So much for that

Dressage Mom Archive on January 30, 2010, 2:48 am

So the plan was to ride on Wednesday. That didn't happen, because my neck was really hurting.It wasn't necessarily because of the sawdust shoveling, but I'm sure it contributed to it. I had gone to my chiropractor on Monday for neck pain and had gotten some massotherapy as part of the treatment. She massaged some of the muscles really deep, and I figured my pain on Wednesday was soreness from the massage.Thursday I was in a lot of pain, so I went in again and had another treatment, including massage
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Because someone had to

Dressage Mom Archive on January 27, 2010, 5:27 pm

I wrote a post about my riding, and got very excited about my next rides. Then I got to the barn on Tuesday, all set to ride, and this is what I saw in the arena.Awww yeah. The sawdust delivery came. And the sawdust room is such that the dumptruck can pull into the arena and dump the load of sawdust right into the sawdust room. Unfortunately it doesn't all go into the sawdust room, and so it must be shoveled. Since I am the only one who rides in the arena, I'm the one who has to shovel it if I want
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Improving my seat

Dressage Mom Archive on January 26, 2010, 5:06 pm

I'm pretty surprised that I'm making any sort of progress in my riding at all, considering how cold it's been and how much I hate to ride in the winter. However both horses are going so well that I just can't stay away from the barn. That doesn't mean I don't complain a lot though. Once I'm actually on a horse it's not that bad. It's just the driving out there, grooming, etc that sucks. It's all so much better when it's warm and sunny outside.Anyway, as I've written before I spent quite a few weeks
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Dressage Mom Archive on January 20, 2010, 4:00 pm

Since I haven't been riding much due to the very cold weather and therefore I have nothing horse related to write about, I thought I'd share some of my favorite memories from when I started riding.I was 12 years old and my new friend, Jean-Marie, took me with her to her riding lesson. I talked my parents into giving me four lessons, and then I worked out a deal with the riding instructor to work off my lessons by grooming horses. This situation lasted for years and created many fond memories. Here
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Some actual progress

Dressage Mom Archive on January 12, 2010, 4:55 pm

It's hard to have a blog centered on riding and training when you aren't riding or training that much.The weather up here has been so cold, and I have not been riding. Mainly because when it gets around 20 degrees it's hard for me to breathe, but also because I really hate to be cold. And I hate riding when I'm all bundled up and can't move very well. Riding in the winter sucks, no doubt about that.I've been getting to ride 2 or 3 times a week. And I don't ride for all that long, because I don't
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Lamenting the cold

Dressage Mom Archive on December 30, 2009, 7:47 pm

Yesterday both ponies were supposed to get their feet done - Kaswyn a reset of his shoes and Albert to get his shoes pulled and go barefoot for the winter. However it was really cold - like 10 degrees with the wind chill, so I decided I'd better not go out there and stand in the cold for two hours. Instead I asked Susan to go and hold the horses for the farrier at 10:00 am. She wasn't working, so she said it would be no problem.I called Susan at 9:00 to double check, and it's a good thing I did.
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Time off

Dressage Mom Archive on December 28, 2009, 2:25 pm

The Thursday before Christmas week, I was at work as usual. I was just finishing up in the lab for the day when I noticed that I couldn't breathe very well. This happens when my asthma kicks in, so I left the lab and took a couple of puffs from my inhaler. I waited for the medicine to work, but it didn't seem to really do anything. I was very cold outside, and the cold is one thing that sets my asthma off when I'm out. However I hadn't been outside or cold in hours, so that wasn't the problem.I
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Dressage Mom Archive on December 17, 2009, 3:37 pm

Macey had a Fit Free Day yesterday, and got her 5th marble. After some whispered deliberations with Lily, Macey decided to get Slurpees as her reward. Everyone benefited from her fabulous day. We are so proud of her.Macey for the win!
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Losing Her Marbles - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on December 16, 2009, 5:00 pm

Part 1 So just when we got Lily straightened out, Macey started having issues in school. This began when Macey got a new teacher. Well, technically it was an old teacher who had been on medical leave when we enrolled Macey in Pre-Kindergarten. Apparently the temporary teacher had let Macey do whatever she wanted to do in class, had let her be the "line leader" when it was time for lunch or time to go outside, and hadn't disciplined Macey at all. When the "real" teacher came back and started to reinstate
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Losing Her Marbles -Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on December 15, 2009, 5:24 pm

The school year is winding down for our girls. I'm glad we get a little break now for Christmas, because we've had a bit of a rocky start.This year Lily started Kindergarten and it's been a bit of a change for her. At first Lily seemed to make the transition with no problems. However, little issues started cropping up. We got a note home from her teacher that Lily was chasing boys at recess, and was trying to hug and kiss them. We spoke with Lily, telling her that she should not be kissing boys
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The State of my Training - Albert

