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        07-30-2014, 09:25 AM
    Green Broke
    Hey, I'm sorry you're so banged up you can't ride, and I hope you get well soon. My 70yo mother-in-law just spent 3 months in a corset because she fractured several vertebrae... she has osteoporosis, and then she accidentally fell down a retaining wall in the dark thinking it was just a step. She was really miserable for over a month and then slightly less miserable, but just turning the corner now. Because she was confined to the house and not able to move very much, she did a lot of reading, studying, watching good drama and having friends over. She tried to think of fun things to do indoors when you can't move...

    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    Sue--That's so funny! I wish I could hop around like a kangaroo. When I was little, my friend and I would set up "jumping courses" in my living room with the furniture, and gallop around pretending to be horses. It was so lame... but soooo fun xD
    Tell me, does every horse-mad girl do that? We did that too, in my distant childhood! And we made obstacle courses out of umbrellas and footstools etc for the dog to "showjump" for treats!
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        07-30-2014, 10:42 AM
    Green Broke
    So if you can't ride him can you do ground work with him, like lunging him for example? I personally would jump at the chance to ride a been-there-done-that horse like gator...there has got to be a way for you to connect with someone who can ride him for you. Ask local riding instructors if they know of someone who would be a good exercise rider for him.
        08-02-2014, 11:15 PM
    Gunslinger--I don't really have any friends that either a) ride to a level I am comfortable trusting them with Gator b) live close or c) don't have horses of their own that they're not busy with xD
    When I couldn't ride before, BO had some boarders ride him--two ladies that were really solid English riders. I may speak to her about a similar arrangement.
    It has been a while--November, actually! Ugh, what a crazy almost-year this has been.
    That's a good idea... I just feel so bad, taking my parents munnies. I know they can afford it, but I feel bad when I don't work for my own things. Especially since it was always understood that I would pay for my horse and his expenses myself.
    I'm still waiting for clearance from the insurance company to know about the MRI--it'll probably be in the next couple of weeks. Ugh, I'm nervous.

    Sue--That's alright. (: At least I will be able to ride in the future. I just have to keep reminding myself that things could always be much worse.
    And I do the same! I try to keep myself busy--swimming instead of regular cardio; indoor activities like gaming, reading, crafts, writing, etcetera; lots of bothering of Boyfriend xD
    Haha! Man, that is bringing back memories xD My elementary school, which was in walking distance from my house, had these little balance beams that were maybe 1 1/2 feet off the ground--I'd always take my dog "show jumping" xD!

    Frlsgirl--I can still kind of do that! (: Uneven surfaces are really difficult for me right now, so an arena/roundpen is difficult for me to stand in/move around in. I still visit him often and just love on him/groom him (Gator looks manly with braids, let me tell you what!)/turn him out. I know it's not much, but at least it's something. I was actually out yesterday to play with him <3
    I may consider doing that. Where I board doesn't have a lesson program (a decision I made after I fell, and lessons were out of the question for a while xD), but there are plenty of barns in the area that do offer such services.

    Mini Update. Saturday, August 2nd, 2014.

    A fun, but tiring day (:

    We've had some rainy weather, and it finally decided to get sunny the past couple of days. In an effort to take advantage of the lovely weather (can you believe we only have a month left of summer...? o,O), Boyfriend and I met some friends at the Renaissance Festival. My friend who organized our meeting lost his daughter a year ago, and he wanted to take steps to remember her in a positive way, rather than moping around. I'm glad that Boyfriend and I could be there to support him. We got to see some jousting, some neat swords/weaponry, and some fun shows (big cats, belly dancing, and a man with this crazy...instrument. It looked like a giant piano with bells!). We drank (in moderation!), and visited the shops, and the little petting zoo.
    Their little "pony rides" were comprised of all sorts of animals--tiny little oxen, ponies, donkeys, and.... (you won't believe this) I kid you not... a Zonkey!! I wish I had taken photos of all of this Dx

    Though I am now very sore, it was a good day, and a good distraction. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend <3 I leave you... with a true Jen sentiment:

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        08-06-2014, 12:50 AM
    Green Broke
    Those historical festivals are such fun! And the, don't tell me our era is elegant! The era of casual wear, suits&ties and sameness...
        08-06-2014, 03:31 PM
    Sue--We definitely haven't made many strides in awesomeness. At least, like you pointed out, things are more comfortable to wear xD
    I did (halfway) dress up. I have a really awesome "dandy" corset that I wore, along with tights and knee high boots. Boyfriend didn't dress up--I told him he has to next year! That's half the reason you go!

