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  • Yay, Dewey!!! How cool is that? Congrats!

    I am considering a new entrepreneurial venture...I'm wondering if I can find a way to package and market all of this mud for use as at-home spa mud treatments? If I had a nickel for every application.....boy I'd be in high cotton instead of calf deep mud...

    If wishes were horses. I'm considering legging up the Amazon Sea Monster the British way...road work. It's about what I'm left with at this point. The ring is a swamp and walking to it is even more dangerous....

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    • WTG Alterageous and Dewey!!!

      No riding yesterday - but full of ponies nonetheless. My trainer ended up as a ring steward at a local show, so I did the morning feed/turn out. Gotta love weather changes - all of the ponies in the barn have excellent ground manners - that is a must. But, since the weather was changing, there were a few that seemed to have lost a brain cell or two - LOL. Had to do the halt, step back, step up, step back with the 17.1 mare and a couple of others. Hello - engage brain please!!! What's cool about that is that before I got to know and pay attention to my trainer and learn from her, I would have no more attempted that than the man in the moon. She is a wonderful teacher!

      Then I headed to the show to learn how to be the jumper ring announcer for the March show. Then it was back to the barn to do stalls with one of the other ladies. Bless the boarder who came to ride and cleaned all the stalls and put down shavings!! All we had to do was dump and refill the water buckets and throw hay for night.
      And nothing bad happened!

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      • ^Sounds like an awesome horsey day, Jaslyn, some of my favourite barn memories are days when I didn't ride at all!

        Good job at the horse show Dewey & good decision making - IMO its most important that green horses to have a good experience, and any ribbons are icing on the cake.

        I had a brilliant day in the saddle yesterday though. I went on 2 trail rides. Rode Jet @ walk but sadly he is a bit off & we don't know why. Farrier is coming to finish up tomorrow so we're going to get him to take a look since Jet just got new shoes on Friday.

        THEN I took River out on a real trail ride, actually off property - we rode down to the Cape Fear River, with Sam & her horse Black Rio. River was such a good boy, he saw tons and didn't blink an eye. He wasn't quite sure about the River so had to follow Black Rio in. We only paddled at the very shallow section because there was a sign informing us alligators had been seen in the area! He did WTC on trail though - honestly a monkey could have ridden him and he wouldn't have minded, until he got to the river. Its still so strange for me to ride such a nice horse I almost feel guilty. We then stumbled over a few of the small logs on the property and re-established that jumping is not his forte, lol.

        We had to put blankets on everyone because the weather turned crappy yesterday afternoon - it actually even snowed!! For about 5 minutes, lol.
        "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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        • Where do all of you guys live that you get to trail ride?! I'm so jealous. It was like 20 degrees here yesterday - inside the barn! I think I probably won't be able to trail ride until April, if that.

          I've at least finally had a good ride. I got so frustrated at my lack of progress that I finally decided I don't give crap if I ever get better - and voila! It was like a miracle. Suddenly my troubles went away!

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          • Awesome, twelvebelles. Sometimes it is good to let go! We put too much pressure on ourselves. (I'm in mid Tennessee.)

            Dewey, sounds like a great show! Great start to the show year!

            Event4life..are there really alligators in NC?? Hope it is nothing serious with Jet. That's frustrating. Sounds like a great trail ride, though!

            Jaslyn, sounds like you have a really good group of people at your barn. That's cool!

            Finzean, hope you get a break soon with your weather and mud!

            Getting ready to ride! Have a good one, you all!
            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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            • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post

              Event4life..are there really alligators in NC?? Hope it is nothing serious with Jet. That's frustrating. Sounds like a great trail ride, though!
              Yeah there are! Next time I'll take a picture of the sign. River by the sign by the river with hopefully no alligators present! LOL.

              So do I . He was fine @ walk but then trotted a bit @ the end in the arena- one of the kiddos wanted to trot and needed a lead, and he was very definitely off. Not much, but enough to be beyond the stiffness you'd maybe expect from recent cold weather . Fingers crossed for 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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              • Why we wear good shoes at the barn, even when not riding.

