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11/25/16 12:32 P

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Welcome McClod...glad we have another horse person with us!

You only get one body..take care of it!..
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I'm a little late to welcome you AD...glad you are here..I'm an over 60 horse owner too. I agree that using the tools here will really help..at first it seems like a chore and time consuming but it is well worth the effort.
I also plan my own meals , I don't buy many of the foods on the menus that SP offers. I have vowed to lose weight and keep fit without spending a lot of money and SP has helped, free diet and exercise plans..who could ask for more. To that I've added Leslie Sansone work outs which so far I have found on You Tube.
Please use this group as a place to come to share your struggles and accomplishments and most of all your horsey happenings! emoticon

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5/5/15 11:43 A

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emoticon The tracking seems confusing at first, I know, but after awhile it gets much easier, especially if you're like me and eat the same foods a lot. You can use the "recent" foods tab, I also have a list of "favorites" and "groupings" which make tracking food (and exercise) go quicker. Since I only have a desktop computer (no smartphone or laptop) I also track manually food and amounts in a little notebook until I get on the computer.
There are also menus in the food tracker, but I found early on that they include a lot of foods I dislike and/or don't eat so I plan my own.
Good Luck!

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I've healed "as best as could "be expected." I don't have much strength in my arm yet, but it's only been 9 months.

I'm trying to learn my way around all the tools.

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5/4/15 3:03 P

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Hi Ad, and welcome to the team! I'm also in my 60's and have found it's way easier to put on weight now and harder to lose it. The Sparkpeople trackers are wonderful tools, and using these discussion boards is a great motivator - we are in similar situations.
You've had a lot of injuries - have you recovered your strength?
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5/4/15 12:56 A

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Hi, I'm in my 60's and I have managed to really pack on the pounds the past 5 years. In 2000 I came off my then young horse; broke my leg; ribs on both sides. and my sternum. Two years ago I had some surgery, and last year I did not do enough groundwork with the mounting block LOL, fell and broke both bones in my wrist.

I love to trail ride and enjoy centered riding lessons. Hubby and I used to participate in a drill team.

Having gained so much weight I feel bad for my horses. We have 6. 3 we ride; 2 minis, and my 'therapist'....long story emoticon

I went from this to this in a few years.

I hope some of you will encourage me with your suggestions and your success.

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emoticon To the team! I'm older than you are, and I still ride. My goal is work to keep the strength and balance needed for riding. We have 2 geldings who have been off all winter but hoping the snow goes away so we can get riding again.

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4/12/14 9:35 P

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Welcome PasturePuff!!! Great to have you join us!!! So... Tell us all about those mares!!! We've got 4 Quarter Horse pasture ornaments, but that's about to change, now that the weather has warmed up!!! YEE HAR!!!

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
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What-cha-ma-call-it from a Thing-a-ma-bob."
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4/12/14 9:22 P

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emoticon Pasturepuff, glad to have a new member. Please check in and share your diet and exercise journey with us!

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4/12/14 8:55 P

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emoticon Some great folks on this team.

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4/12/14 8:32 P

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Welcome! Sounds like you're our kind of people, lol. Your goals sound a lot like mine, lol.
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1. Your age: 59
2. Your goals: to regain strength, balance, and confidence in the saddle again
3. Do you still ride: I stopped due to feeling too big/fat to ride
4. Do you own horses or just love them: Two wonderful mares
5. Any ideas or thoughts for team challenges: only that I want to join in
6. Any information or thoughts you want us to know about you: Just looking for some friends with shared goals and hobbies who have a positive attitude even during the worst of times.

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4/3/14 11:05 P

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Sometimes here, too, but you can't count on it. Lots of rivers though, lol

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

Just know that you can do this, girls.


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4/3/14 4:22 P

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Around here on trails one can usually find a downed tree or a big rock to stand on. Lots of rocks.

