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        07-28-2013, 07:25 PM
      #11891
    Foal
    Thanks, WOT. My mare was used in the mointians before as a riding horse and a pack horse. However she was only used about two times a year for the hunting season. She just sat in a pasture the remaining part of the year for many years. The previous owner also said she gaited naturally. However as my first gaited horse I know its in part my fault I cannot get her to gait. She is practically pure mountian goat and is fearless on trails. She tackled those so quickly and easily I could not even freak out....and I would have. I have serious issues with heights and spent the weeks prior to the trip freaking myself out about the unknown trails and steep drop offs and such. I was told therr was some nasty ones up there but we never got that far into the trail system.
    My worst fear os my horse freaking out on some scary trail and both of us going over a cliff. I really try to avoid those types of trails but do occasionally end up riding them, though usually on more experience horses.
    I would like to know though...why will a horse walk as close as possible to the drop off edge even though the trail is nice and wide and no one else is on it??? Lol!
    My friends horse is an experienced endurance horse and goes well in all terrain. My horse was in love with him and stuck to him like glue. It was cool on the day we took a tiny single track trail that followed the creek along a very steep ridge. There was a lot of dead fall and we had to trail blaze some. In one spot there was a downed log we had to step over about 18-24" tall. On the way back my friend got a bit ahead of me and my mare jumped the log from a standstill and galloped up a very step hill to catch up. Earlier on the trail there was a 4-5' very steep almost vertical incline set up like two stairs. Going up was ok, coming back down it was freaky. I had been on a paid adventure trail ride and had passed on a similar obstacle because it freaked me out and their seasoned dude string horse hesitated on it. My horse did not and was over so fast, and yes exhilirating. I wanted to try it one more time but we never rode that far again.
    My friend wants to go back so I will get another chance. Maybe I will get braver and braver as I get more exposure to this kind of stuff. But I doubt I will ever be really cool with heights, I cannot even climb ladders and getting to my brothers third story apartment freaks me out...alot(no elevators, open stairway). I feel like such a woosie when it comes to heights. They literally make me physically ill.
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        07-28-2013, 10:05 PM
      #11892
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hunter65    
    Did I tell you there was a cougar spotted up at the riding club? Eek and I worry about them up in Merritt. Here they are in the middle of the city. Well at least Scotty has seen one before.
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    Has Hunter seen a cougar too ?
    Yes I guess cougars are all around
    My daughter has see a coyote on the way to work

    Did you have a good time hope so
         
        07-28-2013, 11:22 PM
      #11893
    Green Broke
    Here is Scotty in my new bridle (which I bought for Hunter) Poor boy is quite jealous.

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        07-28-2013, 11:25 PM
      #11894
    Trained
    Wow the bridle looks fantastic on Scotty
    Awe poor pony
         
        07-29-2013, 12:22 AM
      #11895
    Banned
    Scotty has that kind of face, that it just loveable.

    Just checking in and saying to all. Annual home inspection tomorrow, sp deep clean of house = nightmare.
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        07-29-2013, 01:26 AM
      #11896
    Started
    Check out Bugs for ticks on the way home this evening. His face has no more, and the ones that were there have vacated there home. I put neem oil in the final wash and sponged him. It stinks, but works so on Wednesday he gets another dose. He has also calmed down some what more relaxed.

    Our friends horse Smokey is in the paddock with him Roslyn will be riding Smokey for a while. He is a calm horse and very experienced could be just what Bugs needs as a role model.

    Home alone Roslyn is away until Saturday night so I get to pig out. Her car is now fixed so nothing to do but treat myself to planning tomorrows dinner.

    Oysters, inside a thick aged steak, cooked rear, a little side salad and a baked potato. Finished off with cheese cake. What a meal. Tonight its left over chicken and salad.

    Had to take my friends wife aside this afternoon and have a chat. When I was working with Bugs on sunday I was dressed different and he did not recognise me at first so was keeping some distance. Just as I got him to listen to me, and he was still 30 feet away she calls out to him. That started the whole process over again so this afternoon I pointed out what the result of calling the horse and then he ignoring was.


    Bugs will follow and normally come up to me once he recognises me however after a week at my friends his manners had turned to poo and his responce was zero. I had to point out that every time she called him and he did not respond she was teaching him to ignore his name, because she allowed him to get away with it. So I had to tell her she is not to talk to him at all. If he walks up to the fence that is O/K but don't under any condition call to him. I laid it on a bit thick by saying, now I have to retrain him and to do that I will have to use a whip. Lets see if she takes the hint.

