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post #11601 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 03:02 AM
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The five rules to remember in life

1. Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a

Cadillac than on a bicycle.

2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the ass-hole's name.

3. If you help someone when they're in trouble, they will remember you when

they're in trouble again.

4. Many people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them.

5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then neither does milk.


Condoms do not guarantee safe sex; a friend of mine was wearing one when he

was shot by the woman's husband!

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post #11602 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 07:40 AM
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I have some great news to share from last evening. I got a few chores done early and finished doctoring Trusty's leg so I loaded up several saddles in the truck and headed around to the pasture. Called Sugar, my 4 year old line back Dun and gotthe halter on her. Spend a couple minutes letting her smell all of the saddles in the bed of the truck then grabbed the pad and rubbed her with it..Let me say here that she is the most curious of all the horses as in not afraid of anything. She thought it was a tug of war tool and kept wanting to play. I finally got it on her back and walked a circle with it without a flinch. Ok, grab the light saddle and rub her with it and her response is to eat the small amounts of hay in the bed from pulling the wrap off the round bale. Set it on her back and she acts like nothing is there, so I pull the cinch up, still nothing from her. Walked her around the pasture then got her up to a trot so the stirrups would bounce to see how she would react.
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I got more response out of Boo than her from this action as he was running along side her trying to eat the horse killing saddle off her back.LMBO Got her back to the back of the truck and finished tightening the cinch with no response out of her, so it was time to put weight on the stirrups. After pushing down on each stirrup with my hands and her just looking at me like "wat'r you doin?" got my big ole butt up on the tailgate and sat down cross seat on the saddle.
Sugar first on back.jpg

Finally swung leg over and set feet in stirrups to walk her around the big tree just out of the picture before tacking down. Groomed her some more before taking the halter off and she just stood there with me at the truck as if she wanted more. I was so happy it was surreal.

I also tacked up Doc and rode him around the pastures. He was a little more figgity at first, but quickly settled down for a very nice 20 minute ride.

Doc ready to ride.jpg

I was so full of joy from both of them doing so well that I looked over at Boo, who hasn't been ridden since before his accident with falling in the tank. Caught him and got him all tacked up with very little flinch before leading him around the pasture a couple of times. He did awesome as well, but it was getting dark and I didn't want to try riding him around the pastures in the dark. My evening was so enjoyable I didn't want it to end. I think I finally left the pasture, just watching them graze, about 9.

Sorry it was so long, but I type as I think it in my head. Lol I'm sure it could have been condensed.
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post #11603 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 09:09 AM
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That's awesome Rick! It's funny how such seemingly small steps to others are really huge steps to us horse people.

CS- hope everything works out with your daughter! I would think riding would help strengthen her back??

I'm feeling so behind on everything right now. This heat makes it hard to get anything done. And with the extra time I spent working on the just stinks how in order to get one project done everything else piles up. I dream of one day having all housework and barn work caught up at the same time. At least for a couple of hours.thank goodness my kids are great about pitching in or my house may have been condemned by now lol.

My stalls look like part of a haunted house with all the cob webs. I can't help but feel for some reason I've been blessed with an over abundance of them. How often do you with stalls "dust"? Maybe we need to spray for spiders? I never see them but know they are lurking.

I need to go pick out a paint for the bottom half of the arena. I might start on that this weekend.

Hope everyone is doing good. Sorry for being so gabby this morning. Coffee maker is not working properly and is only making one cup at a time w/same amount of grounds!! I think I just had a mug of expresso LOL
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post #11604 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 09:30 AM
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I have a question I want to ask here..... I have several bits that I know I will never use on my horses, I'm not sure what to call them but they are not jointed in the middle, some have a curve to them. I don't think they are worth much. What do you think I should do w/them? Are they considered harsh? I would sell them but wouldn't want to contribute to a horses discomfort. Opinions?
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post #11605 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 09:34 AM
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Some curb bits work well in the right hands. If you don't want to sell them, you can turn them into toilet paper holders.

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post #11606 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 09:39 AM
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Some curb bits work well in the right hands. If you don't want to sell them, you can turn them into toilet paper holders.

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post #11607 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 09:40 AM
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Well that's just funny!!
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post #11608 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 10:39 AM
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Roadyy, that's awesome!!! And....about time you got yur butt in a saddle!! see how good it feels? Now stop working so hard....and ride more!!

I'm prepping for the Jimmy Buffett concert tonight, so that all I have time for today!! Leaving soon!! It's 5 o'clock somewhere.....

Hope you are all well! See ya tomorrow!!
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post #11609 of 29437 Old 07-18-2013, 10:42 AM
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Here's a couple of pictures. There's 10 bits.

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