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Dressage Chit Chat Thread #24

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KTS, I bet Riley is just fine. I'm sure you have him on some pretty powerful antibiotics and it wasn't worn down to the toe for very long before you cleaned it up real good and put the boot back on.

Hey, what say you all we start a new chit chat thread? This one is up to 18 pages and 539 posts? [bat Eyelashes]

New thread sounds good? clearly I didn't do that for this post though :winking:

KTS - How's the foot? I have a feeling that Boocoo's right, and he'll be just fine. I totally know that sick to your stomach, kicking yourself feeling though. I think we all do stuff from time to time that leaves us like that. You didn't know though, so hopefully you're feeling better now [Huggy]

Sylves - Sunrise rides are the best!!! Glad the lesson went well.

Beckham03 - Funny about the phone. Glad you had a fun ride out!

So the new saddle came! It's in even better condition than I expected! Seriously, aside from a little discoloration in the back (which the lady told me about) it looks and feels awesome. I rode in it last night and it felt great and to me seems to fit Echo well. Here's another reason to look forward to my lesson on Sunday. We'll see what my instructor says about the saddle fit!

Boocoo - I think you're right; maybe it's just a herd issue when she thinks horses from home are leaving her. I hope so!

Boocoo, you and my husband are on the same page about any kind of unknown realm. He said that Amber was really good at taking what I wrote and making something up. He's probably right. He was okay with it, as long as we didn't have to dish out any money or personal information.

Sounds like you're ready for your first show of the season (is it the first for '09?)! I'm looking forward to reading the results! Will you get pictures/video?

KTS, I'd hate to think that the little mishap caused an infection. The antibiotics are precautionary. Besides, you're so much on top of this! I hope Riley keeps getting better. He sounds like a fighter!

Gotta go to recess duty! It's so nice outside! What a job!

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KTS, EEEk, 5 chips! He really knows how to come out with some doozies doesn't he? I'm sure he will be fine though, stuff like that happens with animals all the time.

KTM, Mmmmmmmmmm *drools* Rex is gawgus!! I can't wait until you get him home! We need new pics!

Boocoo, yay for light bulb moments!

c.s.a, that's a lovely gift idea, I'm sure he will love it!

Sylves, it's alright, we know you're a fruitloop. LOL

e.s Yay for the new saddle!! I hope it fits!

I was naughty and bought a new saddle off ebay. A beautiful old, turnout style stubben parzival at a bargain price, so I'm praying it's going to fit too. Not sure if it's going to be too narrow, but if it doesn't fit I'm confident I can re-sell it if I want. It's so pretttyyyy LOL.

Hope everyone has a good day/night/whatever time it is there!

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Yeah, Sylves, your husband and I are thinking the same on that one!!! :winking: You know what's funny about that? I was at lunch today with a friend and she was telling me her new OTTB has been setting back so bad that she finally talked to an animal communicator and the ac told her this and that and what have you and I looked at her and told her, that's not animal communicating my friend, that's common sense and I would have told you the same thing, especially having been through some of that with my horse when I first got him. Aren't you on spring break this week? Yes, first show of the season. My husband will take lots of pictures if he ever gets home from his camping trip with our son!!!

Echo, glad the saddle came in. Glad it felt good. Did Anna ever get Ki back from the Jr rider in Alabama? I used to ride him and she had an awesome custom Schleese for him. Such a comfy saddle and I loved that horse.

Lightning, hope the saddle works out for you. When will you have it?

Got a bit of shopping done today after me Dr. appt. He said I am going to live till I die! :tongue9: Beau got the day off today. He is happily out munching a bit of grass, (there isn't much) in his pasture.

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Hello my name is Lauren and I'm a bad chit chatter....

just a quick check in to say hello. Did read everyone's news and whatnot but not enough time to respond.

Scotch has been going quite well. Minor setback last night but tonight he was a ton better. Going down to MD for my lesson w/ Scott H. So hopefully we'll be on and have a great lesson!! Maybe pictures will come too! Have a good day all!

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Yeh, a new chit chat thread!

Lightening, ew, sounds like a nice saddle! I hope it works for you!

Eventer, you are so fortunate to work with Scott! Chad once had a clinic with Scott's wife (what's her name?). She only came out here (Sioux City) once. Hey, maybe ask her if she remembers Chad Miller and his OTTB Buck from Sioux City! If she remembers, well then that just proves that this IS a small world, lol! Have fun at your lesson! I'm looking forward to more ponay pictures!