    Dinner time

    No calls this week on Stella destened to feed her for a while yet.

    Cheers all
         
        07-29-2013, 07:46 AM
      #11897
    Green Broke
    Took me an hour to read all the updates.

    WOT, sorry your first show didn't go so well, but we learn by our failures,right? You were able to watch video to see what needs worked on. Hope you do do another show and are able to be more prepared.

    Melinda, that gelding has a nice looking head on him. Rufus looks like he is recharging his batteries for another long trek. Lol

    Did anyone else notice the CMP checking out CW in that first pic? Looks like y'all had a blast at the show.

    Roseann, really enjoyed your story and feeling jealous from the sound of the trails and scenery. Hope you both heal up quickly and are able to get back out there soon to enjoy them more. At least you have some idea of what to work on with your mare to make it a little easier.

    Tj, glad you got some house work done and able to lounge around for a bit.

    Sandi, glad Hunter did well in the show and hope his match owner come along soon. Scotty looks great.

    Stan, glad SWMBO's car is corrected and out of the way. Sorry you had to chat with your friend's wife about rules on Bugs. Hopefully it won't take as long to bring him back to good manners since he has had the training.


    Alex, I hope the visit goes well and the boy is at least half as good and kid 1. Good luck for you because everyone in here knows the kid is having good luck being paired with you and your DH.


    I took off at 12 Saturday so I could catch on some projects around the house. Ofcourse that rarely works out the way I plan on it and this was no exception. As I was closing the gate behind me, my co- worker showed up wanting to test ride Boo. So as me, him, his, his little sister and his dad start for the pasture my cousin, his wife, 2 daghters, cousin and cousin's friend pull up. Apparently they were hoping to get his cousin is 6 months pregnant some pics on horseback for the first time. Got Boo tacked up and led co-worker around twice by lunge line then turned him loose to see how they worked. Brought Sugar over and tied her so my cousin and his group could groom her while getting used to her.

    Boo was being his normal stubborn self and I could see Charles wasn't accustomed to being on a stubborn horse, but let him continue after explaining to him about choking up on the reins instead of having them where his hands were behind his back when attempting to stop Boo.

    I was too busy managing two different parties to get any kind of pics, but Sugar was exceptional with both the cousin and her friend when we got them on her bareback.

    Wife says no on letting Boo go to co-worker because he is hers and she has the right to refuse him to anyone. So I have to convince her to either find him a home or start riding him else he will be gone one day when she comes back from town.


    Yesterday I skipped church because there was just too much to catch up on and pretty much nothing got done Saturday. Couldn't get the weedeater to stay cranked so will have to work on it. Got the hole in the pasture fence, the horses busted through, fixed and got the leaking transmission cooler line fixed on the dually so I'm back to driving it again.

    Hope everyone has a great start to the week.
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        07-29-2013, 09:03 AM
      #11898
    Green Broke
    We bought a swamp cooler & DH got it installed yesterday! Seems to work well, we have to get the water line to it so we don't have to drag the hose there every time we need to add water. The next appliance will be a small freezer-then we could even have some ice cream! Our small fridge is chock full right now-I have to de-bone the rotisserie chicken I bought from Sam's yesterday-that will free up some more space. My second loaf from the bread machine came out much better-Yayy! Things are looking up.

    Scotty looks so handsome in his new bridle-hope a good home comes along for Hunter soon.

    AlexS-good luck w/the new kid-will he be there in time for schools opening?

    Stan-glad the car repair work is done. Hope you find a good home for Stella & the new boy works out also.

    CW-nice picture-glad you had a good time!

    Good morning to all & hope everything goes your way today!
         
        07-29-2013, 09:21 AM
      #11899
    Trained
    I had never heard of a swamp cooler before. I had to look it up. Do you use it instead of airconditioning or as an added help?
         
        07-29-2013, 09:30 AM
      #11900
    Weanling
    Hello! Sounds like everyone is busy as always. I worked on cleaning in the barn and painting the bottom of the arena wall, I'm happy with how it is turning out.

    Rick- I'm afraid to ask but have to........

    "Oysters, inside a thick aged steak, cooked rear, a little side salad and a baked potato. Finished off with cheese cake. What a meal. Tonight its left over chicken and salad".


    Cooked rear? Dare I ask?
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