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  • ClassyRide - there is no gold, as yet...

    AND IT'S STILL RAINING!!!!!

    Whew, that felt better to get it all out...

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    • Sounds like everyone had a productive weekend!

      ClassyRide - so glad your move went well.

      Quietann - your Feronia should meet my Dodger - they can make evil faces together! Dodger likes to be outside - for about half a day - any more (unless he is out on pasture with the girls) is just too much for him and he starts to make faces and paw at the gate. He really likes the comfort/security of his stall. Ah well, he is a quirky kind of guy.

      Had a marvelous lesson, per my trainer, on Sunday. (She does not give praise lightly - so, I was pretty happy.) We were jumping three jumps arranged on a circle, x to vertical to oxer. Learning to maintain bend, look ahead and control the beast. Had some miscues and at first managed to get over two, but not all three jumps. Finally, was able to get all three in both directions at least twice. Learned a ton! The surprising thing is, once I got it - stopped thinking and started feeling, it seemed so easy and felt so easy.

      We talked about the upcoming hunter show - she thinks I should event instead! She must see something I don't or maybe I'm just not a "pretty" enough rider for the hunter ring?! She's thinking we will try to do something mid to late summer . . .
      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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      • Originally posted by Alterageous View Post
        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!
        Congrats on the boots! What did you get??
        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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        • Originally posted by ClassyRide View Post
          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!
          Glad your ponies are doing well in their new home, CR. I'm sure Gabriel will figure it out soon! I think younger ones often are less "stuck in their way" so more adaptable to a new situation. I bet its a relief for you to be able to see them more frequently!

          River is a never made it to the track OTTB - he was bred to race, but I think they figured out early on in his training that he's too lazy! LOL. Interesting about other OTTBs being BTV. He's the first one I worked with so I have nothing to compare. With him its definitely evasion rather than not knowing better though. His owner warned me this would be the case so I know I can expect more, though I do want to take our time building his muscle back up.

          As for the amish guys, MB is I'm pretty sure full standardbred. The other one, Cinders, is I think a cross of some kind...maybe with Quarter Horse? She has a gait but she also has a true trot - its really weird & I don't know enough about gaited horses to identify/describe it.
          "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 Tiger Horse View Post
            Congrats on the boots! What did you get??
            Ditto! interested.
            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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            • Finally had some okay temps to ride... I got it in before the rain also! Yes, we have an indoor but it is really raw out now with the dampness. Each lesson I feel like I am really going to love this horse. I had my doubts just becuased Tyler wa our heart horse. I think Marrakesch is going to be a close second... The lesson was amazing. He was soft and supple and I am getting the insdie leg to outside rein! YEAH! He will round for me and we are working on our walk trot transitions while I keep the contact and it is working! I am so proud of myself!
              Glad everyone is doing well and is winter over yet?
              Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
              Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
              "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"

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              • Originally posted by ivy62 View Post
                Finally had some okay temps to ride... I got it in before the rain also! Yes, we have an indoor but it is really raw out now with the dampness. Each lesson I feel like I am really going to love this horse. I had my doubts just becuased Tyler wa our heart horse. I think Marrakesch is going to be a close second... The lesson was amazing. He was soft and supple and I am getting the insdie leg to outside rein! YEAH! He will round for me and we are working on our walk trot transitions while I keep the contact and it is working! I am so proud of myself!
                Glad everyone is doing well and is winter over yet?
                Good for you ivy - that is a huge accomplishment!

                Counting the days until winter is done - rained a good portion of yesterday, than had snow last night . . . lovely (and not in a good 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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                • Woo-hoo! I got my photobucket password figured out. I have this set to public, so you all should be able to see it. Here's a picture my friend Erin took when my three got turned out the first morning. Man, they were loving getting to stretch their legs!
                  ~*~*~*~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
                    Woo-hoo! I got my photobucket password figured out. I have this set to public, so you all should be able to see it. Here's a picture my friend Erin took when my three got turned out the first morning. Man, they were loving getting to stretch their legs!
                    GREAT picture! - looks like they are enjoying all that turnout and grass!
                    "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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                    • Hi everyone!!
                      Thought I would join your posts. I am an adult rerider who has struggled with confidence issues for a few years now. ( only with jumping) I own 2 wonderful geldings one of which is my heart horse.

                      I was doing really well up until this year. I was unsure where I wanted to be riding wise. I do not have the talent I had before i took my 5 year break. I retired my heart horse after many illnesses and lameness issues and started my green bean after i bought him about a year and a half ago. Got the basics on him and started his jumping ( he is uber talented!!)

