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FANNYMANSON
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4/16/14 4:13 P

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Hello everyone! Hope all is well with the group! I love horses, I have 2 college degrees in working with horses but I don't own one right now. Eventually that is one of my goals. I am a bit heavy now to ride anyway, but with SP help, that will change!! I love most animals and stay busy with my critter family.

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4/4/14 12:02 A

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Absolutely always better safe than sorry. The important part is that you are riding and enjoying it. I have a huge day tomorrow trying to clip and groom up a couple of show horses for my granddaughters. It will be an all day job if I do it right...I have to give them both full body shaves from ear to toe. Not looking forward to it but not against it either. Just time consuming and I cant stop once I start.

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4/3/14 8:49 P

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BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY !!! emoticon

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Gosh I envy you.. Icelandic horses are so cool to ride. Not very big but sounds and secure as a train car.

Yep my girl feels better I guess it was just a down day. She moped for all that day and part of the next but then she was fine. I just like to keep on top of things when it comes to the horses.

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4/3/14 1:04 P

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I HAD MY SECOND LESSON TODAY I AM STILL SMILING !!! RODE AN ICELANDIC WHAT A SWEETIE !!!

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3/31/14 9:54 A

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hope she feels better emoticon

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3/30/14 2:13 P

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Thank you Liz I try to update it just to make me feel like I can or am accomplishing something from time to time. Looks like it might be a nice day out there today I should get my butt in the barn. I did hear that a horse in there is not feeling well today. She is lying down a lot. No colic but still seems a little unusual for her since her normal routine is rambunctious. I might stop in and take a look at her. I ordered her put out today but see wants to lie down outside too. She is passing stool so she isn't bound up but like I said...something not right.

Hope you enjoy your day and that the sun keeps shinning over our heads.

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3/29/14 4:30 P

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love the new picture !!!!!

YOU NEVER FAIL UNTIL YOU STOP TRYING ...albert Einstein ..


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3/27/14 3:25 P

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Q - quandary / certainty or solution


Don't know where my head was when I posted this...it was meant for another link on another team. Hahahaha...I am just too fast for my own good. Oh well it is what it is.

Joanna

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3/27/14 3:21 P

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Congratulations...I am so happy for you. I can't wait to hear how you progress though time. Take is slow but steady and it will call come back. You go girl.

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3/27/14 1:22 P

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HI I JUST GOT BACK FROM MY FIRST LESSON . I FEEL REALY GOOD SHE SAID I DID WELL SO I AM SIGNED UP FOR NEXT WEEK !!!!!!!! emoticon

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3/25/14 5:33 P

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I've got them crossed...I know you can do it just take it slow. You are going to love it in general. It's been a long time coming. Make sure you come back on Thursday to let me know how you did. Safety first. Mounting blocks are the wonder block I say. I had to get my hubby to build me a special one last summer because the little ones did not make me feel balanced. I have gained so much weight that getting up on that...still throws me off a little. So now I have one that is a step up and the platform is 4 feet long and 2.5 feet wide. I just walk my guys or girl up to it and let them stand there while I take my time to get on...and off for that fact. It's the first time in my life I ever used anything to help me mount....but you know what. I love it.



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3/24/14 8:45 P

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hyatti1 thanks so much . I am going in Thursday for orientation-- meet the horses and staff and ride a little. I was worried about mounting and dimounting - but they have a mounting block !!! ms also messes with my balance, so am also concerned about that. but mostly excited x your fingers for me !!! emoticon

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3/24/14 12:49 A

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Liz that's great news. I broke horses professionally for many years...all seats and styles. I have been associated with horses in one form or another for over 55 years. When I say I broke horses professionally not as a living...I am a retired Attorney, but for a hobby. I broke them for myself...and later for my grand-daughters to show on the circuit. I rode the rodeo circuit for many years the jumping circuit on and off through the years...then went on for the grand children to show in Western, English, Show Hack, Side Saddle, Jumping, Dressage, Gymkhana, and just Trail.

