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  • CVPeg- glad to hear the new place is working out so well!

    Painted-I'm sure it was a tough choice for you but it really sounds like the right one. Life is too short and time to ride too limited

    Tarheel- are you under water? We got over 4" of rain up here in SC yesterday and more today.

    New adult at the barn, she works too and is going to lease one of my trainers green horses while she horse shops. We are going to be in lessons together (she did the Junior Hunters back in HS) and are going to try to ride together after work. Yesterday and today are literally wash-outs and the forecast is not promising.

    Unintentionally funny moment was when she said she wanted to show this summer and I said that was my goal too. Except I'm trying to make it to long stirrup at the locals and she is thinking the A's. Had to explain that neither horsie nor I are up to the A's.

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    • iechris -- all it did was rain yesterday! I am pretty sure the arena and pasture are a swamp. But it did not rain at all today, and I thought it was supposed to. I may try to make it out to the barn tomorrow after work. Try to stay dry up there in SC!
      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

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      • CVPeg you sound so much happier and more relaxed.

        Dewey how is Sky doing?

        Spacytracy how are things going with your new lease horse?

        PH tough decision but I think it's better to find a better match for both of you than pressing on and making each other miserable. Takes courage and strength to do what you are doing. Hold your head high.

        Well I made it through the first show of the season relatively unscathed. My son did great, I was so proud of him, and his horse, who was a hunter and rocked the jumper ring for his first time too. As for adult re-rider me, my horse and I did okay too. I changed a lot of things this year, including my attitude, and it seemed to work much better. First course was ok, second course not as good, and third course was just an oops. But I did manage a 4th and 7th ribbon, which I am proud of since there were 29 in the division. My trainer called it "a good start". The weather was beautiful, postcard perfect, my horses were happy, and we get to do it all again next weekend.

        Belated happy mothers day to all of you. I spent mine in the company of my children, both two and four legged, at a beautiful horse show on a beautiful day. Felt very fortunate and grateful indeed.

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        • Hi, everyone--

          PH--So sorry to hear about JJ--his ad is very cute, and I hope you find the right person for him. I know it was a painful decision, but I trust it was the right one.

          Hazel, congrats of the show. Sounds as if you had a lovely day! What do you mean by "changing your attitude"?

          I am out of town just now. DH and I are in Rochester, NY, at my sister's--we drove up here to pick up DDs after her first year of college.

          It's been a happy reunion for the most part...however, when I mentioned DD ppossibly riding Sky this summer, it was the start of an emotional reaction, and we ended up having a bit heart-to-heart about the horse. DD has a lot of resentment as I had told her for years that we could not afford to buy a horse for her, and her heart horse, Jack, was recently purchased by another little girl at the barn. I explained till I was blue in the face why buying Jack was somewhere in between impractical and impossible and how the stars aligned to make Sky's purchase possible. She still feels the resentment even as she acknowledges my arguments. So it's putting a bit of a damper on our reunion.
          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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          • Thanks, everyone - this has been a really hard decision, but everyone is right- I can't keep fighting him. It's not fair to me or him, and he really does perform better with a more confident rider now that his pain issues are taken care of. JJ will make someone a wonderful horse! I would love to see him do cross country. I am already looking at some new QUIET horses, and it's helping me start to try to emotionally detach. I'll still cry like a baby when he leaves, though.
            Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors

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              Of course you will! But.....isn't it kind of exciting to think about a new quiet horse?

              Leasie is doing good. had a slight mishap yesterday coming in, he slipped exactly the same way Dublin did and so today I went to tsc and bought $150 worth of rolled mat, and laid that down the aisle.

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              • It gets better!

                Well, as if I couldn't be happy enough with my lovely new barn and friendly, competent owner, her visiting trainer is a gem! I met her the day I met my new BO. Trainer was running a mini-clinic & show nearby. She was here today, and BO and I took a lesson this morning. Love this trainer. Turns out she is friends with, and reminds me very much of, my old show trainer - who I would love to work with again, but she is too far, and now committed to one owner. With great common sense, not abusive, just tells it like it is, and can see an issue, and tell you exactly what to do to resolve it.