Boocoo, what kind of bit are you looking for? Speaking of bits, I *think* I've found what works for Jag. I tried the hackmore attatchment (not quite like the Dr. Cook bridle), and he HATED it; I mean, he got so fet up that he did a baby rear. "Okay," I thought, "this ISN'T going to work!" I put his other bridle on with the mullen mouth, and he was fine again. Man, when Jag disagrees with something, he is very "vocal" about it! There's no guessing when he dislikes! If I decide to continue playing around with bits, I'll try the french link snaffle next. I'll have to check the rule book to see what kind of metals are allowed and not allowed. If my memory serves me right, copper on bits are illegal for dressage. What about the new metal that is like copper, but looks like gold? (starts with an "a;" what is the name?)?

ES, so glad that saddle works for ya! Do you have any pictures?

KTS, How is Riley doing? Is he still infection-free? You know, you were writing about how you were so upset about the wrap coming loose, and the hole getting dirty... You were so mad at yourself; well, I just thought of you when Chad told me of something that happened in our area. Yesterday a mother was driving with her 3 year old child in the back. The child got out of her car seat, and the mother was trying to get her child back into the seat while STILL driving. She ended up flipping the vehicle. The child did not make it. I thought about you for a second- we all make mistakes; just be thankful that your mistake wasn't as horrible as the mother's mistake. I would be mortified to be that mother...

Okay, that was a bad story... Chad just told me as I was walking out the door to go to work. ....

Sorry, gotta go do recess duty!

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KTS-How is Riley?

LTS-Ebay is a dangerous place.I had to stop looking at stuff. I kept buying to many little thins.

3day-Have fun at the lesson.

Sylves-I think you are referring to augarian metal bits? If I remember correctly the rules state the bit has to be made of one metal.

Nothing new. I went ahead and purchased a pic for hubby. I am still looking at the Passier. The lasy couldn't get pics downloaded so I have to just go look at it.I have spent way to much money lately.LOL. Just got a bonus at work. It was just $400. Just enough to cover the pic and saddle.So yay.

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CSA, yep, I do believe that is the metal I was thinking about. Any opinons on it? Looks like you enjoyed your bonus pay! Our bonus pay will be a refund from the IRS and IA Treasury! Wish I could get my taxes right so that we could break even...

Boocoo, I forgot to mention that we will not have a Spring Break. We only get Good Friday and Easter Monday off. The Thursday before GF and the Tuesday after EM were also scheduled to be off, but we're now using those days to make up for snow days... Oh, I miss Spring Breaks, but I will say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting out for Summer Break at the end of May!

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Well, he's still walking sound on it, and no swelling or anything, and he's definitely "perky" (the neighbors rode by while he was in cross ties and I was cleaning his stall, and they are all "What's wrong with him? Why is he terrified?" LOL, he was just pawing and darncing around because I was ignoring him). So no signs of infection. Vet and farrier will be coming in an hour to change the wrap and put a shoe and plate on, so I'll get to see it then.

So cross fingers!

That's a sad story Sylves. :( I beat myself up for the silly things, like forgetting something important or not checking something carefully, but I find I'm pretty laissez faire over the big things. I hope. But still, that would be devasting.

Well, trainer is back! Had my first lesson on Mr. F since the end of December. I was nervous to see how we've progress (or hopefully not backtracked!). I think we definitely moved ahead (our leads are solid now, and not the 25% I was getting on the right when she left). I think she was pleased, the lesson was very good, and I'm thinking I might take him to the big big shows in Pinehurst and the CDI in Raleigh in a few months. He's competitive enough, and they'll be more people to see him. I just want him at a point where I'm sure he'll be able to pull off a solid 70% at training level on a average day, and no lower than a 60% on a bad day. :) I think he's now there.

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KTS, are you getting Frasier ready for the dressage market? So glad Riley is doing okay so far! It sounds like you're ultra responsible and detail oriented. Nothing wrong with that!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Sylves the augarian bit I had was Cheese's jumping bit. She seemed to like it better than the plain metal. The only reason I switched bits was to go to a french kink.It depends on the horse. If Jag likes copper I would try it. Cheese always seemed to prefer copper or sweet iron mouths to plain.

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Slyves- I just like giving them a well rounded education, so I do dressage basics, teach them jumping, and school them some cross country. One little guy I had a few years ago, I did a whole bunch of dressage shows and started him over fences and XC, and he was sold to a hunter (something I have very little experience in, and never shown), and won a whole bunch of regional stuff recently with a BNT. So I can never tell what they might end up doing. But Frasier is by far the most talented youngster I've had for dressage (Rascal- the hunter- was probably the best jumper) so if he is competitive enough for the big shows, I want to show him off to that market.

Vet checked Riley's foot and it's A-ok! Now with a shoe and plate, so no more wrapping, just screwing! I'll try and get pics tomorrow.

And I'm helping a friend and her pony that I sometimes school on Sunday, I'll try and get pics, because I have no idea what she looks likes when I ride her. So look forward to 6 foot me riding my friends 14.3 saddledbred/paint/grade pony mare rescued off the meat wagon and is now a Training level eventer!

