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  • New guy is HERE!

    I only have one crappy picture because he arrived after dark tonight-- but I will post new ones when I go to check on him tomorrow morning!
    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


    • It's been chilly here as it has been for everyone else. So sorry you've gotten more snow, Hazel! Hope it melts fast!

      CR, good luck with the Morgan! Really hope it works out!

      Soloud, congrats! Can't wait for the pics!

      MSHunter, welcome. I was very sorry to read about your previous horse. What a sad story, and your heart must have been truly broken. Your new one sounds fun, though. 3'9"? You're way ahead of the rest of us. I haven't jumped that high for over 30 years and probably never will again. You may be bored by the rest of us, who celebrate small victories like cantering, sitting a spook, going outside the ring, or jumping a crossrail.
      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


      • soloud, can't wait to hear about your new guy settling in and seeing pics! I bet you're excited.

        MSHunter, sorry for your loss. Sounds like you're well on your way, though.

        Event4Life, nothing like riding a number of horses to get back up to speed with your riding. That's awesome. Sounds like you're having fun, too!

        Hazel, I don't envy your weather. I bet you have awesome (if short) summers, though!!

        Rode Saturday and Sunday! It was beautiful here. Saturday I was able to ride both Chico and The-Horse-With-No-Name. She is really nice. I really like her. Sunday I only rode Chico (some over fences), and my DH rode new girl. He jumped her some and she did great. I'm very happy with her. Will try to post a few pics from this weekend.
        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        ¯ Oscar Wilde


        • soloud - Hope new guy settles in easily!

          HazelG - Hope you get a sudden warm front and all your snow melts. I don't miss living up north!

          Paradox - Your new girl sounds awesome, and she needs a name! lol

          I rode 3 yesterday too. Started with crabby appy mare, who is in heat, so was even more grumpy than usual. We had a CTJ when she pinned me in the corner of her field....if she's used at camp there's no way we could let the kids get her on their own. That will be a PITA because her field is out in the "back 40." She was a lot better than I expected under saddle, and she got both her canter leads twice! Yay! Go Lucy! She also did some cavalettis and managed not to fall on her face despite her short little pony western jog type trot. Whee!

          Then then then I got to have a jumping lesson on Winnie the warmblood! WHOOP! It was so so much fun! And a really nice surprise for me because I totally didn't expect Karen to let me jump him. He has such a back cracking, ROUND jump lol I had to learn to stay with it, but it was awesomeeeee. We did a few small verticals and the grid. I still can't believe how lucky I am to get to ride such nice horses.

          Sadie was good too. I got her walking and then trotting through the puddle which is still festering at one end of the sand arena, and then we went on a walk with the pony kid. She's mostly redeemed herself after last week :-D.
          Last edited by Event4Life; Apr. 22, 2013, 11:38 AM. Reason: grammar
          "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


          • Pics

            Okay, a few pics. My DH body clipped the new girl! She's feeling much better after workouts with the new do!

            Most are of DH and horse since I didn't ride yesterday. I'll get a few pics of me riding next week. But I will add one of me riding Chico yesterday.




            Her form looks better with bigger jumps and oxers. Plus she got pretty close to this one! Lots to work on.

            And Chico: http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/x...pse250b570.jpg
            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
            ¯ Oscar Wilde


            • Paradox! LOVE!

              Event4Life - Sounds like a big, exciting day. I have to laugh about your kids being so brave comment! DD is a giant chicken! She's talking big about learning x-ctry! The part about her idea of an errant equine being one that doesn't move off one's leg immediately was NOT exaggeration! She's feeling awesome about living through the Alpaca Death Squad attack, though, and talking big. I'm going to attempt to capitalize on it. LOL

              Glad for the warmer weather in the forecast. Hopefully we will all be back in the saddle by the end of the week! And in sleeves, no less!

              I am awaiting the farrier. Amazon & The Bumper Car have settled down. Gave a few lessons on Saturday to the little people (5 year olds, not midgets! ) and the Connie x mare was all good...I swear I wish I could replicate that mare in a 16.2 package...I'd be a millionaire! Either that or broke from trying to keep and feed them all! ha! She's just got the best brain ever! Little Pig Pen was a good boy for the teensy people, too. Just his typical pony self.

              So, until the farrier comes and gets a shoe back on the Amazon, I'm on farm chores. This crazy weather means hauling baby plants in and out of cold frames so they won't get frostbit, etc. And I'm also channeling Carl Spackler of Caddyshack farm...freaking moles tearing up everything!

              Back to DD...gotta brag a little on my 12 year old. She has a pal down the road - a 70+ yr old widow - that she just loves. The woman has a cocker spaniel that DD walks sometimes. The dog broke its leash so DD grabbed a pair of old broken reins from the tack room this weekend and has proceeded to use an ice pick & hammer to "drill" holes, and some waxed thread we had left over from some craft poject...she has sewn a handle onto the rein and is attaching a snap at the hook and stud end and giving this lady a new, stylish leash for the dog. Brilliant kid!