After shattering both my knees trying to bring a race horse back to reality I was off horses for almost 5 years. When I came back to mount last year...I as good as I was at one time...was struggling to find balance. The comfort of that western saddle felt so good under me. However it has changed over the years...my western saddle is not that heavy leather one ...that I used like a pair of gloves. It's a nice light weight...neoprene with the rounded pommel not the horn. I was not coming off that saddle......since my legs are not working properly. If we went down the horse would go with me...and I did not want to deal with a horn in the saddle. I use to be able to propel off the saddle using the horse as a helper...but I get up and down now with assistance.

The good news...once up and after a few minutes I relaxed and oh what a wonderful feeling to be back up there...and if not in control at least thinking I could be. Good luck with your riding and never ever give it up.

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3/22/14 10:35 P

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HI !! YES I AM STILL KICKING !! I HAVE RIDDEN BOTH IN THE PAST, BUT WILL START WITH WESTERN TO GET MY CONFIDENCE BACK, IT'S WHAT I LEARNED FIRST. I HAVE MS SO WILL NEED SOME PRACTICE I AM EXCITED THOUGH. I AM CALLING MONDAY emoticon

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3/22/14 8:48 A

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Welcome, Leila! I think I just got you and Lizz confused -- sorry! emoticon

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Make choices that will help you FEEL BETTER TODAY!


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Welcome, Leila! Go do it -- take that lesson! You won't regret it!

Your body wants to be healthy; don't let your brain get in the way!
Make choices that will help you FEEL BETTER TODAY!


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Firepony: somehow I missed you when I was in here doing my welcome committee thing, but going back I see my mistake so I am here to rectify it. I love your attitude (screw it I will get it myself) sounds like a girl after my own heart. It's now how we start it's about how we finish I have always thought. Are you still here...I also see your postings were last year. Have you forgotten us already and gone on to other things...I hope not. I would love to hear how your February show turned out. Did you make it there?

Leila - Grandioso sounds grand for sure. I have always loved Andalusians a most magnificent horse for sure. Unfortunately that is one horse that has never crossed my path in my riding experiences. However I did know a young girl that owned one and boy could she make that horse move. Watching her horse move was like watching the Spanish riding school horses except for her horse was a very dark bay. Her mares precision was so fine and elegant. I met her when my granddaughter was just 8 years old. A long story I will try to make short. I had a friend that was a real estate broker that sold horse farms. She owned a beautiful white Arabian Stallion. Her stallion stayed in training with Mary Zadunic an Olympic dressage trainer full time. Mary was a great rider and would demonstrate her stallion XL at all the sale closings and once a year that the US Nationals. My granddaughter being quite the little rider also showed only Arabian Stallions on the Arabian circuit, Gail thought it might be a bigger draw to have a kid rider her stallion. We tossed it around for up until that time there were no dressage training put into my horses to the extent of XL and I was not a dressage rider or trainer. Gail was so gun hoe to use Alexandra that I agreed. We went off to visit Mary the trainer. I guess we didn't understand that she might feel threatened by an 8 year old. She explained that the horse was too advanced and that the training would take years to perfect and that she could not teach that to a child. Gail refused to let it go so XL was saddled up and up went the baby...that's what I called her until she was 13 I think. Sitting there without telling us what she was doing Mary was upset and had the horse rear. The baby sit it fine and was not scared...which shocked Mary but that is another story. Back to this one. I was the one scared and upset that someone would have a horse rear up and walk without a for warning. She not only did it once but twice yet the baby held her seat and rather liked it. Well that being said..Mary still felt it was not going to happen. Gail did not give up she knew of another dressage trainer and so we went on to visit Julie a young dressage trainer in Grand Ledge MI. Within three weeks Julie had taught Alexandra all the High school dressage tricks and she did it on her beautiful Andalusian Mare. Of course Julie because the full time trainer of XL and she and Alexandra would go to all the closings for Gail and put on a magnificent display for the new owners grand openings. This went on for about three years. A note here: skipping all the training and getting right to the tricks is not a common practice but it was a lesson well learned. Alexandra would suck up any training she could get like a little sponge and now at 27 she starts all her horses in training off with dressage rather than just rail work. Every horse she rides has to do the basics before they move on. I don't know what happen with Julie and her horse I think she is still training at that farm but I am sure the horse is long gone by now or very old. There...it was not too long. I am a talker so I can make things really long at times.

