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  • BC, hope your move went well today! Was thinking of you guys.
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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    • BC - so sorry to hear about all the troubles at your boarding facility. Glad you found a new place - hope the move goes well and things turnaround. Looking forward to a more positive update!

      Delana and Chequer had a lesson today at the trainers place. Trainer loves Chequer - can't believe how quiet he is! And unflappable. They did some course work at 2'3" - 2'6". He's really starting to soften in the bridle and carry himself now. We have not started changes, but I have no doubt that he'll pick them up quickly when we do. He jumped everything today, including the roll top which he's never seen before. First time over was pretty big, but no big deal after that. There are a couple of videos below - one at the trot and 2 jumping.

      He's really getting fuzzy now - lots of goat hairs on his face. I'm thinking he needs a good trim

      http://picasaweb.google.com/10407903...8/ChequerAtHGF#

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      • Chequer is looking awesome! He looks like hes got a great brain, figuring out those fences

        I had another lesson Monday with a different trainer - went very well. Worked on 3 one strides in a row, then bending lines, and the fences were hiked up to about 2'9'' at the end. Very encouraging for next year - where I hope to spend a couple events at BN and if all goes well move up to N beginning of summer Height is certainly not an issue for us, we just need to get out there and do it! Didn't bat an eye at the one strides at all, mostly working on ME on throwing my body, hehehe.

        Anyways, mare turned into a h*llb**ch in her stall suddenly. I can't believe it - my perfect, calm, smart, unflappable ANGEL has been double barreling the wall between her and another mare. We changed out the other mare with her "boyfriend" (gelding she normal gets along with very well) and same thing... and now the stall is either empty or a young paint filly goes in there (she was completely in love with the filly when they were turned out together). I have *no* idea why this started happening, she's never done anything like it before. They have been spending more time in their stalls now since its getting colder at night, they are coming in instead of 24/7 outside. Sigh. mares!

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        • Originally posted by crazy gray horse View Post
          He jumped everything today, including the roll top which he's never seen before. First time over was pretty big, but no big deal after that. There are a couple of videos below - one at the trot and 2 jumping.

          He's really getting fuzzy now - lots of goat hairs on his face. I'm thinking he needs a good trim

          http://picasaweb.google.com/10407903...8/ChequerAtHGF#
          He's just adorable over the roll top! What a good boy.

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          • BC,

            I read about Keeper's situation at Farm #1, I'm glad he was not hurt. I was talking to my boss who is a vet and he said that you could go the web site nyshighereducation.gov then click on "opd " to make a complaint against the BO. He said you have grounds to take her to court. He said she was not a licensed vet, she did not have your permission, & she did not have your vet's permission to give your horse anything. They can even ask the BO's vet if your horse was a client/patient and if not they could take that vets license.

            I just wanted to let you know and I'm glad that Farm #2 is working out for you guys!

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            • BNO,

              I'm glad Bailey likes his new home and friend! He loves the snow and being outside! Bailey can get all 4 feet off the just like a deer, and squeal oh my!

              I hope I answered your questions the last time without over stepping my bounds. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

              Give Bailey XOXO for me!

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              • To Everyone,

                Hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

                I was wondering if anyone knows where or who has Candy Ice, Augie, Junkanoo Party, Ty Wonder, Calamity Jen, & Blue Ridge Guy ? I would like to know if they are all right and happy.

                Knowing that the rest of the kids are safe and sound would be a AWESOME Christmas present!

                Wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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                • Originally posted by crazy gray horse View Post
                  Delana and Chequer had a lesson today at the trainers place. Trainer loves Chequer - can't believe how quiet he is! And unflappable. They did some course work at 2'3" - 2'6". He's really starting to soften in the bridle and carry himself now. We have not started changes, but I have no doubt that he'll pick them up quickly when we do. He jumped everything today, including the roll top which he's never seen before. First time over was pretty big, but no big deal after that. There are a couple of videos below - one at the trot and 2 jumping.
                  What a willing guy he is!!! His "mistakes" are merely of technique but he doesn't get a single hair flustered no matter where he gets to for a take-off spot: he just gets over and goes on to the next. Cool, cool cucumber, and careful.

                  Also like your trainer/coach - I was spoiled from the get go working with a kind, calm, encouraging, fun non sing-song horsewoman (who, after 32 yrs is still one of my best friends) and now I super picky. You can hear your T/C's appreciation of Chequer's can-do attitude in her tone of voice.

                  Go Chequer Go!

                  FF

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                  • Flea: Chequer is so unflappable! Getting/learning the distances are just mileage now. Delana even took the harder bending line - got the jump on the curve and he really didn't care!! I also can't say enough good things about our trainer, Jamie. She is the BEST. I wouldn't trust my horses with anyone else, at least here in the area. She helped me to load Grace (who was so afraid of the trailer that she didn't want to go near it). She has such a quiet, calm, easy attitude about training. I just wish she weren't an hour and 10 minutes away

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                    • Originally posted by Stacey Barnhart View Post
                      BNO,

                      I'm glad Bailey likes his new home and friend! He loves the snow and being outside! Bailey can get all 4 feet off the just like a deer, and squeal oh my!

                      I hope I answered your questions the last time without over stepping my bounds. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

                      Give Bailey XOXO for me!
                      Not over stepping bounds at all, I very much appreciate any insight you have!!

                      He's definitely enjoying himself. Which is great, since I kick them out about 6am before I head to work until I or my boyfriend get home around 4-6pm, so he gets to play all day. I'm going to try and get pictures of his snow antics this weekend....hopefully the temps get a little, warmer? I don't recall ever getting this much snow so early in the season....good 'ole Rochester for ya.

