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  • Thanks, quietann. Yeah, he's a good boy.

    Hey, if 12" crossrails are good, they're good! Like we all say, riding is supposed to be fun. So whatever it takes. All of our horses are different and excel or enjoy different things. Right now I would love to do 12" crossrails. I was so tempted to trot that crossrail (in the video) but I didn't. I really don't think the ankle is ready for that yet! Hopefully soon.
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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    • Lookin' good Paradox!

      quietann - there's nothing wrong with 12" crossrails - just go out and enjoy!

      ClassyRide - at least you're almost out of there, thank goodness. No one knows your horse(s) like you do.
      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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      • Moved my ottb to a boarding barn and put her into training almost a month ago. After keeping my horses at home for 16 years I am LOVING this!

        I love having company to ride with and because I look forward to it more I'm riding more. Plus my non supportive husband has had a change of heart after seeing how happy I've been lately! He's actually encouraging me to make time to ride and has even gone out to the barn with me twice!!

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        • Yay, Paradox!

          quietann - ditto on the nothing wrong with 12" crossrails.

          Yesterday was a win/win! I rode the qh mare and a brave, quiet, confident young lady rode Finn. She rode him in the jump field, all three gaits. I got to watch a lot of it, he was forward, but good for her. Why, because she, unlike me, does not suck wind and freeze when he gets forward. That's what HE needs. She is going to ride him about 3x a week - gets him worked, she gets to ride, win/win all around!

          Meanwhile, the qh mare was very good for me. Had two of the nicest canter departs (one each way) I have had on a horse in a long time. And, quietann, speaking of cross rails, there just happened to be one set up in the ring. So, I asked She Who Shall Not be Banged in the Mouth Lest Ye Suffer the Consequences if she would like to go over it. Would she! You bet! It's the first time I have jumped in forever. I squeezed too tight with my leg which caused us to canter away (oh well) but did not whack her in the face!

          Classyride - every time I read something from someone about a barn that limits turnout I cringe. I know some barns are not set up (space) for all day turnout, but geez. At my barn, the horses get fed at 8 and 8, in between they are out. If there is any running or dork behavior, it comes from three reasons - it may be chilly/windy when they first go, but then everybody heads to the hay bale and/or grazes. Or, the class clown decides there is a monster in the woods and they all play "OMG We Run Now". The third is the race to the water tank - don't know why, but they will all run like crazy to get to the water when they decide, as a group, that it's time to drink.
          And nothing bad happened!

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          • ParadoxFarm, that video is *awesome*!!! I smiled the entire time I watched it because I was so happy for you to be back up on Chico. Don’t worry a bit about your equitation or strength right now – it’ll all come back. Right now, just putz around and enjoy it! You look fabulously happy up there, and that’s all that matters. It’s wonderful to have a mount you can trust when you’re coming back from injury – Chico is definitely one of those! What a good boy.

            Quietann, you rock those 12” crossrails like they’re Grand Prix fences! You and your Morgan just go out there and have fun with it. I wish I was there – I’d make a feeble attempt at playing the part of the announcer as you sail over 6’ oxers.

            Rebels_Princess, how awesome is that??? I’m so glad you’re getting to ride with other people! It really is a wonderful thing. I have a friend at the barn I’m moving my horses to and I can’t wait to be able to ride with her – it really does worlds for your motivation. And way to go to your hubby for joining you at the barn!

            Jaslyn, sounds like yesterday was fantastic – I’m so glad! Finn will enjoy his rides with the young lady, and you enjoy your rides on SWSNBBITM. Fantastic that she went right over the crossrail – what a good girl! And kudos on getting the nice canter departs. Fantastic, I say! Fantastic!

            Thanks so much Paradox, Quietann, Tiger Horse, and Jaslyn for making me feel a little bit better about the situation. It’s sad, because when I first came there she and I were of the same mind on things. I really don’t know what has changed, but we are now on two completely different pages here. There are always times when a group of horses will play "OMG We Run Now" (ROFL), and that's just normal. No need to coop them up because of it (which only compounds the need to fart, buck, and run).
            ~*~*~*~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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            • ClassyRide - so sorry you're going through so much barn drama, and bet you'll be relieved to be out of there! Limited turnout SUCKS, I think we can all agree there!

              PF - YAY! Glad the ankles are improving every time.