Lizz931: How about you are you still here kicking its only been a day so I am hoping you are still here. Where are you from? What type of riding would you like to do. For me personally I just like to feel the horse under me. It makes a bond that makes me feel good no matter what the riding is. I love trail riding and for the last 20 years that is all I have ever done. My showing days are way behind me and for a few years so was my riding days. But, now I am back in the saddle and can't wait to just get out there and have some fun. No more scary rides though I want to just get on and get around safely and securely. A little bit of arena riding and some trails for now. I have tons of land to ride on so I don't even have to go off the property. i do however have to take a tracker of some kind. Just in-case something happens they can come and find me.

If's Friday once again boy does time fly. It is a little sunny here but not really warm. I am going to the barn to do some grooming and give out some horsey hugs. See you all later.

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3/20/14 2:45 P

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Yes indeed. I was affectionately known as Donkey. Not quite as inventive as my sister's nickname which was Dobbin! My stallion is a PRE (Andalusian)



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Hi Leila yes you found the right place. Welcome to the team...good to have you on the team. What a unique name...I bet you were teased through school in a good way I hope. What breed of stallion do you have?

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Not sure if this is the right link to introduce myself. My name is Leila Horsey (yes, I was born with that name!) I have been riding for more years than I care to admit to and am currently residing in Houston Texas I have a 16 yr old PRE stallion called Grandioso.



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3/20/14 8:30 A

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hi I haven't ridden for a VERY long time. a new stable opened up not far from me and I may take a lesson or two !! emoticon

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Hi Maggie! Welcome to the team and to Spark People and to the horse world! emoticon
I started riding when I was 10, but that's just what I did -- took a lesson once/week. If you get to a point where you are interested enough, some people lease horses when they don't want to buy one. It can be nice to sort of have a "horse of your own" without the long-term commitment of buying one. If you're taking lessons at a riding stable, they may even have horses available for lease.

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Hi Maggie,

Welcome to the team. My gosh the hills of Scotland. I bet the riding along the country side would be grand there. I think it is pretty cool that you took up a new love at 60. How is the weather there right now for riding? Do you ride indoor or outdoor? I for one can't wait to get to know you on our journey to a better health.


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Hi, I am new to this team and to Spark people, only signed up this week. I live in the Highlands of Scotland. I started horse riding last year at the age of 60! First time I had ever sat on a horse. I love it and try to get a ride/lesson once a week. Probably won't be getting my own horse as I am concerned that as I get older I wouldn't be able to care for one. I need to lose at least 28 lbs for the horses sake as well as my own!



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I think we have a new member but she hasn't introduced herself yet...Kickbuttbritt...welcome to the team. If you are out there...well just neigh and let us know you are around.

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Welcome Lisa! Looks like you posted right. :) Good luck on your new journey!
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Hi everyone! I am so excited that I found others on this journey that are "horse minded"!!! This is my first post so hope I do it right. emoticon I am brand new to Spark People....getting ready to turn the big 5-0 and figure I better stop putting off loosing weight and getting in shape! I look forward to hearing from some of you!

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Thanks for the welcome, AHORSEY1!
Absolutely, I've done the gym, I've bought an elliptical, I go for hikes, etc, etc... but nothing keeps me more committed to getting the exercise I need quite the same way as my horse.


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Welcome! Congrats on obtaining your own horse! I find that working with my horse is FUN exercise and that is the best! I too was one of those little girls who always wanted a horse and finally got one as an adult. I've had one ever since. Enjoy your mare.



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Hello All,

I'm very new to spark and am still trying to figure out how it all goes, but I'm trying my hand at joining some teams of like-minded folks!

I'm currently pursuing a life long goal of riding after being one of those little girls who always wanted that pony, but never &*#^ got it. Screw you, I'll get it myself. Better late than never ;-)

Not that I didn't get to ride on and off as a child, and later as an adult I leased a horse and took about a year of lessons trending toward the western pleasure persuasion.

