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post #11 of 35 Old 08-09-2012, 11:18 PM
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How about this to warm a heart?

Or many years ago at her first in barn show on a lesson pony

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post #12 of 35 Old 08-09-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Wow <3 that is heart warming ^^
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post #13 of 35 Old 08-09-2012, 11:51 PM
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It is important to have hope for the future, but so often I find myself feeling more and more hopeless. Especially when being surrounded by the worst of the worst.
Can totally relate to that. I have days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months of feeling that way - and then something good happens and refuels me. It's hard to see the good when you only see the crap sometimes.
Thanks also for your comment about my fostering.

I don't think that some here are reading your follow up post. I thought you were a 'riding horses is abuse type' from the first post here.
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post #14 of 35 Old 08-09-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Haha I realize the first post sounds like that - but I love riding my horse,though I don't get to often xD I'm just the type that wishes people would appreciate horses even if you can't ride them anymore.
I have a pony that someone told me that if I ever got another horse I should just get rid of him, since he's 'just a companion horse' for my other horse. O.O I was so stunned I couldn't even respond. My pony is my little muffin! Get rid of him? HAAA - in fact I generally do more with him than my mare! I'm hoping to take him packing and teaching him agility. PSH shows what some people know -.-'

You're right we definitely need that refueling. I feel like people like you and me are in the 'battlefield' and it's so hard to remember there is peace in the world.

I wish others would read my follow up, they'd probably be less snappy about it >.<

BTW: I just looked at your horse - what a beauty! He's got such a sweet face ^^
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post #15 of 35 Old 08-09-2012, 11:58 PM
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I wasn't trying to be mean to anyone...but it isn't all gloom & doom. Heck, I'm a 54 year old guy whose wife accuses him of whispering sweet nothings into his mare's ears...

"There goes Earl!"
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post #16 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 12:03 AM
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I hope you didn't feel I was snappy. I see it everyday at the barns, I see the meanness at the shows. But that child brings back my hope every time. Some day I will write a book called "who rescues who..". They have done more for her than hours of therapy and millions of dollars ever could. She saved ones life, and in turn They saved hers.
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post #17 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 12:13 AM
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I never pass up the opportunity to show off my beautiful high powered cruelly trained horse

Bridleless ^^







And now teaching my autistic seven year old cousin to ride :)

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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #18 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 12:13 AM
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You're right we definitely need that refueling. I feel like people like you and me are in the 'battlefield' and it's so hard to remember there is peace in the world.
Refueling is HUGE. The burn out rate is enormous because the stress is so high. When people who care burn out, they are fewer left who have the time or inclination to step up. It's very important to take time for you so you keep up the fight.

Thanks for the comment about Lucas, he's loveable, but somewhere a village is missing their idiot. They can't have him back of course.
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post #19 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 02:35 AM
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Nope; we're out here hiding. I am very patient and loving with my horse. We train but he LOVES it and we hang out, and he LOVES it :)
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post #20 of 35 Old 08-10-2012, 02:58 AM
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First photo: My oldest daughter on a horse we bought for two hundred dollars, because you couldn't pick his back feet up unless you had a death wish. Not only is he shod all around now, that's a dog swimming behind him. And that daughter? Certified in equine search and rescue in King and Snohomish counties with that 'worthless' horse.

Second photo: My ex boyfriend's daughter, only 3 total years riding, now qualified for state fair on the white horse, and riding the bay to get him ready for my more timid daughter to ride next year.

Third photo: Timid daughter on the horse that's worth his weight in gold, smiling, cantering, and knowing she's going to get last place because he hates performance, but doing her absolute best. Oldest daughter taught this horse to game. He's amazing.

Fourth photo: Youngest daughter, riding a horse that was dropped in our lap when we weren't looking, who wouldn't pick up his left lead, and reared if you made him work. Probably the second most valuable horse we own now, after all of her hard work. (She works to pay for her lessons from our trainer, and not only can that horse game and win, he can slow it right down and do performance, and is a DREAM on the trail.)

Fifth photo:Oldest daughter on the icelandic horse that I started. I hated him when my mom bought him (he kicked out at my head) but now, he's getting reds in gaming, which is not easy around here, and doing just great! Ex boyfriend's daughter taught him to game.

Sixth photo: Youngest daughter on the same icelandic horse. He dumped her, and broke her arm once, but she got back on (with cast, with doctor's permission) and taught him a thing or two about how NOT to go for the gate.

Last photo: Two of my girls, and one of my 4-h'ers, at a show. The 4-h'er could barely ride the deadest of horses last year, but is getting reds in her riding classes this year, and got reserve in showmanship at her last show.

There will always be 'A Girl and Her Horse'.

We all trail ride, how else could we relax and stay sane? Although many of the trails I rode as a child are gone, many more are still there, and we still ride them. Through the back country horsemen of washington, we fight to keep our trails open. There is likely a back country horsemen group near you, why not join?
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