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  • Forgot the pic of me in the navy Devon jacket.
    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 - You only live once, and it would be a really amazing experience for you. You can always pay the non-member fee instead of joining USEF/USHJA if it's the only A show you'll be attending this year which will save you some money. However, like you said, it does still add up and will be significantly more expensive than the shows you normally attend. If you're not comfortable with spending that kind of money, could you still attend the show with your barn and help groom and cheer everyone on as they show? That would be a nice way to get part of the experience without the expense, and you could see first-hand if it seems like a show you'd want to attend next year and then you'd have time to start saving for it!

      P.S. That jacket is lovely on you

      My gorgeous mare arrived last night! She was cool as a cucumber checking out the new barn and dove straight into her hay. Didn't seem to have a care in the world. The shipper told me she was totally relaxed the entire trip and she wished they were all so calm traveling. I'm hoping that's a testament to her amazing brain!

      The sellers agent also contacted me and said the owner/breeder (BNR) wanted to stay in contact with me and was very proud of breeding this mare....I said ABSOLUTELY! I was also able to get a ton of baby pictures of her, which I think is really special.

      Planning on riding her today, and I'll get some more pics! She showed up late, barn lighting was bad, this is the only pic we got and it's not the best but I'll share anyway....and I look like the michelin man with so many layers...don't mind me
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      • Sugar, she's lovely! Dark bay with a star--I like it!

        And the smile on your face says it all!
        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


        • Sugar - So exciting!!! She's super cute!!! And so great that she's such an easy traveler and settling in well. Enjoy the journey!!

          Dewey - I would absolutely do it if it were me! Especially since you missed out on the finals last year.

          Meg - Cupid is starting to shed too. My understanding is it has to do with longer daylight hours and nothing to do with weather, unfortunately. But hopefully the groundhog is correct and spring is coming.

          Mustang - Cupid was starting to get spur rubs with my plain Prince of Wales spurs, but we haven't had a problem since I switched to roller balls (I use these:
          I read about a study on spurs last year, which said that clipping didn't make a difference (though anecdotally many riders may disagree!) Here's an excerpt:

          Our cold snap has broken, now it's just rain and more rain in the forecast :/ Thank goodness for our covered arena!


          • TCDewey, love the jacket. I love green, as well. Hmm. And I guess about the show, if you're thinking you might want to do it, and you're just now sure, I think that maybe you should go. You may only do this once in your life. If you're more thinking, I really shouldn't do it, then maybe trust your gut, and sit this one out. I think I would go ahead and do it. If so, ENJOY! You can wave to my trainer who is always there.

            Sugar, your mare is SO cute! What is her name? Or give us a nickname we can call the pretty girl. What is her breeding. She really, really does remind me of Katie. I have baby pics of Katie as well, and I treasured them. Sounds like she has a great brain. Hope you have a wonderful ride. How did you find her?


            Nothing new here. Cold again, as stated above. Brr. Horses are back in blankets.
            My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


            • AWWWWW a brown black mare. I soooo wish that Stars was that colour and not just brown. I know I know. A good horse has no colour.

              Dewey if you don't mind the expense I would go to cross it off a bucket list.
              It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


              • Dewey you should MOST DEFINITELY do it. They say that half the mental benefit of a vacation is the planning and looking forward to it, especially when you have some stress in your job or life. You most definitely have a lot on your plate. I do too, and I'll be honest, my escape to WEF is keeping my afloat these days. It's reignited some real young horse girl daydreams. Good for you on your jacket, it will look GORGEOUS in the Florida light!

                Mustang I really like the equifit belly band for spur rubs. It's a pain but after two or three weeks, they do go away. Also for runny manure, I really like either a few days or biosponge, or switching some of their hay for pellets for a week or two. It's easier on their colon and usually clears up the runniness. We've had a lot of it and it really helps.

                Sugar I am all swooney over here for your mare. She looks gorgeous, the video of her in the trailer was terrific. Just so darn excited for you! Would love to know her breeding as well!

                Cupid Feeling you girl, the weather here has been an utter pain! Whenever it finally dries out, we are supposed to get rain again. The arena I ride in primarily has French drains and special footing so it can take a beating, but there are limits.

                Lucky hang in there with your grandparents, that sounds quite stressful, I'm really sorry.

                Meg I would be totally devastated by your hot tub incident, what a complete and utter bummer. I'm hoping insurance covers it. Hoping you get some warmer temps soon, the cold does really no one any good!

