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  • I'm checking in. The storm passed through here last night. We lost power and had a lot of branches down, but nothing worse, thank goodness. We just got our power back. I haven't been outside yet but will venture out shortly. I don't know if you have the weather channel on or not, but the pictures from the panhandle are devastating. They got flattened.
    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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    • Dewey I was jingling hard and sending good vibes your way while keeping an eye on the storm. My heart aches for the panhandle - those pictures had me in tears . . .

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      • Dewey- so glad you guys are okay! I agree the panhandle images are devastating. Some friends had bought a home a mile from the beach, in the panhandle- thank goodness it was unharmed. Jingles for all who were not so fortunate.

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        • LOL lucky.

          I am glad you are safe, Dewey.

          We have had 28mm of rain. Wahoo. That means no riding today and more is coming.

          Here is a photo from outside our bathroom window. We are really starting to green up now from everything looking dead.



          FDF I teach my horses to stand still and then do spooky object training which teaches them to stand still if they get a fright. When I mount I ask then to stand still and tap down both sides of their body with my dressage whips before they are allowed to move off. When I take Stars out I have added a circle when i move off and this has made a huge difference with calming him down as he was not standing for me to tap with the whips out there and now he does.

          For dismounting I halt near the mounting block and take both feet out of the stirrups. They are calm about that.
          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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          • Dewey, glad you made it through the storm! I was mistaken about my friend. She is vacationing in Gulf Shores, AL, so all is well with her.

            ****
            I can use some jingles for my dog, Leo. He has been vomiting all day. Looks like I will have to take him to the vet tomorrow if he can't keep anything down (including water). I'm worried. Of course this happens on a day I'm in court all day.
            My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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            • jingling for Leo! ***hugs***
              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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              • Just a follow-up: DH and I spent most of yesterday in yard clean-up (as did most of our neighbors). We made significant progress, but there is still a lot to do. I went down to the barn yesterday as it was my usual lesson time but was not sure what I would find. The drive down was fine--there were some downed limbs, etc., but everything had been cleared out of the roads, and there were no downed power lines or anything--unlike after Matthew, which wreaked a lot more havoc here. The barn still hadn't gotten power back, but it came on while I was there. No one was riding, though. All the jumps had been knocked over, but nothing worse. Matthew had ripped a piece of the barn roof off and tossed a storage shed across the property--nothing like that this time. We spent the time packing the trailer for the show. I gave carrots to Sky and Honey and called it a day.
                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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                • Dewey - Thanks for checking in, glad to hear your house wasn't damaged and that the horses are all okay!

                  PF - Sending massive jingles for Leo (((HUGS)))

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                  • Thanks, Sugar. I'm worried. Heading to the vet here shortly.

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                    Where is everyone? Austen, BITSA, faye, AFM? Hopefully out doing something fun. We haven't heard from you all in a while!
                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                    • Hey all - I'm too far behind to catch up (for some good and some not so good reasons PF) so I'll just jump back in!

                      Welcome to all the newcomers! I'm looking forward to hearing more of your adventures!

                      Dewey - glad the storm(s) didn't impact you too badly. It was incredible that Michael retained its hurricane status so far inland!

                      PF - congrats on your great result with the St. Jude event! Sending {{hugs}} and a prayer for Leo.

                      My riding has been sporadic the past couple of weeks. First my back acted up again (I could canter comfortably to the right but not the left, hmmm). Then the heat and bugs were so bad poor G couldn't stand to be out there for too long. Then I had some conference calls scheduled for my prime riding time, grrrr. Add two wedding weekends. And now, for the past week I've been down with a virus! (Like, go to the doctor and get two meds, virus.) That's been particularly annoying as in Oct. I start thinking of how soon the horses will be leaving for FL and I've only got so many rides before! Next week I'll be gone half the week for a meeting of a board I sit on then the week after we're off to London. Hopefully I'll squeeze in a ride here or there. DD finished her show season with a fourth in the classic at a show a couple weeks ago. For now it will be flat work, flat work, flat work!

