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    07-23-2013, 09:16 PM
She's a cute mare but she looks really sensitive and hot headed mare. How is she to ride now?
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    07-23-2013, 09:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Jore    
Another update!

Also, I am starting to research Warmblood lines because I think that eventually, I would love to own one. I've mentioned it before, but I am planning on moving to Ontario in the next few years and I am hoping to take dressage lessons with the goal of competing. For this reason, I want to learn more about Warmbloods and perhaps at one point, purchase a yearling. Expensive, yes, but I figure that if I successfully become a psychologist, I could comfortably afford a yearling and would continue lessons at a quality barn with experienced dressage trainers as the horse matures. When the horse is old enough, I'd have more knowledge in dressage and would still have the assistance of quality instructors.
That's a wonderful dream, and trust me, dreams do come true but you have to be willing to work for them. I'm looking forward to the day when you post that you've got that warm blood, and the rest of your dreams came true.
    07-24-2013, 02:52 AM
Green Broke
It warms my heart to read such a positive update from you!

I am going to be taking missy mare up your way this Sunday. If you are free you should come by for a bit. Ill fb you the details but ill be at the barn we talked about before. Its just to school off property before we do Foshay.

Keep up the progress and the updates <3
    07-24-2013, 07:50 AM
Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
She's a cute mare but she looks really sensitive and hot headed mare. How is she to ride now?
She passed away in November. She wasn't ever hot-headed although she was very sensitive.

Gunslinger, if my dream ever comes true, everyone here will be the first to know.

NBEventer, I will have to try and go down for a visit! Although I work all afternoon since I'm filling in for someone at work.


Also, I went to my lesson last night and we did a barn lesson on saddle fit. A certified saddle fitter had come to the barn so my instructor learned a fair amount and wanted to share with me. The first horse we ended up "fitting" was Annie, who was Indie's twin and it almost felt as though I was leading Indie to the other barn. It must've triggered something because Indie made an appearance in my dream last night.
    07-29-2013, 07:51 PM
Today is a day where I wish I had my girl...

I just have to remember that some day, I will have a horse again and I will love him/her just as much, and that it will be worth the wait.

Side note, the girl I rode with ended up taking Major to the week long clinic/show since her lease horse had a huge melt down the week before and trailering him just wasn't possible. They got four firsts and two fifths, I believe, and he was a gem. I went down to watch, and it made me miss showing and going to clinics.

So, one day, I will be posting about a new horse and will make a new journal. Whether that is three years from now or ten, I don't know, but this forum will be the first to know. I want to achieve all the goals I had set for myself and Indie, and want to pursue my dream of dressage, which sadly, isn't popular in my area.
    07-29-2013, 07:59 PM
Green Broke
So how's Roger? Still working with him?
    08-03-2013, 07:16 AM
Not recently, but my instructor says his attitude is still improving a bit.

On a bitter sweet note, I stumbled across an ad for Indie's son on a facebook sale page. He looks so promising, and I cannot get over how much he looks like Indie from the side. If he had the same facial marking, his profile would look nearly identical to Indie's.

If he's half as great as Indie was, he will make someone an amazing horse.
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    08-14-2013, 10:09 AM
Update Time!

Another quick update!

My summer job is nearly over, which makes me sad, but that means the start of school is getting closer! The fact that next August, I will be preparing to go to university is absolutely petrifying... so I am going to try and enjoy this year as much as possible.

A summary on my job is up first!

I adore the people I work with, although our manager lately hasn't been too friendly... particularly towards myself. That aside, I still think this is the best summer job I could possibly have, and it's so rewarding.

This past session was not as busy, but I loved all the kids I swam with. First half hour block was a five year old girl who wasn't a huge fan of the water. I actually had swam with her last year, and her mom told me how she had been hoping for the same lifeguard this summer. By the end, she was doing back glides without her noodles and was even starting to swim by herself! She gave me the most adorable card on the last day that said "I love you" on the front and she had written the alphabet on the inside.

Second half hour block was a young boy with autism, and although he was a handful, we had success doing back glides and attempting some floats. He was completely and totally fearless, and on the first day, he managed to run down to the deep end and jump in... although I got to him within a second after. For the following lessons, we had one guard on each side of the pool to catch him if he tried running again.

The third half hour block was a three year old girl, and for the first week, she was very reserved and didn't like doing things unless her older sister did them first. When she came back the next week, I could've sworn somebody replaced her with another child! She was super loud and funny which made swimming with her so much fun.

