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1/20/13 7:23 P

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OMG...it was 60į Today! One of the girls from the barn and I went for a wonderful trail ride. I had Poppy in a full gallop and it was spectacular! I loved every minute of it. I could tell Poppy was a bit surprised that I gave him the ok to open up. I think he was surprised that I gave him a jockey que...and then went down on his neck and grabbed some main and let em' go, He let out a little squeal and off we went. My friend was a bit surprised...I still think she questions my riding ability...well, that was last week. Yeah, I think she's eating her words.

He listens so well. He pulled up when I started to sit up...and say woooeeeee....and Anette was smiling because she watched us.

It was fantastic.

Dressage....I think that is so beautiful! I wanted to do it with Frank...but my mom wouldn't hear of it....

Astero, my friends horse, is a Olympic dressage horse. He is awesome to watch when he's misbehaving.

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After yesterday's snowstorm we got rain and then more snow. Today it started off with rain which again turned to snow and extremely high winds. The winds blew the powdery snow all over the place which made visibility on the roads bad. There were about 5 different pile-up all opver the place. I rode my mare for awhile in the arena, but I didn't really trust the structyure.I was sure the roof was going to blow off. My mare wasn't too bad though. She was only skittish occasionally when things rattled right beside her.

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Hi there...hope you are getting geared up for some good riding when the weather permits...today in my area is a stellar one for being on a dry trail...sunny, mild east breeze, blue skies. I have about completed my barn chores and I am looking at walking the Training Level test 4 in the middle dressage arena...it is on a mild slope so it will be good exercise. I would also like to get a walk in on my trails to see if anything is high enough to mow yet. We have had a couple of good rains and the cool season grasses are sprouting in the front pastures.

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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1/20/13 8:07 A

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Wow! Ok, this really doesn't sound like much fun....I have to say, because of my eyes (or lack of one) I suck at finding the trail. I do ok finding the ribbons...but when the trails isn't marked well and I'm not with someone else...may as well consider me lost.

So, thank you so much for the word of caution. You know, I wouldn't have really thought about it until I did it....and then when you mentioned it...I remembered last weeks trail ride where there were so man leaves on the trail that...I couldn't make out the trail and the flags were spaced out too far. Then, add TB...hum...

I really do enjoy trail riding. I just need to find a way (people) to get out more.

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1/19/13 10:25 A

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Just a word of caution...while competitive rides like endurance are exciting...they can also take away a bit of the fun...in that you are riding along...looking for the trail...ribbons of a certain color hanging in the trees...and folks will go barreling past you to get ahead...they are also called Endurance Races...at one time...I would get my mare settled down ...be doing well and then have to contend with holding her back...after a 4 month stent with bursitis in my elbow I decided that maybe just enjoying my own scheduled trailrides was more enjoyable...Many of the places where rides are done are public areas so it is easy enough to get the directions and go on your own time with a friend...often the trails are still marked shortly after a ride...also volunteering might help get acclimated and learn the trails without the pressure. I always had "Call" at the hospital on Friday nights...so I could never leave for the camp til 11pm at night...would arrive at 1am..and then the first folks out were at 5 somthing for the longer distance and the limited distance...10, 20 miles started at 7 or 8...I was tired, sleep deprived and riding single...not all fun.

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1/19/13 9:04 A

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In my younger years I could have done endurance trails, but today, well, I have arthrosis in both knees and just a couple of hours in the saddle and they start to kill me. (bloody stupid old body of mine!!!)

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1/19/13 7:55 A

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I love trail riding, too! I'd love to do endurance trail riding...I'm thinking Poppy may be up for it. Frank wouldn't be able to do it. A few years ago he would've....ugh...money was so tight back then. Local riding was about all I got to do.

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1/17/13 7:13 P

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A little bit of me can commiserate. When I was quite young, The owner of the stable where I hung out and worked as a stable boy (I started at 10) was also a pedophile, but he never touched me. Maybe pedophile is too strong a word. Lets just say he liked to look at young girls. Of course I only realized this a lot later on. In exchange for being over all stable boy I got to take care of his horses, He had several and he tought me how to ride.
But, I also met my hubby when I was 19, we got married when I was 21 and in May it will be 37 years. It was after I met Serge thata I started on the rodeo, gymkhana circuit and we started to teach Larry the barrels and all. He took to it like a duck to water.

Today I am a trail rider, God, I love being in the woods!!!! It's the most peaceful place in the world and to be able to do it on horseback is precious.

