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post #81 of 228 Old 01-14-2019, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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What a story! It's almost a miracle you found your key! Years ago, my friend lost her ring of keys while riding on my trails. For years, I kept an eye out on that trail, which I rode regularly, but never ever found those keys--a whole ring of about 8 keys.
This is why I say God looks after fools. Lady luck is too much abused for anything but divine intervention at this point
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post #82 of 228 Old 01-15-2019, 07:52 AM
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How extraordinary that you found your key, @lostastirrup . And what a great story! (Always more fun to tell afterwards than to experience at the time...)

A friend of ours has taken to wearing his keys around his neck, on a string, down his shirt, because otherwise he keeps mislaying them.

When hiking / walking, I like to pop my keys into a zippered backpack compartment, or a zippered pocket, because I have nightmares about a scenario like that one you experienced.

You pony is very cute and has such an expressive face! Love the scenery photos.

I can't believe you sold Marvin! Is Festus a brand name, or is that what you christened Marvin's successor?
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post #83 of 228 Old 01-15-2019, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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@SueC Worry not Marvin went to a very good home and I still get to see him regulararly (my best friend bought him) and unfortunately she and I have both historically been the Zaphod. Beeblebrox to his reliable if sad self.

Festus is the name of the new (not new but new to me) vehicle. He was difficult to name, nothing seemed to quite fit, but Festus stuck.

Putting the keys in a zipped pocket was the very next thing I did. And then yesterday I bought heavy duty key rings, and updated that.. next is to get a few copies. Honestly it's a miracle they were found at all. The terrain was perfect for hiding keys.
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post #84 of 228 Old 01-16-2019, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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So kinda an interesting barn day. I tried this jumping saddle a little a few days ago (Friday) decided the tree fits, but the flocking doesn't, so it's going to the fitter with me on Saturday. My aim is to come home with one saddle that fits him. Two would be a bonus.

As for today- Nick is sore, in his neck and in his back. So we had a long massage session, and then a therepeutic ride, followed by another massage. It could have been the five minute ride in the saddle, or it could be himself tearing up and down the hills or myriad of other things. Either way, no saddled riding for now, and the work we are doing undersaddle is very very basic and large loops with a level topline and me scooted 4" back to give him the opportunity to stretch that topline. When Nick is "uncomfortable" his first instinct is to rear up and resist. He swings his head when he's not feeling well, it's an easy tell, but today I was pleased that he let me help him through the soreness, and with little more than ear flickings when he was saying "oof, this is hard, I'm stiff" so I could back off and let him stretch. I wanted to keep him aerobic and loose so he could work through the tension in the shoulders and neck and so that he could be warmed up when I went to work on him a second time. And I was pleased with that overall result. When I came back to school this year one of the promises I made Nick was 'no bad rides' I want them all to feel good and help in one way or another. Today that meant riding like an Intro level horse.

That part went well.. but he had a dyarhea incident. I'd rather have dyarhea than stiff log-poops but we quit then and I investigated his poop. Lots of chewed up hay, but also a grain I didn't recognize from his usual rations. The facility is only supposed to be feeding hay to the horses and I give him peleted safe choice and horse cookies, so there's nothing in his grain that should resemble a kernal. So I wonder if one of the new boarders or someone brought grain out to their horse and fed them in the pasture and Nick got a little and thus an upset stomach from the different feed. He didn't seem remotely out of it otherwise, but i worry over everything. Will check him tonight and see if anything else is amiss. I also let the BO know, so they're aware.

Attached are Nick pictures before and after work and massages, the one with the car in it is before and the pasture one is after. I think I can see a little bit of change (uplift) in his topline and how he holds his hip, but I could be deceiving my eyes as well.
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post #85 of 228 Old 01-16-2019, 11:35 PM
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I like that you actually gave your car a name lol. And I’m at the edge of my seat reading your story about the lost car keys. You’re a great writer; it was like I was right there on the cliff looking for that key!
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post #86 of 228 Old 01-23-2019, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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It's the little things I guess

Saturday I was supposed to haul to the next town over to get my saddle fit. Pony wouldn't load, and we both ended up stressed and frustrated.
Sunday I was sick in bed from standing out in the cold with no gloves and an obstinant pony.
Monday we swallowed our pride, had a CA-esque discussion about trailer loading and had to cool out for two hours afterwards.
Tuesday we did groundwork and rode, pushed the renvers. Upset the pony greatly. 8pm we finished up and for once I put a blanket on him before turnout. Miffed pony wouldn't even look at me.
Wednesday morning, 6am came to pull his blanket. Went to leave, and he stood at the gate waiting "hey! We're supposed to go do something!" Followed the fence line as I drove away.

