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  • Originally posted by Finzean View Post
    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?
    Yes, we all had a ball - lots of smiles and laughs - and you're darn right I'm hanging that ribbon up! It was the very first time I've jumped "off property" so a big step for me and something to build on. Now, I have to get out on the trail . . . so we can school for some cross country . . .

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


    • Tiger Horse, congratulations! Glad everything went so well!

      CR, lovely picture!

      Good news, everyone! One of the little lesson girls at our barn is going to buy my little QH buddy! So he gets to stay! Yaaaaaaaay!
      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


      • That's awesome, Dewey! I'm so happy. I hope they enjoy each other, and you enjoy watching them.
        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        ¯ Oscar Wilde


        • Dewey- that's awesome!! Now you can always see him

          Tiger- Congrats!!!!!

          Paradox- I hope Chico is feeling better soon. I do like the name Maya

          CR- sorry about the deal. Hopefully with some good video your girl will sell soon. Keep having fun with your lesson though. Oh and Gabe is a cutie, I love his color!!!

          Sorry if I missed anyone. Jack is prepared for his Trial this weekend. I worked him in the fields with my trainer on Monday and I now feel much better about his fitness. His colic episodes took so much out of him!!! Deagan is enjoying his short workouts I think. He seems very happy and sound!!!! I think body wise he is looking much better. I just hate that he lost so much of his top line during this last year


          • Dewey GREAT NEWS!!


            • Classy - thanks - you are so sweet! Glad to hear you enjoyed your lesson and are looking forward to the next. Hope the video goes well.

              Dewey - thank you - and that's wonderful news on your QH buddy!

              superD - thanks! Good luck this weekend - so exciting - can't wait to hear all about it.

              Had a quick ride in the outdoor last night - he was very good. Trainer has a new shareboarder (a really nice young woman - maybe 20?) that wants to do some mini events this summer and although I'd certainly like to jump on board at some point, I don't want to be rushed . . . I'd be really happy doing another CT, before trying a mini event . . .

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


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


                • Awesome news about your QH buddy, Dewey!

                  Congrats on your show Tiger Horse!

                  Classy - sorry to hear things didn't go as planned with the Morgan.

                  Sorry I have been AWOL lately. Tons of travel and crazy days at te office, but I am trying to keep up!
                  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


                  • SSorry I've been away for a while.
                    I'm posting from my phone and while I read all your replys I haven't found a way to go back and and to recall from my phone yet, so sorry and koddys.

                    I had a lesson and decided that it would best to lease Toby for the summer to a girl who is heads over tea kettles in love with him. It is the best for him, the girl, and me. I will "teach"the girl how to ride a TB wit out just out posing as the bm asked me to help he in her (G*g help me) 4h club. As I think she said 2 of her girls what to do English and she doesn't do English. And as the saying goes the mind id willing but but the body isn't.

                    And I because my BO is so wonderful but works outside the barn I decided to do the stalls in exchange for balan lessons, which my body needs badly 3x a week and I'm going to ride some of.her almost dead broke horses to get them in shape to sell.
                    I'm also going to do various "stuff" that needs done.
                    Basically I'm going to be her unpaid BM...which is ok by me. But hey it strainge after doing some really gross, messy stalls I was sure at least my legs would hurt. But not even a twinge, the only thing that remotely hurts more tha Norma is,my knee. But this to shall pass. ;-)
                    Friend of bar .ka


                    • bumknees you crack me up over the 4H comment!! We are members of 4H (non-horse club) and have lamented over the fact that 4H has SO MANY opps for kids to do really cool stuff...except in the horse world if one is riding English.

                      So - I decided to change that! Just finished leadership training and am submitting my paperwork for Heels Down 4-H Club. We're bringing back the neighborhood barn of old where all the horseless kids could show up and brush horses, ride a little, learn a lot, and get their horse fix in a safe and sane situation. We are really excited about the doors this is going to open for kids who want to learn horsemanship but who will never have the means/opp to own or lease a horse. We opted for 4H (as opposed to USPC) b/c 4H has so many great ways for the kids to earn scholarship money for camps, etc. - ways that don't require a horse. BUT - mum's the word - we're working out of USPC manuals and hope to be able to get involved with the club in Orange county at some point. You are dead on w/your comment - ALL the 4H stuff around here is Western oriented and a lot of it SCARY LARRY!!

