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  • Good luck, Tiger!!
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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    • Good luck Tiger and have a blast!!

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      • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
        Hey, soloud, isn't this you on the front page of the CANTER Mid-Atlantic site?

        http://www.canterusa.org/index.php?o...d=37&Itemid=56

        my horse-- but not me up! That is Whitney, our own Jleegriffith's friend, riding him at the Winterplace show.

        Man he is cute though isn't he?!
        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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        • He sure is!
          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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          • Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post
            my horse-- but not me up! That is Whitney, our own Jleegriffith's friend, riding him at the Winterplace show.

            Man he is cute though isn't he?!
            Yeah, SUPER cute!
            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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            • Hmm...wonder how Tiger is doing about now!?
              “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
              ¯ Oscar Wilde

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              • Goodness – I’ve missed about a week of responding again. I’m going to try to give everyone a shout here – hope I don’t miss anyone…

                Rubygirl & SuperD – I am trying to ignore these rude people. It’s a little difficult to do when I board with one of them, but I’m trying. Super, thank you so much for sharing your story about D. It makes me feel like I’m not the only one who’s been through something like this, though it’s also sad that people automatically blame the horse sometimes when they should just take a step back and try to figure out the solution. I’m so happy Jack did so great cross country and D is staying sound!

                Event4Life – Have you been able to get back on yet, or are you still recovering from your surgery? It sounds as though you’d been having some awesome rides! That’s so wonderful! I’m super jealous, and so glad you have the opportunity to hop on so many great horses. Even if you’re not back in the saddle yet, you will be soon.

                SoLoud – I’m so ecstatic for you that you found a barn that’s a better fit. Exciting! Let us know how everyone is settling in once you do the big move!

                Bumknees – You’ll be able to get in the saddle when it’s the right time. No worries. You WILL get there. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?

                Tiger – I’m so exciting to hear about the show!!! Did you have a mimosa or two before your test? I <3 mimosas. LOL Please let us know how that went.

                Dewey – Man, I feel bad for Sky’s pasture mate, but there isn’t much you can do about it. It’s a shame when they get that attached. …And that was a *beautiful* piece you posted from the Oregonian – I’ve never read it before, but it made me tear up.

                Button – Are you all healed up from your unplanned dismount yet? That body soreness can take a while to dissipate, not to mention the bruises. Ugh! …Also, I’m sending jingles to your old schoolie – hoping it’s very fixable!

                Finzean – I am so, so sorry for the loss of your sweet dog. It’s always difficult. It’s like you just expect them to be there around the house or whatever after so many years, and when they aren’t… it’s just so lonely. It certainly sounds like you did the right thing for him, and I know he appreciated everything you and your family gave to him – the kindness, security, and peace of mind that he was well and truly loved. He’ll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge when the time comes.

                Stolen Virtue – Babies can be tough. We need so much patience in working with them, because they just aren’t as consistent about *anything* as the older ones. {{Hugs}} I totally understand your frustration. Just try to start every session out brand new. Try to review things from last time, but if he says, “I don’t remember learning this!” you have to say, “Well, then let me show you again.” And sometimes they seem to forget *everything* but it doesn’t last. Just be patient and he’ll come around.

                Paradox – I’m so glad Maya’s settling in! What a cutie pie! And I’m glad you’re getting to take Chico over jumps. As for your ankle, have you thought about wrapping it or something? It’s *so* difficult when you have an ankle injury. I remember when I wanted to buy my first horse, I did a test ride on an older TB gelding. I never thought that an old soft-tissue injury from years before would send me into SO MUCH PAIN when I tried to sink my heel. I literally couldn’t ride him – had to dismount after 15 minutes. I had to do physical therapy for a month or two before I was able to even think about riding again. But I did it, and I got back in the saddle. I would recommend asking a doctor for strengthening exercises if you haven’t already. Perhaps that would help.

                HazelG – Hooray for no more snow!!! I hope you’re getting to practice for the show. Keep us posted!

                NJR – I’m so happy to hear you had a great lesson! That always feels wonderful. It doesn’t matter if it’s W/T – if it makes you feel good, that’s what it’s all about.