                The barn rule of closed toed shoes came in really hand today. We had finished chores, and I brought Finn in to de-hair, de-dirt his body. I just had him outside his stall, holding his lead. Well, he spooked at one of the barn cats - a cat he sees every single day. In the process of jumping, he landed on my foot. Thank goodness I had on my Terrains. Yes it hurt, but did not break my foot! LOL - the funny part was the split second Finn realized he had landed on my foot (uneven surface??) he moved off it. And then came back in to me as if to say, "Um, sorry, I had a TB moment there, but it's over."

                Goodish news on the job front too - way back in late September, I applied for a trial clerk position with the city. Didn't hear anything and, frankly, forgot about it. Well, about a week ago, I got an email notifying me of the date and time of a written test. So, I went and took it. Got an email on Friday asking me to schedule an oral exam, which is on Tuesday. Their form emails all start out with, "We are pleased to inform you that you have met the minimum requirements......"
                And nothing bad happened!

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                • Good luck, Jaslyn!
                  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 twelvebelles View Post
                    Where do all of you guys live that you get to trail ride?! I'm so jealous. It was like 20 degrees here yesterday - inside the barn! I think I probably won't be able to trail ride until April, if that. !
                    Think layers. Lots of layers for you, and a quarter sheet for the horse. 20 degrees is about as low as I'd go though, and not if it's windy.
                    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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

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                    • Thank you everyone for the kind replies Friday night I was trying a saddle (yes, I know, on a horse I am iffy about!) and took the bareback pad out so I could use it if the saddle didn't work. It didn't, so I switched to bareback and mostly walked around, and Feronia was just a joy. She is very comfortable!

                      Saturday we had a good lesson, though the trainer yelled at me for not getting after Feronia more quickly when she's disobedient. In his opinion we're having a dominance battle right now; I have the skills to get her to behave, and she isn't happy about it so she's constantly testing me. It's sort of like being nagged, ugh. She had only had 2 doses of Robaxin but did seem a bit looser.

                      Didn't ride today as she'd cut the fronts of her pasterns in turnout... I have no idea how, but apparently she was really PO'd about being out in the snow and wind and cold so she might have banged them on something. Here is how she looked, telling me to bring her in RIGHT THIS MINUTE.
                      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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

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                      • YEAH I found my other paddock boot to my black (older pair) of boots but have yet to find the second boot of my newer paddock boots, and my found the other tall boot. But have yet to find my bridle... But found half ( wonder how that happened don't remember dismanteling them) of my old really old draw reins..
                        DH bless his heart, came to me with a "find" and saying oh you don't have to buy new britches I found a pair of yours... Yea he "found a pair" all right.. a pair that I haven't worn since I was mmmm lets see my youngest is 20 and the last time I wore then was shortly after he was born at a last minute show. But I wore them consinetly during the 80's... I swear they must made of cast iron...because they did not degrade any in the 30ish yrs... And they fit but they adhere themselves to legs.. I wonder if the "they" will be fashionable again in the ring. Who would have thunk it, Equestrian brand britches would last this long.. I wonder if they would last a nuke war like a roach. To bad they aren't Rust then they might be worth riding in the ring.
                        Friend of bar .ka

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                        • Bumknees, I had a couple of pairs of Equestrian breeches left over from the 80s...I am impressed that yours still fit as I couldn't get into mine. I gave them to my daughter. She wore them some, but never really liked them--she said they were "slippery."

                          I still have my "Brittany" dressage coat and my white Harry Hall breeches from back in the day. Can't wear them, though. DD wore both when she did dressage at 4-H state. I wish I could wear the Harry Halls. They were the "it" brand back in the day. I remember getting my first pair after years of begging my mother. So nice!
                          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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                          • The only time I weight more than I have since I was 13 is when I was preg. and when I was dx'd with cancer a few years ago. Which seemed to dropped off when I had my stroke.. would not recomed that "diet" lol (45lbs over night literaly)...
                            Friend of bar .ka

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                            • ParadoxFarm – I’m so happy for you! Hooray for being able to ride again! You’re doing awesome.