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I just had the most ridiculous day at work. I've been working in a rather negative and tense environment for the past couple of weeks and it all kinda of exploded today at work...for my entire 9 hours shift!!!

I had the most angry, downright rude customers today, customers who blatantly were picking on 16 year and 17 year old kids. As the primary barista/register employee (like always) I took the brunt of the blows from people who, when they noticed that my manager left, amped up their game. I literally, at one point, stood there gaping at them, letting the "mask" that all cafe workers wear slid because I just couldn't believe it. I mean, I have aggressive customers, really snooty ones who just love to have people serving on them hand and foot, but these people were just down-right unrelentingly nasty....a full day of them too! From 6:30 in the morning on. It was super busy, the first busy day since the economic crash.

Oh, and my manager was on everyone's case today, which is weird because she is so fair and understanding usually. We almost all look to her as a balancing, steady force. On top of that, there is a lot of issues going on with employees, threatening letters from the boss in our paychecks, and a lot of whispered secrets and stuff like that. The whole atmosphere is just yucky......

Anyways, *whew* it felt good to rant. I normally don't let it get to me. I work in a ritzy area so I get it; I'm the smiling server and your the one that pays for my paycheck, but HOLY COW.

Okay. Done.

The good news is that I had a really interesting dressage lesson yesterday. The Pony was ZESTY. He was acting like a 4 year old stallion around mares in heat!!! We really used it to our advantage. We worked on our counterbend, and my position, and lightening up his front end, transitions and softness, so I have a bunch of homework. It isn't a lot of exercises or things to work on, its just going to be lots of repetition in order to really teach the lesson to both The Pony and me. The trainer got on him a little bit to show me something (I'm a visual learner so it helped a lot!) so I got to see him go a bit! He is really coming along! He has a very distinct Arabian trot, even more so when you put him together and lightened him up, but it was eye-catching and nice. I've worked with his canter a lot over the past month and its improved by leaping and bounds!

Its just very exciting. He has all of this incredible talent and personality, and I'm just blessed with him. We are an odd pairing, him being a 18/19 year old Arabian gelding and all, and I would have never foreseen how far dressage would take us last year, when we began. I'm happiest in the dressage saddle, I have the best rides in the dressage saddle, and it just feels more natural. I still love and dream of rocking cross-country so eventing it is, but I think, one day when I grow up to own my own horse, I'll search for a Novice packer with loads and loads of untapped dressage potential. I love the teaching process and I just lovelovelove the feeling of when something clicks. Its...beautiful.

End second rant!

Oh, and The Boy I liked at work all last year but left in the summer for the military called work today. Got his first Purple Heart. My heart freakin' seized at that. He talked to me on the phone and I nearly wanted to go fly over, pick him up from his "undisclosed location" (Rangers...), and hide him somewhere safe. He was proud though. Its weird.....the boy I liked last summer wasn't on the phone. It was a confident, easy-going man. He told me not to worry, only about 30 Rangers have died since 19-something and I just told him he better not be number 31.

P.S.--It was an explosion. Burns and sharpnel...

Sorry. That was an novel. I think I need to go out and hug The Pony. I'm not sure if I should ride because I'm an emotional basketcase right now, but I think I need horsey hug.

BTW, medical issues are still being worked on *sigh* I might have to go on The Pill for medical reasons. I'm meeting with a specialist soon. I just hope this doesn't affect future fertility. This is partially when my emotions are all over the place...my hormones are completely out of wack.

Thanks for listening, guys. I'll come back and read everyone's once I find a tissue.

Edited for grammar.

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Alright, I'm joining in on this chat if that's a-ok with everyone ha ha. My name's Victoria and I lease an 8-year old QH named Thumper. This is the second year I've leased him and things are going good. I have a show next weekend that I am looking forward to attending ha ha.

Hmmm...I usually lurk but haven't been on horsecity in a while.

This past week has been pretty awesome as far as horsy things go. On Monday I went out and did some trot and canter sets with Thumper and then Tuesday went on a five hour (!!!!!) trail ride, Thursday I had an awesome cross-country schooling and then today I had a nice lesson in preparation for the show next weekend.

I'm gonna have to agree with ilovedobby on this, when things 'click', it's a beautiful thing. However, my moment deals more with jumping ha ha. Last year, I could barely safely canter around a course of cross-rails and today in my lesson I was just cantering around a 2'6" course with a roughly 3' oxer in one line. It was just too cool realizing that I could keep focused even when things didn't go exactly right and that today's lesson is becoming more and more of a normal occurrence rather than an extra-ordinary moment. I hope that makes sense.

I have some pictures that I'm trying to upload but the computer is mad at me so I'll have to do that later ha ha.