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

                So, the trainer from the Morgan farm came to try Velvet the other day. She watched me lunge her, then got on herself. She had Velvet going *beautifully* - I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that mare move so great. Obviously, she’s a trainer so she knows what she’s doing. But I was amazed – if she was riding in a flat class in good company, they absolutely would’ve placed. I was quite impressed, both with the trainer’s riding ability and with my mare.

                When she was finished, the trainer said she really, really liked Velvet and was very interested in her, but she wanted to give me about half of what I had told her weeks ago was the *firm* price. I simply can’t take any less. So, we discussed it a little, but it seemed like she wasn’t willing to budge at all, and there’s no way I was taking that little. So, unfortunately, I guess it just isn’t going to work. I’m pretty disappointed – I keep trying to think that it just wasn’t meant to be. But it sucks – I really wanted that horse.

                On a good note, on Thursday evening I had another one of my friends come to the barn to visit. She also used to be an instructor, so we did a mock lesson. It was only about 15 or 20 minutes long, but I learned stuff just in that short amount of time. I rode Gabriel, and we did W/T with a focus on two things – I have a bad habit of lifting my toes instead of sinking my heels, so she gave me some pointers on fixing that. Then she also taught me how to stop Gabe completely off of my seat – it was awesome! I was able to transition him from Trot to Walk, Walk to Halt, and even Trot to Halt *entirely* off of my seat – so cool!!! And he was such a good boy, as he always is. Thank God for that horse – I adore him so much.

                Here’s a pic she took of us on Thursday. I think Gabriel looks pretty darn good for a 20 year old who's just getting back into work.
                http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...ps390badef.jpg

                I have an actual lesson scheduled for Monday evening with a lady who's about half an hour away. I'll be riding one of her schoolies, and I'm hoping I really like her and can start taking regular lessons again.

                ....I hope everyone else is having a good day and enjoying the weekend!
                ~*~*~*~Founding member of the Spotted Saddlebred Pals Clique~*~*~*~

                The equine love of my life: Gabriel
                4/6/1993 - 8/23/2015 ...RIP my big, beautiful boy <3

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                • Classy, I LOVE your picture. I don't know why, I but I pictured Gabriel as a very dark bay! What a pleasant surprise to see how colorful he is. Very handsome! Glad you had a great ride on him. He sounds like such a special guy.

                  And as far as the sale, did you possibly get any video of that trainer riding? You can use it in your ad. Or if not, maybe find someone else that is equally talented that can ride her for you and you can get some great video. I think that helps in ads. Good luck. Sorry this one didn't work out. Who knows, maybe she'll contact you again later. Stick to your guns on pricing. And who knows, maybe she'll tell someone else about her and you may still get a sale that way.

                  Good luck with your lesson. I hope that's fun and it all works out. Lessons are so good for all of us.

                  *****

                  I rode both Saturday and Sunday. And I will have to admit, I'm proud of myself because it was raining on Saturday. I just rode in the light rain. I will say it was cold when I got off, though! But Chico was a good boy. Rain was too heavy by time I got off so we didn't ride Maya/Nessie/new horse. But we lunged her some anyway. They needed to stretch their legs. Yesterday was wet, but there was a lull where we rode both. I did my first 3' jump since before the "ankle incident" which was nice. I think, though, that Chico may need his hocks injected or something. He is starting to do a little bit of bucky-type things at the canter. And that is not like him. Sigh. I am on limited time with him as far as jumping, etc. He's been such a trooper I need to make sure he's comfortable. He never hesitates, though.

                  Hope everyone else had a good weekend!!
                  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                  ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                  • Show Results

                    Thanks guys for all of the good vibes and well wishes!! Too tired to post via ipad last night!

                    Had a blast at the show. Spent all day Saturday prepping to ship out and finally "hit the road" about 4:30pm. Everyone hopped right on the trailer (there were 3 of us going). Quick trip to barn - really nice - more on that another time! Unloaded, tacked up and schooled in the indoor first, then the outdoor. Dodger was really pretty good overall. I think my trainer (S) was a little irritated with me - when Dodger is "up", there is no working him down, he just needs to walk and chill, so that's what we did. We got some work in once he settled and I was happy with what we accomplished.

