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mauahahaha it'll be fun :)

:) follow away! update 1x a day, not very spammy.


May. 26th, 2009 07:36 pm
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loooooooong story but suffice to say that BARN IS CLOSING ASAP.

Course, what that REALLY means ... dunno. But I'm checking out a decent place that's like.. um.. 1/3 mile from me. Really would be sweet even if no pastures, but NO ONE has pastures like Riverbend :(

And if they reopen, I'll return. no doubts!

(the story on WHY took them 45 minutes to explain, I certain can't type it out here other than to say that commissioners and judges SUCK and are stupid, as are psycho ex-wives)
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well, THAT is not encouraging. "barn meeting" at 5pm today. she wouldn't say if it's good or bad news.

*gets reaaaaally worried*

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Oh lordy. Just found another series of shows, but this one at Zephyr where you can cross country school afterwards.....

AND perfect for Alison although a long day what with jumper classes in the afternoon, etc etc. Must talk to Trudy. I can make the one on the 16th if I'm not doing dressage photos that day. Otherwise conflicts with the rest. Why don't people check the calendars of OTHER shows? sigh.

Good thing we worked on cross rail courses last lesson!! Except if I cross country school on the 12th do I want to do it again on the 16th?

Hell Yeah. I only hope Trudy can come and coach.
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what's that online site for submitting your horse trial entries???
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I'm SUCH a dork. I picked up a XS kids sized helmet for friends kidlings. And now eyeing leadline saddles.

I'm really gonna be Aunt Leah with the ponies....


May. 3rd, 2009 03:13 pm
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Before ANY cross country schooling:

(as I type this, Trudy calls and because of the rain/footing we're cancelling schooling this week :( and moving it to next week, but at least on TUESDAY which I can do (Wednesday is the dressage schooling show I'm doing photos for)).

into trailer:
cross country boots
non slip pad
breast collar
mac gloves

to find and THEN put in trailer...:
overgirth (check the show trunk?)
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A few of Brody and the better views of his pasture. I don't even think they are feeding them right now, the grass is thick enough and they graze all day. He's in decent weight (for a thoroughbred) and just needs muscling.

I forgot to deworm him yesterday. AGAIN x 5. Eventually I will remember...
He is slightly lame though, I think I quicked him with that one nail that went too high when tacking that shoe back on. I'm conflicted between pulling the nail out and then having it rain (mud) this weekend vs. having it there. From how he acts and works out of it, I think it's just there against the sensitive tissues, not actually through it or in it. Still. sigh! I won't take him cross country next week unless he's 100% the days before hand, since hauling him all that way for nothing is ... well, pointless.

But photos! that's what we are here for :)

just a few more pictures )
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Lindsay/[ profile] remix22 spent the last few days hanging out with me and more importantly (at least as far as this journal is concerned!) rode Denali and went on a long trail ride with me and Brody. YAYAYAYAY!

First, having extra paddock boots and halfchaps and helmets is a good thing. You can outfit friends that way :)

Having said that, I really DO need to get a better back-up schooling helmet for myself since invariably the one I have will die. And I STILL forgot to deworm Brody. Repeatedly. Urgh.

FRIDAY was a lesson (notes in another post) on Denali although Lindsay warmed her up. I played with Brody afterwards and it was enough to confirm that YES he needed his front left shoe put back on (or rather a new one…). His hip issues seemed mostly gone, so that's a comfort. I did trim them both up so they have bridle paths again (omg!) as well as whiskers, although I didn't get to fetlocks yet. I also tackled Brody's tail since some how he looks SO much better with the top trimmed back. I can't bear to think of trying that on Denali though.

Oh, and for the record Denali DID do one of those 'oh shit! How did she do that??!' moments during my lesson like she does nearly every week. Lindsay saw, so I've proof now! Even if not video. (cause that'd ROCK the bad riding… except I stay on during these moments).

SATURDAY the weather looked like it was going to hold off the rain, so we skipped over to the barn (which L. agreed is quite lovely!), hooked up the rig, nailed a shoe to Brody's bare foot, tossed in tack, and then the horses. Brody loaded with barely a hesitation (AWESOME!) and Denali got right in to the back part (trickier since only the door to close and keep her in). It was so fast I was out of breath. Wow. Go ponies!

So off we went and they both unloaded and hung out (well, except for Denali trying to kill Brody put Brody in his place) while I tossed tack on and we headed up and out. Sheepskin covered butts made for a more comfy ride too :) I'd picked up a new one at the World Cup since the old one is .. um … 15 years old? Or more? But that DID mean we each had one. Don't say I don't try to make rides more fun :)

Wandered down through the dry creek area, although there were some spots of water which Brody was so VERY hysterical about. I'm not sure he's ever been asked to do a creek crossing before?? But he learned and was doing them like a pro.

