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  1. I'm Stressed Out And The Semester Hasn't Even Started...

    Even if you don't have a learning disorder, you can always request extra help. Every college has a tutoring center and they can teach you how to study and how to time manage and how to prepare for tests and such. There are very logical steps here. Ask the registrar what your options are for summer classes and whether you can transfer in credits from anywhere. Find out if there is grade forgiveness. Seek out the tutoring session, get evaluated, and set up sessions to work on your study skills which may be lacking. Find out a routine. For me, I actually cannot work in silence or in the library. I need stimulation. I work in the coffee shop, but I will tell friends when I am working. If they sit down with me and I'm not working, I will socialize. But if I am working, I warn them and ask them to be quiet. I listen to music. I work in smaller spurts: no more than 2hrs straight before a break, and the break isn't closing my computer and sitting still, I try to get up, take a walk, go to the gym, go to class (anything that breaks up the study session works), go to dinner, whatever. One of my professors said it this way, "You work on something until you can't work on something anymore. And then you STOP. Because working on something when you can't just fries your brain and you shut down and then you're in la la land wondering if you're ever going to pass and really it isn't a big deal. Pick up something else. Do something else until you can't do that anymore. And then STOP. and go back to the first thing. Or something else. Keep working, but if you plan ahead and are organized, you'll have the time to put down an assignment and come back to it."
  2. Leasing

    Anyone else find it suspicious/weird that someone wants to lease a green coming 4yr, take it to a different farm, under a different trainer, and this is a horse listed under $1,000? If he were my pony, I would say no. If he's not breaking the bank, if he doesn't need to go RIGHT NOW, then this situation is just too uncomfortable for me, honestly. It's not normal. When I looked at a horse to lease years and years ago, he was a proven, experienced, broke to the brim eq horse who was sound and reliable, but still in the prime of his life, a horse we could not afford to buy outright and a horse I probably wouldn't ride for a long period of time. We were looking at him for a six to eight month lease, and it was going to be 450/month plus his board (at his barn, under his trainer, 800/month) plus his supplements, a required lesson once a week, and any extraneous bills. Leasing is either because you cannot afford a horse outright or you're offered a really great situation (like Ilovedobby has a good leasing deal) or it is a horse who is out of your price range normally but affordable and a good schoolmaster in a leasing situation. Not to say there aren't situations outside that norm, but this one gives me the shivers. Ponies aren't that expensive: if she can't pay the upfront cost of 1,000 purchase price plus board plus shoeing plus lessons, then how would she pay for board/shoeing/vet/lessons + a lease fee? It's basically the same equivalent... I don't know. Your choice. Just giving my two cents.
  3. Leasing

    She pays board, farrier, routine vet care (you still cover emergency or major medical), plus some amount (in my area, a half lease is roughly 250/month with three to four days of riding, a full lease is roughly 350/month) and then you have to see if your insurance covers her if you have insurance, and whether you want to require that she take a lesson from your trainer once a week, etc. You should dictate the terms, not her. If she is using your tack, then she should be expected to maintain it properly too. And you should have a schedule for her so she knows when the farrier should come out, when the vet should do shots, when he needs to be wormed, etc etc.
  4. Dr. Cook Bitless

    I soak my bit in hot water before I bridle up in the winter, and scrub it with a toothbrush and toothpaste once a week so it tastes good (the rubber holds the taste really well and I have an old happy mouth so not sure it still "tastes like apple" or anything). Makes bridling a finicky horse much easier haha. I trail ride in the same bit, but add a running martingale but CK's not a predictable horse out in the open so a bit different than Jag good luck!
  5. Dr. Cook Bitless

