can come up with a new name for the new horse and maybe it will catch on!

                          TigerHorse, your gridwork accomplishment sounds awesome!! Nothing like making yourself HAVE to ride correctly! Good job.

                          Finzean, what are your colors??

                          pony4me, glad your horse is cleared for group lessons. That'll be fun for you! It makes a difference being able to ride your own horse again. Very cool. Keep us posted if you show. Maybe I will see you out there somewhere this year!
                          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                          • Well, yesterday it was somewhat decent here, and I finally got my horse tacked up and rode! My husband lunged him for about ten minutes first to be sure he was level headed. I shouldn't have worried, he's almost always level headed. But didn't want to deal with speed if I didn't have to.

                            Well, I got out there and got a leg up. I'm not gonna lie, it hurt to have my foot in the stirrup and posting. So I did a lot of posting with only my good foot in the stirrup. Hard to balance that way, but it was really hard to do it any other way. The weird thing is, before I got my cast on, even with the broken ankle, it did not hurt riding. So I guess it's all the tendons and ligaments that are needing to stretch and flex better because they were immobile for so long! Sigh. I was hoping for better, but we'll get there. The new boots are stiff, too, so maybe that is part of it. But, I guess it's still good news because I got to ride, and that in itslef was wonderful!
                            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                            • Yay, Paradox!
                              And nothing bad happened!

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                              • Paradox, YAY!!! for riding! Give it time - I am sure as your muscles get used to it again you'll be more comfortable. Did you ride in your western saddle or english? Maybe the stirrups were too short so too much pressure was on the balls of your feet? Have you looked into those flex stirrups - I have them and definitely notice a difference when I don't use them.

                                I'm sure (well I hope) you've all ridden "that" horse. The one you get on and feel like you could jump the moon, flat out gallop across a field, ride anywhere and they wouldn't blink an eye. They practically predict what you're asking before you ask it, but still wait for you to ask anyway. They take a joke. For me, these horses always seem to be the most seemingly unlikely candidates, and few and far between. This time, its a 14.3-ish Quarter Horse ex (apparently) champion barrel racer. His name is Jet, and he ROCKS. It's so nice to finally be riding a horse I can trust & have real fun with :-D. There's both a show and a hunter pace coming up in the next few months so hopefully I'll actually be able to go to one or both.
                                "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 - yes and no. Knowing something is the right thing to do does not make it any easier. And, I guess, if you were to be technical, he is not my first horse - the first was one at the same barn, a few years ago, who, because I took care of him when he was hurt a couple of times, declared himself mine. But Finn is the first horse I ever bought, and I know people say horses come and horses go, but I really hadn't planned on having to shop again in my later 50's. Thank you.

                                  On another, more positive note, I interviewed for a job today that I really, really want. Love it when a potential employer asks what you are looking for, you say the number, they nod, say that's doable and could probably do better! And there are quarterly bonuses!!!! I should know within two weeks - so fingers, toes, eyes, etc. crossed for me, please!
                                  And nothing bad happened!

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                                  • PH I would be really annoyed about the name thing too. She could have picked any other name, not YOUR horse's name. Sheesh.

                                    Jaslyn good luck with the job. Let us know how it turns out. All digits crossed for you

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                                    • Good luck, Jaslyn!

                                      I am on vacation at the moment (heavenly!!)

                                      I can't wait to go back and ride though. I have a lesson on Friday. Last time I was so sore I gimped my way up stairs for three days after. I am so out if shape from not riding regularly it is embarrassing.
                                      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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                                      • Yay Paradox!!! Good weather today too I think. I'm having myself an Advil cocktail before I man up!! Lol

                                        Dewey - best wishes!!

                                        Will come back and read more later - farm critters, laundry, and the job that pays for the critter feed are waitin on me.

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                                        • Jaslyn, that's great news! Good thoughts headed your way. And I completely understand about the knowing it's the right thing to do in your head, but it's still hard. I've been through that, and it IS tough. You do find a sense of peace with it more after it's happened though. Time always seems to be a great bringer of additional perspective.
                                          Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors

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