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  • #21
    TR - I love that picture of Ollie....he's such a striking boy!

    Love this picture, Tha Ridge. The expressions on your face and the horse's face make me smile

    Okay, okay, I love all of the pictures in this thread. I have to admit that I go straight to the pictures on each post before reading the rest. I love seeing a year encapsulated in pictures (or just the favorite picture of the year) from a bunch of different people.
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    • #22
      Ambar, I actually don't know. Odd! It has something to do with Cappuccina...
      Originally posted by Nickelodian
      We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
      Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
      Regulus RDL

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        #23
        Originally posted by PNWjumper View Post



        Love this picture, Tha Ridge. The expressions on your face and the horse's face make me smile

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        I thought the very same thing!!!!
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        • #24
          How did your year go with your horse(s)?
          Quite well! Considering I kicked the year off with buying my first horse (after 10 years of riding regularly), I can't be that disappointed! It wasn't a perfect year, and there were some frustrations and even a few tears, but there were lots of smiles and great rides. I've fallen madly in love with my horse and he's shown more promise than I had even anticipated.

          Did you meet your goal(s)?
          Yes and no. We made a lot of progress jumping, and he's much suppler. He finally keeps a great pace down the lines and it's all coming together. My only unmet goal was in getting him out to more shows, schooling or otherwise.

          What were your unexpected highs and lows?
          It was less a bunch of highs and lows and more a slow but uphill progression. I've ended the serious riding season feeling more successful and connected with my horse than I began, and I count that a high! The only real low was when Apollo fell and sustained a minor tear in his HQ. The first days of "what if??" were the worst, but after everything was cleared and we had a good plan moving forward. I suppose one of the biggest highs was the first day Apollo galloped up to me in the pasture, after a few weeks of clicker training. When I first got him, catching him from turnout was a 2 hour ordeal.

          What plans are you making for next year?
          More shows, and hopefully getting him schooling 3' comfortably at home.

          What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
          The value of clicker training, the value of dressage, and the value of enjoying an hour just grooming/grazing/loving on your horse.

          Pictures!
          Apollo yesterday
          Apollo a few weeks ago
          Apollo playday
          Playday 2
          Apollo in August
          Apollo in August 2
          Apollo in August 3

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          • #25
            Originally posted by PNWjumper View Post
            TR - I love that picture of Ollie....he's such a striking boy!



            Love this picture, Tha Ridge. The expressions on your face and the horse's face make me smile

            Okay, okay, I love all of the pictures in this thread. I have to admit that I go straight to the pictures on each post before reading the rest. I love seeing a year encapsulated in pictures (or just the favorite picture of the year) from a bunch of different people.
            Aw, thank you! And you too, tidy rabbit! (Don't know how to quote two people.) That was the last jump of the course and it was one of those rounds where you can't help but smile at the end. Here's hoping for many more of those in 2013! The horse in the photo was really special to me this year. I will miss showing him!

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            • #26
              What a cute boy, big_red_ottb!
              Originally posted by Nickelodian
              We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
              Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
              Regulus RDL

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              • #27
                How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                This year was rough. I bought an amazing 1.50m prospect in the spring. He turned out to be better than I ever thought. I moved trainers in the hopes of really getting Arlo and me to a higher level. In september he got laminitis suddenly and after 2 months of taking care of him and truly believing he would one day be back to jumping, he got a lot worse all of a sudden and we had to put him down last month. He was only 7. Here is a picture of Arlo when I tried him last March: http://http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=284297491676017&set=a.1647933469597 66.28369.100002873045467&type=3&theater
                and here he is laying in his stall about a month before he died: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=1&theater

                In order to move forward with my riding after loosing my dream horse I had to sell my horse of 6 years that I thought I would keep forever. Teddy took me from when I outgrew my pony through the children’s hunter, children’s jumpers, low, medium, and even the high junior jumpers a few times. He was very special to me and I had to sell him. I also had to sell a 7 year old jumper named Romi that I was training. I always knew I would be selling him one day but I didn’t think it was going to be so soon.
                Teddy: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
                Romi: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

                I did get a new horse, a mare that I am super excited to have. She is the most amazing horse ever and she has only been out of quarantine a week and already people have asked if I will sell her (definitely not for at least a couple years)! She will be my high a/o jumper and then grand prix horse (she is only 8 now). I don’t have any pictures of her but here is a link to a video of her a few months before I bought her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWHlX...e_gdata_player

                What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                Loosing such an amazing horse at such a young age was the worst thing ever. I am honored to have been able to know, ride, and learn from such an incredible horse. Moving on from such a horrible thing is very difficult I am thankful for my family, my trainers, and my new wonderful mare Cara for keeping me on my feet, understanding when I start crying randomly (even in the middle of lessons..), and for helping make the future bright.

                What plans are you making for next year?
                I am excited to be working with my new trainer. I know I will learn a lot, as I already have so far. I am happy to get to show the whole WEF circuit for the first time and to have an amazing horse to do the high a/o’s with this winter.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by RuggedBear View Post

                  I did get a new horse, a mare that I am super excited to have. She is the most amazing horse ever and she has only been out of quarantine a week and already people have asked if I will sell her (definitely not for at least a couple years)! She will be my high a/o jumper and then grand prix horse (she is only 8 now). I don’t have any pictures of her but here is a link to a video of her a few months before I bought her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWHlX...e_gdata_player

                  What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                  Sorry to hear about the laminitis, but I your new mare is absolutely stunning!

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Kryzlstoff View Post
                    What a cute boy, big_red_ottb!
                    Thank you! I like to think he is cute. I'm biased, though.

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                    • #30
                      tidy rabbit - I LOVE your baby Ollie! His markings are sleek and he sure is a handsome fellow. What sort of visor are you wearing over your helmet? I would like one myself but there seem to be so many options...

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                      • #31
                        I'm on my dumbphone, so not going to have the questions all neatly listed like everyone else...

                        This year was definitely a year of fluctuations. My goals hopped around a bit, because I like to set more short term goals with a young horse (like the one I have now).

                        A high was definitely taking my 7yo (who I found and trained myself) into his first 1.20 class and not only being clear, but winning. My big low came shortly after when I retore my Achilles tendon. That put me out of commission for a while and getting back in shape has not been too much fun, but I'm finally jumping "real" fences again. Oh, and since Moose had all that time off, he came back a fire breathing maniac, so we had to work on that a bit too.

                        I got the opportunity to move to a big show barn and that has been a blast.

                        I also was very lucky to get two amazing sponsors this year who I am so thankful for. That was definitely a high point.

                        Next year, I'm just excited to see where Moose and I end up. It will also be my last year as a junior and I graduate in the spring, so a lot of changes but I'm excited about it all.
                        Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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                        • #32
                          PNWjumper, did you buy that bay filly with the 4 white socks? I am so jealous if so, that is a heck of a filly!

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                          • #33
                            How did your year go with your horse(s)?Mostly very well. The training horses improved and progressed (and multiplied in number) and my personal horse is going gangbusters.


                            Did you meet your goal(s)?

                            Yes.
                            One horse was plagued by minor injuries and thus is not as far along as I would like but that's life. 6/7 ain't bad.


                            What were your unexpected highs and lows?

                            Lows:
                            I retired one of my personal horses from active competition training. He teaches a couple of lessons and mostly eats now.

                            Highs/Lows:
                            My other horse and I got selected to demo ride for Jane Savoie's teaching clinic at Gladstone, but Hurricane Sandy decided to hit NJ at the same time. The clinic still ran (!), but I draw the line at riding my horse in the center of a hurricane, so we turned around and went back to Buffalo.

                            Highs:
                            That same horse is now ready for the double bridle which is not something I would have expected for this year.

                            What plans are you making for next year?
                            Finally have the money to campaign my hunter in the pre-greens.
                            Get the scores for my bronze.
                            The reach goal is to qualify for Dressage at Devon.

                            What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                            Had a great lesson with a hunter trainer who saw a very subtle point in my horse's jump canter, which ended up being a small fix that made a big difference, both for the hunters and across the disciplines into dressage as well. Very much looking forward to working with her in the coming year.

                            Also, I learned to never treat a new training horse as if it is "broke," no matter what anyone tells you.
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                            Jinxyhttp://tiny.cc/PIC798&http://tiny.cc/jinx364
                            Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
                            The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY

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                            • #34
                              How did your year go with your horse(s)? My year went pretty well. I spent most of it (up til August) really learning to enjoy him and not stress myself out trying to jump a certain height. I did what I wanted on that given day and had so many good, happy lessons this year. In August I moved him to school with me to a small remote barn where I really haven't gotten to ride a lot, but he's fat and happy in his 24/7 turnout and I realize I will never put him back in a stall.

                              Did you meet your goal(s)? I didn't really have any horse-related goals as my horse is older and we just wanted to have fun. But we accomplished that! I had wanted to start dressage lessons with him but because of school and injuries (equine and human) we'll have to hold off on that for the moment.

                              What were your unexpected highs and lows? An unexpected high was when I moved my horse to a pasture with 5 other horses when he's only ever been stalled with limited turnout. He is so much happier out there, and has made a nice group of friends that all get along with one another.

                              An unexpected low was when I tore my ACL right after Thanksgiving, because now it will be a long while until I can ride again. On the bright side, my horse will become very schooled on the lunge again!

                              What plans are you making for next year? Once my knee heals enough to ride again, I really want to get started in dressage lessons. I'll have to hire a dressage trainer to come out because my barn doesn't have trainers, but I'm looking forward to it! My main goal is to lose a good amount of weight to improve my riding and overall health. I'm learning to cooky healthy and love it!

                              What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you? So many things I can't even list here! Among the HR is how much happier my horse is in the pasture, and how to do a lot of horse care for myself instead of always relying on my BO and trainers to do it all for me!


                              And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                                PNWjumper, did you buy that bay filly with the 4 white socks? I am so jealous if so, that is a heck of a filly!
                                I did, and I'm totally and completely smitten with her. And so is my DH, both of my kids, all of the other horses, and the guinea hens LOL! She's just as lovely as a young horse can be. I pulled her out to play with her yesterday and she lunged like a champ (for the 2 minutes we played at it) and let me lean on her, jump up and down on the mounting block, and pat her all over with my hands. She's got such a nice brain for a 2yo! Much less of a punk than my other holsteiner baby when he was that age Funny thing that I used to try to find chrome-y youngsters and kept ending up with plain bays and I finally decide that I want a plain bay and end up with a flashy one! Here's the album of her first few days here. The paint on her feet are her "lucky charms" that were put there for good luck before her cross country trip to get to me.

                                And thank you! I would love to be able to just funnel each of RyTimMick's babies into my barn as they come out.
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                                • #36
                                  How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                                  Great in general! Not too much showing, but took the baby to Devon, he was wonderful and mom and I had a great time. My medium is half-leased to a little girl who is just learning how to post, the 4yr old has now become my main riding pony and is coming along great. Andd I took him to his first show which happened to be indoors and he hacked around a busy baby green pleasure class like a pro.

                                  Did you meet your goal(s)?
                                  Definately, I had always wanted to go to Devon and never made it as a junior and we had a blast, even though we didn't get a ribbon. I also got invited to teach 4H summer camp as the Hunter instructor and had a great group of 60 girls and their horses AND I got my local show cards; even for saddleseat and western and judged 2 shows.

                                  What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                                  My large pony mare has had some unexplainable back pain when she does any "real" riding, but I really wanted her as a broodmare anyways..So I think that is what she will be next year

                                  What plans are you making for next year?
                                  Graduating from VT next December!! Taking some consigment ponies in the summer, teaching a few horse camps and enjoying my last year before real life starts.

