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post #1411 of 4296 Old 10-13-2013, 08:10 PM
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Thanks ladies! The last high level pleasure horse I rode is now retired in the pasture and she wasn't trained that way. I've rode a few over the years so know the basics but I'm going to have to play with her a bit to find them all. Have a wp trainer friend that will probably come work her for me once she's put on a few lbs & legged up and find out what she really knows so I can get the most from her. I've been told the biggest reason is that it makes a prettier picture in the show pen. It's going to test me going from her to my others who are leg off & sit for a stop.

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post #1412 of 4296 Old 10-17-2013, 03:11 PM
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I decided against taking that gelding. One of the other girls at work said she would like him, and I know she will get more use out of him so he is heading off to her place next week. As much as I like him, I know he'll be better off over there. I'm sure I'm going to struggle with getting him in/out during lunch break, and at the moment I don't even GET lunch break.

I'm moving the horses on Sunday, can't wait to have them closer to home. Still workin around the clock. Managed to get a night out on Sunday - was so beyond tired on Monday and ended up in the ER with DS. Can't beat spending a day after a night on the drink sitting in a hospital waiting room! Haha!

Hope all is well with everybody else.

MHF - love the new addition! I'm a sucker for a chesnut with white!

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post #1413 of 4296 Old 10-19-2013, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Went and played with Aires today. He was SOOOOO good! I lunged him a little and just played with yielding. I love my boy.
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post #1414 of 4296 Old 10-20-2013, 09:26 AM
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Good on you for making that decision Maple, sure it was a tough one. Glad you'll have yours closer to home, no doubt that will make life easier! Thanks on my new girl, funny enough, she is my least favorite color. The chrome helps a bit though ;)

Good boy Aires! Hope you are feeling better Paige!
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Thanks, Mandy. :-D I haven't done much with him since we moved barns just because life has been hectic, but he was an absolute angel. Stood for me to catch him (didn't quite come to the gate because of the horses he was turned out with crowding the gate), led like an absolute gentleman, and remembered how to lunge perfectly. He even stood like a statue when I flipped the lead rope over his shoulder and stepped back to look at him. My best friend was with me and she was amazed (and a little jealous) at how well he did. We had played with her two horses (15yo TB gelding and 10yo QH mare) for a while before we went to see Aires and her mare was being a boob when we tried to do groundwork with her (not acting up, but just not doing anything at all except yield her hind). We had Abby with us and she did really well considering it was the first time she'd ever seen a horse or a pot belly pig. She took one look at Guido (the pig) and tried to bolt the other way. Lol. She was curious about Aires and even let the BO's 5yo daughter lead her back to the car when we were ready to leave. For his part, Aires loves dogs and absolutely adores the BO's daughter. He put his big ol' ginormo nose on top of her head and just sat there snuffling her hair. She's about the same size as that noggin.
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post #1416 of 4296 Old 10-22-2013, 07:21 AM
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Isn't it such a great feeling when horses behave - especially after some time off?

This weekend my mom was visiting and she has been really wanting to try riding again. Its probably been close to 25-30 years since she was last on a horse. So we decided to put her up on my TB mare Piper on Sunday and I rode my husband's Draftcross Apache. Apache has a tendency to toss in little spooks once in a while when we come across deer - or like Sunday, Mules - and Piper usually ignores it all which is why we decided to put her on my mare.

She had a blast! And Piper was so perfect for her. Took her time and listened to everything. Mom was totally relaxed on her and enjoyed herself. I was very proud of her. We haven't had Piper a full year yet but she always seems so level headed and it was nice to see proof that she will be great with novice riders.

Also last time Mom was down Guinness my mustang was still wild enough that she couldn't pet him. Well this weekend he not only had no problems with her and her friend out in pasture with them, he was coming up begging for attention. Its amazing how far he has come.

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Hi everyone. Glad I'm not the only adult rider in this forum. I'm 37 and started riding again a couple of years ago. I wish I would have never quit. I don't have my own horse yet - but my husband and I finally came to an agreement on that - I can have one for my 40th birthday, so when the time comes I will have to post that in the 40 something forum :)
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Hi everyone. Glad I'm not the only adult rider in this forum. I'm 37 and started riding again a couple of years ago. I wish I would have never quit. I don't have my own horse yet - but my husband and I finally came to an agreement on that - I can have one for my 40th birthday, so when the time comes I will have to post that in the 40 something forum :)
Glad you did get a chance to come back! Must feel amazing! It's never to late my friend. Excited to hear about your horse purchase on your B-day! Keep us posted.
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Welcome to the thread frlsgirl!

Drafty - delighted Aires went so well. Hope the bit of time you got to spend with him helped clear your head a bit.

MHF - Shortly after taking up role as stable manager for a NH pretraining yard, I was handed a little (I swear she was about 14hh) chesnut 3yo filly. Chrome all over, knee high stocking and a big white face. I thought she was a stunner... it was only then I was informed of the "red headed b*tch" theory behind chesnut mares In racing circles here, they dislike them because they think they have a fiery temperament and are harder to deal with. I hadn't a clue, but the majority of trainers I now know will avoid them like the plague. I still have a soft spot

I'm LOVING having the horses so close to home. I'm calling in every evening, bringing them in from the field, giving a quick brush and a feed pot full of apples and carrots. I didnt know it, but we have flood lights over our riding "arena"... which isn't an arena but it'll do the job :) so yesterday myself and DD hopped on for a quick spin We spent all of 20 min with them today.. just a quick rub and some snacks but so relaxing for me. Weather forecast is horrific for the weekend... so my plan to head out for a hack Sat/Sun may be on hold

Busy busy working away, bank holiday here this weekend. For most people that's a good thing... the fact that my 2nd job is in a pub means ill be working extra rather than less!! *sigh* I keep repeating "think of the paycheque... think of the paycheque... " to myself lol

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Well I'm a bit nervous today. Tomorrow I've got to take Rose the pony out to the trainers to start a couple of months intense work. Thing is I'm nervous about a) getting her on the float, b) towing and c) her behavior when we get there.
I'm getting DH to help, and to drive, but the road is winding and the last section is quite rough. I keep telling myself all will be fine, but I'm stressing a bit. And that's if I can get her on the float! We are borrowing a float from a friend. Otherwise I would have done some training with her on loading etc, she was fine when we got her and loaded like a pro but it was her old owner doing the loading and she had a lot of trust in her. Tomorrow will be our biggest test of how much Rose will trust me.
Wish me luck!
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