                      I'll be sure give him a smooch for you. My mom bought a wreath made of red ribbon & peppermints (in wrappers) for the barn & horses....Bailey was staring at it after giving him a sample of the mints, lol.

                      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well!
                      <3 Vinnie <3
                      1992-2010
                      Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

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                      • Top Marks to Horse, Rider &amp; Coach

                        Originally posted by crazy gray horse View Post
                        Flea: Chequer is so unflappable! Getting/learning the distances are just mileage now. Delana even took the harder bending line - got the jump on the curve and he really didn't care!! I also can't say enough good things about our trainer, Jamie. She is the BEST. I wouldn't trust my horses with anyone else, at least here in the area. She helped me to load Grace (who was so afraid of the trailer that she didn't want to go near it). She has such a quiet, calm, easy attitude about training. I just wish she weren't an hour and 10 minutes away
                        Sounds like Jamie is worth the drive.

                        As for Chequer - a gem... hmmm, lots of great eventing down, er, up your way... when Delana needs a break from the hunters how about a trip outside Unlike what a lot of people think about eventers, cool minds make the best rides out there and it is soooooo much fun

                        FF

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                        • Flea...

                          Yeah, I don't mind the drive to Jamie's in decent weather. She lives up in the hills so it makes it difficult in the winter. Probably only a couple more lessons before we call it quits. As for eventing - that just isn't Delana's bag. She does not like riding dressage tests. Go figure! Of course she's also not keen on jumping down hill. But there's still time for her to come round though. Now....I took Chequer cross country last summer and it was the first time I have ever evented! What fun it was. I may have to do some more of that

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                          • CGH..my daughter Deanna hates jumping down hill, too, and hates dressage, even though she does quite well at it. What's up with our daughters, eh?! I love going cross country, too, and at almost 50, I'm not as spry as I used to be. Summer before last, we went on a Hunter Pace. My partner for the ride, and I, came in first...and we jumped almost EVERYTHING!!! What great fun. We also did some radical jumper shows....x-country/jumper all in a big field. Much fun had by all.

                            Hey, the man we bought Jet from, is the same fellow that helped you load Grace last fall.
                            Six degrees of Kevin Bacon...
                            "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
                            Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65

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                            • Stacey, I follow these threads pretty closely...don't recognize the names of the horses you mention, as far as COTH members go. Sorry to be of little help.
                              "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
                              Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65

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                              • Hey Up-at-five, what a Karma event! Bob U. got Gracie onto the trailer bound for CGH's farm through some magic or something, but, let me tell you, that gal was probably in trouble if she didn't get on that trailer. Enter Bob! Thank you Bob!

                                So now Up-at-Five's DD is getting a gelding from the very same Bob! A very NICE gelding BTW! He and Deanna are destined for greatness!

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                                • Bob is a super guy to deal with. He's pulling the shoes on Snooze for us, as a favour. He's also hauling Jet back to the track on Saturday, so we don't have to go to his place with the big six horse. Very, very accommodating. As is Dorothy....she is driving up to the Federal Vet for us to get our papers signed!

                                  We're all stoked....but poor Jet will think he has a race to run, heading back to the track and all!
                                  "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
                                  Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65

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                                  • Bob U. certainly worked some magic with Grace! I was so impressed with his quiet demeanor. He slowed everything down and talked to that poor scared filly. And I loved that he recognized that she was very intelligent, not stubborn or obstinate! Our trainer said the very same thing when she met Grace! I can only imagine what wonderful horses Bob has !

                                    up-at-5: congrats to Deanna - can't wait for updates!

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                                    • Originally posted by up-at-5 View Post
                                      CGH..my daughter Deanna hates jumping down hill, too, and hates dressage, even though she does quite well at it. What's up with our daughters, eh?! I love going cross country, too, and at almost 50, I'm not as spry as I used to be. Summer before last, we went on a Hunter Pace. My partner for the ride, and I, came in first...and we jumped almost EVERYTHING!!! What great fun. We also did some radical jumper shows....x-country/jumper all in a big field. Much fun had by all....

                                      Funny isn't it? Delana is such a good rider, and can handle anything - including riding the fresh off the track TBs. But put her on a hill and she turns to mush. She's a Pony Clubber and she's not sure she wants to rate up because of the x-country! Silly girl.

                                      I had all kinds of fun x-country. Wish we lived closer - we'd have a blast together

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                                        I certainly remember Blue Ridge Guy's picture--I hope his owner finds COTH or someone from FLTAP has any idea where he's gone and can post. He was a looker!
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                                        • of dressage and hilly country

                                          CGH wrote "...hates jumping down hill, too, and hates dressage..."

                                          show me an eventer that ***loves*** dressage and I'd be checking to make sure their hard hat is not screwed on too tight!!! Actually, I've learned to live with it -- earlier on in my eventing history I used to wear a baseball cap that read "Death by Dressage"... Eventing dressage is not like DRESSAGE-dressage anyway... (those folks do NOT have a sense of humor, particularly the judges). Have some coffee and dark chocolate before your ride and entering at A is not as painful as it seems...


                                          Originally posted by crazy gray horse View Post
                                          But put her on a hill and she turns to mush. She's a Pony Clubber and she's not sure she wants to rate up because of the x-country! Silly girl.
                                          I had all kinds of fun x-country. Wish we lived closer - we'd have a blast together
                                          Heck, the UnEvEn FoOtInG is half the fun of XC! One of my favorite venues was Will-O-View (Hornell, NY), with one downhill slide - weeeeeeeeeee.

                                          I think it'd be one heck of a ride - three "masters" riders cackling wildly over the jumps
                                          Woo-Hoo!

                                          FF

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