112 - thursday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 11, 2008, 11:11 pm


laid back day today. Today was the jog for soundness.  You dress up, and jog your horse in front of the judges to show them that your horse is healthy and sound.  We still make them look awesome because it’s the judges first impression of the rider and horse.  J had to jog both horses.  I put 15 braids in Rhett’s head.  He looked like a hunter pony.  J won ‘best dressed’.  :-)  I spent some time with Shirley today.    that was a highlight.  She took me to get
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113 - wednesday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 11, 2008, 11:06 pm


Today was the long drive to Kentucky (~10 hours).  it flew by.  I had a really good time in the horse van with Jim.  We chat alot, and I read people magazine articles to him.  It’s pretty funny.  Got to Kentucky Horse Park for the Developing Horse Championships.  J qualified 3 horses, but we brought 2.  One of them is an awesome stallion ranked 4th in the nation… The other is my buddy, Rhett.  :-)  I’m excited he is here, especially for his owner.   I hope he does well
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114 - tuesday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 9, 2008, 9:50 pm


So I had an email from a friend blasting me about my post.   One of the things she said is that this blog is negative. I kind of think that is funny - ’cause certainly I am not as honest as I -could- be about things.  Even in the private posts.  It could be SUPER negative by being more honest than I am here.  :-) Anyway, I looked back over my posts to see… am I really that negative? No.  I’m ok.  I am quick to say whether Ami has been good or bad.  When he’s good,
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115 - monday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 9, 2008, 1:23 am


I had a long day today.  LONG. I got up fed… usual routine.  My first ride was on Cooper (TB gelding I catch ride from private owner not associated with J).   My barn-mate Lindsey is going to do a dressage test this weekend, so we managed to snag B into teaching for a few minutes.  Cooper is good and cooperative….. which is more than I can say for my own horse right now. I left to do some errands and get a massage.  I know.  Sounds random to get a massage in the middle of the day,
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116 - sunday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 8, 2008, 12:47 am


Today was my day “off” from J, but I went out to ride my other sets.  I have picked up a few more horses on the side to regularly ride.  I have 4 outside horses not associated with J.  (actually, Ami is one of the 4 I’m including). 2 of them are horses I jump, so it’s nice to be keeping in jumping form/shape.  My rhythm is coming back. I rode Ami today.  He was a jackass.  Not the whole ride, but why do we have to fight at the beginning every time?  It drives me batty. 
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117 - saturday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 6, 2008, 10:38 pm


Ami was awesome today. I wore spurs.  He was very forward.  Go figure. :-)
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118 - Tennessee

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 5, 2008, 7:45 am


Lord I’ve really been real stressed Down and out, losin ground Although I am black and proud Problems got me pessimistic Brothers and sisters keep messin up Why does it have to be so damn tuff? I don’t know where I can go To let these ghosts out of my skull My grandmas past, my brothers gone I never at once felt so alone I know you’re supposed to be my steering wheel Not just my spare tire (home) But lord I ask you (home) To be my guiding force and truth (home) For some strange
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119 - still sore

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 5, 2008, 7:44 am


ami still sore.  rested a 2nd day.
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120 - stifles

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 5, 2008, 7:44 am


Ami’s stifles are sore.   We worked him pretty hard 2 days in a row (not so much because we wanted to… he was not being a good boy).   I have been turning him out in a regular pasture for a few hours each day to try and build him up on the grass… and he started running.  He was brought in but not sure how long he was running. So he’s sore.  Buted and rested.
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121 - more ami pictures

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 3, 2008, 2:33 am


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122 - Ami

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 2, 2008, 4:21 am


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123 - best present

Crystal & Cookie Archive on September 1, 2008, 3:55 am


I love it.
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124 - saturday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on August 30, 2008, 11:14 pm


show day. __________________________________________ If you know someone’s horse is ill or un-sound (Ami), its’ really nice to express concern and even ask about them! Even if it is to say ‘Sorry…I heard about your horse’. Even though, some people do restore some faith in you.  One owner today, who I didn’t even think would remember I HAD a horse, actually asked me about him today and whether he was back under saddle.  That was extremely nice for him to ask
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125 - friday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on August 30, 2008, 11:04 pm


We are going to Labor of Love in Raleigh HHC.  So I spent the day, as usual… packing, bathing, hauling, setting up. Uneventful.
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matador

Crystal & Cookie Archive on August 29, 2008, 11:44 am


Matador, my friend, colic-ed at NC State Vet Hospital.  He was (is) there for surgery on a bone chip.  (That obviously has been put on hold).  He had colic surgery last night.   Lindsey, Richard and I went to see him.  He was still in the recovery room.  I went up to the window and called his name and he looked over at me.  Not sure if he was responding to his name or just that someone was there.  I hope he knew I was there.  Poor guy.  He was miserable.
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126 - thursday

Crystal & Cookie Archive on August 28, 2008, 11:40 pm


matz, cook will look after you. __________________________________________________ Ami went out today in a real paddock with lots of grass!  He didn’t run around because there was a huge buffet out there.   I think I am going to put him out there, on the days I am at the barn, instead of the rehab paddock.  The rehab paddock can be for days where I am not there to watch him, in case he runs.   So far, so good. J helped me with him today when I rode him.   It was ‘eh’.  No
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