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Our lives are really very complex and uniquely woven...and we don't see them til we are older and looking back...seeing the common threads. The time is so often spent just following a river of hours...floating from episode to episode until we learn to swim..sometimes against the current til exhausted we strike a rhythm that conveys us joyously to our destinations.
I am so looking forward to my future...sometimes tenatively and other times more bold...my safe goal is to show my little bitty horse...she is so easy to transport and deal with...and recently with the sudden realization that my sturdy two wheeled competition cart will be sent soon...I am thinking about competing Captain...my powerfull, steady one. I know this is what my 70 y/o trainer has wanted all along...he loves and believes in Captain. Though he has the mentality of any horse on the place is for sale...when he brought Cap into the barn as a 2 y/o and started training he became acutely aware this fellow had a way of moving that was phenomenol...the price went up...but price is no matter when set against the years of satisfaction...so Captain came to my barn. He is now 8 years old and absolutely gorgeous and strong. Dwain works with us each month and take great pride in how this boy is coming along....so I will see what this year brings.

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, you've really been through it....I'm my husbands 4th wife. Crazy as it sometimes feels to say it out loud....and to actually tell anyone. Tim is my second husband.

I got married for all the wrong reasons the first time...we didn't even have anything in common...And every time I'd do things with him that he enjoyed and did it better than him...he'd never take me again. Sigh.

With my childhood, I chose never to have kids...and that was the biggest ending factor in my first marriage and the fact that he'd fight about it. That and blame all our problems on me. Loved that....

I was truly planning to not get attached to a persona again...when I met my hubby at the barn where I used to board Frank. It was going to be me, my dog and Frank forever...hummmmmm.

I've had many horses in my life due to racing...and I'd fall in love once in a while...and It would break my heart to come and see them gone from their stalls...for lots of different reasons. I got to the point that I didn't want to actually go to the races and if I did, I'd wait in the truck (I'm the gal that could drive stick because it was expected with a big truck and a 8 horse trailer behind it) because I'd cry if someone claimed our horse...or they'd break down..and have to be put down...

I swore I'd never go through that as an adult.

I was supposed to learn to be a trainer and the man that raised me was so upset when I didn't want to learn it. I couldn't even read a racing form until I was in my 30's and that's because my mom and I had a couple horses together (one of those attempts to spend time with her). The forget the condition book (how you find your race for your horses).

Gosh, I had Frank for a 6 months or better before I told anyone about him. For the longest time, I had friends that thought my husbands name was Frank.

Anyway, I went to college, while working my last year at the track (I worked maintenance)...then went on to be a bookkeeper in a grocery store...then worked nights at a gas station while going to college...then back to grocery...Then graduating from college...then still being a bookkeeper for a marine business...still there...different company.

Life sure does throw curves at us...but the man that raised me for a few years is probably lauging at me from above...saying I told you so....lol.

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Hi y'all...did a little speed reading to catch up. My life is entwined with numerous horses as well...and I understand the deep emotions attatched. When that bond occurs they just become an extension of one's soul...the feel of silken to fuzzy coats...a velvet muzzle..the quizical, comical eyes. I am the child of a father who told me...you can't have a horse..your'e a city girl...he also told me that pickup trucks only came with standard shift transmissions...creative lies when one wants to protect...lol. Mother cringed at my exhilerating tales when I came home announcing..."guess what we did today?"...that was the day we made makeshift jumps and "taught" our horses how to jump...know how to get one over...just run another horse next to it...lol...but Mom did gently get in my corner about the horses and Dad ungrudgingly built me a corral and run in stall at the local boarding stable. It was a bittersweet time of happiness and fear. I was shy and growing up...just past 14 with boys hanging around...and the stable owner/manager was a child molester...fortunantly not to the point of rapeing any of us but I suspect that I am not the only girl he left very frightened and disturbed...and one just didn't talk about such things at that time...yet I wanted so bad to be with my horse. I finally rode him to a stable some 5 miles away and set up to board him there...my father was understandably furious that I did this after all the work he put in ...but I couldn't tell him...I never did...Dad passed away in '94 and though I don't know that he ever understood I know he forgave me....because he continued to help me all the years of my life.That first horse was Tecour, a green broke buckskin half arab/ half quarter horse gelding...3...and my friend and freedom...we rode all over the city...traffic, woods, precarious bridges and highways...all over...then I got married at 17...and sold my horse...bad decision...at 19 and two mares and a month old filly later...another blow out with Dad...sold one, gave one away...kept the filly, Cider, and trained her into a great little riding horse...got married again...again not a great decision...remarried...went thru Vet Tech school...gave away this mare...dumb move...divorced...remarried...this husband said I could have the mare if I could buy her back...several years later and she had become well known on the pony club circuit..was sold to friends of the folks I gave her to and I was informed that if the other people ever sold they would buy her back...hurt a little but I realized I had trained and loved a special horse and she made people happy...that was ok...I found an older temperamental gaited horse...he had a penchant for running away with people...he worked so well for me that the lady asked me to take him on consignment...hubby balked but tears sealed that...and I spent several glorious years riding bareback with a hackamore the colorfull fellow who tolerated no one else...and there was the Peruvian filly of my dreams, Capers, who I bought as a suckling foal and paid for her each month til she was weaned...rode her in limited distance rides and frequently in the dark for miles training for these...and then Noble...that lanky 3 month old Appendix QH who grew to 16.3 and really taught me to ride proper...and later to drive....yet another marital disaster ....then enter Andante...another Peruvian...elegant, gentle, well trained but unfortunantly developed lameness which made him unusable for trails...I passed him on to a youth ranch where he could be ridden by children an hour at a time in an arena...and turned my attention to his companion animal...a clever, spirited little bay Morgan/Welsh gelding...Carol-D Major...whom I call Bright. Bright has evolved into an amazing driving pony...large enough to ride I had him schooled by a capable dressage rider and I purchased his full brother...a year younger and trained him to the same level...they are my pride and joy...and then I decided to try a mini...so the past three years I have been bringing along a cute, fiesty little girl who is shaping into a tremendous little driving horse in her own right.
I love driving and would enjoy doing some riding on Captain who is gentle and very patient with me. My balance is improving so I am feeling more brave...the other issue is slipping to the ground...I don't relish much pressure on my feet and knees...fortunantly Captain will just let me hang there til I gingerly slip down...lol




