The Breakup - Part 5

Dressage Mom Archive on December 16, 2007, 1:52 pm

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4After writing Part 4 of this story, I went back in my old files and pulled out the tests from my first dressage schooling show. I was surprised to see that I had actually performed Training Level tests 3 and 4. Now it seems overly brave of me to have tried tests 3 and 4 instead of 1 and 2 at my first show. But that's exactly what I had done.Sadly, I didn't write down my placing in the class, so I have no idea if I went home with a ribbon or not. What I will tell you is the
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Clarifications and Conclusions

Dressage Mom Archive on December 14, 2007, 4:19 pm

I think many people have the wrong idea when it comes to my deleted post. I did not delete the next installment of The Breakup. I had written a post about a completely different situation.Besides being asked to remove someone from the Deleted Post, after thinking about this (quite a lot over the last few days) I've concluded that Deleted Post was not my story to tell. For example, if I had written about my crazy cousin who was addicted to crack and was sent to jail for stealing a car for drug money,
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Lessons learned

Dressage Mom Archive on December 12, 2007, 4:22 pm

Last night I sat down and wrote a post about a situation involving people that I know. I got an email from one of those people asking not to be included in the post. I immediately deleted the post, giving my apologies.I felt bad about this, so I called Craig and we talked about it. He said that I'm faced with the dilemma that many personal bloggers face - how much and what to reveal about your life. He said that he doesn't write posts that might get back to people and hurt them. He says he has plenty
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Dressage Mom Archive on December 12, 2007, 3:09 am

I've talked before about the gal who leased Kaswyn while I was pregnant with Macey, my youngest daughter. I spoke briefly about the problems she was having with her horse almost three years ago. I need to get into a little more detail here.This gal, we'll call her Bonnie, bought her horse from a trainer she had. She paid way too much money for her considering her breed, amount of training, and potential. Then the trainer took her for a ride on lessons and training. Eventually she found her way to
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The Breakup - Part 4

Dressage Mom Archive on December 10, 2007, 11:39 pm

Part 1Part 2Part 3I decided to enter my first dressage show four months after my first dressage lesson. My trainer Paula thought I was nuts. She said she would never even consider showing that soon after starting dressage, let alone recommend it to someone. But I assured her that I had spent many hours in the show ring, and I wasn't scared to give it a try. I thought that Kaswyn and I had made great progress and I was ready to see what a judge thought.The barn holding the schooling show was 15 minutes
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The Breakup - Part 3

Dressage Mom Archive on December 9, 2007, 3:00 am

Part 1 Part 2I had my first riding lesson in six years; a dressage lesson. It didn't go as well as I'd hoped, and made me feel like a pretty inadequate rider. I needed to decide if I was going to take more lessons and change disciplines, or if I was going to stick with what I knew. After thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that I didn't enjoy feeling like a crappy rider. I also recognized that I should have instruction of some sort, and that Kaswyn really needed a change in direction or
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The day I turned into a pansy

Dressage Mom Archive on December 6, 2007, 7:26 pm

Last Friday when Craig mom came into town we asked her what she wanted for dinner. She always says pizza, because she lives alone and doesn't generally order a whole pizza for herself. The plan was for Craig to order it and pick it up on his way home. However, he left work late and called to tell me that I could order and pick up the pizza or I'd have to make the girls wait and we'd stick with the original plan.Our girls are great eaters. They'll eat any kind of vegetable (except Lily won't eat
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The Breakup - Part 2

Dressage Mom Archive on December 6, 2007, 5:04 am

Part 1My first dressage lesson was thoroughly confusing. Paula, the trainer, used a lot of terms that I was unfamiliar with, which was really scary considering I had been riding for fourteen years. Also the concepts that she was trying to get across to me didn't make sense. I felt really incapable. I also felt like Kaswyn was thinking "Huh?" about everything I was asking him to do. Or, more accurately, what I was attempting to ask of him but was probably confusing him.You see, the way I had been
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Not as upset as she is, but still sad

Dressage Mom Archive on December 4, 2007, 6:01 pm

The patient that I wrote about here tested negative for pregnancy. Dammit. She does have frozen embryos, so I guess we'll be thawing some of the little snowflakes soon. But it still bums me out that this last time didn't work.
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Glamour Shots

Dressage Mom Archive on December 1, 2007, 2:35 pm

I just got the photos back from our session with the photographer. I think Kaswyn looks awesome. I don't think I have a favorite. I love them all. The photographer is a friend of mine who leased Kaswyn for a time. She's super talented. She used to do weddings and portraits but now she's persuing horse photography full time. She's got some nice photos on her website. Now I just have to buy frames and convince Craig to let me put them up in the house!
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I'm bummed

