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        01-26-2013, 07:56 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
    Sounds like you had quite a day. Weird that there was hardly anyone else around, though. Yes, adoption rules can be a real turn-off,but it can be a comfort to newbies, or older folks that have health issues, as they know the horse has a place to go if things go bad.The new horse has a very sweet expression. How often do you go there?
    Every Friday or Saturday. If its warm and I don't have to study, I will go both days. I keep telling myself when a horse gets adopted there, that I need to be happy and not sad lol. It will take me awhile to get used to the weird feeling once I see "Adopted" on their facebook updates. Lol
         
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        01-27-2013, 09:11 PM
      #12
    Foal
    January 27th 2013

    Last night I thought I would dream about the new horse that came to the barn but instead, I dreamed about the horse I groomed the other day. The one that was always interested when I stepped into the barn and was very uppty. They call her Shirley. Iím not sure why. It really isnít a fitting name. A lot of the horses have human names because they wont be there for a long time a suppose. Just makes it easier on volunteers and others to remember. Anyways, I was kinda sad that the new horse in the barn was being adopted before I went to bed last night. There were so many people interested and filling out adoption forms to get him. I knew he was a sweet horse and it made me sick that a lot of the comments were just ďOH he's SO PRETTYĒ then, if they posted a less attractive horse even though it was better suited for them, they would only glance. I deemed most the potential buyers as not worthy lol. I thought maybe I was being too much of a critic and maybe even sensitive. Maybe after awhile of working here I will become immune to it. At least I hope so!

    I am thinking of inquiring about Shirley. God how I hate the name Shirley haha. She deserves such a more fun name to fit her personality. I have looked on their facebook about her and gathered some pics I will show you. It is kind of sad :( She arrived at the rescue in October.





    That is what she looked like. But now here she is on the progress of getting better.





    She hasnít changed much since then and I kind of want to help build muscle on her. She is sweet enough to make me feel comfortable to turn her out, lunge her and do ground work. Maybe even some light saddle work in spring. But, I would prefer since itís so cold, to just do turn outs, feedings, grooming and such until I can get to know her more. I was even thinking about sponsoring her, because no one will.

    A lot of the prettier horses always have sponsors. The older more ugly horses never have sponsors. As a graphic designer in the making, Iím strictly taught in my field to ignore the ugly. Ugly is always fixable in the right hands. Creativity, emotion and love are the keys to success! I always applied it to everything and I wonít stop now. With the lack of her having sponsors, and hay being so expensive, I feel this is why it is taking her longer to heal; she has only had one sponsor before when she first arrived and the sponsor only paid for one month. She is a mare in her early 20ís but very full of life and the farrier said she is very sound. The only thing she needs is to gain weight and muscle. Should I go for it?



    The cat I adopted that everyone at the shelter called the lucky but ďuglyĒ one.



    :P After I got a hold of him:



    Now the prettiest. Lol ^.^
         
        01-27-2013, 09:25 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    :) I think she's pretty. Very kind looking face. I think if you have the money, it wouldn't hurt to sponsor her :) If you sponsor her does she get extra food or supplements?

    Also yay graphic designer.And your kitty is adorable! You have a really kind heart :)
         
        01-27-2013, 09:41 PM
      #14
    Foal
    If I sponsor her she will get supplements and extra things she needs. I am very cautious on those things though. I want to make sure it doesnt go to another horse. Was thinking of asking if I could sponsor in a way where I would just provide her with the supplements myself as long as I have a copy of the written paper from a vet saying what kind she would need. I also want to get her a new horse blanket, because the one she has now has holes in it and is kind of old lol.

    Either way works when it comes down to it though =] I just am anxious to see her progress. Maybe when she finally becomes adoptable in summer or fall, I can afford to get her if a bond develops. I am starting to believe the old saying that the horse does chose you instead of the other way around. Lol

    Edit: (afford to get her as in upkeep her every month. Lol :P )
         
        01-28-2013, 09:47 PM
      #15
    Foal
    January 28th 2013 (almost put 2012 haha)

    So today. I must do a squee. EEEEEE!!!! Okay. Lol

    Things are looking up for me! I have suddenly got a burst of determination out of nowhere!