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I do know how you feel. Even though Larry's been gone for 30 years I still cry about it. Or any of my dogs and cats for that matter. I think we get closer to them than to humans, and you've had it alot wworse than I had. We just didn't get along.
I did forget to say that the Appendix that we had was a direct grandson of Native Dancer. He was quite the sweetheart too. I never rode him though. We bought him after I had had my daughter and put on 100 pounds. and I found my balance wasn't the same. and I think I was trying to hide nyself too, I could just imagine the comments in the rodeo community behind my back. Did you see how much weight she gained?...blah blah blah!!!!!

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That is so sad...

my family is very disfunctional....my mom had me at 14....never really around. Handing me off to this person and that....My last stop before going out on my own was a pretty well known trainer in the area....and I got a taste of the good life...

I used to love to do billing....and write checks for bills...we had 30 to 40 horses at one time in training. Guess what I do for a living now???? I just work in a different industry....

The track was just a way to spend time with her...still is. If I want to see her not drunk...get there before training hours end...sigh.

My husband and I met where I boarded Frank. Frank wasn't a favorite either....but he picked me....and I was once offered lots of money for him...but wouldn't sell. He was to flighty....and I couldn't insure his lively hood selling him. So, he will be with me....till death do us part.

i also once had a Mustang. A real looker. I've been trying to bring myself to post pictures of him...but can't. I cry thinking about him. I'll work on it. I had to put him down....laminitis. Long story short, he came to me like that and we fought for about 3 years....and when the vets wanted to make him an experiment...I couldn't take it. My husband and I sat and talked and decided to send him home to a place where he could eat grass to his hearts content.

Then my husband found out about Poncho....

Before Tonka, there was Fibi. The adoption agency (very well known place locally) joked about her cough. One day we were riding and she couldn't breath. We had the vet out and she had COPD. After treating her....and not getting very good news...we contacted the agency....and my then BF (now husband) had to take her back. He was so heart broken. We followed up on her often. Eventually, they had to put her down....It just became for too hard for her to breath...

Gosh, I'm crying like it was yesterday....hopefully, this is therapeutic....By the time Poncho passed....I was thinking we were jinxed. I still worry...and I fret over Poppy a lot.

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1/14/13 8:21 P

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Welcome to the group CAMSEDGE. Jump right in...
Celeste and I got ourselves a little conversation going. Great way to meet people of similar interests or shall we say obsessions emoticon

You are lucky Celeste,your whole family seems to be involved with horses. Pretty neat. I am afraid I am the only one and Serge is also from his family. My mom was a trapeze artist way back in England after world war 2. She and I never got along. My Step father never involved himself in any of my activities, EXCEPT, he did buy me my first horse which was a paint horse. He was a rental horse and unfortunately in poor condition when I got him. I healed all his sores and fattened him up over the winter, but the horse started to avenge himself on others, never me, he never even tried to hurt me, but the owner of the stable where I boarded him pushed me to get rid of him. My blacksmsith at the time (and then boyfrien) exchanged one of his horses for the paint. That horse was Larry. so everything worked out. The paint died in a barn fire several years later. I had Larry for 8 years before he had his heart attack.

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1/14/13 9:07 A

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I am going to come back and read more here...time to feed right now...I am glad that I found this group...and I recognise some of you in passing...looking forward to getting to know y'all better.

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It really was tough...and I still can't really talk about him without the trail of tears.

I didn't get to "try" out Poppy. He was going to race in 2 weeks had we not taken him...but I did a lot of research on the trainer and looked at his stats...and Poppy's. But anyone unlicensed cannott ride for insurance purposes...Like I said...so much is different now...Gosh, you can't even be walking your horse after 11 am...unless your coming back from the races. CRAZY. Reminds me of prison.


