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  • TC, glad Cupid is feeling better!

    Well, had my ortho appointment today. The cortex is healed. I still have a line there that needs to "fill in". But I did get a clear to walk the greenway (no running yet) and I showed him a 6 second video of me jumping an oxer with Jazzy, and asked when I could do that again. He said, you can do that now. So yay! When we get back from KY, I'll saddle up. I'm really, really, really looking forward to riding. But I'll take it slow. Same with walking. So at least it's pretty decent news.

    Okay, all, have a great weekend. If I have a chance, I'll check in from KY. I'll take pics. Oh, and the finale (or more) will be live streaming if you're bored. I think it might be on USEF network.
    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


    • Austen, is all well?
      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


      • PF- great news about your knee!! The trainer is Elise Parsons- she's done the makeover several times. Her barn is Barn Full of Equines, rather unfortunately referred to as BFE in most of the site/barn info. It's only in Lebanon, so it's not like it's literally in BFE

        Greys- thank you very much for the explanations, I love learning about new things, especially hoof care and shoeing.

        Dewey- thanks for that link, can't wait to read it. I do so love reading class specs/prize lists- as much to learn as "play pretend"- imagining Pony as a h/j or eventing star.

        Jingles for Friday, please. I had my interview today and it was interesting. I follow up with her Friday to discuss further and I should know more then. I'm nervous about the follow-up, as it will be over the phone- I even made talking points so I don't get rushed or talked over.


        • Okay, lucky, I recall the name. I will watch for her. Good luck Friday!


          I rode Chico tonight! For a whopping 16 minutes. But it was nice to be in the saddle again. My knee was a little sore in general, but so was the other knee and my bad ankle, so I'm not sure I'm too worried about it. But I will pay close attention.
          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


          • Hello. I've been quietly "lurking" for several weeks on your re-rider thread. Not quite sure whether to speak up or not, but buying a new helmet today gave me the courage to just go ahead and put myself out there. Ya'll may have posted on threads of mine under my new user name "Off Course". I created a new login several weeks ago on COTH, as I couldn't remember my blasted password from years ago on this account, and the email address on this account was long gone. Anyhoo. a mod finally got back to me, was able to verify that Off Course and 4LeafCloverFarm are one and the same and I have my old account back now.

            I like how you all encourage each other, provide feedback in a positive manner, laugh and don't take yourselves too seriously. I think I could benefit from engaging with you all, as I may need some help in this journey I'm about to undertake (I have no riding "friends" in my area).

            I started taking english riding lessons in 1970. Been riding off and on ever since, though this is the longest I've been away (12+ years). Primarily hunter/jumper, but did do some eventing when I lived in Lexington KY in the late 1980's. Although I've done some showing in the past, I really just love riding, learning, and being with horses - whether it is just hacking or a trail ride or a lesson...

            My husband and I own a a 40-acre farm in middle Tennessee that I think may be close to one or two of you. We sold our trailer years ago, so I am farm-bound. We have two horses and a pony. I've gotten the OK from the vet to start lightly riding my 27 yr old American Warmblood (Clyde x Thoroughbred). Spent the last year making a lot of changes to get his body condition up to snuff for riding. Now that I have a helmet, I have no excuse not to go take him for a walk. The vet seems to think this will be good for both of us.

            Given the age of my horse, we may never do much but walking. We'll just have to see how it goes. My other horse has health issues that prevent him from being ridden and well, the med Welsh pony is simply too small for me.

            Anyway, that's enough about me! Here's a video of my horse coming when called in his pasture from last winter. He's all furry & fuzzy - definitely got the Clydesdale winter coat!

            Last edited by 4LeafCloverFarm; Oct. 4, 2018, 06:38 PM.
            ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


            • Welcome 4LCF!!! I'm one of those here in MiddleTN. Look forward to getting to know you more.

              The video didn't work for me.

              On way to KY, all!
              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


              • Have fun in KY, PF!! Can't wait to hear all about it. Super news about your ride on Chico.

                Welcome 4Leaf! I think you'll fit right in. By the way, I couldn't watch your video. Do you have another way to share it? I use my Amazon account, for example, and a couple re-riders use Dropbox.

                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


                • PF - Thanks and have a good time in KY.

                  Dewey - Thanks for the suggestion. I do have an Amazon account. I may give that a try.

                  Edited to add - I uploaded to Amazon and posted a new link in my original post. Maybe it will work now! I've used Amazon for forever. Didn't even know that was there!
                  Last edited by 4LeafCloverFarm; Oct. 4, 2018, 06:40 PM.
                  ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


                  • welcome Clover! I'm in Middle TN as well. So glad you found us.

                    PF- glad you got to ride Mr. Wonderful, aka Chico, I'm sure he enjoyed being with you


                    • Clover, the link worked fine. I thought the video was really cute! I'm glad you discovered the Amazon cloud. I keep all my videos and photos there.

                      Sad news on Sky. The farrier looked at her, and he says I could show her, but he would prefer I didn't. He wants her feet to grow out for several more weeks as he had had to cut her feet back to get at a corn before. So I'm not going to take her to finals. I'll take Honey and will compete in the mini-medal. Will have to skip the Derby final, but so it goes.
                      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


                      • Dewey - So sorry to hear about Sky. Glad you'll still be able to take Honey!

                        Clover - Welcome welcome! I just recently stopped lurking and decided to start posting too.