Well, now that I've made a decent introduction of myself...I have nothing left to say ha ha.

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Doby-Do you work at Starbucks? It sounds like a typical day in the 5 years I worked there. I LOVE being yelled at over a cup of coffee:-)

Welcome Victoria! Post some pics...

I am tired; will be a better chatter later:-) Hahahaha!

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Well Im exhausted and so ready for bed but I will do a short recap and of course post some pics.

I went up to the Baltimore/PA area to meet another member on UDBB and "Rex", who is a coming 2 (in June) Oldenburg gelding by Routinier. I got to go check out a lot of local resturants and LOTS of tack stores and most importantly, meet Rex, fall in love, and can now proudly call myself the owner of a gangly 2 year old!

The trip up was uneventful except that I apparently got "Air Sick" as my mother called it. As soon as the plane doors closed and they pressurized the cabin, I started getting really light headed and dizzy and extremely sick to my stomach and had an awful headache. I had about a 2 hr layover in Atlanta and just when I started feeling better, I was on the plane to Baltimore. I felt pretty crappy when I got there but we went to this WONDERFUL local rib place that is filled with racing stuff and I felt better. But I was 100% when I woke up the next morning.

Then we finally got to go meet Rex. How can you not love this giant head?!

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He is SO sweet and just follows you around like a puppy dog and just wants to lay his head into your chest and be loved on. This was a very common site... him saying please give me kisses!

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He has the softest nose and I guess my tickling it made him smile... CHEESE!

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Of course I fell in love right then and there.

Hes going to be a BIG boy but I love that. I am 5'7 and womanly (haha) so it will be a nice fit. Hes not even 2 yet and you can see how tall he is!

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Smooches for the pony

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Then it was time to get him over to Lisa's (idle moon) friends farm that has an indoor so we could do the vetting. Apparently all that loving and scratching made a tired pony...

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So tired in fact that he didnt even more when we put his new halter on. Of course, I had to get a photo op!

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We walked him to the friends farm, which is about 4/10th a mile away (but it seems a LOT longer when its up steep hills and is like 40 degrees!) along the road. I know a lot of people are thinking holy crap walking a baby along a busy road. Well it wasnt busy. Its in the country and he is very used to traffic and everything was extremely safe. So anways, he didnt bat an eye except he stopped to look at the drain in the ground and a plastic bag in a bush.

He did get a tad excited when we got to the farm as all the other horses came running to see him but other than snorting and prancing around like an A-rab, that was about it. He settled into a stall and got double teamed by the both of us grooming him.

I got to meet the rest of the ponys at the barn, including Corimino, who is another stally of Amy Stikas (who owns Rudy). He is SO sweet and WAYYY bigger in real life.

Anyways, we did the vetting and though there was one thing found, after speaking to my sports med vet and my other regular vet, we have all decided that it isnt a huge deal and totally workable and right now its not even an issue. So obviously I bought him.

Then we went to Dover Saddlery and on Saturday we went to Ricks Heritage (drool).

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It was so hard not to buy more things in there!!! Luckily I only brought a small bag that I carried on the plane so I was limited to what I could buy.

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I did find a cute hat that hopefully in time, I will be wearing it while riding Rex. What do you think?

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On the way to the airport, we went down 95 and I went under the Chessepeak (sp) bay in a TUNNEL. Very creepy but it wasnt as creepy as I would have hoped as there were tall walls at the entrance of the tunnel so you couldnt see the water.

The entrance

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In the middle.. def gave me a race car game vibe, no?

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And the preverbial light at the end of the tunnel

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Of course, I get to Baltimore airport, get on the plane, sit there for like 35 mins only to get back off the plane due to a hydrolic leak. Plane ends up canceled but there is another flight to Atlanta at 6:10 but people going to San Fran, Vegas, and Jax would be SOL because there were no other connections and Airtran only has certain "agreements" with other airlines to transfer the seats.

So I ended up having to get moved to a direct flight to Orlando but it was 3 hours away. So of course I got upgraded to business, am getting reimbursed for the gas hubby had to spend to come get me, got a food voucher so I could eat while waiting, and I took lots of advantage of the complimentary alcohol in business class. I got home around 12:30am. Whew!

Rex is getting loaded up Monday evening around 7pm and should be at my house around 7pm on Tuesday. Hubby spent all weekend here alone finishing my old hay stall so it can be Rex's new home and finishing up the new hay stall, which is old wash rack. Gotta love that!

Here are a few stills from the video of him "free lunging" in the vet check. You can kind of forget that he is like 6" butt high right now when you see how much he can sit and lift those shoulders!

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So it is 1:30 and I am so ready to pass out. Thanks for all of the jingles and good lucks! I am so incredibly happy and it just doesnt seem REAL yet. Im sure when that trailer pulls in on Tuesday, it will!

