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Can we have an adult re-rider support group?

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  • Zacdos - hooray! That sounds like a wonderful place, keep the updates coming.

    CR - Gabriel sounds like such a sweetheart, I think he deserves some birthday hugs and maybe some mints!

    NJR - see if you still want to trade climates in a few months when we hit 115! Honestly Phoenix would be perfect if it just didn't get so stupidly hot.

    I'm hoping my lesson boy will get fixed up, not sure when the vet last looked at him, but I know he gets Bute if he's having a bad day. Historically when he got really cranky or sore the trainer gave him a month or two off, but the other lesson horse got leased so I'm not sure what's going to happen with him. I want him to stay relaxed and healthy, but I don't want him to leave either now that I feel like I'm really riding (as opposed to passengering) and I can trust him.


    • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
      Soloudinhere, congrats on the new horse. We are all waiting for the pics! Where are they?
      Sorry, guys! I wanted to wait because his first horse show was yesterday and I wanted to use the adorable pictures from that.

      you can see some photos on his mini website here:
      New Pony Photos
      Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
      you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


      • Wow...is that him? Halfway? What a beauty. He looks like an old hand out there. Really relaxed.

        Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behaviour does.


        • Originally posted by Nojacketrequired View Post
          Wow...is that him? Halfway? What a beauty. He looks like an old hand out there. Really relaxed.

          That's him. He is definitely an old soul. They said he jumped around with the fillers, etc without even looking. I am so lucky.
          Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
          you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


          • soloud- what a cutie patootie!

            Weather has turned for the better here but along with it allergies that just won't back off. Trying to beat them down with pharms but not having much luck. Going to cough my way through getting a few critters worked today. If there's anything left of my respiratory system after that, I need to get more taters in the ground and work on one of the new cut flower beds...oh, and I might should mix up some sugar water for the honey bees and feed them, too. No rest for the wicked.... LOL

            Hope everyone is getting out and enjoying spring!


            • Wait a minute. I though Alterageous bought Halfway House. Is this a different horse?
              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


              • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                Wait a minute. I though Alterageous bought Halfway House. Is this a different horse?
                Long story, but alterageous and I are one. I have been trying to get the accounts merged. It was an alter created many moons ago when I lost access to my original account in the board upgrade circa 2007 or so.

                I don't really have a problem outing my alter, since I don't use it for anything really, and I'm too old to keep it straight so I realized when I was responding to myself that I needed to a) drink more coffee and b) just merge the accounts because one was saved as an autologin (alterageous) on my laptop and one was saved as an autologin on my husband's computer (desktop) so I was forever logging in as one or the other and not realizing it.

                If you see posts change names, that would be because the accounts finally got merged.
                Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                • Well, sounds like everyone had a good horsey weekend!

                  CR - looks like you've made your decision, I'll bet you feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders! I am sure the next right horse is out there waiting for you. Belated Happy Birthday to Gabriel!

                  Soloud - he sure is cute!

                  zacdos - congrats on finding a new trainer, very excited for you.

                  Button - hope things work out with the schoolie.

                  Finzean - hope the pharms kick in and you have a great day!

                  I had another really good lesson on Saturday. I was a bit apprehensive, not only was it our first jump lesson of the season outside, it was pretty windy too. Rode in the pelham and he was a rock star. We only really had one bad fence - a vertical on an angle - trainer did not know how I managed to stay on - I looked like the Grand Prix rider who jumps with her legs back and open!! We did successfully jump a whole course and then worked on some bending lines.

                  We also had a good laugh at one point because my trainer said, "how many strides did you get?" and I replied, "wait, you mean along with remembering to keep my heels down, looking for my next jump, releasing, and a dozen other things, you want me to count strides too?!!" At least I can laugh at myself. Good to hear from a fellow boarder that trainer said we had a great lesson. Trainer also mentioned we might be ready for a mini event in early May!

                  Happy riding everyone!

                  "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy


                  • And if anyone manages to find someplace where I WAS trying to keep the alter straight-- suffice it to say I suck at it and have given up!
                    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                    • All is clear now. What a relief! I had visions of two reriders coming to blows about who was going to buy that horse! Glad to hear that wasn't the case, and I wasn't going to have to choose sides.

                      Anyway, the pictures are cute, and he's such a good boy! I wish my horse would jump around without looking at the filler. I doubt that will ever happen. Congratulations!

                      So, did you decide on a barn name? I saw the thread on the eventing forum.
                      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


                      • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                        All is clear now. What a relief! I had visions of two reriders coming to blows about who was going to buy that horse! Glad to hear that wasn't the case, and I wasn't going to have to choose sides.

                        Anyway, the pictures are cute, and he's such a good boy! I wish my horse would jump around without looking at the filler. I doubt that will ever happen. Congratulations!

