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        08-26-2012, 09:02 PM
      #1611
    Yearling
    Lol! I found a pretty good tutorial online.

    The Beauty Department: Your Daily Dose of Pretty. - PRETTY POLISH IDEA

    Definitely better than trying to figure it out on my own!
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        08-26-2012, 09:05 PM
      #1612
    Foal
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    Ohh what kinda cake??

    So pretty sure we found the perfect mare! :) a little 13hh+ mare she's absolutley adorable. We think she maybe a Welsh cross appy she's all white with a few spots.
    Great around the kids almost completely de sesnsitised, needs a little work in the saddle but mostly only needs to gain trust. So she's getting a vet check as she has a bit of a turned out hoof but her hooves do need a bit of corrective trimming.
    So if my aunt agrees to buy her I get to take her under my wing for a few weeks and give her a bit if work and my aunt a few lessons so to speak. :)

    So exciting

    That would be fun doing the touch exhibits :) maybe ring them and just ask whats going on, just to ease your mind so you can relax a little, and that would also show your keen. :)
    Whats the worse that can happen? Haha
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    I'm going to, I'm just nervous doing so because it's a big company. >_< It's not like talking to a local place, I'll probably have to be redirected to the human resources department or something, and I don't want to seem bothersome. D:

    I'm sorry to hear about the drama you're experiencing at your barn, Poppy. That reminds me of something I was telling my boyfriend the other day. My boyfriend and I are both relatively new volunteers at a barn near us, probably been there for a couple of weeks, and the adults are always really confident in us. The barn owner talks to us like we're normal human beings. XD I was asking my boyfriend if he noticed the difference in atmosphere when we're around the adults versus when we're around the teens, and he said he does. The teenagers and kids make me feel like I look stupid or something. XD They don't try and reach out and include us in the tasks they're doing, they just kind of have their own little group, much like in high school. And sometimes there will be a lot of them, so we don't want them to feel like we're trying to steal their thunder by asking if we can help, but we also don't want to appear lazy. There are some really nice teenaged girls there, but other times I just feel like a fish out of water. And my boyfriend is the only guy there aside from the BO's husband and teenaged son, so I can only imagine how he must feel among this pack of girls. Oh well. I enjoy being there, I just feel like I'm under scrutiny by people ten years younger than me. I try to be friendly and everything, I just get this "ugh" feeling like I'm back in high school when I'm standing there and I can feel eyes on me, like I'm being judged. I guess it's because we're the "newcomers". That being said, it's a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere. I just don't feel relaxed in the swarm of high-schoolers. ^^;;
         
        08-27-2012, 04:36 AM
      #1613
    Green Broke
    Had another not so good today. *Depressive Rant following* If anyone has some wisdom or advice that can help please, advise away.

    I'm even thinking about selling Rosie. She was just so awful today and I know its because she needs more regular handling. She just needs me to go out there every day and do stuff with her but I am so broke and to go out there everyday would cost me an extra $60 - 70 a week. Not to mention on the days I work I just don't have the time. And to go out there with traffic is taking almost an hour each way. I just really, really don't want to though. And she's not safe enough to lease out.

    I went to look at the other agistment place and I am moving there, unless in the next week I decide to move elsewhere which is not totally off the table. Where I am they have no mandatory worming, no quarantine, no paddock rotation, no safe working areas, the other place is just so much better, but just as far away and even more expensive, but I'd rather just pay it at this point, because she needs her feet done and there is no safe place I can get a farrier to come to where I am.

    I need to move closer, there is a town about 10km from where she is kept and I want to live there but I can't find a room there. But then if I move there its 60km (an hour drive) to the place I'll probably end up going to university next year, so I don't know.

    And my Honours is going really bad, I have four days left until census day, where I can drop it without paying for it. And I am seriously considering it.

    I just don't know what to do anymore. I normally have back up plans but right now I just don't. I don't have a clue what I am doing.
         
        08-27-2012, 04:55 AM
      #1614
    nyx
    Weanling
    I don't know too much about uni, but you only just moved there you may just be over stressed and I hope you don't just jump to the solution that selling rosie is the best answer. Give it some time. Dint ask too much from rosie untill you get all settled and know whats going on. So then you will either have enough time to work her back up to scratch with out leaving it on a bad note when you don't have enough time, or if not it will be totally up to you to make the decision when your not under so much stress..

