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    09-12-2011, 12:31 PM
  #21
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by atomic    
AWESOME and congratulations!!! You and Sandie are a great team and way to go on "breaking the ice" into the recognized events! You give me inspiration because I too have a 14.1 QH and his butt WILL be in an event

You're lucky a decent photographer was there and took such lovely photos. I think this one is my fav:
Brant Gamma - Bates.Stephanie.ff1 - FF1B0653

But you really can't go wrong with any of them. Except for maybe the price!! $20 for a cropped 4x6?! I'd give you a whole CD for $20... LOL
THANKS! I love that one too :-D And HECK YEAH for Eventer Ponies!! You'll have to keep me updated when you get his "big" QH BUTT into an Event! And yeah I know about the price, I've been emailing them trying to see if there's a cheaper option because I just can't justify spending that kind of $$ on a 4x6...youchies!!

I see your location is listed as Florida...where in the state are you located? Hubby and I are wanting to make the move down there, probably to the Clermont/Orlando area, but not sure when we'll get our house sold up here first!! But anyway I'll be looking for a nice barn if you know of any in that area!
     
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    09-12-2011, 01:02 PM
  #22
Foal
WOO! A friend of mine has a 14.1 Paint that she has done quite well with up to Prelim, he is a pretty awesome little horse and makes those jumps look easy. Unfortunately mine is a youngin' (3) so it'll be at least a year before he makes it into a "tadpole" division (See Midas? It's a log on the ground. You can do it!)

I'm about 30 minutes south of Sarasota, and about an hour - hour half north of Ft. Myers right on the Gulf. Orlando is a couple hours away inland, so I'm not familiar with the equestrian community there, but if you do end up moving to a different area that I know of I'll help if I can. If you drive through Ocala, you will have a hard time going any further... it is so beautiful, and being a horse lover you're hit tenfold!
     
    09-12-2011, 01:13 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by atomic    
WOO! A friend of mine has a 14.1 Paint that she has done quite well with up to Prelim, he is a pretty awesome little horse and makes those jumps look easy. Unfortunately mine is a youngin' (3) so it'll be at least a year before he makes it into a "tadpole" division (See Midas? It's a log on the ground. You can do it!)

I'm about 30 minutes south of Sarasota, and about an hour - hour half north of Ft. Myers right on the Gulf. Orlando is a couple hours away inland, so I'm not familiar with the equestrian community there, but if you do end up moving to a different area that I know of I'll help if I can. If you drive through Ocala, you will have a hard time going any further... it is so beautiful, and being a horse lover you're hit tenfold!
I've heard Sarasota area is beautiful! Hubby and I are looking for an area that's not as built up which is why we were looking inland...but my only friend down there lives in Ft. Lauderdale which obviously a busy area, and I'm not too familiar with the other areas down there yet!
     
    09-12-2011, 01:31 PM
  #24
Foal
Sarasota is great if you like some city life (events, downtown) the beach (Siesta Key is one of the top ten beaches in the world), and there is also quite a bit of land too including Myakka State Park which has thousands of acres to ride on. My friend I mentioned before boards at an eventing barn there! It is nice here but in a more tropical way than further north Florida. Here it is flat, palmettos, palm trees, sandy... further north like Ocala and Gainesville its gentle sloping hills (the only in Florida), beautiful big oaks, and wait til you see the green pastures. Some of the farms there are just incredible.

That's not to say that the area I live in doesn't have trees and forests but its still noticeably different. I'm lucky to board right next to a state forest 8,000 acres worth and it only being 4 miles away from my house, which is on the intracoastal. I have been born and raised in Florida so the ocean/fishing is another large part of my life!
     
    09-12-2011, 03:08 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Sounds beautiful! But Ocala area sounds more like my cup of tea I was born and raised and currently still live (always have!) in northeastern Ohio so I'm used to lush green grass, rolling hills, countryside, and beautiful oaks and maples that change to bright orange in the fall! I will miss the changing colors of the leaves, that's my fave time of year up here, weather is in the 60's and lower 70's and it's crisp clean air!

