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June 15th, 2004
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seduced by the noise and the bright things that glisten
So khajja_meezer and I have committed to taking Petit Point and Capucine to a 10 mile fun ride (it's a clinic / teaching ride for would be endurance riders, which would be, well, us) in Oakland in late September.

This is all very cool, and I am looking forward to it. Except where it requires, well, getting on a horse. I don't know that I have written about this here before, but somewhere down the line, I got extremely freaky about mounting. Once I am on the horse I am fine, but yikes, that six inches of clear air, off balance and committed with no way to back out... um.

So that's why, despite having five horses, I ride about once a year, when I manage to set up a situation where I have to deal with the fear and get on.

Therefore I am setting myself up to have to ride slightly more often. :-)

Talked about the conditioning aspects with Michael, who may come as well. He opined that any horse that is outside all the time is probably in shape to do ten miles at a walk, and was reassuring about the weight issue as well (my other reliable panic point). Capucine, who is at his place to be dosed daily with Regumate, will be tested this week to see if we can stop the drug, which the vet expects will be the case. Once she's off the Regumate, she can come home and Rahat will go back, and I'll have all my horses in one place again, wow.

So I put on my much-abused riding boots this morning, after picking a whole lot of dust out of the laces (er). Fortunately it's shady and relatively cool right now. All I have to do is walk down the hill, put a bridle on Petit Point and a helmet on me, and get on.

Wish me sanity.

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From:lyonesse
Date:June 15th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
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yay riding! go you!!! :)
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From:elflet
Date:June 15th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
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I wonder if practicing some of your Yoga poses (on the ground, of course) would help you feel more confident about the "off-balance" moment (e.g. tree pose.)

'Tiks good to hear you'll get to ride again.

*kisses*
From:khajja_meezer
Date:June 15th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
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Hey elflet, I can use some of that yoga advice you were gonna give me, as I need to get limber. I feel like a steel cable, and not in the good way.

I, too, look forward to riding again...
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From:tayefeth
Date:June 15th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
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This is me, on the wrong coast, turning green with envy. Of your horses and opportunities to ride. Here, have some of my horse-related sanity. I'm certainly not using it.
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From:tersa
Date:June 15th, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
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This is me, on the *same* coast, still all green with envy! :)
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From:ambar
Date:June 15th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
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Aaaaaaigh death by CUTENESS.
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From:tersa
Date:June 15th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
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*beam* Ah, good. Exactly the response I was hoping to elicit by the usage of that particular icon. :)
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From:ambar
Date:June 15th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, mounting without a block is not even in the picture. I'm riding bareback (the only saddle I own, Petit Point objects to), and even if I weren't, my weight is such that I would probably just pull the saddle around the horse, instead of pulling myself up.

Fortunately for my neuroses, she is short.
From:khajja_meezer
Date:June 15th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Re: mounting... look on the bright side, the girls aren't tall. I had to contend with hauling my fat ass up onto a 16+ hand Thoroughbred. This should be ok... really. ^^

I'm looking forward to getting back on a horse... yesh. And good luck with that sanity. ^^
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From:ambar
Date:June 15th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
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look on the bright side, the girls aren't tall.

Now, I wonder.... why... of all the mares in the world -- hell, of all the beautiful Davenport mares in the world -- I own those two specific short mares?

Yep, native cunning.

:-)

Maybe we'll be lucky and the dressage saddle will fit Capucine reasonably. After this morning (new entry later), I think my initial fantasy of doing 10 miles bareback should be filed under H for hallucination.
From:khajja_meezer
Date:June 15th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear... I take it the bareback excursion didn't go so well??
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From:marith
Date:June 15th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
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Sanity would probably be dull, anyway. I wish you luck instead!
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From:cjsmith
Date:June 15th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
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mrgle! (generic noise of sympathy)

I'm catching up in chronological order, so I'll just leave a bit here saying that I hope to see an update saying it went well.
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From:foalstory
Date:June 15th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I recall a quote in an article that said most pasture horses (those on several acres and who graze to eat) walk 5-10 miles a day. If she's in pasture now (I know you said you have some but not sure where she's at) I have little doubt she can do it :)

remember, it's fun up on top!
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From:teramis
Date:July 24th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for adding me as a friend, Ambar. I linked back to you too.
This post was interesting. I applaud you being able to identify your sticking point (the mounting thing) and still forging ahead anyway. Endurance trail riding has always fascinated me. If I were in a place where I could have horses, I have always thought that is one sport I would pursue, on purpose. Ages ago I subscribed to American Quarterhorse, mainly just to keep up with the trail ride event reports.

Let us know how it goes!
-Teramis
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From:ambar
Date:July 25th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, the best endurance email list I know of is ridecamp -- see endurance.net for subscription details. It can be voluminous -- I run it into my gmail account so I don't get overwhelmed.

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