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post #1431 of 4299 Old 10-29-2013, 04:23 PM
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VickiRose, good luck tomorrow - loading a horse in a trailer is one of those activities that can either shake or build your confidence. I haven't had to load a horse in a while, but I remember trying to look confident hoping that the horse would just go right in, which he did, but that could have easily gone the other way.
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post #1432 of 4299 Old 10-29-2013, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by VickiRose View Post
Hi Stan, she's currently getting a twice a day dose of magnesium chloride, and it has really helped her generally, just not with this issue. Are you talking about the equilibrium cool max? I asked in the nutrition section if anyone had tried it, but didn't get any replies, prob because its not an American product. Have you tried it?

The float is a nice wide double, in good condition and lightly used. It belongs to friends of mine. It's the same one we used to bring Rose home on when we bought her back in May. That time she loaded fine, but her old owner did the loading. She has been such a different horse with us compared to when we looked at her and went back to get her, and not in a good way, that we suspect she may have been drugged in some way. Not sure what with though, we were there for nearly four hours when we looked at her and she was fine the whole time. Otherwise it's just my inexperience, which is highly probable!

Hopefully it all goes well tomorrow and she loads like a dream )

The mix is Equilibrium B1 cool mix (Australian product) and I give it to the horses every couple of days or as required as a supplement due to the type of grass we have and the land lacking in some trace elliments. They also need calcium for the balance. Without calcium magnesium does not work.

Often a horse will change its nature with a new owner. I have found my two mares took a year to settle down. Great horse when I first got her then she became a female, demanding sorry.

How much time do you spend with her and how was the trip for her when you brought her home. Another thing is go for a ride in the back of your float at highway speed 60 miles an hour. The think how the horse feels the vibration and noise is deffening at its ear level, around 90 db and that is loud.

My new horse Bugs had done the same, Loaded for the old owner and then gave me a hard time afterwards, he is O/K now but it took some time getting him back in the float. Perhaps its a memory and they think they are being uprooted again.

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post #1433 of 4299 Old 10-30-2013, 02:38 AM
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Hi All

Currently Rose is in the trailer on her way to the trainer's place. It took us over two hours but we did NOT end up using ACE. I gave her Good As Gold the night before and rescue remedy just before loading.

We actually loaded her three times. First time she eventually loaded, but then freaked out once she was on but before she was tied properly. She went backward under the bum bar and took some skin off her back. So we eventually got her on again, but this time the trainer wanted to back her off nice and calmly then re-load her as a training exercise. Third time she was a lot better she did panic a couple of times, but after she was tied and the second one of these was really brief.

It will be a slow trip as the trainer wants it to be a good experience for her. I passed them on my way in to work and they were going 20 kilometers per hour down the gravel road, I doubt they were out of second gear. Rose looked pretty happy so hopefully she will travel okay.

I'll get a text once they have her there and in with another horsey friend.

In answer to your questions Stan, she lives in the paddock twenty meters from my door, so we handle her daily. I only get time to really train her twice a week at the moment, hence the need for greater focus on training and the trip to the trainers. The trip when we bought her home appeared to be fine. I didn't actually go DH did, I was home when we unloaded her. DH does drive faster than I'd like while towing, so she may have been scared. Hard to say though. Either way, hopefully we can now make some serious progress.
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Glad you got her loaded Vicki. Hope she's doing great at the trainer's!

Been crazy here between DD's sports, lesson kids and home/farm projects. Hope everyone is doing well!

DD is turning into quite the little soccer player. Was drafted into an older age bracket above her age (there were 3 kids from her age division that moved up) to help fill out the last of the teams for the 10 & 11 year old division (she's 8) and held her own all season with kids much larger than her. I've had such a good time watching her little self outplay boys that many are easily twice her size. Scored at least one goal every game, one game she scored 3. She did well enough she has been asked to play on a competitive indoor league through winter (on a 10/11 yr old league) she is the only girl on the roster of 15 kids and has been picked to be one of their forwards. I'm so proud of her and having so much fun watching. First indoor game is in 3 weeks and the coolest part is that (even though I'm not thrilled about traveling) she will be playing on the indoor practice field at the university I attended. She asked me a couple weeks ago "Mom, do they pay you to play soccer in college like Katie (my younger cousin) does for softball?" LOL. At 8 she hasn't quite grasped the scholarship concept. I explained it to her that no they don't actually pay you but yes, you can go to college for free if they want you to play sports for them. So now I have an 8 yr old that is already looking to play NCAA sports.