                              Alterageous – Congrats! It’s amazing when it all comes together and you have a great ride!

                              Event4Life – Sounds like you’ve been having some awesome days in the saddle! I know that feeling of: there’s no place I’d rather be than at the barn. It’s why we’re all so nutty in love with our beasts.

                              Bumknees – ROFL at the breeches made of cast iron that sadly are not Rust. I’m SO happy you are in your new place. I really despise moving and totally understand how things get thrown into various boxes. I hope you assemble all of your pony toys soon.

                              Dewey – I am SO happy for you that Sky is not only doing better, but she and you had such a great time at the show! Congrats!!! That’s wonderful!

                              Finzean – I’ve heard that jogging in carts is an excellent way to train horses and get their fitness up. I don’t know the first thing about it, but I would think that’d be a great way to work her in these conditions if you can find someone knowledgeable enough to start her right with it (I’ve been told the only downside to this type of work is that it can be dangerous when they’re green to it, so they need an experienced hand at first). Let me know if you find gold in all that mud – I’ll happily become a partner and invest in the business.

                              Jaslyn – Sounds like a fun-filled day! Good for you for knowing how to engage those brains – flying a 17.1 hand kite is never a fun thing. You’re going to get to announce a show??? How cool is that?! I wanna! Also, great news on the job front! Hooray for meeting “the minimum requirements”… Good luck with your oral exam!

                              TwelveBelles – Congrats on the improvement! Sometimes all you need is to “give up” and try to just enjoy the ride. Does wonders.

                              Quietann – ROFLMAO!! Love the “evil mare face” Feronia has on because she doesn’t want to be outside. I’m so glad she’s doing better.

                              …..

                              As for me, the move couldn’t really have gone much better this weekend. I’ll post details in a little while – probably more toward lunch time. But everyone made it safely there and I was quite proud of my three little beasties.
                              ~*~*~*~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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                              • Quietann, that picture is a riot. You should start a contest for the best caption.
                                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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                                • So, here’s the tale of the move yesterday…

                                  I had two friends come with me so there were 3 people for 3 horses. I have awesome friends – they spent almost the entire day travelling around to help me get the horses to the new barn. When we made it to the old farm, we figured our game plan would be to load Velvet first (ex-racehorse who is a total pro at loading), then put on Gabriel (because I know he’d want to be with his “woman”), then put on Rose (since she’s the baby, I figured she’d get on best if she saw the others were doing it). But, with horses, you have to think on the fly sometimes.

                                  My friend Erin took Velvet first, who did load like a pro (as I knew she would). As she was hooking her up in the trailer, Velvet started to scream out to her friends, which caused a bit of a tizzy. Gabriel was jigging circles around my friend Ashley, and I had a hold of baby Rose, who screamed back, popped her front end up and flew back a few steps. At that point, BO said she’d recommend I load Rose next – I was thinking the same thing. So, I walked her right up to the trailer. I stepped up, but stopped and let her sniff the floor for a few moments. Once I saw her relax a bit, I kissed to her and started walking – and she came right on up! Good girl! She stood like a rock to be tied up, we closed her divider, then I went and got Gabriel. I also walked him practically right on – he’s never been the best trailer loader, but all he did was hesitate and take 1 step backward once. I gave him a little tug and kissed and he came right on the trailer, as well. What awesome horses I have! I love them!

                                  The ride was long. When we were nearing the end, we made a short pit stop just to pick up our various cars in a mall parking lot we’d all met at (Ashley said, “Not everyone can say their horses have been to the mall!!”) That is the first and only time I heard someone stomping around and making a little bit of a fuss (it was Gabriel – he really dislikes trailer rides and says that when we stop, we’d better be getting off this horrid ride!), but it wasn’t bad. And then we went the last 20 minutes to the new farm. Everyone got off the trailer really well, too – no over-exuberance or leaping off the trailer. We led them into the barn and stuck them each in their stalls. That was the only thing that was a little tough – every single one of them wanted to rush out of their stalls before we got the doors closed, but none of them succeeded.