                      I hope you all are having good times with your ponies!

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                      • Dewey- so thankful the damage was minor, glad you and yours are okay!

                        PF- big jingles for Leo!

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                        • How is Leo today?

                          The same as you Lost, I am not riding. Yay it is because of rain. It is so frustrating that the only reason they are out of work is because of light showers, #wantindoorarena!

                          I wad so close to quitting the job in Coles. They canceled Tuesday, so I cancelled Wednesday to Saturday. I did get to ride at the start of that. Then it started raining and they rang to book me in for next week.

                          I said no. She said why not? I am thinking of quitting. Why? Because you cancelled Tuesday and the way I was treated and I only want to work in a place I am loved.

                          I was told that I have been asked for - which I believe as I am fantastic at that job and the only one who wants to do it as money for nothing and don't get bored, as I amuse myself with helping staff members and customers and doing jobs they don't want to do, there is a horrible female manager at that store. Normally the managers love me.

                          So I agreed that I will come back but can't work Wednesday or Thursday as I have picked up other jobs. Then I remembered I have training for a new job on Monday, so I said I would call to see what time that was going to be. It turned out it was in the morning and then a hour drive.

                          They agreed that I can start 3 hours late on Monday and they don't have a on shift on Thursday. So I agreed to do Sunday to Wednesday. I should be able to get at least one job done some mornings on the way tow work and I will have a busy day on Thursday doing what I booked in to do on Wednesday and Thursday.

                          ......but I am superwoman. here me roar and I can't ride anyway so I may as well be riding.

                          and it shows how desperate they are to have me to let me start 3 hours late....... I told you noone else wants this job!!!

                          Oh and I am sore. I thought it was the walking at Coles but the week off didn't help. It is the other leg. It started in the knee at night and then yesterday the whole leg. Getting in the car and sitting on the loo = major pain and hubby wanted me to help with the fence which meant getting in and out of the ute.

                          It actually started getting better yesterday and I didn't ride so first I thought I might have hurt it taking off my tall boot but as it got worse and I didn't wear them, I now think it is turning my leg into a pillar and not really having the muscle to do it!!!!!!! It never hurt while riding.
                          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                          • Glad everyone made it through the hurricane safely! I'm so far behind I'm just going to go forwards.

                            I had a great lesson at barn B yesterday, so I'm back to being torn about what to do. I enjoyed it so much because I had something to do. I did a pattern of poles at the canter, as well as worked on clean canter transitions. I was supposed to circle at one end, go over a pole on the diagonal, circle and go over a center pole, then take a different diagonal pole.

                            I failed at the exercise several times. One time I didn't get everything together for the circle, the other I didn't have good impulsion, and the other time I didn't get the flying change and didn't prepare for a simple change.

                            It was challenging, a total workout, and super fun. I was with the original assistant instructor. I've thought about it, and I think the reason the lessons weren't as entertaining is because they're flatwork private lessons, and since we were in the outdoor (full course setup) there weren't poles or anything I can do. In the indoor, there's poles.

                            I haven't made a final decision one way or the other, but I'm thinking of giving barn B another chance if I have more lessons like Fridays.

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                            • WIP- I'm glad your lessons are going well, although I know that doesn't make the decision any easier. Jingles for whatever you decide.

                              Lost- Jingles to you- I hope you feel better quickly. I forget, when your horses ship, do you get to ride them on the show grounds, or does DD? I always forget your set-up.

                              I'm looking forward to riding tomorrow- I'll get to meet the two new broodmares from FL. Apparently Pony is not impressed and is super jealous of them. So, that should be fun

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                              • Thanks, Lucky! I'm much better today and would have tried to ride if not for a show at the barn. Instead, DD and I are going to the ballet. Our other passion - she danced from age 4 - 17, so we try to go several times a year. As far as FL, my trainer leases half a barn (we share with my former trainer) about a 10 min. hack from the show grounds. This will be our fourth year at this barn, it's become our winter home! She usually has a stall or two on the show grounds too so if horses are showing a couple days in a row they don't have to keep going back and forth. The weeks that DD shows, her horses usually head up to the show grounds on Tues. so she can ride up there. After the first couple weeks, when they've been in the rings they'll most likely show in for the circuit, that's not as important. It's a nice routine.

