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  • He IS super cute.

    We are still feeling each other out, but he is a pretty nifty dude. Depending on what time the farrier wants to come tomorrow, I am going to hop on.
    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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    • Hello I want to give you an update regarding my lessons at the new barn. I've had 3 lessons so far and my trainer is awesome! I've been on the lunge line and working on getting my seat back and doing the 2 point. I get the horse and tack up and if time before the lesson I get on and walk her around. On Tuesday nights I am her only lesson for the night so she comes and gives me a lesson then goes home! A very positive and upbeat lady with lots of encouragement. Wow can't believe it! It is coming back to me pretty fast!

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      • Originally posted by zacdos View Post
        Hello I want to give you an update regarding my lessons at the new barn. I've had 3 lessons so far and my trainer is awesome! I've been on the lunge line and working on getting my seat back and doing the 2 point. I get the horse and tack up and if time before the lesson I get on and walk her around. On Tuesday nights I am her only lesson for the night so she comes and gives me a lesson then goes home! A very positive and upbeat lady with lots of encouragement. Wow can't believe it! It is coming back to me pretty fast!
        YAY Zacdos! Doesn't it feel good to be working with an instructor you "click" with?? I LOVE my new trainer - I have learned more from her in 4 lessons than I have from the past 3 or so people I've ridden with put together (I've moved a lot!).
        "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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        • Zacdos - yay for good lessons and great trainers! Nothing is better than a trainer you mesh with. I never realized how important that relationship was until I got with the trainers (jump and dressage) I am with now. They are helping both me and my horse soooo much!

          soloudinhere - Adorable! More pics please!

          Tiger Horse - good luck! Small schooling shows are usually pretty supportive. Just call ahead with questions! I've found the horse community to be pretty helpful and supportive at the lower levels

          Finzean - I completely understand your frustration. I still maintain alpacas are really aliens. At least, they sound like them anyways.

          ***************

          I had a frustrating weekend. Took my gelding over to a local schooling show. It was held at a riding school that is connected to our boarding facility by a trail. Well, first - the riding school revamped their show so that it is much less friendly towards "outside" riders. They aren't using actual judges anymore and having their own instructors "judge" the classes. Only students can accumulate points towards year end awards.

          Anyways. Trail rode over with a friend who wanted to school her horse in one or two contesting classes. Toby acted like an idiot the entire way. Anything and everything was going to kill him. This isn't totally unusual for him, but typically he settles as he figures out that yes, he's okay, he's with a calm friend, etc. Nope, this time he was jittery the whole way. We get the show and he gets MORE ramped up. I was doing my best to be calm for him and go through exercises and transitions to get his attention on me. We went in and first course (18" equitation over fences) and he was perfect. Ended up with 2nd. We did gambler's choice and he got rushy and began ignoring my aids. We did the same classes for 2ft and he got worse and worse ending with a runout and me coming off over his shoulder. Oh, and you'd think he'd be tired after all that? Nope, jigged all the way home too (and before anyone flames me/jumps on me, he got about a hour break between the trail ride TO the show and his jump classes and a three hour break between his classes and the trail ride home. Had lots of offers of water and plenty of time to graze).

          I feel like all the work we've done on courses, putting fences together just went out the window in one day. We do so much better at home, then go to a show and it all falls apart. So frustrated!

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          • Originally posted by Finzean View Post
            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...
            I am just reading your ADS story. So funny - for me since I was not involved. I can't think of any horse I know who would react well to seeing a pack of alpacas!

            I am really, really done with this crappy "spring" we are having. I would give anything for a day of 70 and sunny. I've got indoor arena overdose going on and not even doing patterns can cure it!

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            • Again, many thanks for all of the encouragement, I so appreciate it!

              So loud - he is quite handsome! Hope you get your ride in, so exciting, so happy for you!

              Dreamin - congrats on the 2nd! Sorry the rest went downhill - hope you are OK, I know all about those tumbles over the shoulder, they seem to happen in slow motion. My guy gets pretty worked up over the course of my lessons, so I know how you feel.

              Zacdos - congrats on finding the right trainer for you - enjoy!

              Finzean - sorry to hear about the Amazon. Not sure how you'd feel about giving her a little chemical help to get her over the hump. I think some of the pastes are pretty effective, might be worth a try?

              Twelvebelles, I hear 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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              • Dreamin- I feel you. My older guy is very much like that and it is so frustrating to think all is going great and then Wham they decide everything is going to kill them. I don't think anyone here will flame you, what can you do? Just try to get him off property more and hope he keeps his brain . I finally just resigned to the fact that my old man will never be that nice quiet boy who I can take on relaxing trail rides. But he was awesome in the show ring, just not anywhere else

                Zacdos- So glad to hear you found a great match!! Happy riding

                Soloudinhere- Have a great ride on your boy!!!