                I think we'll go far now. With this trainer, we already tried today, and should be able to determine finally, if the root of his bucking problems at the canter are his back, or if it's just behavior. Have conjectured before with the vet (lameness/ortho specialist), and others that it is a learned behavior, and he still just doesn't know what to do with himself in the ring when asked to canter. Heaven knows, when bucked off previously, it was just because he wanted to "go"! (last time from a walk!)

                I already had a feeling we'll be doing better here, as yesterday when I longed him, which so far had been almost all W/T, he easily slid into a canter - something he either burst into explosively before, or I had to get after him to do. Previous BO was constantly bragging about her expensive footing. Well, it's better at this private barn! (Either that, or could it be, turn outs are the key?!?)

                Just pinch me!

                PS And, this trainer also theorizes it's best to incorporate lots of trail riding for greenies, and she includes those kinds of behaviors in her training. Be still, my heart!
                Last edited by CVPeg; May. 15, 2012, 05:38 PM.
                But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                • Spacy - How's the hair coming?

                  PaintedHunter - hang in there - know the decision about JJ was tough, but when it's the right one - best for both of you. And, as the others have said, what fun to be looking for your next baby! Will be so much easier not having to worry about him so often when you ride.

                  HazelG - congrats on yours and your son's success at the show! I'd say those are impressive placings with such a large division.

                  Dewey -so sorry to hear about your discussion with your daughter. As they "learn" so much at school, they seem to become more certain of their positions... At least my son has. And, as I told him, there is one priority in college. Now that he's done, he does seem to see how many more options are open to him, other than that megabucks car stereo system, or the megabucks car! And summer after freshman year? She'll probably be so busy, it will soon be forgotten.

                  Everyone have a good week with great rides, and great lessons. I have "homework" assigned by my new trainer. Love having a plan!
                  But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                  • Dewey, I feel for you. I know that must have been a very hard conversation for you to have with your daughter. As mothers we always try to do everything we can for our children, including much sacrifice of our own hopes, desires, "things", time etc etc etc. I know how much you thought about the decision to buy Sky. I wish we were all millionnaires and could give our kids everything, but the reality is that we aren't and that learning about money and budget and possible or impossible is one of the difficult lessons that it is our job to teach them. If you are like me (and I would guess that all of us in this little group are similar) the horses are really the only thing we do "just for us". I know it is that way for me. And yet I still feel a huge amount of guilt around my horse. But I am learning to accept that feeling, and keep riding just for me because I have finally decided that I matter too. I hope your daughter understands why Sky is possible and Jack wasn't, and I hope it won't make you enjoy your time with Sky, or your daughter, any less.

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                    • Tarhell JD-Thank you for the kinds words, it really means a lot.
                      Dewey-Funny but the horse my daughter wanted, and I could not buy for her was named "Jack". I loved him but he is a 2'6" maybe horse and I just could not buy another horse with soundness issues. So , I may be in your shoes in a couple of years.

                      Painted, so sorry but knowing what you need is so important. He will be fine for someone else. Hazel-i so wish my son rode....

                      My guy is doing well, I am just so busy at work, I could be less busy if the Project Manager had an ability to focus and get something done... oh well, it keeps me employed. My little man is growing up and has his moments but they are fleeting and he can recover.

                      My body is so out of shape.....15 minutes of riding is enough right ?? I have so much work a head of me right now, I am hoping for the best. Getting to know another horse is still strange for me, he is still so cute but those "moments" are tough, it is getting better. Wish I had a regular trainer but everything is working out well, so far.

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                      • Tarheel- we got over 4 inches of rain Sunday too. Monday we got a bit but yesterday was clear. I didn't even bring my riding stuff with me as I figured the barn would be a mess but apparently it was ridable last night.

                        Dewey- I'm sure that was a tough discussion with your daughter but at least it is out in the open now instead of one of those things that just festers until it totally blows up.