              Jaslyn - glad you have such a great situation worked out, sometimes it can be a relief to have some help with riding time & takes so much pressure off.

              As for me, I rode River-the-TB in a river today. Literally. The arena was soooo wet, apparently it has no drainage whatsoever. But I was itching to be in the saddle & for some fresh air, so we just did some walk-halt-walk stuff & worked on bending/stretching. It was a very relaxing ride, and River is SUCH a good boy, I cannot wait to get him on a proper trail ride and hopefully a beach ride. His owner wants him ridden out as much as possible so he is good for her when she takes him on organized trails. Tried him in a french link and he went way more nicely than in the eggbut, which is what I was hoping for - YAY!
              "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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              • Very frustrated right now. I took an evaluation lesson that I really liked, and the next week I had to cancel due to the blizzard. Despite an email and a call, the farm will not return any of my contacts to tell me when I can return for another lesson. I'm pretty peeved off at them since they're losing lesson money AND board money AND a possible commission, but also because they are one of the only games in town for having lesson horses to ride.

                A friend has graciously offered me a horse to ride whenever I want, but she is a lot braver than I am and her horses can be VERY fresh. It makes me a little nervous especially since I have not ridden seriously in so long.

                I'm beginning to feel like buying my own is going to be the only way to get good saddle time consistently, which is making me feel rushed. 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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                • Originally posted by Alterageous View Post
                  Very frustrated right now. I took an evaluation lesson that I really liked, and the next week I had to cancel due to the blizzard. Despite an email and a call, the farm will not return any of my contacts to tell me when I can return for another lesson. I'm pretty peeved off at them since they're losing lesson money AND board money AND a possible commission, but also because they are one of the only games in town for having lesson horses to ride.

                  A friend has graciously offered me a horse to ride whenever I want, but she is a lot braver than I am and her horses can be VERY fresh. It makes me a little nervous especially since I have not ridden seriously in so long.

                  I'm beginning to feel like buying my own is going to be the only way to get good saddle time consistently, which is making me feel rushed. Sigh.
                  How long has it been since you contacted the new barn? I had to leave a message to get into the place I ride now and I think it took like a week for a callback. It was a little awkward getting started.

                  I understand how you feel about buying a horse. I don't want to buy one until I've got a little more experience. I'm afraid at this point I could easily be over horsed!

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                  • Event4life - sounds like a very productive ride.

                    Alterageous - I can certainly understand your frustration - can you just swing by the barn and chat in person?

                    Ended up hitting the ground again tonight. Not too hard and didn't hit my head/helmet - thank goodness. Gosh, I hope this trend stops pretty soon, I'm getting too old for this! I sure wish I could figure out what is prompting these huge spooks - seems to be in about the same place every time - but we can go weeks at a time between them - maybe we just need to work harder!
                    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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                    • Tiger Horse - sorry to hear about the unauthorized dismount. The Amazon came to me w/a history of hard spooks w/her most recent owner. IDK all the circumstances but the more I've fooled with her, something's got HER confidence shaken. Ring work is no big deal for the most part as far as looking hard at stuff, but anywhere else, we take a pal. Denny Emerson used the term "bumper car" on his FB page in reference to the steady eddies used to accompany the OTTBs or nervous/tightly wound horses. I like that term and I love the idea of traveling w/a bumper car around until I have more miles on the Amazon!

                      Paradox - LOVE the video!!

                      We are in full blown mud season with what seems like rain/precip with infrequent bouts of sunshine. Never any time for the footing to dry out. FRUSTRATED! Rode today and slip, slided away. Realized just how out of shape I am having to hold it all together...the Amazon doesn't like large equipment trailers or the tall houses for the purple martins. Oh - and we jumped a big ditch today...NOT. Silly mare jumped over a narrow trickle of run off. Was I ready for it? no. Caught the poor girl in the mouth. Tmrw = rain. Thurs & Fri sunny and beautiful to tease & trick us since the weekend is wintry mix Saturday and a high of 38 on Sunday. I should really shut up and quit whining though as I could be folk who dreams of owning a critter, but doesn't even get a chance to be around them.

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                      • Originally posted by twelvebelles View Post
                        How long has it been since you contacted the new barn? I had to leave a message to get into the place I ride now and I think it took like a week for a callback. It was a little awkward getting started.