                    DD ended up coming home for the weekend (she had plans on Saturday) and came to the show with me on Sunday. Arrived about 7:00am and got to braiding. Not the best, but I got it done. Dressage test at 9:48a, no mimosas - we were all so busy, we never got around to it! Anyway, I get out to the outdoor to warm up (test inside) and Dodger started calling to his stable mates - this was new, he usually could care less.

                    Enter indoor for the test, walking around waiting for the bell to ring and he is just screaming his head off. I think the judge was giving me an extra minute or two to see if he would settle down and the whole time I'm thinking, just ring the d*amn bell would ya! Finally got going and was too busy to be nervous - he screamed thru the whole test - but, we did it and even managed a couple of 7s for quality of trot and canter. We were early with a couple of tranisitions and that hurt our score, we ended up with a final penalty score of 42.5, overall 54.5. Loved some of the judge's remarks - like the first one - AXMC enter working trot - distracted!! His overall comment: tactful job on distracted horse. Rider needs to situp w/seatbones in the saddle (everyone seemed to get this particular comment) and encourage horse to be more forward. A fellow barn mate said it looked great - he was animated (no kidding) and forward. No pics or video because it was a bit too dark inside. Nonethelss, I was very happy with the test, regardless of the less than stellar score. Lots to work on, as always.

                    Stadium was very interesting, to say the least. It was stadium jumps (5) set up in a pasture adjacent to a couple of paddocks.
                    Very steep hill on one side, and a little downhill to the first jump and kind of rolling throughout. We had quite the crowd watching, since this was the very last part of the show and I was the only one doing CT. We did get around, 8 jumps in all. I'm afraid I disappointed the audience! Mostly trotted - some were nice, some not so nice, but we did it!! Not hard to ribbon, when you're the only one competing!

                    Here are a couple of pics:

                    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/kerr...0Farm%205-5-13

                    Hope to add some pics, but that's all I have for now.

                    Everyone hopped right on the trailer to get home.

                    We have lots to work on, but again, I was really happy with how it went.

                    And one of the very best parts was that DD was there to share it with me and that she has now expressed an interest in learning to jump!!!!! She is going to talk to our beginner instructor, once she's home for the summer . . . will wonders never cease!
                    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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                    • Aww, what great pictures and a great post on how your show went. Sounds like you did a great job with a great attitude. Good for you!! And I think the reason we show is to learn what we need to work on. Winning is nice, but not the end goal for all of us. I love the picture of you two...both of you look happy (if you can say that about a horse!). Thanks for sharing, and next time will be even easier.
                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                      • Tiger - Love the pics, you two look great! Sorry he screamed through the whole test, but giggled at the 'distracted' comment. Bonus points for getting DD interested in jumping!

                        Paradox - nice work on both the rain and the 3'! Has Chico had his teeth done recently?

                        Classy - Shame about the trade not working out. I agree with Paradox about the video though, I love seeing a good video when I'm (window) shopping. Gabriel certainly a handsome boy, he looks like he's modeling for a statue! I have no idea why I thought he was a grey though Thanks for the jingles, it's looking like he just needs the new joint supplements and to be kept in regular work. I on the other hand am healing a little bit slower, though I'm now yellow and brown instead of black and blue!

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                        • Thanks Paradox - yup, the ribbon was a nice bonus - the sense of accomplishment was priceless. I am looking forward to our next show. (He does look happy doesn't he?!)
                          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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                          • Button, I did have him floated about a month ago. I had his hocks injected one time. I just called my vet to verify, but it was November of 2011, so it may have to be a yearly thing. I hope if I do that he will be A-Ok.

                            Of course, it's raining again, today. Wet week. Sheesh. Oh, and the three feet really didn't look all that big. I'm happy about that. It was a vertical. Make it an oxer and I would be singing a different tune!!!

                            I hope you are feeling better soon. Takes us a while, doesn't it!? And I will cross my fingers your joint supps for your pony work. I have Chico on some, plus Pentosan every 4 weeks. And until just this weekend, he's never had a problem. I hate that he's getting old.

                            Tiger, when is your next show?
                            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                            ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                            • Paradox - you made me laugh - so funny how some fences seem so much bigger/higher than others! I think verticals are a lot scarier than oxers - go figure!!! Hope the weather clears for you. Our weekend turned out lovely, but was predicted to be cool and rainy.

