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  • Rode Summer again. Day two and she's perfect. One of the easiest horses I've ridden recently which probably means she needs to be a kids horse. blah. I really wish I had a full time job!!!

    Crabby Appy mare is getting a lot better. We did lots and lots of canter transitions and I did lots of no stirrup work at the trot. Whee fun times! She now walks up to me in the field with her ears pricked forward - total change in behavior, lol. She does for my trainer too, and we're the ones who ride her the most so not sure whats up with that.
    "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


    • Event4Life, see, Appy just needed a job! I always say there are crappy Appys and happy Appys. I'm lucky to have a happy Appy.
      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
      ¯ Oscar Wilde


      • Classy - I'm sorry you're having to put up with this nonsense.

        soloud - That sucks, and would irritate me too. Sometimes people just overreact, but c'mon!

        Event4Life - I think that means she likes you!

        Thanks for the advice about the core strength, I was thinking along the same lines. I'm looking into classes at the school gym (I work on uni campus), hopefully they'll have something to help me get stronger. I think when it happens on the flat it's a weak core issue, coming off the fence it's defensive.


        • Classy-- I also say just ignore them. I had a similar problem when I boarded at a wonderful show barn. My heart boy D was getting more and more difficult to ride. I at the time couldn't figure out why. He was very hot and getting hotter by the day. Everyone there was labeling him "dangerous". It came to a point where I wasn't allowed to ride him with beginners in the ring, or ponies, or really anyone except other same riding level boarders. I was starting to get afraid of him myself. I finally moved him to a back yard place and turned him out for a winter and took a brief break. Low and behold he just needed more turnout. So my moral of this story is- don't listen to anyone. You know how Gabriel is and that is all that matters!! Just go and enjoy your time with your fur kids and don't worry about the crummy people.

          Today I took D out and put him on the longe line for something for him to do. He was so happy and sassy that I think I will bring him back into work but just fit enough to go on trail rides and have a little fun in the ring. Nothing to serious. * knock on wood* he was sound with no shoes and on a circle!!!!

          Jack I think is a little body sore from his getting back into work. He has been back in training since the first of April and getting legged up since the begginingish of March. He just seems stiff. I might put him on Pentosan.

          He was awesome on Sunday cross country!! He just jumped around like a pro. He will get moved up to Novice shortly. She ( my trainer) schooled him over some Training level jumps on Sunday and it didn't faze him.

          Sorry I didn't reply to everyone!!!!


          • Event4Life - I cannot for the life of me read Crabby Appy....it comes out all wrong but rhyming Mean but funny at the same time. LOL

            Such good news from everyone! Classy - don't sweat the small stuff. Anyone who's done the horse thing will be smart enough to recognize sour grapes and see for themselves!


            • Bumknees how are you doing? Did you manage to ride yet?


              • Originally posted by Button View Post
                Event4Life - I think that means she likes you!
                haha we're not sure if she's decided she likes us or if there's an ulterior motive.....she's a smart one.

                Paradox - Apparently she used to be friendly (in her previous home where she didn't do anything), but then she started "boot camp". Maybe she's finally associating work with attention which = good things :-D. Its a nice thought, lol!

                Finzean - ahahahaha that thought did cross my mind too (hey, Paradox said it first!) but I figured I'd keep it G rated.
                "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


                • Well, I've been mulling it over in my head and I think for a lot of reasons that I am going to switch barns.

                  This place is really close to my house, but some of the arcane rules (no hand grazing, no walking on the grass) and the fact that everyone rides in the indoor because the outdoor is on top of this huge blustery hill that terrifies all the horses, on top of the fact that there's no resident trainer so I can't get help with this young horse when I need it, adds up to me needing to find someplace else.

                  It is close to my house (10-15 minutes) whereas the next place I'd accept is more like 40 minutes, but I need the ability to have someone else who's done this before get on the horse, I think. So, made those calls today. I'm not thrilled about it because it means more $$ for me (board is the same, but more gas to drive there and back, and more $$ in training and lessons) but it's the best way to accomplish what I need to accomplish, I think.
                  Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                  you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                  • Ys
                    Originally posted by HazelG View Post
                    Bumknees how are you doing? Did you manage to ride yet?
                    Not yet. sighs.. The car finally got fixed, but the weather had been lousy. And I've had 3 Drs appointments this week uugg. Two of which were in Cleveland on two different days and they seemed to last forever. And about 13 viles of blood. I hate this.
                    Well next week is suppose to be beautiful so knock on all sorts of wood that next week weather will be a predicted.
                    Gods I can't wait.
                    Friend of bar .ka


                    • soloud - sounds like the right decision - good luck!

                      bumknees - "knocking on wood" and keeping my fingers crossed for you!