                                  The two adult horses were somewhat anxious and didn’t really settle in completely last night. I think I rocked their world (they’d been at the other barn for almost 3 years), but I know that in a couple of days they’ll be alright. The baby couldn’t have cared less – she said, “There’s food, there’s water, there’s bedding – I’m good.”

                                  They’ve already been turned out today. Erin lives very close to the barn and helped turn them out. She sent me a pic of them running out there – she said they’re pretty wound up (I expect them to be for a few days because they haven’t had any good turnout for a long time), but the BO said he’ll watch them, and Erin’s going to go back out in an hour or so to check on them. I’m going to go back out tonight after work to check on them, too.

                                  Today is a nervous day for me – just hoping they’re all doing ok. But thank you to everyone who wished me luck with the move, because it worked!
                                  ~*~*~*~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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                                  • Glad it went well, CR - I was just wondering if there was an update!

                                    I had another fantabulous barn day :-D. Knowing that its going to rain tomorrow & I didn't get out yesterday (cold and windy = time to paint the bathroom, in my world!), I planned to spend most of the day today. Luckily my new-found "dubs" friend Sam (who is actually my age, what a concept!) was out all day too. We worked Molly Brown & Cinders, the two ex Amish horses. Cinders got to try at being ponied, which went really well. She was so good with lunging & ponying that we called it a day after that. Molly Brown (who will hereafter be known as "MB") did great lunging & even better u/s. One of the borders suggested trying driving terms with her, so we did with me in the saddle & the trainer on the ground for reassurance. The driving terms worked really well - we used those with leg & rein aids. She has a good brain and I think she'll get the idea quickly.

                                    Then we went for lunch & came back in time for the farrier. Had some fun rounding up wild ponies (literally). I had to leave to pick the kiddo I tutor up from school. It was so nice out that I went back after tutoring & rode River. He's definitely feeling more in shape & is definitely more "up" in chillier weather, lol. We worked on our canter left depart & long and low since he curls up and gets BTV constantly. My goal is to get him (and me!) in shape enough so we can actually have a productive lesson - I'm not paying to bring an instructor out unless I know we'll get something out of it!

                                    All in all, a great day, and I get to spend tomorrow catching up on work for this week. Fun times .
                                    "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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                                    • Wow - sounds like an excellent day for you, Event4Life! Are the ex-Amish horses Saddlebreds, Standardbreds, or some other type? I know that the typical Amish horses I see on the roads around here are Saddlebreds and Standardbreds - only occasionally do I see anything else.

                                      Interesting that River wants to be BTV all the time. I've seen quite a few COTH posts about various OTTBs wanting to do that. Obviously, not all of them do - Velvet, luckily for me, goes in a very nice, natural frame at the Canter, but she wants to be a giraffe in the trot. Go figure.

                                      ....I went to check on my horses last night. Everyone is settling in pretty well. The only one still not quite settled was Gabriel. I was a little surprised at that, but really, he is probably the most nervous of my three in general. Oddly, he's bombproof when you're riding him (he spooks in place at things - never bolts or anything), but I think that's from some excellent training somewhere in his past, because he can get tense pretty often about stuff. Poor boy. When I brought them in from their pasture, Gabriel was just pacing in his stall, so I took him out and walked him all over the barn so he could see *everything* - and that really seemed to help him. By the time I left, everyone was happily tucked in and eating hay.

                                      I'll post a picture of the three of them when I can figure out how - I thought you could attach pictures to posts, but maybe that's changed. And I can't remember my Photobucket password. I'll figure it out and post it eventually!
                                      ~*~*~*~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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                                      • CR. Around here the Amish horses are normally Standardbreds usually but sometimes not OTTSTD. On occasion you will see a TB.
                                        Friend of bar .ka

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                                        • I bought myself a pair of fancy field boots as a present for myself for having such a good ride for my first jumps in at least 9 years.

                                          Now I'm coveting saddles again...must acquire horse first!
                                          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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