Oh, and might I mention I expected to be jigging sideways the entire time? Um, NO! Riding on the buckle on what felt like a VERY broke trail horse. The only times he hesitated were when Denali decided to test Lindsay's determination to be the boss and she balked on the trail. Then Brody didn't want to have anything to do with it. Can't blame him.

We climbed out of the gully, eventually, and hit one of the 'main' paths and trotted for a bit -- Brody even led! Trail horse galore. Rode down and around the wetlands, along the creek and over one itty bitty jump (Brody trotted, Denali jumped it, heh), then the CLIMB up the mountainside to get to the trail on the top. Stopped for some photos (Lindsay has those) and a snack while Denali decided to prove she was in a SUPER boss mood (grrr) but continued to still be good for Lindsay. We headed back, with the clouds getting darker and darker and some thunder…. Uh oh. So more trotting and some cantering (never got Mr. B to do more than his racing left lead, but oh well he was SANE and sound) but they (especially Brody) were getting tired, so we walked a bit and ended up getting rained on.

I was in short sleeves. With a vest, thankgod. But even with trotting and semi-racing to the rig at the end, I lost all skin feeling on my arms and most of my hands (gloved at that). But yet still 'warm' since my core didn't get cold. Still freakish and we tossed tack into the tackeroom (literally) and the horses loaded up like pros (thankgod again!) and we ran to the cab.

In all, FUN! Hehe. Can't say we don't have adventures.

theme song?

Apr. 6th, 2009 11:42 am
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btw, I found the PERFECT riding music for Denali.

come on, guess!

Read more... )
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In case anyone was wondering....... is NOT gone.

It's in limbo and the shaggy dog story STILL has not ended and I'm not even going to start but suffice to say that it IS possible in 6 more steps to get it re-registered and back up.

28 steps later.



Feb. 27th, 2009 02:35 pm
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this was the three foot one. Not much of a big deal for Denali. heh.

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"my girls" can fly.

3'3" in fact :) yay for lessons with Trudy.


Feb. 18th, 2009 01:55 pm
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Jumping lesson yesterday with Trudy - AWESOME.

Not because we were perfect, but because we DID struggle (too much back seat, not enough galloping), we got OVER it and then I found something I didn't have before.

the ability to adjust within 2 strides.

I don't mean just adjust her stride, THAT's easy. But to take us from completely fallen apart to put back together and ready to jump. Used to take us 6-8 strides. Now? two! Reflexes are QUICK now and I'm enjoying that, even with as little time as we've spent jumping as of late.

A totally exhausting lesson, but one very very much worth it :D
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Dear Tack of the Day:

When I needed blankets, you had none. Please stop trying to sell blankets. Although, you are saving me money by offering nothing I need or want.

Thank you

// me
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USEA renewal - done! with an extra $10 to USEA cause they really deserve it.

Now, to figure out what the show season looks like...
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for those not reading [ profile] catwithclaws.... WORLD CUP, VEGAS, BABY! April 17th-19th!

gonna be there with [ profile] thelitas this time around (last time was a mini LJ meetup, v. awesome). which is extra-awesome since she's on top of my folks-to-meet list (with [ profile] normandy_shores), so I get to have fun, watch amazing kick ass ponies, see a new Cirque show, go out dancing/drinking/clubbing and just have a kick-ass time (and birthday to boot!).

anyone else from the f-list or LJ land going?


Jan. 6th, 2009 07:43 pm
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A year later, for Christmas I got this box from Rhiannon. It holds two of my favorite photos that capture 'him' as well as the locks of hair:

it's a good comfort to have around :)
foalstory: (Ally - goodbyes)
January 3rd, 2007.

I couldn't get to the clinic soon enough or late enough. I didn't know what I wanted, but I knew I did want photos. Whatever semblance of mind I had left on this date, I had sense enough to grab the point & shoot and the mini tripod that I could strap onto a fence or some such. I'd done the same for Dot the day or two before I put her down and I knew how much those photos had helped.

What I didn't expect was that even now, two years later, the photos are like a kick in the gut and hurt like hell. But this is part of my healing and grief process, so I'm going to do the most difficult step:

tired and done

too thin


last one ever:

I didn't know what else to do, but I waited until I was almost impatient, but in a dread-filled way. I wanted to let him go, let him be free. But goddamned it hurt.

Dr. Hammer finished up his morning rounds and came to find me. He handled everything very well -- I let him know that I'd done this before and wanted to be there. He was a bit surprised at that, but accepting. I just asked him what he needed from me (holding the head, etc) and to tell me when he put the final drugs in so that I'd Know.

cut for explicit details )

I stood. We removed his halter. Dr. Hammer asked if I wanted any hair or such -- I'd already taken some, because I wanted to snip while he was alive, not dead. I turned and walked away.

Ally was now my angel.


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