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post #2141 of 2197 Old 05-13-2019, 10:43 AM
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@Swiss , now look who's being too hard on herself! I haven't seen you ride, but I have seen the changes in Raya. That didn't just come out of nowhere.


The avatar: I decided to change my avatar bc the horse in the photo (who nursed me back to riding during my recovery) is no longer in my life. It's sad when you think you have a connection with an animal, but when time goes by and you visit them they are completely indifferent. Dama ("Lady") is still working at the local barn where I used to ride, where they have lessons for children and a summer camp.

The new pic is of Presu under the blinding Spanish sun, which makes any grey look as white as the driven snow. I believe that I published this photo before, but I'll do so again so you can see his ripples (I love me some good horsie ripples).
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post #2142 of 2197 Old 05-13-2019, 11:26 AM
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@Spanish Rider do most of the horses in Spain have brands?

@SwissMiss you and Raya have come so far! There's always room for progress (we still have lightyears to go as well!) but you can't forget where you started!


We had our mock ride this weekend for the new riders. I took off work Friday to mark trail which was pretty fun. We are allowed to use a 4 wheeler to mark trail so it was kind of fun to ride that around the trails. DH was nice enough to bring the horses out for me that night (since I had the trailer with the 4 wheeler on my truck) and we camped overnight.

I'm definitely tired of lending my horse out. One of the other volunteers asked to borrow Chico but never came and helped take care of him or check tack or anything until after we were supposed to be out on trail with our novice group. I had to tack both horses up by myself and then at our out time she came and realized the stirrups were too short for her. Our novices left without us (they had done a few novice rides before so they knew the drill) so the other lady took off on Chico after them and Stitch had to canter to keep up without any warm up. GRRRR. She ended up getting rubs from her boots because of that so I am not happy.

DH came (he had gone to look at a trailer in the morning) and we tried to unmark trail with Chico and Stitch until Stitch was having issues with her rubs so we took them back to camp and took the 4 wheeler out instead. Thankfully she seems to be feeling better now and I'm seeing if our farrier can come out and shoe her before our ride this weekend.

Yesterday we spent thatching the pasture and replacing some of the fence line.

Our ride photographer was camping at the same park with his wife's Paso Fino club so he came and took pictures of us! I just love this horse....
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post #2143 of 2197 Old 05-13-2019, 05:42 PM
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@Queen , yes, the most prestigious breeders are still branding their horses here. Not just in Spain, but throughout Europe. Presu was heat-branded, so it is not pretty, although the younger horses are now being freeze-branded with liquid nitrogen. I know that it seems cruel, but the freeze-branding is supposedly less painful, and all branding deters horse thieves. Here in Toledo, there is a gypsy man who "buys" and "sells" horses. When I got my Holsteiner, he suddenly spent a lot of time riding near our barn in the mornings when I was riding, to the point that my old trainer had the grooms bolt the barn doors at night (one of the grooms has a dwelling in the barn). Made me shiver.

Can't give you any boot advice. I have never seen boots in my life!
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post #2144 of 2197 Old 05-14-2019, 02:39 AM
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The new pic is of Presu under the blinding Spanish sun, which makes any grey look as white as the driven snow. I believe that I published this photo before, but I'll do so again so you can see his ripples (I love me some good horsie ripples).
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That's a superb photo of a magnificent horse. It's enough to fill any horse-inclined little girl's heart with pangs of hopeless longing. Boys cannot possibly compete. I'd like to see some statistics on the dating habits of horse-obsessed girls compared with regular girls - I bet they date later than regular girls, as their hearts are already occupied....

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post #2145 of 2197 Old 05-14-2019, 03:46 AM
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It's enough to fill any horse-inclined little girl's heart with pangs of hopeless longing
Would you believe that, in 7th grade, I distinctly remember buying myself (with my own money) a three-ring binder for school that had a wrap-around photo (back to front) of long-maned, white horses charging through the surf, water splashing everywhere? Now, whenever I give Presu a bath in the sun, I swear my 12-year-old heart does flip-flops!
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post #2146 of 2197 Old 05-14-2019, 07:46 AM
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That goes right back to my annual ring theory of humans. We still have each year inside of us, right down to the sapling in the very centre! My inner three-year-old loves having dessert before mains. We do that sometimes.