Not long after that I developed an auto immune disorder that sent my health into a tail spin and my weight skyrocketing up. I reached a point where I realized its now or never, get back in shape and go for the dream of riding or perhaps lose the opportunity forever. Due to the help of my amazing trainer/instructor I leased one of his horses, got my confidence and fitness level up (still have a LONG way to go on that, but made real, observable progress) and got to the point where I was ready to own my first horse. With his help we found my wonderful AQHA mare in February and I have been working on the goal of showing in our state green reiner class in February of 2014. My only goal for the first show is to JUST DO IT, stay on pattern, and not DQ! I am blessed to have a wonderful group of horsey-type friends who are in the same discipline cheering me on (I've learned that the horse community can really be such a supportive group!)

I'm looking forward to being a part of this team and getting to know you all!

Happy trails! emoticon



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Trina,
I grew up with horses and had two of my own for awhile and when I graduated I had to sell them! :( (worst thing in my life) I moved to Arizona in 09 and worked with a guy that had horses, he let me come over and clean some stalls and ride and it just comes natural (hadn't probably ridden since 04-05) I will say you do notice once you start riding that there was muscles you used when riding that you didn't know you were using, especially your abs and legs!!!! (fyi, although it is probably easier on the horse the lighter you are, I know quite a few people that are way over 200 lbs and ride all the time and compete so don't let that stop you and it will help you too!!!!


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Hello everyone! I'm new to the team, but not to SP. I got down to my goal weight of 170 from nearly 300 pounds a few years ago. Unfortunately, due to life changes, medication, and just plain getting LAZY I've put some weight back on. But I'm back to shove it off again and get back to feeling good.

I have loved horses since I was a little girl (like so many!), but I grew up in Baltimore city so there was no place to take riding lessons or even see horses. And no money for either! Instead I read about horses obsessively, checking out every horse book in the library, collected horse toys, and watched movies about horses or with horses in them.

This past spring I was in a local restaurant and noticed a flier for a Horseback riding center. Considering that I'd been looking for horse rescues in the area to volunteer at, I decided to look at this place. It turned out that they were about 5 miles from my apartment. After some urging, I went down there, introduced myself, and asked if they needed volunteer help. They told me that they always need help grooming the horses, and that during summer camp they would probably need someone to lead the small kids around during lessons, and they invited me to come help out.

When I posted this on Facebook in my excitement that I was finally going to be able to work around some horses, a friend of mine realized that I actually was interested in them. She owns a 16 year old Morgan mare named Glory and doesn't have the time to properly work with her. So, we talked and now we share ownership of the horse, who I love dearly and she is my precious baby! Glory is a cart horse and there is nothing she loves more than being driven across the fields. She's like driving a Cadillac!

So after volunteering for a week at the riding center, I had the money for 5 lessons over the summer, which I took. It was my first time being on a horse's back and not having someone leading the horse around for me! Then, for the Fall session the riding instructor asked if I would come down and work two days a week in exchange for more classes. I, of course, said yes, so now I work grooming the ponies and tacking them up for the kids for a few hours twice a week, and take a lovely riding lesson another day. The horse I ride at the center is a 13 year old (16.3HH!) cold-blood mix who is just the sweetest thing.

Anyway, my dream for when I get back down to the weight that I was at when I felt and looked my best is to be able to ride Glory. She's not a very big horse, and though I like driving her and doing groundwork, I'd like to be able to ride her once in awhile just to give us another activity to do together. Spending time with my little Morgan is my driving force now, and being around horses has made me so motivated to be healthy again. I hope to make a lot more horsey friends on the team!