                      Can't wait to look at this new barn - last night (and most Thursdays) are just a waste as far as riding goes. There is a first time horse owner, a beginner rider who bought her first horse (an OTTB) about 6 mos ago - she lessons on Thurs, I try to work around her lesson time. As in, be done before she starts or wait until she's finished. Never seems to work out because the "start" time fluctuates. Anyway, she basically has little to no control and it's scary. I would have gone down to the outdoor - but, there are no lights down there - power was cut last spring and still not fixed . . .

                      I wait out her lesson and then another boarder comes in with her boyfriend, who
                      is also a beginner and can't steer. Riding with him is like playing dodge ball! So, I've been mounted about 40 min and have gotten nothing accomplished. (Not exactly true, we did get some walk work done, but still . . . very frustrating.)

                      Then I find out that my trainer is also going to show at this little show on the
                      5th. GREAT - I know the drill here - she will be so worried about her stuff, we won't get much coaching at the show. If I'd known that, I wouldn't have bothered to enter.

                      Sorry, venting again . . . I think I'm just so done with this barn.

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


                      • Tiger Horse - so sorry about the frustration. So regimes I forget how nice it is to have the critters at home. Go visit he other farm now.


                        • Wow...a lot going on here: new barns (maybe), difficult fellow boarders, shows coming up, lousy weather, and some people actually riding.

                          Sky's been really good lately, jumping small (2'6") courses with more confidence. I just have to relate what has been going on lately with a new mare who's been boarded at our barn for about a month. This mare has fixated on Sky to the point where she stands at the fence line and hollers from the moment I begin my ride and continues through my cooling her out, feeding her, and getting her ready to put back outside (a process of a couple of hours). This mare gets really semi-hysterical, racing around in addition to hollering, when she can't actually see Sky, for example when Sky is in her stall eating her dinner. This goes on despite the fact that the new mare is never in the pasture alone; there are plenty of other mares out there for her to pal around with. Sky herself has been very nonchalant about the whole thing.

                          This has been only a minor annoyance, but yesterday after my lesson, I wanted to take Sky out and do a little loop around the farm as I sometimes do in preparation for someday going on an actual trail ride. However, Miss New Mare began racing along the fence line, calling, and she ended up upsetting the horse of the girl I was riding with, so we had to turn back. Oh, well. I wonder how she will react to my eventually taking Sky to an away show. I may come back to the farm to find her dead in the pasture of a heart attack.
                          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


                          • Gymnastic fail

                            So I had a lesson tonight, it did not go well. Started with trotter poles to x-rail on diagonal toward home, crossrail gets bigger until ends are at tops of standards, but he consistantly lands on wrong lead and I just cannot get the change. Keep getting yelled at to sit up and push him over, get one change, next one no, then get it again (finally).

                            Outside line to gymnastic is added after big x-rail (vertical, bounce over ground pole into little oxer). We come up to it and he plants his feet and I go flying. Came down on my lower back/left butt cheek on top of the vertical and bounced onto the other side. I get back on after catching him, do the x-rail, miss the change, come at it again, and again go flying (missing the fence this time) when he slides to a stop. After trainer gives him a none too subtle reminder of how he's supposed to behave (he tried it with him too...once lol), I got back on and made him do it twice.

                            No permanent damage, but I've got a huge lump on my bum and up onto my back, a bruised knee, and a scraped arm. I think I'm just going to chalk this one up to a bad day, but I'm pissed with myself for letting him get me twice. Although I kind of got him back, he raced around the arena like a loon, but I caught him twice by holding my hand out with an imaginary cookie! I guess neither of us learn the first time.


                            • Gosh Button glad you are OK. Does not sound like fun. Sounds like a warm bath and a glass of wine are in order - take care of your self.

                              Dewey - interesting situation, kind of herd bound in reverse.

                              Happy riding everyone. I have a lesson on Sunday morning, I think we will be concentrating on the dressage test, which I am happy to report I have managed to memorize.

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


                              • So I decided to put my old man into just enough work that he gets his figure back. I am not loving this new seemingly underweight version. I think his back has just dropped more, but his ribs are showing a bit and his hips are a little hollow.

                                He has always had the perfect hunter body......

                                Any tips on how to get weight on him? He does have a biggish belly. My vet refers to it as a hay belly.
                                He gets 3 qrts stragtey, beet pulp twice daily and hay 3 times daily. His pasture has grass. I give him 6 qrts alfalfa/timothy pellets about 3ish times a week.
                                He is also on Gleam and gain supplement.

                                Anyway, I hope you all are having a great weekend!!!!


                                • Buttons - I am without words other than thank God you didn't get hurt worse. Ditto what Tiger said.

                                  superD - I am of the unpopular opinion that the reason many hard keeper horses are hard keepers is because of hay that could be SO much better. This is where I'm coming from and bear in mind I don't have hard keepers...maybe the Amazon qualifies but not really. She's a TB but an easy keeper. Ok - back to why...

