once i was a rider....now i am a groom!

Jen - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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once upon a time, I was riding 6 days a week. I was in my element and LOVED every minute spent at the barn. didn't matter if it was mucking stalls, dragging hoses around or riding the crazy young ones who you know were ready to throw you in the dirt at the drop of a hat, i was home. Now, even though my oldest is only 7, i have been demoted to groom. Though i have great plans to get myself back int eh saddle, i think my groom days are not numbered and i have at least another 15-20 years of faithful groom duty. Tell me about your horse experience and plans for the future!

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Jen - posted on 02/05/2009

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LOL! i have been trying to brush up on my old pony club ways. it would seem i have forgotten quite a bit and have to hit the old pony club manual from time to time. training up the next show pony this summer. now that my oldest is old enough to do more then leadline, i have given in and bought a fancy little pony large enough for me to school, but small enough for her to enjoy and the added benefit of knowing the pony inside and out will be helpful. i hate coaching my own.

Renee - posted on 12/28/2008

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I have 3 kids and have been doing the groom thing for almost 10 yrs while sneaking a bit of riding in there for myself. This is my second year of being the unpaid groom for my kids, before that it was for my exhusband. Up until last year we didn't show, now my youngest (6yrs) has started pony club and wants to do some local shows this year. So now this groom is buying books and torturing the pony to learn how to plait up.

Jen - posted on 12/11/2008

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I understand! I have 3 children ages 7,4,3 we bought an 11.2 hand pony so that the youngest would still be safe around him, but its really hard trying to coach one and keep the other 2 out from underfoot. I am looking forward to next year when she hits 4 and becomes a much easier person to keep an eye on and is more likely to be able to participate in our summer camp and lesson schedule. They grow up soooo fast!

User - posted on 12/10/2008

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I'm in my 4th year of the same. Still loving it but the 2 yr old has really put a new challenge in front of me. My 10 yr old shows a lot, it was fine when the baby was immobile but now she's a menace! I too will faithfully groom and hold 10 ponies at the ingate in hopes of watching him in the Olympics!

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