If you have that experience on a private farm...than, that's not a horse I'd want to pay for. Honestly, I've never paid for a horse, personally....unless you count the paint I got to bid and pay for when I was 13.

Frank was my mom's....and one day...he decided he didn't want anything to do with her. He was 9 when I started riding him...and my mom was telling me he had finished second...but it was a hard race and she couldn't put him through it anymore. He had paid her way through life for almost 5 years. She had no idea he'd become my horse...but she was relieved that it worked out the way it did. If you ask her...he is getting the retirement he deserves.

I have an uncle that just passed away this past year. He was an exercise rider. A horse got lose and came at him and the horse he was on at full speed...The horse he was riding, died on impact and he had more metal in him than my dishwasher after that...they told him he could never ride again...he was riding a few weeks later. I don't know that I could have done it.

But I have learned sometimes you just need a break, a time to heal. Sounds like you guys did just that.








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I am glad things worked out and that you found Poppy. So sorry about Poncho, though. It is so not easy to lose an animal, dog, cat horse, etc.. They are a member of your family. My Heart goes out to you.
1980 was our bad year. We had bought a two year old with the intention to retire Larry. We had a trailer accident with him the day we bought him. He injured a leg and after trying to treat him at the stable after the vet saw him. we had to transport him to a equine hospital in southern Quebec where we had him put to sleep a month later. They didn't charge much as they kept the body for teaching purposes. That was in early spring. In May, Serge (hubby) had a serious accident at a horse show in the far eastern part of the province. Broke his right femure and they had to wait a week before operating cause of infection. I joined him after a few days and lost my job when we came back home 2 weeks later. and then in Sept Larry died. Not a good year for us.
The first horse we bought after Larry was to appease me. Serge purchased a very pretty little lady who competed in halter classes. Let's just say, after barrels, she didn't last long. Much too quiet.. We went through a couple of others until we purchased a stud Appendix. He was such a sweetheart, but eventually we had to have him castrated cause apparently he grabbed the owner of the stable and pulled her into his box. He didn't hurt her, but we weren't taking any chances. He was the last horse we had before we sold everything. Serge rode for others for awhile but stopped that too.
We both fell in love with Montana when we saw her and by that time we had been to see many horses including a couple of TBs, apparently fresh off of the track. The poeple who were selling wouldn't even let us saddle up to try them, so forget that.
Montana, although she was 8 at the time was only green broke and she had an 18month filly at her side. He wanted to sell us her filly too, but that means two boards to pay, etc. In the end he decided to keep the filly and register her.
Montana may only be 14.3 hands, but she is a powerful little horse. She walks with purpose, her head up and always very alert. She's also afraid of everything, but is very easy to control when she wants to bolt. a simple lift of the reins and eases right back.

It's not who you think you are that holds you back...it's who you think you're not...
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I had gotten away from it when I was 16, even though I worked for the track...I vowed to never do the horses thing....EVER!

So, I was 28 or 29....my first marriage was on it's last thread...and my mom was begging me to ride. That was that.

I had issues keeping my feet in front of me....but I swear, I think it was the saddle. I hated the western saddle my mom would make me use. It was so uncomfortable....once I went to a aussie, all that changed. Then, I went to english....or no saddle.

Frank is my first old man. In the racing world, we never kept horses past their prime unless they went to breed, but we didn't do that. We had family for that in Virginia.

We had a tough year this year. We lost one to lighting. AFter a year of battling his eye...long story short, we no longer board on that facility...he punctured his eye in a run in....after no horses were in the that field for a few months...the boarder put my horses and anther horse back in that field and the other boarder, stabbed himself on the same sharp object in the chest just centimeters from his main arty. That was it for me.

Anyway, after a trip to New Bolton...Poncho had to have his eye removed. It was a horrible time. We made it through. Found a wonderful co-op where self maintenance is appreciated and when something is reported....it's fixed ASAP. But, we had some crazy weather in August and Poncho was found under his favorite tree. It was clear it was immediate....no suffering.

If I didn't have Frank...that may have been it for me. But my husband....had to find a new horse. We called my mom...mostly because I just wanted to have my mommy and even though my mom sux at the position....I just wanted my mom....and she was telling us about this TB who was trying to find a new home. My mom convinced me after a half hour to come see it. She swore he was the nicest little guy in the world.

skeptical...Tim and I went on a Sunday Morning to the track. Poppy had a bone spur...had knee surgery...so, jumping was out of his future (didn't matter to us, we only trail ride) and I walk behind him cautiously (thinking of my husband...and truly wanting a negative reaction) and that horse stood there while I felt every inch of him...not reacting. My husband....was petting him and talking to him. The little guy looked well taken care of. Not to skinny (as most are) and not to fat. He had dapples...and seemed really happy.