    Mini Update. Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.

    Living the dream. The "semester" is almost over, with just one week left of the four week long class. I have an exam on Friday--I'm pretty nervous :/ I know that I'll pass the course, it's more of a matter of to what degree I pass xD

    In much more difficult/sad news... My mom (who has been paying for all of my bills since the accident) wants me to sell Gator. She says that he is a large expense and a drain on her resources as well as on my energy, and not worth it if I am unable to ride. From an objective standpoint, I can't blame her and I understand. From a subjective standpoint, I am going to fight this tooth and nail. Sometimes I feel like Gator is the only thing that keeps me sane, even if I don't ride him.

    It's a vicious cycle... My mom wants to keep me in a healthy state of mind (particularly when so much has gone wrong lately), but might take away the thing that secures that most of all....
    I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens...

        08-07-2014, 12:46 AM
    Green Broke
    Hmmm... this sounds like a reason to go look for someone who may want to lease / share the horse with you (riding, care, expenses), rather than selling him altogether... only problem is, you'd need to have someone who thinks alike on horse care and training, and is personable, or it becomes a minefield... of course, as the owner leasing out, you can include conditions at which you will break the lease, which gives you an out... or maybe can he be used as a lesson horse in return for care and barn fees? When things get better then they can go back to you being sole owner/rider/expense payer...
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        08-07-2014, 07:37 PM
    Sue--I definitely wouldn't do any sort of share, but may consider a lease. The issue with this is that I tried this back when my injury was fresh, and the people I got were ridiculous. For example, a man wanted to lease him for his five year old daughter. Bear in mind, neither the daughter nor the parents had ANY horse experience (though they told me otherwise in the e-mails exchanged). I was like... um, no. XD I may try again, and will hopefully have better luck this time.
    I would really like to let him be used as a school horse (this was sort of the arrangement I had while he was boarded in Texas... though I definitely got the short end of the stick). Unfortunately, there is not a lesson program where I board now, and moving him isn't really an option with all the VS quarantines ):
    I will figure something out, I hopes...

    Mini Update. Thursday, August 7th, 2014.

    I'll start with the good...

    -Got to wake up next to my favorite person (Boyfriend <3)
    -Last day of Lab! Tomorrow is the final, then I get a little break! Whoo hop!
    -Went to lunch with a good friend that I haven't seen in months. It was great catching up with him, and it's great to see him doing so well. And I have leftovers that I can eat tomorrow! <3
    -Got to see and love on Gator. It's the little things, even though I can't ride <3

    Now... for the not so good.

    When I went to pay for lunch, my CARD WAS DECLINED

    Turns out one of my roomy's rent checks bounced. I'm a little cranky about it. Like, seriously? You are all too old to be writing bad checks! Dx And now I'm the one that has to deal with it... bomb... >.>
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        08-13-2014, 03:56 PM
    Green Broke
    Ohhh bummer. Hope things turn around for you soon :(
        08-16-2014, 12:37 PM
    Here is a laugh for you!

        08-16-2014, 03:58 PM
    Frlsgirl--Thank you :< I appreciate your sentiments Dx

    Roux-- xD! I saw that the other day, it's hilarious! I don't know which one is my favorite xD

    Mini Update. Saturday, August 16th, 2014.

    Just settling in back home... I just got back from the land of wonderment where everyone looks like some variation of this -->


    Now I'm tired... waiting for Boyfriend to come home... Gotta get Gator's feetsies done... Back to the old grind. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. <3

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