The last half hour block was a young boy with down syndrome, and I seriously adored him. He always comes to public swim with his brother, who is one of our "regulars", and he took a huge liking to me. He would always come sit on my lap if they came early or if he and his brother were the only ones at the pool on a rainy day. As far as the lessons went, he always picked things up very quickly... although whenever I showed him a front float, he'd try jumping on my back to get a piggy back ride.

So all in all, I think this was my favourite summer, and I'm hoping that I can teach all of them again next year.

And now for a horse update!

I am really getting a horse fever lately, and have been browsing the CANTER website more than I'd like to admit. Another horse is far off in the future, but my dad did say that when that time comes, he would help me out... but if I end up going down my desired career path, it probably won't be necessary.

I didn't make it to my riding lesson last night because I had to work, but last week's lesson went well!

We ended up riding the horses in the pony pasture, because it was relatively hot out and the new outdoor hunter derby ring was rained out earlier that day. Major had a bit of spunk in him and threw numerous crow hops and a couple bucks, but Laura said I rode him very well. Honestly, it was probably my best ride in awhile and I genuinely enjoyed my lesson.

I do often think of how much fun I would be having with Indie and what it'd have been like to take her on a trail ride, but I try not to let myself get too down about it because I know I made the most of the little time we did have and that I took great care of her.
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    08-30-2013, 07:15 AM
My sister is so insensitive sometimes.

We were all on a walk last night and we were discussing university, so of course I mentioned that my intentions are to go to you of T. My sister, for whatever reason, always gets mad because she doesn't like the idea of our parents helping pay for my university (as they will do for her). Her reasoning was "[dad] wasted $2500 on a dead horse" and that she deserves money spent on her as well.

First off, he didn't waste any money. Obviously we didn't foresee Indie dying, and it just makes me so mad to hear her say that.

Secondly, it's not my fault that I have a relatively expensive hobby whereas hers is somewhat inexpensive in comparison. However, my parents don't hesitate to buy her nice cheer shoes and cheer bows.

Thirdly, both of our parents are dealing with money issues stemming from their divorce. So it's also inconsiderate to expect them to "even out the playing field" and seriously, we've always been lucky because we always have what we need and get quite a few luxuries.

Also, I finally found someone to make my horse hair bracelet and I'm pretty excited to hear back from them. Their bracelets are absolutely beautiful and they have some gorgeous turquoise beads!
    09-08-2013, 10:38 AM
Update time!

School started last Wednesday, and aside from one class, I love all my teachers! I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get in the "Women, Media & Culture" class, but it was only because my FI Language Arts is at the same time and that is a course I actually need... since I am in the French Immersion program.

I'm not too sure how I feel about math class yet, my teacher is hilarious and I find he is really good at getting his point across without over-explaining it like my past teachers. Currently, we're doing factoring... but we are learning how to factor with long division. The course is "Pre-Calculus 12B" so this is leading up to a "Calculus" course next semester.

Physics will likely be a breeze. I had a different teacher for 112 last year, and my classmates told me that my 122 teacher said that my class covered a lot of the grade 12 material. I did exceedingly well last year in physics, so as of right now, I feel relatively confident. During a discussion on Friday, everyone seemed confused when I brought up scalar and vector quantities so their class must not have gone over it last year while my class spent nearly forever on it.

I have yet to go on a campus tour of you of T, as my dad is still waiting to hear from his boss on when he is flying down to Ontario for meetings/etc. I'll likely go for the official campus/residence tour, and I know someone on another forum who is in their final year who would love to give me a tour. I'm thinking both would be great, because I'd get two unique viewpoints of the university.

Cap and gown pictures are this coming Wednesday and graduating still hasn't sunk in yet! It's so weird to think back a few years and then look back to now, everyone has changed so much, but at the same time, it's like we haven't changed at all. I have an appointment for professional grad pictures on the 20th, and I'm intending on borrowing Major and getting them done in the field behind the barn. I am not the most photogenic person, but I'm hoping they turn out decently.

Riding-wise, I feel like I have this new found motivation to improve. I'm enjoying it more and more, which I'm thankful for, because as everyone who reads this knows, I was having difficulty with that for quite some time. Instead of Laura having to constantly remind me of my position, I try to remind myself and it's paying off. My confidence continues to climb and my position is continuing to improve. I hope I'll be able to find a barn to volunteer at when I go to university, because I want to keep improving or at the very least, maintain my current skill set.

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