              OK - back to the chores! Everyone enjoy your week!!


              • MSHunter - So sorry to hear about you losing your boy, but it sounds like Jake is going to take you where you want to go. (3'9" eep!)

                Event - Good lessons yay! Why is it that the slightest change in the weather gets them so excitable?!

                soloud - PICS! Pretty please?

                Paradox - OMG love her, she looks great! Although I will now have that horse with no name song by America stuck in my head all day Can you send your DH to explain to my DH that real men jump? Chico is also quite cute, he looks like a fun one!

                Paradox - DD sounds like such a sweetheart, you should be proud of her. Good luck with the x-country though!

                I have no sympathy for those of you with cooler weather (I have jealousy!), expecting a high of 95 today. And so it begins.


                • Paradox - love the pics!

                  Finzean - You have every right to be very proud of DD - she sounds like a wonderful young woman.

                  Event - I really admire your ability to ride multiple horses in one day. One is more that enough for me!

                  MSHunter - WOW - 3'9" . . . not sure I will ever get there - congrats to you!

                  Soloud - can't wait for pics . . .

                  As for me, I had a good lesson on Saturday. Trainer said I did great, I always feel like I could have done better. Anyway - someone talk me off the ledge - trainer thinks I should do a combined test on May 5! Schooling dressage/CT show that several of my fellow boarders are going to do. Nice low key facility, close to us, so trailering would be pretty reasonable. Dressage test looks pretty simple, fences just 2' (in lessons we're jumping 2'3 and 2'6). It's all inside too. My biggest fear - that I'll forget the dressage test . . . have to decide by this Thurs . . .

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


                  • Duplicate!

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


                    • Tiger Horse, can you have a reader? Go for it!!

                      Thanks all for your nice comments in pics. I, too, have been singing the America song! Good thing I like it.

                      Off to spend the afternoon in court. Yay, fun.
                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                      ¯ Oscar Wilde


                      • Tiger Horse - So what if you forget the test? You get experience for the both of you, among friends in a low stress environment that isn't going to break the bank. Go for it and have fun!


                        • Tiger Horse - have someone call the test. I'm a big mouth so I get pegged to call at DD's schooling shows sometimes. I say go for it, regardless, and if you can't find someone to call before hand, I'm sure you can find someone willing to help you out on the grounds. If I was there, I'd call for you.


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                            • Duplicate - seriously, this computer hates me


                              • Tiger Horse: Just do it! I have forgotten jump courses (with just 8 fences!) and at a small show, nobody minds. Sometimes they will even let you start again

                                Paradox: I love her expression, she is so alert!

                                Rode Milly down the farm driveway to the gate and back on Saturday...turns out that is the first time she'd ever gone there. She was very...aware of her surroundings, and I decided not to go on the trail ride with the others because a) not my horse and didn't have permission and b) I wasn't sure if she'd do very well. She might never be happy on a trail, but at least I now know I can mount her off the side of the bobcat bucket


                                • Thanks for the encouragement - as I've said before - you guys ROCK! Not sure about a reader yet - I have a call into the venue. It is a small schooling show, so we'll see.

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


                                  • If its a small schooling show they should allow a reader. As someone else said, if they're ahead of schedule they will often let you have a "do over" - not to count, but its great for practice and confidence building! Ours were so well run they often were ahead of schedule, which was awesome! Don't worry though they'll never pressure you to jump before you are ready if they're early. I really loved the VHT schooling CTs and wish there was something like that in my current neck of the woods. The atmosphere was incredibly supportive, volunteers were awesome, and people who ran the show fantastic. One lady even lent my fellow barn mate a bridle when she left hers at home! WHOOPS!
                                    "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


                                    • WHINE ALERT!!

                                      Effing Alpaca Death Squad!! I got the Amazon out and we groomed in the barn - she was just perfect, back to her old self, seemingly. Then decided to take her out for a graze around the yard. She spooked at EVERYTHING! And I mean she was just losing it. I'm so sad, so mad, so frustrated...it's only been a few days so I'm sure in time she'll settle down eventually but when 17hh of gi-normous is wigging out on you over air, leaves, grass, a cat sitting near the truck, wind, etc....you get the picture.

                                      Well, I just freaking hate herds of alpacas. The End. Going to take DD to Girl Scouts and then drink wine. Lots of it. Out of a real damn bottle! Let the pity party commence...


                                      • Here is new horse in his new house, having gotten the instagram treatment from my better half:


                                        We haven't perfected the art of standing still, so there are a whole lot of pictures of horse-shaped blurs...
                                        Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                        you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                                        • Finzean- I'm sorry that your girl still isn't over her near death expierence! I hope she starts to feel better soon. Good luck with DD and her new found love of XC, It is a thrill

                                          Soloudinhere- He is adorable!!

                                          Paradox- She is stunning, good luck with her

                                          Tiger horse- You will have a blast either way!! I can never remember anything, I have the worst memory ever!!