                        Went out to the barn and rode this AM. Did a little trotting and cantering and a lot of walking and chatting with my trainer. I'm so hoping I will be able to really get back into going to the barn a lot and that my skills will come back. I get tired so easily right now (which might in part be due to the massive amounts of allergy meds I'm on).

                        In other news, I've been on a diet for 2 months now and while I'm not weighing myself, I can really tell a difference in how my clothes fit. I still have a long way to go.

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                        • Man, I feel like I'm having trouble keeping up! For those working on getting back into shape ... I'm right there with you! I'm trying yoga at the moment, but trying to keep it up is hard! I just want to come home at the end of the day and collapse!

                          Hazel - congrats on the show! It sounds like it went great! Talk about some good placings in a big class!

                          Painted - so sorry for you, but you will be so happy when you find that one that is just PERFECT for you!

                          ~~~~

                          My first show post-surgery (well, surgeries 2 and 3) is going to be this weekend!!!! Just a small schooling show and we'll be doing some small stuff (crossrails, etc.), but I could not be more excited! We've been planning this for awhile now, but then all my trailer plans fell through. I don't have a truck/trailer of my own so I rely on finding rides from others at the barn. Everything fell through last week and I couldn't find alternate plans for the life of me. Well, it finally came together today and we are good to go! I am nervous, excited, thrilled .... Eek!

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                          • Iechris good for you! I Just received my " success in the saddle" dvd's. Haven't actually had time to open the package yet but I will let you know how it goes.

                            Dreamin good luck with the show this weekend!! Let us know how it goes. My son and I show again this weekend too. The weather is supposed to be beautiful so I'm quite looking forward to it.

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                            • Thanks, everyone, for your support.

                              A little back-story on Jack: he's a 19-year-old QH/paint/something cross that was free-leased by the B/O for her lesson program and was owned by a girl who went off to college. We half-leased him when DD did crossbars. After DD moved on to a nicer show horse, Jack stayed on and did lessons, etc. BO was never that fond of him because of his quirks and used him less and less. DD always loved him and actually showed him again for a year; she did ride him well and they did have a very strong bond. BO was trying to downsize and wanted to find a new home for Jack and owners wanted to sell. I didn't feel I could afford the board (I am actually getting a break on the board for Sky), and DD was getting ready to go to college, so I didn't offer to buy him. We actually worked out a donation of Jack to DD's college--the director there wanted him. It all fell through because owners wouldn't contribute for his shipping. BO then worked out a donation to a college program that was closer, in Florida, but that fell through as well.

                              The little girl who bought him recently I regard as a gift from heaven--Jack gets to stay at our barn for the time being, new owners are thrilled to let my DD ride Jack as much as she wants while she is here, Jack is being spoiled rotten--but DD does not look at it that way. She is very emotional about that horse. She knows she has to get over her resentment of Sky, but she can't help her feelings.
                              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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                                Good luck Dreamin!! I know those feelings when you're coming back from surgery.

                                The hair situation is going ok. Been grooming the hell outta him and if he's not shredded by next mon tues, I'm clipping him.

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                                • Dewey -- that sounds really rough for your daughter. She must know in her head that Jack has actually ended up in a great situation for him. But in her heart it is hard, and then the situation with Sky makes it a little more difficult. But your DD is a young adult, and it is her time to begin learning how to deal with these types of issues. It sounds like you had a good talk with her, and that she knows you did the right thing, even though it was hard on her.

                                  HazelG - congrats! Those are great results in that big division!

                                  dOTTB -- good luck this weekend! We want a status update on Sunday/Monday.

                                  Now that Tajar and I seem to be on the same page again, I am hoping to do my first show this year on 6/23 (assuming any recovery from possible sarcoid treatment doesn't interfere). Keeping my fingers crossed!
                                  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

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                                  • Bumping this up off page two. Hope everyone is doing ok, and having good rides and shows.

