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At 3:00pm on April 17, 2022, Angharad said…

Thank you for the Easter greeting, Carol!

I'm sorry you feel a bit down--or at least uninspired--today, but you're not the only one. LOL  No Easter basket, bunny, or dinner here either. I'm glad, at least, that you and your son are going out for dinner. That's something.

Perhaps COVID will be gotten under control this year. We can hope. As for humanity, it's not looking great, is it? Haha!

Oh well. There are still horses!

A. XOXOXOX

At 3:55am on April 17, 2022, Angharad said…

Happy Easter, Carol!!

At 6:35am on March 17, 2022, Angharad said…

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Carol!

I was so happy to read that Coffee and his friend were brought home safely from their little excursion! It was terrifying when a horse from PHC would get out of a field and onto the road. I love happy endings!

Have a great day today. I hope there's some corned beef and cabbage in your future or, at least, some Irish coffee.

Beannachtaí na féile pádraig ort.

A. XOXOXOXOX

 

At 6:23am on December 25, 2021, Angharad said…

Merry Christmas, Carol!!

At 3:00am on December 20, 2021, Angharad said…

Hi, Carol!

I'm okay...I hope you're well!

Your lesson sounds very successful. Although it's not really my place, I'm proud of how hard you work at recovering your strength and mobility, and at how committed you are to riding. Many people would avoid pain/discomfort at any cost--they'd just call it a day. Good for you!

Thanks for the photos. Very festive! They're especially nice because I can't get out to see anyone's decorations or lights.

If we don't talk before, have a wonderful Christmas! I hope there'll be lots of magic!

A. XOXOX 

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.

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