    I mailed a coordinator today from the horse rescue to ask about Shirley. They gave me a email address to the admin of the rescue, so I mailed them. The first reply they gave me kind of made me feel like I wasn't going to be a great owner/sponsor/anything for her haha.

    "Shirley will require an intermediate rider. She has a go button"

    My mind: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Lol
    They also told me she was most likely a barrel horse in her earlier life. I kept asking myself "a go button? Is that a bad thing? Does she have trouble stopping? Does she speed on everything? Both? Crap im only a beginner. I thought a older horse with lots of experience would be great for me! Wait. I just want to work and sponsor her, im not adopting yet."

    Ahh I was worse than an Edward Cullen fan girl.

    Two hours later they messaged me again and said to come out to the barn tomorrow to talk more about her. I agreed immediately! After, I took a shower and even decided, "You know what, I'm getting a part-time job at the movie theater or something." lol it was a blast of confidence out of nowhere and I think its because I really want to help the horses and learn so much. I want to make it a worthwhile hobby, even if it is expensive.

    Right now, I feel a bad awful guilt in my stomach because, I should be studying for a test tomorrow instead of going to a barn... So tonight I decided im going to study until I beg for mercy to sleep. Lol

    Off I go to study! Updates tomorrow on the journey to helping... *shudders at the name* Shirley. Lol
         
        01-29-2013, 07:27 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Haha woah Nelly you are getting a bit ahead of yourself XD <3 And who knows, by time she is adoptable, you might improve at your riding and be able to afford her! I like your pep though!
         
        01-29-2013, 09:37 PM
      #17
    Foal
    January 29th 2013

    T__T cowboysdream was right. Lmao

    I got too ahead of myself. Lol

    Today was very fun. It was "vet night" over there. So all the important people I needed to know, were over there. Lol

    I mucked out stalls (i am so glad most of the stalls have mats there lol), refreshed their waters, watched the farrier trim and learned some tricks. I also watched the vets float teeth and check hooves. I had to catch a horse that got loose in the arena while lessons were going on. That was fun even though I almost got ran over by the horse trying to stop him :P He doesnt like to be away from his team pull horse that was on the other side getting its feet trimmed lol. So we set them close to each other.

    Then lastly... They said "You want to ride Shirley?" Light riding only of course. I really wanted to. I said yes and they gave me all the tack to put on her.

    I got in her stall and looked like this with all the tack in my arms:

    Rofl. I hadn't ridden in a year, I felt like a newb all over again. I got so nervous, and then I forgot everything I ever learned because I was so nervous! The horse knew how to put on the tack better than me and she hadnt been ridden in like 6 years! Haha

    They all were away, so I tried to figure everything out myself. I put on the bit backwards. It was dark in the stall and I didn't realize it till I checked the side straps of it. Before that, I had to get her blanket off. It took me a few minutes to figure it all out. I was very proud of myself lol, I'm used to people not putting blankets on horses or sheets even. They slowly figured out I was having problems and helped me out. I hated saying I was a beginner rider when they asked, so I said "I know a few Western techniques but not enough to be intermediate. Im very rusty on riding."

    Okay fast forward lol. I got on her and had trouble keeping my heels down in tennis shoes. I walked her. Then I trotted. They yelled at the horse to stop o.0 and I said, "no its okay I told her too." They said oh okay. After a bit, I cantered her and cued her with a voice. They once again yelled around at the horse. I said no its okay, I told her to. After several rounds of them doing this, I found myself getting annoyed at all the people disrupting my riding. Here I was in a nice trot, gradually moving into a smooth canter so that I could get a better feel for her and then bam. Straight on stop because of someone yelling to stop. I know I'm a little dumb on the tack, but I guess they thought cantering was too much for me too. I love cantering, I wish I could do it more often.