    A sidepull isn't the same thing, but still won't fix your problem I think you'll remember that when I got CK, he walked and trotted, but not on contact and not in straight lines, he didn't go over poles, he didn't canter much at all, basically had no right lead, etc etc etc. I went through a bit transition with him: 1. Started with a KK Ultra Light Loose Ring French Link 2. When he got to the level that your horse is at (accepting contact but long and low, falling BTV, and having trouble coming back up into a working frame), I schooled him briefly in a Dr. Bristol to get him to stop leaning and then; 3. Put him in a full cheek snaffle. He went OK in this but we moved "up" in this a lot, in terms of learning new skills, regularly going in a working frame, establishing finesse and finite movements, lateral movement. 4. But he never seemed quite happy in this, he was more prone to temper tantrums in this (though I can now attribute some of that to pain, I think, that was undiagnosed), and I thought the single break was too much for his mouth. But a friend convinced me to try a Happy Mouth Full Cheek The Happy Mouth Full Cheek is where we're at (though he's out of work/trail horse right now). He carried the bit so much better, stopped head flipping, stopped playing with the bit so much in the nervous anxious way, and I lost none of the fine tuning that the Full Cheek gave me. CK has a low palette, he's an anxious horse, he's very sensitive, and went through the same learning progression that your horse seems to be on though I did not canter for the first 8 months that I had him. That's what worked for us :) I have ridden him in a hackamore but I thought it actually made his anxiety worse and his resistance to contact more. What helped us at the beginning was actually taking off the noseband. I rode him sans cavesson for several months. Any time that CK felt trapped, he wanted to curl up up up and then usually explode. I let him chomp and move his mouth around a lot because it made him less anxious, gave him something to do, and I figured it was part of the learning process with him carrying contact and accepting the bit and my hand and leg and seat. Also, I had to watch myself a LOT. CK also subscribes to the "Less is More" philosophy but it took me a LONG time to realize that *I* could be doing less or more on his back and that that was the biggest change. If I was constantly bumping him with my leg, or nagging him with a spur, or cocking one wrist more than the other, then he would react every single time. He wasn't like my QH mare who would ignore me if I was too busy in the saddle. I had to work extra hard on CK to sit still and quiet and be so so so consistent. I took videos of myself every week in order to double check and be sure that I was staying true to that.
  6. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    Oh right and her handfeeding him grass instead of grazing him "because he likes it better that way".
  7. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    Thanks, guys :) And Shantel, yes, he took to being a semi-retired trail horse MUCH better than I expected. I thought decreased work would make him more difficult but he actually seemed ready for lesser work and he really likes the relaxed, laid-back nature of this barn. He's certainly fuzzy. You can lose a hand in his winter coat.
  8. I'm Ready To Go Back To School Cap Chat

    I cannot wait to get back. My last semester! Writing my thesis, grad applications (*wince* GRE scores were SO painful that I don't think I"ll get into my top choices), and only two regular classes so it should be a light semester in some senses and a tough semester in others. I just am not looking forward to being cold all the time!
  9. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    He's 17 this year :) He finally LOOKS seventeen (like I am no longer getting asked why I am riding a young horse so much as I was at my other barn ) but he certainly doesn't act like it yet haha. This field keeps him calm though, he doesn't tear around like crazy like he did with Irish, which is good because I was tired of doctoring the cuts he earned when he'd slide into the corner of the run-in shed.
  10. Just Some Random Pictures From Xmas On

    Our horses go out in orange vests over their blankets. It's ridiculous but necessary. I don't think Todd looks thin. I hope you don't get ringworm from the filly, that stuff is nassssty and super contagious and disgusting. It actually CAN do damage to unevenly wrap as you did, and it doesn't take that much extra effort if you're already wrapping to do the other two legs.
  11. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    Hehe, I have some issues with Jimmy Carter's philosophies... I'm applying for a State Dept job, and some non-profits, putting my resume in for a White House internship, and then internships with my senators. I'm basically throwing my eggs in every basket I can find haha
  12. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    Yeah, this place is great. He has a huge field, like 40 acres, that he roams around in with just 10 other horses. He comes in every night, gets fed, they give him extra time to finish his grain and his hay, dress him as necessary, and they love on him for me since I'm not there. They really like him haha. I am hoping to move to DC and do grad school or an internship. Mostly, I hope to get into grad school. Depending on finances, I hope to move him down with me. But it's not a far drive/train ride if I have to keep him there. It's very very cheap full board so I'd be reluctant to give up my spot there unless I found somewhere where he'd be just as happy. I'm going to grad school for Security Studies/Peace & Conflict Resolution. I applied for a couple of gov't internships and might be spending the summer abroad but still have to see about that.
  13. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    Waiting for me at the gate today after I called him MOM? (I've been out of the country for 10 days so today was the first day I saw him :)) Gained weight back like a good boy. Very fluffy. Yes, he has a rope halter on top of his regular halter. My leadrope seems to have taken a walk over Christmas vacation. Why are you taking photos of me? You should brush me and give me those treats I see in the grooming box. Fuzzy old man head Kisses! Following me around the field. He had little interest in returning to his herd. okay, that's it! :) I have one more week at home and then I go back to school for final semester. So only one more semester without him. *sigh* but I am glad he's in a slightly warmer climate, no frozen fields or mountains of snow, and my barn owner and farrier and fellow boarders are SO awesome here. They take really good care of him!
  14. A Long Overdue Ck Update--with Pictures!