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4/3/14 7:23 A

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I don't mind using a block at all and my favorite is still a leg up, but I really need to be able to mount without either because I sometimes like to hit the trail alone. If I would like or have to dismount for any reason out there, I'd have to walk home, lol.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

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4/1/14 1:19 P

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Thanks, Yarder. Glad to know that it's better for the horse and the saddle to mount from a block - not just easier on me!

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I've mounted from a mounting block for years except when trail riding...even then I do look for something to stand on...I can get on my 15.2 hh gal from the ground but it is a bit of a struggle...I'm only 59! My hips and knees aren't what they used to be!
I have been taught that it is better for your horse if you mount from a block..that way it does not put so much twist and strain on their spine and also is easier on your saddle tree.

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3/31/14 4:41 P

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I don't think it's weird at all Mona. Something like getting a new dog gives us a mission and things to focus on besides eating. Not to mention all the walks and running around with the new pup. Congratulations on your new addition!

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
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Guess I'm a bit of a wimp. My Arabian is only 14-3, but I use a step to get up on him (I'm 5-4). It's not that I can't get up, but he's so picky about having the saddle shift even a bit when mounting that I decided years ago to not upset him at the beginning of a ride. He'll walk up to the steps and wait for me to get on. emoticon

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Thanks all for the warm welcome! Oh, yeah, forgot the name thing, lol. Brenda Christmas here (hence the xmas in my handle). Good for you, Happy....in my hayday, could have even gotten on Dakota (pictured with me) without help, but, alas, those days are over. My goal is to get on a more "normal" sized horse, lol. Dakota was 16.3 hands and I'm less than 5'3".

Haven't been to Kansas for decades, but if I ever do get that way, I'll look you up. I moved from a bit south of St. Louis to the Ozarks a few years after my husband died in 2003 and I just love it. Its where we wanted to retire, as I am from this area originally.

Again, thanks, and really am excited this time. Didn't have the motivation before, but getting some land and getting horses has me really revved up.

Oh, I almost forgot.....thanks so much for the spa visit goodie. I sure do need that!

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Welcome to the team!!!

Good luck on finding your new place, and maybe even a horse or two - or three!!!

At 65, I'm thrilled to be able to mount even tall horses without a mounting block or leg up... Don't give up hope, you'll get there!!!

I'm here in north central Kansas, so we're not that far away... If you're ever planning to be over this way, give me a shout, and I'll show you around.

Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

Blessings ~ Hen

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
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3/30/14 5:28 P

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emoticon I,m 60 and don,t even try to get on my horse without a mounting block. emoticon I do track everything I put in my mouth, though.

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emoticon XMASMOM! Lot of age 64 going on here!

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1. Your age: 64
2. Your goals: to get up on that horse without help or mounting block, lol
3. Do you still ride: not often but hoping to change that
4. Do you own horses or just love them: I recently sold the big boy pictured here, but will be looking to get another if I can only get in shape enough to ride and take care of one.
5. Any ideas or thoughts for team challenges: track every bite of food each and every day.
6. Any information or thoughts you want us to know about you: I live in the Missouri Ozarks and love it. I hope to be getting a small house with some acreage to keep horses....at least 2 for my daughter and granddaughter.....and hopefully one more for me. I used to raise Arabians back in the 70's, but also had a few quarter horses I used for barrel racing and other such events. Actually rode rodeo circuit for a year in my late teens. Looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you and sharing our goals and dreams. I've a lot to lose, so will be here a while.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

Just know that you can do this, girls.


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11/5/13 12:08 P

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Hi Hen,
Can't believe the 64 actually. Most days I forget, but sometimes at the end of a long day the old joints remind me. Too many "oops" over the years have taken their toll. Thank goodness my Arab has gotten over his silliness under saddle and I haven't taken a tumble in a few years. Shortly after I got him, I came off 3 times in one day! Thankfully nothing hurt but my pride - and a few muscles. emoticon

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11/4/13 9:56 P

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SLEEKDEAC, welcome to the team, nice horse! There is a hunt club close to where I live. I was out with them once a few years ago..my mare loved it..she's a Thoroughbred and loves to gallop. Do you hunt often? The two point must be a bit hard on your knees.
Hope you hang around, we're a friendly lot!