                        Currently I'm waiting on a giant SmartPak order - new sheet and mediumweight for Cosmo (fingers crossed they fit well!), monogrammed A/P pad and polos, new boot socks since I apparently managed to ride through one of my old pairs at Finals a few weeks ago, and a bottle of Equiderma lotion to try and finally eradicate the little patch of fungus on Cosmo's foreleg as well as his cannon crud before winter hits.

                        Has anyone used Equiderma or have other go-to solutions for general skin funk?


                        • Dewey - That's too bad about Sky. Hoof problems/issues can be really frustrating. Sorry you're having to miss finals.

                          Technicolor - Thanks! We can be noob's together. lol I've never used Equiderma. I've had varying results from a number of products over the years. Wet, humid, muggy weather here in Middle TN can make treatment (especially below the fetlock) challenging - especially for horses (like mine) that live outside. Will be interested is hearing how the Equiderma works.

                          Lucky - Thanks! When I saw Lebanon in an earlier post of yours, I thought maybe it was TN, but wasn't sure.

                          Here are my other two pasture ornaments a few weeks ago. Silly pony. Please know that Bud pony had already eaten his "breakfast" (a whopping handful of alfalfa pellets) and I do stand there and entertain Bud while Jazz is eating so he leaves Jazz alone. But had walked around the corner to turn the water off so the trough wouldn't overflow, and this is what I found when I came back...


                          Got my horse's bridle and breast plate conditioned yesterday. Thankfully, it was just really dry - no mold, no breaks or damage. Took a LOT of oil. Now on to a good cleaning/conditioning of my husbands saddle. His is a really deep seat, which is what I'm going to start out in. My saddle is flat as a pancake. I'll make the switch once I'm feeling balanced, strong and comfortable.
                          ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


                          • Originally posted by technicolorpoetry View Post
                            Dewey - So sorry to hear about Sky. Glad you'll still be able to take Honey!

                            Clover -

                            Has anyone used Equiderma or have other go-to solutions for general skin funk?
                            LOVE Equiderma. Great in rain rot and cannon crud, etc.

                            (Taking lunch break from RRP Makeover. Lots of beautiful horses.)

                            My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                            • Clover - Michigan is disgustingly humid almost year round - we're jumping back and forth right now between low 50's and very humid/rainy (we had three days of no turnout due to mud earlier this week) and 70's/80's with more humidity and rain. Cosmo had a terrible time with losing hair on his face over the summer due to facial crud and generally just rubbing his face when lesson kids would neglect to wash the sweat off after a lesson. I'm hoping if the Equiderma works well this Fall/Winter on his legs, then I can use it to prevent him looking like a panda or raccoon with big bald patches around his eyes next show season.

                              PF - Thanks for the recommendation! I'm hoping it gets here quick so I can start using it - will definitely post results if/when I get them!


                              • Hey everyone! Haven't posted in a few weeks but I'm still going strong. I'm riding at barn A and barn B, riding twice a week.

                                I'm going to finish the month with barn B, but then it's time to find a new place. I've done three lessons there so far, but they're all much shorter than barn A. Each lesson I've been with the assistant trainer. She's great, but this last lesson I was with a different assistant trainer and I wasn't impressed at all. Very basic feedback on my position (heels down, etc). Not a good fit. Considering this barn is the same price as barn A I'd rather spend the money there.

                                That said, barn A doesn't spend quite so much focus on my eq, and I like focus on my eq. So, I'm going to try barn C and see how it goes. I'm totally fine supplementing barn A with another barn. So far, barn A has definitely been the most fun.

                                I've also started jumping! The horse treats them as cavaletti and they're only 2' crossrails, but it's super fun and I'm learning a ton!


                                • Dewey- I'm sorry about Sky, however I'm excited for you and Honey. I know you've worked so hard this year- I'm glad that at least one match-up is paying off.

                                  4Leaf- Oh my gosh, I love Bud the pony. What kind is he?

                                  WIP- glad you're hitting your groove with the barns. do they have similar teaching styles or are they all different? Would it be possible to ask the one trainer to focus more on the eq or tell her what your goals are so that she could more tailor the lessons?

                                  On a side note, I had to decline the one job (interview from Wednesday) on principle/character and then got a call back about another PRN super close to home. I started the day bummed to say no and was excited for the new opportunity.

                                  Jingles for my pit-mix Lucky. She tweaked her right hind somehow and if we can't keep her comfortable/back to rights by Monday, to the vet we go. She's only 6 but is crazy active. Not looking forward to the vet bill if it's more than a cursory exam/pain meds. I've been re-reading old threads, and maybe I should start a "Go F Me" page. (it's an old reference, not actually a profanity- the old Wregal/scammer threads)


                                  • I'm fairly confident Bud is a Welsh pony. It's hard not to love little Bud (short for Budweiser). But at times, he such a bbbaaaadddd pony. lol I really wish I had a little human to ride and love him.
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                                    jingles for your dog luckymaverick . Our Black & Tan Coonhound is constantly pulling/straining something going after things, trying to climb trees and lord knows what, so I understand. And LMAO on that sentence about the Go F Me.... too funny.
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                                    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


                                    • thanks 4Leaf. Seeing the full shot of Bud the Pony- I have a new crush, just don't tell SuperPony


                                      • I had a great time at the working equitation schooling show today. Cupid was super throughout!! We ended up in third of eight in our division. Here's a video of the obstacle portion if anyone is interested:


                                        • TC, that was super! I enjoyed it. It looks like serious fun. Cupid was such a good boy--so calm. Great performance! Congrats on your excellent showing! You must be so proud of your boy.
                                          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