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    05-24-2013, 02:12 AM
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Evil- Xmas poneh= AWESOME partner.

Saranda- Im glad he is looking better. Darn those horses always getting hurt, where is the bubble wrap??

Went to see the brown pony today. I think Im going to have to come to terms with the fact that she is a rather fugly animal... haha Big head, buck kneed, sickle hocked. What other boo boos do you guys see? I still think she is adorable, and super sweet but Im biased.(* Disclaimer, I do not condone tying out horses, they are under my grandmas care and she finds it ok. I do not agree with it, but how do you educate a 62 year old woman who has been doing things her way for most of her life? As soon as I find a place to board, she will most certainly be housed properly.Please do not pitchfork me for that.)




Here, call me fugly!

Oh and our ancient donkey Nester says hi! I love this critter!

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    05-24-2013, 03:04 AM
Poor Snickers!! :( I hope he's back to his best soon!

I'm not getting too excited about it lol, it might never happen. All I know is it's a horse, it's "the most beautiful horse" and it's worth about $8000. Which sounds like a lot but in our market that's a really nice OTTB. He said it was to say thank you for what I'd done for him. I told him he didn't have to and that he could have given me a rock for Christmas and I would have been happy - but now I'm hoping he doesn't take that too seriously!

PRETTY PONY!!! Honeysuga that's a little sweetie!
    05-24-2013, 03:13 AM
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Evil- What about a multi carat sparkly rock attached to a chunk of metal? Seems like he is going the extra mile to make you happy, congrats!!

(oh and she isnt really a pony, actually quite tall full sized horse ;), just no name for her yet so I call her the brown pony)
    05-24-2013, 05:12 AM
Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
Evil- What about a multi carat sparkly rock attached to a chunk of metal? Seems like he is going the extra mile to make you happy, congrats!!
Well seeing as he seems to go the extra mile to make me cranky half the time, I'm settling for nothing less than a really nice horse Which I'd far prefer over an engagement ring because...well...HORSES!

I call anything under about 16hh a pony - not at all correct but anything smaller than that just seems like a little cutie to me. Hehe.
    05-24-2013, 06:34 AM
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Got a nice picture from last autumn from a photographer who had visited us back then. :)

    05-24-2013, 06:35 AM
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Wow I've been busy so I forgot to update. Lizzy will be just fine. Vet figures it was trauma of some kind, probably kicked herself somehow. She just needs to stay wrapped for a few days and some bute. Vet said 2 days off but I'm giving her a week just to be safe. My barn is just amazing. They stalled her Tuesday night because she kept getting her wraps wet from the mud and then she just stayed in until the vet came. They change the wraps for me and everything. They truly care about every horse.

Saranda, don't they just love to hurt themselves?! Glad it's nothing serious.

Evil I wish my bf wanted to buy me more horses lol. You're very lucky.

Honey I love the horses and long ears. And they sure have a lot of grass must be pretty happy horses.
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    05-24-2013, 09:57 PM
The pictures are lovely!

Honeysuga, the 'brown pony' is very nice! Love the long ears as well!

Sarandra, that is a really cute picture of you guy!

Today was rainy and very windy. I had set up for a riding lesson and I couldn't move it to a different day because I am on a tight schedule right now with everything building up before I leave for BC. I really wanted another riding lesson before I leave so my instructor and I braved the rain and wind for an amazing jumping lesson!
My first time ever in an english saddle and first time to try my hand at jumping properly.
The saddle felt a little weird when I first got on, but after a couple circles at the walk and then onto a trot, I forgot it was different. In fact I liked it a lot more than western or australian. Much more room to move.

We worked on my trotting for a bit, getting the mare to move out into a bigger trot for posting can be exhausting. LOL! I did get her there! Then we switched directions and did it all again, and worked on posting with the correct diagonals. I always post to the left front, so I have to work on posting to the right front when going to the right.