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11/1/13 7:22 P

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Hey Monamac, I'm 64 also!!! Small world!!!

My favorite QH mare, Dixie Gold Bars, was 14.2 (or 14.3 if she was needing a trim) *LOL* I'll never have another one like my Doodle... I still miss her.

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
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Blessings, Hen
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emoticon Sleekdeac! Your horse is lovely - and tall!
Hen, I have the shorter horses -- my Arabian is 14.3 and our old style AQHA is 14.2. I ride mostly western, but that's because my Aussie stock saddle is a bit too narrow for my pudgy Arab! And you are so right - it doesn't matter what style of tack - or horse - we ride, we love the horses and want to stay fit and healthy enough to continue riding. At 64 I'd love to be still riding in 10 years. If not, I may get a mini and a cart.
Again - Welcome to our new team members.

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11/1/13 11:20 A

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HAPPY_HEN, mine is only 15.3 hands. But I do use a mounting block because of my bad knees and pray I don't fall off when I'm out on the trails!

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Hi SleekDeac!!! Welcome to the team!!!

Boy, judging from the photo of you and your big boy, you'd HAVE to be in shape to get up on him!!! *LOL* He's beautiful!!!

I feel like the odd one in the group, as my horses are shorter, 15 to 16 hand Quarter horses, and I ride either Western or my favorite is in my Australian Stock saddle... Oh well, no matter our style, we all share the love of horses!!!

Glad to have you join us!!!

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

"Never trust a mechanic who doesn't know a
What-cha-ma-call-it from a Thing-a-ma-bob."
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Blessings, Hen
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Hello! I will turn 60 this month. I have ridden since I was 10. I enjoy trail riding and fox hunting and I want to stay strong, fit and flexible enough to keep doing it. My husband and I both ride. He has a Thoroughbred ex-steeplechaser and I have a Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross.

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Hey, I missed this..Welcome to the team!!

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emoticon Welcome Laurie! Congratulations on realizing a childhood dream and learning to ride. Frankly, I think you are very brave to do what you are doing. I've been riding all my life and my goal is to keep healthy enough to continue.

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Hi Laurie!!! Welcome to the team!!! That's fantastic, that you're finally fulfilling your childhood dream, of learning to ride!!! Good for you!!! Who knows, some day, you may just decide to take the next step and get your own horse.

I visited your Spark Page, and you're right about you quitting the diet and it quit working for you... That has happened to all of us at one time or another, but recognizing it and doing something about it is the key. emoticon



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Blessings, Hen
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Hi, My name is Laurie and I am a beginner rider. I decided at age 62 that it was time for me to learn to ride. My 13 year old niece is in her third year of showing western and hunt seat. She traded her quarter horse last year for a two year old buckskin/quarter horse. Being at her shows and watching her ride brought back my childhood dream of learning to ride. I take lessons from one of her coaches. I did a walk/trot class at a barn show and got 3rd place. I love that little ribbon! I don't own my own horse, but I love riding my coaches lesson horses.

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

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Hey Mona, thanks for visiting my website!!!

Yepper, I'm a country girl/critter lover from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back. *LOL*


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"Never trust a mechanic who doesn't know a
What-cha-ma-call-it from a Thing-a-ma-bob."
Happy Hen

Blessings, Hen
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Wanted to thank everyone for sharing some of their stories! Since there are so few of us on this team doing any posting I sure don't think it matters where. Maybe we could start a monthly chat line?
Happy Hen, I checked out your web site and found out you REALLY like chickens, too. They look really interesting. Your horses all look very healthy and happy, too.