                                  Our hay guy grows AMAZING clean & beautiful orchard grass. We ended up running out of his hay and he'd sold out what he had left to a horse owner with a hay crisis. We had to buy fescue - again, beautiful, clean, tested endophyte free. The horses ate it fine (are still eating it while we wait for 1st cutting orchard) but started dropping weight. Nothing changed in their diet but the hay. And we weren't restricting hay...if anything pushing more and more at them. The horses are dewormed, on Strategy...very well managed. We upped the Strategy. I'm not big on concentrate feeds...just really feel like they were designed to live as grazers...but we upped the Strategy. They continued to just look "poor." We pull the horses completely off our pastures (not a ton of big pasture space) and seed & fertilize every winter (February). As the grass has come in, we started weaning the horses back onto the pastures. As of today, they go on the pasture for about 5 hours tops. 2 weeks of increasing time on the pasture and they've started looking great again- and I'm not talking about shedding out, etc. I'm talking about body condition. None of my horses ever have a hay belly, though I know what you're talking about. Despite your boy's hay belly, I'd investigate hay options. I might be barking up the wrong tree but at this point I've convinced myself I'm right...haha

                                  My plans to ride have been continually thwarted this week. The Amazon got her shoe reset although she's still acting goofy...today the wheelbarrow was a fire breathing dragon. We've spent the past 3-4 days dealing with our old dog...I posted some months ago about his old folks dementia type behavior. We determined he might be just "sundowning" but after seeing him have petite mal seizures recently (past 4-6 wks or so), we figured maybe he was having seizures and then getting confused and hiding under the shrubbery, etc. Well, the arthritis in his knees got really, really bad over the past couple of weeks and his meds weren't helping (he couldn't get up by himself) so we headed to the vet, changed the meds, and I mentioned that I was seeing the petite mal seizures/neurological weirdness more often. We left with the new meds and a script for some phenobarbitol to fill if the new meds helped w/the arthritis. Friday morning the dog looks/feels great; we take him to the vet for an overnight boarding (we were out of town early & late into the night). We pick him up this morning and he won't walk; doesn't seem to recognize us...get him home, he seems more himself. 4 hours later he starts having neurological weirdness, then wham out of nowhere a MASSIVE grand mal seizure. We took Big E straight to the emergency vet & had him PTS. It's been one hell of a day...we were on borrowed time with him and given his breed (Boxer) we're pretty sure we were dealing with a brain tumor. He was somewhere around 14 yo - we got him via Boxer rescue when he was already older - they guessed 6-7 yrs. old. Regardless, it just sucks. I miss him - he was my shadow.

                                  So we spent a couple of hours in the animal graveyard...reminiscing over the various dogs, horses, and cats buried out there. Sorry to fill the re-rider thread with such a non-re-rider entry...

                                  Forecast for this week is rain...and I do mean the ENTIRE week as far out as the forecast goes. Maybe it's just more time to let the Amazon's brain unwind. At least the groaning tack hook will get some relief as the tack will be cleaned, the saddle pads all washed, and I'll get all the horses a good solid trim job on manes, fetlocks, etc. Hoping everyone has a great conclusion to their weekend. Tiger Horse - have a great lesson tmrw morning!!


                                  • Buttons, good for you for getting back on and after falling and completing the lesson. I've only fallen a few times, but each time I end up too frazzled to accomplish anything.

                                    Finzean, I'm sorry about your dog. I don't have one, but I have a cat who is my little furry shadow and I don't like to think about what it would be like without him around.

                                    Tiger Horse , one of the barns I ride at is like yours and it drives me nuts. I know I was an annoying beginner myself at one point, but I at least tried to stay out of the way. It's like some people just don't care. There are a few riders that the whole barn avoids either because they are inept or because they will run you over without pause. The lack of structure is hard for me to handle sometimes.

                                    On the flip side, the horses there are awesome. It was finally nice out and I was able to ride outside for the first time since last summer. Hallelujah! I enjoyed it, although for old time's sake I rode the same horse I did last summer and it was a little bittersweet because while I adore him, it was pretty apparent that I've outgrown him. My trainer basically just sat there while we cruised around because there wasn't much to say. The silence was shocking, actually!


                                    • Finzean- Thanks for the info. I have no idea what kind of hay they get. ( I board)
                                      But I hope to get with my trainer to discuss different options for my old man.

                                      I am really sorry to hear about your boxer. I lost my dog in Feb from a chronic back ( spine) problem that was not surgical. He was just 4. I miss him terribly!!. I have his ashes on my dresser along with his brother. One day I will be able to bring myself to bury them together in the yard. My thoughts are with you and your family. Of course I am sitting here watching Marley& Me with tears free flowing..... I think I need a glass of wine.... or 10

                                      Anyway I really hope that Amazon gets her brain back soon and you guys can get some riding in.


                                      • Finzean I'm so sorry for your loss


                                        • Finzean-- So sorry

                                          I did decide to move barns. I paid the deposit this morning.

                                          It is a much better situation for my horse and I think it will also be good for me mentally to be in that type of situation versus the one I'm in. The pony moves May 15-- the sooner the better, basically.
                                          Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                          you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.