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        06-21-2013, 06:56 PM
      #10791
    Foal
    Good afternoon, Sandra,44, Northern Az here, new to forum ,Horse lover since birth,1st horse experience 5 years old bucked off neighbors pony, but needless to say my dad taught me to get right back on, my aunt took me for lessons after that,and as I gained experience my uncle let me exercise some of his race horses at his house when I lived in S. Jersey. However 1st ownership was when I moved to south Florida and was 24, a schooling Paso fino buckskin, 10 yrs old (Hitchcock) that I renamed Bacardi, what a handful he was, if he did not want to be rode, he would get down with myself still in saddle and give me I'm about to roll warning, at that point needless to say, I jumped off. I rode in one amateur Paso fino show on a friends horse, didn't do too bad, came in 3rd, was amazed since show was all in Spanish, and I barely knew any, rode a beautiful bay Paso named Presimio might of spelled wrong. Unfortunately not soon after my buckskin became very ill,and I did not feel that just drugging her to feel better was fair, so I decided to put her down. Hardest thing to do, lost my love for horses after that for about 2 years. However after leaving Florida and moving to AZ decided to give it another try. In 2012 bought a tobiano American paint mare 6 yrs old, (Daisy)that we renamed Savannah. She is green broke high spirited and still needs an abundance of work, but shows great potential. Have rode her when I first bought her in round pen,and had a trainer work with her a few times. Her main issue was not wanting to back up, so was not feeling safe taking her on trails. Due to personal circumstances she had not been ridden since, so about a yr. And 1\2. My boyfriend and myself have started ground work with her again and she is doing well. I myself still feel a little timid around her, so I'm going to refresh on some lessons solo and then with her. Pictures forthcoming.. Hope everyone has a great weekend, happy and safe riding...
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        06-21-2013, 10:15 PM
      #10792
    Yearling
    Flooding

    . Flooding I southern Alberta is worse than expected. Calgary is a city of about 1 million people with two rivers flowing through it. Both rivers are flowing at levels never seen before causing the downtown business core of the city to be flooded. About 150,000 people work downtown. Today it is vacant. In Calgary alone, approximately 75,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. In surrounding cities such as Canmore, Banff, High River and Bragg Creek that many people again are displaced from their homes. Homes in Bragg Creek, Canmore and Cochrane have literally been washed into the river. Some of these are huge multi-million dollar structures. Video footage on the news shows a home in Bragg Creek being washed down the river and colliding with a bridge.

    The Saddledome, home to the Calgary Flames is under water up to the 14th row of bleachers. All of the change rooms are completely submersed. The world famous Calgary Stampede is due to start in less than two weeks but the grounds are flooded. The livestock barns are filled with water up to the rooflines and the grounds are under a few feet or more of water. The Calgary Zoo is also close to downtown and is actually situated on an island in the river. Plans have been made to evacuate the large cats and carnivores to the jail cells in the courthouse. Some zebras and other animals have already been evacuated.

    The magnitude of this disaster is unbelievable. Calgary is a major city surrounded by pristine tourist areas and lush agricultural zones. Along the flooded riverbanks, entire herds of cattle have drowned. People are desperately trying to get themselves and their livestock to higher ground.

    Major highways around the area have even washed out, severely limiting access between southeastern BC and southern Alberta. Other communities in all directions are also either flooding or preparing to flood as local dams exceed their capacity and must be opened to preserve their structures. Downstream communities are on evacuation notices as well.

    As of this evening, three people and possibly a fourth have died. The bodies of two have been recovered, the third is located but unsafe to retrieve and the fourth is missing.

    As I said, we have never seen anything like this before and it is truly devastating for all affected. We don't think of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the grassland to the east as flood plain, but with extreme rainfall and snowmelt from the mountains, the effects are disastrous. Water is an intensely powerful force of nature! While personally I am well away from the flooded areas and sit nicely high and dry, I am devastated for my fellow Albertans who are not so fortunate. My thoughts and prayers are with those living in the flooded areas.
         
        06-21-2013, 10:21 PM
      #10793
    Yearling
    Welcome crazy!! We are getting quite a few new ones...glad to see it!!

    Koolio, sorr y here what is taking place in Alberta! I was just telling my DH. Prayers are with all of you!!

    Happy summer solstis everyone in the northern hempisphere!!!! as promised....here's one for you Stan!!
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        06-21-2013, 11:22 PM
      #10794
    Trained
    I hope the flooding in Alberta stops soon and that nobody else is hurt. That is a great idea to put the large cats from the zoo in the local jail. I hope they can save them all.