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Is there a designated "chat" area on this team... I feel guilty chatting on the Introduce Yourself forum.

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L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

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Blessings, Hen
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Luckily my mare has the teeth of a 9-10 year old and for a Thoroughbred she is a very easy keeper. When she's on grass she gets a handful of feed just to keep her interested in coming to the barn. Right now she is getting free choice hay and 2 quarts of senior feed.
Lil Red is looking good.! emoticon

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Boy, I hear ya on the expense of caring for the seniors with various issues... My little rescue mare, Lil Red, cost more to feed than the other 4 horses put together... She gets her Senior feed (which isn't cheap), Calf Manna, Rice Bran Oil, Cosequin, and Alfalfa Cubes soaked in water - twice a day... Then there's the issue of having to have her teeth floated every six months... OYE!!! But when I ask myself - Is she worth all that??? The answer is YES!!!

If you're interested, you can see Lil Red and the others here.
ourkansasfarm.webs.com/

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"Never trust a mechanic who doesn't know a
What-cha-ma-call-it from a Thing-a-ma-bob."
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Blessings, Hen
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I guess we've all had our time with old critters and rescues. I rescued an appy gelding at age 19, had him till he was 33. He was a bad balker when asked to leave the yard alone but we had a ton of fun with him. The kids showed him, Eng, Western, games and I did hack him alone sometimes..it had to be the right day. He was great to hack with company, he was only 14.2 but could outwalk anything around including my friend 16 hh thoroughbred. He was den mother for four foals including the 20 year old mare I have now. At 33 he was having frequent colics and I was afraid he'd get in trouble while I was at work , so we euthanized and buried him here. Then we had an old gal who I think was a PMU baby, she was appy/percheron and would do anything for you. A real doll. I got her when she was 16, she was given to me by a friend who's daughter had became more interested in boys than horses! We had to put her down at age 27 because of congestive heart failure. The next old one started out as a boarder at age 20, retired show jumper, arthritic but sound enough to ride, just could no longer handle jumper shows. He was more or less in storage at my place and I had full use of him. After a couple of years the owner was tired paying board and was gonna take him home and euthanize him, he was not ready , she offered him to me and I accepted. Sometimes I wish that I hadn't, as much as I enjoyed him he cost a small fortune to keep, bad feet that needed shoes and teeth that were useless..alfalfa peellets soaked and senior ration by the buckets full!
He was hot as a rocket but always controlled himself, always felt like he was going to explode but never did, super sweet fellow, Thoroughbred, we rode him till he was about 26-27 and then I just did not have time to ride all of them and the teenagers drifted off to college etc so no one else to ride him ..last July he had a back issue , a bad disc we think, and we had to euthanize...so another one buried in the back yard! So that is 4 we've buried, my 5 year old was the other..and heaven knows how many cats..5 or 6 I think.
I have cried so many tears over animals I should be pretty much dried out! Loved them all.
The coming 20 year old I have now can be very hot or very sensible..depends on the day and the situation, she's fun and keeps it interesting.Anyone else would hate her!!

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Hi,
I'm a big fan of older horses, although I watched the 28 year old being born and we got his mother at age 2 and had her until she died at 26. She was our "go to" horse for anything and everything and we still miss her. We've had the others since they were 5 and 7. The Arab was very green at 5 and it's been a real education to get him safe to ride. I hit the ground 3 times in one day because he spooked so violently! Getting too mature for that - the balance, strength and coordination are not what they were 30 years ago. But now we're doing much better and I hope to keep riding for years. The 28 year old is not sound for any riding except a walk around the fields but he enjoys it. The 20 year old AQHA is a fun ride, but you can put little kids on him too.
We had a rescue horse a few years ago. She was very neglected and our vet said she was probably at least 30 years old. We gave her 3 calm, peaceful years with good care (and some spoiling because she was a real sweetheart) and had her put down and buried on the farm. I'm not sure I could do that again. Very hard emotionally and financially.