                        So, did you decide on a barn name? I saw the thread on the eventing forum.
                        I have not, yet.

                        So far the frontrunners for barn names are:

                        Hobie is my personal favorite-- it's the maker of my first sailboat and he will show under the name "Close Reach" so named for the point of sail just off of into the wind which is the safest point of travel. I like the nautical theme.

                        No, no blows-- just me sucking at the internet!
                        Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                        you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                        • soloudinhere -- congrats, he is adorable. I like Gatsby!

                          bumknees -- your lesson is tomorrow, right? For you to have some anxiety about getting back in the saddle seems completely normal to me. But it sounds like you are setting yourself up for a safe and great ride. I know you will have fun and be ecstatically happy at the end of the day.

                          Paradox -- good luck on the 14th. How is your injury healing?

                          Roly Poly -- sorry about the spooks and unplanned dismounts. As high as the highs are in this sport, the lows are correspondingly as low. Hang in there.

                          ClassyRide -- looking forward to hearing how Rose is doing after her 30 days. It sounds like she has already made good progress. She may surprise you!

                          zacdos -- good luck with your new instructor.

                          My trainer's awesome horse is home from Auburn -- he'll be on stall rest for 3 months, then we'll see if he can ever be ridden again. But other than being pissy about the stall rest, he seems comfortable and his usual self.

                          Just when the weather turns beautiful in Georgia and I think I may finally be beating my cold back, I head to the barn, and Tajar has an abscess But it erupted in a good spot when we were soaking it yesterday, so he should be good as new in a few days. My trainer is going to ride him in a couple of weeks in the next show in the series we did in March. The idea is to get him used to that venue, and happily doing his job there. If he seems settled, I may ride him in a few classes. But I want him to have a very consistent experience there, and not have to deal with a rider that is at all tentative while he is adjusting to the place, so I might not ride. Especially since between being out of town and sick, I haven't really gotten in any practice time. I guess we'll just wait and see.
                          Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson


                          • Soloud - he's soooooo cute!!! Huzzah!

                            Have not ridden since my second fall - was too sore on Friday for my practice ride. Again. I did go to the doc and based on poking and prodding things she thinks I have a bone bruise on my upper tailbone, and prescribed Vicodin! Whee! (I haven't actually taken it, as my husband was away all weekend and based on the fact my mom has a bad reaction to it, I didn't want to take it while home alone).

                            I emailed my trainer about my anxiety regarding this horse, but am still waiting for a reply. I should just call, but I'm a crier - I'm used to it at my advanced age, but it can kinda freak other people out! Plan this week is to likely reschedule Wed's lesson as I think I'll still be sore and sore=likely to fall off again if he does a big spook, and then try to ride on Friday - I think I may stay down at the "safe" half of the ring. My vest will be in by then, so hopefully that will boost my confidence. I think I'm willing to try riding him in a lesson if I can get the lesson at another time - I'm starting to really think it's the light/shadows freaking him out.

                            I'm calmer than I was last Thursday, but ugh - still just not pleased that my stress reliever is now a source of stress!


                            • Sounds like everyone is doing well!!

                              I went with my trainer and another boarder to watch them compete in Va at th CDCTA event. It was a blast and both horses were awesome. They did both TIP numbers to compete under as well. I think I will get Jack one. Not all events support the programs but we may do some that do!!
                              My trainers horse came in 8th overall in Novice and will be moved up to Training at his next event. He was very sassy and just ate up the XC course.
                              The other boarders horse came in 4th overall in Beginner Novice. He is still very green and this was his first away event. He settled in great and rocked all 3 phases like a pro. He hated the long trailer ride home and was quiet grumpy when we stopped to give water and check on them. But was very happy to see his stall again!!!
                              We decided that Jack just isn't fit enough to start competing this month. So we might take him to Plantation in May. His colic episode just took so much out of him. Our plans were to run him Beginner Novice at St Augustine then move him up to Novice at Plantation. Now we will just keep legging him up and see how he feels at the end of the month. Poor Jack.

                              Well I hope that everyone is having great weather. We are finally here so I am off to the barn to take Jack for a little hill work with my trainer and one of her horses!!


                              • I apologize in advance if I miss anybody! Busy weekend looks like.

                                NJR, great picture! Sounds like you got a great ride in. Iris is a cutey.

                                Button, sorry to hear your older fella may be getting stiff. Do you know if they give him any supplements, or adequan or anything? I know with lesson horses sometimes they cannot afford to do that. I wonder if he would be better, though. Maybe he needs to be sold to an individual who can give him some extra special care. Maybe you need a new horse!

                                Stolen virtue, hope your horse got a well deserved rest! Next ride will be better.

