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  • Faye - I think no matter what color blanket you get Bobby it will get muddy. Mr. Fancypants' winter blanket is black and it is covered in mud. If Bobby is prone to rolling, I'd make sure to get him something with leg straps to help keep it straight. I put the leg straps on opposite legs as extra protection against sliding (especially since I know Mr. Fancypants is being so naughty in turnout).

    Sugar - Mr. Fancypants is doing good. Thanks for asking! He seems to have really settled in over the past month or so and we've had some really good lessons. No jumping yet. We've spent most of our time going back to basics with him and working on improving his self-carriage and topline. We are starting to work on our canter now. It's going great to the right; the left is another story. We pick it up fine from the halt or walk, but not the trot. I know it's something I'm doing. Yes, Mr. Fancypants will pick up the canter from a standing halt - he literally canters on a dime! I don't even know how I found this horse. Sometimes I feel like I'm riding a schoolmaster, and then I remember my horse is barely 8 years old. The sad part is that I'm pretty sure he was not treated very well in a previous training situation. I'm not sure why because he's such a kind, willing horse; my best guess is they were trying to make a quick sale and overfaced him in the process (hence us going back to basics). He's still very reserved with people he doesn't know, but he's a pocket pony with me and that's all I really care about!

    Paradox - good luck with your follow up. I hope everything goes smoothly!

    I guess I need to set some goals to share with all of you, don't I? First off, for myself I'd like to start working out a bit and maybe lose 10 lbs or so (although being more fit is really my goal). I'd also like to be able to jump even just crossrails with Mr. Fancypants. That's my riding goal for the next year. I know he can do it easily, I just need to catch up!


    • Outtashape I hold down the control button and click on Go Advanced and then I have 2 windows open, one where I can read and one where I can type immediately before I forget.

      Good on you for your two rides. LOL I am dealing with the heat and going riding at 4.30am in the morning before the sun gets up, it is soooo hot at the moment.

      Twelvebelles when I finally started riding horses that were trained instead of training my own horses - the ONE thing I could NOT do was trot canter transitions. It made me feel like such a nuff nuff. Walk canter yes, trot canter no.

      The secret is your core muscles and using your seat and the secret to getting your core muscles more quickly is one hour of Jennifer Kries Body Work out done on a mat done daily!!!! It is actually Pilates, Yoga and Ballet combined.

      I took the side reins off Sim this morning. He no longer needs to be lunged before we ride. I might put them back on when on an arena and start cantering him on the lunge again. He was doing that well, but I haven't done it for ages. So I rode him down the hill and he was soooo much better at that, he almost felt like a normal horse! I then rode him for a couple of minutes asking for long and low, then poll higher in the walk. I won't ask for that in trot until we are riding in an arena. Then I did a bit of trot and handed him over to hubby and then I went and lunged Twiggy further over.

      Then I hopped on Twiggy and came and rode her on the same circle as Hubby and she was very good and didn't care. We did stay half a circle apart.

      Hubby learned that if he didn't want to let Sim take him out the gate and up the hill, then he had to start doing something about it half a circle beforehand, which of course he has been told a thousand times, but this time he worked it out for himself.
      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


      • I lost 40 kg in a year with no exercise (I wasn't riding at the time) I was working at a desk from 8am to 5pm.

        I didn't starve myself either. I swapped fruitjuice, cordial and soft drink for water.

        Ice cream for yoghurt, bread for cruskits and cakes, muffins, baked goodies, etc for fruit.

        I also ate meat, eggs, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, brown pasta, brown rice and if I did have bread it was multigran brown bread.

        I also started to try and eat vegies (YUCK!) Although I can only have them cooked or in a wrap with meat.

        At the moment pineapple, watermelon and banana are in season. YUMMMMMM I have just cut them up and covered in fruit yoghurt and I am loving it.
        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


        • Quick update - Clinic was fabulous! Here's a quick video from the last few minutes of Saturday's session. Tom really liked Dodger, said several times how nice he was! I was so darn proud of him - he was a good boy all weekend - no silly stuff at all

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


          • OK, I've caught up on reading - but don't think I'll be able to respond to everyone individually. Love everyone's goals - I'll have to find mine and see how we did! Congrats to everyone who had successful rides/lessons!

