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    03-27-2012, 05:43 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
these horses are only 2 years old and took along time to have them come to you

If I lived closer to them I would be over more often
And I would consider a horse then

I would not have to pay them much either
I sure hope you get to work with them, Country Woman!!
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    03-27-2012, 06:15 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by With Grace    
CW - that would be awesome if you could work with those horses!

Maisie - I feel your pain with the shedding, I have found yet another reason that I don't want to own a grey horse. I have so much grey hairs on everything I own, and the horse lives 10 miles away! In the middle of the day running errands I have had to spit out a horse hair! Yuck!

Foxhunter - I love the term bunny huggers! Never heard that before, I'm assuming it's similar to our term "tree huggers" here. We had elk in our area that were destroying a PGA golf course. Some master hunters were selected to come thin the herd. A few people got vocal about it...and those Elk are still destroying the course. The herd here has gotten ridiculously large and they can't really do anything to stop it.

So, my big news for the day. I am officially a student of Large Animal Massage! By this time next year, I hope to start building my practice :) I am so very excited!
That's awesome, Grace! Congratulations!! As for the elk situation- years ago I worked for a private and huge park system downstate that didn't allow deer hunting - the herds became out of control, and had eradicated many species of wildflowers. It was very beneficial when they had some hunters come in and harvest a specific amount - it was well planned, and the delicious venison was donated to food banks around the state. It was a good call, and in the nick of time! There were many opposed, but with no natural predators or hunting, of course they're going to be out of control, and when people finally became educated on the topic, they agreed.
Foxhunter- I hope something can be done about the badgers - we have badger, bear, etc., here and I'd rather encounter a bear over a badger any day, believe me! (we only have MI Black Bear here, which do get large, but are generally shy and do not want to be around humans) A few yrs. Ago we had a big badger problem on our property also, and I literally wouldn't do anything out here without my bear spray in hand because of them! Good luck with that! :)
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    03-27-2012, 06:21 PM
Well I found out where my boots are
Right now they are in Chicago
    03-27-2012, 06:25 PM
With Grace: That is awesome! I bet that will be very rewarding.
Country Woman: I am crossing my fingers for you. Can't wait to see your boots...
Here is our finished product....

The hard part will be getting them in, I can only leave them an hour or so...
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    03-27-2012, 06:39 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by candandy49    
Hello All, I am 62 years old. That may put me in the running for one of the oldest here. I have been a horse person all my life, but didn't actually get my own "heart horse" until I was 45. In my younger years growing up I always managed to have a horse to ride although not always the same one each time I got to do horsey things and ride. My parents couldn't afford to get me a horse and we lived in town with no where to keep one. I lived and breathed horses in other ways. I read every thing I could get my hands on and subscribed to several horse magazines. I got lots of practical experience and used what self-educating I had done.

I got to ride a lot of guided trail rides when we went on vacations. As an adult, my younger sister and her husband had horses so I got to ride and help take care of theirs. They had Appaloosas and Quarter Horses. The other breeds I have ridden are Missouri Foxtrotters, 3-gaited Saddlebreds, a 5-gaited Saddlebred, two Poas, Paints, a Tennessee Walker and lots of grade horses. The 3-gaited Saddlebreds were owned by a friend of ours and I helped him train his horses to drive.

When I got my QH mare in 1995 when my husband and I moved to our country home. She is the light of my life and still healthy and sound at 25 years old. We became each other's when she was an 8 year old. She and I covered over the years most likely hundreds of miles on our country back roads and many, many benefit trail rides and trailered to Conservation Land Equestrian Trails. She and I rode in parades and saddle club playdays. My husband wanted a horse to go on rides with me so we found him a nice grade mare. We went on many overnight and a few 4 day camping trips with them. We then added a POA mare for our grandkids. I eventually bought the Tennessee Walker gelding and an Appaloosa gelding. I had my QH mare bred three times and got 3 very nice foals, a colt and two full sister fillys. The colt/gelding is now a Civil War Re-Eactment mount for his owner. Both fillys were registered QH. One is on a ranch near San Antonio and the other is just about an hours drive from us.

I retired my QH mare when I had an accident in 2008 falling from the top of our hay trailer that had a new full load on it. I shattered my left knee joint, spent two weeks flat on my back in the hospital and 3 surgeries, wheel chair bound for 2 months. That accident ended my riding days. Then I had to have back surgery in 2010.

All in all I have some great memories to cherish. That is me and my QH mare in my avatar.
Thankyou for sharing your wonderful story, and beautiful memories! Welcome to the forum :)
    03-27-2012, 07:41 PM
Thanks Northernstar and Susan - it's been a dream of mine since I was small to work with animals. To find a career with horses is so exciting. I am so grateful for such a supportive hubby!

Susan - your finished product looks great and it looks like the horses are pleased with it! That little donkey in the field with the big horses is just adorable!
    03-27-2012, 07:47 PM
Thanks Grace, they didn't give me too much trouble about coming in either...
I am awfully worried about my donkey...I am going to order a mini grazing muzzle and hope it works on donkeys....
And just because I love her so much....PUMKIN
    03-27-2012, 07:48 PM
For With Grace:

Tell me about your classes! I'm very interested in this. We have no equine massage folks in my area, and I've thought seriously about becoming certified and starting a practice when I retire from teaching. I've researched online and would have to go down south for onsite hands on training. What kind of course is it, and what kind of credentials do the instructors have? What is the cost, if you don't mind my asking?
    03-27-2012, 07:48 PM
Oh my gosh Pumkin is so cute! I want one!!
    03-27-2012, 07:55 PM
Originally Posted by Eagle Child    
For With Grace:

Tell me about your classes! I'm very interested in this. We have no equine massage folks in my area, and I've thought seriously about becoming certified and starting a practice when I retire from teaching. I've researched online and would have to go down south for onsite hands on training. What kind of course is it, and what kind of credentials do the instructors have? What is the cost, if you don't mind my asking?

I'll PM ya!

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