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  • SuperD keep us posted!! Sending jingles and then some!! And big hugs to the kid - what a great eye on that youngin!

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    • Thinking about you and your pony, superD. When this is all over, take that kid out to dinner or something! Keep us posted.
      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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      • Eep, SuperD. Colic is so scary... Feronia had a not-very-bad gas colic after she got her Tildren last week, and that was bad enough. I hope Jack continues to improve.

        ETA: I second, third, and fourth any suggestion to do something special for that barn kid. Maybe a trip to the local tack shop or a gift card?
        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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

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        • Jingles for you superD. Please post updates

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          • Classy ride, I have a 12 year old son. We have had some behavior issues so sorry hope things resolve. It is so hard, my son who won't be 13 until end of May is about 5'7" and still growing, plays ice hockey. The sports help, but he has way more drama amoung his friends than my 15 year old daughter ever had/has. I don't understand it, he is still sweet though, cuddles with the cats and dogs and helps me when I ask.

            SuperD=my older guy coliced last fall, the baby the year before sending healing thoughts your way. I hate colic and I seem to deal with it yearly.

            I rode today, yah me. I did not ride for long-wow my back at the canter was sore-but the baby was perfect. Two years of training and he is now very much a solid citizen. That is my timeline and both trainers have been great. He is now my guy to ride. I have spring break this week and plan on taking a couple of days off.

            My job is changing, I am off the main project I had been working on for the past 3 years. Had a client manager change who does not like California regulations. So an east coast office will take over.......won't change the regulations but he will figure it out someday. So I am back to traveling and working on my own projects, very different. Hope I can still ride....

            Happy Spring !

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            • Re rider at 42 with 25 years off, college, law school, 2 kids...

              Where did the time go and why do i feel so unfit (sore) in all the wrong places. ??? But i am so happy to be getting back into horses and bringing my daughter (7) with me. It feels great to ride again and i am so happy to find this forum !!! Now i just need to find a great trainer near portland and get a horse and porbably a pony.

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              • Stolen virtue, sounds like you are doing quite well with your baby. Awesome! I bet it feels good to have a good ride like that. And good luck with your "change" in your job. I hope you have plenty of time to ride.

                BITSA, welcome! Are you doing any riding now? If you post to the forum at large, or search the archives, I'm sure you will find lots of trainer suggestions in Portland. Take your time looking for the right horse! Taking lessons for a while may help you determine exactly what you want, and more importantly, exactly what you DON'T want.
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                  Stolen virtue, sounds like you are doing quite well with your baby. Awesome! I bet it feels good to have a good ride like that. And good luck with your "change" in your job. I hope you have plenty of time to ride.

                  BITSA, welcome! Are you doing any riding now? If you post to the forum at large, or search the archives, I'm sure you will find lots of trainer suggestions in Portland. Take your time looking for the right horse! Taking lessons for a while may help you determine exactly what you want, and more importantly, exactly what you DON'T want.
                  Thanks so much, I have started lessons and am looking for a trainer. My 7 daughter is also taking lessons (we are both at a riding school right now). I've gone for lessons at two places and have 1 -2 more to go. I really like the trainer I met today (haven't lessoned with her yet, but I watched one of hers today and spent time talking with her).

                  I was really happy to find this re-rider group!

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                  • SuperD-Hope all is well with Jack.

                    I rode today also, not as good of a ride. He blew up at a branch coming off a tree and then was very spooky in that area. I did not come off, yah ! (almost did) I still had a nice time riding, he is really a fun easy horse to ride. I am happy to have a horse to ride again, whew, it was a two year wait.

                    The other thing that was not fun is having people tear your horse apart when they are having some issues be it training, physical or emotional. I learned alot about growth spurts, saddle fit, baby tantrums, and horse socialization. Nothing like a new young horse to make you feel stupid but learning is always a good thing. I think he is trusting me a bit I was able to get him through the scary area today.

                    Hope everyone had some horse time this weekend.

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                    • Thanks everyone for your well wishes.

                      Jack had his second visit this weekend from the vet today. He is still not drinking and he finally had a smallish BM right before the vet arrived. No sign of any of the oil passing yet. Upon her exam he was still impacted slightly and very gassy. he was also dehydrated some. So he got a second dose of oil, fluids with electrolytes and some pain meds. If there is still no improvement by tomrrow night/ Tuesday then off to the clinic he goes. UGH this sucks.

                      On the other hand my old man was having the melt down of all melt downs during both of Jacks vet visits!! He had pulled all his blankets off his door and threw them all over the place. He brought one into his stall and proceeded to stomp on it. His halter was also flung down the isle and finally he got his name plate off his door. He is such a spoiled brat!!!

                      I hope everyone else had a better horsey weekend than I did!!!!

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                      • SuperD, sorry you are not quite out of the woods. It is hard to get them drinking with all of the hydration from the tubing. Sending more healing thoughts out to you and your boy.

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                        • Originally posted by quietann View Post
                          Eep, SuperD. Colic is so scary. I hope Jack continues to improve.