I'm thankful he wants to "dance" with me, even when the lessons are difficult and the moves are hard. I can feel like crap about my horsemanship, about how mean I've been lately. But I suppose as long as he keeps showing up and wanting to play and be my partner, we'll keep putting in the hours. He's a good horse at heart.
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post #87 of 228 Old 01-23-2019, 01:43 PM
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I love that you LISTEN to your horse and take note when things are off. For all that they give us, I feel like its the least we can do in return. He's such a fancy little guy!
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post #88 of 228 Old 01-24-2019, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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@frlsgirl

Somehow I missed replying to your comment. It was quite the experience. I'll have stories to tell someday when I can shake my finger and give over cautious advice to teenagers who will roll their eyes and think I'm old.

@Tihannah

Thank you. I work really hard to be on top of it with him, a lot because if I'm cautious now we avoid vet bills, chiropractor visits and extensive times off which creates a "rocket pony" effect.


I'm actually thinking about showing this summer. I might do first and second level so I can get the First scores I need for my bronze (I have training and 2nd, but need 1st and 3rd) and then do third next summer. I have had a total of one lesson since owning Nick and it might do to be a bit more basic rather than just jump in. Also doing third would be pushing him A LOT, we have a flying change sometimes (not solid) and we have started a trot half pass, and our extensions are nice. But I think another year would be really good before we step up. Of course this all depends on where I end up working this summer and what kind of hours.


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Working towards your bronze, wow, how exciting.

And don’t you just love it when your pony challenges you and says “no” - super frustrating. Ana usually goes from “no” to “maybe” to “fine but you owe me big time!” lol
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Working towards your bronze, wow, how exciting.

And don’t you just love it when your pony challenges you and says “no” - super frustrating. Ana usually goes from “no” to “maybe” to “fine but you owe me big time!” lol
We'll see. Employment this summer is still way up in the air so I'm not sure. I need to work somewhere where I'm not camping in the field all week long so I can school Pony.

Nick is good undersaddle for me, he's really one person and is a bit dicey and snakey for others, but what's been eating us is the trailer. On the whole, he takes longer than other horses to do the groundwork and obedience, probably because when he was younger he figured out if he resisted long enough eventually the problem went away. So I have a pony who likes to play the waiting game. So what ended up happening with the trailer is I worked on it the last few weekends having him trot on a long line when outside and allowing him to rest near, half way in, and in the trailer. The thing was, on average it was. 2-5 hour investment. I'd have people walk by and tell me to do things differently that he should know better, that he'd probably load into their trailer, that all I needed to do was "back him up a lot and he'll jump right in", and "have you managed to load that horse at all?" Which really sucked, because it seemed like all they got to see was a stressed pony being made to run around til he dripped sweat. I felt mean. I think I looked mean. But it's not like I haven't taught horses to load this way, it's just that Nick takes A TON of work to get through to. Yesterday he loaded in 2 minutes flat (photo attached) and no one was there to see my triumph but me, but that's okay. Although the childish part of me would like some affirmation.

For something I haven't hardly ridden in a saddle he goes well. We have a lot more flexibility in the barrel now than we used to. I NEED to work on our trot extensions, but I have a bony bottom and I can tell by the ear flicks he'd rather have me in the tack for those lol. The nice thing about bareback is the horse has to be light, and in a frame all on their own. You don't have much in the way of leverage to force the issue so it makes you be creative. It's been really good for both of us, and I think long term we'll be much more elastic and in tune because of it, but boy am I tired of having to wash my tights AFTER EVERY RIDE!


Also I got a betta fish. His name is Hector. He was a half a bottle of wine spur of the moment decision that I do not regret (worry not someone else drove)
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