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    12-31-2010, 12:11 AM
I seem to have a lot of time tonight as I am not tired so I'll go ahead and introduce myself, since I didn't in the beginning like normal people do lol.

I'm Liz! I've been riding all my life, literally. My first memory of riding is when I was in pre-k. Friends of the family had kids my age and some horses. The first horse I probably ever rode was a little black shetland pony. He was so rotten... I remember him taking off once with an older kid (probably age 10) and so we made signs that said "Pony for sale". :) The next few years I kept riding with that family but I progressed to some old QH mares, the bay named Patches and the buckskin named Babe. We joined a round up club and attended playdays doing barrels, poles, and flags. Good times!

Then, when I was 8 I got my first horse, Wisper (I always spelled it with no H, I knew better but I guess I just thought it was more unique). She was 14 when I got her, sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail, 4 white socks, a bald face, and a blue eye. People always asked me if she was blind in that eye... Lol. We won quite a bit in the playdays: some ribbons, a trophy, and even a halter! ;) This is a picture of me on Wisper back in my earlier days:

Then I got my second horse, Lucky. My parents got him as a surprise to me, and they got ripped off. To be honest I don't know if I could have told you he was drugged back then either, but they meant well. There was something wrong with his neurological system and he ended up having to be put down because he could not control his rear legs :( Pictures:

Then I grew out of Wisper and sort of got bored with just endless trail riding around the house. So we sold her. Somehow, she got injured at her new owner's place.. they say a bobcat attack, I say barbed wire. One of her rear legs was barely hanging there at the fetlock joint.. She had to be put down :(

So by now I'm about 11-13 years old. I BEG my parents for a mini. So I get Kram as a yearling. I kept him for about 3 years until I gave him to a family with little kid who play with him now.

Faaaast forward. Okay, until this past summer I was in and out of riding horses with friends, etc. Suddenly it just hit me that I was missing it and I just couldn't live without them. I signed up for a "working student" position at a lesson stable, and worked for lessons. It lasted about a month until complications arose. I could no longer be around horses, and it was HELL. I've never experienced the NEED to have horses around that much ever. I had just gotten into riding seriously and knew I wanted to compete and have horses around all the time.

Then, a month later things settled down and I went to a more local place to get a job cleaning stalls. It was an arabian barn, not really a public boarding or riding facility but it was enough. I think I cleaned for like two days before I was offered to ride. The BO liked the way I rode and gave me a few tips. She offered a horse for me to show that fall and I've never looked back :)

(more in next post..)
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    12-31-2010, 12:24 AM
I remember when I used to have a dream horse. It was an arab, of course, as I had always been fascinated by their grace, beauty, and exotic look. My favorite color back then was liver chestnut. I would absolutely DIE if I saw a liver chestnut horse, and I dreamed of the day I would SEE a liver chestnut arabian. My first horse show ever I rode Tiffany:

Note: Liver Chestnut Arabian. Crazy how things work out, huh?!

That little mare taught me so much in so little time. <3

Then I decided I wanted a horse of my own to show. I looked around for about 3 months before BO told me about a bay western arab that someone wanted to GIVE to a show home. She emailed me pictures:

So of COURSE I had to see him! :) about 2 months later we had him home. He had foundered as a 4 y/o (he's 9 now) so we took him to the vet to see how much rotation he had before I started working with him. He had none :) So we got his feel shod (they were really flat and ugly) and he was put to work. He has come a long way from lunging and ground manners (he was so pushy!). He is very soft and willing and sensitive now. Best part is he whinnies at me when I get out of the car :) Myself and V:

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    12-31-2010, 12:29 AM
Then I decided I wanted to take hunter lessons! (to jump of course)
I'm very excited about my progress there.

And BO is offering to let me try CT in hunter and/or dressage, as he is way to smart to go in circles in rail classes. He is a very talented horse, and a challenge to work with! He was sport horse region 9 champ in 04 I believe. I'm going to start working with him on the flat then once I get jumping good do some haul in lessons with him. Here he is:

Well, that's pretty much as up to date as I can get! :)
Thanks for following if anyone is! :)
    01-08-2011, 10:11 PM
Saturday, January 8

Well Friday was my birthday. I celebrated it by camping out by the toilet puking my guts out. Twas fun. But today (although not 100%, and weak from my sickness) I had my jumping lesson. Trotted over a small jump, then progressed to cantering over it. Almost fell off once because he jumped sooooo long! Lol but it went well, and instructor said next week I could jump a line :)

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