                        I understand how you feel about buying a horse. I don't want to buy one until I've got a little more experience. I'm afraid at this point I could easily be over horsed!
                        I really hate how hard it is to get ahold of horse people. It's 2013. I operate almost solely by email and I would think it wouldn't be complicated and it would be EASIER for them to read a quick email versus answering the phone all the time.

                        Alas.
                        Last edited by soloudinhere; Feb. 13, 2013, 08:11 AM.
                        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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                        • Event4Life – Thanks for the kind words. I’m literally counting the hours until I can move my kids, and I’m just hoping and praying that the Colic Queen (aka Velvet) stays healthy, Gabriel holds it together mentally, and baby Rose keeps herself out of trouble for just a few more days until I come pick them up.

                          You’re lucky that River is good about water! I’ve never had a problem with mine, but I had a good friend whose TB would do everything in his power not to dip his hoof in water of any kind. She evented him prior to my knowing them, and apparently water jumps were very interesting for them. I think it’s wonderful that you rode him out there, if nothing more than to let him experience the flooded arena and be sure he’s ok with it. Besides, a ride every now and then that focuses on perfecting the basics is a wonderful thing!

                          Alterageous – So sorry you haven’t heard back from the lesson barn yet. I suppose it’s possible they don’t check their e-mails/voicemail every day. I tend to reach out to people every 2 or 3 days as a general rule; that’s not enough to be a “stalker” but it is enough to get the point across that you want to hear from them. I hope you hear from somebody today and are able to get lessons set up.

                          Tiger Horse – I’m glad you’re alright! So sorry the ground broke your fall again. I’ve had my fair share of falls, but especially when I was first getting started. It seems like that’s the toughest, because your muscles and balance just aren’t there yet. As time goes by, you’ll be able to sit the spooks no problem. Or, even better, maybe you’ll figure out the key to the spooking and be able to get your horse over it.

                          Finzean – Ugh, what crappy weather! We’ve been getting “teaser” days here, too. I completely understand your frustration!!! Just think, though – it won’t be all that long until Spring comes around and we can ride our beasts through their Spring Sillies. :P
                          ~*~*~*~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 soloudinhere View Post
                            I really hate how hard it is to get ahold of horse people. It's 2013. I operate almost solely by email and I would think it wouldn't be complicated and it would be EASIER for them to read a quick email versus answering the phone all the time.

                            Alas.
                            Agreed! While I hate that folks assume I'm on call for my job 24/7 b/c I have a personal smart phone that gives me access to email, voice, etc. - the fact that some folks seem to MAKE themselves perpetually unavailable is irritating. if I can figure out the technology, anyone can!! LOL NOT my forte!

                            Alterageous - call them again. I agree...you're def not at stalker/creeper stage, yet.

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                            • Thanks, all, for your kind words and encouragement. It means a lot.

                              Rain here today so no riding. Plus I caught my husband cold, so probably lying low for a few days feeling somewhat sorry for myself. Just kidding. . Maybe I'll just snuggle up with a good book and my two dogs.

                              Cheers!
                              “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                              ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                              • Originally posted by ClassyRide View Post

                                You’re lucky that River is good about water! I’ve never had a problem with mine, but I had a good friend whose TB would do everything in his power not to dip his hoof in water of any kind. She evented him prior to my knowing them, and apparently water jumps were very interesting for them. I think it’s wonderful that you rode him out there, if nothing more than to let him experience the flooded arena and be sure he’s ok with it. Besides, a ride every now and then that focuses on perfecting the basics is a wonderful thing!
                                He really is the most laid back, chilled out Thoroughbred I've ever worked with. If his owner didn't know his breeders personally I'd wonder if they got the breed wrong, lol. Funnily enough the barn kids all think he's some kind of insane monster horse. He started hogging the gate and therefore making it impossible to get other horses out of the field. Poor guy, all he wanted was some attention! Owner has had a lot of difficulties since moving here so as far as I can tell has only made it to the barn a few times in the 3 months River's been there. He's been treated a bit too much like a pet so some of his ground manners are "interesting" but I love his personality and overall laid back manner, so I'm not complaining. He definitely proved that he had a good brain yesterday & I think he actually enjoyed splashing through the water!
                                "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 ClassyRide View Post

                                  Tiger Horse – I’m glad you’re alright! So sorry the ground broke your fall again. I’ve had my fair share of falls, but especially when I was first getting started. It seems like that’s the toughest, because your muscles and balance just aren’t there yet. As time goes by, you’ll be able to sit the spooks no problem. Or, even better, maybe you’ll figure out the key to the spooking and be able to get your horse over it.
                                  I so wish I could attribute it to just getting started - hunt seat, yes - but, I've been riding over 40 years! Dressage the last 3 years. I suppose it is a bit different - but still . . .