    For a split second I felt back to old times when I rode better.
    I felt for just for that split second that I was alone and stress free....
    For the next split second I felt sooo- "STOP SHIRLEY! SLOW DOWN! PULL THE REINS BACKKKK FAFKAFJALL"
    Wth? NOOO *horse comes to a stop* ._. Gay. Lol

    Needless to say, I love Shirley, but I can't provide her with what potential she has. She has show potential. Unfortunately, I can't give her that. I'm not the show type of person. I am a pleasure only rider. At least for now anyways. But I want to see her progress and I might cry when she gets adopted but that's okay itll be happy tears.
         
        01-30-2013, 04:57 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I probably won't be updating this as often anymore since all the excitement has settled down.

    Last night I learned so much, and today I have realized several things.

    I rode Shirley, but of course, since she is up for adoption, and the admin for the adoption and facebook page was there, they filmed us riding her and posted it up on facebook.

    I expected nice replies, but one person made a bad comment on the trainer that rode her, saying something about the spurs that were used on her. I was clearly there and she didn't use the spurs at all on her. She immediately picked up and went without the pressing of the spurs she was wearing.

    The trainer got extremely defensive of this ONE person, saying she was a "reserved world champion" and had a trained leg to use spurs and that no one should critic her and that ALL her clients were so pleased with her training. (surprised me she would speak for ALL her clients) I was starting to think this trainer was extremely egoistic and got hurt too easily. Even I would have handled it better if ppl commented harshly. In fact, I wouldn't have even said anything lol.

    World Champion? I doubt that.

    I looked up her full name and horses names she showed before. Usually world champions names or horses names would be either in a blog, magazine, records site, ect. But there was absolutely nothing on this "world champion" Id honestly like to see her ribbons and proof now.

    All I found out about her is that she is going to the same university as me, and her own blog about some kind of horse and pit bull management.

    When it boils down to it, I regret saying I want to take lessons with her, because now I don't. I do not want drama, or a trainer that can't take the heat if I critic on something that really isnt a big deal. If I were to say I didn't like using spurs, would she blow up in my face? I don't want to even risk that.

    I have decided to keep my distance from her, just show up every saturday to volunteer there, and go to a more professional barn that legitimately has shown on their website about their shows, ribbons, horses, bloodlines, and experienced trainers with degrees and proof of their success. It's more expensive, but I'm sure it will be worth it.

    Another thing I have realized, $500 dollars for a horse is GREAT to adopt if your experienced with horses. But I'd rather get a 1,000 or 2,000 dollar horse that is fully broke and right for me as a first horse. I saw a woman last night own a horse from there that reared up at the farrier. She didn't know how to control it and kept pulling the lead wrong to control the horse. I tried to suggest it, but eventually the farrier just told her to hold the lead up closer and not far away or it wouldnt have much impact. Then, later she got kicked in the knee by the horse. Ouch! I almost thought, if she could own a horse, why couldnt I lol.

    These things are all life lessons. In the beginning I wanted to waltz in there and be a professional, even fake it if I could and fall in love with a horse and adopt her.

    The reality is, you can't. Lol

    That's why I decided to make this journal I guess. Even if I failed or succeeded, I wanted to show anyone wanting to own a horse even though they hadn't been riding in years or had only read books, that... even if you are like me who wants a horse more than anything, you just can't without lots of lesson taking from trainers or being completely alone with the horse and spending hours learning how to just put on a simplistic halter lol. I took lessons for one year under a professional, and another year with a man who really didn't teach me anything. I was paying to ride basically lol. I was getting the hang of things... stopped for two or three years, and forgot everything..

    Its a hobby you have to upkeep to remember. I wish I could have but coming from West Virginia made me unable to. All the barns closed down around me. I couldn't even find a horse stable 100 miles away. Literally.

