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  • Suzie, I wouldn't say the boots are holding me in - my seat does that! And quite honestly, you don't need muscle to ride. Sure, you should be fit - but, you don't muscle your horse around now, do you? If they can feel a fly, I should be able to push a bit with my leg, squeeze a finger, etc. to get the reaction I want, no? This is why I hard to start over, when I started with S - because there is no gripping, no tension when I ride now. It's all seat and balance, a push here, a push there, a shift in weight . . .


    • Thanks for asking, Tiger. I'm completely bored out of my mind, haha. I mean, I am still working. I have my laptop here downstairs at the sofa. My office is upstairs. It's too hard to get up and down for now. Just sitting in one place all day long, though, is a bit draining. Plus my niece has her friend visiting from Michigan, and they're doing the fun stuff like riding, hiking, etc. So I'm kind of feeling a little sorry for myself. I did do some upper body and ab work out the other day so at least I got off the sofa. I just feel like this whole summer has been one step forward, two steps back. I'm ready for fall. I should actually not say fall, I'm ready for autumn. No more falls, haha. I've hit my quota this year.
      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


      • Meg- yes, the pony in my profile is the infamous SuperPony, aka Absolute Magic.

        Lost- how cool about Ruffian. Have a blast in Saratoga.

        I'm getting nervous/excited now- I couldn't sleep last night. I'm hoping once we canter tomorrow, it will be old hat to Pony and we will float like always on Saturday. That's what her show gear feels like- floating. Or maybe it's because I'm grinning like a pony-kid the whole time

        PF- jingles for a quick recovery. If you decide to brave the weather and come on out, there's comfy bleachers.


        • Tigre I don't think it means strength for kicking or holding on as I was in a ponyclub whose strength was eventing so dressage was a big part of it.

          I think they mean strength in general. For holding up to a full days work with rugging and feeding etc.

          It is your seat that keeps you in the saddle. Holding on is like a clothes peg that pushes you off a horse. It is your weight (nothing to do with how much you weigh) that keeps you 'down in the saddle'0). That means you go with the horse when it shies.

          You say you stay with Dodger when he shies so you could probably ride in tights without falling off. They are sooooooo comfortable! In winter you could put them under your jodhies for an extra layer of warmth. and the ones I found were soooooo cheap and as I said the colours closely match the kerrits so look like them. I LOVE them.
          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


          • Meg I love tb too. You can get tbs that are chunkier than the fine warmbloods. So the best of both worlds.
            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


            • It is a strong leg that sits quietly by the horse's side. It is a weak leg that flaps and looks like the rider is kicking every stride.
              It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


              • Meg - Your excitement is contagious! Counting down the days with you and can't wait for that selfie

                PF - You've definitely met your quota for injuries this year, what a major bummer! Silver lining is it's hot and humid most of August anyway, so hopefully you'll be back in the saddle for the pretty fall weather! Hang in there!

                Tigre - How awesome that Dodger seems so much more relaxed at the new place! I see major breakthroughs ahead for both of you in the near future!

                Suzie - WOW! Great pictures, you both look fabulous! And YES!! So happy to get away from the evil neighbors!

                Lost - Have a great show and a great ride - you can do it! And that Ruffian story - GOOSEBUMPS!

                Dewey - I can't watch those videos or I'll be a sobbing mess all over my keyboard! I too have a love-hate relationship with racing. My uncle owned Mountaineer Park when I was a kid so I spent a couple of summers on the backside. I mostly experienced awesome people who really cared about their horses, but there were always the bad apples too.

                Faye - I teared up watching your IG posts - so happy Toffee is in a great place and I think it's awesome you were able to visit and ride!!

                TC - Congrats on the best show yet!

                It's been a busy week with all of the house stuff but I squeezed in a dressage lesson on Tuesday. I hadn't ridden since before vacation so the boys had had two weeks off but you'd never know it by how well they went. Dressage trainer (DT) is so impressed with Goose's brain and work ethic, we were able to work on so much more than what she had planned for the lesson because he picks up exactly where we left off the last ride and always seems to be asking "what next?". He's really turning into such a fun horse. We actually did a lot of canter work this last ride - amazing since the first time I'd really cantered him (more than a few strides) was the previous lesson!

                Cash was also really, really good. I put him back on his old grain (TC Sr) after my suspicion that the EQ8 was making him nutty. Seems I was right, my quiet, non-spooky horse is back. DT said she hadn't seen him that quiet in a long time. Quiet, but forward and soft. He felt great and we too did a lot of canter work.

                Going to try to get in a ride on both today in between appointments but doubt I'll get a jump lesson in until I move them to my trainers. At the very least, I'm really trying to savor my last couple weeks with them in my back yard for a while. They're SO happy here and while I know the care at my trainer's is awesome, they won't have the freedom and turnout they have here which I know they'll miss. Hard to go back to full time boarding once you've had them home a few years, that's for sure!
                Last edited by SugarCubes; Aug. 17, 2018, 09:15 AM. Reason: Keep forgetting people!


                • Goose cantering at last lesson!


                  • Are you a reader, PF?? I just love Dick Francis novels - mysteries that always have a horsie twist. I found a ton on Amazon - Kindle and audio editions -

                    Francis was a former steeplechase jockey who actually rode for the Queen! You've probably seen this famous picture:

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                    Devon Loch inexplicably spread eagled under Dick Francis 30 yards from the winning post with the race at his mercy in the1956 Grand National.

                    I always find that a good book fixes just about anything - well, at least for a few hours

                    Jingles that your recovery goes quickly and smoothly and that your off that couch sooner rather than later ((hugs))

                    Sugar - yeah for great lessons!! And isn't it amazing what a change in feed will do?! Just love the photo of Goose - what great progress you've made!!!

                    lucky - best of luck at your show - I know you'll do great!!