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Thanks for the welcome... Our older girl, Lil Red, will be 20 the end of March... She's a rescue... When we first got her, you could count every rib and she was so wormy, her coat was atrocious... Her teeth are shot, so she has to depend on her soaked alfalfa cubes for the roughage portion of her diet... She was a top cutter in her prime, but when she got cut on her nose and wasn't perfect anymore, they discarded her like yesterday's news... She's a great little horse and I've used her to help round up cattle... She's actually my "go to" horse, until the youngsters are finished out.

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emoticon To the team! Be sure to check out our other topics - the more the merrier!
Your fillies are beautiful! We just have older geldings 13-20-28 years old. As well as 4 6-month old barn kitties and their mother, plus my geriatric pound puppy!
Hope to see you on the message boards.

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Thank you... Yes the critters do keep me busy, but unfortunately, that exercise, though I love it, isn't enough to help me keep my weight down where I want it, so I recently got a TreadClimber, and have been upping my aerobics.

Cricket is a comin' 3 year old, Wendy will be 5... They're both a handful, but are showing lots of promise.

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Welcome to the team ! Nice to see a new face! You must get lots of exercise just looking after those critters! emoticon I'm sure they keep you busy. Nice looking bunch you have there! Love your filly !

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Howdy from Kansas!!! Got room in the bunkhouse for one more?

I'm 64, married, 5 QH, 8 goats, 6 cats and a gazillion chickens.

Looking forward to getting to know ya.

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emoticon To the team! Hope we can give and receive encouragement. We're all waiting for better weather, at least those of us without access to indoor arenas. The first ride of the spring can be interesting. Years ago I had a half Arab gelding who was so unpredictable. Some springs he'd walk out like he'd been ridden the day before, and sometimes he'd have to throw in a little crow-hop even into his 20's! (I lost him at age 28 and he still had that spunk).
Really awful about the theft from you and your sister! Hope you can replace your tack without breaking the bank!
Again, Welcome to the team, Marilyn!


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Welcome to the team! I hope you find some encouragement here. I think we are all looking forward to spring and riding , it's been a long cold winter. Gee too bad about your tack, not good.I look forward to seeing more of you , good luck on the journey to a new you!

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Hi, my name is Marilyn and I am 54. I have been riding since I was in my teens off and on. Sometimes more off than on....LOL! I currently own a Tennessee Walker gelding. He is a bay Paint. I have had him almost three years now and I rode him quite a bit that first year, but with a move and a house remodel and a lot of bad weather he hasn't been ridden for about two years now.. I am planning on changing that this spring when the weather gets better and the ground dries up a bit, soooo that should be FUN. I am going to have to buy all new tack though. Found out the other day all of mine and my sisters stuff was stolen out of her garage.

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emoticon Glad to have you on our team! I think most of us have taken spills that shake us up. We don't bounce like we did as kids! I agree with you 100% about keeping healthy to keep enjoying what we love.
Hope we can give - and receive! - the support to achieve our goals.

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Welcome aboard, I hope we can give you some support and help you on this new lifestyle journey! I know all about the recovery weight gain. I fell of my 5 year old in 2009 and had to gain fitness and lose weight before riding again..but, hey..it's doable!!

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emoticon So glad to have you join us!!
I thank God everyday for my love of horses, and my blessing of owning one. It's certainly a strong incentive to achieve and stay healthy. I wish you nothing but the best in your resolution to get "back in the saddle".

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Hello all, I am a horselover who has no horse at this time but have owned several in the past . I am 62 and had not ridden for years until this past weekend. I sustained a knee injury about four years ago (not horse-related) and am just now getting good mobility back. I am so grateful that I was able to ride on Sunday for over an hour and although I was exhausted and had a bit of an endurance issue my knee gave me no trouble at all. My goal is to get fit through exercise and healthy eating so I can show my Aussie (would like to do Agility) and start riding lessons to get back in shape and eventually do some trail rides. I have been a Sparkie since June of this year and love it !
It would be my fondest wish to be able to get back in the saddle again.... emoticon

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Welcome! So glad to see you here. Toronto...wonderful! I used to live just south of St Catherines in Font Hill. Just a little village so you may not of heard of it.