                PF I would also be nervous to change his diet too dramatically. If you're worried abotu weight could you add a dash of renew gold or cool stance (renew gold has a lot of the same things plus extra fats), just to keep him from being too ribby?

                Techni I am SO jealous you are going to WEC. It looks so darn cool, I would love to see it in person.

                Not much to report, Sandro felt more sound than ever after the show and then we had rain and then things got really cold. The turkey spun my trainer off on Wednesday, what a jerk. He's getting his comeuppance today, I set four bounces of big cross rails, his booty is getting whipped today.

                My trainer didn't tell me until yesterday bc my mom was in surgery for her double mastectomy. I had hoped this was all we had to worry about but they are testing two spots that looked suspicious. If they weren't contained, she will still need chemo or radiation. She's doing ok. I wish she would be a bit more on top of the pain meds, but she's generally ok. It was hard seeing her after surgery, so tiny and vulnerable and pale in her bed.

                thanks everyone for the kind words, I really do appreciate it.


                • Sugar - how lovely she is! Congrats! The shippers comment means a lot. They know the good ones right away! Enjoy her and we can't wait to hear about your adventures!

                  Dewey - absolutely go! If even not to ride yourself but to get the lay of the land for a possible future show. And to watch all the BNR/BNT, it's amazing how inspiring it can be and what it can bring to your own riding. I love a green jacket in the hunter ring amid a sea of blue.

                  Meg - Spring will come! So sorry about your hot tub disaster. It sounded like the perfect end to frigid days. Hope it's sorted soon.

                  Greys - oh dear, Sandro better straighten up and fly right! Dumping his people is unacceptable. Sounds like you've got a plan to get his focus on the job. Your mother will be in my prayers. It's so hard to see someone who has always been so strong go through a period of weakness. I'm sure it will be no time before she's chasing after that precious grandson. {{hugs}}

                  I know there's a thread about this on the FAL but: Danielle Goldstein's feathers - I don't get it! I saw her last week at Deeridge and then this week she was warming up while trainer #2 was warming up Remy. It certainly caught his attention! When she first did it they were a little more discrete but now it looks like she has a giant Phoenix on her back. She almost sits on them while riding. I don't know, even in the jumper ring conservative attire is a rule. Nothing conservative about her!! I guess I'm just too traditional.

                  Things were a little quieter this week even though it's a 5* and 2* week. Some of the big names doing their horses in slightly lower classes this week in anticipation of the Nation's Cup at Deeridge next weekend. Hunter rings were busier as next week is Hunter Week at WEF (eek!) EVERYone with a hunter shows! Timing was such that DD will show, Probably in one of the lower/unrated divisions has she hasn't stepped back into Hunterland since Aug. and hasn't ridden the last two weeks while up in PA.


                  • greys...many, many jingles for your mom!!!
                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                    • Austen, I'm totally with you on DG's hair. At first I thought it was kind of cool, a little less obtrusive, and just a little kick of style and personality. They were much shorter and much lighter, and definitely fewer. I think the more people talk, the more obtrusive they get. I really dislike them now. And I mentioned on FAL that when she is in the ring, I do not "see" her beautiful horse jump. I only watch her hair. It's so very distracting. Ah, well. She's an excellent rider, and I do think the feathers detract from that and from her horse. Have fun!!!
                      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                      • Dewey- I say go for it. I would never be able to show at that level, so I look forward to living vicariously What does "soft shell" mean? I have old school wool jackets.

                        Sugar- OMG, I was hoping that was your girl. Her eye is so soft and kind and I love her markings!! What's her name?

                        Lost- I saw the pics of Danielle, is her hair that long that the feathers/hair are all the way down her back? I'm surprised horses haven't spooked at her.

                        Greys- bigtime jingles for your Mom, and for you. Seeing family in vulnerable situations is hard. When is your fun-time at WEF? How do those belly bands go on?

                        So the saga continues- Granddad is officially at the rehab, as of later tonight. I would greatly appreciate jingles for the rest of us. Granny is being terrible to Mom, I feel caught in the middle. Essentially, Mom and I are making all decisions since Granny will only think in her own interests. When she was informed of some equipment/grab bars she could put in the bathroom for his ease of use and greater independence, her reply was she had just redone her bathroom. In other words, couldn't be bothered, won't do it. Granny has written Granddad off and is fine with him never coming home.

