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- If you're interested in dressage... I'm currently taking dressage lessons with Cory Gregory, from Ankeny. She drives clear up to Ames, and gives me lessons at my barn. There aren't many choices for dressage instructors around that area. Avoid Stacey Porter like the plague. That woman destroys more horses than she helps. (And, in her opinion, your horse will never amount to much unless it's a warmblood.)
- I think Camie is pretty good. I've heard good things about her, and she seems to be well-received everywhere. I wouldn't touch Michele with a 10 foot pole. She's a loud-mouthed, opinionated, self-taught "know it all". She's been teaching for a while, but I've seen nothing that impresses me. I've seen too many of her students that end up having waaayyy too many problems later on. (A couple at my barn will complain that their arms hurt after a lesson; turns out it's because they're holding their reins so tight!) She tried to teach ground manners to a young horse at my barn, and it was god awful. Based on this, and the little snippets of her lessons that I've caught, I wouldn't dream of giving her my money.
- Neat! My mother used to be an RN nurse at a mental health institution. In fact, I grew up living right next to it, and would occasionally slip up to her unit (wasn't supposed to!). Most of the people there had some serious mental illnesses (mainly schizophrenics, extreme cases of bi-polar, manics, etc.). I learned quite a lot from them actually. I remember helping out with a Halloween party there one time, and I was waiting to go down with the group. A guy across the table from me visited. I thought he worked there. Then he asked, "So how's it feel to be in the loony bin?" Turns out he was a patient! He'd been planning on leaving that day, as his parents (he was late-20's) were coming to pick him up. Turned out his parents didn't want him back, which upset him quite a bit. I couldn't blame him.
My Mom really enjoyed working there, and I liked some of the patients.
- I do board my horse in Ames. I usually board two, actually! I work off my board by doing about an hour of chores in the morning and night. I'll do 2-3 hours on several nights during the week, but it's a pretty easy schedule. The barn I'm at is sort of like a "co-op", where everyone works together. It's good when it's good, but everyone is always eager to show a new person the ropes. Because if you really mess something up, we ALL hear about it from the barn owner, lol!
I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to switch schools. Iowa State is horribly expensive! I'm originally from southern Iowa, so I was eligible for in-state tuition. It was STILL cheaper to attend a good school in Missouri than it was to go to Iowa State! Although I will say that ISU has lots of interesting choices for classes.
Equine mental health sounds like an interesting field! What does that involve? Rehabilitation? Equine diseases that affect mental abilities?
- I noticed on your blog that you're minoring in performing arts. Know anyone with the last name of Rankin? She just graduated last year, I believe. I went to H.S. with her. You might be affiliated with my previous roommate, as she's a performing arts major. I won't mention her name. That relationship really soured because she was- and there's just no way to put it nicely!- a slob of a roommate. I envy you living at home! I decided to just rent the entire 2-bedroom apartment after the last one. :P
By the way, were you in line for food at the VEISHEA tent on Wednesday at around 11? There was a girl standing in front of me with riding-type pants and Ariat boots (or Ariat look-alikes). She looked a bit like your picture. I wanted to say something, but I looked like I just woke up. I was wearing my bright pink tennis shoes too. Way too embarrassing to say anything.
- Something that makes money, at this point! lol! Initially I wanted to work for the USDA-NRCS, but I got hired as a temporary employee for 4 months before I graduated with my bachelor's. The people at that location were awesome, but the work was just dull, dull, dull. Basically the same thing with a different field, every day. One employee basically surfed the internet for the majority of the day, but she was federal, so they're practically impossible to fire. That sort of thing really annoys me, and there are offices with LOTS of people like that, so I'm also afraid I'd start slacking as well.
- Not a bad arrangement! I used to know an older woman who drove to and from Cedar Rapids EVERY DAY. It wasn't usually so bad, she said, but she had a wine-tasting class as her last class of the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so she had to make sure she "spit" instead of "sipped", lol!
I'm going for my Master's in Soil Science. It's more interesting than it sounds, provided you have the right introductory teachers. I didn't do my undergrad at ISU.
- So you found a good boarding stable, I hope?
I read a bit of your blog that you linked to. I know the McDonald's that you went through, and I agree that the woman who sings the little jingle before asking for your money is TERRIFYING. So friggin' weird!!!!
- About Corazon Lock
- I'm a college student with no clue what I want to do, but I love my three horses and my cat!
- North central Iowa
- Horseback riding, writing, reading, being social
- Cashier/College student
- Current Status
- learning to weave in and out of the situations we call life.
