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post #1 of 25 Old 06-20-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question More Pony Posse....

Some of you may have seen a thread in which I mention the "Pony Posse" at the new stable I'm at, and we all sort of joked, etc. Well....

Today I pick up the paper and in the sports I see pretty much a who's who of the Pony Posse???? Pics with their ponies and talk of their accomplishments...One girl qualified for Pony Finals 2010 in Kentucky and USEF 2010 Pony Medals finals. Another rode to the Medium Green ponies championship in Rosco and qualified two other ponies for 2010 Pony Finals. The third states that she's actually a "former" Pony Posse and now president of it and that she went to USDF Region 4 championships last year..

Ok, so.. it seems they are pretty good and our trainers do a great job with these kids and ponies. Most of them are polite and the one going to Finals actually has a sign up that she is "working her way" to finals and lists all the odd jobs she is willing to do to earn money from tack cleaning to babysitting. I even saw her clean out and re-organize someone's tack locker...even leaving a little mint!! I thought it was just darling. So I was somewhat starting to change my opinion of this group of kids....until I saw the stable calendar.

The whole week this week the indoor arena is closed for the specific use of the Pony Posse. Say What???? It was closed last weekend for a clinician that was brought in. Ok, so now I'm a little concerned. I pay the same amount of board and yet...all day 24/7 for a week no using the indoor arena...at least I think that is what it was meant when it was blocked off. They didn't put 9-5 or anything like that. We do have a hunt field which Cinny goes nuts in and a dressage arena that is currently just a plowed spot with no rails...which I will do no more than walk Cinny in be because he always eyeballs the adjacent 100 acre cornfield of baby corn and grabs at the bit. I think he seriously contemplates just ditching me and running for it when we are out there lol.

I moved to this stable for 3 reasons...It's an english show stable one of the few in this STATE, there are three great trainers especially with dressage and....an arena I can actually use no matter what the weather. The biggest issue with my last facility was that there was only an outdoor arena and it rains here at least 3 days a week. The arena took at least 2 days to dry and then when it did it was cement until the BO could pull herself away from reading craigslist adds long enough to drag it...and then it turned into a cesspool of large dirt clods. When I toured this facility and asked about the arenas, the clinicians, the lessons, if there were times the indoor arena specifically wouldn't be available I was not told about Pony Posse hostile takeovers...only the 1 clinic a month and the 2-4 shows a year (depending on if/when they decide to include a few of their "casual no dress" shows).

So I'm thinking of writing the BO at the new place an email and asking if there are specific hours and telling her how I think it's unfair to the rest of us boarders...but not sure how to not be a B about it. I really don't want to move because IMHO this is the BEST boarding facility within an hours drive. But...if I can't work Cinny consistently I am afraid it will be a two steps forward/one step back sort of thing with him. And I really really do NOT want to make any waves here.

What do you guys think??? Oh, and a few pounds of carrots to all of you who read my lil novel....
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post #2 of 25 Old 06-20-2010, 02:40 PM
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Obviously anything concerning this "Pony Posse" gets my attention! I still grin at the mere mention of it.

Cinny, you are within your rights to inquire about the blocked usage of the arena. You are a paying customer, and not getting a reduced board fee for this inconvenience. Simply state what you did in your post. Perhaps there is a set time for the PP to use the arena. If not, maybe because of your inquiry and concern about your loss of time and training with your horse, there will be a set time.

Please keep us informed on how this plays out, and (I realize this is kinda sick on my part) any further developments concerning the Pony Posse.

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I would also write the BO and say that you're disappointed that she did not mention this to you--since it seems it is a pretty big deal. However, the "1 clinic a month" guesstimate could mean 4 clinics one month, and none the next.

