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post #2261 of 2306 Old 06-06-2019, 10:33 AM
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It is raining here and I am currently hunting, unsuccessfully, for my resume. Have a job application that has a deadline of 6/7/19 so I am racing to get this done...
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Queen of France great pictures. Anita Ann I get a chuckle from your witty replies. LOL I hope you find your resume' and don't have to type up a new one.

Now Spanish Rider. So you got the horse with 2 hoofs in the grave for the trail ride. Might it have been your trainer or who ever was in charge knows you history and put you on the safest horse available. Horses act differently on trails then they do in an arena.

You don't own your own horse right now but you also get to ride some great looking and trained horses that many of us can only imagine I myself would like to be in such a position to have the ability that you have gained in these past months.

So put the trail ride behind you and get back to riding those beautiful horses that are available to you.

3 cheers for your hubby for going on the trail ride and enjoyed it enough that he wants to do it again.

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YOU PEOPLE ROCK!!! Seriously, so great to get some much-needed support.


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You, a person who has been studying and practicing the art of Dressage under a highly skilled instructor on highly trained HOT horses… You are too highly skilled of a rider at this point...
@AnitaAnne , OMG - I laughed so hard! "Studyingthe art of Dressage." Makes it sound so classy, when I'm just having fun. Highly skilled rider… I think that's what I'm having a hard time with. Am I? It's like when you drive an automatic for years and then go back to a stick shift with no automatic steering and think, "Holy cow, this is hard! Do I really know how to drive?" I also start to question whether I am being "babied" by trainer.


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Are horses way too expensive there? You might be able to get reduced board if you let the barn owner give a few lessons on a horse.
@Celeste , for me, the most expensive part would be board/upkeep. Without getting into exact costs, which would be an unfair comparison because US salaries are so high, the monthly cost of keeping a horse here is half my salary. But, right now my son's college cost is my full salary, so I don't have an extra half-salary to spare. 6 years left…


@Queen , I did not realize that the walk was so painful for some people. Funny, because in my recovery I spent 2 years basically working horses at a walk, so trainer calls me the "walk expert". Sounds sad, but I actually make up challenges for myself, like walking barrel 'racing', cutting close to obstacles using my seat only. Super-fun, actually. And, once horses 'get it', they stretch out low and really bend around your leg.

Awesome that Chico and Comet are the same speed, and that Chico had enough spunk for 2 days. I will admit that I have never tested the limits on a horse like that, and it must be really cool to see them respond so well.


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many of us can only imagine I myself would like to be in such a position to have the ability that you have gained in these past months.
@regal , no BS and very humbling. Thank you.


@SueC , did not want to take over your thread, so answering here:

Crappy trail ride: ugh, so embarrassing, but thanks for the support. @SueC , you are so right. I have been in a perpetual storm for the last several years, between illnesses and deaths, and trying to pull the weight to keep my kids safe & happy (poor DH). And I haven't had a true vacation in 8 years, maybe more? Heck, I never even got maternity leaves!

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..are there other trail places you could ride which perhaps have horses who are forward as well, for more experienced riders? Or someone who is looking for someone to trail ride with them, and has extra horses?
Ideally, I would love to board a horse again near my house (barn/camp in village, trails around reservoir behind our property), but I have to get the kids through college first. I have seen advanced 3-4 day or week-long (5-6 h/day) trail rides offered on English-speaking sites (funny, that), but I would have to work up to that. Wouldn't want to need a medi-evac. Plus, I would want to try out the horses first. Basically, since the accident, I have only ever ridden 3 horses pain-free (smaller PREs & Lusitanos). They need to be rounded/engaged. So, I would be willing to call and try to work out an agreement where I could build up to the 3-4 days, but they have a weight requirement. Thus, before even contacting them, I need to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight, which is not much, but at this age is hard. The last time I got down to that weight, it was after 2 months of pneumonia (ie, no muscle).

As for people I know, at this show barn in particular, no one takes their horses out.

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curling up in a bed with an electric blanket, hot chocolate and a good book, and your lovely cat.
Kai is not the curling-up type and prefers his 'tower', but Cookie is a pro at warming tootsies.
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Studying the Art of Dressage does sound classy doesn't it? You must be a classy lady

Highly skilled rider? Um, yes. You have doubts? Why? You can do two tempi changes along the wall in rhythm to tail swishing, just one example. Doesn't that take skill? I think so
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@phantomhorse13 , the microwave has suddenly stopped being haunted. But my CD player is worse than ever! I don't have an Interstate nearby that I can threaten to throw it onto, but we do have a heavy milk tanker and a school bus passing the gate every day, out and back. Do you think that threat level is sufficient? The CD player is no longer responsive to shaking and rude language. I'll give that a shot and let you know! By the way, it's so interesting to compare riding photos. Your part of the world has gone from white to green (via muddy), ours has gone from parched beige to green (with muddy due next month). Happy riding to you - everyone's looking fabulous as usual. I hope you don't ride with hungover people, because they'd need sunglasses when you do your 1000W "I'm riding!" smile!

@RegalCharm , I think you are in possession of magic powers - or are you a ventriloquist? Because you seem to be able to clearly articulate "NOT NUMB YET!!!" while a dentist has all sorts of gear in your mouth, and smoke is coming out!