            Well, I found my goal -

            Goal for 2014 - ride at least one qualifying first level test!

            We didn't even get a training level test done

            But, we have come a really long way! So, I'm not going to get too discouraged! The good news - trainer now thinks Dodger and I should be able to go farther than first level together - his hind end has improved so much with correct work that she thinks he'll be able to handle more than we thought.
            Last edited by Tiger Horse; Nov. 24, 2014, 10:42 AM. Reason: addition

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


            • Originally posted by Tiger Horse View Post
              Quick update - Clinic was fabulous! Here's a quick video from the last few minutes of Saturday's session. Tom really liked Dodger, said several times how nice he was! I was so darn proud of him - he was a good boy all weekend - no silly stuff at all

              VERY nice, Tiger! I enjoyed watching Dodger. I love that arena.
              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


              • Getting ready to head to the doctor for my follow-up (ankle) but wanted to drop a quick report. Nothing special, but I did manage to ride both Chico AND Nessie on both Friday and Saturday (rain Sunday). So I feel good about my weekend.

                Hope you all had a great one, and are ready for a nice holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to you all a few days early.
                My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                  Getting ready to head to the doctor for my follow-up (ankle) but wanted to drop a quick report. Nothing special, but I did manage to ride both Chico AND Nessie on both Friday and Saturday (rain Sunday). So I feel good about my weekend.

                  Hope you all had a great one, and are ready for a nice holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to you all a few days early.
                  Good luck at the doc Paradox! I don't know how you manage to ride 2 in the same day . . .

                  Happy Thanksgiving to you too and all the rest of the re-riders!! I am off to visit DD on Wed - back home on Saturday - so I can lesson on Sunday!!

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


                  • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                    VERY nice, Tiger! I enjoyed watching Dodger. I love that arena.
                    Thank you!

                    Love the facility - it is one of the nicest in the area! Oh, to have a dedicated dressage arena year round . . . it would sure make life easier . . .

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


                    • Tiger I am totally in love with Dodger AND that arena. You guys look so great, that first canter departure was super, he looks like he has a ton of power. Hopefully he's using it mostly for good, even in the nasty winter!

                      Paradox I"m keeping my fingers crossed for your ankle. So glad you had a 2 for 1 this weekend! Awesome!

                      I think it's always good when the number one goal is to be healthier and stronger. I know that when I made that my goal instead of losing weight to feel like less of a giant in LA, I made a bit more progress. But I bet you'll be hopping over cross rails before you know it with mr fancypants. He'll probably be goading his mom into doing even more!

                      Outta It sounds like you were a real bad-a$$ this weekend. Teaching those ponies who it works. That must have given you a real shot of confidence. I always feel a jolt when I get through a tricky ride with a misbehaving pony...well actually, I'm 6' tall, so no more ponies for me, but you know what I mean!

                      sugar I find gymnastics super fun but also super exhausting. They require such a concentrated level of energy and coordination (bravo would probably confess to you that would be uncoordination on my part!). I'm always huffing after those. But the couch to 5k program sounds really neat too. I really like having fitness goals that I'm working towards. Can't have a perma-high-school reunion ahead of me to keep my hands off the cake sadly.


                      • Thank you greys - that's actually my trainer aboard though - hopefully, I will ride him next time. (Trainer's horse was out of commission, so she borrowed Dodger.)
                        Funny you should mention the power - Tom said right off the bat, "he is powerfully forward" and unlike any of the other riders, the rest of the day - never once did he have to say, "you need more forward"!

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


                        • Tiger - that was so lovely! I'm sure you learned a lot even though you weren't riding yourself.

                          Had a little bit of an up/down weekend. Rode in my chaps and forgot how grippy they are. I might go back to only wearing breeches to show Sheldon was a tiny bit nqr on Sat. It's nice I have DD to get on for a second opinion and she felt the same. Trainer was there so she took a peek. Also thought nothing major, maybe a little foot sore from the frozen ground in turnout. DD rode him Sun. as I always take one day to spend with DH on the weekend and she thought he felt fine again. Barn is closed today (every Mon.) and DD will ride him tomorrow as I have an appt. and want to spend some time with DS who's home from college for T'giving break (yay!!) Hoping to ride Wed. but now we have a winter storm warning in effect I'm going through withdrawal already!

