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post #71 of 4244 Old 03-28-2013, 08:13 PM
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It's true! I know that I am now too old to be cool because my kid won't hug me in front of her friends and I'm not allowed to walk her to the door at school (she's a 2nd grader) but then on the flip side she tells me I'm not old because my hair isn't gray. Well, she's kind of right...my aunt pulled my first gray hair out of my head when I was a teenager. Now she just hides them for me.

Nothing wrong with an early mid life crisis! I have one too. Kind of similar, I grew up on working type QH's but dreamed about riding the Rolex xc course. So now that I'm too old for that pipedream, I went with the closest thing and bought myself a Hanoverian to play with at home and have my own little course in the woods. There is a farm fairly close that is building a new xc course, I'm really toying with the idea of doing it once just for fun. I also plan to take her to a team penning in my jumping saddle, if her reaction to any other critter (if it has legs and isn't a horse, it will eat her) is any indication of how it will go, it could be youtube epic fail vid worthy.

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post #72 of 4244 Old 03-29-2013, 01:11 AM
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Ooh! MHFQ, a little XC course to "play" on would literally be a dream come true for me!!

I see in many You Tube videos, especially those from European countries, that XC riding courses are VERY COMMON, though seem nearly impossible to find in my area

I do find when trail riding in the deserts and washes around here, that there are plenty of natural obstacles of relatively small size one could jump (and two we DID-unexpectedly-jump recently!), quite an adventure, and believe me was I pleased to stay on! as I thought we'd sort of "step" over the smallish set of logs in our general path, the mare I was on said, "Yahoo!" & took them like a combination, trotting in, and cantering out and right up a small hill! Was very fun and very unexpected!

Nonetheless, unfortunately, the trails around here are usually too tight to do much cantering, and unless we get lucky, there really is too much dangerous crap on the side of the trails to really do more than walk, as they require a lot of negotiating of large cacti and other pointy items!

What I wouldn't give for those wide open fields one sees in Montana, as well as the rolling, grassy hills in Ireland and Scotland! I do know that there are many lovely (non-grassy, of course) trails and large open washes in my "general" area, just none that I've yet been out on. That is something I literally cannot WAIT to experience once I acquire and grow accustomed to my future horse...there are many riding groups that go out together, making such an adventure safer, and eventually I would hope to ride together with DH on both of our own horses!

One day...we're still trying to see where the future shall lead in terms of the "big move" we are planning for in the next two (to three) years...I am not a "job hopper" unless totally unavoidable, thus, now that I have chosen, basically due to highly unstable and emotionally damaging circumstances at my current job (for the next 6 shifts, anyway!), to leave & start my new job, it sets our move back some. I dislike the idea of moving jobs any more often than necessary, and three years is about as short as I'd like to cut it...so, our two year plan to move out of AZ, or at least out of Southern AZ (we are partial to Northern AZ/ Prescott area) has now changed to a three year plan!

Given that the unrest in the country allows everyone to live within any sense of "normalcy" for THAT LONG, (but that is a different thread entirely!)

Wow, again, "ramble endlessly much"? Sorry...I'll cut THIS OFF, now! Y'all have a great night...weekend is almost here! Woo-hoo!! :0)

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post #73 of 4244 Old 03-29-2013, 02:55 AM
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Hey Im Jody and IM 35... and Im going to start by saying I love my 30s :) much much much easier than the 20s...

I have a lovely husband (Stephen), 1 geriatric cat (Smudge), 2 horses (Kazz and prada) and no kids... would love a dog but am never home so it wouldnt be fair

I've been around horses all my life - was petrified of them till I was 14 then found the bug...

I have one older mare prada (Avatar) whose 20 now an she's just a star - does everything... have recently retired her from anything high competition wise but still ride her 3/4 times a week :) Kazz is my young one Home bred, have recently started competing her up to 3 foot sjing and also dabble in some level one dressage... will register her this year and see how we go

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post #74 of 4244 Old 03-29-2013, 03:10 AM
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OMGosh, Jody! Prada is BEAUTIFUL...was hoping you were going to say she was yours...I loved her image immediately! (and, I totally agree; thirties are much easier than twenties were...here's to hoping forties are even EASIER! Ha...)
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Ooh! MHFQ, a little XC course to "play" on would literally be a dream come true for me!!

I see in many You Tube videos, especially those from European countries, that XC riding courses are VERY COMMON, though seem nearly impossible to find in my area

I do find when trail riding in the deserts and washes around here, that there are plenty of natural obstacles of relatively small size one could jump (and two we DID-unexpectedly-jump recently!), quite an adventure, and believe me was I pleased to stay on! as I thought we'd sort of "step" over the smallish set of logs in our general path, the mare I was on said, "Yahoo!" & took them like a combination, trotting in, and cantering out and right up a small hill! Was very fun and very unexpected!