                                    Mr. Rehab is trotting soundly, but had another respiratory distress situation last week. So he was back on dex and bronchial dialators, and is off them now. No sign of infection in the lungs which is good. That prompted the vet to do a blood allergy test, and he's slightly allergic to a lot of things, and very allergic to a few, but nothing that should be giving him the problems he's had. So he has been moved to a different stall on the end of the aisle, right by the doors. Lots of air flow, since the big double doors stay open almost all the time. We are soaking his hay too. We'll see if this clears up his problems.
                                    It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

                                    www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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                                    • Originally posted by pony4me View Post
                                      Bumping this up off page two. Hope everyone is doing ok, and having good rides and shows.

                                      Mr. Rehab is trotting soundly, but had another respiratory distress situation last week. So he was back on dex and bronchial dialators, and is off them now. No sign of infection in the lungs which is good. That prompted the vet to do a blood allergy test, and he's slightly allergic to a lot of things, and very allergic to a few, but nothing that should be giving him the problems he's had. So he has been moved to a different stall on the end of the aisle, right by the doors. Lots of air flow, since the big double doors stay open almost all the time. We are soaking his hay too. We'll see if this clears up his problems.
                                      pony4me I hope he gets better soon! I've been trolling and am WAY behind on this thread as far as posting, so to everyone - congrats on your triumphs and jingles for your setbacks!

                                      Also, I just noticed your sig line - I have to say, retiring my "old man" and knowing he is fat and happy (and fat) in a big green field with horse buddies makes me pretty happy. I just visited him last month and he loves the darn place. His personality is still the same as it has always been, and he's definitely "in charge" of his field.

                                      I wanted to update on the new mare Polly. Even though I only get to ride/lesson on the weekends now, I feel like almost every weekend we get a little better. She's been off for 2 weeks (girl problems + maybe a little growth + change in footing = her sore and $$ in chiro bills. yay), and I just hacked her yesterday before work after being off (both of us) for 2 weeks. She did not at all feel like a horse that hasn't been worked other than flats by my trainer this week. It was great...we did our short little hack (bringing her back slow) and went for a long walk, and she was just perfect.

                                      I can't believe I'm lucky enough to have this horse. Even though I'm not getting to ride 5 days a week now because I have to pay for her, riding is just so much more of a pleasure. I loved Max to death but riding was just getting to be so much WORK when I rode him - super hard for me to get the striding, or he was spooky, or whatever.

                                      The weird thing is I almost trust this little 5 year old more than I trusted my 17 year old gelding. I hate to say that, but it's true! I just don't have the nerves on her that I had on Max - they just aren't there. I don't get it.

                                      Happy spring to everyone and keep posting! I can at least troll even if I don't have time to post
                                      "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)

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                                      • Pony4Me - I'm so sorry! That has to be scary! My guy has allergies, but just a little sniffles around the spring and fall "pollen-y" seasons. Nothing major at all that a respiratory supplement can't help. I would think the extra air flow would definitely help.

                                        Hazel - Let us know how the next show goes!

                                        ~~~~~

                                        I'm in FULL show prep mode. It's a little funny because it's just a little local schooling series (one show a month at a local schooling barn). Yesterday I did some touch-up clipping and got show clothes ready, today I cleaned tack and we had our last jump practice - it went GREAT! Tomorrow we do a light ride to stay loose, final packing, bathing, braiding, etc. Normally I wouldn't braid for a schooling show, but I just cannot get his thick mane, even with pulling, to lay all flat on the one side and it looks all crazy at the top. So we're braiding in an attempt to look presentable. Hoping to get that mane trained at some point this summer! Then .... show on Sunday!

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                                          Hi all!

                                          Pony - hope Mr. Rehab has a solid good streak soon!!!

                                          dreamin - I'm with you. Our local series is starting soon and I need to get into clean-up mode.

                                          Lucky goes to Devon next week for leadline! Unfortunately he has not shed yet. So hopefully Tues/Wed I'll be clipping him. I have to. He looks awful. And I want enough time for it to kind of fade in, so I have to do it a few days out. I'm so mad that we're having to do it but I don't think I have a choice this late in the game.

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