                        I know long-term care is the best thing for him, I just hate that it happened this way. I know he's gonna be mad at me and Mom for a bit. I know I keep venting- this is my safe place

                        Thankfully Fab has my lesson set for tomorrow as I'm working Sunday, after not working Wed-Sat. I've never needed Pony snuggles and Fab-time more


                        • Sugar - OMG, she's gorgeous. And you look so happy. I can't wait to hear/see updates!

                          Suzie - Yes, I definitely need some chalk! When I first tried to do a trace clip it was so uneven and awful...and ended up in a body clip. Do you just use regular chalk?

                          Dewey - I think it sounds like a great opportunity, if you can make it work financially !

                          TC - Those look like the spurs my trainer has! I'm adding them to my RW wishlist...I just paid for all my memberships for the year and my credit card isn't happy about it. Lol, such is life with horses.

                          Greys - I tried two rounds of biosponge (syringe and powder) and he was moderately better while on them, but went back to normal afterwards. I might try feeding a maintenance dose of the powder at some point if nothing else seems to work. Pellets are also on the list of things to try! I was actually looking at the bellyguard. It the rubs don't clear up within the next few weeks, I think I might buy one (or try to find a used one). Are there any good dupes you know of, or is Equifit the only one that makes a good one? I looked into Horze's version but it had some bad reviews...

                          Lucky - Jingles! I'm sure you're doing the right thing, even if he might not recognize it now.


                          • Mustang I have no idea. I don't clip any more. My horses have fine coats. Hubby said normal drawing chalk. Chalk is chalk. You probably want a thicker one.
                            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                            • Lucky - DG's feathers are some type of hair extensions. And, as PF said, they keep getting more and more dramatic. I've haven't seen them full out spook a horse yet but, Remy was definitely giving her the side eye!
                              My heart goes out to you and your Mom dealing with your grandparents. I had a similar situation with my in-laws years ago. Mom-in-law flat out refused to let Dad-in-law come home. So, I sympathize with you and understand your need to vent. {hugs}


                              • Lost- thanks very much. On a happier note, when checking IG, I realized you may get to see some of my personal favorites that do our local GP circuit- Christoph Schroeder and Faith Davis. Horses would be Atlanta, possibly Duran Duran, Cardiff, possibly Tatiana Houser's horse Camouflage (she's pregnant so not sure who's campaigning Cami) If you see Duran Duran, you'd know it= big chestnut with light banged tail and at least here at Brownland they play Duran Duran when he's in the ring.

                                Funny story= Mom and I were shopping for Granddad and we found him this super soft green plaid button down. With his shoulder, button downs are our friend. Well, turns out it's a hip=hop shirt. On the back it says "Respect the Hustle". Hey, if you can't be hip at 91, when can you


                                • PF - We obviously built our last place, and I really enjoyed it for the most part. Many people said we'd spend way more building instead of buying, but in the end what was most important was we were able to design everything exactly like we wanted it. Now that we're looking for an already built place, I always find a hundred things I would want to re-do or would have done differently.

                                  Glad you're already seeing a difference in the boys behavior with the new diet!

                                  TC - Wow, snow?! Cupid looks less than amused in that picture

                                  Meg - Yikes! That really sucks about the roof collapsing, thank god you weren't in the hot tub at the time!!

                                  Lucky - So sorry you're stuck in the middle of everything right now, that's so hard. Take full advantage of your barn time to clear your head and let yourself de-stress for a while!

                                  Greys - I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, jingles and prayers for her and your family.

                                  I named the mare Lucca, after one of my favorite cities in Italy. Her sire is (was, he passed away last year) Sampson, who was known as Remus Con in Europe. Pic below of him, and some baby pics of her
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                                  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
                                    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                    • AAAAAWWWWW I so wish I had baby piccies of Pepper.
                                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                      • Sugar- love the pics, what a pretty girl and cute baby

                                        So lesson time became hang with Fab time. We had loads of rain earlier in the week which led to two lovely "pools" in the middle of the arena. It was below 30 when I got there so Fab and I just hung out in the house. We did have to go to the barn briefly, and Pony threw her head up with ear pricked when she heard us


                                        • Sugar....awww!! Adorable baby pics. And what an impressive "daddy"!

                                          ETA: How tall is your pretty girl?
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                                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: