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Celebration Sunday! Your cheer-worthy horse achievement this weekend?

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  • Celebration Sunday! Your cheer-worthy horse achievement this weekend?

    Celebrating success today! Fifth ride of the season on my greenie, and I trailered him off-ranch and went for a nice mountain ride. What a beautiful day after such a long winter! What a wonderful, level-headed colt, who handled questionable footing, foreign territory, hyperactive dog etc. with such presence-of-mind! Can't say enough good things about him, and the hubs has already heard it so thought I'd bore someone else with my bragging. How about you guys??

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    Originally posted by TheMountainsAreCalling View Post
    Celebrating success today! Fifth ride of the season on my greenie, and I trailered him off-ranch and went for a nice mountain ride. What a beautiful day after such a long winter! What a wonderful, level-headed colt, who handled questionable footing, foreign territory, hyperactive dog etc. with such presence-of-mind! Can't say enough good things about him, and the hubs has already heard it so thought I'd bore someone else with my bragging. How about you guys??
    All that and no pictures?

    Those nice rides stay with you, a happy place to revisit in your mind.

    I just got to ride a little bit again, after being on stall rest forever with two collapsed vertebra.
    Just got the ok from the Dr.
    Went well, not sore, nothing hurting, big smile also.

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    • #3
      I removed tons of hair from the horses, had some great rides, my favorite tree bloomed like crazy and my new sofa got delivered 15 minutes before the heavens opened up in a mighty deluge.
      "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederatcy against him."

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      • #4
        I worked all weekend (booooo), nobody coded or died (yayyyyyyyyy).
        The barn stayed mostly dry in this deluge (Yayyyyy), a strange tomcat took refuge and has my two kitties completely freaked out (booooo). I've never seen him before, don't think he's a neighbors pet. By the size of his cheeks, I don't think he's fixed (booooo)

        But I'm off tomorrow, yayyyy. Taking dog to expensive allergy vet 2 hrs away - grrrrr

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        • #5
          Not sure anyone will believe this but I do have a picture to back it up—I was on va ca in a warm sunny state and looked up a former student. We had lunch. She said why don’t u come out to my stable and we will practice our shared horse sport. (She rides at a much higher level than I, but that seemed ok).

          No, I said, no riding clothes with me. She continued to insist that I come out to her place. So I did insisting it would have to be me watching her ride Then, heart stopping, another rider walked over —I recognized a Silver Medalist of a certain US team! The silver medalist spent the entire A.M. with ME and my former student who is her neighbor. I got to watch her ride! And my former student rode too, getting a few pointers. And then they found me a helmet!,, I did ride a bit and got some super suggestions, but I doubt I will remember them. Such a thrill! Just to have met her would have been wonderful, but to have her help me was a dream come true.

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            My biggie, for the first time in 2018 I managed to got on my mare without someone holding her...combination of knackered knee, and an absolute fear of mounting after an accident years ago....but getting into another UP hopefully.

            Today obtained my basic first aid (equine) certificate.
            I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

            Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique

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              The Evil Chem Prof

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                I managed a few strides of true, good haunches in. I struggle with moving my body correctly during lateral work so I was pretty pleased.

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                  We had a little jumping lesson. Just barely-there, big-canter-stride sort of fences, but given I’m 48 and haven’t jumped anybody over anything in over ten years, I think I did pretty good with a four year old Mustang (I *do* have a professional training him to make sure he gets a good grounding). Didn’t get any pictures of the jumping part, though, just one of us out standing in our field:

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                  • #10
                    I drove my mini Friday night before the wet weekend started. We had no big breakthroughs or anything, but we both had fun

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                    • #11
                      Found out my newish guy, Spud, enjoys jumping. He had one other jump school before and did pretty well. But Saturday, he was great! Went right to it, ears up and jumped beautifully. Knees up and even, rounding slightly, cantered quietly away. It was so exciting to see him go and I am thrilled he seems to like it. He is slated to be my next eventer so this is a good start. I just love this guy; war horses are awesome. Great brain, very willing, over achiever, and smart as they come. I wish I had some pictures to post.

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                      • #12
                        Rode both days (only the 7th and 8th time this year so far), even getting up at daybreak on Sunday to beat the rain. Clipped one beast, totally broke down my tack and cleaned and conditioned everything, cleaned out and reorganized the dressing room of my trailer, and straightened up my feed room. It was a glorious Saturday. Makes me really excited about warmer weather.
                        "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch

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                        • #13
                          I had the vet's ok to start tack walking the stall rest horse last week after a great check up, but it wasn't till the weekend the howling winds calmed down and temps rose. With a calm warm day we had a short, but uneventful walk with no airs above the ground. Big smile on my face - let the riding rehab begin.

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                            Foxglove. WOW How great for you.

                            Sim is the hardest horse I have ever retrained? and my first breakthrough was when I said Good Boy out loud?

                            He has always thrown/lifted his head during upward transitions.

                            Well he is now doing transitions by voice alone. I mean I don't put on any aid to make a transition. Instead I will ask for say long and low in walk. I will keep asking for that and just say the word trot. I am able to keep him from raising his head that way.

                            He knows the words halt, walk, trot, canter, sloooow and quick. I did get video of him doing it. Sigh I am leaning forward so I forgot about rebalancing me when I rebalance him. Sigh at my hands. It is good to get a video to see what you are actually doing opposed to what you think and feel you are doing!!!

                            He also did halt trot. Trot halt. Walk canter and canter walk. I am starting to put in some aid at the same time and I will revert back to aids instead of voice but this has allowed him to figure out that it is possible to do a transition a different way.

                            SUCCESS!
                            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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                            • #15
                              Vet was out Friday to do teeth and I did some clean up with clippers while my horse was feeling good from sedation. Cleaned out and organized my trailer tack room which I’m irritationally pleased about. Then had a lovely trail ride yesterday and got to practice walking through water in preparation for cross country clinic in May.


                              Today it is pouring rain.

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                              • #16
                                Everyone we sent to the Pony Club regional Quiz rally came in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their divisions!

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                                • #17
                                  Why, how did you all know I wanted to share my pride in how well my daughter and her friends performed in the first vaulting competition of the year. I have VIDEOS ('cause my mama brag is useless without full video support)!! Remember to turn the sound up!
                                   
                                  Last edited by M'al; Apr. 16, 2018, 01:25 PM.

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                                  • #18
                                    OK - I can't figure out multiple videos in a single post, so here is Prelim Pas de Deux on Shelby. Remember again ... sound UP!
                                     

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                                    • #19
                                      Sigh. I think I killed the thread. Apologies ... everyone has such triumphant moments and then ... ack. Apologies OP and all.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by M'al View Post
                                        Sigh. I think I killed the thread. Apologies ... everyone has such triumphant moments and then ... ack. Apologies OP and all.
                                        No sweat, just getting to the computer, looks wonderful!

                                        Thanks for the videos, neat to see them working to music.

                                        They make it look easy, it is not.

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