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post #1 of 1117 Old 12-28-2019, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Confession Time Part Two

This is a continuation from the original Confession Time
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post #2 of 1117 Old 12-28-2019, 12:11 PM
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@JCnGrace - Kyle is doing well. He got a kayak this summer and spent several Saturdays floating down local creeks and streams. He's also taken up archery and enjoys it. He got upset with the horses for turning his straw target into bedding tho. LOL! I've been working a lot and just the thought of looking at a computer when I got home was too much. Didn't mean to drop off the face of the forum, but each day slipped into the next, and well....

I was saddened to hear about Mom. She was a feisty gal. I'll miss her. Do you and Sis still take summer trips our way? Would be good to see you again.

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post #3 of 1117 Old 12-28-2019, 01:04 PM
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I never joined the original confession thread, as it moved so quickly, didn't have time to keep up. Wasn't ready to confess any deep dark secrets either...sometimes I am a very private person...
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@JCnGrace - We do celebrate on the 25th December, although it's not traditional. Christmas was banned in Scotland for around 400 years and very little changed until recently.

For 5000 years they celebrated a mix of the Winter Solstice, Yule and added in Christianity when it was introduced. It was the Reformation in 1560 that banned all festivals and holidays around that date. If people wanted to celebrate on the 25th, they had to do it in secret or they moved it to the New Year, our Hogmanay.

Christmas was a normal working day until 1958, when it finally became a public holiday but habits are hard to break. My parents were used to working right through or having a few members of the family drop by and that hasn't changed, even for me.

There's still a mix of everything today, with slightly more emphasis on Christmas than there was in the past. However there are a great deal more (non-Christian) events and traditions around the three days at Hogmanay. Everywhere has light festivals, street parties, torch parades, fire-balls and so on. It's amazing how much the past influences us today!

@blue eyed pony - Body protectors are really expensive. I've often wondered why they're double or triple the price of helmets. I've gotten to an age where i don't bounce so I'm glad of the extra padding LOL

@PoptartShop - What a wonderful surprise to find a desk full of presents! Beats paperwork any day! I've a Dyson as well. I used to have a Bosh, it was one of the most unreliable makes that i've ever had. Have a good holiday.

@avjudge - Your right about the 'his-genitive' in the English language. I think it was short lived and died out a few hundred years ago. Fingers crossed for your cat, he sounds like a sweetheart it would be a shame if it shortened his life.

@Change - Hi great to see you back again! It's good to know that Kyle is doing well. I had the same problem with my archery straw targets, except with mice. A lot smaller than horses LOL! They looked so cozy i (almost) felt sorry for 'removing' them.

After dropping a pan of soup all over the kitchen floor yesterday, i spent this morning finding and cleaning missed marks and splashes. I thought that I'd bring in my large Vax carpet cleaner so that i could clean the hard floor, then use it next week in the rooms with carpets, but it's dead. I forgot that it had packed up in the summer. I should've replaced it when it broke! I'm going to wait until next week and splash out on a new one.

I hope everyone's having a good weekend.

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post #5 of 1117 Old 12-28-2019, 02:19 PM
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Mice don't take down and destroy 3 stacked bales in a single night, @Caledonian ! Kyle looked out the window to see both horses comfortably nestled in their New straw bed! 😂 Lesson learned: New target set up in horse free zone!

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post #7 of 1117 Old 12-28-2019, 02:31 PM
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Mice don't take down and destroy 3 stacked bales in a single night, @Caledonian ! Kyle looked out the window to see both horses comfortably nestled in their New straw bed! 😂 Lesson learned: New target set up in horse free zone!

Okay I take your point. I bet they were comfy though!
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@Caledonian You can buy cheap body protectors too (I bought one to start with for 50 and it's fairly good) :) Those hit air vests are really expensive!!! But I spoke with some riders that have those and fell hard with them on an eventing competition and they were really happy they had the vest on...
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I want a RaceSafe vest but they're nearly $600 here for just a basic one D: The thing is they're to standard, AND they flex. I'd also look at a VIPA... but those are equally expensive. Obscene price to pay for something that I'll literally only bother with while working with breakers - which at this stage is going to be a few weeks to a couple of months at most. I don't bother with a vest for jumping because I showjump, I don't event, my chances of being seriously injured when I'm thrown into a jump are pretty low. And while rotational falls do happen in showjumping, they're much less common. Body protectors are not compulsory for my sport, they're hot, they're uncomfortable, I can't move properly in them (unless I spend a ridiculous amount of money). So, right now, it's not financially viable. That said, if I were to make breaking a routine thing and do it professionally, I would absolutely wear a vest with every single one. Why? Because if it's my livelihood I can't afford to risk it.

In theory, I'll be starting work with Chuck (the young horse I'm breaking in) in about a week. I was hoping to get started before the new year but oh well, his owner's a busy man.

The money I was supposed to spend on buying a saddle for Ikora ended up going into buying a matchy set and some jumping boots, so Ikora is still being ridden either bareback or in my breaker saddle (which she hates, so that's not a common thing). I'm thinking about applying for finance to get a saddle because my self control sucks but I pay my bills really well, so it's pretty much the only way it's going to happen at this rate.

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post #10 of 1117 Old 12-29-2019, 12:32 AM
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Just an FYI for people joining this thread at a later date the following responses are to posts made on the original Confession Time thread. LOL

@RegalCharm , I think I'll wait until it is here and installed before I start any negotiations. LOL

@Bleu , don't let that 20% rule play games in your head, it's more about the horse's build than anything else. My 15 hand, heavily built, thicker boned quarter horse mare with a short back could carry heavier weight than my 16.1 leaner built with a long back quarter horse gelding (a lot of thoroughbred influence in his lines) could. I say this to offer you encouragement and don't think you should feel guilty over any of it. I promise you as long as a horse has it's basic needs met most are more than happy being pasture ornaments.

@Jolien , wonder what that trainer would think if they drove by my place when I was dinking around on one of mine with no tack whatsoever wearing shorts, tank top and flip flops. LOL Not that I'm advocating for others to be as stupid as I am but I think the risks a person is willing to take depends on how they grew up. Back in my day parents didn't worry about their kids like they do now so protective gear for whatever you were doing was not the norm.

I'm glad you discovered your love of horses this year and wishing you the very best in your future journey!

@avjudge , how fun to take a good part of your animal family with you for a Christmas visit with family! I hope your tom lives a long and healthy life too. Don't know if it will work for Flicka but I often do what I call 10 minute tune-ups on mine while I'm waiting for the water trough to fill. In that 10 minutes we'll do mostly walking, turning in each direction, a little jogging, a few whoas and some backing.

@PoptartShop , man, you raked in the Christmas presents! Glad to hear you're feeling better but will be happier to hear when you're 100%.

@phantomhorse13 , love the look on Kestrel's face. It's saying "I know better but just couldn't help myself." I think Sonnet would have been happier with Christmas Kitties wrapping paper. Seriously though I bet their antics bring many smiles to your face, those pictures did mine! Sounds like a busy but wonderful holiday for you.

@blue eyed pony , I think you should confess to exactly how many matching sets you have now. LOL I'm kidding!

I think the thread broke for about everyone which is why @jaydee started this new one for us. I confess I'm a little sad that the old one got closed and will eventually disappear into the back of beyond.

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