She also just did presidential fitness challenge testing at school and broke her school record for chin ups across all grades, boys & girls. Having a ladder above one of my hay stalls that she uses like monkey bars was a good idea I guess. LOL. I'm not sure I could do more than a couple these days, little stinker did 19!
Just started another episode of "This Old Farmhouse" and are remodeling our main bathroom. Gutted it yesterday, hoping to get the new jacuzzi tub in today (so I can try it out!) and DH has taken the week off of work so we can do all of the work. Tile the floors, adding a chair rail/plank siding on the walls, scraping off the textured ceiling (no more cottage cheese ceiling, yay!) new vanity, mirror, trim, lighting. Will post before/during/afters when we get done. We've been tackling one room at a time in our 100 year old farmhouse. So far we've redone the kitchen (minus a couple new appliances that are on my save up for list so everything is stainless), new roof, added a second bath upstairs, a patio door & walk out 2 story deck off the 2nd floor living room, downstairs living room have tore down all the plaster walls & put up drywall - I'm refinishing the 100 year old woodwork/crown moulding right now to finish that room. In the spring we will be refinishing all of the hardwood floors and then on to the master bedroom. It will be so nice when it is all finished, though I suspect I will never cross everything off my list. Anyone that wants to come help, I'll put up your horse free of charge & share my indoor for the winter.
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post #1435 of 4299 Old 11-04-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Lost my job today because I was 15 minutes late. Robert still doesn't have a job (has turned down two in the last month). I'm just done. I don't know if I can handle any more stress. If you saw my other thread ("So frustrated"), you know that I've been having womanly issues, on top of all this...and they aren't getting any better.
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post #1436 of 4299 Old 11-04-2013, 07:32 PM
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Oh, Paige, that is terrible news. Stress is so awful & you have been bombarded from all sides. Have you ever thought of moving to Kingman? There are jobs here. Tractor Supply is opening maybe next W/E. The climate is nice & I saw 2 riders out in a wash in town this afternoon. There are lots of horses in the city limits.
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Robert has family in Kingman and we go there for a weekend every summer for a family reunion. That being said, neither one of us wants to live there. It's too hot for me (it gets above 85-90F and I'm absolutely miserable) and Robert lived there when he was little and just doesn't want to go back. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
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post #1438 of 4299 Old 11-05-2013, 10:27 AM
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Lost my job today because I was 15 minutes late. Robert still doesn't have a job (has turned down two in the last month). I'm just done. I don't know if I can handle any more stress. If you saw my other thread ("So frustrated"), you know that I've been having womanly issues, on top of all this...and they aren't getting any better.
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Have you thought about going back to college and using student loans to offset some of your expenses? Both my husband and I went to college late in life and it was totally worth it. We did sometimes have to use student loans for living expenses. I was 32 when I got my Bachelors and 35 when I got my Masters. Using student loans for living expenses can be a slippery slope though so you have to set a budget and stick with it. Anyway, just throwing ideas out there.
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We've talked about going back to school (I'm about 2-3 semesters away from my BA in secondary education and Robert is maybe 1-2 semesters away from his BS in business tech), but Robert doesn't want to unless we can afford it. Bass-ackwards, I know, but he's adamant.
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Yay M!!! What a little rock star!
Great job on the house! I agree it's a never ending process... Says my 50 un-sanded un-painted kitchen doors in the barn....
Keep up the good work, I demand before and afters!

So we started the hoop house, two days and all we got done was the frame... Now to get more helpers out...

The horses are all fat and lazy, the peak leaves have all but blown off, and modern gun season starts Friday. So there goes my trail plans. :(

But that means fresh meat in the freezer, and a lot of work this weekend... I'm the butcher round these parts! Last year I did six on my own and helped teach on four others (which means I had men standing around watching me work...). But hey it's awesome teaching people who don't have a clue learn to feed themselves/process organic healthily game!

So here's to fall! Hang in there ladies!
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