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About de_equestrian

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  • Birthday 01/22/1990

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    riding and training horses
  1. Calling On The Power Of Horsecity!

    voted! hope you get it!
  2. Eight Days In The Desert..rmsj Tv Reality Series

    I wish they would have continued this! I recognize quite a few riders from local shows and one is a local rider in my area. It was a cool way to experience the horse show vibe at home!
  3. Women Only Topic!

    Absolutely HATED it! I was in love at first but had all the typical side effects: loss of interest in sex and i was moody as ****! And i was on it for a long time before these symptoms showed up. Be careful to watch how long everyone says they were on it because it does make a difference. People who love it now may hate it in a few months/years or vice versa.
  4. Simple Photo Edit Help Needed :)

    thanks so much for your edit tenascious! It actually inspired me to learn how to do it myself. It's a little rough but i think im getting the hang of it! I opted to leave the crosstie on the right side of the screen in so the halter doesnt look like its hanging off of his face on that side. so again, thank you so much!
  5. So it's kind of a long story (which is how all good stories start IMO!) and it revolves around a horse formally named Twist. Twist is owned and cared for by a girl at my barn and the two are a match made in heaven. By himself, twist is a little monster; biting people and destroying everything within reach. With his mom, he's willing to stand in his stall with his head in her lap for an hour, content to nibble softly on her coat while she strokes his head. Two and a half years ago however, tragedy struck. The horse twisted his gut and had to have double colic surgery. It was a very long hard road for these two, but they came back in top form. They went on to become provincial reserve champions and won several championships at shows. This past week was a horrible reminder of his darker days, as Twist had one again twisted his gut. This time he got his colon stuck on top of his spleen. He was taken to the vet clinic and ultrasounded, given adrenaline and medicine to shrink his spleen and sent for a lunge. The twist resolved it's self and the poor guy was allowed to come home. Now all week, his owner had insisted he wasn't 100% to the shock of everyone else who dealt with his menacing ways. Just last night, her worst fears were validated when he coliced again. His owner works 7 days a week at 2 different jobs to pay off all the debt this horse has put her in. She would do anything for him, but cannot afford another trip to the emergency clinic. He was treated at the barn and all in all, things mostly resolved themselves. He was a little distended and had a high temperature from an infection from the needle site on his jugular from the vet clinic last week. Everything said and done, the vet thought it was a small impaction combined with his infection. The horse is now resting and feeling better. However, this latest vet bill on top of all others has inspired us to help. Watching the owner sobbing into her trainers arms as she got the colic verdict once again was all I needed to see before I was willing to do anything she needed to help even the slightest bit. Long story short, Our barn has an open house christmas party every year. This year, we are going to set up a story and picture next to a donation bowl to help raise funds to pay for Twist's massive vet bills. It may not be enough, but we're hoping that any amount we get will make a small dent. This girl works way to hard and loves this horse way too much to lose him for financial reasons. Even now with these new bills, there is no sign of her giving up. She will just work harder and attempt to cover it all herself. SO, to the main point of this post for all who didnt want to read my novel I need the photo below editted to place beside the donation bowl. All i want is to removed the cross ties on either side of the horse's head. The halter can stay on. Deadline: the party is next saturday (the 26th of november). Im hoping to get a quality print and frame before then so time is of the essence! Thank to all who read and are willing to help! ps, yes the owner is changing the horses' name now. Final Twist just seems too foreboding!
  6. Best Riding Pants

    I love: Grand Prix Hampton II's, Horka, and Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters. My personal top 3 favourites right now. the Gp's and Horka are around 120$ and the TS is 170$
  7. Can I Get Some Help- Pahleeze?

    de_equestrian 1) around 250? (this was a hard but interesting question to try to answer) 2) B 3) 3500+ (again very, very difficult to answer and probably with a high margin of error) 4) C 5fun/95hardworking (currently. my childhood was definitely the opposite) 5) E or F? Im not quite sure what the qualification is 6) around 3' 7) to compete in the 3's once i have a horse capable. currently- to do baby greens with the young mare i ride 8) at one barn- in lessons, at the others- on my own 9) C - 80lesson/20own 10) 175-200? 11) not really sure, my family always had horses so i was always being plunked down on some horses' back. I rode on my own for years before i started lessons seriously at age 15 12) 21 13) owned- 0, paid lease- 1, free leases/exercising other peoples horses- a lot 14) 01/22 15) Y/ Equine Canada(EC) and British Columbia Hunter Jumper Association (BCHJA) (ETA: my name, because im that sleepy)
  8. Tailbone Cyst =/