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Welcome Irishpepper. Hope you love this team..nice to talk to horse folk of a mature age..lol! Wishing you well on your Sparks journey!

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Welcome IP! Glad you're with us. I've always felt most comfortable here. I hope you will be too.

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Hello Everyone. Although I do not own any horses and have not ridden for years I've always had a passion for these beautiful animals and found your team through TXGrandMom. I hope that you will except me as a member anyway LOL. I am retired and married to the same great guy for 43 years. We live outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. We have two sons and have recently become Grandparents emoticon . I am so enjoying all the pictures of your horses. Stay healthy and enjoy your journey.

Nothing will taste as good as reaching your weight goal feels.

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Welcome Jill !! Glad you could join us. I checked out your SparkPage. I am very impressed with your paintings. It's interesting how many horse lovers also are artists. There's got to be a connection there. I've had the privilege of having horses for 33 years, however, I now only have one left. "Misty" lives 20 miles north of my house (I live in the city now), at a dear friend's barn whose own horse needed company. So, you see, I'm only 1 step ahead of you.
In other words, I'm trying to say"Welcome Jill", we're so glad to have you with us "seasoned" horsey people. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Chris
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Can't see why not! I have been off for awhile but am still hoping to get more active on the site.

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Well, if I HAD horses at one time (my teen years), still love them and think they are the best animal on the face of the planet, and would love to ride again, do I qualify for this team???
GBG!
I also love to PAINT horses!
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Donna -

Thanks and I appreciate the idea of waiting until after the holidays to be more active on SP. I love SP. They have helped me a lot and will continue to help in more ways than weight loss and maintenance. But as the last two holidays for the year approach, I seem to slack off on the action of SP. Still doing the food and exercise, just not the extras for the points.

Have a grand Holiday season.

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Welcome! It is so nice to have you. Our group is small but varied. Some of the girls are well skilled where as I am "home grown" as it were. No lessons I just bought the horse and learned from there. Not the best was to do it but it worked for me.

I too am over 60...actually 61 in just a few days so I know what you mean about the hips. I'll keep going until the last possible ride.

Anyway, if I can help let me know. I plan on being more active on SP once the Xmas and NY season are done.

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Howdy! My name is Pat and I joined this team for a real specific. I'm writing a book and I need help with the "horses" aspec of it.

I actually have a western romance published already, but while there is a character of a horse in it, I used my training and experience with horses from childhood, which are starting fail me now that I'm in the 60's group and haven't been riding in decades. Bad hips stopped my love of riding, but not my love of horses.

So my specific needs are help with horse terminology, riding specifics. I'm writing the second book and have several questions. If someone is willing to help with answers to my questions as they come along, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Have a grand one, Happy Holidays, and I wish you all success in reaching all your dreams, goals, health, wealth, and happiness.

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Hello Sharon! I am Lynn and co-leader of the team. Charlie B is our fearless leader. I encourage you to go on to our Spark pages and get to know is a little. My husband is from Sacramento originally. He would love to live in the mountains; preferably near a stream but a lake would do. I am originally from WV but have lived in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Alaska but finally got it right and moved to Texas. We live in Central Texas which is "hill country" here (we would call these hills dirt clods in WV). We will be here for you and the ladies here are awesome!

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It is so emoticon that you came to join us. We are a small group as you say which means we are extra special! So nice to have you.

Please visit my Spark Page to get to know me better.

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emoticon Sharon!