- Rusty ~ a miracle horse Knight ~ my little Arab
Blogging on Midwest trail riding at: www.hittingthetrailsbyhorseback.blogspot.com
- Rusty ~ a miracle horse Knight ~ my little Arab
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- clumsychelsea liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : PETA: A Thread for Discussion and/or RantsOhhh PETA. People Erroneously Trust Assumptions. Lol, okay, sorry it's funny to play with the acronym. You know, I think PETA probably started out as something good, less radical, made more...Liked On: Yesterday, 11:30 PM
Posted On: Yesterday, 11:27 PMRebelwithacause liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : Does Anyone Dislike Riding In A Cantor?I like either moving out on flat trails or working methodically through hard trails at a slow pace, mostly because my horse is happiest that way. We took him to some more advanced trails in Iowa, and...Liked On: Yesterday, 08:14 AM
Posted On: 08-18-2014, 10:44 PMShropshirerosie liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : I'm Having Withdrawals...Hey, just an update, I am done withdrawling. I stuck with the new medication and fortunately got over most of the effects in two days. But, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Ever.Liked On: 08-17-2014, 06:46 PM
Posted On: 08-17-2014, 03:29 PMChange liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : What's the most fun thing you've done with a horse?I think the most fun I've had with my horse is going down to southern Iowa for a trail ride where there were lots of trail challenges and an obstacle course! Anything that can get my boy's brain...Liked On: 08-06-2014, 12:31 AM
Posted On: 08-01-2014, 09:36 PMmcfarawayland liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : Was your first horse everything you ever hoped and dreamed for?Hahaha, riiiiiight. My first horse was (and still is!) a 15.3hh red dun Quarter horse gelding, who really is built more like a Thoroughbred. I had wanted a horse forever and was sick of riding...Liked On: 08-04-2014, 01:32 AM
Posted On: 07-18-2014, 08:32 PMdlady liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : health scare stories?I do! My horse, Rusty, had just started becoming an honest jumping mount when he had a freak accident in the pasture - our trampoline caught wind and flew into the pasture. We think that Rusty got...Liked On: 08-03-2014, 01:29 AM
Posted On: 08-03-2014, 12:52 AMecasey liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : What's the most fun thing you've done with a horse?I think the most fun I've had with my horse is going down to southern Iowa for a trail ride where there were lots of trail challenges and an obstacle course! Anything that can get my boy's brain...Liked On: 08-02-2014, 05:37 PM
Posted On: 08-01-2014, 09:36 PMBlue liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : What's the most fun thing you've done with a horse?I think the most fun I've had with my horse is going down to southern Iowa for a trail ride where there were lots of trail challenges and an obstacle course! Anything that can get my boy's brain...Liked On: 08-01-2014, 09:59 PM
Posted On: 08-01-2014, 09:36 PMSueC liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : Discipline Obsessed HorsesAnybody have a horse that's obsessed with a discipline? My horse, Rusty, is GLUED to jumping. He's normally a lazy horse that would rather plod around on the flat than do anything that works him too...Liked On: 07-30-2014, 09:56 AM
Posted On: 07-29-2014, 10:10 PMFoxtail Ranch liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : Discipline Obsessed HorsesAnybody have a horse that's obsessed with a discipline? My horse, Rusty, is GLUED to jumping. He's normally a lazy horse that would rather plod around on the flat than do anything that works him too...Liked On: 07-30-2014, 12:56 AM
Posted On: 07-29-2014, 10:10 PMxJumperx liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : What does jumping feel like to you?To me, jumping feels great - but that's because my horse loves it! I think a lot of it depends on what horse you're riding. I've ridden horses where it feels like they're in the air for less than a...Liked On: 07-29-2014, 11:10 AM
Posted On: 07-20-2014, 09:29 PMxJumperx liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : 3' Jumpers CritiqueWow, you guys have really improved since the last video I watched! You had great strides to jump and looked really good!! I don't have anything to critique really, as I'm not experienced enough to...Liked On: 07-29-2014, 10:54 AM
Posted On: 07-28-2014, 05:34 PMbsms liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : Why are some people such snobs? *rant*Silly how people think that one horse is better than another. I think a lot of how a horse performs is its attitude and heart for the job. My horse is a QH (looks more like a Thoroughbred) and...Liked On: 07-27-2014, 07:12 PM
Posted On: 07-27-2014, 04:54 PMBritt liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : How do you rate trails?The terrain really sets the tone for what kind of experience a person needs to be safe. I agree with most of the above .Liked On: 07-27-2014, 06:39 PM
Posted On: 07-27-2014, 04:58 PMbsms liked post by Corazon Lock On thread : Switching disciplines to actually have fun with my horseI suggest trying different things until you find something you and your horse both love. You might even be able to get competitive with it. I, too, bought a horse I really had no business buying...Liked On: 07-22-2014, 09:54 PM
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