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                • Dreamin' - I love a show I can hack to, but I'm not sure I'd leave home again for that...not and take it seriously. Course in my current situation, I'd probably be sued for bringing in the chaos!! LOL

                  Tiger - at this point, we both need a little pharmaceutical help!! LOL I am NOT opposed to it. I feel really bad for her b/c I don't think this is her first rodeo in losing her mind over something legitimately spooky. There was apparently an incident with Duke Power lineman up some trees with their giant bucket truck thingy - happened prior to her coming to me (last summer). This is going to be an interesting experience for sure...

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                  • MillysGirl, I don't blame you about not doing the trail ride. Maybe you can get permission next time and find a steady eddy to go out with and try it. But you're right, some are just not cut out for trails.

                    Finzean, I really feel for you. How frustrating to have your horse come undone like that through no fault of your own. I sure hope she can settle down soon and be the horse you had prior to the ADS. I don't envy you dealing with a spooky horse on a lead. Hopefully she's just blowing off steam and will settle down. My figers are crossed!! How are the other two?

                    soloud, awww. So cute! Standing still will come. Takes practice.

                    zacdos, I'm happy you found a good place to learn with a nice trailer. Awesome. Keep us posted.

                    dreamin, first off, how crappy that your local show is not discouraging outsiders. You would think they'd encourage them as much as possible, to make more money and more competition and just a better show! And sorry about Toby's attitude. Was this the first time this year that you've taken him to the showgrounds? Maybe it was just spring sillys? And, no, no flaming here on this thread. We go to the board at large to get flamed! Don't stress too much about one bad day. I don't think you lost all you've gained at home. Keep at it!

                    twelvebelles, sorry for your long winter. I hate to admit, we've been having sunny and 70º this week. Very pretty for riding. But in the summer you will hear me cussin' the heat!!

                    Classy, how are you doing with your three?? Any news on the possible sales front?
                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                    • P.S. if anyone is offended by my name shortening, let me know. I'm just a lazy typer.
                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                      • Paradox, anyone who's offended by the name-shortening is going to waste a lot of energy in being offended. A lot of us do it, including yours truly.

                        I love your pictures (and soloud's,too). Keep 'em coming!

                        Finzean, please be careful. I think that a little ace might be just the ticket for a bit. This is the kind of situation it's for, IMO.

                        Dreamin', no one here would ever get on your case. I used to ride for hours to and from local events and PC rallies. My family didn't own a trailer. We all did it, and no one thought anything of it. I'm sorry you had a frustrating show. For what it is worth, my last one was kind of frustrating, too. I wonder often if Sky will ever relax enough to perform well at an away show. It is still a big question mark. Hope you're feeling better. Have a beer.
                        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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                        • Another picture from yesterday.

                          He was a good boy. We only walked and did a little bit of trot because he was putting on a very convincing show of being terrified of the horse eating indoor. I personally think that was his idea of being fresh because as soon as I said, knock it off and get to work, he did and put in some really nice work.

                          Admittedly our indoor has some crazy features like glass doors and chandeliers so I sort of understand his trepidation. He'll get ridden in there again today now that it's not 35 degrees!!!

                          http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ps838e9f50.jpg
                          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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                          • Dewey said everything for me! Especially that first line! somedays I'm doing well to remember why I walked into a particular room and when I sit down to type, I do try really hard to remember exact names, who is up to what with which lessons, horses, etc.

                            soloud - what a cutie patootie!

                            Thanks for all the well wishes about the Amazon. She's just hunky dory in her field, in the paddock, in the holding yards, in the barn...it's anywhere outside of the safety of one of the oversized playpens (aka the aforementioned areas) that she comes unglued. What's so nuts is that the spooking isn't a bunch of running around, rather it goes like this: She walks along, jumps straight up off the ground to varying degrees and looks hard; giraffe head ensues. If something is really scary, she does the "Hold me! I'm a tiny frightened chihuahua!" impersonation. This last part is the really troublesome situation as one must be overly attentive to 1300lbs of Stupid coming at you, while at the same time NOT being nervous and feeding the spooking. ugh. I've graduated to drinking out of a mason jar of home brew at this point... (not really, but that would be in keeping with my southern Appalachian breeding...yikes)

                            The other thing that is super crazy about Amazon Spooking (as opposed to normal horse spooking) is that, by and large, the things the doesn't spook at are scary (patio umbrellas, barrels, various farm equipment & other nonsense my retired father has dragged out of the equipment sheds for project time) and the things she does spook at are not scary (a leaf, a stick, a squirrel - okay maybe those can be rabid??) I'm going to have a chat w/the vet first of next week if she's still Cuckoo-Loco.

                            As for the other two...The Bumper Car is at about 97% full function - especially if there are food items involved. The Connie x mare is perfectly fine - just yesterday I swear I overheard her telling Pig Pen that it was bad enough having to live with the crazy Gunsmoke horse....now the other 2 had lost their minds...then something about useless, overgrown sheep weren't going to run her life & 2 hair whorls side by side doesn't necessarily mean a horse is destined to be crazy - even the blacksmith said so!

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                            • I had a long reply typed out and my computer froze... grrrrr

                              Finzean, the ADS sounds intimidating! I hope the Amazon calms down soon and I hope you enjoyed your wine. Out of the bottle, no less. lol I did enjoy reading about the ADS and your adventures though. Hehe - I got a great mental picture while doing it too.