Good night!

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Sylves- They are a great family. I'm really really enjoying working with him. Suzanne is his wife...awesome lady! oh and augarian. I love the KK bits (also Augarian). Scotch has a french link loose ring..(erg he has 2 actually) and I also have the conrad kk jumping bit along w/ another loose ring KK bit that I used for Jade.

csa- the picture sounds like a great idea!

KTS- That's great you've had a great lesson! Sounds like Frasier is coming along really well! Glad to hear that Riley is doing better too!

Dobby- [Huggy] I hope that your day is much better today. I had those type of customers yesterday and I'm the manager! It must be something in the air because I had 4 sarcastic men right in a row and I'm like Whatdaheck! And that is a terrible atmosphere...weird... Fantastic that you and the pony are doing so well in dressage! How exciting for you! That homework will follow you for the rest of your life...the base of all work. Awhh boy you liked...that's awesome he got a purple heart..and the Rangers!! NICE! My boyfriend was very very close going into the Marine's but family matter pulled him out last minute. But my brother is in the army...currently in Afghanstan.

StopDrop- Welcome! Thumper sounds like a great horse!

Shantel- hahah Rick's! It's sad when the employees know my name bc I've been there way too many times. It's not far from my house at all. too bad we didn't get a chance to meet up! Great pics of your boy very cute! Looks like you have a nice boy on your hands. Best of luck! Bet you are beyond excited!

SOOO lesson was....amazing! Trainer was so happy w/ his progress! Even though it has been only 2 weeks. Not to mention I think he really likes him...as he kept introducing Scotch and myself (but mostly Scotch hehe) to everyone. Then Suzanne and one of their daughter's were riding horses during the time and his daughter goes omg...you have the nicest pony I have ever seen! AWH though that was nice of her. He mostly worked on haunches-in. Scotch's HI on the left rein is by far eaiser than the right. It was an interesting lesson as we worked on then 2nd track for HI and we started off in the normal routine of doing HI, but seeming as Scotch totally blows through his right shoulder we had to do some reconfiguration. Scotch was pretty adament that he just couldn't possibly put his haunches in AND keep his shoulders on the track. At first trainer thought there might be a physical issue, but he wanted to do an experiment. So I had to show trainer shoulder in to the right. Interesting enough...quite easy for Scotch. And at times he wanted to bring his shoulders to the left! Definately rider/pony communication issue going on...but not a physical issue for Scotch. Whew. So the exercise...which was quite fun and made us stay on our toes. Down centerline...leg yield left...HI...straight and repeat. What was tricky was that he had me do 4 "transistions" within the exercise. So we had to do the leg yield, HI, straight 4 times just on one side. This helped us both so much in the HI right. We then left the HI alone allowing him to mull over it for the day. Then we worked on canter/walk walk/canter transistions. He's becoming better and better at this everyday. Scotch does worry about these still...so trainer kept yelling out different transistions to do and various circles. We also had some medium canter! woot! My pony can do a real medium...though we are working on the transistions to coming back. Everyone that kept meeting Scotch there wanted to know his breeding...haha...I really think I should make up his own breed. Scottish Warmblood. hahaha.

Ok enough rambling! No pictures...still didn't have a camera person. Ergh. Did take some pics of the driveway and barn. Will post them later.

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DtopDropRoll- [smiley Wavey] welcome

KTS-Glad to hear Riley is doing better.

KTM-Congrats on the new horse. Looks like you had a nice trip.

Had a good ride on Cheese today. I am getting better at keeping consistant contact. I used to tense with a change of direction. It was amusing to see Cheese get ready to tense(head came uo). Than she would question(ears would flick back and forth a few times) and than she was like "OH,OK I will lower me head and behave"

My trainer who has been MIA has cropped up again. So I may do some showing.As long as she doesn't disappear again.She did have a very good reason to disappear but iI got a nit frustrated. I had start looking at other trainers but haven't settled on anyone yet. So I will give her another shot. She has been trying to talk me into a big theraputic show. The champions class is held at Devon the following day..They have a few fun classes. One of which is Musical Kur. It is walk/trot with an optional canter.So I think I am going to try it. Now I have to figure out music for it.

At the same time I hate the beginning of show season. It is the time I try to decide if I should continue jumping. I love jumping and the mare loves it as well. However I have to decide if it fair to her. The last HT I went to went a bit late. So it was getting dark when I did the stadium course. I have better night vision than day vision. So I was able to see the fences. It made me realize how much I rely on my horse. So I have to decide is it fair to her. She get me safely around a 2'6 course.However is it fair to leave everything up to the horse even at a lower height?

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Lest you all think I only ride big warmblood dressage horses- meet Maggie, 14.3 hands of goodness knows what (probably saddlebred paint pony mix, rescued of the meat wagon), who just completed her first Training level event!

