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Today with Zeus- 

1) Started the day with a lesson with my first dressage lesson with Zeus. I warmed up and walked Zeus around while other riders did some ground work. Dara gave us some great advice about what to do to start taking Zeus from western pleasure to dressage. Dara says to keep him straight through the bridle, encourage him to move forward into the bit, allow him to come to you and give to you, and to stay light in the saddle. Dara said “It doesn’t matter how much you weight, but instead how much weight you are in the saddle”. Very inspirational! I like being told that I’m light in the saddle. I’m working on releasing the tension in my legs and seat. Once I relax then he will relax and come to me easier.

Zeus then got a snack of some soupy beet pulp and turned back out for a while.

2) Then, a few hours later, a group of us hand walked through the park. Zeus was a super star and didn’t spook at anything. He just walked slow! Michael joined us for our stroll. Sadly, my friend’s horse started to colic after our walk, so I stayed at the barn late to keep Laura from freaking out and keeping Daisy going. Luckily, the mare passed the colic and is doing fine now. We had a pizza dinner at the barn while we tended for Daisy!

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Guys - I need to find a color to shop for for Zeus?

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I was thinking

1) Hunter Green

2) Navy (though I don’t like how navy and black look together, and I do want to get a black dressage saddle)

3) Maroon

4) Any other colors you all suggest.

Zeus is kind of a liver-y chestnut… a “true sorrel” according to my western friends. Three white feet, blaze, snip… help!

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somethingcleverandunique:

18” Crosby Freestyle for Sale!


Made in England
Recently cleaned and conditioned
Traditional long flaps
Black leather with suede seat for rider comfort and ease
Narrow tree but wider through the shoulder. 

I’m selling Red’s old show saddle. It fit him perfectly, but since he has passed away, I don’t need it. What I do need is the money. It’s a wonderful saddle and is super comfy! Can this please be reblogged a lot so a whole bunch of people can see this ad? I really need this out of my tack room. 


In Lincoln, NE
$350+shipping OBO so please make an offer! 

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Anonymous said: Do you still have Kozy? Zeus is so handsome!

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I do not have Kozy anymore.

I had Kozy on a 6 month foster from a local horse rescue. In March, when the foster agreement started, I had the vet come out to do a pre-purchase exam. He diagnosed Kozy with some “arthritic changes” in her hind end, but because she hadn’t been ridden/worked in 9 years, the changes might improve with exercise, diet, and supplementation. Over our six months together, I took her from barely being able to be ridden to being a safe horse with patience and ground manners. However, after weeks of being off and not really rideable, I had the vet back out who said that my efforts in stopping the arthritic changes were unsuccessful. Much to my sadness and heartbreak, my family decided that Kozy was not the right fit.

As soon as I found out about Kozy I started shopping for horses. It just happened to be that the very next day I found Zeus, and had him paid for a little over a week later! 

Thanks for the compliment about Zeus! He’s an amazing horse, and everything I want in a horse. I thought I wanted a warmblood…. or at least Kozy. But they don’t breed warmbloods for their brains. And there was a reason Kozy ended up at the rescue and not sold to a cushy warmblood home. She is sweet and tries really hard, but is really spooky and neurotic. Zeus is laid back, loving, cuddly, smart, and really wants to work and learn. 

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In Saddle Vlog 3: Zeus! 

Expect more of these! Notes about my life and stuff. 

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If you’d like to follow my blog about my new pony, Zeus, go to the link below!

With Zeus 

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Dear Red,
For the first time in a long time, when I walk by your stall, I don’t feel bad. For a long time, I felt guilty for abandoning you at the rescue with that crazy lady.  I felt bad for not seeing you as much as I promised. Kozy was fine, but there were so many days I’d break down and cry over how much I wanted you back and how I wish I could trade Kozy for you again. 
But now, Red, I think you’d be proud of your new protégé. Meet Zeus. He’s 7ish, 16.1 hh, wide as a truck and kind as can be. He reminds me of you in all the best ways. He’s kind, he’s reliable, and he really wants to be a good boy, just like you. 
I hope you’re happy for me, Red. I don’t know why I’m even bothering to type this or feel this at all. But I do. I want to believe that your spirit is with me and helping me and maybe telling Zeus how to do exactly what you did so that I can have you back, just in a slightly different form. 
That crazy lady at the rescue finally gave me back a small portion of your tail and your forelock. I know it’s not YOU, but it’s at least a little piece that I can have to always remember my best friend by. While Zeus is my lock screen, you will always be my home screen, Red. 
If you’re listening and interested in a challenge, here are some things you can teach Zeus
1) Teach him to stand so perfectly for the farrier. Help him learn that he can trust me and the people I trust to care for him. Remember how you’d fall asleep standing on three legs? Yeah, help Zeus get there. But maybe not fall asleep, because that was scary as hell when you first did it to me!
2) Teach Zeus to round out his back and butt to be a dressage horse, but also to be long and low like a hunt horse. You were so good at being an all-around horse. Maybe Zeus can jump like you, too… but we’ll jump more and do it when he’s a lot younger. Thanks for jumping with me when you were so old and creaky!
3) Help Zeus realize that I love him and I’m the person he can trust with anything, even being touched on the ears. 
I love and miss you, Red. I think about you every day. My grief for you was so real and so heart wrenching… it’s weird to think that you’ve been gone for 4 short months, yet so much has happened in that time. 
You saved me and gave me hope that I can do anything. I had horses and became a damn good trombonist. Now that I know I can do it (thanks to both you and Kozy), I will do it with Zeus.
Thank you Memorial Red.
Love forever,
Emily

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Dear Red,

For the first time in a long time, when I walk by your stall, I don’t feel bad. For a long time, I felt guilty for abandoning you at the rescue with that crazy lady.  I felt bad for not seeing you as much as I promised. Kozy was fine, but there were so many days I’d break down and cry over how much I wanted you back and how I wish I could trade Kozy for you again. 