Tim asked if he could come back in the morning.

He went to see that horse every day. I tried everyday to talk him out of it. Tim is not TB material. Our first date, we rode. The TB he was on reared and he came off. I went to check on him and the horse the next day and Tim had gone to the hospital. Nothing broken...just sore. Male ego injured...I just worried that a TB would be out of his league.

His argument was that this horse would be a second horse for me to ride...since Frank is mostly for walking and leisure riding now (yesterday, he made me walk)....not that I mind but I miss a good ride and sometimes wish I hadn't given up my license to ride on the race track....and anyone that knows me....knows I love a spirited horse....

Well, that Following week, we hooked up the trailer to the truck and headed on to the track...and picked up Poppy. From the pictures you'd never know he just retired this summer and I've had some fantastic rides on him...nothing over the top like Frank used to give me...but perfect...absolutely PERFECT.

The fist time I rode him...I got on him with bare back with a lunge line...I couldn't believe it. I thought no way...this can't be...I looked up his past performance and discovered...his last race...he pulled himself up and walked to the finish line.

I'm going to put up a picture from yesterdays Trail...hum...my husband had a ride and I had a walk.

Frank loves kids, too! It amazes me how good all horses can be (that I've had) with little ones.



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You had an interesting childhood!
Hubby and I competed in barrels and gymkhana's when we were young, late 70's early 80's. After my kids were born, we gave it all up. It got to be too expensive. Truthfully, after my horse Larry died (he died in Sept. 1980 at the largest rodeo here in Quebec. Heart attack. He was a bit over weight and he always gave his all. He died during the night. The vet said he didn't even suffer) I lost interest. Most people couldn't believe that I could just walk away.
We left the horse world completely up until 2 and a half years ago, when we bought our mare. So We hadn't rridden in something like 25 years. You don't really lose it though. I didn't even have any of the usual muscle pain that most folks get after riding for the first time. I guess the body remembers. I don't have the courage that I use to either.
But it is good to be back in the saddle. My grandkids like to come out every so often and ride. The oldest is fearless. But circumstances dictate that they don't come that often. Montana, our mare, is extemely gentle with the kids. I think she is fascinated with them. We made a great purchase with her, and strangley enough, she resembles Larry completely, right down to the breeding.

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The race track is so different now from when I grew up. The good thing is, they don't allow criminals in and they do finger printing and all now.

I lived so close to the race track that it was my first job....my work study through school (in high school I used to work track maintenance). OOOOO, the memories.

When I was young, I used to always walk horses for the "family." My cousin and I used to spend our afternoons at the grandstand. We were pretty well known and we loved the escalators....

I ran my first horse when I was 10. My mom was so proud. She was the first women to be a owner/jockey/trainer. It was back in the 80's. I was really young. Had to been grade school. She was so excited. She made it into the bloodhorse magazine. Now, she's an alcoholic, self medicating disappointments and injuries.... emoticon

I don't mind snow...but when it turns to ice...ugh. We really don't get much snow around here tho. We got a dusting for Christmas and that was a huge deal. Not much since then. They've been skiing in western Maryland, tho! A couple years ago, we had a a earth shattering 3 feet. We had 3 blizzards back to back. That was something. I had seen that much snow since leaving Vermont when I was a kid.

My in-laws live in Vermont. They've got plenty of snow there. But, it's pretty darn cold. My MIL has miniature horses. They don't go out to the field at all during the winter but they do have little yards that they can go out to from their stall....if the snow isn't too deep.

Stay warm and safe! And buy a case of windshield wiper fluid. I hate dirty windows on my truck.


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My hubby is tall and while at a normal weight now, was thin for most of his life. He of course has no problems getting on either. Mind you, when we were searching for a horse two years ago, we went to see one that was 16.3 hands and even he had a bit of difficulty with that one.
Lucky you to have been so muchg around a horse track. When I was 16 I got to work for one whole week at Montreal's only race track when we still had thoroughbred racing here. My then very stupid and jealous boyfriend convinced my parents that a lot of bad stuff was going on at the track so I had to quit. Needless to say, I dumped him immediately! Then I found myself a job at a local stable as a 'stable boy'

Our weather at this moments literally stinks. I actually like our winters and we were starting to have a good one with lots of snow. But the past couple of days have been very mild and now it looks like early spring out there. My truck is filthy and lots of windshield washer a must. The trails are a bust too, cause now they will sink since there is a lot of snow. We even had some ice-rain this afternoon, THAT, I do NOT like!!!! We are suppose to gt 35cm of snow next week. I've got my fingures crossed. I was going to say the only boats on the water here are 'huts' for ice-fishing, but at the moment I don't think that would be a good idea either, with this heatwave emoticon



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Oh boy...I know what you mean about age...I've never been able to lift myself into the saddle...My husband can...but he really long legs....long arms and is under weight....