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~Dr. Seuss

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Hello! I am not new to SP, but new here. When I was a young and small teenager I had a horse, took 3 years of lessons and loved every second of it. Unfortunately we had to sell her, and I was so devastated I never went to the barn again. Now, 20 years later, I have been remembering how much I loved being around horses and want to take lessons again. I was a good rider then, now who knows? Do any of you have experience with this? Does it take a long time for it to come back to you? I am going to lose about 20 more pounds before I ask any horse to carry me, and I am really excited to be around horses and horse people again. I am sooooo jealous of all your gorgeous horses!! emoticon


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REBELSGIRL24
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9/15/13 2:58 P

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Hi everyone, I just rejoined Sparkpeople, it's been awhile since I've been on here. I just turned 30 about a month ago and I want to get serious about getting healthy. Also I just moved my 3 horses to my place and after riding this week for the first time in the better part of 2 years I realized I am horribly out of shape! I have a 15 year old Paint named Rock, 22 year old 1/2 Paint 1/2 Quarter mare named Socks, and an unbroke 6 year old Quarter horse gelding named Rebel. I've started retraining Reb too and yet more proof I am out of shape. My other inspiration is my husband and I have been married 6 years and would like to try to have a baby in the near future. We live in Nebraska on a small acreage with a dog, cats and my horses. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!



MONTIKARLA
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9/13/13 12:52 P

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Hi guys! I just rejoined SparkPeople and needed a horsey place to hang out on this website. I'm Jenn, I live in Ontario and I'm (almost) 30. My horse is an OTTB named Ellie and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am finally really committed to changing my life and I know that I will be a better and safer rider when I lose some weight.


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JESVARNER
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9/3/13 3:35 P

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Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to SparkPeople & just found this group. I haven't ridden regularly since high school, and I miss it horribly! I had a lovely quarter horse mare that I adored. I'm hoping that one of these days life will settle down, I'll have a home that isn't right in town, and enough space to have a horse, or several, again. My dream would be to have an equine rescue, but that is a long way off unless I win the lottery! I'm recently engaged to my best friend, who just left for a deployment to Afghanistan 3 weeks ago. While he's away, I'll be planning our wedding and getting myself in shape!

- Jes

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RENAMS
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7/31/13 8:53 A

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Hello from Montana! I've been on SP off-on for years, but all those times I wasn't ready, emotionally or physically to make the change. We (boyfriend and my daughter) moved from Los Angeles to Billings in December. I took 6 months off work -- I'm 50 and had never taken vacation, so I made it count (well worth the debt I have to pay back). My daughter got her GED and moved down the street. She is supremely happy and, I feel that I actually did a good job as a mom. So, now I need to do a good job on me!

I have to get down to 160 pounds (I'm 210); I'm diabetic II, I've got an amazing, wonderful, supportive boyfriend. My horse is Winston, a quarter horse who I treat more like a dog. He makes me laugh and just is wonderful and sweet and easy to be with. I'm in a 12 step (alcohol- sober 2 1/2 years) program. I tried OA, but it just wasn't right for me, so I'm here on SP!


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OCONLEY1
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6/24/13 6:25 P

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Hey all.... just joined the group and actually just started SP two weeks ago.


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MYJOURNEY2BFIT
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6/4/13 11:41 P

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hello my name is Clarissa..im new to sparkpeople and this amazing group that im so excited that i found..i have rode horses all my life competing in barrels and team roping. When i got pregnant with my daughter i sold all my horses but one and kinda gave up on my passion. The horse that i did keep ive had since he was a baby he a quarter horse he is 7 yrs old now. I have recently started riding more and am currently in the process of working my horse on the pattern ..by the end of summer he should be ready to start hauling and im so excited! Im not only getting him in shape but myself. as well...i have a ways to go but i know im on the right path im down 20lbs in the last 2 months. I hope to meet some awesome ppl through this page to help motivate me and inspire me and hopefully i can do the same for them!!

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ANGELHOPE69
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4/13/13 5:44 P

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Hi

I am new to this forum, but not to Sparkpeople - I have recently re awoken my Passion for our Equine soul mates and I have two new Babies (three if you count the new Rescue Pup...)...

All provide me with peace, love and confidence :D


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DKSTORIES
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4/4/13 5:04 P

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Hello! I've ridden since I was 9. I grew up riding hunter / jumpers but would like to switch to 3 day eventing. I currently have a retired TB, a 7 year old off the track TB and a mini. The mini "belongs" to my kids and since they've outgrown her, I'm retraining her to harness. Its going well so far! I really, really struggle to find time to ride. I've actually only been on my 7 year old a couple of times in the past few months. My horses are at home and I don't currently have a trainer. Sometimes I actually wonder if I still really want to ride.

