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post #11 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 04:16 PM
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My biggest cause of stress was the people..I've come to find that I just cannot work with females that act like they're idea is the be-all-end-all solution to something. The main two couldn't take a joke (even when I wasn't talking to them!), and my roommate used me. Me, being a supporting friend and the go-to security for everyone (back home), she made plans to meet a guy off the Internet and decided that I was coming with her to be her security guard while they met at 9pm (right after I came home from a training job in which I got kicked in the leg while working with his back feet). So, I said whatever, but she owed me..we went and stayed out until midnight and I asked her to make sure I got up with my alarm for feed since I would've gotten a shower and passed out if I hadn't gone with her..Guess who missed feed at 6.30 in the morning? Yupp, me. She then decided she wanted to try and kick me out because I had "never" cleaned at all..I cleaned once a week, all of my stuff, but I never vaccines because I didn't have one and I didn't know how to use hers..I told her to shove it, packed my stuff and left the next morning after I broke down in the middle of my farrier class because the horse was being a BI about holding her foot. I almost fell on my ass and had my foot stepped on 3 times in 5 minutes...my position wasn't off, and I can't see why she refused to hold it. I got to te point where I was about to just start kicking her everytime she even thought about yanking it, so I told John I was observing for the day and I was so upset that I lost my temper and cried the rest of the class...and then I went to the office and let them know I was leaving. I would've love to stay in just the farrier class, but I couldn't do everything. I quit my riding class 4 days in and switched to equine science because I just couldn't deal with having to tack up in less than a half hour and run (walk) a mile down campus to my arena to ride with an instructor that, I believe, is a horrible teacher. If I have to ask the same exac question 5 times to finally get it worded differently so that I could understand..no, not okay.

But, as long as you can deal with most of the people having attitude (rude, inconsiderate, and bossy), then you'll probably like it. I was just too close to completely losing it and going batsh!t crazy on a few people to continue.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 04:55 PM
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Yep. I've also heard that some of the people are a little odd. And then some of them do that thing where they tell tall tales about how great of a rider they are and how they've jumped 6 foot fences. And then they can't even tack up.
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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In regards to my health: yes, I will definitely be careful. I value my health very much. I value it more than the opportunity to ride (and that, my friends, is quite a high priority).

The thing is with my health in general: I grew up in doctor's offices and hospitals. Literally. Either my mother, who has lupus and a variety of other maladies, was in for medical treatment or I was. I've had everything from asthma attacks (both in sleep and under the knife) and I've been diagnosed with breast cancer (turned out to be benign) and lymphoma (also benign). I do have a cyst in the very center of my brain. I've had bouts of severe vertigo from time to time and I was born with 36% hearing loss in both ears. So yes, I value my health very much and I would not let my passions run amok as to put myself in needless danger; being around horses on the ground is hazard enough sometimes! (Especially with the cranky ones!)

Ah, than you for sharing that experience with me Iseul (unfortunate as it was for you; I'm very sorry). I tend to be very level-headed and strong-willed, while maintaining patience and virtue. I don't feel challenged at all by the type of people you had the unfortunate experience of dealing with. My method to dealing with people like that is this:
  • Communicate and establish good relationships early with my professors and make friends with the assistant dean at the beginning of the semester/quarter. This does not involve "brown-nosing". Rather, I get inside my instructor's heads and figure out very quickly what they like and dislike and play to that. If they like a hard worker, I work the hardest. If they like to talk shop, I learn their language. If they enjoy boasting about their life and accomplishments, I listen with engaged interest. And then I carefully file away all that they said in my mind.
  • I am myself and I'm friendly and courteous to all those I meet (especially the cooks!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • If problems arise, and cannot be resolved on a person-to-person basis with the source of the issue, I take it to someone in authority (ergo the good relations with those in power) and inform them of the issue.
  • Then, if that person proves to be utterly incompetent, I ensure that there is a paper trail and then go to the person above them and so on and so forth until I've accomplished the task of resolving the problem.
Example: I had the recent experience of trying to get an entire building reserved on my campus, for a short film I was trying to shoot, and the location coordinator was being belligerent. My professor's requests were ignored/refused for a month by her. I took matters into my own hands. I simply went to my academic department's head, went to the dean's office, got in touch with the woman's supervisor and I had my shooting permit within 24 hours. In short: I am your greatest ally in a war; do not mess with me!

And tough teachers? No one, and I do mean not a soul, can be as tough and heartless as my rhetoric professor at UT Austin. The man failed me for simply being female and attending his stupid class.

Stress? My life's a stress ball but I roll with the punches. If I get knocked down, I get right back up and keep going. And besides, 32 weeks is not a long time; I was in Peru and Ecuador earlier this year for longer than that on my mission and I can promise you that went by fast! So if I really have problems, I'll simply endure and make the best of it; I'm excellent at that.

And people that brag? Ha! I put 'em to the test if they boast skills. If they can pull it off, I give 'em props. If they can't I tell 'em to try again until their skills match their tall tales. I come from Texas; tall tales are a dime a dozen there.
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-29-2012, 08:31 AM
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Ah, troublesome ankles.. my area of expertise!

What with my size (5'7" and 260lbs), my body has suffered a lot over the years. It started with my knees popping out regularly as a kid, and then when I was around 15 I started chronically spraining my right ankle. My left ankle began to weaken under the strain of using crutches, what with me spraining my ankle 5 times in one year. Knock on wood, it's been around 2 years since the last time.

It does give me trouble with riding. I wasn't exactly riding fit at the time, but I could only post to the trot for around 5 minutes before needing a break (I was also recovering from a busted knee from a car accident at the time, though). Dismounting was always painful as my ankles would start to lock up from the heels-down treatment. The worst part was, my ankle would sometimes roll in the stirrup during two-point. Most recently was when I was cantering on a trail ride, and my left ankle, of all things, completely gave out whilst I was in two point. I somehow managed to keep my balance and stay in the saddle, even though my right ankle gave out moments later.

My advice? Do what you can to get it healed up and strong. Practice just sitting around with your heels pointing down. Swimming would be great, but you said it's currently winter for you which puts that out. Look into finding the right kind of ankle brace. You need one that provides support without restricting too much movement. You could also try taking bone/muscle/joint supplements, I know they helped me. And believe it or not, the one thing that worked amazingly to strengthen my ankle was Dance Dance Revolution. The erratic movements and the amount of pressure that would be applied to that ankle hurt, but it paid off. Maybe you could try skipping (the kind with the rope xD). It'd be good exercise and could help build strength in your ankle. I'd recommend starting off slow, with a brace.

Good luck :)
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-29-2012, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience and advice! :)
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