@Celeste ,

@AnitaAnne , A+++ analysis on @Spanish Rider 's trail ride situation! I want to go riding with you! And yet, count me in that walking in excess is tedious when riding a horse!

I the way you all responded to @Spanish Rider 's quandary. This is such a lovely group! Here's what I said on my journal - I'm re-posting it here so you can all agree with the last part that says a lot of people on HF will be admiring how far she's come post-accident - which those posting have already done anyway!

@Spanish Rider , I'm sorry you had a mediocre experience and that your back went out as a result. Is it feeling better again? ...are there other trail places you could ride which perhaps have horses who are forward as well, for more experienced riders? Or someone who is looking for someone to trail ride with them, and has extra horses? If you had a TARDIS, @knightrider , for instance! How positive that your DH went to all that effort and rode cheerily despite being a non-rider!

About feeling blue, that's completely human, we all feel like that sometimes with things that challenge us. I think you've done so wonderfully well with getting on dressage horses and coming all this way after your ghastly accident. It shows so much grit and determination, and a talent for living in spite of obstacles. Do you know the saying, Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain? You've been dancing in the rain, and every now and then (or maybe multiple times a week, depending on your load), you're going to feel cold and miserable and exhausted. That's normal - and at the first signs of potential hypothermia, get yourself out of the rain and into a nice warm cosy nest so you can recover. Like, a sun lounge in your lovely herb garden, or in winter, curling up in a bed with an electric blanket, hot chocolate and a good book, and your lovely cat. We need to give ourselves a break sometimes. When we do, our optimism and joie de vivre will return in time. Sort of like batteries need recharging between bouts of action. It also looks like you have a lot on your plate at this point in your life anyway, so take extra good care of yourself! I think you're fabulous, and I'm sure others in the HF community admire how you've handled that particular curveball life threw at you (and it's surely not the only curveball, these things tend to come in clusters).


PS: I see the dog will have to do for foot-warming, as the cat has rather elevated tastes.

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@RegalCharm , I think you are in possession of magic powers - or are you a ventriloquist? Because you seem to be able to clearly articulate "NOT NUMB YET!!!" while a dentist has all sorts of gear in your mouth, and smoke is coming out!

No magic powers here or I would give myself the winning numbers of the lotteries but sometimes I can get my point across with out moving my lips. LOL

Like the old saying "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile".

It would be nice if I did have the magic powers to win a multi megs million dollar lottery. Rent a 747 and say Who wants to go and pop in on @SueC and other members in other countries. All Aboard. Show up at the varies places and yell "Surprise" we are here and we are all hungry feed us. LOL...…….

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur
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No magic powers here or I would give myself the winning numbers of the lotteries but sometimes I can get my point across with out moving my lips. LOL

Like the old saying "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile".

It would be nice if I did have the magic powers to win a multi megs million dollar lottery. Rent a 747 and say Who wants to go and pop in on @SueC and other members in other countries. All Aboard. Show up at the varies places and yell "Surprise" we are here and we are all hungry feed us. LOL...…….
The First ever HF Meet, Greet & FLY around the world!!!





PS - please let me know as soon as possible when you can pick me up, I have a long list of folks I'd love to visit, just have to figure out who first...

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Erratum: And yet, count me in that walking in excess is tedious when riding a horse!

... was meant to be, "And yes, count me in..."

I musth watch my lisph when typing...

...and yes, how nice would a be. I've got enough food to feed everyone today - a leg of lamb in the oven, a huge vat of cream of tomato soup cooking (it's the end of the tomato season here and I'm still picking tons), wedges of roast pumpkin and roast potatoes, garden salad... and Blackforest Trifle... made with our own Morello cherries, and with civil disobedience milk straight from the farmer down t'road and local free-range eggs for the vanilla custard part...

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@AnitaAnne , how did the resume go? Do I dare ask about your job search?

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Rent a 747 and say Who wants to go and pop in on @SueC and other members in other countries. All Aboard. Show up at the varies places and yell "Surprise" we are here and we are all hungry feed us.
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The First ever HF Meet, Greet, EAT & FLY around the world!!!
Let's do this!

@SueC has already read my mind and offered up her menu. Count me in! After your visit to Australia, when you stop by to visit me & Presu (you will, won't you?), we'll have an appetizer of Spanish Iberian ham and cured Manchego cheese, served over fresh toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and topped with crushed tomato and garlic, with spiced olives from our village and some local vino tinto, or beer for those who prefer. Lunch will be chicken and vegetable paella, served with alioli garlic sauce and accompanied by gazpacho (here, we drink it out of a chilled mug). With our café con leche after lunch, we'll serve Toledo's famous marzipan and almond cakes.

In the evening, after a ride, we'll stop off at one of the cafés with views of Toledo for a refreshing sangría...
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Anybody hungry yet?
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@Spanish Rider Is café con leche just regular coffee with milk, or is it very milky and sweet? My mother used to put tons of creme and sugar in coffee and she called it café con leche.

She grew up in Brazil and we all lived in Mexico for years. So Mama spoke 4 languages. English, Portuguese, Spanish, and German. She could not speak a word of "North Georgia Hillbilly".

Anyway, my mother put café con leche in my baby bottle. She thought that I didn't drink enough milk, so she said she would make it good.

Is anyone surprised that I am extremely addicted to coffee? I have had doctors try to say that coffee is bad for you and that I shouldn't drink. I always shut that up right away.

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