                      A friend talked me into trying eventing and I moved the boys over last summer. I put my young guy in training and he took to eventing like a duck to water.

                      I have now lost all desire to ride!!! I want my trainer to compete him to the higher levels and I just be the owner/groom.

                      I haven't ridden him since early December and I can only afford for my trainer to ride him twice a week. He is not fit to start competing in the end of March when the first trials begin. I really hope it is just the winter talking and once the weather warms up a bit I will want to ride again!!

                      UGH I hate winter!!!!!!!

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                      • Originally posted by Tiger Horse View Post
                        Congrats on the boots! What did you get??
                        Parlanti Miami.
                        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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                        • Welcome, superD. This is a great group here. (Well, I think so!). We can all relate to feeling less than confident at times.

                          Do you think your not wanting to ride has anything to do with being talked into eventing? I know I am comfortable jumping, say, 3'6" in the arena, but I don't feel remotely comfortable jumping 2' in the field in XC. Maybe because you're gearing your horse to event you're not comfortable? Maybe come back to something you are comfortable with and enjoy more and don't worry about what others say about that decision. Horses are expensive to own and upkeep and it's hard if you're not enjoying it. Or maybe you're just not as comfortable with a younger horse? I had to sell two youngsters because I just was not having fun with them. I now have a teenager that I LOVE. And I'm enjoying riding again. A lot. (Well, was before broke my ankle...long story).

                          Good luck finding the fun, and welcome.
                          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                          • Originally posted by Alterageous View Post
                            Parlanti Miami.
                            VERY NICE - that's double congrats!!!!
                            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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                            • Classyride, great pic. They look like they're having a blast! I bet it felt good for them. Glad the move went smoothly. I'm so happy for you!

                              ivy62, sounds like a great ride. And don't worry about comparing this horse to your "heart" horse. You can now have another heart horse, only a different one. No rules on saying you can only have one in your lifetime! Enjoy.

                              TigerHorse, love your circle exercise. You would think it's so easy to do that, but it's not. I was working on a similar line over the summer and had trouble doing it. It was a LONG two stride (just one bending line, not 3 jumps like yours!) and I just could not get it. I even have video of this. Okay, if I find it I will post, but don't laugh at me! haa. Finally I said to myself, I am doing a three stride and that's that. It worked for me, but still was not pretty.

                              Okay, here it is. It's the last two jumps in the "course". I do the course three times. None of those last two are very good! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVtNECqXIPU
                              “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                              ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                              • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                                TigerHorse, love your circle exercise. You would think it's so easy to do that, but it's not. I was working on a similar line over the summer and had trouble doing it. It was a LONG two stride (just one bending line, not 3 jumps like yours!) and I just could not get it. I even have video of this. Okay, if I find it I will post, but don't laugh at me! haa. Finally I said to myself, I am doing a three stride and that's that. It worked for me, but still was not pretty.

                                Okay, here it is. It's the last two jumps in the "course". I do the course three times. None of those last two are very good! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVtNECqXIPU
                                Definitely not laughing - I think you look great!!

                                The secret for me was sitting to and between jumps - I needed my seat and leg to get him to come back to me in order to get all three jumps. Such a hard concept, because the last thing you want to do when your horse is really forward, is to put a leg on. (The last three years of dressage training has really come in handy - that is, when I remember to use it!!) I am usually just so happy to get over, I forget about the objective!
                                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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                                • Thanks, Tiger Horse. Usually take me a few to get those things. But it's a fun learning process. I just have to remind myself, too, not to jump ahead. I had really started working on that in the two months before the ankle. To be honest, in this video, I already had the broken ankle, just decided to ignore it.
                                  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                  ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                  • My coach sometimes sets up four low jumps in a circle and tells us how many strides we are supposed to get between each one. She varies it. It's really hard. We call it the "circle of death."
                                    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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                                    • I finally got to do the circle of death last year, too. We didn't have big jumps, 2' probably. No higher. But once I got it, to work on my form my trainer had me do it without stirrups. I thought I would die. But it really helped with my tendency to jump ahead. But I was a bit scared I'd come off!
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Yes, little jumps are what my trainer uses, too. It's too hard to adjust the striding on the fly if the jumps are big.
                                        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 Dewey View Post
                                          Yes, little jumps are what my trainer uses, too. It's too hard to adjust the striding on the fly if the jumps are big.
                                          I had a trainer back in my teenage years (and a VERY adjustable horse) and my trainer would make me fit as many as 12 strides in a 5 stride line, etc.

                                          I loved those exercises!
                                          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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