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About webo124

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  • Birthday 11/12/1991

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    Nor Cal
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    horses, dressage, jumping, photography
  1. Intro And Riding Pictures!

    I love this shot. Finally some stretch after all this hard work Mom! A fun one - he totally looks like he's smiling! Thanks for looking!
  2. This Place Is Dead

    Guys, I'm in Cambridge (ENGLAND). It's awesome, I'm in love. Today is my last day here and then we're off to Stockholm. I'm here doing an accelerated month long genetics immersion course. BUT SERIOUSLY Cambridge is amazing. I never ever ever want to leave. It's like Hogwarts. I'm in heaven. Yeah totally not horse related Prepare to be jealous. I found a cow, closest I've gotten to a horse yet. But seriously, is this real life? On a horse related note, I'm a leasing a cool Selle Francais, I did my first ever First level test back in spring and got a 65%! Don't worry, we pop over small poles on occasion too. Learning a lot from him. Buttt still missing my big red goofy love, even though it's been over a year since I had to put him down. It's weird how time passes like that. My beautiful boy and I a few weeks before I put him down. That saying about some horses leaving footprints on our hearts is so true.
  3. Hello!

    Good to see you around! I'm sorry to hear you're going through some rough times again, but you're a strong wonderful woman and I know you'll pull through. Glad to hear you still have Shorty and the rest of the gang. Grace has come so far, I'm amazed! I seem to remember she had a difficult time with steering and basic transitions, fabulous work with her. Anyway, we're all here for you anytime, keep us updated when you can.
  4. Guns

    Yes, I absolutely love it and really like Michael Moore. Definitely think it should be a must watch.
  5. Guns

    Therefore, either gun control laws do work or there is just something wrong with us Americans.... (kidding, I don't think it's entirely that black and white, more a combination of the two)
  6. Guns

    Alright, but let's take for example the Germany vs. USA number. The population of the US is approximately 3.8 times larger than the population of Germany. (USA=313,979,000, Germany=81,859,000). Yet the number of gun murders is nearly 50 times larger! (9484/194=48.89) Sorry, but those numbers can't simply be explained by a larger population. For Canada: US POP (313,979,000)/ Canada POP (34,866,700) = 9.005 US Gun Deaths (9484)/Canada Gun Deaths (200) = 47.42 We have a population nine times greater than Canada but 47.42 times more gun deaths. Sorry but a larger population does not account for the number of gun deaths we have.
  7. Guns

    First off, this is very untrue. I'd say in my area you'd be hard pressed to find a liberal against gun control. And so my question is, if it's not the gun control laws then what is it? WHY do we have so many deaths by gun? If gun control laws don't make a difference, then why do other countries have such lower numbers?
  8. Bit Suggestions?

    My gelding had a lot of bit issues, he was a big worrier and would express a lot of this orally with the bit, yet was super relaxed and quite responsive in a rope halter. So I would actually ride him a rope halter and then the bridle over that. I would start off mainly using the rope halter for my aids and he would eventually quiet down in his mouth and focus on my aids from the rope halter while forgetting about the bit. Then I would take up some more contact in the actual reins, and get him to quietly accept the bit. It worked fairly well for him in particular, whenever he would get too worried about the bit I could go back to riding off the rope halter but he would still have to accept the feel of the bit in his mouth. You might not even want to attach the reins to the bit, just have it in his mouth and let him get used to it while still riding off the halter/hack. And I agree with your decision not to simply smack a crank noseband on him, that will just mask the problem without actually helping him accept it. Suppling exercises from the ground, asking him to flex to the side with an opening rein will be beneficial.
  9. Teff Hay

    It's definitely gaining a lot of popularity in California, especially up North. I fed it to my Cushingoid gelding for a year with no issues. It's generally supposed to be a low starch, low NSC forage, and a quite a few other horses with metabolic issues were fed it at my barn. Same as any grass hay, sugar levels will vary, but overall it's definitely a safer pick. The only way to really be sure would be to get a batch tested. All the horses I've seen on it seemed to do fine though, no weight maintenance issues or issues eating it.
  10. Colic Surgery Poll - Would You Or Wouldn't You?

