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        08-06-2012, 04:04 PM
    Welcome to the thread horsnaround! I was a member of the site also for several months before I finally took the time to start posting and getting involved. Now I'm addicted!
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        08-06-2012, 05:15 PM
    Hello everyone! I've caught up on all my reading of the last couple of weeks posts, and will start a separate post to comment on everything. I like Susan's idea of opening a new window to see everything, lol! :)
    I just wanted to say welcome to the newbies, I found one over on another board this morning, and directed her our way- she's 52. I know you all will love it here, I do, even when I'm in and out, mostly out lately, I always feel comfortable here!
    I finally have a profile pic- hoping it is actually showing up. She is Suzie, my lesson horse, who I've completely fallen for! We weren't too sure of each other at first, and every time I miss a lesson, she has to make sure that I really am the boss. She is sweet, gentle, and has just a little bit of stubborness. She lets me come out to the pasture and bring her in, no problems(doesn't do that for RI, lol!) I am now at the point where I can tack her up and bridle her, no help, no supervision, and she is a perfect angel with my clutziness and fumble fingers. I keep telling RI she should be my horse! ;) One of these days I'll bring a camera with me to lesson, so you can all see Suzie and I together!
        08-06-2012, 06:44 PM
    Eliduc, so sorry you lost Gillie. He was one beautiful boy! Hope your new gelding lives a long, happy life.

    Journey is around 18. Not sure. Her past before I had her is hazy. She does well except for a bit of stiffness and a fat tummy from having a crippled rider this summer. It is so great to be feeling better.

    I just got home from my family reunion weekend and visiting Daddy in assisted living. So ready to get out and see what te Journey girl has been up to. She usually stays out of trouble in the pasture. She's one of the mares who says, "Hey, boys and girls. None of that sass."

    Congrats to Sophieeeee~!!! On her drill practice. And Grace and Kes on their ribbons~!!! And Saphira on her progress~!!! And salutations to everyone else.

    And warm welcomes to all the new faces!

    Wow, I'm full of exclamation points this evening. I need a nap.
        08-06-2012, 08:32 PM
    Good afternoon everyone nice to see you all again
    I am going to my lesson tomorrow
        08-06-2012, 09:10 PM
    Wow! 478 pages. Those foals can be dangerous. I suspect it's a natural instinct for self preservation. Those little feet are like 44 mag bullets. I was about to trim a four month old Qtr. Baby years ago and it let fly with a hind foot and THWACK!!!! It kicked my rasp which thankfully was in front of my crotch at the time. I started laughing and THWACK!!! It kicked the rasp again. It's aim was excellent. I moved back a little.
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        08-06-2012, 09:12 PM
    Hi all!

    Am going back to re-read everything I missed over the weekend, but wanted to give more details of the show now that I am rested.

    I'll start from the beginning of the day, as I had said in my earlier post, I had many highs and lows and lots of stress.

    We started at the barn at 5 am, got Kes and the two other horses loaded and on our way. Hubby drove. I could hear some kicking back there, but checked once at a stop light and all looked fine. Got to the show, pulled out the other two horses, and got to Kes. She was drenched, I mean absolutely drippin in sweat. Her show sheet was drenched, and ripped. Pull her out quickly and into the stall at the show, and start drying her off and getting her to drink. She recut above her eye, same place as last time, and has two big scrapes at her point of hip. Her hip is bleeding and swollen. I have a break down and just start bawling. This is what I had been so scared of and it had happened again. Hubby snaps me out of it, and I start working on the wounds. I had packed all her boo boo meds from the last time, just in case, so cleaned it up, put the antibiotics on, and then the corona paste. I scratched my first class, Halter Hunter Type. I let her rest for an hour, and she seems calm and happy, eating and drinking, I call both my trainer (he's home sick) and my vet. Both say she is ok to show. Bleeding stops, scrapes are superficial, swelling goes down.

    I tack up, go into our first class. She just knows what to do and where she is. She's in full show horse mode, and takes first. Then takes first in our second class. I was elated, so proud of her. I then head over to the trails class, which was very intimidating. She completes the whole thing, including one of those swim noodle car wash set ups, a jump, a waterfall,a gate, and a buried tarp among other things. We take third in trails which was so exciting, since we'd never done anything like that at home.