    I guess if you wanted to, just do like the indians and learn it yourself. But with that comes more dangers and fatalities.

    I am going to call the barn I was looking at. It is 8 miles away from me! Yay for no wasting gas money much lol. My next update will be about my first lesson and second lesson there. I was planning to start in march but I just got refunded from a order online and will use that money to start in a few weeks. I am just going to tell them that I know how to walk, trot, canter, and groom a horse. But I just have forgotten everything else lol. Maybe I will be comfortable that way since they won't be expecting much out of me and it will come back to me unlike when I was nervous lol.

    I also plan on still sponsoring Shirley so she can put on a little more weight.
         
        01-30-2013, 08:25 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Wow totally different from yesterday!

    I'm not sure why they freaked out on you for every little move. The only reason I could come up with was she was not conditioned for so much work. But you said other people rode her as well that day.

    I don't know if she would be doing any intense showing at her age to be honest, so there is no reason why she could not make a wonderful pleasure mount. I sometimes also worry about "wasting a horses full potential" but you know what... that is a load of bullcrap. The only reason they have "show potential" is because humans show. Although there are horses who love the show scene and love to show off. But there is no reason you couldn't get a horse that has "show potential". I think that as long as you are not over-horsed and you get along with the horse and can ride him/her and provide it with food, water, shelter and stimulation/work then the horse won't care if it is getting shown or not.

    I agree with getting a been-there and done-that sort of horse for your first horse. One that is patient and forgiving but can teach you something. After you have more experience you can get a horse that needs some work but is generally safe. And keep working up and gathering experience until you can handle a harder horse.

    Don't give up! And keep us updated with your riding progress :) One thing that horses taught me is patience ;)
         
        01-31-2013, 02:20 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CowboysDream    
    Wow totally different from yesterday!

    I'm not sure why they freaked out on you for every little move. The only reason I could come up with was she was not conditioned for so much work. But you said other people rode her as well that day.

    I don't know if she would be doing any intense showing at her age to be honest, so there is no reason why she could not make a wonderful pleasure mount. I sometimes also worry about "wasting a horses full potential" but you know what... that is a load of bullcrap. The only reason they have "show potential" is because humans show. Although there are horses who love the show scene and love to show off. But there is no reason you couldn't get a horse that has "show potential". I think that as long as you are not over-horsed and you get along with the horse and can ride him/her and provide it with food, water, shelter and stimulation/work then the horse won't care if it is getting shown or not.

    I agree with getting a been-there and done-that sort of horse for your first horse. One that is patient and forgiving but can teach you something. After you have more experience you can get a horse that needs some work but is generally safe. And keep working up and gathering experience until you can handle a harder horse.

    Don't give up! And keep us updated with your riding progress :) One thing that horses taught me is patience ;)
    Thanks for your comment =] it really helps. I have a problem with over-confidence. It only does me good if I'm in some kind of sports competition really. Lol in any other ways, I tend to get smacked in the face by life haha. Little disappointing.

    I do feel Shirley would be a nice first horse for me because she listens so well to everyone. When I kept her at a trot and felt my tennis shoe slipping (because it was wet from outside still and didn't do well in the stirrup since the trainer had longer legs than me lol) she listened to my foot slip out of the stirrup and slowed down for me to fix it lol. She really is something. But everyone around me was talking about her potential and that they want to see her do this and that in the summer. I just was so turned off and realized I couldn't give her that. I'd be keeping her boarded there too, so I don't want to get hounded by them that I'm not doing much with her..

    Im smelling drama haha so I won't get involved. I will just continue saving and doing lessons.

    I hope she goes to a good home. If I could, I would adopt her and board her elsewhere but, boarding elsewhere is too expensive for me as a college student. Unless, some magical fate happens where the new place I take lessons at offers me free or partial paying boarding in exchange for something lol.

    That would have to be fate lol. Very rarely I hear of anyone doing that these days lol.
         

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