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    01-27-2013, 11:47 PM
Maybe I'll have to just start packing them in advance so I can just grab one quickly. He's definitely special alright, and likes to keep me on my toes... but I guess that's a good thing, it'll give me more experience for the day when I get another horse to call my own. He has his days when he's alright as well, last ride must've just been a bad day because he was much more cranky than usual and the ride before that, he didn't even flinch when I brushed him off. In fact, I stood there for a good five minutes just brushing his face. He doesn't get into it like Indie did but I was pleasantly surprised that he didn't pin his ears, at least not until I accidentally went in the wrong direction. :P

And on another note, I finally found someone to do the tail hair bracelet. I'm just getting a simple braided one but I'm going to get a single turquoise glass bead on it, and she said she'd be able to send the excess hair back if there was any. I also printed off a picture of Indie and I's first day together to hang on my wall. I love it, we were walking away from the camera and we were both lifting our feet at the same time, her left rear was kicking dust the same time as my left foot so it is a cool little detail. Then you can just see her ears perked forward and how I'm glancing kind of sideways at her. I edited it slightly just to add more saturation and to emphasize the turquoise of her polo wraps.

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    01-30-2013, 08:56 AM
So, last night for my lesson, I rode Major... apparently Roger was in an absolutely terrible mood and had already bucked Laura off that day. I didn't doubt it either, he started doing his angry teeth grinding as soon as I opened the stall door so good thing I was told before I started getting him ready. I was in need of a more relaxing ride anyways. Major had already been ridden that day but my instructor said he was going horribly then, so she was happy I got him going so well. I have to admit, despite not getting regular work, he was going pretty good... but got a bit grouchy when I started leg yielding him at the canter. He could throw a fit all he wanted but it doesn't hurt too bad falling off of him if I even did... although he could be mistaken for a rodeo horse on the lunge. I was lungeing him one time, and a search & rescue team was at the end of the arena (people had been hearing noises coming from the river and my instructor was the one to call it in)... since it was winter and I hadn't been done for a couple days, Major decided to throw buck after buck and at times, was completely off the ground. People were asking my instructor if he was just being trained and they seemed shocked when she said I show him in the summer and we do quite well.

The girl I ride with got her horse. A 13 year old Thoroughbred. I can't help but wonder why in the world my instructor let her get a Thoroughbred (since she was the one who told me that Thoroughbreds aren't for first time owners.. and this girl is relatively new to riding anyways)... but oh well. The horse seemed like a bit too much to handle at times, but I'm just going to pray that Laura hops on him every now and again just so that his training stays up to par. I'll be honest and say that I am slightly jealous, not because of the horse specifically but because she even has a horse and he probably won't be taken away from her. She said she's taking a year off school this year and going to community college... so I guess she has time for all that. I'll just wait until I have a job and can afford to board at a super nice barn with a super nice trainer who would help me train my new horse to compete at lower level (maybe higher) dressage or even eventing. I wish I could get a horse sooner though.

Life just isn't fair, that's all there is to it.
    01-31-2013, 12:26 PM
Green Broke
Envy is one of the seven deadly sins.......just try to be happy for her....

Now, think about poor ole Roger.....every time someone shows up he has to go to work....Maybe you should feed him a slice of apple...even if he doesn't work.....just because.

He might be happier to see you next time.....

As far as have to like him first...before he'll like you, or so it seems to me.

Always practice random acts of kindness......and not just with horses....people will love you for it too....
    01-31-2013, 12:35 PM
I agree with GS here. Poor Roger is certainly not the happiest horse right now. And apparently nobody has time or interest in finding out why. So that random apple just might make his day....don't expect him to be all sweet with you for it....he will be just less grouchy
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    01-31-2013, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
I agree with GS here. Poor Roger is certainly not the happiest horse right now. And apparently nobody has time or interest in finding out why. So that random apple just might make his day....don't expect him to be all sweet with you for it....he will be just less grouchy
Exactly...IMO Roger's probably had his heart broken so many times he's not willing to love anyone again....because he doesn't want his heart broken again......such is the life of a lesson horse.....some adapt, and some don't.