    Who ever told you that needs to give their head a shake! Yes, it can be caused by riding. Dirt and sweat can get into a hair follicle and become infected. Think of it like an abcess. A cavity forms around the follicle and fills with pus. It puts pressure on the tailbone and hurts like **** until it bursts. The first time I had one, i had no clue what it was and just put up with it until it burst then the doctor just cleaned it out and gave me antibiotics. No surgery or packing or anything. Having it once does predispose you to it but it's not a big deal. Since then I have only had one and since i knew what they felt like I just began soaking in baths with epsom salts and exfoliating the area and it went away on it's own within two days. Go to school and have fun!
  9. Would You Make A Big Deal Over This?

    I work in a restaurant as well and I do see the point everyone is making about tipping. It isnt the waiters fault per say so I would want to rip him off. However, I dont entirely agree with the "it happens" mentality. I do agree that sometimes mistakes happen and i thank god that a lot of people will let it slide if they get a replacement. But seriously how long was your food up on the hot plate and waiting to give a fly time to fly into it and die? In my restaurant we try very hard to keep bugs out although we all know it is inevitable that some will get in (especially since we are on the river). But i would never expect food to be up long enough to allow bugs to not only land on it but to die in it. Is it just me who thinks thats a little ridiculous? Also part of the waiters job is to check the food before he brings in to the table. Oh well, maybe it's just me! I appreciate that you are a forgiving person though, you sure make my job a lot less stressful!
  10. Lesson Dilemma

    Just realised I some how posted this topic twice! oops! Thank you everyone for your input! I know i am a capable rider and do hack the greenie 5-6 times a week but I agree that i need something to instill confidence in me right now; not depend on me for confidence. As i mention in my post on the other thread, i have found a horse to potentially lease providing we get along over fences. He's a friends 3'6" jumper but she's looking to move up and he maxes out at 3'9" so he's currently for sale. So hopefully all this worrying will soon be obsolete and Ill be leasing a seasoned show horse! But again thank you so much for all the feedback, you made my decision a lot easier as I will still be riding these horses while I scrap together money for a lease.
  11. Lesson Dilemma

    Thanks for the reply. first question: why doesnt trainer train the greenie? If the trainer here is referring to me instructor; she doesn't ride anymore. If trainer is referring to the pro that used to be on her; instructor doesnt want to pay for pro training. Not much I can do about it so I am taking it as an oppourtunity to prove to myself and instructor that I can make this horse into something great. second question: how do I feel on Silk? Quite honestly, I think I would learn a lot on her. She's not the easiest horse in the world to ride but she is intelligent and level headed. Since I've only jumped her once, I can't comment too much on it other than she was a little awkward but quite calm about it. Overall I feel comfortable on her and think it would be a challenge but it is a challenge I've dealt with before. I've spent a good amount of my lesson riding career riding the trouble horses so it really would be nice to ride a schoolmaster! New little quirk in this equation though! I talked to my friend today about leasing her jumper that's for sale and as long as we get along over fences, Im gonna start scraping together the cash for a partial lease and lessons on him. This could be my 3 foot lesson horse finally! He's been doing the 3'6" for the last couple years with his owner but she's moving up and he's maxed out at 3'9". So im excited and nervous and financially flustered right now depending on how this turns out!
  12. Lesson Dilemma