                      Most recent Tails from the Amazon....

                      Wicked mud and hormonally driven bouts of running, rearing, spinning, and generally crazy mare behavior, have sucked another shoe off the Amazon. Of course we have sunny, beautiful weather for the next 2 days...I'll be schooling the ponies, I guess. The blacksmith comes Monday in the midst of more rain. What the fig newton??? Glad to have the kayaks in case transportation to and from the barn becomes compromised. ugh.

                      Hoping everyone else is enjoying good footing and sunshine with an absence of insects!!


                      • Bmknees, sounds like you will enjoy your new endeavor. . And I am glad you found a girl that will give Toby a lot of love. I am happy to hear you are going to get some saddle time with some steady Eddies. Awesome. Enjoy it.

                        Finzean, sounds like you will have your hands full! But it also sounds like a lot of fun. As a kid I took lessons but never owned a horse. I would have done anything for riding opportunities. I tried 4h but the group I went to pretty much couldn't do anything with me since I did not have my own horse. Sigh.
                        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                        ¯ Oscar Wilde


                        • It's finals week, and I am swamped with grading. I am taking a brief break to say thanks to everyone for the congratulations. I have to admit that when I first heard the news, I felt a little pang...he's been my horse, and everyone has acknowledged that, and now he's going to be hers. However, those feelings are unworthy, and I am really, really glad that he is going to stay. I will enjoy helping the little girl learn to ride him, and she is a very nice girl. On Tuesday, I showed her some of the tricks he knows, and I lent her a leather halter he won for me the last year I showed him. So it will be fun to watch them grow together. (And besides, I know that he will always love me best! )
                          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


                          • I hear you about the 4-H, everyone. It's such a fine organization, but the way it handles hunt-seat riding is so hit-or-miss, mostly miss IMO. My DD did 4-H for years because that's what our area offers, and her coach was pretty much in charge. She was really too busy to do anything consistently, though, and the monthly meetings of the Horse Club with the Western people were interminable and poorly organized. DD always enjoyed the state show, though, and our girls always did very well and usually qualified for regionals. It was a chance to go to a big show without going broke or feeling inferior because we didn't have a horse that cost multiple thousands of dollars and all the fancy tack. etc. She also did the quiz bowl team one year, and that was a good experience.

                            On the other hand, it couldn't compare to my experience in Pony Club. IMO, if all the people on his board had a PC experience, we wouldn't have nearly as many people complaining about their trainers (or trainers complaining about their students). A lot more people would be training their own green horses, too. I feel so blessed that I was a PC member from age 8 to age 21. I feel more knowledgeable than a lot of trainers out there, and that is all due to my PC experience. I know that not everyone has access to a Pony Club, and I sure wish they did.

                            Finzean, you go for it--those kids are so lucky that you are doing this. A 4-H club on a Pony Club model sounds ideal to me.
                            Last edited by Dewey; May. 9, 2013, 03:12 PM.
                            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


                            • Report on show facility and possible move

                              Lovely facility. Beautiful old, updated barn - really clean and well maintained. Stalls are big and airy, aisles are wide. Really nice office, viewing room and bathroom - all above the barn.

                              Indoor is wonderful - as is outdoor. Little cross country course in a large, long pasture. Tack rooms are roomy - and everyone has a tack locker (for additional storage) upstairs.

                              Turnout - has both pastures and dry lot. Really, really nice set-up. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

                              The downside - I hear the owner, who lives on the property (a plus) can be very hard to get along with - although she was great during the show - lots of rules, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The worst though - three boarders from our barn (one is the beginner who lessons on Thurs nights) are moving out June 1 and going there! They create so much havoc that our BM was thrilled to see them go . . . and I'm not so keen to end up where they are. So, for now, I'll stay put and keep my eyes and ears open. Might still be an option, because I'm not sure how long that trio will last there. Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall!!

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


                              • Dewey, I'm a little bit envious that you got to do PC! In a good way, of course. . I wish I had that background. As a kid I took lessons for about six years, first western, then English. English consisted of riding the western horses in English tack. It was at a quarter horse barn that mostly did WP and halter. So I didn't learn very well. But I did get to ride tons of horses which I'm grateful for. When I was 17 I took a year off. At 18 started riding again. Didn't get my first horse till I was about 22 and that was only for about a year. Didn't start jumping lessons till about 27 or so, and got my first jumper trainee ottb about a year later. And haven't looked back since. . But I regret not having a good foundation in jumping. I pay for my bad learned habits to this day.