    My company came and we all had a good time. They did not peek into the rooms that I didn't straighten out. We had a nice dinner, good conversation, and then we got out our guitars and rock-n-rolled out.
         
        06-22-2013, 06:58 AM
      #10795
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the club, Sandra. Sounds like you have had an interesting path to here full of twists, bumps and flies. Hope you jump right in on the conversations so we can get to know you while you get to know us.

    Tracey, I hate to see such devastation up there and kinda thought this might happen with the type of winter y'all had this year. I kept seeing posts of how much longer winter was sticking around dumping more and more snow. It had to go somewhere once it melted. Hope everyone else survives and can move on. Prayers for the families of the ones lost.


    NM71, Y'all really do look great together and I have a hard time imagining that smile ever leaving your face when you are around him.


    Celeste, glad everything worked out with your kids and their families visiting. We have so many people coming and going at the house as well as babies and toddlers running around that doing a major cleaning even in the main areas would be a never ending process. Lol

    DW will make sure all the toys are in the designated area, throw pillows and blankets are in their appropriate places on the back of chairs and couches then organize the kitchen better before calling it good.
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        06-22-2013, 08:32 AM
      #10796
    Weanling
    We got 1,000 bales and lots more to cut!!! Yeah!

    I did get my three stalls done but didn't get any more ready, will be doing that today.
         
        06-22-2013, 10:21 AM
      #10797
    Green Broke
    What did you decide on with the bedliner and concrete coat?
         
        06-22-2013, 10:21 AM
      #10798
    Green Broke
    My computer got switched off twice yesterday due to work on the lines out here. So sorry to hear of the problems now up in Canada. Hope it dries quickly-water is a devastating force.

    NM-you look so at ease on JJ--glad you found "the one"!

    Had a small neighborhood get-together last night-of course, our dog "escaped" & soon followed us-so DH had to bring her back home & kennel her for her own safe-keeping. We let her out as soon as we were back home. She watches when he leaves, but if I go-she tries to follow-they are such characters. We did win 1 round of the dice game & had a lovely time. And I did get all the laundry done yesterday. Of course, it's already piling up again-lol.
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        06-22-2013, 10:36 AM
      #10799
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    I've put covers on the horses, Its turned a might cold and wet with the south westers blowing, and hail. Not a lot of grass so I thought extra warmth would not go astray. I don't normally cover the horses and rely on their winter coat. But this year is a little different with the lack of feed.

    Picked up some hay this morning, its getting hard to find and to top it off the sellers are limiting how much can be brought at a time I managed 25 bales. That will last a couple of months.

    Bugs was being a pain in the rear when unloading. Both horses were helping themself while I had to run the gauntlet from the float to the storeage area. Not easy to do when they both want a mouthfull as i'm lugging it.

    Bugs got brave and was going into the small area where I was stacking the bales so I used it as a training session. He had to back out every time I wanted to put in a bale. He got quite good at it, see me coming, wait untill I yelled, back, then wait untill he thought I ment it, then back up enough to let me pass and straight in behind me trying to get a mouth full before it was stacked.

    Not the safest thing to be doing but a learning for Bugs. And he does seem to be less prone to react to the unexpected than Stella.

    The photo is the last try before I put up a barrier otherwise he would still be there munching hours later.

    Then of course the is the photo taken between Stella ears of a few of us riding a while back.

    Weather is still rough enough to stop me from having a ride so by the time I get round to it he will not have had any practice for quite a while. That will be interesting. Stella can go months without riding and is O/K. Bugs is an unknown quantity, may need super glue on my butt to keep me in the saddle.

    I hear you folks in the North are having bad weather as well in places. Bad flooding, hope every one is geting through it O/K. Seems we have all had dry summers and wet winters or unusual weather patterns. Its fronting up to be a wet winter for us. I should not complain as we have had 4 years of summer drought conditions. Its just started to rain again, 2.30 am Think Ill go and wake SWMBO, why should she sleep when I can't.

    Cheers all, safe riding, and post those photos.
         
        06-22-2013, 10:50 AM
      #10800
    Green Broke
    Glad to hear you found enough hay for a couple months. Reminds me of lyrics from the song by Alabama "Song of the South" for the horses. "We were so poor we couldn't tell" thinking of the horses being hay poor. I hope you are able to find more before this stock runs out.
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