                                  What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                                  The horse business is hard, but not impossible like people have been telling me for years. I am very fortunate to be graduating college next year and already have a great start to what I hope will be a very successful pony training and sales business.

                                  Pictures of everyone later; I'm at work so I can't get the link. If you are on Facebook you can look at my farm page Sea Breeze Ponies and see albums of all my babies there

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                                  • #37
                                    How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                                    Pretty crappy. I had a forced 6 month hiatus, massive confidence issues when I started riding again. I crashed and burned at a clinic that I had been looking forward to all year, and realized I made the biggest mistake of my life by leaving Sterling. However, I met some amazing horses.

                                    Did you meet your goal(s)?
                                    No and yes. I wanted to go to a horse show, which I did (I took Charm to a small schooling show) in June. However, I never attended the rated/semi-rated shows that I wanted to.

                                    What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                                    Losing Charm, losing Rhap, losing Sterling, finding Chelsea... not much. This year just overall sucked.

                                    What plans are you making for next year?
                                    I'm actually moving to a barn where I'll be riding Western... so I really have no idea as to what my goals are!

                                    What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                                    Horses will come and go, and I just cannot do anything to stop it. Everything happens for a reason.

                                    And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
                                    http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k...41747600_o.jpg

                                    This isn't a horse picture, lol, but here's my 40 pound dog (who is maybe 2 feet tall) jumping 2'9". Sooo proud of my backyard mutt!
                                    http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k...psff922efa.jpg
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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by PNWjumper View Post
                                      I did, and I'm totally and completely smitten with her. And so is my DH, both of my kids, all of the other horses, and the guinea hens LOL! She's just as lovely as a young horse can be. I pulled her out to play with her yesterday and she lunged like a champ (for the 2 minutes we played at it) and let me lean on her, jump up and down on the mounting block, and pat her all over with my hands. She's got such a nice brain for a 2yo! Much less of a punk than my other holsteiner baby when he was that age Funny thing that I used to try to find chrome-y youngsters and kept ending up with plain bays and I finally decide that I want a plain bay and end up with a flashy one! Here's the album of her first few days here. The paint on her feet are her "lucky charms" that were put there for good luck before her cross country trip to get to me.

                                      And thank you! I would love to be able to just funnel each of RyTimMick's babies into my barn as they come out.
                                      What is her breeding? She's lovely!

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by hntrjmprpro45 View Post
                                        What is her breeding? She's lovely!
                                        Thank you, hjpro45 She's a Holsteiner by Cassiano out of a Calando I mare (pedigree here: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/cassiana+sr)
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                                        • #40
                                          How did your year go with your horse(s)?

                                          It was pretty good. It was my first year of doing absolutely no equitation (okay, I did a local open medal final) as I am now showing as 21 and officially too old for almost anything eq-y at the 3'6+ level. It was a bit of an odd feeling...it was the first year of no stress and no expectations and I just had some fun with my horse.

                                          Did you meet your goal(s)?


                                          My only goal for this year was to have fun. Last year I had a grocery list of goals (show my horse at The Royal, do a USHJA Derby, move up to the High Performance Hunters, qualify for CET Medal Finals one last time before I aged out) and had a successful but high-stress year, and this year was blissfully relaxing, so yes. I achieved my goal.

                                          What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                                          High - Winning a Jumper Classic out of 30+ people on my hunter.

                                          Low - I trailered in last minute for what was supposed to be a fun little warm up show to a bigger show and was plagued with nothing but bad luck...I entered in a rather expensive Jumper derby and on my way to the first jump, AFTER the start timers, my bridle broke to the extent that I could not continue. The next day in the hunter derby, I was winning the first round and had the LAST rail in the handy call back. It wasn't horrible by any means, but just not the fun warm up show I wanted it to be!

                                          What plans are you making for next year?
                                          No plans...everything is a bit up in the air.

                                          What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                                          There is a life beyond the equitation ring.

                                          And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
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