I helped my friend out with her today; I've exercised her off and on for a couple years now.

Maggie dearest has the tendency to go like a saddlebred (aka- giraffe!), so I was working on getting her truly round and using herself, then had my friend hop on. I was hoping if I could get her to really round her back and come through, when she got on, there would be something left of that. So she's a little bit deeper than I would normally advise, but she is genuinely connected.

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3rd time riding a shoulder-fore

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My FAVORITE! Coming from a mare with a caterpillar canter- you know, it feels like they have eighty legs

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Demonstrating (over demonstrating) an "uberstreichen" or proof to my friend that you do not need the inside rein if you have a horse on the outside rein.

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Yay activity!

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KTS, I love the pictures! I wish you were near us so that you could strut your stuff on Jaggar for me! I'd love to see what he could do!

Dobbie, It sounds like a rough day, but thank goodness for the pony! I hope things resolve themselves with regard to the medical issue. Where do you work? I remember working at HyVee (high end grocery store), and I would get incredibly panicked when a customer would get upset. I think that everyone should spend at least 6 months working in some sort of service job such as waitressing, working at a grocery store, serving coffee at a coffee house, etc; then people might be a little more understanding of each other and less impatient. As for the boy who you had a crush for; it sounds like he is very mature. That must be tough knowing someone that you love is in such great danger...

KTM, will your user name change to Rex? He is nice looking boy! Sounds like you had a good, safe trip! Did you make it to ISF?

Eventer, I asked Chad about the Hassler clinic; he told me it was Jill Hassler who came to Sioux City for the clinic. Is Jill the mother of Scott? I was watching his Jill Hassler clinic video today. It was fun to watch Chad ride is old horse, Buck. Sounds like you had a good lesson! Too bad there wasn't a photographer.

CSA, I have an issue with tension too. I've had a couple of lessons with Chad this weekend, and he has been basically saying the same things that everyone is saying on my "Jag Video" threads- lower hands, supporting outside hand, soft elbow, look up, relax, hands steady, etc. Today things sorta clicked when I was riding; I basically used no hand and I closed my thigh for the half halts and down transitions. I focused on keeping my hands on either side of the wither and in front of me, holding the outside rein wide/supporting, looking up, and using minimal rein. Wow, what a difference! Tension works SOOO against us riders!

SDR, I could had swore I've seen you elsewhere on HC. Where do you normally "hang out?" GCC? Nice to have you join this thread. The more, the merrier!

Boocoo, How did that show go this weekend? Any pictures! Ew, I tried the low hands like you keep suggesting (on either side of the withers); wow, what a difference! I also worked on leaving my hands alone. It was difficult for me, especially when Jag sped up, but I just closed my thighs and fingers momentarily, and he kind of came back. We're working on it. As Chad keeps telling me, things won't improve over night. As you have written, it's a journey!

I had a good weekend of lots of riding. I lunged with side reins; Jag did so well. I rode with Chad as my coach and learned that I do, indeed need to keep my hands low and quiet. I had an independent ride this afternoon, and it was pretty good to practice leaving Jag's mouth alone. Now, if only I can keep my hands low and quiet...

Have a good week you guys! Hang in there if you're in the line of the blizzard up north. Thankfully wer're just getting some rain and T-storms.

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KTS, that paint looks fun! cuteee ponies :D

well a girl at my neighbors barn is trying to make the NJAYRC dressage team this year! and my neighbor told me i should try and make the show jumping team next year on the mare i've been riding! at first i was excited, but i looked it up and you have to be jumping like 4'6"...and i've jumped like 18" max so far.

but i have until i'm 21 to make the team! and i'm only 18. also, the mare i'm riding is an ex-GP horse, so if I can keep up, we at least know that she has the ability! and i mentioned it to my trainer on saturday, after my lesson. we had a particulary difficult lesson working just on transitions, when i get frustrated my emotions take over and i have a hard time working through it. but i was able to have my lunch break, and then during my lesson on my 5yo an hour later, i applied the concepts that i learned in the previously lesson correctly! so tomorrow we will see, i will try them again on the mare.

anyways, i mentioned it to my trainer, and i mostly expected her to be like "no way will you learn that!" haha. but she said that would be really cool! she said i need to learn these transitions, how to keep her round during transitions, and then we will start jumping! yayyy!

i'm not getting my hopes up, but i'm very competitive and having a huge goal like this REALLY helps keep me driven! i think if i have the opportunity to ride a mare like this, who actually is capable of competing, is such a cool thing and i need to take advantage of it!

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Sylves- Yup Jill is/was his mom. I never rode w/ her but I heard she was a hard *** :tongue9: She passed away a few years ago so I had the opportunity to meet her either. Gosh I need to find someone to come and video tape or something. Chad is your hubby right? Glad to hear that Jag was a good boy this weekend!

