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  • Oh man, got a great reality check today at my lesson. I'm riding with the eq trainer for the next few weeks while the jumper crew is off at a show. She's very nice about my past so she leaves the rails at basically x-rail height while we're working on form. When we went out today some of the jumps were set higher from whoever was out last, but I was feeling brave so we left them up (jumps with TWO rails! ). I had a nice lesson, did some scary lines with my eyes closed, good day. At the end, feeling all proud of myself, I asked how high they were thinking they were 2'3", but no, 18" with tape measure. This was 45 minutes after our talk of "what is my goal?" Which I answered with low a/o jumpers I think I've got a LONG way to go lol

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    • Welcome aboard, Button! Yep it amazing what a stupid little tape measure can do to one's ego. I've had it happen enough times that I keep a tape measure in my tack box. Even so, congratulations on moving up! If you mentally jumped 2'3" and were just fine with it, you can do it for real.

      My horse is currently (for the split second) doing great. Breathing fine, and not lame. In our Tuesday lesson we did our first jumps on a circle in 18 months. Circle of Death to the left and to the right. We nailed everything to the left (his good direction) and we have to work on the right. Needs strengthening an bending exercises. Trainer rode him Thursday and did a 2'6" course with him and we have good lead changes both ways. That means the lame right foot is all better for sure and totally off his radar screen. I don't think he remembers his right foot used to hurt. Anyway, he's acting like nothing ever happened. Very happy to be jumping again. Have a lesson tomorrow morning, and hope we can dodge the rain that's in the forecast.

      Dewey and Tarheel...sorry you both had less than stellar horse show experiences. I'm surprised no one on COTH has started a "The Show Was Going Just Fine, and THEN..." thread. I'm sure people have all sorts of interesting stories.

      Today is the first Brownland Farm No Frills show, and my barn has lots of people going. I'm going to go over there to hang out and watch. Wish I were competing, but not going to spend my money on an off-site show until I'm sure he's ok. If you ever want to see a nice farm, go to www.brownlandfarm.com. I am so fortunate to live close to this place. Have a great day, everyone!
      It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

      www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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      • Pony4me, awesome that your horse is feeling well! That is so cool. I LOVE Brownland. Brownland is also where I broke my ankle last year. . It's a love/hate thing. Haha. Have fun watching the no frills!
        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        ¯ Oscar Wilde

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        • Finzean, thanks for the thought on the horse. If the appendix doesn't come through, I don't mind a little bit of travel.
          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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          • Tarheel, of course you wouldn't ignore your doctor's advice!
            I looked at the link you provided, and I am intrigued. I read a lot of the reviews, and it sounds as though it might help and certainly wouldn't do harm. I noted that several people said the stuff was difficult to get out of the tube, but that running it under hot water seems to help.

            I bought several tubes of omeprezole (I found a cheaper source) to keep on hand for future away shows as Sky has shown she is susceptible to ulcers. Right now she is still on the "pop rocks," so I haven't used any. But this supplement might be a good alternative for the future. Are you going to try it, Tarheel?

            Button, don't be too hard on yourself. Last year I wondered if Sky and I would ever make it over anything more than crossrails. And Pony4me, that is terrific news about Mr. All-Better!
            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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            • Tarheel, how did the wrist hold up riding today's? Hope you're doing well.

              Dewey, I didn't realize Sky was an appendix. Any pics handy?

              Button, I think you're doing great! Don't worry too much about the height. You will get there. But at least you had a great ride, and felt good about it. . Like many here, I used to ride a lot better and jump a lot higher when I was younger. I remember doing the mini-Prix back in the day at 4'. Those days are long gone! After some bad falls on one of my green horses, I lost all my nerve. I mean all! I ended up selling that horse and then started taking lessons twice a week at my local university (alumni can take lessons with their IHSA program). I rode different horses twice a week. One day flat and one day jumping (starter jumping, so maybe 2'. Then I went out and bought a quarter horse. When I went to try him out, I'm embarrassed to say I was afraid to canter in the round pen. Really was afraid. But I cantered half a revolution and called it good and bought the horse. Loved that horse! He ended up having laminitis, though, and he went back to the original owner. Miss that horse. But before that happened, Chico fell into my hands. When I got him I stopped taking lessons at school and took Chico to my trainer (who taught at the university), and we progressed nicely. Before I broke my ankle, we were jumping 3'6" and I was happy as can be. I finally found my heart horse after riding for 30 years! Now that I am just getting back to riding after four months off, I again am starting over. Today we jumped 2'3 and one 2'6 and it felt big. . But it was beautiful out and it was fun.
              “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
              ¯ Oscar Wilde

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              • Sky is a daughter of Skys Blue Boy. Here she is:

                http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/z...1/NanSky68.jpg

                http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/z...scamera573.jpg

                http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/z...sdf9bac7b.jpeg
                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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                • Ooh very nice! And such a tidy front end in the last pic!

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                  • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                    Tarheel, how did the wrist hold up riding today's? Hope you're doing well.

                    Dewey, I didn't realize Sky was an appendix. Any pics handy?