Dressage Mom Archive on November 30, 2007, 5:09 pm

I just found out that services for Dr. Novak were today. They started an hour ago. There's no way I can get off of work now to go to the service. I'm sad that I missed it.
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Beware the zombie pony

Dressage Mom Archive on November 30, 2007, 3:28 pm

For Sweetest Day (which we usually don't bother to celebrate, but I think he needed an occasion) Craig got me a special picture. He wrote to the owner of Monster By Mail and requested a custom drawing. This guy will draw pictures of monsters for you based on a key word or two. You can visit the site and see pictures of his other monsters, and also watch time-lapse videos of him creating various beasties.Craig's request was "Prix St. George zombie". Here is the result, which I find hilarious! Thanks
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Busy bees

Dressage Mom Archive on November 29, 2007, 6:09 pm

My mother-in-law is coming for the weekend. Which I think is great. Seriously, she's a super lady, full of energy and always laughing. We're lucky we get a chance to see her, considering all of her activities. She's in the bowling league, golf league, garden club, drives for Meals on Wheels, and some other clubs I'm sure I'm forgetting. She always shows up with food and gifts too, which is always a bonus. Who doesn't love delicious free food that you didn't have to cook? In preparation for visitors
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I heard a rumor

Dressage Mom Archive on November 28, 2007, 4:44 pm

When I got to the barn yesterday everyone was talking about the untimely passing of Dr. Novak. There was a lot of people saying "I heard from so-and-so that blah blah blah.", so it was really unclear what had happened. The various stories were that he had been ill for a few years, he had some sort of seizure disorder, that he had a heart attack in his truck, his medications were off, he had an aneurysm, and he was supposed to show up for a barn call and when he couldn't be contacted they went looking
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Shocking news

Dressage Mom Archive on November 27, 2007, 4:58 pm

I just got a voicemail from my trainer telling me that Kaswyn's old vet has passed away. They found him in his vet truck on a side road. I'm assuming he was out on a call, but I don't know for sure. They're thinking it was an aneurysm or heart attack, or something sudden like that. He wasn't very old - he graduated from Ohio State Vet School in 1971, so that would put him in his late 50's, early 60's. I'm sad about this. Dr. Novak was always very nice to me, and even went out of his way to care
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The Breakup - Part 1

Dressage Mom Archive on November 26, 2007, 7:38 pm

This story is not about what you think it's about. It's the story of what happened to my second horse trainer, who was my first dressage trainer. The story of what happened to my first horse trainer starts here. This story doesn't end the same way, but it was still full of strife. And drama. There's always drama at the barn. Before I start, let me say that I'm going to use names in this story, but some of them have been changed to protect the innocent. Or those easily pissed off. So lets get on
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Back to the barn

Dressage Mom Archive on November 25, 2007, 9:40 pm

It was really nice to go out to the barn today and ride after not seeing Kaswyn for 5 days. I know he was in great hands with my trainer, but I like to go out every day and check his progress especially when he's in recovery mode. I rode my horse for about 20 minutes. He felt great, and the leg was cold when I checked it before I put his polo wrap on. I tried hard to watch his movement in the mirrors as I rode past, but it's hard to see exactly what's going on due to where the mirrors are placed
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Director of Bathroom Operations

Dressage Mom Archive on November 24, 2007, 3:13 pm

I was playing with Macey upstairs when I needed to excuse myself to the bathroom. So I told Macey "I'll be right back." She screamed "NO!" And I said "Look, Mama has to go poop, okay? I'll be right back." Macey perks up and says. "Okay! I go with you!" She follows me into the bathroom. Being a mother means rarely using the bathroom alone, by the way. I start to use the potty, and Macey says "Are you poopin?"Yes, I reply, smiling. Macey says "I give you paper." She takes the roll of toilet paper
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Seven Things Meme

Dressage Mom Archive on November 23, 2007, 9:30 pm

Maybaby tagged me for Seven Things Meme. I'm supposed to link back to her site and give you the rules. Rules: list seven random or weird things about yourself.I have been tagged before, so now I have to come up with seven more things...1) I hate filling up ice cube trays, so I leave them for Craig to do. Seems ridiculous, I know, but I'd rather clean a toilet. 2) My great-grandmother's names were Myrtle, Pearl, Florence, and Julia. 3) My eyes are the same color as my hair, which might seem weird
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Saddle Up - Part 10

Dressage Mom Archive on November 22, 2007, 6:09 pm

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9My saddle woes were many. I had this beautiful custom saddle that I really loved, but my horse wasn't very keen on it. Also I really needed to sell my old saddle to be able to pay off this new custom saddle. Which I might also have to sell so that I could buy the saddle that my horse liked. Which is one that I hate. Everything was just ducky. Fortunately the saddle gods smiled upon me and my Cobra sold as a consignment at the tack store. They
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