                          ETA: I second, third, and fourth any suggestion to do something special for that barn kid. Maybe a trip to the local tack shop or a gift card?
                          Ditto! Just say your update - jingles for Jack and you!
                          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 BITSA!

                            Classy - those teen years are tough - on everyone. Hope things get better, sooner rather than later.

                            Stolen Virtue - good for you! I am so impressed with anyone who has the patience (and courage) to work with youngsters.
                            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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                            • I had an absolutely awesome lesson today, but it has presented me with one heck of a problem. My usual trainer was out of town, so I lessoned with the other trainer today. They are a mother-daughter team. My trainer is usually Mom. Daughter's approach is so much different - I feel like I learned so much more in just this one lesson than I have since starting up again with Mom. I would really like to continue lessoning with daughter, but have no idea how to do so without causing hard feelings . . .
                              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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                              • CR--you have my sympathy. I know those teen years can be rough, and it sounds as though you're experiencing a lot of frustration. Hope the horses continue to provide therapy! It's what they do best, isn't it? (By the way, Paradox--my daughter dyed her hair bright pick when she went off to college. I bit my lip and said nothing. Now, a year later, she's tired of it and her hair is back to its natural color. )

                                Quietann--I love the pictures! Feronia looks exactly like the horse I dreamed about when I was about 6 years old! She is so lovely, and you two make a pretty picture. Hope she continues to heal. By the way, did you ever decide on a helmet?

                                Welcome, BITSA! Hope you find a good barn soon. I know you didn't ask for advice, but I would caution you about running into horse ownership. Take your time and find just the right situation.

                                TigerHorse--that's a tough one about the trainer. Maybe you could propose alternate lessons with the two of them or something.

                                SuperD--so, so sorry to hear about Jack! Hope he heals soon and doesn't require surgery! I live in dread of colic. That was what killed my first, beloved pony. Please keep us posted.
                                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 - that is not a bad idea - THANKS!

                                  SuperD - any updates on Jack? Still jingling.
                                  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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                                  • TigerHorse, I was thinking the same thing. Alternate. Tell original trainer that you enjoy learning from different styles. Good luck. Sounds like fun.
                                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                    • SuperD, sorry to hear Jack is till not quite right. Keep us posted. Jingles your way.
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Wowww. Hi guys! I need to get caught up with everyone's news, life has been crazy & I haven't ridden in a few weeks for a few reasons. Without going into the details, I had to make the decision to change barns. It sucks but I'm glad I've realized now before I got in any deeper. I'm lessoning at the hopeful new place tomorrow. I had a long conversation w/ the head trainer on the phone today and have researched it heavily - sounds like it will be a great fit. Fingers crossed!

                                        Just some quick responses
                                        Tiger Horse - I agree, alternate. Just say you like getting different viewpoints . If I was a mother, I'd be thrilled that my daughter is doing so well. Make sure Mom knows how much you enjoyed the lesson!

                                        Positive thoughts your way, SuperD. And I also fifth (?) suggestions to do something special for that barn kid when this is all over. We need more like her!!
                                        "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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                                        • Ok re-riders, I need some advice, not sure what to make of this offer.

                                          Horse in question is a 10 yo OTTB, owned by my trainer. Basically a 17h black bay puppy dog, from everyone I ask I hear the same thing about him, that he's a mellow, relaxed guy that doesn't spook at anything and really takes care of his rider. He's a good mover, and jumps 3" with respectable/consistent form. He's not super fancy, but definitely not a nag either. Solid citizen.

                                          Unfortunately the guy is also very much a hunter, he has no speed. When an attempt was made to try him as a jumper, he bowed a front tendon, was brought back too quickly, and bowed it again (mid bow). He's been on stall rest for many, many, months and is now being brought back very slowly and cautiously with good initial results. Even after all that time off, he was still very relaxed on his first u/s outing (a few minutes of walking).

                                          Trainer was planning to offer him to me in a few months (assuming he's working well, no lameness etc) because he thought this would be a good horse to help me get some confidence on and I'm also on a tight budget.

                                          Here's the rub. I don't think I'd mind doing hunters for a year or two, but jumpers is what excites me and what I want to do in the future. Do I buy him and develop a better seat/skillset for one day in the future when I can handle a hotter, younger horse with some speed (my budget will be limited to OTTB prospects, I don't/won't have the cash for a made jumper). DH (who has been on two rides ever) would like a trail horse one day, and I feel like this guy has the personality to take care of him.

                                          So should I go for him (assuming he stays sound as he's re-starting)? There's absolutely no pressure to buy him from my trainer, it was literally "I think he'd be a good fit for you, but if you want to do jumpers you're going to outgrow him." I'm hesitant about buying a horse that will definitely not be suitable for what I eventually want to do, but quite frankly I can't afford something that is suitable for what I eventually want to do (and I don't know when I will be able to). Do I get him and build up experience in the mean time on a horse I feel like I can trust? Would the whole bow thing just totally put you off?

                                          Sorry for the crazy rambling, just not sure what to think about this.

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