                    * * *

                    Dodger was super outside last night - and we had a ring full!!

                    There was a lesson going on, three other riders and a hand walker. And still plenty of room.

                    I did opt to skip canter work - not for lack of room - mostly because I was having trouble keeping track of where everyone was/would be. Especially the lesson - they where working across the diagonal on extensions, etc and I didn't want to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! At the very least - all that traffic does make me have to keep my eyes up


                    • Lucky - good luck this weekend!!

                      Tigre - it's been a while but I've read a number of Dick Francis novels. I believe his son is also writing horse themed novels now (or was for a while).

                      Yesterday I set up some trail obstacles in the arena (rope gate between jump standards, cones to weave through, parallel poles to back up between), something new and fun to try!

                      If anyone is interested, here is our Training 3 video from last weekend:


                      • Tiger, I love Dick Francis! In fact, I am re-reading one now. (It's my bedtime treat.)

                        My favorites are Straight (#1 all-time fave), Longshot, Bolt, Break-in, Whip Hand, Odds Against, and Come to Grief. I think I have read them all (all that I can get my hands on, anyway).
                        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


                        • Once I discovered them Dewey, I was hooked! I finally own them all in hardcover. But still happily pick up any of the older editions in paperback that I run across - I love the different versions of the covers, etc. I agree, I think Straight is my favorite as well!


                          • Another Dick Francis fan here. My stepfather used to get a new book from his son each year.

                            I have not seen that photo of him before. What,os the story? Why the spread eagle? Did he win?

                            Tigre Yay for the quietness with the full arena. I don't think I would have cantered with all that going on either.

                            Oh TC a treat for me. I didn't realise I was going to see a dressage test. 2 lovely square halts. I am jealous! Such a lovely flick in his tail showing he is relaxed. You can really see it on the last down the centre line. A lovely stretch down in the free walk and you 2 look so happy ..... and so clean. Sigh whose silly idea was it to wear white around horses?

                            LOL you should see the flick in Stars tail with the tail braid on. It made me laugh when I was lunging him.
                            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                            • Hi all, I'd like to introduce myself. I stopped riding two years after finishing college because life got in the way. At the ripe old age of 30 (haha) I had two kids and was ready to get back in the saddle, cue the purchase of a large German riding pony to get me back in the saddle. He stayed with us for almost 4 years until he went in to give a lovely teen confidence to jump and we bought me a wonderful 6 year old mare (you don't even need to check, you meet her and you'll know she's a mare) and my daughter a pony.
                              I've spent the last year learning to ride a Porsche like a Porsche instead of like a Ford it's not been an easy trip. We're finally mostly sorted, she's doing well and we made it to our first local (national) show this year. I rode her in the A* and A** classes placing 7th in the A* and just missing being placed in the A**. This has helped my confidence so much, I really think this is the hardest part of starting again as an adult, confidence.



                              because of cuteness my daughter on her pony


                              • Welcome Welcome Welcome BP2. It took me ages to get my confidence back as an adult.

                                Oh another black horse for me to drool over. She looks like a lovely ride and your DDs pony is so cute. Buttons is a cute name as well.

                                What is your Porshe's name?
                                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                • Thanks Suzie! Cupid does have quite a happy tail sway. When he's excited his tail goes straight up in the air. It was a 2 day show, and I made sure I had 2 white shirts because I had zero confidence I would be able to keep one clean enough for the second day!

                                  Bluepece - I don't know what A* and A** mean, but you guys look great! Are you from Luxembourg originally?


                                  • OMG, Suzie, that photo has quite a story. In short--no, Devon Loch did not win. He (with Francis aboard) was cruising to an easy victory in the 1956 Grand National when he suddenly did a funny sort of leap and ended up spread-eagled on the ground while someone else passed him and went on to win. No one knows why it happened though theories abound. Some say the horse tried to jump a shadow or something. Anyway, the horse was perfectly OK and went on to live a normal horsie life, never realizing or caring how he had let his jockey, owner (the Queen Mother, I believe), and bettors down. Francis said he never quite got over it. I don't think he ever did win the Grand National though he had a successful career as a jockey (and of course a very successful one as a writer).

                                    To "do a Devon Loch" still means to come oh-so-close to winning and then lose through some sort of freaky mistake or mischance (e.g. Greg Norman in the '96 Masters--I watched him self-destruct on TV and it was so painful). I won't mention the 1986 World Series, which I have never recovered from.
                                    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


                                    • LOL The opposite to a Steven Bradbury!
                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                      • Hahahaha...yes indeed. I remember watching Bradbury win, and it was kind the opposite!
                                        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


                                        • SuzieQNutter I'm Sure the pony knows he's cute He's rather confident in himself and demands to have all the attention! He shows at cute as a button My beautiful Porsche is called Desmy de Semilly, barn name is Desmy. The two are best friends and Desmy can't go out in the field without her Buttons
                                          Training Cupid thanks I was super happy with our rounds. A* & A** refers to the maximum height of the jumps. A* is 95cm and A** is 105cm I believe. The A* is normally (and is in this case) for style, think a combination or equitation and hunters but over a jumper course. A** can be style or any version of jumper class, luckily this one was just for time!
                                          I'm not originally from a Luxembourg, I'm born in the UK, spent 9 years of my life during high school and college in GA and SC and 4 years as a child in Lux. Moving back here was due to finances, my parents lived here and I had no money and no visa to stay longer in the US.
                                          The competition world here is so different, here we have to have a license to ride in shows and to get that you have to pass an exam! I got to take my exam with a bunch of "kids" ranging from 12 to 16!