    It's about 90 degrees when our first of two canter classes start. Our first class is equitation...I enter the ring wanting to find a competitor to vomit on. Target is identified, I smile and end up taking third place, couldn't believe it. Our second canter class goes very, very well. We have collection, we have great cadence, I'm confident. We're on the correct lead...and then the horse in front of me rears up, high. I use my inside leg to move Kes close to the rail as I see the horse is rearing towards the inside. Kes thinks I'm asking for a flying lead change, which she does beautifully, unfortunately, and then I can't get her to change back. Have to bring her back to the trot and back up into the canter on the correct lead. Judge sees the whole thing. We still placed though with a 5th. So after 5 classes, I take her and hose her off, feed and water her. A lady gives me some Ace pills for our trip home for her. She takes them and looks a little drowsy. I'm hopeful the ride home is going to be calm.

    Another rider from my barn hears my name called over the sound system, I won high point that day for our division. Can't even believe it, it was so amazing to win on our first show together, the rosette is my most prized possession at the moment.

    So, we load up. Kes is fine, we pull away from the show grounds and I hear something going on in the trailer. The truck is moving I jump out and climb up on the trailer to see whats going on, and there is Kes, all four hooves up against the front of the trailer, back against the padded butt bar, and she's pushing her face against the window to get out. She's stuck. I went into complete panic mode screaming for my hubby to get out and help me. I open the trailer, we pull the other horse out (who's an angel through all this) and get to Kes. At this point the show execs have heard us, and run out to help. I get the bumper open, finally and Kes falls to the ground, and is struggling to get up. She finally gets up, the show exec slams the bar up on her, loads the other horse and yells to get her home asap. I'm hysterical. She hugs me, tells me its all ok, get her home fast. Its a 45 minute drive, and I can hear her doing it again back there. I pray the whole way home, completely stressed, that she comes out of this without a broken leg. We pull into the barn, finally, pull out the first horse, get to Kes, who is once again drenched in sweat, shipping boots shredded, and pull her out and hose her down. I look her all over. No new cuts but the cuts from the morning are now bleeding again. I find that her rear shoe is dangling off. Find the shoe puller and get it off, her hoof wall is cracked, and chipping. I was an emotional mess. I am so thankful for my barn friends, who helped me get her hoof taped, wounds bandaged, trailer cleaned and put away, and all my tack away while I stay with Kes to calm her down. I finally get her into her stall and she eats and drinks, and I can leave.

    Hubby took me to dinner, sweat, blood and tear soaked, and got me a huge glass of wine to calm me down. At that point I finally can think logically, and realize it all could have been so much worse, and our farrier can fix the foot, the wounds will heal before the breed show and I can celebrate our performance during the day.

    Soooo, there's the long story. Cheers to all who got through this drama of a story. I am now going to be working with our trainer to get her to realize the trailer isnt a panic zone. Or else I will have to find a way to get her to the show with a supplement or something that doesn't DQ in a blood test. My poor mare, she must have been so terrified to act this way.

    I have vids, just need to upload them...
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        08-06-2012, 09:26 PM
    In my second childhood at 56

    What a wonderful forum! I have always adored horses and always wanted one of my own. 2 years ago, we were fortunate enough to be able to purchase 50 acres. The first thing I put on it was 2 horses. A Appy and Arab. Not being very knowledgable, the Arab was more than my experience (or should I say lack of) could handle. I had several trainers come out, and tell me to sell her, she would never be what I wanted. Not being one to give up easily, I found a wonderful trainer that worked with us. She has turned out to be a wonderful horse and best friend.
    I am enjoying her everyday and teaching my 2 grandaughters to ride, take care of and respect these beautiful creatures.
    I am able to ride several times a week. I rode in my first snow storm last winter, it was awesome!
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        08-06-2012, 09:44 PM
    Awe Grace I feel bad for you and poor Kes
    I hope this does not happen again
    Congratulations with your win
        08-06-2012, 09:46 PM
    Welcome Sinnabun
    Your horse is very nice I love her color
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        08-06-2012, 09:52 PM
    Thanks CW, I'm praying we can get Kes to a point where she doesn't hurt herself in there again. At my illogical point yesterday I was going to never show again. Now I realize that isn't the answer, she needs to learn to be calm when trailering!
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