                                Tiger, I think I'm with you. Stick where you are for a while and try to get a feel for other barns, and also the nice barn. Do more inquiries on the barn owner before making the leap if you do still want to go there.


                                Sitting in a hotel room in Chattanooga. I have all-day depositions tomorrow and the drive is too long to drive in the morning (2 hours without traffic). Too hard to make the drive, then sit motionless for eight hours! All-day depos are tough (I'm a court reporter...not sure I mentioned it before.)

                                Hope you all have a great weekend! I plan to ride when I get home Saturday if it is not raining. I rode twice in the rain last week!
                                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                ¯ Oscar Wilde


                                • You know, when I think back, it's really quite astonishing that I was able to have the experiences I did. The DC of our Pony Club was an extremely knowledgeable and experienced horsewoman, and she was known at a national level. She was a national examiner for PC, regional supervisor, and had a whole bunch of high-powered judging licenses for dressage and eventing. She ran our PC as a volunteer for my entire tenure. Our PC had 100+ members, and every member from beginner to the most experienced had a free group riding lesson every week (we called it "drill") and a free unmounted lesson every month during the school year. Everything was run by volunteers.

                                  I wonder how they did it.
                                  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


                                  • Hi! Checking back in- need to go back and read some posts.

                                    Tarheel, we are showing at the HSV show coming up in two weeks- let me know if by chance you will be there!
                                    Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors


                                    • Hi all! I know I need to do a major catch up but here's my update...

                                      Ridden twice since the surgery. Yesterday's ride was not so great - my leg was alllll over the place and I couldn't for the life of me get Summer's right lead canter, even though I got it multiple times the 2nd time I rode her (last time riding before surgery), so that was frustrating. We did go on a nice mini trail ride after trainer got on her. Trainer got the right lead in the end but it wasn't easy, and she had spurs which probably helped. That made me feel a little better but not much.

                                      So wasn't feeling all that positive about riding today, but started with Sadie. Sadie hasn't been ridden since the last time I rode her like 3 weeks ago and she was a complete ROCK STAR. We just did w-t-c, and I was really pleased that I could ride her canter way better than I have in the past and kept it together and "up" without getting too downhill and sticky. Her trot was nice too and she was just all around awesome especially considering she hasn't been ridden in so long (and she's a 5 y/o TB!)

                                      Then Emily and I sat around and talked for an hour about whether or not we were going to ride again lol. We eventually took Dutch and Summer on a nice long, relaxing trail ride, which was fun. We went exploring and Emily showed me an old cemetery hidden in the wooded area behind the barn which is being cleared by a local logging company . Anyway it was really cool and Summer was really good even though she's tiny compared to Dutch so she kept getting left behind.

                                      I'm doing evening feeds tomorrow. First time on my own! Wish me luck, lol!
                                      "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 - What a great report!

                                        I'm determined to kill my To Do list today so I'm out the door - will catch up later.

                                        Just wanted to add before I run that I had the BEST ride on the Amazon on Friday. It was just a little ring work but the Alpaca Death Squad nonsense seems to have worn off and things have just clicked. The trot work wasn't perfect but OMG even going to the right (my bad side) was really good. Some of it might've even been an 8! Just need more riding, more riding, more riding...

                                        Out the door with 8 days of sunshine forecasted! Yes! Kick on everyone!!


                                        • Event4Lift - great update - thanks.

                                          Finzean - Congrats - enjoy the weather!


                                          I was my trainer's "ground person" at a show on Saturday - she did a CT with her greenish WB mare. Had a lot of fun and learned a lot. A couple of my barn mates (who showed with me last weekend) also did the dressage portion. Both did well - very proud of our little "team".

                                          I did ride yesterday, although I must admit it was a half hearted attempt, had no mojo, just worn out from Saturday. Big news - DD has signed up for lessons and we bought her a helmet and paddock boots! She sat on Dodger for a bit yesterday (about a half hour on a lunge line) and felt pretty good - she hasn't been a horse for about 14 years. Just walked and got her bearings back - but, it's a start. Her first lesson is Tues at 5pm.

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