                              Paradox - love the new girl - she's a beauty!

                              Classy - How's it going on the sale front with your guys?

                              Soloud - Your new boy is very handsome, even if he won't stand still. lol Hope you have a great ride today.

                              Dreamin - sorry about the schooling show. Looks like they would make it more outsider friendly, not less and about Toby. I know it's disappointing when everything craps out at a show. Congrats on the 2nd though. I hope your upcoming rides are more fulfilling

                              Tiger Horse - good luck and have fun!

                              Zac - sounds like your new instructor is working out well for you and that you're having a good time. Improving and having a good time is what we all strive for.

                              Twelvebelles - hope you get your sunny 70 degree day soon!

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                              • He was better about the standing yesterday. He stood stone still for the farrier to get his feetsies trimmed.

                                I am probably going to go get on again today but if it doesn't warm up, I am officially quitting life.
                                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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                                • Originally posted by rubygirl1968 View Post

                                  Finzean, the ADS sounds intimidating! I hope the Amazon calms down soon and I hope you enjoyed your wine. Out of the bottle, no less. lol I did enjoy reading about the ADS and your adventures though. Hehe - I got a great mental picture while doing it too.
                                  rubygirl - in your mental image of this do the horses have GIANT, cartoonish googly eyes? Is it like Tom & Jerry where the characters start running super fast - in place - but can't seem to get away? Just checking since an accurate image would definitely need to include those things!!! haha

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                                  • Finzean...I also have a horse that will spook at the stupidest thing. Hello? Those are birds having a dust bath. I'm pretty sure you've seen that a time or two in your life! Hello! Look at that huge flap of white plastic blowing in the wind right in front of your face! Oh. You didn't notice? Never mind.
                                    Paradox, your new girl looks like an angel.
                                    I know I'm missing some...I'll catch up!

                                    So, after the rodeo day that we had, I decided to put my girl in part training with my instructor. We have had a couple of lessons since, just walk and trot work with lots of changing of speed within the gait. Also, lots of work on getting me to sit up straight...did I mention I ride dressage...so all my lessons are on the flat. This easy work has really helped my confidence.
                                    At some point last lesson, C discovered that I can sit the trot quite well and it improves my position. (You can't lean forward when sitting the trot!) So, lots of sitting trot school figures.
                                    Yesterday, we were happily tooling along in the sitting trot and he yelled CANter!, so I did. We cantered to the right (the bucking side from last time!) and did a nice circle before I brought her back to a trot. Had to half halt and post the trot to get the rhythm back before we went the other way. As soon as we changed direction, things started to come undone a little as she knew we were going to canter this side. C had me do 2 quick changes of direction through the circle in order to confuse her little brain and as soon as we got straight on the circle, we cantered again to the left. Another success! And stayed with me in the down trans without rushing off. Now this is more like the Iris I USED to have!
                                    We finished with a 3 loop serpentine where the exercise got lower and slower throughout until by the last loop she was walking with her head low. I was really pleased.
                                    I think I inadvertently have screwed her up over the last year with my leaning forward and I didn't have anyone on the ground to correct me. Now that I'm back with my trainer, I'm hoping she quickly learns that I'm not going to fall forward on her and goes back to the cantering machine she used to be!

                                    There's a show coming up where I may do W/T with her and Training if I'm ready. I feel a little weenie only doing W/T but I have to be a little careful what I do, because I have a chronic brain injury, so for me to come off is a BAD thing. So, we may just do W/T and enjoy the day with the rest of the people from the stables. We'll see.

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

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                                    • Originally posted by Finzean View Post
                                      rubygirl - in your mental image of this do the horses have GIANT, cartoonish googly eyes? Is it like Tom & Jerry where the characters start running super fast - in place - but can't seem to get away? Just checking since an accurate image would definitely need to include those things!!! haha

                                      Amazing, but yes! lol

                                      I also had a glimpse of the alpacas pulling a roadrunner with their tongues stuck out going "Beep, beep" and then giggling as the horde thundered off.

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                                      • soloud - so very cute! Congrats on your first ride!!
                                        NJR - sounds like a great lesson and you're certainly no weenie - I say go for it!
                                        Finzean - glad the other two are OK. The Amazon sounds a little like my guy - he's great in his comfort zone, not so great outside it. And yes, it's always the little things that seem to set him off - the leaf turned the wrong way, the bird - silly horse.
                                        As usual, I'm sure I missed someone - happy riding to all!

                                        Quick update - I sent in my entry form for the schooling show! No readers for the CT dressage test. I rode last night and ran through it - I think I will be OK. I was told that there was only 1 entry to date - closing date is tomorrow. Very likely the show will be cancelled . . . but, we'll see.
                                        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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                                        • Hey everyone is 23 "adult" enough to join the group? I'm not riding currently but really hoping to get all of my ducks lined up in a row (i.e. start utilizing the carsharing service I joined!) so that I can start riding SOON.

                                          Possibly going to start helping out at a local farm too...I haven't sat on a horse for four years and I miss it terribly....

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