I would still write her, but since it is a limited engagement (not like they're coming in every Tuesday and Thursday) don't make too much of a fuss.
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Oh I know the clinics are only 1 per month and they don't do more than one in each month. She just wrote back and told me it's only the afternoons...which is nice for most but not for me. I only have childcare 1pm to 6pm ha ha ha. She also said it is only once a year, one week during summer. So ok, I can live with that.

I think I'm going to work on lunging Cinny outdoors..even though he is currently having some bad habit pick up with is lunging. Maybe the change off scenery will help. And then if they get done by 4 (which with the BO's swimming pool a mere 200 yards away, could reasonably happen) I will ride. If not I will maybe watch and get to know these kids a bit better... there may be a time when I may need someone to lunge, supplement or work Cinny and usually pre-teen girls are more than willing to work with another horse if they have time :) and it doesn't hurt that for some reason the girls just gush over Cinny these days.

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Wait, these girls are allowed to just take over the arena for an entire week?
I have never, ever been to a barn that allows people to "book" the arena like that (aside from clinics, shows, etc). Even during lessons you should still be allowed to ride in the arena as long as you're polite and don't get in the way.

I guess that's good that it's only for the one week, but it would have been nice if she had told you about it.
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Obviously anything concerning this "Pony Posse" gets my attention! I still grin at the mere mention of it.

Cinny, you are within your rights to inquire about the blocked usage of the arena. You are a paying customer, and not getting a reduced board fee for this inconvenience. Simply state what you did in your post. Perhaps there is a set time for the PP to use the arena. If not, maybe because of your inquiry and concern about your loss of time and training with your horse, there will be a set time.

Please keep us informed on how this plays out, and (I realize this is kinda sick on my part) any further developments concerning the Pony Posse.
Haha don't worry walkamile I look forward to this too it cracks me up!

Well I would be able to live with one week a year... I do think she should of told you when you first came to the barn though.

somewhere behind the rider you've become the hours of practice you've put in & the coaches that have pushed you is the little girl who fell in love with the sport and never looked back. ride for her.
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post #7 of 25 Old 06-22-2010, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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OMG, it was CRAZY last night. I forgot that Pony Posse has their little weekly get together/lessons Monday nights and I started Cinny late. We are in the arena, and he is just being a gem. All of a sudden I hear screaming and screeching....in come the Pony Posse en masse. I know Cin needs to get used to this stuff so I just tapped him with my lil dressage stick (I only use it to tap for attention) and his ears turned back to me and he went back to work and ignored them. But the next thing I know we have 8 ponies in the arena with us being cantered around like little the little demons that they are ha ha. Cinny just about came UNGLUED. He HATES ponies. The girls were being polite and they did follow general etiquette so they weren't doing anything wrong at all, just Cinny had a lot of trouble concentrating. Every time one cantered up and passed us from behind I could feel him shifting his behind and try to aim to kick at them. And talk about teeth gritting, I'm surprised he has any left. I walked him one more time around to give him some experience and left because I was sure he was a ticking time bomb at that point.

Note to self.....never ride on Mondays after 4pm!! Poor Cinny ha ha.
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Oh goodness poor Cinny! Well that's good that they were using good etiquette, some of the girls where I ride never do and almost run into someone.

somewhere behind the rider you've become the hours of practice you've put in & the coaches that have pushed you is the little girl who fell in love with the sport and never looked back. ride for her.
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I think in the long run it was a really good experience for him. If I am going to eventually have him in shows, then he needs to get used to general silliness and traffic....especially if I am going to have him in a "warm up" ring at a show. I just don't think I was ready for it yet ha ha.
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Warm up rings are the most dangerous place in the entire world, I SWEAR!

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Gah.
Haha, anyway,
These girls remind me of a group of girls we had around here, a lot more professional and better riders mind you.. but around here there was a group that everybody knew, all of which were under 11 that would fly through the park and up and down busy streets bareback, sometimes two to a horse, no parents EVER in sight, horses drenched in sweat, kids nearly killing themselves...
Funny how preteen girls have such a way of making themselves known ;D
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