                                WIP - it sounds like you really enjoy the asst. trainer at barn B. Is there an option to take lessons solely with that person? I think we all find that what are initially the "not so great" lessons are the ones where we learn the most. It's a good feeling to have something that wasn't going so well in the beginning of the lesson come together by the end. Yay!

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                                • Lost- that sounds like a great set-up. Did you enjoy the ballet?

                                  PF- still jingling for Leo and thinking about you

                                  Today, I felt like all the "bad" dwarfs at my lesson... Twingy, Leany, Hippy. Pony and I were on two totally different pages today. Same book, same chapter, but just off. I kept dropping my hip and leaning, which is new. My neck/shoulder was bothering me and then my old groin issue got twingy. I did work her in a kimberwicke with a roller and she liked it.

                                  I got to meet the two new mares- Imaara and Jewel. Imaara is a bay with a star and white on coronet and Jewel is dark brown with no white. I was talking to Imaara, as she's quite talkative, and all of a sudden I felt several nudges at my shoulder blade. Pony was telling me that I was talking to the wrong horse New pony comes first week of November- can't wait, especially if I can school her.

                                  Fab is planning two shows next year, both at ClearView, where we were last time. Part of me got excited, for the shows, then I was kinda relieved when I realized it was the venue that my asthma couldn't handle. At least I still have the show bug- I honestly wasn't sure after the last one.

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                                  • Thanks, lucky (and all). It's not looking very good. Rough weekend for the big dog.
                                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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                                    • PF, many hugs to you.
                                      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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                                      • Well, I am reporting on our big mini-medal final. I was wrong about one thing--the regular divisions are not finished for the year--we had them at the finals show and then classes will run once more next month. Because of finals, turnout was huge, and the shows ran loooong both days. I didn't do great in the regular division classes, rode OK but competition was very fierce. But Honey and I stepped it up for the 2'6" mini-medal final on Sunday morning. The weather had cooled off (and Honey had been clipped the week before), so he was much more comfortable than last time, and he felt really good, The course was long (10 fences) with several rollbacks. We drew to go second, and I like to think that we set a pretty high bar for everyone else. We went in the ring confidently, cantered directly to the first fence, took all the inside turns, and except for one fairly-tight distance, executed my plan well, including a sitting trot directly to the exit after the last fence, which I noticed everyone else after me did as well.

                                        There were some beautiful rides after me, so I was pleased that I was called back for the ride-off in 6th. (The top 8 were called back.) The ride-off was on the flat, much to my surprise. (Last year it was a shortened course with tests.) So I quickly shed the martingale and vest and went back in the ring. The judge really worked us. We had to do a lot of sitting trot (on Honey that is no joke) and had to demonstrate a lengthening at the sitting trot. On Sky that would have been easy. However, Honey's trot is so elevated that sitting it is always difficult. However, I sat down and determined to show the judge that I could do it. I asked Honey for more trot, and he showed off his big trot right down the long side in front of the judge, passing two others. I sat up and did my best to stay with him. I guess I must not have bounced around too much--someone afterward said the judge was watching me during the sitting trot. We also had to halt and reverse. Fortunately I had practiced the turn on the forehand with Honey, and he did it perfectly. Then we had to canter from the halt. She asked us to go from that to another sitting trot, and then rising trot into the lineup. At this point I was thinking that we might still have to do an additional test over fences, but no--the guy with the ribbons came out, and they called the placings. Much to my surprise and delight, we finished third. We must have impressed the judge with the flat work. Yay! I was so happy and proud. Honey got many carrots after that.
                                        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, Dewey.

                                          Awesome job on your show! And what a beautiful picture.
                                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: https://paradoxfarm.blog/

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