I try not to get off either. I'm 5:5 and a half and have a 16.3 horse...and when he was younger...the safest place was on his back. Being a TB, he used to be pretty flighty...All that changed at 14 or 15...and at 20, we walk the woods together a lot. We get comments from bikers and hikers...and I laugh and say, he's an overgrown german shepard...as I had him a mint...lol.

My boys are bare foot. Frank has been for the last, um....5 years...Poppy since August. But the weather here isn't usually that brutal...but it can get that way, usually last 2 to 4 weeks. I work in the marine industry and people are still using their boats (those who haven't winterized), which is keeping us busy emoticon

We have a saying in Maryland, if you don't like the weather, wait an hour...lol.

Building upper body strength is an awesome goal. I had started weight lifting when i got Frank or I should say when Frank got me. I used to board with my mom on the race track...I grew up there...and really didn't know much about anything else...and being with my mom was safe (sort of) like a security blanket for horse care.

We'd trailer out on weekends and go to the park...but Frank was a lot of horse and I'd be soooo tired when we'd finish our ride....and it was the best thing I could have ever done.

I'm over weight...but there's a lot of muscle under that fat and when people hug me, they are usually shocked and it helps a lot to have that strength with moving hay bails and pushing a heavy wheel barrow...lol.





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We don't take her out in the winter because of the shoes. She is shoed for summer. I don't like to leave her unshod, and besides there is too much ice here and well, with the winter shoes you can't really give her a good workout in the arena. I have friends that have done serious damage with them.
Unfortunately no one leaves trees and stuff to use as a 'ladder'. So I am very careful when I go on the trails, not to have to get off. It bugs me a bit that I can't get on the way I use to, but...I am not that young anymore and I don't have that much upper body strength. Hopefully I can fix that here and with time. We can visit a lot of other stables on the way and most of them have toilets ( woohoo). But I have developed a new problem with my knees. It gets really painful after a couple of hours. I try to shake them out and when I get off the horse I walk like a very very very old person for a couple of minutes and then things get right again. The joys of age... emoticon

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Our park near the farm, allows hikers and mountain bikers. One of the bike shops take care of the trails...and you can donate cash for clean cup. Once I find out which one...I'd like to send a donation because they do a fantastic job. After storms, they come right away and remove down trees and such. They even leave logs for horse owners to get back on their horses. I'm not sure they know they do that...but it seems to happen frequently through the park.

We don't have an indoor...but I could trailer out if I wanted to. There are several farms locally that have indoors that charge by the visit...but the weather doesn't stay bad long here. It will actually be 60 this weekend. I'm hoping to get a ride in. but my husbands holiday party is Saturday and he has to work Sunday...so...maybe before he goes to work work. I may be able to sneak out with one of the girls. That will be awesome!

I take Roxie and Zoe to the farm with me on occasion....but they're not very good about getting out of the way...I usually just walk them here in town....

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We can take off for hours on end with trails going in every direction, mostly in the woods, , Maintained by a club, so we do pay for the right to ride there. But it's horses only, so no ski-do, or bikes or 4 wheelers, pretty good. I like to take my dog on walks there too, but I put her on leash if I encounter anyone, especially on horseback or sleigh so as not to scare the horses or have her stepped on either. In the winter months (snow and ice time) we arena ride. The stable where I am have a quite large arena. I take her outside often but she doesn't seem to like it.

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Great!

We board right off a great park (Roseryville) .that has jumps and they do a lot of equestrian events. Patuxant, not to far from where we board is ok...but Frank doesn't care for water so that's kind of a waste of time. Cedarvile is GREAT! Not as awesome as Roseryville.

How about you?

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How are the trails down your way?

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Hi!

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Hi there!!

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Hi! I live in Maryland! I have 2 horses, both OTTB. Love to trail ride and I board on a co-op.

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You're right!! Tracking really works. I tried without it, not so good results, but with the tracking it's nice and steady!! Keep it up and you'll be wearing those breeches in no time!!

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Hi, I live in eastern Ontario and I have been a member of this forum for a while now, as well as another horse related one but neither seems very active. I have a horse that I try to ride at least 3 times a week - 4 if it is a good week. I ride English - equitation and a bit of dressage. My horse is really a hunter but I don't like jumping that much so we just do poles and cavelettis. Riding is my impetus for losing weight. I have had a couple of falls that resulted in broken bones and I figure that if I was lighter and fitter maybe I wouldn't land quite so hard! I find that I ride better when I am working out regularly. Besides, English riding clothes are very unforgiving - I would like to show my horse next summer but the thought of squeezing into a pair of white breeches at my current weight is daunting. I was tracking food and exercise faithfully until November and then work and other stuff intervened. Now I am going back to it because it works.