                                Classy, I'm happy that you and your SS were able to spend some quality time with the horses. That's great. Sometimes I know it can be difficult to have good quality time with both biological AND step children! That's awesome that he enjoyed it. Gabriel is one special horse. And as I feel I'm getting to know you and your horses through your posting, I think you're definitely making a good move on selling Velvet. And maybe rose. I don't think there's a right or wrong, but I do think there can be a "good" decision. I am thinking if you did end up selling both girls that you will find a very nice horse for yourself that you will be a little more likely to enjoy riding. The horse is out there! (just like mine is out there, right?) I will say after reading about Gabrial, and about Buttons favorite horse, I am really lucky to have Chico. He turns 19 in June. He's is still going strong and is a joy to ride and jump. I know I'm on borrowed time, but fot now he is happy and healthy and sound. Oh, speaking of which, he just needed shoes! Put new shoes on and Sunday I rode him and he was very happy! Which made me very happy.

                                Event4Life, the POA sounds cute. But I've become partial to Appys. How much are they asking for the Hano?

                                zacdos, sounds like you find a great new "home". Very good.

                                soloud, LOVE LOVE LOVE your "pony"! Aww. He's lovely. How did the show go?

                                Finzean, take care of yourself. Spring stinks for those with allergies! I spent the weekend weeding my rode garden. Blech.

                                Tiger Horse, all-in-all sounds like a great lesson. And sometimes those crazy jumps teach us the most of all! Good job sticking like Velcro. Yeah, I'm with you if I'm worried about a few different things, I forget all about counting.

                                Tarheel. Thanks for the good luck wishes. I'm really thinking this is going to be a good horse for us. So much so that I actually put a small deposit on her to hold her till we come see her on Sunday. Fingers are crossed!! And the ankle...I'm sort of afraid it's not fixed. I'm getting some of those sharp pains once in a while like I did before the cast was put on in October. I hope I'm wrong. I have an appointment next week.

                                Hope you have a great show series. I cannot wait to get back to some shows this year. I think you should ride in a few classes. You'll have fun. I do understand wanting him to have a good experience. But like you said, if he's good, go for it.

                                RolyPolyPony, good thinking on holding off on the meds. Be safe. Sorry you're still hurting. Does your horse do better outside?

                                superD, sounds like a fun weekend. Congrats to your barnies! And I agree, take it slowly with Jack. He'll tell you when he's ready!
                                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                ¯ Oscar Wilde


                                • Paradox-- The show went well. He didn't pin, but I'm not surprised. He has been under saddle for about 60 days at this point and his parts are not all connected yet . There were horses who are way more experienced there. I am just happy that he jumped around with no spook and he hacked with a bunch of other horses without a care.
                                  Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                  you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                                  • soloud, sounds like a complete success! That's awesome.
                                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                    ¯ Oscar Wilde


                                    • I know I'm goinf to miss someone, so I apologise.

                                      Soloud - he's so cute! Love his face!

                                      SuperD - what is a TIP number?

                                      Paradox - if I thought there was any chance whatsoever of him being for sale or even for lease I'd be all over it (he's not ). He gets some kind of joint supplement, I'll try to find out at my lesson on Wed what it is.


                                      • Hi guys My lesson is at 11:30 today I cant wait.
                                        will try to get pics. my son has a digi camera, I still do film and am absoluty lost when it comes to digital. Maybe dh will get some as I make a fool of myself.. .

                                        I will be in a western saddle.. To help me with balance. I haven't been in a western saddle for about 15 yrs so this should be interesting. Last time I sat in a western saddle is was so painful to my body in the nether region that I decided western was not for me. But it is probably the best concidering my balance on the ground has not been the best of the ground. I sometime ( well mostly) walk like a drunkin sailor down the hall. ( I see the dr an the 22nd so I will mention it to him).

                                        It sounds like almost everyone has a good start to spring. And those who are having a difficult time Im so sorry. But if I can do it then I am sure that you will.
                                        Friend of bar .ka


                                        • Paradox - $15k, which is more than fair, and I think it would be higher if there was more opportunity to show recognized around here, but there isn't, so horse hasn't had exposure to the A's. He's a super nice horse. The POA(?) mare is adorable, she's actually really nicely put together and will make some lucky kid a nice pony. All her gaits are steady & extremely comfortable. I was surprised how balanced her canter was despite that she didn't know leads! I hope it goes well with the TB for you!

                                          Good luck with the lesson bumknees!

                                          zacdos - YAY for finding a nice barn to lesson at! Here's hoping you finally get the opportunity to actually ride & improve.
                                          Last edited by Event4Life; Apr. 9, 2013, 09:47 AM.
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