You're just what we need here. I'm Chris & I too am down to 1 horse, boarded at a friend's house (or should I say "barn") about 20 miles north of where I live in Colorado Springs. I love Misty dearly & like most of us, I'm sure our conversations will be more horse oriented the warmer the days get, so I'm looking forward to.... RIDE MORE, LOSE MORE! emoticon

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Um, Hi, I'm Sharon and I'm not quite sure how to do this. I've been a fly on the Spark people wall for about 6 months. I've tried to get active but like I said I don't really know how.

I live in Palmdale, Calif. I swore I'd never live in the desert, and I'd still rather live in Washington state, but we've been here for 17 years. Fortunately we live on the shore of lake Palmdale so at least the is water to look at.

I lost my horses when the economy went bad, but thanks to some dear friends I can still ride.

I joined this group because it is small and I like the goals are doable for me. I can ride an hour a week easy. It's more like three or four hours a week. And I think I can lose a pound a week, I'll try.

So it's good to find a group that I can identify with I hope to become good friends.

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Nice to have you here. Dressage is a wonderful thing to watch especially to someone like me who is just a hacker as they say. Still I do love to ride and there isn't a trail or a challenge I won't do.

I just visited your SP page...you have some wonderful pictures. I also have a love of animals. At present I have one dog (only 11 months old that we got after the death of our older dog) and one big fat cat called Moe Man plus my QH Traveler.

Please feel free to take a peek at my page. Again, welcome.

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MYKINGCOLE , I dabble at dressage . I'm not great at it but I love learning and see improvement every year lately.I went for years with no lessons or incorrect lessons .It is nice to have finally found a good coach.
I was looking for horse groups and liked the fact that tis one was an over 50 group. I had belonged to another one but I left because it was so inactive..I felt like I was the only one posting. I went back to it and tried again but there was still no support there.
We all need a little help on our journey to good health!


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Welcome Backyarder,

Yes, we are small but active and growing. With you we are 22 now. We are excited to have you with us! emoticon

If you don't mind telling us, how did you find us and what made you pick this team over some of the other horse teams?

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Welcome Backyarder! As Chris says, we are small but Awesome. She and Donna are multi-talened women. Women who are supportive and interesting. They have held me up in prayer and will be there for you too.

If you have friends who share our passion for horses, and are 50 and above, let them know of our site. We want to grow and are so very glad you joined us!

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Hi Backyarder,

Welcome! So nice to have you here. I checked out your Spark Page & was so glad to see that you ride English & show once in a while. Dressage &/or Jumping? That's a lovely mare you have. My Misty is going to be 28 in April. I've had her since she was 3. Time goes by much too fast. My favorites are horses & cats also.
Anyways, I'm glad you're here. Remember, we're a small group but a great group, with lots of support & amazing goals in common.
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Hi! I just found this group. I am a horse lover/owner and am always looking for a place to share my hobby..a passion more than a hobby really!
. Your age :I'm going to be 55 in May
2. Your goals : To keep riding and stay healthy for as long as possible.
3. Do you still ride : well I did till I fell off and fractured my vertebre last August...I have been on a coule times this winter and really want to get back at it as soon as the weather gets nice.

4. Do you own horses or just love them : I own a 17 year old TbX mare and a retired 27 year old TB gelding.
5. Any ideas or thoughts for team challenges : I will think on that and let you know !!
6. Any information or thoughts you want us to know about you!: I am a labourer in the Christmas tree industry . I work outside all spring, summer and fall and have winters off.I live with my commonlaw husband of 32 years and a 16 year old male cat. We do not have any children .
I hope I can help to keep the team active!

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Howdy! So glad ya decided to hang out with us. This here is the campfire where we learn about about our newest trail mates. We would like to know
1. Your age
2. Your goals
3. Do you still ride
4. Do you own horses or just love them
5. Any ideas or thoughts for team challenges
6. Any information or thoughts you want us to know about you!
Again, welcome and remember, we are here for each other. We are at a unique time in our life and we want to be there for you!

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