                          Wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving spent with friends and family - four legged included of course!


                          • PF Crossing my fingers for a good report from your doctor! I'm glad you got a couple of good rides in this weekend!

                            Tiger Great video! Dodger looks fantastic Hopefully you and your trainer had a blast all weekend. And great news about Dodger being able to go further than 1st level, congrats!! Looks like you'll need some new goals for 2015!

                            Outta Sounds like you had your hands full with crazy winter ponies! Good job adapting your riding style to different horses...that's always a challenge!

                            12 I think that's really smart of you to bring him back to the basics and go slow with him! I'm jealous of your halt-canter and walk-canter transitions....I can get beautiful trot-canter transitions, but Cash likes to trot a step before picking up the canter from the walk. I'm sure your trot-canter transitions will come with time! Fancypants sounds like an absolute blast to ride though, I'm so glad to hear how much fun you're having with him!


                            I rode with a couple of friends this morning for my birthday, and Cash was perfect. I guess that was his present to me We just did a pole course, but he was light and uphill and got his changes so I was happy!


                            • Happy Birthday Sugar!!!

                              Tiger: Dodger looks very nice indeed. Isn't it nice to see your horse look so lovely.

                              To lose 8 lbs: stop eating wheat, gluten and dairy....

                              So, I had a flat lesson Sunday. Since last Tuesday's lesson about getting past my fear I have been saying "I am a good rider" every darn time I start to get worried. Total positive affirmation. So I get to the barn Sunday, tack of, and as I head out to the arena its raining. I don't let the fear in. Greta is forward and looky, but okay. Then it starts to POUR. I mean so hard the trainer had us stop and come into the center because we couldnt hear her and there were flumes of water pouring down because the gutters couldn't handle the volume. It was loud. Even DDs fatpony has a spook at the gushing water down the sides of the arena. I get it together and rode on. We did nothing fancy during then lesson (and ended up just riding on the quarter lines because of the rain), but it felt so good. I did it! I didn't freak out. Greta had one spook sideways and it was more irritating than scary. Fingers crossed this is the start of a new chapter for us both!


                              Last year my goals was to move up to 2'6", start doing jumpers and ride in a medal class. Did all three.


                              COUNT STRIDES
                              Be confident and not let fear in
                              Look at my next %$*&*%$#! jump ahead of time
                              Improve my hands and release
                              Show in jumpers at Thunderbird and go double clear
                              Get to 3 ft. by the end of the show year (this may be over ambitious but what the heck)

                              A good week to you all!


                              • Bitsa Thank you so much!! And I am SO SO SO proud of your ride on Sunday!! I would have had major anxiety, I am so amazed by your courage and determination and it sounds like it totally paid off! You are an inspiration!!! And way to go on your goals for the year!

                                Lost I'll be jingling that Sheldon is back to his old self tomorrow! Hopefully you're instinct is right and he's just foot sore!

                                I haven't listed my goals for 2015 yet, so here they are:

                                Improve my release
                                Bring home a year end award in the 2'6" hunters
                                Ride stirrupless one full ride per week

                                Stretch goal: I'm hoping to get another horse in 2015, a packer that I can (hopefully) move up to 3' on and eventually (way down the road!) do the A/Os with!


                                • Suzie: Congrats on getting the confidence back!! It may be easy to say, but it's certainly not easy getting it done Schoolies are really saints that helps us out in so many ways! I love your rules and the trail hacking pointers! I'm establishing the rules for our grazing moments Appreciate all your help!
                                  I haven't really told you my "re-rider" intro :

                                  I never rode as a kid. Took some really generic lesson for a year and never went pass cantering once in the arena. After a year, i lost interest and took a 15 year break. My friends kids wanted to go trail riding and i dreaded but still went with them. I sat on the trail pony (Marshmellow) and fell in love with horses all over again. That was 14 months ago! I never dreamed of ever being able to jump at all, and while I'm not really jumping, I'm trotting over cross-rail courses, concentrating on my position and it has been fun!

