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        08-23-2012, 09:30 AM
      #1501
    Green Broke
    Oh it makes me so sad, like I should just move into the barn or something lol.
         
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        08-23-2012, 09:38 AM
      #1502
    Super Moderator
    I'm going to spend this whole weekend in the barn and help repairing the fencing and doing other odd jobs. Snickers always seems to enjoy when I'm there for him any time of the day and sometimes checking on the herd late at nights or very early in the mornings. :) He seems especially comfortable when I'm with the herd at their nap times - he then falls asleep by my side and sometimes proceeds to lay down. I feel very honoured for this level of trust.
         
        08-23-2012, 09:45 AM
      #1503
    Green Broke
    Aw how cute. Lizzy falls asleep with her head in my arms quite often but I haven't decided if it's because she trusts me or if it's because she's old and needs naps lol.

    I spend almost my whole weekend at the barn all the time. We are doing a lot of fixing up of stuff and making paddocks and shelters and fixing up our tack room. Then when we ride we will waste at least 4-5 hours there.
         
        08-23-2012, 09:51 AM
      #1504
    Super Moderator
    Well I think that falling asleep near a human asks for lots of trust, and it doesn't matter if a horse is old. I've seen old horses trying NOT to fall asleep near people they don't trust, even if it is hard for them, so I guess that Lizzy does like and trust you. :)

    What I like about such weekends is that I get to spend the nights there, too. The BO lets me sleep in her house and I can help her full-time.

    My colleagues think I'm completely nuts because of this. Their idea of a well-spent weekend includes shopping, parties, beaches, gardening or spending time with their husbands and kids, whereas I go tho the barn, get dirty and do a lot of hard work.
         
        08-23-2012, 09:56 AM
      #1505
    Foal
    Wow, you've all been busy in here. I don't know if this will make you all jealous or not, but tonight I'm going to talk to the BM about boarding Mellzy, and I also found out they are looking for someone to work part time doing landscaping and maintenance stuff. Mostly just trimming weeds, fixing fences, mowing grass, stuff like that. But I might be able to work out a deal and do that to get some cost taken off my board. Plus, it would give me more time around not only my horse, but the other horses as well. Funny thing is, I'd be doing all the stuff I never wanted to do while I was growing up.

    But congrats to all the people getting new jobs, and to all the recent college grads, keep your chin up, something will come along. Oh, and I somewhat agree with Poppy's comment about getting a degree in something that pays the bills. I agree that you should make sure you can make money in whatever field you choose, but don't choose a job just because of the money. You have to enjoy what you do, at least a little. If you absolutely hate your job, you're not going to do it well. Trust me, I've been there. Don't forget, I'm the old guy in here
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        08-23-2012, 10:01 AM
      #1506
    Green Broke
    Hehe that's why I said one you can tolerate. I mean who actually really loves going to work? I would much rather get some more sleep than go play with the horsies lol. I work around my barn as well. I do chores 2 days a week then help with all kinds of other things any other time. It keeps me outside and gets me exercise.

    I hope Lizzy likes me, she is sure pampered more than most horses at the barn. We were thinking of camping at the barn sometime soon and doing a bonfire type thing along with organizing a fun show for just the barn.
         
        08-23-2012, 10:11 AM
      #1507
    Super Moderator
    Gotta think of what I should do today with Snickers. Either a trail ride or flatwork in the arena. I guess that flatwork would be more beneficial, as I have things to work on - the position of my hands and a steady contact, for starters. And lots of transitions and bending. Also, it rained during the night so the sand in the arena will be in a nice condition for riding. Yup, I guess that flatwork it is.
         
        08-23-2012, 10:42 AM
      #1508
    Green Broke
    I really need to work Lizzy on the side reins. She is gaining muscle quite nicely but I want to make sure it's in the right spots. Our last ride in the arena went really really well. But I need to readjust the gullet in her saddle I feel as she has gained quite a bit of muscle around her shoulder/wither area.

    I also think you need some new pictures of Snickers since he is just stunning.
         
        08-23-2012, 11:57 AM
      #1509
    Super Moderator
    Thanks. :) I hope to get some pictures from the camp next week. We had two equine photographers with us who made lots of pictures so they will take some time to sort them all.
         
        08-23-2012, 12:27 PM
      #1510
    Yearling
    [QUOTE=Country - Chica is gorgeous, I'm just in love with the brown and white patterns. Why do you need a part time job? I thought you worked full time on your family farm?[/QUOTE]


    Haha,I do,but that just covers rent,groceries,and most of the utility bills. I'm needing to get some cash flow going as well. The few hours a week that I clean covers my medication costs and monthly bills,but that's about it. Nothing left over for savings,emergencies,car insurance and repairs,that kind of thing. Honestly,I'm not sure where I would fit in more work,but if it's part time,I think I can squeeze it in. Ideally,doing more cleaning would work the best,but that's proving to be frustrating as I have numerous people saying they want me to clean for them,but when it comes down to actually setting things up,they back out.
         

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