The easy things in life usually don't bring near as much satisfaction as the challenges....anyone can ride an easy horse.....the trick, as I see it, would be to get Rodger where he wants you to ride him.

I'd also suggest grooming him even though you're not going to ride him....and think there's much to be gained by working with Roger.

Now I also want to warn you....he just might steal your heart too....
    02-01-2013, 01:34 PM
Totally agree. Just remember that with Indie, you spent time doing things with her that weren't just riding. Roger could probably use a little extra too.

It's kind of hard to begin with though. I've been riding a "difficult" mare in lessons. The first time I brought her into the barn, she started sweating in the tie stall and was an absolute terror to handle. The last few months, I've been showing up really early for my lesson and just taking that little bit of extra time to groom, scratch, talk, etc. Last night, when I walked away to change into my boots, she whinnied after me and wouldn't stop pawing until I came back. This horse used to try and run me over repeatedly the first few times I went to catch her. To say I was surprised was an understatement.

Give Roger a chance - he might surprise you. And since it looks like he's going to be the guy you're dealing with for the next while, you may as well try and make it as pleasant as possible!
    02-02-2013, 10:36 PM
I know, I am really happy for her. I've congratulated her, wished her luck, said he was adorable, and I meant it. But as much as I know it's horrible and that nobody might understand where I'm coming from, I'm also horribly jealous. I know life isn't fair, nor will it ever be, but I just feel like what happened wasn't fair in the slightest. It was the most traumatic thing I'll probably ever experience and it upsets me that we're not going to be able to go to our first show together, or walk through the field in the summer breeze, or just chill out in the pasture, or that I don't have an excuse anymore to buy a bunch of horse stuff.

I'm planning on volunteering at the barn a lot more when the weather is nicer, and part of that will be working with Roger. Groundwork, grooming, riding, the whole bit. I'd likely be working with Major as well, although I might focus more on Roger because by riding a horse of his "caliber" so to speak, that will improve my own skills/knowledge so that when I'm in the position to own another horse, I will be more than ready and will be able to put solid training into the horse with the help of a well-qualified trainer.

And I'm always doing the "little acts of kindness", the one comment I always get from people is how outgoing and friendly I am. I'm not one to judge, because I've been there and it's not great at all. Nobody is perfect to begin with, and I'm far from it, but I'm incredibly impulsive and sensitive... which is probably where the jealousy comes from. I remember back when I was ten, I was so jealous when the other girl I rode with got her own horse. Six years later, I finally got my own and she was the best. I can't help but still feel bitter/sad/upset/mad about it when it crosses my mind, even though I try not to.
    02-03-2013, 06:36 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Jore    
It was the most traumatic thing I'll probably ever experience
Unfortunately, probably not.

Lost my mother in 83, my father in 93, my son in 2005.

You have many things to experience before you grow old. Trust me, there are going to be things that are going to make you so happy, and others that are going to tear at your soul, Indie is just the first, but there will be others I'm sorry to say.

Such are the ways of the world. Live not for the things that are of this world. Live in the spirit. Things of the world do not last.
    02-03-2013, 08:14 PM
I try not to even think of those things, I always cry if I do. My mom lost her mom when she was 22 and lost her dad not too long after... so my mom often goes on about how she'll be lucky to live until 65, but I always tell her she needs to live to be 100.

That's very true though, but I do hope I get a bit of a break between the horrible things... if anything. There was a girl a few years back who died after her horse accidentally ran over her after a jump when she fell forward onto the ground. A lot of shows have a memorial class, and after the clinic this summer, her mom gave a heartwarming speech. Her mom boards at my barn but I never knew the girl. I was almost embarrassed when tears started building up, but when I think of that, I remember how much worse other people have it and if they can overcome it, so can I.

If only immortality was a reality.
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    02-03-2013, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
We all have our own cross to bear. Speaking of happier days, Saturdays are your riding days aren't they? Did you ride Roger today?

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