Vito- that is an excellent goal to work towards! Good luck!

Ponyboy had the weekend off...so we went to the movies yesterday and saw Slumdog Millionaire. Um GREAT movie! Highly recommend it to everyone!

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3Day - Man, I've been trying to see that movie for months (however long ago it came out). Twice now we've practically been on the way to the theatre when plans changed. I'm thinking it might end up being a Netflix, but we WILL see it!! Glad the lesson went so well. We need some pics!

vito - Nothing wrong with ambition! If the horse can do it, you can do it with time and training. 4'6" isn't really as tall as it seems, and it's FUN! I miss doing jumpers :)

KTS - Cute pony! Echo isn't much bigger than that, lol! Glad Riley's on the mend.

KrazyTB - He's friggen adorable!!!!! Congrats.

SDR - Welcome!

So my lesson went great this weekend! My instructor said that the saddle fits both me and Echo perfectly and that it puts me in a better position naturally than the Wintec. She also said I got a SMOKIN deal on it - yeah!!!

We had our good an bad moments in the lesson, but my instructor said that overall this was the best she's seen us working together, so that's awesome. Now I have my homework before my next lesson - transitions, transitions, transitions!

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Good luck Vito- that was my hopeful goal, the dressage part anyway. I know 3 girls from a nearby barn that did it, including one that won. I had been riding with them since I was 10, and I knew I was a better rider then all but one of them, who is quite good, and we were at the same level a few years ago. Then they went out and bought, I am not kidding you, 100k+ horses. One girl flies her horse everywhere, since she cannot handle trailering it.

I ran out of luck and time, and I could only afford a green 7 year old who had never shown, while they imported X-grand prix schoolmasters from Sweden.

Ahh well.

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Hey Beck, how's it going? Are things slowing down for ya?

Eventer, Yes, Chad (hubby) told me that Jill was a "hard arse!" Chad didn't get to know her very well as he only had one lesson with her... but I thought it was cool that you work with Scott and my husband worked with his mother, Jill!

ES, How awesome that the saddle fits both of you! Break out the camera; we need pictures!

Vito, I totally live on ambition! I'm driven to ride as much as possible because I have it in my head that my horse and I will someday be doing well at Training leve, lol! Enjoy the process of going up through the levels!

We're getting a couple of yucky rainy days. I suppose not every day can be sunny and beautiful! I'm using this little break to work on cleaning- I laundered all of the saddle pads. Next Chad and I will tackle the barn. So far Jag has been hanging out in his stall and staying clean.

I love looking at Jag; he is starting to muscle up along the topline. I swear, he looks and feels like a totally different horse from a year ago.

I scheduled the chiropractor to come out sometime early April. Crossing my fingers that it helps Jag's left hind leg. Beck, you pointed it out in the last video (canter work), and I noticed it while lunging him at the canter this weekend. It almost looks like a stifle. It's like he can't extend that leg fully back; he has to swing it back under himself prematurely. <sigh> I wish we had an equine specialist vet to really give his hind end a thorough exam... Perhaps injections would be my best friend?

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KTS, I hear you on having to buy a "real" horse and train it up rather than being able to spend the money on a fully trained high level horse. It's hard not to be jealous when I come across someone who can afford to buy a really nice experienced show horse to learn on. And frankly, if I could afford a second set of bills I would look for a 4th level/PSG type horse and hire a trainer to help me learn to ride it. :) In the meantime, I am enjoying the journey of learning together with Fessor. At least you know when you succeed, that YOU brought the horse along to that level. It's a special feeling that your acquaintances won't be able to share with you.

Well, there's about six weeks left until finals! I'm going to a networking event Thursday afternoon, so hopefully I will have some more leads on places to send resumes and cover letters. I didn't do nearly as much job search type tasks as I had intended, but I got some much needed rest over spring break. Most of my time at the barn was simply watching horses play and organizing my stuff. I tried to be out when the arenas weren't in use so that I could let Fessor and some of his buddies out to play. One of the buddies knows that if he leans on fences long enough, the fences come down. So you need to stay outside and keep an eye on things. One day, I cleaned and oiled my tack outside. Then I brought out my chair and read a book while looking up once in awhile to make sure the boys were behaving. :) I did have a nice ride on Saturday, including making some progress in keeping my hips loose while doing shallow canter serpentines. It's the first time in several months that I've tried that, and we managed to hold our lead and keep a fairly consistent rhythm. And when I started to tense up, I was able to notice and let go again. So that was progress.