    I knew I wouldn't have with my gelding. I loved him to death, but both financially and in terms of the stress and pain he would to have gone through it wouldn't have been worth it. In the end I lost him to cancer, but was given the option of an extensive radiation course three times a week for 4-6 weeks. Not only would it have been extremely expensive, the thought of trailering my 22 year "worrier" to a clinic to put him through full anesthesia and radiation nearly every other day with a poor prognosis was really not an option. So I let him live his last few weeks in peace (and spoiled him rotten) until he'd lost too much weight and told me he was ready to go. While he slowly deteriorated the last month or so of his life, he continued to whinny at me everyday, had bright eyes and would nearly drag me to grass patches on our handwalks, so I believe I prevented his worse suffering, and while it was hard to choose the day to say goodbye to my best friend, I have never once regretted my decision. I think I would look at colic surgery the same way, I'd rather let them go sooner but have them suffer less, as hard as it may be to say goodbye.
  11. This Place Is Dead

    This whole BB is dead, it's depressing. I check back a few times a month and there's literally no activity. It's been almost a year since I lost my big goofy wonderful red horse, and I tell you, it's still really hard some days. He was such a form of stress release, relaxation, and happiness for me, and I still miss him like crazy. There's something about 7 years together, through middle school and high school, through my first year of college, I don't think that special bond will ever be recreated. (Gosh totally sounds like I'm talking about an ex...) On the bright side, I am leasing a super fun WB gelding. We've been focusing on dressage and I showed my first First Level test ever last weekend and we got a 65% which I was stoked about! He's a fun but challenging ride and has taught me a ton already. Having fun with the whole dressage queen thing. School is blah, the rest of everything is pretty blah, but I suppose that's life, ups and downs. Glad you have some fun projects to work with for the summer!
  12. Bring On 2012...cap Chat!

    My 2011 was pretty much consumed by my gelding being officially diagnosed with cancer in March and put down in June. While there were lots of other ups and downs, that overshadowed everything for me. It's been 7 months now and I'd really like to get back into riding again if I can. It's been very up and down for me and I haven't been enjoying it much, so I'm hoping that can change. I'd like to start running a bit, do well in classes, meet some new people.
  13. Shipping Boot... Boots?

    Anyone else seen these? Can't find where they're sold but oh my goodness
  14. Cheese With My Whine? Cap Chat!

    For everyone who needs one and for all the injured/lame ponies. KTS - Not a day goes by where I don't wonder if my horse would still be alive today if I'd opted for an intense course of radiation to treat his cancer. And while I wonder this and often feel guilty for not trying everything possible, I don't regret my decision. I knew that for him, being trailered to the vet hospital three days a week for full anesthesia and radiation for 2-3 months would have destroyed him. Perhaps if he was still alive today I would feel differently, but for his well being, given his dislike to trailering and overreaction to everything, even then I'm not sure the pros would have outweighed the cons. This isn't even taking into account the poor prognosis we were given, expense, or the fact that he was 22 with numerous other health issues. Had it been another horse who would have handled that sort of treatment/situation fine, I would have been more likely to have gone down that road. At the end of the day he's your horse, and certainly no one knows Riley better than you do. I know you probably know all of this already, but having been in a similar situation, I suppose I'm grateful to be able to look back and feel fairly confident that I made the "right" decision, even if it meant losing my best friend. I'm sure you'll make the right decision for him, whichever path it might take you down. And lots of hugs and good thoughts for you. On a slightly happier note, I have a lesson tomorrow with an eventing trainer! I've been riding sporadically over the past few months, but haven't been enjoying it like I should be. After doing some research I found a trainer in this area who I seem to like and who also does some work with OTTBs and has a few available for lease. It's been a while since I've done any serious riding, let alone jumping, so I'm quite excited to see how my lesson goes. I'm hoping this will help me get back into the swing of riding and the horse world, which has proved fairly difficult to do.