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At 7:26am on November 25, 2021, Angharad said…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Carol!!! Your dinner sounds fantastic. I'll be right over. Hahaha!

At 11:35pm on November 20, 2021, Angharad said…

Thanks for the photos, Carol!

Pumba looks like a very sweet boy. Wow! That facility is in a gorgeous setting! I'd love to ride there.

YUM! Cranberry orange pound cake sounds delicious! Will you have all the usual sides with the chicken--potatoes, stuffing, veggies? I'm vegetarian, so I'll probably have the sides only. Haha!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well, Carol. <3

At 9:21pm on November 11, 2021, Angharad said…

Hi, Carol!

It must be frustrating to just find your posting rhythm and then have Pumba break stride. I'm glad, however, that you're making progress! 

I don't have WhatsApp--I don't even have a smart phone. So, I'm afraid I can't see the photos. Can you post them here? If not, I'll just imagine them. Hahaha!

I hope you have something enjoyable planned for Thanksgiving. I can't believe how quickly the days are passing! 

A. xoxox

At 10:21pm on September 30, 2021, Angharad said…

Angelina sounds like a good match, Carol! You're really making progress! I hope you're able to continue riding her. Dropping your stirrups on your own must be such a relief. I'm happy for you! 

What does Angelina look like? How many hands is she? If she's tall, is that making it more difficult to mount?

Well...it's finally feeling like Fall. SO much more comfortable. Are you looking forward to the holidays?

Keep up the good work and have fun during the coming festive season.

XOXOXOX A.

At 7:39am on August 27, 2021, Aggie said…

Happy Birthday!

At 1:37am on July 13, 2021, Angharad said…

Hahaha! My post was confusing. The photo is of a Dressage Simulator by Racewood. Here's a photo of an Equicizer:

Does Trigger look like that? I think the Equicizer is pretty standard for therapeutic riding facilities.

Pumba sounds lovely. The flaxen mane and tail always stand out so. And his gentle disposition makes you want to kiss him, I'm sure. What a good boy he sounds. Yeah, that's a nice solution--older and mildly compromised horses are given a home and important but untaxing work to do. And, people in recovery or challenged in some way get the benefit of interacting with them and riding them. Win/win for all concerned! 

Enjoy the rest of the summer program. Trot and post if you can--I know you're brave enough--but don't do it if your body isn't ready.

Stay well and stay COOL!

A. XOXOX

At 11:00pm on July 11, 2021, Angharad said…

I think it's a big success to be riding at all after everything you went through, Carol! I'm sure it's frustrating not to be riding as you were, but I truly admire your commitment to be on horseback.  

I'm glad the facility and you are being smart about riding in the excessive heat. Better for everybody--including the horses, of course--to take it easy. I love the "rocking horse."  Is it an Equicizer?  I used a dressage simulator by Racewood a few times--very cool! (That's not me.) Simulators can really help!

I don't think you've mentioned Pumba to me. Tell me about him/her. I'm glad you got to groom, and that your body could handle the work, Carol. Simply being around horses is SO therapeutic!

Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay well (have you been able to get fully vaccinated?), have a great summer, and give those horses a hug and a treat for me.

A. XOXO

At 10:31pm on April 3, 2021, Angharad said…

Happy, Happy Easter, Carol!

At 10:14pm on March 24, 2021, Angharad said…

Sounds GREAT, Carol! What a wonderful thing it is to be able to do your exercises and further your healing while on horseback. Just being out in the fresh air and smelling and touching a horse makes everything better, I think. And healing exercise seems much more natural on a horse than working on a machine. A half-an-hour was a nice long workout. Good job!!

I am SO happy that HorseAbility is accessible to you. Therapeutic riding programs are such wonderful things--unfortunately, there just aren't enough of them. I wonder if HorseAbility gets state or Federal funding. NY is such a fabulous state for social services. You pay high taxes, but the citizenry gets a lot for them.

Keep up the good work and fabulous progress!

Angharad xoxox

At 6:13am on February 12, 2021, Angharad said…

I am SO happy to hear you're back in the saddle, Carol!!! I know how deep the desire to do so runs, but it does take guts after a painful accident like yours. What's cool is that you're riding again just a little beyond six months after the accident and waaaaaay before a year! That's good healing.

The folks at HorseAbility sound great--knowledgeable and caring. They were obviously very careful to be sure your mounting went safely and well. And "good boy, Joe" for being quiet and cooperative.

Those 20 minutes of walking around the arena on Joe must have felt so exultant and freeing! That's quite a feat. And, although you were stiff and in some pain afterward, it sounds manageable. Hooray! I just can't express how happy I am for you. 

As you say, I imagine that with each lesson the pain will decrease and the mobility will increase. Here's to a wonderful Spring and Summer of riding!

A. XOXOXOX 

At 4:27am on December 25, 2020, Angharad said…

2020 has been so difficult, it calls for a two-image Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful day, Carol, and that the new year is a much easier and freer one for all of us.

XOXOX A.

At 7:01am on November 26, 2020, Angharad said…

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, whatever form it takes this crazy year, Carol. I'm thankful today for your friendship and for our shared love for horses and dressage. It's been a real pleasure and a boon.