I still haven't seen when the first schooling show is. It looks like there may not be any until May. There is an adult rider camp that looks like fun in May, but it is being held on graduation weekend. So that's a no go. Maybe next year... In the meantime, I'm looking forward to finding some motivation and getting back into regular work. Oh yes, and enjoying some time on the trail. :D

Tracy

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Tracy, where do you want to live after college and what kind of work are you looking for? Will you need to go back to school? (Weren't you going to take the bar exam?) Glad you enjoyed your spring break!

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Sylves, I'll stay in Iowa. Yes, I need to take the bar exam. I see myself in either a mid-size law firm or a large business with a legal or regulatory/compliance type department. Right now, a job that will pay the loans is my first priority. :) After that, we'll see. If I end up with something I don't particularly like, I can change in a year or two. In the meantime, I'll have some real experience to add to my resume. Ideally, it would be easiest to stay relatively near Des Moines since I have friends here.

Tracy

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I have been such a bad chatter...sorry!

Sylves-Yup, things are slowing down a little. I am on Spring break and I got the grades I needed last quarter. Next up is BioChemistry! I am still busy as heck as the weather has been great and my house and car are a disaster from a long Winter. I still have people calling me like crazy to come get free horse manure...so my phone seems to ring non-stop! Do you have any vets that can do a flex test on Jag? How old is he this year?

Boocoo-Where are you??? I want to hear about the show! I am having show withdrawal!

KTS-Glad Riley is doing better. Are you riding Amore at all? Hey, you are not supposed to buy a trained horse...you did it the correct way. The German gal I just rode with hates that hear in America you can do that and some people never work their way up the levels and learn the basics.

3Day-I haven't been to a movie in so long. I will have to see it off of Netflix. I watched part of a clinic on DVD with Scott and Michael Klimke the other day and it was very good! Beautiful arena!

ES-I am glad your lessons are going so well and your new saddle is a keeper! When do we get to see new pictures?

Tracy-I am glad you are getting through the end of school! Yay! The weather getting better and being able to get out and doing things helps with my anxiety a lot. So, planning on going to that schooling show?

Shantel-Congrats! Less then 24 hours and he will arrive! I bought a hat very similar to the one in the picture to show in this year:-)

Csa-So when is the first show for you then? Can you do a little bit of both with her?

So, I know I am probably forgetting someone since I am so far behind. I have been riding Beckham a lot and doing some cantering and trotting out in some fields in between arena work. He can get sour in the arena and the work in the fields make his canter so much better, he loves it! Shelby is out of work till she gets her hocks done next week. She is witchy and it has been 2 years since she has had them done. She is also back on Regumate because she has been in raging heat this Spring...the combo of the hocks and being in heat is not becoming of her at all, so she can chill another week. Winston is a fireball for a 19 yr old. I am getting his hocks done too so he can stay in some light work; plus I have a friend who loves to ride him every once in a while.

So that is all from here for now. I think my gorgeous weather is going to end this weekend, *sigh*.

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Sylves- That it is! Trainer isn't quite like his mother, but when he wants something out of us he growls at me! LOL And when I'm doing mediums he yells COME really loud, especially if it's not enough, and it reverberates throughout the arena and barn! I'm having so much fun...if I can scrounge up enough money I'm debating on sending Scotch down there for a week. But don't know if that will happen. I have a lot of bills right now and just for a week down there is very pricey. Plus I never had any "professional" training on Scotch. It's all been on me with little to no help until very recently where I've been riding w/ the trainer. But it's not every week...oh to be rich. :happy0203: Spring break cleaning the barn sounds like fun to me! I'd much rather do that than doing almost anything else. Ick to rain...we just got a cold front coming through Pa. It's a bit chilly!! Unseasonably as they call it. LOL

No lameness vet in your area? Might want to think about xrays before you inject him first.

Tracey- sounds like it was a relaxing weekend. something that you definately deserve! Again I'm jealous you are graduating. le sigh.

Beckham- That was the first time I've been to the movies since last summer? great movie...definately rent it when it comes out on dvd. Hehe I was @ that clinic....omg wait until I post pictures of his new arena...it's like 100x nicer. Yeh the new Riveredge is....words can't describe how nice it is going to be. Sounds like Beckham is a great guy! Used to take Jade out and do random movements out in fields while we were hacking. Especially canter serpentines! How old is Shelby?

So procrasinating again.. I have another paper due tomorrow. Eep. I also had to go to the dentist to get "fitted" (haha) for my new custom tooth. BOO! My old dentist totally effed up my one tooth that he did a root canal on. Now 5 years later it is chipping like crazy and then a Dorito doomed it to heck. So today had to get it drilled and she did some more stuff on it and got impressions for new tooth. Go back in 2 weeks to get the tooth put in. Ergh. Ponyboy was terrific today! He is getting better and better at HI! He definately remembered the lesson from Friday. So tomorrow will be a hack out/conditioning day. Ok must do paper. Have a good day all!

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