    I hope things start going your way soon, chin up :)
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        08-27-2012, 08:17 AM
      #1615
    Green Broke
    Thanks Phelan for making me feel old lol. When you referenced teenagers being 10 years younger, it's like no...crap, I'm getting old. My little baby brother turns 21 this year ugh.

    Saskia - Those are some tough decisions. I went through a time where I pretty much gave up at the beginning of last year. I was supposed to be moving to where I am now but I couldn't find a job. And I couldn't move without a job. I was also at a pretty cruicial time of the lawsuit I had against the lady who rear ended my car and that wasn't going so well. I hated living and working where I was and I was ready to give up. But eventually things started to turn around and now I'm happy where I am.

    Deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life reguarding uni is hard. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do when I'm done with my general education at the college I'm at now. There isn't anywhere closer to you that you could board Rosie? With the increased cost of what it would cost to go there everyday, if you are willing to pay that it would open up some more possibilities to where she could go? Yes you pay more but it doesn't cost nearly as much to get to her. And time is money, the less time spent traveling has a price on it.
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        08-27-2012, 08:19 AM
      #1616
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    I signed up for this free online course on Equine Nutrition - https://www.coursera.org/course/equinenutrition

    Maybe somebody else will find it interesting too. :) The course is to start in the beginning of 2013, as far as I understand.
         
        08-27-2012, 09:28 AM
      #1617
    Green Broke
    Thank you Nyx and Poppy for the kind advice.

    Unfortunately the place Rosie is kept at now is the closest to me. There are no other agistment places, riding schools, or anything closer as where I live is considered a national park, so there is very little farmland. The best option is to move house I think, but that is a lot easier said than done, if I move closer to the city the rents go up and cost of board will at least triple, to the point where it will not be affordable, and there will still be some considerable travel time. I'd like to move closer to where she is now, but that is a bit difficult because I can't find housing there. I do want to move though, my flatmate has been smoking a lot of marijuana lately and I don't like the smell at all, along with a whole range of other problems with this place.

    I don't really care about working her, its more that today I could hardly catch her, and could barely lead her. She was just bolting around the paddock, kicking up everywhere, completely off in her own world. I don't know what is going on there, but I think things are unsettling her, either that or she is just going nuts. I can deal with not riding her, but she needs to be able to be caught and handled on the ground, at least for health and safety reasons.

    The new place seems really promising, and she'll be kept in a yard alone for a week (quarantine) which might be a really good chance to work with her without all the distractions of a herd.

    Once she's a little better and I get her back into riding, I was thinking of offering her up for a half lease or something? Does that happen in Australia? Do you think anyone would be interested if they paid $20-30 a week and they could ride her three days or something? I really don't want to sell her.
         
        08-27-2012, 09:38 AM
      #1618
    Green Broke
    Hmm that seems reasonable for a half lease. I would try that first before thinking about selling her.

    I've had bad roommates before, so I know how that goes. The worst roommate I had slept on my couch because it was a 1 bedroom that I had originally moved in with my bf at the time. I kicked him out a week after we moved and I couldn't cover rent on my own. So a friend of mine moved in, he turned out to be the roommate from hell. Some times we got along great and others I couldn't stand him.

    Classes started today for me and it's only 830 am and I already have homework to last all week. I'm taking all online classes but still, grrr, homework already. Pretty sure Composition II will be the end of me. I hate writing essays. And discussion board is mandatory, I never discussed things in a classroom why would I start online....
         
        08-27-2012, 08:32 PM
      #1619
    Green Broke
    I hate discussing things online (like academic things - horse stuff is okay!) but I guess they're just trying to get people to interact and think more about other ideas. You can maybe just write a short review of something and post it? Rather than actually getting into stuff with the others.

    Essay writings not so bad!
         
        08-27-2012, 08:35 PM
      #1620
    Green Broke
    Part of the discussion points are determined on if you actually reply lol. This class will end me. My others don't seem nearly as bad. They are a lot of work but it's so spread out. Speaking of which I am procrastinating coming up with my discussion topic right now....
         

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