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POSTALGAL_15
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8/14/11 9:49 A

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My name is Jenna and I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm hoping to lose 15-20 pounds and to build some muscle before the winter snow hits here in the snowbelt of NE Ohio. As a mail carrier with a 7 mile walking route, my job is hard enough without carrying the extra weight on my body and at 43 years old, I've already lost plenty of muscle. It's time to make life a little easier for myself and to care enough to lose the weight and get in better shape. I have ridden since I was 11 years old, mostly English. I grew up on OTTB's...retraining them and competing in the hunter ring. I switched to eventing about 12 years ago and haven't looked back. I also switched from owning TB's to draft crosses and now I keep them both at home. My main riding mare is a gray 12 y.o. Percheron/TB/QH cross named Tiara and she's my once in a lifetime horse. She's the first horse I ever saddle broke and we've done everything together.....Parelli, halter, trailriding, open pleasure, hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, driving, contesting, team sorting and penning, mounted police work, drill team, honor guard, cowboy obstacles and lots of volunteer work doing performances and demonstrations for the public. She's an amazing mare and has taught me soooo much! She was diagnosed with moon blindness and heaves 5 years ago and that's what spurred me to experience as much as I could with her while I could. She's doing pretty well now, only has an occasional flare up of her eyes and her heaves are still only exercise induced at this point. She has good days and bad days with her breathing, so I tailor her exercise for how she's breathing on any particular day. After taking several years off of eventing, we are back at it again at a very low level since that is all that her lungs will allow. But it's what we enjoy the most together and we're going to play on those lil' cross country courses as long as her lungs will allow. My other horse is actually a 6 y.o., 14 hh bay draft pony (Haflinger/Friesian) named Jewel aka "tasmanian pony." I call her my "anti-Tia" because she's everything that Tia is not. LOL! She's a spoiled little brat of a pony who is LOADED with talent but she absolutely refuses to let me put her talents to good use. She has this incredible, lofty, ground covering trot that most big horses have to canter to keep up with on the trails and she's an adorable jumper. She grew up on the trails and that's pretty much all that she's comfortable doing. Every year, I try to get some ring training on her and every year we have a massive fight about it and I end up hurt on the ground. LOL! She improves in bits and pieces, so I'll keep at it in bits and pieces, but she's really happiest on the trail and I'm fine with that. I've ponied my Tia off of her during the hot months of Summer when Tia's heaves make it difficult for her to be ridden and that works out great. She also carries my 6'1", 170 lb beginner rider boyfriend along with ease and they have a lot of fun on the trails together. So, if trailriding is all that she's ever able to do sanely, I'm fine with that.



 
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