                                  Suzie- your diet is the best. No matter how much exercise you do, it really all comes down to diet. Eat clean and healthy, nothing drastic

                                  Tiger- Dodger looks so GOOD with your trainer!! Arent you having some proud mom moment ??

                                  Outtashape: Winter ponies!! You're so brave!! LOL at not letting a pony mow you over!! I'm glad you get to ride your favorite "go go go" horse! I've been riding those on my lessons every week, and last week, I forgot my gloves and i had massive skin off on 3 fingers and it STINGS! We were doing some figure 8s over cavaletti and doing simple changes and let's just say it was challenging.

                                  12belles- yes, Bobby LOVES to roll. He had those leg straps crossed and I have no idea how he managed to get that all torn up!! He's very naughty when he's alone, thank goodness he behaves when he's with humans.

                                  Lost- storm already? Winter is arriving way too fast... so.not.ready. I'm glad Sheldon is doing fine. I get really nervous when they are NQR....

                                  Sugar- Happy birthday!!! And what a great present that Cash gave you Nice goals!!! And i can't wait for your shopping stories of the packer in the near future!!

                                  BITSA: Good that you've conquered that and Greta behaved and didn't do anything major!

                                  I'm having major withdrawal not riding Since I'll be gone this whole week, I asked the lesson office to put him to work because I don't want to come back to a winter monster. He will be packing little kids for morning camp

                                  Happy holidays to everyone this week and happy riding!!


                                  • lost - thank you! I learned a ton - my only fear is that I won't be able to do what Tom suggested which is to start raising the poll. Now that Dodger is more fit and able, we need to start having him move more "uphill". I heard it and understand it - but can I do it??

                                    Enjoy the time with your DS. Hope Sheldon gets better quick!

                                    Sugar - thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'll have to sit down with my trainer and talk about 2015 goals. Obviously last years were a little too ambitious!

                                    BITSA - thanks and congrats on a GREAT ride. You go girl!! Congrats on achieving your 2014 goals too - that's pretty major.

                                    Faye - yup - one proud mom! Enjoy your time off!

                                    * * * *

                                    Dodger got yesterday off, although I did go out and hand walk him, etc. Still on cloud 9! Seriously contemplating a barn move - I now realize what a disadvantage it is not to have a dedicated dressage arena at your disposal all the time. Not sure what is in my area - or if I can afford it - and of course I will want to keep my trainer . . . lots to think about!

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


                                    • Paradox - how'd the doc visit go??

                                      Anyone heard from Fin? Or BTB?

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


                                      • Tiger It's not my place, but I would strongly encourage you to go to a dedicated barn. I am overjoyed at my move. It's about the same cost although Bravo is now a solid 40 minutes away instead of 5.

                                        But he is with a trainer who doesn't just specialize in hunters but green hunters. And I feel like every moment he's there is one that's putting him on the right path. This sport is so expensive, it's made me realize that it's worth the leg work to really find as good a situation as you can. I'm a total novice when it comes to dressage, but I have to think riding in actual dressage arena makes a huge difference longer term.

                                        Bitsa Congrats on setting a new paradigm for yourself, that is huge! You know that's inside you now! You have proof you're a dragon slayer. Huge congrats. It won't always be easy to face those nerves, but I hope you are so proud of this big accomplishment!

                                        Faye I am SO with you. Diet at least for me has the biggest impact on my weight. As Bravo likes to remind me when he gives me "side eye" at the shows when I'm scarfing chocolate!

                                        Lost Jingles that your horse is just a little ouchy from the hard ground. It must be so nice to share riding with your DD. I confess the main reason I would want to have kids is to share this amazing sport with them some day (my own mom rode competitively when she lived in France). My husband says wanting a pony is probably not the best reason for having kids!

                                        I hope everyone has a snuggly and safe Thanksgiving. I am very thankful you've all been so welcoming to me in joining this amazing group!


                                        • greys - thanks - I think you are right. I will have to keep my eyes and ears open!

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