Looking forward to making some friends here!

DKStories

"If you didn't know how old you are, how old would you be?"


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EVENTINGUKULELE
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3/10/13 9:47 P

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hey! My name is Julia, I do not own, however I was trained to event, and have leased a couple horses. My first horse that only I rode was an appaloosa thoroughbred mix, he was such a cool horse! He would soar over jumps, and collect himself into the most beautiful trot (comfy too!), I only got to show him once, but he taught me so much. Then I started a free lease with an azteca D dressage horse, he was beautiful (kinda dumb...but I loved him all the same). I never got the opportunity to show him (finances, and I didn't have access to a trailer) but he taught me how to deal with a spooky horse, and gave me the confidence to go out of my comfort zone. I'm living away from home now for school, and I haven't ridden in about a year, but I hope to get my own horse someday, and continue my dreams of being a successful eventer!



2SHUBBMAN
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3/10/13 8:24 P

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Hello fellow horse lovers!! I didn't think I'd be joining any groups...until I saw that there was a horse group...yahoo! Horses are my life-long passion. I have 3 horses now, 2 QH and one Fox Trotter. LOVE trail riding!! Making plans with my buddies to do some serious riding this year. Riding is my therapy. Any way, really trying to lose 15 pounds. But at the rate I was going it would soon be 20. Need to turn this ship around! I'm 56 now, and seems like it's getting harder to lose. All suggestions welcome!



JSEQUESTRIAN
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3/1/13 9:48 P

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Not really sure how all this works but I am going to give it a try! I recently had my second daughter October 5, 2012 and now I am working on losing all the baby weight. I was originally 140 before I had my first daughter and was 150 before I had my second daughter. My goal is to get down to 130. I own a hunter/jumper/equitation farm in which we have 28 horses. We own 6 of the horses. I have competed in jumpers through the 4' with my OTTB that I got as a 3 year old who is now 14 years old. I also have a 6 year old Hanoverian Cross, 8 year old TB, 18 year old Welsh, 7 year old Warmblood, and 2 32" mini's (we count them as 1 since they share a stall and eat less than even the ponies!)



MROOSIELOO
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2/28/13 11:37 P

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Not entirely sure how to use this site quite yet, though I've used SparkPeople before (a year or so ago). I'm now back, not to lose weight, but to find that happy balance and mindfulness in my life. I'm eighteen and have been riding since I was ten as an eventer (dressage/jumper/cross country) but bought my first pony for $100 this last summer. He's a five year old 13.3hh blanketed palomino Pony of Americas/Morgan gelding named Sparrow, had no manners or knowledge when I purchased him as a four almost five year old - had never had a bit in his mouth or anyone on his back - it's been almost seven months now and with lots of hard work and dedication, he should be ready for his first training level dressage show this coming summer! Through high school, I worked as a groomer for a Friesian and Warmblood breeding facility in exchange for riding lessons and several clinics with incredible equestrian professionals including a trainer from the Spanish Riding School. I won't say horses are my whole life, but my pony IS my main side kick and it's definitely a hobby I hope to continue and excel in throughout the course of my life :)



QHEVENTER1
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1/31/13 2:10 P

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Hi everyone!
I had been on here before a few years ago and now I am back as I've gained entirely too much weight.
I live in east TN and have more mostly Quarter Horses and barrel race. But I also do cattle sorting, show Ranch classes, halter, and hunter when I can. We also have an Arab, BS Paint, and a gaited/Arab cross. I also judge horse shows & give riding lessons on the side when I'm not working at my full time job! I also write articles and books.

Last year I bought a big new horse and returned to barrels after several years hiatus. We hauled to some big shows just to get the experience. I worked pretty hard but I didn't work on myself like I should have and I didn't see the improvement that I should have. It's all on me. I HAVE to get in shape for this year. So that's why I'm here!!!

I'm need all the horsey spark friends I can get to keep me on track!