After cantering a bit, we worked on two-point. When C (my riding instructor) thought I had that good enough she set up a very small cross rail and had me do a trot approach, jump, canter depart. We did this both ways, and also slipped in a canter approach, jump, and canter depart from each direction.

C set the cross rails up a bit higher (1 1/2 feet maybe) and then had me go over it a couple times each way. I stayed with a trot approach on that height though.

She took a little video of my last jump. It felt really good, and I actually don't look all that bad. You know when you have this mental image of yourself riding and how you must look? (I'm a little overweight so I imagine myself looking much larger than I actually do when riding)

This lesson she did a lot of 'fast-forwarding', hence the canter approach in my first jumping lesson. She wanted me to get a good feel for the basics of jumping, since this was my last lesson (for a while anyways) she just touched on a lot of things.

One thing I have been very happy to learn from her, is that I have very good balance and a good seat. Those are things I thought I needed to work on. I guess all the bareback riding I did helped me more than I thought.

I can't figure out how to post a video from FB to here. (I don't think I'm allowed to post a FB link) If you would like to see the video, just add me on FB. My name is Lydia Holter, just send me a note saying who you are.
Either that, or maybe someone can tell me how to add the video to here. It's all of 7 seconds long, but I love it!

If you couldn't tell, I am very excited about this lesson! Also very excited to have tried jumping and liked it! (My fear was to try it and find I didn't like it.)
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    05-25-2013, 01:23 AM
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GG- Glad you had a great lesson. Its always nice to know you are doing things right :)

Well the brown pony has a name! Brooke announced to me today that her name is Raze. It was either that or Drizella or Cupcake... I chose Raze.

My poor munchkin has a horrible ear infection and allergies to boot. She was napping at daycare when I picked her up(the child that never naps) then cried at lunch. But after some motrin, mcdonalds. And a new my little pony, she was just fine. Until bedtime when I had to put her ear drops in... then it was time for the whining and pouting and complaining that she couldnt hear the tv. Poor little girl I hope she is better in the morning!
    06-11-2013, 08:21 PM
Completely off topic here, but do any of the other 20 something's here feel like people doubt your abilities/experience as a horse person just because you're a 20 something?

Edit: I'm not saying I'm the world's most knowledgeable horse person, I still have a lot to learn, but I know a whole lot more than a lot of people. I just hate when someone older than me doubts me just because of my age.
    06-16-2013, 06:22 PM
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It's been a while since Snickers is all ok again, and we've been having so much fun! I had a lesson with the BO, who is a jumping trainer, and it was both challenging and exciting. We worked on a grid, among other things, and in the end we jumped a 80cm high oxer - first time in my and in Snickers' experience, and the trainer was just as firm as necessary, and very encouraging at the same time. I learned so much and booked our next lesson for next week. Today. On the other hand, I did a little bit of vaulting for the first time of my life, and it helped me heaps with my balance and confidence.

We also had a scary incident just a few days ago. I decided to go for a trail walk, first time on our own since we moved barns, and wanted to do some hillwork. But, just as we started trotting in those hills, a loud noise of an engine approached rapidly in a matter of few seconds, and suddenly an ATV jumped roaring from a lower patch of the terrain! We had our reflective gear all over us, but it seemed that the driver didn't even notice that. He had no helmet on, probably was drunk, and raced in circles as a madman all around us without stopping!

Snickers panicked (he is usually very calm around traffic, but this was too sudden even for me!), tried making a 180 degree turn and galloping home, but I managed to stop that somehow, and then he exploded into a full-scale rodeo fit. I don't know how I stayed up, honestly, he doesn't pull off such stunts usually, but I did, pulled his head up and managed to do a one-rein stop, stood for a second and then dismounted, as I felt another explosion coming up soon. He was completely panicked, started rearing by the reins, was sweating all over, trembling and discharging liquid piles one after another. I lead him away from the danger, managed to calm him down with some groundwork, and finally it felt safe enough to mount him again and we ended up with having a nice ride on another part of the trails... I'm still livid, though, would like to meet that crazy driver and tell him all I think!

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