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        07-11-2012, 01:44 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Smile Hey from California!!

    Hi everyone! I'm Ani Rene, but just call me Ani. Not like Annie though - like Aww-knee, if that makes any sense?

    So.. about me.. Well, I'm from CA - Bay Area, to be exact. I love horses? Well of course I do! Sorry, I'm not good at talking about myself. Anyways, I've only actually been riding for like a year, which I'm sorta self-conscious about, since I'm 15 years old! At least my instructors think that's a good thing, since it means that I'm "old enough to understand why I have to do what I do" when I'm riding, or something like that. But I just feel like I've missed out on a lot of precious time that I could have spent becoming a better rider!):

    I'm banned from riding THIS WHOLE SUMMER!): My parents decided to use my love for all things horse against me by saying that I had to get all A's and B's if I wanted to keep riding. This last term, I met all the grade requirements, except for in ONE CLASS. It was a C+, 78.89%, to be exact.. Uggh, I try not to think about it, because whenever I do, it makes me feel like crap.-___- I wish they would just take my cellphone or something, but I guess they know that I wouldn't mind.. I suppose someday I'll appreciate how hard they tried to help me succeed. But for now... Sigh.):

    Anyways, I was going to lease a horse named Bugz this summer. He's a gorgeous 7 year old registered Paint horse (16 hands), with a bit of attitude under saddle. I was really excited about it, since my instructor thought that I could handle him, and because when I rode him in lessons, we just.. I don't know, clicked? It felt right, if you know what I mean, but then my report card came in.. And I thought I understood the math, too! But all this has made me love horses even more, and I know that next year I'll get the grades I need to earn them back!(: So for a while I'm only allowed to visit the place that I ride, to say hey to all of my friends there whenever I get the chance. And I volunteer at a Hippotherapy place once a week, so I'm glad I at least have that to look forward to.

    Nothing much else to say, except that I might be moving sometime this summer. My parents really want to, but they've done that before, only to not follow through, so I'm sort of like, "I'll believe it when I see it." But I'm okay with moving. I've lived in the same house my whole life, so while I'll be sad to go, I'm excited for a bit of change. Plus, the area we'll be looking at is more or less horse country. Which would be nice, considering it's a 20 minute drive from my house to where I ride.

    Oh, and I got stung by a bee for the first time yesterday, if I makes any difference to you, LOL. I've never broken any bones, so that was probably the most pain I've ever felt in my life, other than the time I had to trot without stirrups for an hour when I was first learning to trot! Hehe, I couldn't walk for a couple of days! But now the sting just feels like a giant mosquito bite covering the entire lower part of my arm! And just to put things straight, no, I didn't aggravate the bee at all! I was just suntanning in my backyard quietly, and then it felt like my arm was on fire! :3 So if anyone knows a good cheap home remedy for itchiness, it would be greatly appreciated.<3

    Anyways, if you actually read all that, thanks for taking your time to do so, and I can't wait to get to know everyone here! Where I live, not many people are into horses the way I am, since they're so expensive. My family members aren't really into them either, so I always feel sort of alone when it come to talking about hobbies. And real quick - I'm on the volleyball team at school, I love writing, and I can't wait to get my driving learner's permit in December! So I'll stop typing now - don't want to kill anyone with words! And I'll try and post some photos later when I get home. I'm at my cousin's house, so I can't get to my pictures for now. So.. it's nice to meet you I guess, and I promise I talk way more in person, so you're lucky you probably won't ever have to do that!(x
         
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        07-11-2012, 04:28 PM
      #2
    Showing
    I once stepped on a bee (it was taking a nap on my flipflop at lunch) and yeah that IS VERY painful. I've not broken anything either but I have sprained a few things and that was awful...

    But welcome! I know the whole No As or Bs = no horses deal. Course my mom used to take them away just because they were "expensive and unnecessary" yeah... sure.

    You'll like the forum :) Happy you can at least volunteer.
         
        07-11-2012, 04:36 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Hey from the midwest! Sorry you lost riding privileges this summer..that's really tough. Welcome to the forum...and yep stings really hurt
         
        07-11-2012, 10:22 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the forum!! Sorry you can't ride and got stung, i've been stung by just about everything with a stinger lol so I know that it hurts.
         
