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#1 Emilyxo

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 08:12 AM

So, like the title says, is there anybody else who competes in the equestrian world either jumping, dressage eventing or western? Or do you ride for fun?
I'd love to hear if you think that "unhealthy eating habits" get in your way! I find it difficult to be strong enough to cope with my horses daily and compete without dying 😂
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:47 AM

I ride English for fun, there have been times when I've had to get off due to being dizzy from not eating enough, I do make sure I have a snack before I go to the yard, even just a 85cal fibre bar helps
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 11:49 AM

Yep! I work as a barn manager running a 30 horse training facility. And ride competitively with my Paint horses in all around events and my one arabian in dressage. I used to ride 3-day until I injured my back and quit jumping.

They do get in the way on occasion. It's hard to ride when you are dizzy. I switched to higher restricting on the days I ride and that helps a lot. Also the amount of money I spend on show clothes for a season is good incentive to maintain rather than spiral too fast. I can't afford to replace them more than once a season! 87dae3d874f885d70ec6dd49022a54fa.jpgc3f4933aa2fcb7260d47a4c90e1f62ae.jpg


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 12:16 PM

I hope this makes you laugh, I read the title and for two seconds thought you meant, My little pony fans, like bronies and equestria girls XD 

I've only ever taken 1-2 lessons in my life though and that was for western riding, I'd like to get into it again though :-) 


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 11:32 AM

I ride for fun and decided that since my boy Bandit is way lazy, he'll like me better around 100 lbs. I'm not good at consistent restriction, so haven't had struggles with riding per se. I concur with the riding gear being expensive.


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:23 AM

I haven't seen my little pony in years oh my god😂 That cheered up my morning!!
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:26 AM

thedoctorscook I will also agree with the price of equestrian gear! I have a really nice pair of competition white jodhpurs that cost me like €200, but they're age 12 and tiny! Instead of selling them I'm aiming to fit into them at some stage and use them as my lucky competition jodhs! And what's even worse is the cost of keeping god damn horses, like I mean I love them and wouldn't swap them for anything but €75 for shoes every 8 weeks per horse.. I could be a millionaire!!!!
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:29 AM

Yep! I work as a barn manager running a 30 horse training facility. And ride competitively with my Paint horses in all around events and my one arabian in dressage. I used to ride 3-day until I injured my back and quit jumping.
They do get in the way on occasion. It's hard to ride when you are dizzy. I switched to higher restricting on the days I ride and that helps a lot. Also the amount of money I spend on show clothes for a season is good incentive to maintain rather than spiral too fast. I can't afford to replace them more than once a season! 87dae3d874f885d70ec6dd49022a54fa.jpgc3f4933aa2fcb7260d47a4c90e1f62ae.jpg
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I used to work in a yard similar to yours except I had to teach dreaded pony camp during the summer... I don't know how I did it without some sort of mental breakdown Now I just concentrate on my own because it's not worth the stress Ironically I've started to study psychiatric nursing rather than anything equestrian related! A mentally unwell nurse dealing with mentally unwell patients
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:31 AM

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:43 AM

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That's me and my brother riding.
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And my fat boy Bandit. He's not actually mine, belongs to a friend.


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:08 AM

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That's me and my brother riding. 1bd75e6179112bef6143e4ddabca98ff.jpg
And my fat boy Bandit. He's not actually mine, belongs to a friend.
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Oh my god he's adorable!! I'm always so fascinated by American bred horses! Our natives are Connemaras and Irish Draughts/sports horses.
But coloureds, oh my god you can get paint horses and so many amazing coloureds!! Over here we only have coloured Cobs really!
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:40 AM

Yep! I work as a barn manager running a 30 horse training facility. And ride competitively with my Paint horses in all around events and my one arabian in dressage. I used to ride 3-day until I injured my back and quit jumping.
They do get in the way on occasion. It's hard to ride when you are dizzy. I switched to higher restricting on the days I ride and that helps a lot. Also the amount of money I spend on show clothes for a season is good incentive to maintain rather than spiral too fast. I can't afford to replace them more than once a season! 87dae3d874f885d70ec6dd49022a54fa.jpgc3f4933aa2fcb7260d47a4c90e1f62ae.jpg
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Off topic but your horse is gorgeous! I adore paints!
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 08:01 AM

Oh my god he's adorable!! I'm always so fascinated by American bred horses! Our natives are Connemaras and Irish Draughts/sports horses.
But coloureds, oh my god you can get paint horses and so many amazing coloureds!! Over here we only have coloured Cobs really!

Paints are a dime a dozen in my area (Southern US). I think Quarter Horses are the most common, and they do come in a lot of colors. What colors are the horses over there usually?


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:28 AM

Off topic but your horse is gorgeous! I adore paints!


Thanks I've actually got 6 of them. :) here's my two boys that I'm currently showing.

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:47 AM

Paints are a dime a dozen in my area (Southern US). I think Quarter Horses are the most common, and they do come in a lot of colors. What colors are the horses over there usually?
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Usually we just have greys, they start out as gorgeous steel grey and usually fade into white as they age or fleabitten grey! Connemaras are gorgeous and our native ponies and there is a few bays! Dun Connemaras are a luxury over hear, they're like gold dust and are much more expensive due to their colour! I know ye have a different name for dun but I can't rattle my brain to think of it ‍♀
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:48 AM

Thanks I've actually got 6 of them. :) here's my two boys that I'm currently showing. 7b79d8d0ebeaca90a614ac9b8839141e.jpg
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Yours are gorgeous, and seem to keep themselves spotless Mine are disasters at keeping clean...
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:11 AM

Yours are gorgeous, and seem to keep themselves spotless Mine are disasters at keeping clean...

haha that's cause I'm only posting pictures from competitions... where they have been freshly bathed and kept clothed from head to hood to stay white!


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:18 AM

Usually we just have greys, they start out as gorgeous steel grey and usually fade into white as they age or fleabitten grey! Connemaras are gorgeous and our native ponies and there is a few bays! Dun Connemaras are a luxury over hear, they're like gold dust and are much more expensive due to their colour! I know ye have a different name for dun but I can't rattle my brain to think of it ‍♀


We have buckskin and a variety of colors of dun (red dun, yellow dun, grulla etc). But the European categorizes both colors groups as "dun".




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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:28 AM

Thanks I've actually got 6 of them. :) here's my two boys that I'm currently showing. 7b79d8d0ebeaca90a614ac9b8839141e.jpg
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:08 PM

yep. Used to compete showjumping + dressage and staying lean enough to still fit on my arabian pony was definitely a motivator. 

That was a long time ago and working hard at the stables helped me recover by taking away the guilt of eating, and instead eating for fuel. 

Now I had a break while studying abroad and relapsed badly. Want to go back to the barn but not recover :s Risking my own health is fine, but Im worried not eating will make me foggy and forgetful which as you know is risky while taking care of horses.. 

 

On the other hand, yet another + for the equestrian sport is that there isn´t pressure to be skinny like in other sports. Just healthy weight.


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