But now, Red, I think you’d be proud of your new protégé. Meet Zeus. He’s 7ish, 16.1 hh, wide as a truck and kind as can be. He reminds me of you in all the best ways. He’s kind, he’s reliable, and he really wants to be a good boy, just like you. 

I hope you’re happy for me, Red. I don’t know why I’m even bothering to type this or feel this at all. But I do. I want to believe that your spirit is with me and helping me and maybe telling Zeus how to do exactly what you did so that I can have you back, just in a slightly different form. 

That crazy lady at the rescue finally gave me back a small portion of your tail and your forelock. I know it’s not YOU, but it’s at least a little piece that I can have to always remember my best friend by. While Zeus is my lock screen, you will always be my home screen, Red. 

If you’re listening and interested in a challenge, here are some things you can teach Zeus

1) Teach him to stand so perfectly for the farrier. Help him learn that he can trust me and the people I trust to care for him. Remember how you’d fall asleep standing on three legs? Yeah, help Zeus get there. But maybe not fall asleep, because that was scary as hell when you first did it to me!

2) Teach Zeus to round out his back and butt to be a dressage horse, but also to be long and low like a hunt horse. You were so good at being an all-around horse. Maybe Zeus can jump like you, too… but we’ll jump more and do it when he’s a lot younger. Thanks for jumping with me when you were so old and creaky!

3) Help Zeus realize that I love him and I’m the person he can trust with anything, even being touched on the ears. 

I love and miss you, Red. I think about you every day. My grief for you was so real and so heart wrenching… it’s weird to think that you’ve been gone for 4 short months, yet so much has happened in that time. 

You saved me and gave me hope that I can do anything. I had horses and became a damn good trombonist. Now that I know I can do it (thanks to both you and Kozy), I will do it with Zeus.

Thank you Memorial Red.

Love forever,

Emily

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Okay friends, I have been doing lots of thinking…

I don’t ever plan on deleting memorialred365 as it is my blog dedicated to the first horse to change my life. 

I tried making a blog for Kozy but I never updated it and I didn’t have many followers. 

So here’s my question, and I’d love if you’d answer, just so I know what opinions people have:

Would you like for Red’s blog to stay entirely about Red (and I create a new blog for Zeus), or should I update this blog with daily happenings of Zeus and I?

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Meet Zeus. 

A few weeks ago, I had my vet come out for a final pre-purchase exam on Kozy, the Oldenburg mare I was fostering through a local horse rescue. Sadly, Kozy did not pass her soundness test. Her arthritis in her back end hadn’t improved at all during the 6-month foster period. I was looking at spending $1200 a year on joint injections, supplements, and light riding only. At 13 and barely broke, this just did not seem like the ideal horse for me, as much as I wanted her to be. I love Kozy, and I am so grateful for our time together, but I had to return her and begin my search again. 

Luckily, I wasn’t searching for very long. 

I found Zeus on a local Facebook group. He’s a 7/8 year old unregistered quarter horse who is completely finished under saddle as an English all around with some Western potential. He’s finished enough and young enough to give me a chance to refine his headset and make him a true English horse. I’m hoping to jump and trail ride and maybe even try some Western classes with Zeus! Zeus comes home on Thursday. 

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Memory Foam Half Pad

Isn’t there a thing on Tumblr floating around about how to make your own memory foam half pad? I want one but I don’t want to buy an Oglivy because I’m trying to save money and earn money right now. But I think it’s entirely possible to make a memory foam half pad… right?

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Cleaning tack is therapeutic. Just cleaned my two leather halters.

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Older Crosby Dressage Saddle - 18” seat, narrow tree, made in England. Long flap, slight wear from where stirrups are, not noticeable when riding. Only selling because it was the show saddle for my now deceased OTTB. Recently cleaned and conditioned

$350 OBO - in SW Lincoln, NE

Message me for more info! 

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equuscande:

horses. my universe.

equuscande:

horses. my universe.

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Most unfortunately, I will not be going through with the adoption of Kasbah, the 2001 Oldenburg I was fostering from a local horse rescue. 

Most unfortunately, I will not be going through with the adoption of Kasbah, the 2001 Oldenburg I was fostering from a local horse rescue. 

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Fall weather makes me miss riding the most.Trying something new with lettering and want to know if you guys like it! So reblog away if you want to see more like this <3 

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Fall weather makes me miss riding the most.

Trying something new with lettering and want to know if you guys like it! So reblog away if you want to see more like this <3 

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