        07-12-2012, 03:58 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thanks you guys! Nice to meet you all.(:

    Oh and my arm is already much better now - and I think something about bee venom is good for your skin, because my face seems much softer than usual! Plus I read that getting stung gives your immune system a boost. I was a little skeptical at first, but it turns out that toothpaste is really good for the itching!

    I'm looking forwards to seeing you all more around the forum![=
         
        07-12-2012, 04:27 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Welcome! My daughter is just a little younger then you and I have used the no riding thing for motivation before. Luck for her she hasn't gotten to the point were I have had to do it. From a mother's point of view, it's hard to find things to motivate kids to put effort into things they don't like but are important (like Math...which by the way I used to teach math and I promise, it is important, lol). Keep at it and try to find a tutor or a teacher who can explain it to you in a way that clicks. Sometimes math can seem so much harder then it is when you have a teacher who doesn't recognize that different students learn different ways. If you ever have a math question feel free to email e or send me a PM. :)

    I will give you some advice though. If you go up to your mom and speak to her maturely and show her that you really are trying in math (even during the summer), maybe you can work something out so you can start riding again.

    Sorry about the bee sting. I am terrified of insects and it has been a long time since I have been stung by a bee. I like to keep it that way!
         
        07-12-2012, 05:25 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Smile

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    Originally Posted by uflrh9y    
    Welcome! My daughter is just a little younger then you and I have used the no riding thing for motivation before. Luck for her she hasn't gotten to the point were I have had to do it. From a mother's point of view, it's hard to find things to motivate kids to put effort into things they don't like but are important (like Math...which by the way I used to teach math and I promise, it is important, lol). Keep at it and try to find a tutor or a teacher who can explain it to you in a way that clicks. Sometimes math can seem so much harder then it is when you have a teacher who doesn't recognize that different students learn different ways. If you ever have a math question feel free to email e or send me a PM. :)

    I will give you some advice though. If you go up to your mom and speak to her maturely and show her that you really are trying in math (even during the summer), maybe you can work something out so you can start riding again.

    Sorry about the bee sting. I am terrified of insects and it has been a long time since I have been stung by a bee. I like to keep it that way!
    Thank you so much! It's really nice to get some words of encouragement from someone who isn't my mom or dad, haha. I know math is important, but sometimes it's easy to forget that, what with calculators and such.(x My parents are super strict when it comes to promises, and we even made a whole little contract about the whole no horses thing. But they also know how hard I'd been trying to keep my grades up this year, so that's why they agreed to at least allow me to be around horses some of the time, (visiting the stable and volunteering for a hippotherapy place,) and I'm grateful and lucky they even allowed that.

    My aunt always found math easy, and she's great at explaining things to me, so she helped me tons with homework. And my uncle is an accountant, so I guess it's fair to say that he's pretty good with numbers, too. And a couple weeks ago I checked out a bunch of Geometry books from the library, just to look through and to see what I could understand, just to get a little head start on 10th grade. The earliest chance I'll get to earn my riding back at this point is after the first quarter, when I get my report card. So I can't wait until then.(: And the part that's funniest to me, is that after all this, my parent's plan has worked, because now I'm even more motivated to get perfect grades! But I'm not going to let them know that..LOL.

    So again, thanks for the kinds words. Oh, and I might just take you up on tha offer for help in math - I hope you like Geometry, hehe!(:
         
        07-12-2012, 06:40 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Well it sounds like your parents know what is best, because it's working like you said. :)

    I know it may seem like your parents are strict, but I know from experience, that the kids whose parents let them do whatever and get away with everything are not the kind of people anyone aspires to be. Just from your posts I can tell you are a very mature, well spoken young lady, so they must be doing something right.

    If you google 10th grade online math games you'll find some cool sites. The one I have my kids use is Fun Kids Online Math Games but it only goes up to simple algebra. But if you need practice with fractions and other facts, it's a good site.

    Good luck, and just think by the end of the first quarter you are going to be so proud of how well you have done in math and it will make getting to ride again that much more worth it.
         

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