A. XOXOXOX

At 7:47am on October 31, 2020, Angharad said…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, CAROL!

I hope you'll be doing something just a little spooky tonight. I'll be curled up with a mug of tea and the Werewolf of London, thanks to you. Have fun!

 

At 1:21am on October 25, 2020, Angharad said…

Thanks for the great picture, Carol! That does put me in the spirit.

Huh, I'm a big Halloween and horror movie freak, but I'm not sure that I've ever seen Werewolf of London (1935). I found it on YouTube, so I'll watch it on Halloween night. It'll be fun!

You have a wonderful All Hallows' Eve, Carol!

The sound of Halloween: a perfect playlist for All Hallows' Eve – The Vanderbilt Hustler

At 8:31am on October 20, 2020, Angharad said…

Oh, that sounds lovely, Carol! Firstly, I'm so glad you could get out to the barn to be around Maxx and the other horses! Secondly, a festive Fall display and a show just makes it all that much better! I think with the pandemic and the political environment, holiday spirit seems at a premium. It makes me feel better just to know your were feeling a bit of it. Yeah, I hope you do get out there again pretty soon. If you go sometime during the holidays again, when everything is decorated, take a couple of pictures for me, okay? I'd love to see them. I miss horses/stables terribly!  Thanks for writing such a fun and uplifting note. Stay well. And Happy almost Halloween.

At 4:09am on October 2, 2020, Angharad said…

Glad to hear you like your bed, Carol, and that it's comfortable! A comfortable bed goes a long way toward good sleep.

I'm also very happy that Maxx is still okay and that his "dad" is interested in you riding him again. He'll probably be retired soon, I'd imagine. I'm frankly surprised the orthopedist cleared you to ride so soon. I think it's wise you've decided to put it off for a bit. Yeah, getting to the barn a couple of times before you ride would be a good thing.

I love Japanese culture and language! The lecture DVDs sound interesting. I follow several creators on YouTube who are Japanese living in Japan, and several who are not Japanese but live in Japan. They put out content about Japanese culture, language, food, and travel. I particularly love watching a very bright and personable older gay Japanese couple who do a lot of live-stream walks through different areas of Japan--it's so "in the moment" it's almost like being there. Very cool!

I admire your civic spirit and the desire to know what's going on in your district. Serving on the community board sounds like a good way to give back. 

Yup. Winter is coming! I'm so glad because I couldn't take the heat anymore.

Take care of yourself and keep me posted, periodically.

A xoxox

At 1:35am on September 10, 2020, Angharad said…

Sorry about your car A/C! I hope the repair isn't too expensive.

BritBox sounds like a fantastic gift! I adore Britcoms and of course British movies and plays, etc. In Britain, it's actual talent that makes you a well-know celebrity, not looks like in America. :>)

SO glad to hear that Maxx has recovered! I know how happy you'll be to get back to the barn.

Very cool about the new bed. My ancient Sleep Number bed has finally given up the ghost but I don't have the money to replace it right now. How is your Hybrid bed? I hear the memory foam can be hot. Is it? Is it firm?  What do you like best about it and what do you dislike, if anything? A high bed is good for me--I'm taller and have a little difficulty getting up, so the height really helps.

Technology can be such a pain. Yeah, when I've used an app for talking to my doctor, it never works through the whole appointment. Do you think the satisfaction of serving as a community board member will far outweigh the hassle?

I'm glad you're getting out when you can and also seeing friends. I love that you and your friends had "cocktail" hour outside. I'd been isolated for a long time before the pandemic, but this COVID-19 isolation is starting to wear on me. Keep walking when you can--it's such good exercise.

You and yours take care as well.

XOXOX A.

At 10:37pm on September 5, 2020, Angharad said…

WOW, Carol! That is a lot to deal with, but it seems like you're figuring it all out and knocking each challenge down as you encounter it. That's very admirable! I'm glad your son is there to help as much as possible. My thoughts and good vibes will continue to be with you as you heal.

Happy very belated Birthday, btw! I know your pre-birthday celebration was good (friends, grilled cheese, and all), and I hope the actual day was even better.

I'm sorry to hear that Maxx has diarrhea. I hope it's been resolved with no dire diagnosis assigned to it. Maxx is a good old age, as you pointed out, but he hopefully has more years ahead of him.

Yeah, everybody's dealing with Zoom lately. I hear it's sort of a pain to learn and set up correctly, but once you do it's quite effective for meetings. I don't think I knew you were on your community board--is that an elected or appointed position or volunteer? My friend, who is the City Attorney for some cities and villages in upstate, is on the Common Council of the city in which he lives. They've been using Zoom for meetings. Apparently, it has its advantages. Haha!

Well, keep exercising and doing what the doctors tell you, and staying involved will definitely keep your spirits up (although that doesn't seem to be a problem for you). Get out when you can to visit the barn. And stay safe!

A. XOXOXOX

At 10:25pm on August 28, 2020, Aggie said…

Your welcome, I hope your day was good.

At 8:01am on August 27, 2020, Aggie said…

Happy Birthday!

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