Dressage Mom Archive on December 14, 2009, 4:13 pm

My previous post was about how Kaswyn's rehab and training is coming along. Since then I've had a lesson with my trainer, and she thinks that he looks very good. She disagrees with my thought that I've never been able to get him engaged behind. She thinks that he never would have been able to do Prix St. Georges if he was never engaged. Maybe it's just been so long - five years! - since my horse has been strong and sound that I've forgotten what he feels like when he's going well.My trainer also
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The state of my training - Kaswyn

Dressage Mom Archive on December 8, 2009, 4:10 pm

It's been awhile since I've written something about how my training is going. So if that stuff bores you, there's nothing to see here. Move along.Lets start with Kaswyn. I had been riding him bareback and it gave me a great feel for if his back is up and soft or hollow and tense. So I decided to ride him in my saddle with a gel pad. I'm still afraid to hurt his back again so I thought the gel pad would give a little extra cushioning. We had a nice ride, and it was very informative for me. I realized
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Dressage Mom Archive on December 4, 2009, 3:37 pm

So my husband sent this to me and it's really funny. In a twsited sort of way. It does have two somewhat naughty words in it. You have been warned.!
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Mud and Hair

Dressage Mom Archive on November 28, 2009, 11:09 pm

The muddy season has begun.The weather has gotten colder, it rains every now and then, but the sun (when it comes out) is not hot enough during the day to dry out the muddy pastures. Both Kaswyn and Albert like to roll quite a bit, so they are both usually plastered in mud when I arrive at the barn in the afternoons. However it's too cold for baths for the horses, so both the guys have been wearing sheets during the day. The sheets keep their bodies from being caked in mud, but their necks are unprotected.
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Morose. Part 3

Dressage Mom Archive on November 17, 2009, 3:40 pm

Part 1Part 2I woke up the next morning and I felt bad. However, I had also just gotten my period so I just figured that was the issue. I was bleeding kind of heavily all that day so I just let myself feel miserable.That was Wednesday. Thursday I felt better physically, but mentally I still felt down. I made it through work and decided not to go to the barn, thinking that if I spent some time with the girls and Craig that I'd feel better. No dice. I sat on the couch and didn't want to do anything.
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Morose. Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on November 6, 2009, 5:55 pm

Part 1So last November I started going to a therapist to help me get rid of this emetophobia. I told him all about my neurologist’s findings, which were that my last seizure wasn’t really a seizure, but a pseudo-seizure. The pseudo-seizure was brought on my the stress and panic that my daughter’s vomiting caused. Everyone has a seizure threshold, and mine just happens to be very low. The seizure the mind's way of protecting itself from the bad situation. It just shuts down. Thus in a stressful
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Morose. Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on November 6, 2009, 5:32 pm

I knew there was a problem when I didn’t want to ride. A big problem.This had never really happened to me before. Sure, there had been times, mostly in the winter, that I didn’t really want to drive 30 minutes or more out to the barn to ride, but once I got out there I was ready to get on my horse. February in Cleveland, OH, can be cold and snowy and some days I would just rather stay home and share a mug of hot chocolate with my kids than freeze my butt off in the 20 degree barn. But this time
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Winter Blahs

Dressage Mom Archive on November 4, 2009, 7:58 pm

It got cold today. I hate cold.Well, first it was warm enough for the horses not to have sheets on. Then it rained, creating mud. And since it was still too warm to have sheets on the ponies went outside naked.Naked ponies + muddy pastures = filthy poniesSo I spent stupid amounts of time cleaning Bert and Kaswyn before I could put tack on them. Albert especially. I was excited that he might keep the clean coat he got from the baths he got at Nationals, but it was not to be. That horse GRINDS the
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..and then there were two.

Dressage Mom Archive on October 25, 2009, 7:37 pm

Fire, a 13 year old purebred Arabian gelding, came to our barn in the middle of March. He was trained as an English Pleasure horse and his owner needed to move him from his old trainer's barn, so she came to our barn because she is very good friends with Marge, the barn owner. Fire's owner doesn't ride, and he hadn't been ridden in months. I put him on the lunge line just out of curiosity and saw that he had tons of potential as a dressage horse. He has a nice rear end and really can swing his back.So
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When less is okay

Dressage Mom Archive on October 20, 2009, 3:11 pm

My plan on Tuesday was to just ride Kaswyn bareback and lunge Fire and Albert. However, I ended up riding both Kaswyn and Albert bareback. Kaswyn I rode in a halter, but Albert I put a bridle on.You might wonder why I ride bareback and in a halter, especially when I'm short on time. It's faster tacking up and untacking, and I don't have saddles and bridles to clean. You might not think that it makes that much of a difference, but it made enough of a difference on Thursday that I was able to ride
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