                                  The more I think about it - it was so my fault. He was pretty fresh and I should have lunged him first - just to get his mind in the game. I was tired and cold, and just wanted to ride while I had the indoor to myself. That will teach me about taking shortcuts! Oh well, no worse for the wear and surprisingly enough after I hopped back on, I never gave it a second thought. We just went on about our business.

                                  I keep chanting . . . spring is right around the corner . . .
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                                  "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 at lunch time, I took the plunge and purchased a new show bridle and some khaki breeches . . . oh lordy, what am I getting myself into! I hope the bridle is as nice as it sounds - it's on clearance (1/2 off) at VTO (a Courbette show bridle in Newmarket). The breeches were on sale too.

                                    Sorry, one (what might be) a very silly question - are schooling shows considered recognized competition? There is a nearby venue having an "event within an event" but it is "open only to horses who have never competed in a recognized competition".
                                    Last edited by Tiger Horse; Feb. 13, 2013, 05:17 PM. Reason: question added
                                    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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                                    • You go, TigerHorse! I have a Courbetter bridle that I like.

                                      To me, schooling shows are not "recognized". I think of recognized as A-rated (AA) shows. I call the schooling shows either schooling or local shows. I think the show you are looking at would be for those who have not shown their horses in A shows. Maybe even B shows, but we don't have any of those around here anymore! If you've only done schooling with your horse, you would be fine! Good luck if you enter!
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                        You go, TigerHorse! I have a Courbetter bridle that I like.

                                        To me, schooling shows are not "recognized". I think of recognized as A-rated (AA) shows. I call the schooling shows either schooling or local shows. I think the show you are looking at would be for those who have not shown their horses in A shows. Maybe even B shows, but we don't have any of those around here anymore! If you've only done schooling with your horse, you would be fine! Good luck if you enter!
                                        I'm hoping the Courbette is nice - regular price is similiar to some of the nicer bridles I've seen, if that's any indication.

                                        We've just done some schooling shows, so I guess we'll be OK. Not sure what I am going to do yet - there is a hunt/jump show at the end of March at a really nice facility - but it's about an hour away and would require going up on Friday and staying most of the weekend. The other "event within an event" is only about 20 min away and we could go late afternoon Sat and return early evening Sunday - not to mention it's really cheap. It would entail a simple dressage test and a simple jump course. I'm leaning towards the later, but we'll see.
                                        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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                                        • Tiger horse: It sounds like it will be a schooling show for horses who have as the prize list says for horses who have not shown is a reconized show. A show which is rated AA, A, B, C etc. So I would say go for it and have fun. .

                                          Paradox farm nice video nice horsie..

                                          Well all moved in...kinda sorta. UUUGGGG can I craw in a cave and not come back out or about a month? Just me and my BCX? Pretty please... I can quarentee you it is impossible to fit a 2800sqft 6bdrm house into a maybe a 1000sqft 2bdrm apt. While playing ringmaster to 4dogs 1 of which is a female in heat .... And one of the other is on 'roids" for a health problem and unusally aggressive( he has another half month on them then I hope he returns to normal).Which turned into an unplanned Vet run which almost emptied the Vet fund after a reset of a hind foot of another dog after a pile of dog.
                                          The female has had apts to be fixed but stuff keeps coming up.. kike oh what was the name of that hurricane not Katrina but the one that hit about a year or so after Gustav is that it? And another was last May.. And several other things such is my life.

                                          The weather here is not condusive to riding without an indoor. I am hoping for next month that should give me time to locate my bridle and breast plate and one paddock of two different pairs ( don't ask I don't know how).
                                          I had an interesting conversation with DH...Which ended in a win win for me. He " Made me a deal" I guess because he is afraid I will take a header off and get hurt ( and it turns out my youngest DH is also). My plan is to get Toby ready for the show ring by late June early July. Figure a month to get my body back in the swing of things I have already contacted a trainer in my area when the weather breaks I will haul in for lesson etc. But any way Dh said if I am hurt in any way a Pro will ride Toby in the shows if not I will. So it's win either way Toby get in the ring.
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