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Hi. I live in southern Quebec. I stopped riding after I gave birth to my daughter and put on over 1oo pounds during my pregnancy. This was 29 years ago. I stayed that way most of my adult life. 2 years a go we bought a horse and i had managed to lose alot of weight with Spark People before. Burt when my dad got sick and died, my old insecurities came back and I put back half of what I had lost. I tried riding after my daughter was born, but it seemed that my balance wasn't the same. Hubby rides the mare more thanI do. I haven't the time to go to the stable during the week

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Hi All! I'm new to SparkPeople, and the impetus for my joining was being DENIED access to lesson horses at a new barn I wanted to join due to my weight! Has this ever happened to anyone else? It felt like a real blow - I've been out of the horse world (GASP!) for about 10 years, and with the loss of that daily exercise at the barn have put on a bunch of weight. I wanted to get back into horses both for the physical and emotional benefits you get from spending time with those incredible animals!

So...here I am, still without horses, reeling from the news that I'm too heavy to ride someone else's horses and I've got 29 lbs to lose before I can do so! Any suggestions? Any words of advice? Anyone else faced this?

At the barn I want to join, there is the CUTEST Haflinger that I WANT WANT WANT - but those 29 lbs are standing in my way of even trying him out due to barn rules....I want it gone NOW and THEN I'll be more realistic in goal setting from there. Please tell me I'm not alone!!

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Nice to hear from everyone. I am in the middle of looking for a new horse. I have owned thoroughbreds, warmbloods and draft crosses. I am looking at morgans now because they have that "spark" I love, but are sensible and best of all SMALLER! I am tired of hoisting myself up on 16.3 hand plus horses. I need to be able to get back on during a trail ride without a picnic bench. LOL.
Not riding is driving me nuts. Even my husband admits that I need to get back to riding.


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Hi Everybody and Happy Belated New Year to all of you!

Well, I have decided to "get back up on the Horse"...pun intended! Today after work, I plan to dust off the treadmill and begin using it again. The goal is for at least 30 minutes a day, preferably more. Also, to build up my core muscles, I will begin the sit-ups again in the morning and try a Palates DVD which I had bought, which targets the riding muscles. I have already fixed all of my meals for the day in order to ensure that I don't cheat.

The ultimate goal is to literally get back up on my horse within 6 weeks. I have not ridden since June, however, I have been building a strong bond with my horse on the ground. I have been building up his confidence as well as my own.

Well, I'll post on my progress as I go along.

Wishing everyone a great day!

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Belated happy new year to everyone. I am a soon-to-be 38 year old in London, England. Somehow I have ended up living in the outskirts of a town, although I am a country-lover at heart and spent most of my childhood on farms and at stables. I love dressage but have only got back into riding after a long break and am much heavier and less riding-fit than I used to be

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Happy New Year Folks!

My name is Annie and I joined this group hoping for a lot more activity and horse spirit then the other horse spark team I joined a couple months ago... 3 months on the other group and still not a single post other than my original introduction... time to move on!!

As my username implies, I am Canadian... Southern Ontario to be exact. Don't have too many complaints, it's the 1st of January and we've only had 2 snowstorms so far this winter season and the snow hasn't stuck around for more than a couple days... It's a little soggy, but it's been good riding for my husband, son and the young woman who exercises my mare...

Well I guess that leads me to admit that my feet are planted on the ground at this stage of my horse life... An accident (non-horse related), injury and illness forced me into a life of being bedridden and housebound for a couple years. I used food to soothe my hostility at the world and gained a whopping 150 lbs... At nearly 300lbs, I didn't feel riding was safe for me or my horses and thus I've chose not to ride until I shed some pounds and toned up... I just don't move the same way as I did when I was 150lbs.

We owned 14 horses up until this past February when we sold our farm, downsized, selected our most favourite 3 to be moved into boarding facility in order for my return back to college to pursue a new career in my mid-life years...

With our oldest daughter living on the east coast with her spouse, another son living on the other side of Canada in Alberta, and just our youngest 18 year old son still living at home, it didn't seem feasible to be keeping such a large herd of equine babes anymore... they get to be mighty expensive pasture ornaments when most of the kids and their riding friends have grown up and started their own adult lives far from home... I miss our equine babes, but they've all gone on to fabulous homes and we get frequent updates on how each of them are doing in their new adventures and with their new families. Oh, I also miss our older children too! lol, but of course they call and e-mail much more frequently! ;)

I joined a local TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group in my area at the end of this past September and am down to 261lbs and it feels really GOOD to be able to bend down and lace up my paddock boots once again... I'm not sure I'm ready to get back in the saddle yet, I own a really fickle and feisty TB mare, and I'm almost positive that 261lbs flying through the air and hitting the ground will hurt! (just a little more than a bruised ego)

I've set my goals, I'd like to be 220lbs and much more physically fit before beginning to ride my temperamental red-head mare again... If I had chose to keep one of my bigger boned horses with a more laid back temperament, I might have been tempted to be in the saddle by now, but this mare... nope! She's a princess and a really spectacular ride, and thus I wait patiently to get into condition to ride her again.