But after that comes the crap weather for 6 months...freezing cold and snow that is so deep it covers your mailbox and blocks you into your garage :/
     
    09-12-2011, 04:23 PM
  #26
Foal
Ocala is definitely -the- place to be (especially in FL) for horses! I would love to move out there someday. Besides... FL is not especially known for its "eventing circuit" so to go to any REAL recognized events, you will be going to Ocala anyway. Rocking Horse Stables is an awesome venue and their facility is amazing, they also offer boarding and are right next door to the Ocala National Forest:
Welcome to Rocking Horse Stables

As sad as it may sound, I have actually never even seen snow in person! It does get into freezing temps here so while it is "possible" (I think last year it actually did snow in some parts of the state) it almost never happens. I may be a Floridian pansy making excuses, but it does get chilly! I've been in other states in the winter and I was more uncomfortable here at the same temperature, I think that is mostly because of humidity. If you have never been here for the summer, beware! The temps are in the 90s regularly and the humidity saps the life out of you. I had a teacher who at one point was in Afghanistan for the Peace Corps and she said temps got up to 140 there... but it was so DRY that she actually said it was preferable over the heat here. It's really not a huge deal, you'll just be avoiding the outdoors midday!
     
    09-12-2011, 04:41 PM
  #27
Green Broke
Yeah well Ohio can be as downright nasty, or worse LOL...this summer we spent several months up in the 90's with the humidity so high the heat index was in the 100's some days!! It is SO humid up here all the time, YUCK! I would actually check Clermont's weather vs ours on those days and it would be in the 80's down there and in the 90's up here with a heat index of 105 LOL...

And then after that torture, it's go swifty from summer to winter here in the next month or two, and it gets down into the 20's routinely here during the winter, and many times esp in January and February it'll be in the single digits with wind chills in the negatives. We have a rule that if it's at least 25 degrees outside, that means it's probably 25 or 30 in the barn so we can ride! Athough to ride in the winter means you wear a tank top, tee shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and coat if you don't want to freeze your butt off. Oh and insulated boots as well! And you have to trace clip your horse so she doesn't get sweaty during the winter or else good luck drying her off after your workout! And then if you body clip of course you need a nice warm blanket so they don't get too cold. My horse is a little furnace most of the time so she's usually alright with a medium weight blanket on.

And luckily my girl is barefoot because if they have shoes and get turned out, you either have to get snow pads put on or grease up the bottoms with PAM cooking spray so they don't get snowballs stuck under their feet and end up slipping and falling! If it gets TOO bad, our barn won't turn out because sometimes we get ice storms during the winter and it's just way too slippery to have the horses walking around out there.

Here's what happens if you get an ice storm (warms up 1 day enough to rain some, then gets cold again and freezes all the rain)...


Yeah, I'll take the 90 degree sunny day
     
    09-12-2011, 04:47 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Let me tell you, I will NOT miss attempting to drive a car in THIS every winter lol...

     
    09-12-2011, 05:15 PM
  #29
Foal
Is that really what its like? Looks like a nightmare! A lot of people blanket their horses here (mostly show horses that are fully clipped as the winter is our showing season) but I personally don't. My horses are pasture kept FL breds and are accustomed to it so they just get hairy :). I've also only ever kept them barefoot as there is practically no rocks and haven't heavily competed enough to warrant them.

IF you ever decide Englewood is the place for you (where I am) you should totally board at my barn because... well we have awesome ponies and I have literally nobody to ride with. I get pretty lonely :( LOL. There's 20+ horses there and the only time anybody ever rides is once every few weeks to plod on a trail. Now I love trail riding, but with some spirit! At any rate, perhaps I shall run into you at some events?
     
    09-12-2011, 05:22 PM
  #30
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OMG!! I was born and raised in Sarasota!!!!

We had a house on St Armands Circle before it got too touristy. I remember when Sarasota High school had the Sailor Circus (gym class for the circus kids). Do they still have it?
     

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