                    Button, I think you're doing great! Don't worry too much about the height. You will get there. But at least you had a great ride, and felt good about it. . Like many here, I used to ride a lot better and jump a lot higher when I was younger. I remember doing the mini-Prix back in the day at 4'. Those days are long gone! After some bad falls on one of my green horses, I lost all my nerve. I mean all! I ended up selling that horse and then started taking lessons twice a week at my local university (alumni can take lessons with their IHSA program). I rode different horses twice a week. One day flat and one day jumping (starter jumping, so maybe 2'. Then I went out and bought a quarter horse. When I went to try him out, I'm embarrassed to say I was afraid to canter in the round pen. Really was afraid. But I cantered half a revolution and called it good and bought the horse. Loved that horse! He ended up having laminitis, though, and he went back to the original owner. Miss that horse. But before that happened, Chico fell into my hands. When I got him I stopped taking lessons at school and took Chico to my trainer (who taught at the university), and we progressed nicely. Before I broke my ankle, we were jumping 3'6" and I was happy as can be. I finally found my heart horse after riding for 30 years! Now that I am just getting back to riding after four months off, I again am starting over. Today we jumped 2'3 and one 2'6 and it felt big. . But it was beautiful out and it was fun.
                    He sounds like a special guy, and 2'6" is certainly respectable, especially after 4 months off

                    I'm hoping I'll find a special guy too soon. One of the girls at the barn was riding in a GP last night, so we all went to watch. I have to give her credit, poor thing was one of only two ametuers (I think) in a field of 16, and I think the youngest by about 8 years, and had a pretty rough trip. Anyway, they let people walk the course afterward, and I mentioned that I thought it was motivating to see the jumps up close to my trainer. I think it surprised him, (said he had me pegged as a hunter) but he said he'll keep an eye out for the right horse for me next time he's out in CA (will be an OTTB, I don't make enough to get something super-fancy, but I've got plenty of time and good supervision to bring along a talented greenie).

                    For whatever reason my sense of scale is so off that 18" looks like 2'3"-2'6", but GP jumps are only "intimidating because ofthe spread." I think I'm just going to stop worrying about the height and have some fun. The fear is starting to wear off, and I'm beginning to remember how much I love this sport!

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                    • Hey folks! Back after a bit of a break - spring break with DD at WDW. Had a great time, lots of happy family memories there.

                      Welcome Button! Sounds like everyone else is A OK. Classyride - hope you can get the turnout situation worked out, that sucks.

                      Only rode Tues this week - terrible headache the rest of the week, so groomed, turned out, etc. but didn't feel up to riding or doing much of anything, quite honestly. Was supposed to have a dressage lesson today, but ended up jumping instead. Considering I'd only ridden once in two weeks - we did well and had a blast. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

                      PS. DD and I had a few heart-to-hearts during sb and she does understand about me riding, she's OK for now.
                      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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                      • Welcome back Tiger Horse. Love WDW. . And glad to hear you and DD doing well.

                        Dewey. Sky is gorgeous. Love her. How tall is she? Thanks for posting pics.

                        Button....the width still scares me! Verticals to me are easy. I shouldn't say easy, but they don't scare me like a good oxer even when the vertical is a foot bigger!
                        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                        ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                        • Paradox. Sky is just short of 16 hands. Sometimes she measures 15.3 and sometimes 16. Thanks to you and Button for the compliments to my girl.
                          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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                          • Dewey your pictures are beautiful.

                            Tiger Horse glad you had a good break.

                            Still snowy and cold up here. I think we will have snow until August this year

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                            • Love that mare, Dewey! Those knees!!!

                              I feel like all I do is whine about weather when it really hasn't been too bad around here lately. Spring is fickle, that's for sure, though, and today we are back to blech! Cold and rainy outside. Did I mention I don't really do cold & rainy??? I'm going to spend a little more time looking at Dewey's photos (taken on a sunny day!) and see if I can't convince myself to quit being whiny over the weather. I swear I really do think I have the SAD disorder...

                              Paradox- news on new critter??

                              Button - welcome!! Back in the day when I was riding a Sherman tank who knew better than anyone that stadium jumps fell down, I got my jumping legs back over natural obstacles. My boy didn't care if he pulled rails when I first got him and hearing a hard rap or a rail come down did a number on me. I used to get worried about anything over a cross rail b/c I was sure something crash & burn was going to happen. Did nothing good for my psyche or riding. We were very fortunate to have access to 100s of acres of old hunt territory and farms built around it with TONS of natural obstacles of all sizes. Funny how big logs don't look that big next to big trees still standing up. And ditches aren't that scary either when they just look natural. I got to riding better, horse was much happier and when we headed back to the ring, the issue with being "lazy" o/f was just gone. It sounds stupid to take a horse that's pulling rails and jump them over things that don't fall down but I swear he never touched a thing out in the fields & woods. He knew....naughty little bugger!!

                              Tiger Horse - migraines are the worst & this weather seems to make them more common place for me. I've been having the several days won't go away, instead of severe/to the ER, then loose 3 days b/c of meds. But they still shut things down. feel better! So glad you & DD enjoyed some time together...need to do some bonding w/my own DD over something not horse related...

                              Tarheel - wrist update??

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                              • HazelG - just saw your post about snow. I now feel completely horrible about weather whining.

                                Prayers for spring to hurry on her way to you & yours in the great white north! Ugh - winter!!!

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                                • Dewey, she actually looks a lot bigger!
                                  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                  ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                  • Yes, that's because I am only 5 feet tall! I think she is actually a little big for me. My ideal size is 15.1-15.2.
                                    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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                                    • Ah...now it all makes sense! . FWIW, I think you make a nice pair.
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Thanks, Paradox. Let us know you what happens with the appendix you are looking at.
                                        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 ParadoxFarm View Post
                                          Dewey, she actually looks a lot bigger!
                                          Agreed!! I thought she was another Amazon from the photos!

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