LINDY2013
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1/20/13 5:52 P

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Hi, my name is Lindy and I live in Oregon. When I was younger, I owned a registered Quarterhorse gelding named Bahia Rey. We were in 4 H together as well as my sis Karen, who was 2 years older and owned a registered half Arab. Unfortunately, in order to go away to college, our parents required that we sell our beloved steeds. My sis vowed to buy again as soon as possible, and I felt I would too. However, after college, marriage, children,divorce....I was unable to do so. My sis, on the other hand , was able to get back into horses, though she had no children. Now that I have retired from teaching, and remarried, I am more in a position to have one. My sis has recently moved to my area with her horse, so once again I am getting to be around horses again. Her job takes her out of town, so I get to take care of her horse. Lucky me! This allows me the opportunity to love up on horses and get used to them again. My sis now uses the Parelli method, and she is teaching it to me. I told myself I wouldn't ride until I lost more weight, so I am concentrating on ground work right now.

The year 2013 is my year for tracking; tracking food, tracking movement, tracking feelings, tracking thoughts. I am a work in progress, I do not have to be perfect.


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CAMSEDGE
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1/18/13 4:30 P

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Good for you. Love the gaited breeds...miss my Peruvians.

The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings...Robert Louis Stevenson


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REDOUTLAW101
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1/18/13 1:50 P

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I'm Lynne from Vilonia, AR, My foxtrotter Brandy would appreciate if I would lose 50lbs!!!! LOL I am 50 years old, and am ready to shed the pounds and become stronger so that I may sit in the saddle for years to come!!! emoticon

Live to Ride, Ride to Live!


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CAMSEDGE
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12/31/12 3:02 P

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Welcome, Meagan...and hope you and Riley have the best of times becoming a team. A horse makes a great counsellor.

The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings...Robert Louis Stevenson


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CAMSEDGE
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12/31/12 3:00 P

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Hello Cher...welcome...I am working on a similar goal though I have the driving and driving ponies to keep me content until I can ride down a trail again....and I consistently work on maintaining and landscaping a small trail system on my 15 acre farm in the meantime...always planning for fun stuff with my ponies.

The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings...Robert Louis Stevenson


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MORGANSMOM52
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12/31/12 10:16 A

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Hi. My name is Cher. I currently live in NH. I am currently horseless :( I had to rehome my elderly Appy and Morgan x before comming back here from Fl. I have not ridden in several years due to the Fl heat and my wt. One of my goals this year is to lose enough wt and gain enough strength to ride again.
I have been a lover of anything equine since I was about 4 and my dad put me on my uncles horse while they were talking. I fell in love and have worked at finding ways to ride ever since.

13wk/13lb challenge: 1/1/13-4/2/13
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I continually strive to be the person my dogs think I am.


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AMAZINGMEAGAN
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11/29/12 4:03 P

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Hello! My name is Meagan, I'm from Michigan and I'm new to the team. I have been irreversibly obsessed with horses since I was a kid. I have a 12 year old off track thoroughbred named Riley and he is my baby. He might be a little more spoiled than he should be, but he deserves it, he's such a good horse. He used to be an eventer, so he is quite athletic, but he's had it way too easy for the past 6 months and we both need to get back in shape. I would really love to get into dressage, that is one of my major motivations with my weight loss. I'd love to compete next summer, but I need to be in much better shape! Hopefully Riley and I can help each other out and have some fun along the way.

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw


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CAMSEDGE
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11/25/12 4:42 P

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Hi..I am Cynthia, from Texas. I have loved anything equine, all my life. At 56, I have 2 Welsh/Morgan crosses...large ponies..one prob measures horse size...and a Classic Shetland and a Miniature horse. They are all delightfull in their very different ways. I mainly drive my ponies though they are trained to ride as well. My trainer has a couple of ladies that train dressage and hunt seat. From time to time when I would leave them with him we would have the riders work with them between drive training. They are both remarkable athletes. My Shetland had a very checkered past which basically has him as a companion for my Mini filly which he does well. The Mini is precious and at 3, she is already a really nice little driving horse.

The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings...Robert Louis Stevenson


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