    Okay a little background: I ride at a show/lesson barn under the barns owner/head instructor. For the past month or so I have been riding a cute little hony named Heart. Heart has been great for me as ive just recently come back into lessons after a long break and need the confidence. I've been through a tramatic accident with this instructor so she knows that it is important to build my confidence. With Heart I have been jumping twisty jumper courses around 2'6' to 3' and have been having an absolute blast as she knows the ropes! She is very good at her job and will put up with my mistakes. Unfortunately Heart is being used in pony camp this summer (problem with riding such a perfect horse!) and was too tired for a lesson this week, which brings us to our next horse. This week I had a lesson on Silk. Silk is a coming 5 year old greenie that I hack 5 times a week. My instructor recently decided to take the professional trainer off of Silk to save money so I am the only one that rides her and no one is jumping her. So we had a great lesson and worked on a lot of flat work to improve her balance. At the end of the lesson, instructor set up a small trot in line, cross rail to cross rail. We trotted the first crossrail a couple times, then trotted both jumps in the line and ended up trotting in and cantering out the line. Overall it was very successful! So at the end of the lesson instructor says that I'll be taking lessons on Silk now instead of Heart (but will have the occasional lesson on Heart to jump full courses). Im not sure how I should feel about this. I made a point to tell her that I would like to be jumping 3 foot by next summer as I have been dabbling back and forth in 3 foot for years now because of horse issues. So she tells me that 3' wont be possible on Heart because Im quite tall for her, which i totally understand. But I feel like riding Silk, the greenie, and going back to crossrails is the opposite direction that I want to be going. She thinks that lessons on Silk will be more interesting. I agree in some aspects that I will learn by teaching Silk and that she is more of a challenge. But I also maintain that Heart is good for my confidence at this stage is a good horse to help me learn to relax and be more instinctual when I ride. Furthermore, lessons for me are a huge treat. I take one a week and work really hard to scrape together the money to pay for them. If I am paying to ride my instructors green horse over fences, I almost feel as if I am paying her to train her horse. Maybe it's just me but it feels wrong. So at this phase I am currently looking for a lease so I can ride a horse capable of 3 foot, but it's not going well. Im pretty committed to this barn as I love the way my instructor teaches and I learn well with her. But even with 3 trainers at the barn, I cant find anything available for lease which is suitable. I have two prospects that Im looking into but in this in between phase which horse should I chose? The schoolmaster to build confidence or the greenie to challenge my ability to teach? Input is appreciated and cookies to all that read my rant!
  13. Lesson Dilemma

    Okay a little background: I ride at a show/lesson barn under the barns owner/head instructor. For the past month or so I have been riding a cute little hony named Heart. Heart has been great for me as ive just recently come back into lessons after a long break and need the confidence. I've been through a tramatic accident with this instructor so she knows that it is important to build my confidence. With Heart I have been jumping twisty jumper courses around 2'6' to 3' and have been having an absolute blast as she knows the ropes! She is very good at her job and will put up with my mistakes. Unfortunately Heart is being used in pony camp this summer (problem with riding such a perfect horse!) and was too tired for a lesson this week, which brings us to our next horse. This week I had a lesson on Silk. Silk is a coming 5 year old greenie that I hack 5 times a week. My instructor recently decided to take the professional trainer off of Silk to save money so I am the only one that rides her and no one is jumping her. So we had a great lesson and worked on a lot of flat work to improve her balance. At the end of the lesson, instructor set up a small trot in line, cross rail to cross rail. We trotted the first crossrail a couple times, then trotted both jumps in the line and ended up trotting in and cantering out the line. Overall it was very successful! So at the end of the lesson instructor says that I'll be taking lessons on Silk now instead of Heart (but will have the occasional lesson on Heart to jump full courses). Im not sure how I should feel about this. I made a point to tell her that I would like to be jumping 3 foot by next summer as I have been dabbling back and forth in 3 foot for years now because of horse issues. So she tells me that 3' wont be possible on Heart because Im quite tall for her, which i totally understand. But I feel like riding Silk, the greenie, and going back to crossrails is the opposite direction that I want to be going. She thinks that lessons on Silk will be more interesting. I agree in some aspects that I will learn by teaching Silk and that she is more of a challenge. But I also maintain that Heart is good for my confidence at this stage is a good horse to help me learn to relax and be more instinctual when I ride. Furthermore, lessons for me are a huge treat. I take one a week and work really hard to scrape together the money to pay for them. If I am paying to ride my instructors green horse over fences, I almost feel as if I am paying her to train her horse. Maybe it's just me but it feels wrong. So at this phase of horses (I am currently looking for a lease so I can ride a horse capable of 3 foot) which horse should I chose? The schoolmaster to build confidence or the greenie to challenge my ability to teach? Input is appreciated and cookies to all that read my rant!
  14. Something To Cool You Off

    heat wave? what heat wave! I could use a little of your heat over here in vancouver, if you've had enough :)
  15. This Or That

    Ranch oxers or verticals?