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        10-12-2013, 10:38 PM
      #13541
    Yearling
    Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends!!

    It was a lovely fall day today and my daughter didn't have to work so we got in some girl time shopping (at the tack store of course). The tack shop just got in the jumping saddle DD has been waiting on since late spring, so she brought it home to try it out. My daughter has the same brand and adjustable tree (genesis system) in her dressage saddle so I'm pretty sure it will be a keeper for her.

    We also took "Cheeky pony" (aka Himmy) to the stable today for winter boarding and to continue her training. Himmy is our 4 y.o. Welsh x Hanovaran mare who is also my daughters potential eventer. She will try out the saddle again on Himmy tomorrow or Monday to be sure it is the right one before she buys.

    I am thinking of taking Koolio to the stable at the end of the month to board as well. Winter is long and brutal here and the days are very short, so not much riding without an indoor arena. The stable has a heated indoor and DD works there part time, so we know the horse carie is excellent. Although I hate paying board, I also know that riding regularly helps me deal with stress. We would also still have two horses (Sam and Sally) at home to ride on those nicer winter days.

    Tomorrow I will cook a Thanksgiving turkey and hopefully get another ride in. Monday is also a holiday, so one extra day to unwind, decompress and relax before going back to work, and another day to reflect upon all that I am thankful for.

    I wish everyone a fantastic weekend!
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        10-13-2013, 08:47 AM
      #13542
    Yearling
    Hi everyone,

    Corgi, hope you are hanging in there!

    Just peaking in to give a teaser of our weekend here at Congress.. Having a super time. Stayed late last night to watch the freestyle reining championships. SO very COOL!!!. Here's a pic of a rider going bridleless. So inspiring.

    Hope you are all getting in some saddle time. Hoping to have daylight and the rain holds off so I can today too!

    Have a good day all!
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        10-13-2013, 11:18 AM
      #13543
    Foal
    NickerMaker I am so jealous! I have always wanted to go to congress. It's on my bucket list for sure.

    It is beautiful here in Michigan. I am fighting the tail end of a cold and hoping that I have the energy for a ride today. All I want to do is go for a walk with my girl but man alive, I am TIRED! LOL Wish me luck.
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        10-13-2013, 04:21 PM
      #13544
    Weanling
    Welcome Bkylem, just jump in the conversation whenever you can.
    Hunter: gorgeous picture with those flaming trees.
    TJ: so happy for you that you got what you wanted. Can't help you with the catering ideas...
    NM: hope your having a great time at the congress; it's the shopping I'm jealous about!
    Koolio: boarding during winter sounds like a good idea, especially if you have also a horse at home to enjoy. Our winters are bad, but I think yours are worse in terms of cold. Did you take your final decision yet?

    Corgi-Ladona: So sorry for your loss, those are hard times. Sending you good thoughts; hope you are surrounded by loving people.

    Enjoying great weather again for the long week end. Rode Eole the grey devil yesterday and he was, well, devilish. We had quite an argument about crossing a little water on the trail. He finally started in, then jumped out sideway... to end up in a ditch full of water!!!
    I rode my mare today and she was an angel as always.
    Tomorrow will be rainy, so I might catch up on paper work and house chores.
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        10-13-2013, 04:26 PM
      #13545
    Weanling
    BTW, that picture is taken on my land. The forest is so nice this time of year, you can see far.

    I forgot, STAN: your Grandson is really a cute boy.
         
        10-13-2013, 07:04 PM
      #13546
    Yearling
    Thanksgiving

    As I sit keeping an eye on the potatoes and the turkey as they cook, I think about all that I am thankful for. My life is truly blessed with a wonderful husband and children, a loving family, good health, a beautiful home, good friends, awesome animals, a decent job, safety, freedom and overall happiness.

    Here are a few more things I am thankful for...

    Fall.


    The ability to enjoy a lovely fall afternoon with my 23 y.o. Gelding Sam.


    Sunshine casting shadows on golden fields after a bountiful crop.




    The place I call home.


    Living here, when the city is way over there.


    I am also grateful for you, my friends on this thread. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!
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        10-13-2013, 07:07 PM
      #13547
    Trained
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    What a beautiful fall day for a ride. Am going on Monday for a long ride with a new girl at the barn. Looking forward to having someone else to ride with.
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        10-14-2013, 10:28 AM
      #13548
    Yearling
    Good morning everyone! We made it home safe and sound...and still feeling the happy feelings of being in my element!!! I SO belonged there!

    So we arrived late on Friday, so we ordered pizza in. Yummy!

    We headed to the fairgrounds and came face to face with TONS of trailers!!!! We did a lot of investigating. Found one better made than all the rest. A Logan. I have a pic.

    We shopped and shopped. Did a little show watching...but a longeing class isn't what I came for....so we shopped some more, . I bought Rainn a pink zebra turnout blanket, black leather chaps (to break the cold fall wind), a few western tops for myself, braided leather reins for Rainn's bridle (although, I love them, so think I will put them on jays, since I ride him most). Bought a beautiful quilted Ariat jacket to wear during fall. It has an embroidered Congress emblem on the back! Yes, I spent the wad!

    We took a break, had a beer, relieved our feet and did a bit more shopping. By then it was time for the reining competition....which we found out earlier you had to purchase tickets weeks before! BUT, sometimes people scalp them......so I said, what the hey, we came all this way, and it's the reining competitions that chose this weekend to go...

    So I scoped the situation. Saw some older gentleman who were the ticket takers talking...I mosied up, asked if they had tickets...no they didn't....oh that's too bad....but I still stood there. A guy gets up, comes back and says, I have two front row, boxed seats I'll sell ya for $100. A $100 BUCKS???? They were originally $120.....

    Well, I don't know what possessed me... But I reached in my purse and grabbed a hundred dollar bill, shoved it at the guy, and grabbed the tickets!! mom commented later that she doesn't know how I pulled that $$$ out so fast!! Hahahaha

    So we found our seats...and for a few minutes, I thought....what the h*** did I just do???? But as the competition got under way.....I was SOOOO happy we were there. It was pro and non-pro freestyle reining. The costumes and patterns were truly amazing. We laughed, clapped, cried, and we gave a standing ovation. SO fun!! We didn't get back tot the hotel until after 11:00. Long day, but so worth the sore feet!

    The next morning we went down to breakfast. There was a guy talking about a new halter he designed, based on a dream he had. He gave each of us one!! Then across the room I spied the woman who won 2nd in the non-pro the night before. I walked up to her to congratulate her. It was her first time to show congress! And did so well. She had caught my attention that night because you could tell that she was there to have fun, and her horse was having fun too, a nice connection.. Anther good reason for going tot the competition....I knew the competitors.

    We got home, and after a nap, I ran to the barn. I saddled up Rainn, as I now have a new respect for my old mare. ( she was a winning reining horse in her day.) pouring down rain, with new reins in my hand, Rainn and I (and Maggie, the dog) rode through my moms fields and trails. . She seemed to know something was up...she was full of pep, and rode spectacularly. I literally had to hold her back..what fun!!

    So, that was our weekend...actually I'm off today, so mom and I are taking a ride later this afternoon. . I'm truly thankful! (Loved your photos Koolio)

    Have a good day all!
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        10-14-2013, 10:30 AM
      #13549
    Yearling
    Me as a horses a$$! Hahaha

    Oh, and I got to wear all my western gear....glitzy belts, jeans and boots! . The more bling the better, hahaha
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        10-14-2013, 10:31 AM
      #13550
    Yearling
    Shopping galore......
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