                              Ditto to Button on hoping the supplements work for your pony and that you are feeling better soon.

                              While unpacking from the show yesterday (why is packing more fun?!) a fellow boarder took a nasty spill off her gelding. She recently increased his joint supplment, which doubled the MSM he is getting, and he's been getting progressively sillier. Anyway, we heard hooves, an OH KNOW, and a thud. worst.feeling.ever. Ran to the indoor and found her curled up on the ground. She had landed flat on her back and then rolled. She was OK, but very shaken. Didn't remount, but did lunge the heck out of him. He totally took advantage of her - felt her coming off and then purposefully pulled her out of the tack - bugger. Suggested she stop using the supplement and see if he gets better, he's usually kind of a slug . . .

                              Next show - probably some time in June - will probably tag along, like I did this time, with my dressage buddies and do another CT.
                              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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                              • Thanks guys, I had a lesson on him Friday and he felt decent, I hope he stays that way. It's weird, he's kind of a jerk (cuts corners, counterbends, trots everywhere), but I trust him. I feel queasy doing more than crossrails on the one who dumped me, but on him I've gone 2'6" and I can actually think about what my various body parts are doing because I've freed up the parts of my brain that are normally busy worrying. It's amazing what we're able to do with the horses we trust.

                                Paradox - dang, I was hoping it might be something simple like rough teeth. But even if he has to have yearly injections, at least there's something that keeps him feeling good.

                                Tiger - Oh dear, I'm glad she's intact. It's funny you mention the supplements though, I'm having the same issue with one of my pups. Vet gave him some new stuff for his wonky leg, and he has been completely bonkers ever since. I hope he calms down, taking her out on purpose is a pretty dirty trick to pull.

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                                • Originally posted by Tiger Horse View Post

                                  While unpacking from the show yesterday (why is packing more fun?!) a fellow boarder took a nasty spill off her gelding. She recently increased his joint supplment, which doubled the MSM he is getting, and he's been getting progressively sillier. Anyway, we heard hooves, an OH KNOW, and a thud. worst.feeling.ever. Ran to the indoor and found her curled up on the ground. She had landed flat on her back and then rolled. She was OK, but very shaken. Didn't remount, but did lunge the heck out of him. He totally took advantage of her - felt her coming off and then purposefully pulled her out of the tack - bugger. Suggested she stop using the supplement and see if he gets better, he's usually kind of a slug . . .
                                  MSM can make some horses completely nutty. I specifically chose a joint supplement without it for my new horse, until I know he is trustworthy under saddle. Just too risky otherwise.
                                  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 soloudinhere View Post
                                    MSM can make some horses completely nutty. I specifically chose a joint supplement without it for my new horse, until I know he is trustworthy under saddle. Just too risky otherwise.
                                    It's amazing how different they all are, isn't it? My guy is fine with MSM - he's the same temperment-wise with or without it. Trainer thinks it's spring fever, I think it's too coincidental to increase in MSM. We'll see . . .

                                    Button - it was a very dirty trick!
                                    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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                                    • Yay, Tiger Horse!! Hang that ribbon up and be proud of it! You're so far ahead of a lot of people...I'm too scared to try and take the Amazon anywhere for fear of what might set her off. Sometimes being brave enough to "just do it!" deserves a ribbon whether you trot the course or not! FWIW, I've seen plenty of people over the years who were competing and should have been trotting the courses instead of careening around out of control!! And I love all the smiles in your photos - a good time was had by all, yes?

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                                      • Paradox – Thanks so much for the photo compliment! I adore that gelding. It’s an odd thing that for years before I ever was able to get a horse, I always said I wanted a “bay pinto American Saddlebred” – that was my dream horse. I admit I was wrong on the color, but I did end up with my dream horse in Gabriel, who is a chestnut pinto American Saddlebred (technically, it’s called “spotted” in his breed, not pinto, but I didn’t know that back when).

                                        Anyway, I’m glad you got some riding in last weekend! And best of luck with the injection for Chico – that poor, sweet boy. Hey, if yearly injections are what he needs, that’s a small price to pay for keeping that amazing guy sound and happy.