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post #2147 of 2197 Old 05-14-2019, 09:23 AM
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@SwissMiss : ugh to ticks - they are the worst ever!
@AnitaAnne : getting Kestrel to stay close is still a work in progress. She will sometimes go ahead and sometimes follow behind (and sometimes go crashing off trail following the smell of who knows what). While she never goes out of sight, I would prefer she stay closer than she does at times. I am working on that every ride and a pocket full of cookies is helping.
@RegalCharm : keeping up with kids is def a full-time job - no wonder you only post off and on.

@Spanish Rider : my default comment for horses when people say things I don't agree with is to either talk about their hair or their color: "my horses don't have manes and tails nearly as nice as these, how do you do it?!" I am sorry that Presu is giving you such a hard time. if he is doing ok with the kid(s), why do you have to keep torturing yourself using that bit versus the one you used to use? Are you paying for the lessons or are they comping you the rides because you are training the horse?
@QueenofFrance08 : well now you know to never lend Chico to that person again!! how presumptuous to assume someone else will care for and even tack your horse for you. totally sucks that Stitch got rubs from her boots. I hope they are mild so won't be an issue this weekend.
@SueC : talking of inner 3 year olds.. sometimes we outright have dessert as dinner. Because as an adult, I can decide I deserve ice cream for dinner!


DH and I let Mia go over the weekend..




Saturday afternoon, DH and I got Phin and George out. The whole story is in my journal.





It started raining early Sunday morning and finally stopped last night, dropping 3 inches of rain. Everything is floating..


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post #2148 of 2197 Old 05-16-2019, 05:03 AM
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@phantom , so that no one reading this thinks that we're cold-hearted, just wanted to comment that most of us have left personal condolence messages on your thread.


Don't worry about me! I have a really great relationship with this trainer. Although I do tend to be the "giving" type, he does not take advantage of me and is very professional.

To start with, he charges me less than others (€25 per class, which is what they charge for a trail ride on an old auto-pilot horse here). I know he charges others more. For me, riding implies showing up early, bringing in horses, brush, tacking, etc. beforehand, then untacking, showering, drying, stalling, etc. afterwards. I bet you were taught that way too, right? Well, his other clients expect horses to be ready when they arrive, doing no grooming, tacking, etc. Sort of like @Queen 's experience last week.

Because I like having a rapport with all the horses he works with (and being around larger horses is also good training for my brain - still a trigger for me), I help out brushing, tacking, untacking, etc. the other horses he is riding that morning, too (usually 3 or 4, sometimes 5 or 6). I guess I am stilll a barn rat. But, he is very appreciative, so when I have bad clases, like last week, he says, "don't pay me for today." Honestly, he is the most considérate trainer I have ever had.

And, as far as the training/re-training goes, it is work I have always enjoyed. Presu is a stubborn one, though. Plus, it is great strengthening work for me, and I like changing things up. I have always enjoyed any kind of riding, even arena work, which I'm sure you find tedious. However, trainer always gives me options at the beginning of class and, unless I'm coming down with something, I usually choose the tougher option.

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post #2149 of 2197 Old 05-16-2019, 07:51 AM
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That's a superb photo of a magnificent horse. It's enough to fill any horse-inclined little girl's heart with pangs of hopeless longing. Boys cannot possibly compete. I'd like to see some statistics on the dating habits of horse-obsessed girls compared with regular girls - I bet they date later than regular girls, as their hearts are already occupied....
With a very small sample size (n=1) I can prove your theory My DD is here squealing in delight ("I want it!!!!") and DS is more like "meh, pretty horse"


Will see how the dating turns out - I still have some years before that!


But Presu is just a very fine example of a PRE
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post #2150 of 2197 Old 05-16-2019, 08:00 AM
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@Spanish Rider , glad you found a good trainer that also appreciates your help around the barn.
I have worked in barns (cleaning stalls), where clients got on the saddled horse, had their lesson, got off and left... I could never enjoy it. Grooming and saddling already gives me an idea how the horse's mindset is that day - very helpful to prepare myself mentally. And its just fun!
Of course, this also means my formerly clean clothes are already filthy before I get in the saddle
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