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  • Re: I lost my confidence!

    Speaking from my own personal experience... don't worry about it right now. Trying to force yourself to do something you're not ready for makes things a lot worse. Start small. If it means going back to riding on a lunge line for some time do it. When I had a bad fall of Solo (my TB) it took me over 2 months to work up the nerve to even think about getting back on him (and I didn't even break anything, just threw my back out because he decided to try to eat the flowers under a fence while
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 02-21-2012
  • Re: It's amazing how much can change in 7 years...

    Solo is definately my goofball. I can't wait until April as that's when my parents said they would begin paying for a monthly lesson with the dressage trainer that made everything work out so well for us again after the winter off which means I'll finally have access to an indoor. I'm also working on talking my parents into getting a bag of banana flavored rounders horse treats and making him a grain mash (it's just warm water poured on his grain with a chopped carrot, banana
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 02-13-2012
  • It's amazing how much can change in 7 years...

    At exactly 1pm this Valentines Day I will have owned Solo for 7 years. It's amazing how far the two of us have come and I feel like for all the work I've put in it should be longer, but at the same time it feels like only a couple months ago I was cursing the day I met him. For those of you who don't know Solo is my 16h, now 21 year old (his actual birthday is March 23rd) registered Thoroughbred gelding that my Dad traded a bale kicker for with my old lesson barn. I had outgrown my QH
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 02-07-2012
  • Re: To lease for the semester or not to lease?

    After thinking about it more and watching some videos of my friend ride I also came to the conclusion it was not as good an idea as I had originally thought. Her riding style is completely different from what Solo needs at the moment as I'm just now moving away from having to micromanage him and not have to make corrections ever 3 strides for his balance. My new plan is to try to make myself some trail routes near my house as my ring is still a sheet of ice, the problem is there really are no
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 02-01-2012
  • To lease for the semester or not to lease?

    So one of my University friends had plans on riding through the riding program at the school again this semester as she has every year, however last semester she was thrown from one of the school horses and fractured her sacrum and pelvis. She was medically cleared to ride, but at the last second the instructors at the school and the dean have refused to allow her to participate in the class again because they "feel she is a liability to the university" since she refuses to ride the horse
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 01-27-2012
  • Re: Gluquestrian Powder? Other joint supplements?

    I have an OTTB so joint supplement has been something I've been exploring for quite some time. With my horse I've tried... -Nu-Flex Maximizer (it's ok and would probably be good for maintenance, but I switched because the price kept jumping (It was about $70+) -Max Flex Maximum Relief pellets (again I didn't have much success with this one it didn't really do much. I also learned later on that with joint supplements you have best results with powder.) -Absorbine Flex + (again
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 01-21-2012
  • Re: does anyone else have a horse that lives alone?

    My QH spent time as the only horse for quite some time before I outgrew her and got my TB, one thing I found was she was happy with just me, but when I wasn't there she bonded strongly with our cows. You don't really need to make any serious fencing changes with cows (though you may need to get a stronger fencer (we have one that puts out 4J and can't keep the cows in with 1 hot wire (depending on the style of your fencing will depend on how strong of a fencer you need). Your horse may
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 01-11-2012
  • Dealing with Static from fleece blanket liners

    Due to some incredibly dry air in my area and some cold nights I've had to resort to using a fleece blanket liner on my TB as the medium weight blanket I bought for him is out being cleaned (I got it used). I've always used a combination of a fleece saxon blanket liner and a turnout sheet on cold nights in the past, but this year the static from the blanket has been the worst I've ever experienced. When I went to take off his blankets to readjust them (they had slipped to one side) the
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 01-05-2012
  • Re: Posting Diagonals

    Are you by any chance overposting to make up for any lack in momentum from the horses you are riding? I always had issues with my left diagonal when I was riding horses and found out that I had gotten in such a habit of riding lazy school horses (and my own) that I was overposting and that was the major issue for me. Once my trainer figured it out and got me to get my horse to move out the problem went away fairly quickly, but it comes right back if my horse isn't using himself (granted I also
    Posted to English (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 01-02-2012
  • Re: Snow Riders

    I'm really looking forward to trying ski joring this year, the problem is the clinic is supposed to be this weekend and we have no snow. Keeping my fingers crossed even though the people hosting the clinic have already sent out an email saying the clinic will be on the 15th if we don't get snow. I'll try to remember to add some pictures if and when I get any.
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by lovmyhorses on 01-02-2012
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