Although I'm rooted to the ground, I still enjoy our family's horse life immensely...I travel with the truck and trailer to new riding areas and curl up with a good book while the groups are out riding. I've also began a love affair with my food dehydrator and creating healthy meals to be packed in saddle bags for all day trail rides, overnighters and week long horseback riding trips... There use to be a time I resented everyone living "my" horse life but me, but now I just live one pound at a time, celebrate the losses and remind myself that I can do this!

I have my fingers crossed that there's some lively horse individuals in this group... It's the sharing of stories and "rides" that really motivates me to push through those crunch times and some of those awful weeks when stresses get too much and food becomes the crutch...

Best Wishes for 2012

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Hi everyone. My name is Liz and I am a 57 year old 200 pound plus rider. I like to ride dressage and trail riding if I have a bombproof trail horse. I have been riding for 30 plus years, through fat and thin. It is tough sometimes in the dressage world but I still manage to have fun. I have a percheron/tb cross who is retired and am currently riding a 29 year old (yes, 29) morgan gelding who has not done dressage before. I ride three days a week and use my retired draft to drag the arena. I hope we can get this group going again and break some more stereotypes. It is disturbing to me to see people saying they hate themselves. At 57 I would tell you to enjoy life while you are young and don't worry what others think of you! Your horse loves you fat or thin.


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Hi Everybody!

Caiti, I just read your post, and in many ways we are in the same place. I own three horses, one 29 year old Quarter/Appaloosa Gelding (he's been retired for over 5 years), one 16 yr old Missouri Fox Trotter gelding and one 18 yr old Appaloosa/Thoroughbred mare. With the last two, you'd never guess their ages...feisty lil' things! Due to some personal reasons, and my weight, I have not really ridden the horses for over a year. My plan is to start working them on the ground, using the Parelli Training method and just having fun with them. The Fox-Trotter is actually my favorite special project...he is too smart and has such a big personality! He's really fun to just hang around and play with...he learns really fast and also gets bored very fast. Hopefully, as I progress through the program, I will start to ride them by the end of the year. In the meantime, I plan on getting back on a new eating and work out plan. I especially need the added energy which I always get when I am eating and drinking right.

Hope to hear from you and we can encourage each other. Also, hope to hear from everyone else in this group.

Have a great day!

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10/2/11 8:06 A

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Hey all I'm new here, but I am here. I am gonna just introduce myself here... May name is Caiti. I own four horses. A Arabian Stallion 11 (Shamen not broke) , An Arabian Mare 6 (Piper, not broke) another Arabian Stallion 5 (Roman, not broke), and a Half Arabian, Half Quarter Horse Gelding 12 (Dusty, This one is broke, used to be my jumper, now he is my lead mare. Go figure!!!). I started riding when I was 4. I rode western back then but a year later switched to English, and have since shown Showmanship, Halter, Hunter Hack, English Pleasure, Dressage, and Hunter Jumpers. I quit showing back in 2005, mostly because at that point my weight was negatively impacting my riding so badly, that I quit placing. Especially while jumping. Then my Arabian Mare died 2008, and I haven't even touched a saddle or bridle since, let alone put one on a horse. When all of this happened I was about 180ish. Now I am 235...I hate myself. I hate the fact that I have lost control over myself so horribly and I am here to get it back!!!!! I hate the fact that I own four beautiful horses, and I am not even spending enough time with them to count myself as a horse person. My goal is to ride my gelding once a week. Right now he is the only one broke. and start breaking the stallion, and the mare. Watch what I eat for the next year and put out more calories than I take in. I realize that my horses are older and some say that the older they are the harder to start. I don;t know about that but I guess we will find out. I am going to be posting here maybe a few times a week, or less depending on how active it is. Wish me luck....






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8/27/11 1:00 P

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I'm here! I joined the team recently and admit that I was slightly disappointed that the group is rather stagnant. C'mon! Let's get our butts back in the saddle!!!

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8/18/11 8:26 A

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Hiya, Fawn! I'm here! I'm here! But, as for ideas, I'm NOT sure. :P I joined for the feeling that I wasn't alone being a fluffier girl rider. I'm glad to see someone else posting, though! I was thinking the same thing as you about wishing this team was more active. I can't WAIT for the fall weather! Bring it!

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8/16/11 7:53 A

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I see a few blogs, but nothing posted on the boards.

We need to get this team moving again. I confess, I've been absent, also.

Autumn is coming and great times for riding in the crunchy leaves!!!

Anyone have any ideas on how to wake everyone up?

Let me know!!1


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