Nonetheless, unfortunately, the trails around here are usually too tight to do much cantering, and unless we get lucky, there really is too much dangerous crap on the side of the trails to really do more than walk, as they require a lot of negotiating of large cacti and other pointy items!

What I wouldn't give for those wide open fields one sees in Montana, as well as the rolling, grassy hills in Ireland and Scotland! I do know that there are many lovely (non-grassy, of course) trails and large open washes in my "general" area, just none that I've yet been out on. That is something I literally cannot WAIT to experience once I acquire and grow accustomed to my future horse...there are many riding groups that go out together, making such an adventure safer, and eventually I would hope to ride together with DH on both of our own horses!
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You are right about the xc courses - there are about 5 all within about 30km... I even have one (including 3 waterjumps) where I keep the horses..... Looking forward to getting myself and Bandit fit enough to see if I have the "bottle" to tackle it! Haha!
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post #76 of 4244 Old 03-29-2013, 03:58 AM
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I'm heading over to the 40's thread...
XC? Cantering? I'm getting old!!

I'm happy to have horses that only know three things now: walk, jog, and WOAH! Would love to have the time to start training for endurance again. Until then I'll live vicariously through those that do on here and say a prayer when you guys attempt those courses!
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post #77 of 4244 Old 03-29-2013, 09:43 AM
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I'm heading over to the 40's thread...
XC? Cantering? I'm getting old!!

I'm happy to have horses that only know three things now: walk, jog, and WOAH! Would love to have the time to start training for endurance again. Until then I'll live vicariously through those that do on here and say a prayer when you guys attempt those courses!
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Come on over, we'll find that mojo! Perhaps in the fall when my neighbor's bean fields are clean and smooth. I have a whole herd we can run some match races with!!! Or there's the neighbor's bull that is a frequent escapee, Jana & I love putting his gnarly butt back in his pasture...or we can set a full jump course in the arena and you can have a go on the Missy moo...or you could always just come start the next batch of breakers

I'm an adrenaline junkie and even though I'm "old" that hasn't waned at all. There are two adrenaline rushes I haven't gotten to do that are on my list, basejumping and skydiving, the only reason I haven't is because it scares my kiddo, if it weren't for her I'd have frequent flyer miles and a bat suit!
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I'm Heather, 36, mom of two girls, 11 and 6, and I'm exhausted, lol. One hitting her pre-teens, one that is just a spitfire - I feel like I spend more time as referee than as mom. I have 5 horses currently, the smallest number I've had since getting married back in 99, I swear it seemed easier then, even thought there were twice as many of them. Hubby is a paramedic, so he's gone a lot. I've been training and instructing since high school, first as an intern, then at my own place. Lately I decided it was time for a change, or at least something new, so I'm training to be a barefoot trimmer. And I'm loving it! The trimmer I work with is awesome, works with a lot of founder cases and rescues in addition to just the everyday trims, and it's fascinating stuff. I never knew how much I never knew about hooves. She also does timed endurance riding and took me with her to train a few weeks ago. What a change from my normal peaceful hunters, lol. She was laughing at me though, I insisted on jumping every log on the trail, and when the ride was over, she told me that the horse of hers I was riding was one she had never seen jump, and didn't even knew that she knew how. Apparently she is normally more like a cow than a horse.

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M I need to take you up on that, and we deserve some drinks, but not at the same time! We used to have a tree farm down the road that was all fluffy and tilled and as long as I didn't hit one I had permission to work the horses out there. Ahh bliss letting them go! I'm down!! Missy Moo would be a blast, you'd let me "drive" your cadillac? Heck YEAH!!

I need a girls night out but I'm behind on work, the garden needs fencing tomorrow, and then Easter!?! I'm shaking in my boots. Hope that stupid PCH van shows up soon, else I'm going to be bald by June.

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I'm heading over to the 40's thread...
XC? Cantering? I'm getting old!!

I'm happy to have horses that only know three things now: walk, jog, and WOAH! Would love to have the time to start training for endurance again. Until then I'll live vicariously through those that do on here and say a prayer when you guys attempt those courses!
I want my mojo back!!!!
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Stick with me Fly! I have a xc course at my disposal.... I say its going to take some dutch courage to get me over anything! Myself and Bandit have an agreement - slow is good

Ah to think 11 years ago I came over here to specifically ride racehorses..... how times have changed lol!

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