                                        Tiger – CONGRATS with the show!!!! WOO-HOO! Sounds like you had a blast, which is absolutely wonderful! And I love your pictures – so cute!!!!! I wish we all lived in the same area, because I’m sure many of us would’ve come to cheer you on – I know I would’ve.

                                        Oh, and I would agree with backing off the MSM on that horse to see whether or not that’s the trigger. Even little things can sometimes make a huge difference in a horse’s personality. I’m so glad the other boarder is ok! Thank goodness you were there to make sure she was alright!

                                        Button – Thank you so much for the photo compliment, too!!! I adore my Gabriel – he’s my heart horse, for sure. It’s funny how we all get this picture in our mind of what other people and their horses look like. And I don’t know about you, but I’m usually wrong when I do that! Haha – oh, well. No biggie.

                                        I’m so glad to hear your schoolie is doing ok! Phew! You are *so* right when you say, “It’s amazing what we’re able to do with the horses we trust.” I know exactly what you mean! Not everybody gets it – I’m not entirely sure that my friend who I board with understands. She’s seen me ride Gabriel through his butt-head moments, which can be worse than the silly things Velvet usually throws at me. So, of course, she wonders why I’m fine on Gabe and not on Velvet. But it’s because I *know* Gabriel would never toss me. Be a stinker? Yeah – he has his days. But I trust him with my life. Velvet? I don’t think she’d ever toss someone on purpose, but she’s also more sensitive and I don’t always trust that she’d “catch” me if I started to get off kilter. Gabriel does.

                                        Finzean – Oh, I totally agree that sometimes just being brave enough to go do it deserves a ribbon! Hahaha! I wish they did give ribbons for that – I probably would’ve shown 20 times more than I have (at this point in my life, I’ve only ever ridden in 3 shows).

                                        *********

                                        So, my friend who I board with and I are going to try to get video this coming weekend of at least Velvet, and maybe Rose, for the sale ads. Our schedules don’t always mesh too hot, so we had to wait a while to get it. Problem is, even though she’s a great rider, her style of riding isn’t the same as that trainer. I think Velvet *really* liked the way that trainer rode, hence why she went so well. But, I’m sure my friend can get her going around nicely and I can take some clips. It’s sort of counter-intuitive to me that Velvet liked the trainer’s ride, only because Velvet seems to get upset with contact in her mouth, but this trainer rode with a lot of contact. I’ve always been told to ride her in very light contact, and that’s also how my friend rides naturally – she doesn’t really like to pick up contact. I’m wondering if maybe I was told wrong and Velvet likes to be held together more. Or, it could also be that my not-so-educated hands give inconsistent contact, and maybe that’s what she hates. I don’t know, but it does make me think.

                                        In other news, my lesson last night was a BLAST!!! I so love this coach and I’m totally going to start going to her regularly. I can’t afford to do weekly lessons with her until I get down to 2 horses, but I’m going to try for every other week, and make it a point to go at least once a month if nothing else. She put me on a schoolie named Petie. He’s a total cutie-pie, 16 year old chestnut TB with lots of chrome. Kinda skinny and lanky, but a very good egg. In fact, he reminds me of Gabriel personality-wise… probably why I fell completely in love with him by the end of the lesson.

                                        Anyway, my other friend (who taught me to gear down using my seat) did the lesson with me. We just did Walk/Trot, but we did a *ton* of stuff. I feel like I learned stuff, and I felt *so* much more secure in the saddle by the time I was done. We did a lot of trot drills – Posting to two-point to sitting, to two-point, to sitting, to double-posting, etc. Toward the end she had us drop one stirrup, post the trot, then switch the dropped stirrup and post again. Oy – I’m stiff and sore this morning, but it was so much fun! I can’t wait to go back!

                                        I’m planning on going to the barn tonight and getting on Gabriel. I think I’ll torture myself with some of those drills again tonight so I can solidify it in my mushy re-rider brain.
                                        ~*~*~*~Founding member of the Spotted Saddlebred Pals Clique~*~*~*~

                                        The equine love of my life: Gabriel
                                        4/6/1993 - 8/23/2015 ...RIP my big, beautiful boy <3

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                                        • I've started my horse on Mag Restore which is supposed to be a natural calmer. I'll report back!

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

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