    At the new/current barn. Semi-retired, and you can see the lack of muscling. He almost looks his age. But he's happy! He's SO quiet and easy going that it is ridiculous. It's a bank barn and above the horses they store boats and kayaks and rafts for this river company. So they drive these racks of boats and such in and out and he doesn't even blink an eye. Stands tied to the wall quietly, etc etc. Falling asleep against me. We take naps together now In October after 6 weeks off He has the prettiest eye. Seriously.
  15. Hey, everyone. It's been a loooooong time since I posted recent CK photos. Sorry for the novel--tl;dr just skip to the photos haha We've had a rough year. Last fall semester, I studied abroad and my friend who hoped to keep him fit and happy got mono. She tried to ride him through it but after taking a fall, she decided to stick to her own much more reliable horse ;) When I got back in the spring semester, I had just gotten him started again when he started a weird hopping habit under saddle. It took us awhile to pin down the problem, but after it didn't improve with time off, a change in shoeing, more turnout, and bute, I radiographed. The x-rays showed significant coffin bone inflammation/pedal osteitis which the vet suspected was from years of pawing, and it was exacerbated by a very poor shoeing job by my farrier up at school. I pulled his shoes and he had a rough transition back to being a barefoot horse plus a bizarre and difficult boarding situation. It was a long summer between my health issues and his health issues but I moved him to this fantastic barn. The vet was not sure if he would recover completely back up to schooling at the level he was so I looked for a barn with a ton of turnout but a stall for him to come into, somewhere very relaxed, and somewhere with a good people atmosphere. He LOVES it there. He stands quietly tied, completely stopped pawing, gained weight, moved up in the herd hierarchy, and slowly came sound. I have the most amazing farrier (by chance, he was the apprentice of the farrier who saved Beenie, my QH event mare's feet!) who puts up with a lot with CK. Not to mention, CK got a career change--at least until next year when I am closer to him (he's staying home this year because he needed as much turnout at possible and least frozen ground). I thought he was going to be hellish as a trail horse but my barn backs up to 5,000 acres of park land. And the vet said he needed to keep moving for the healing process. So I started by handwalking him. I handwalked him down the trail, and the next day I would ride the same section. Then I would handwalk him the next day even farther. And then ride even farther. And by doing that, we conquered an extensive part of the trail systems (and I got really fit!). Not to mention, CK now crosses any creek, climbs over rocks and logs, walks on a loose rein, goes up and down steep hills, meets bikers, loose dogs, joggers, families, kids, strollers, etc and he's totally calm. I can mount him from the side of the trail too! He is still working on halting and just hanging out on the trail, he gets anxious and moves about, so we don't stand too long. But there's no leaping, hopping, bucking, head tossing etc. I figured out that a huge part of his issue on the trail was the bugs. I got one of those riding fly masks with the long nose panel and 99% of the head shaking was eliminated and he was much more eager to go out on the trail. Anyways, pictures! This is last January when I saw him for the first time in 5 months: Did you know snowballs were scary? Snow is scarier in a hand than on the ground! One of my favorite pictures. One of my best friends on her thoroughbred, Irish, and me on Calvin. We were asking them to move over at the same time and they both have the tendency to be dramatic. We call it their breakdancing photo, or "to the left to the left" Yes, I look like I am 11. It's a common problem seeing as I am a decade older than that. But it's a cute photo. I look like poo but he looks so cute