April Keays
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  • Surrey
  • Canada
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April Keays replied to Barbara F.'s discussion How old do you feel when you are riding? in the group Over 50 crowd
"Well, unfortunately I feel like I'm 100 years old when I ride now!  I have soft-tissue damage in the large muscle that runs from the outside of the hip around through the groin and down into the knee (sorry, I should know the name of it…"
Apr 28, 2013
April Keays commented on Sarah Hirtle's group UnHarnessed Standardbreds!
"Hello anybody! Racing season is coming to a close and it's a shame how many good horses have no where to go.  I was down in the barns at Fraser Downs Race Track in Cloverdale, British Columbia and was offered a number of horses to take…"
Apr 12, 2011
April Keays commented on PJ's group Over 50 crowd
"Things seem to have calmed down at my barn for now.  I was up there yesterday and the two offending boarders were there (they always seem to be there), but they were friendly and talkative and no hostile undertones.  I also noticed that…"
Mar 6, 2011
April Keays commented on PJ's group Over 50 crowd
"Yes, you're probably right.  It's just a hard decision to make as I have been at this barn for about eight years now  and it's like a second home.  But I guess there comes a time to move on.  I doubt things are…"
Mar 4, 2011
April Keays commented on PJ's group Over 50 crowd
"Thanks for the support.  Yes, the owners do know what is going on and keep saying that they will speak with them to get it sorted out, but that hasn't happened yet.  To be fair, they are having some health issue to deal with right…"
Mar 3, 2011
April Keays commented on PJ's group Over 50 crowd
"I'm having some problems at my boarding place now.  A new boarder has come in and is basically taking over the place.  It's always been a low-kay barn and everyone has basically got along fine but now I'm thinking it might…"
Mar 2, 2011
April Keays commented on PJ's group Over 50 crowd
"Cindy, sorry to hear about your mare. I lost my gelding three years ago now, and I still miss him. Shirley, I would like that link to the discussion group as well if you can get it."
Dec 5, 2010
April Keays replied to Linda White's discussion Nasty leg pain after riding in the group Over 50 crowd
"Okay, here's my two cents worth. I've been dealing with pain for some years now. It's mainly been in the groin area and lately has started running down the inside of my thigh and right down into my ankle and big toe. I have a cronic…"
Nov 7, 2010

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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Well, I live in Surrey, BC. My life has always revolved around horses and dogs and though I don't have my own horse just now I am still quite active in the equestrian sport.
I am just starting up a free-lance business as a pet portrait artist and am busy trying to find ways to get my work out there to the people who would be interested in it. In the meantime I am keeping quite busy with commissions though they are mostly of dogs. I would really like to get some horse people interested as horses are what I love to draw the most.
I generally make my living as a Driver, either shuttle vans, or the 3-5 ton trucks, but things are rather slow right now. I am working as a tour bus driver at the moment but I'm finding that to be very stressfull and may not continue with it.
I am divorced, but now happily dating a lovely gentleman after quite a long dry spell. That was okay though, because sometimes it's best to let things settle for awhile after going through a bad divorce. Now my life is going pretty good.
Other than that, I don't really know what else to add. I guess that is me in a nutshell.
Do you have any pets?
I now have a dog, Karma. And a cat Milton. I recently lost my Appy gelding Kiefer to a badly fracture foreleg. I think it will be a while before I get another horse.
Things are going along quite well with Monty. We had our first lesson last week and he took to the trotting over poles like a fish to water and since then he has been more consistant with his trotting rather than pacing even out on the trails.
The ring is finally drying up, and I have found a round pen within riding distance of our barn to things are really shaping up to be a productive summer.
Happy (and safe0 riding everyone!

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Been awhile

It's been some time since I've been on here, too busy I guess. Things have been going well with Monty though we have hit a couple of snags in his training. Still that is to be expected with a youngster and overall, my trainer is quite happy with his progress, and so am I.

I went to check out the Standardbred Schooling Show at the Langely Riders arena a couple of weeks ago and really quite enjoyed it. I had thought to take Monty to the one coming up just for the fun of it, but I may… Continue

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

More about Monty

Well finally I have been getting some steady riding in with my new gelding. The ring isn't dry enough to ride in yet so most of our sessions have been out on the roads and trails, but still, a lot is being accomplished.

I am very pleased with the way he is coming along. He is so sensiable and easy going even though he is just coming up four. We do most of our road work at a walk or slow pace and he is constantly looking around at eveything and taking it all in, but rarely spooking or…


Posted on April 20, 2009 at 11:00pm

He's home!

Wow this is scary! Push came to shove when it came to adopting my Standardbred so I had to take the plunge or let him go. So here I am with a new horse and no job! Am I crazy?

Anyway, he's home and his re-training is going to start once he's had some time to settle in. I was very impressed by how calmly he handled coming to a new barn and I think that bodes well for how he is going to handle all the other changes in his life that are coming his way.

I'm really looking…


Posted on March 8, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments


Frustrations mount.

The open house at Greener Pastures went very well, with quite a large turn out but no real on the spot buyers for that day. For me, salfishly, it was a good thing as no one put their dibes in on the gelding I am hoping to adopt as soon as I can find a job.

It is becoming very frustration. I have been over a year now without a permanent job and still no takers on my resume. I am so ready to bring home my new horse and start with his re-education and to…


Posted on March 2, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


Well, it's not a done deal yet, but it's really looking like I will be adopting a Standardbred very soon. I was all set to do it last month and then got laid off my job so that sort of put a hold on the proceedings. Still, I have ridden this little fellow a couple of times now and am really pleased with him so I expect I will find a way. I feel confident that I will be back working again soon and can finally get this gelding home and start getting to know him.

Greener Pastures in…


Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 10:40pm on August 2, 2008, Barnmice Admin said…
Welcome April, please do feel free to post some photos of your work!
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