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        08-03-2013, 09:58 PM
      #12091
    Banned
    Koolio, your trip looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing the photos.

    Hey Stan, pay for my trip, and I will be your crash test dummy. :)

    I was using the bathroom today upstairs, and there is loud angry knocking on the door. I assumed it was my idiot neighbors, so I came flying down the stairs.

    It's someone who wants our woodpile for free. I politely declined, and he said, he burns wood all winter. Erm so do we, that's why we have the wood pile.

    I swear there are not many brain cells in my town.

    But good news, there's been no word from my neighbor. Nothing was said to the kids all day.
         
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        08-04-2013, 01:15 AM
      #12092
    Yearling
    Just been reading posts,via my "backwards mirror" (did reply to Wizard,after I'd done another password,as advised, re the backwards issue, that the techs can have my password if they like,to see what I'm referring to. It is a bit weird,'tho can live w/it to get on.)

    Wanted to do a BTW to Stan: I read & paid close attention to your post re the woman letting Bugs snuggle up on her face. I know have more understanding of my instructor's msg of "don't get in my space" (which have heard before,but didn't quite understand the why; now I do, thanks to you stating it so clearly).

    I'm actually not quite sure @ this point how horses actually do show affection, as am trying to read what they are REALLY doing. But..will allow no one to "be sweet" on my face,neck,shoulders now, for sure. Addie tried mutual grooming, but didn't allow him to do that.

    Manure mucking is really being an education on being around these guys. I am learning alot. Last Monday Rosie (a truly sweet,empathic & sensitive mare) wanted to get around me to get to Janice w/the food, & I did...wield my rake! & tossed up my arms, & hollered @ her "NO ROSIE!! Get back!!"". &, she did. Hah. Janice was amused,but pleased.

    Thanks,Stan. Have no wish to get my face ripped off. I really do want to understand these guys,as much as I want to learn to finally really learn how to ride.
         
        08-04-2013, 01:54 AM
      #12093
    Green Broke
    Going on a road trip tomorrow. We are going to get a wood & pellet stove combination. It has a 100 lb. Hopper & a beautiful etched glass door-elk, trees, mountains. In town today a roadside rug seller had a beautiful rug with...1 majestick elk,& trees, & a mountain-it's now on the floor of the room that will have the stove. It's almost 300 miles to get it, then we will come home a different way & hit the Costco in Prescott-it's all new places to me & DH.

    Hope it all goes well.

    AlexS-Yes, dry stacked wood is better than money in the bank-winter will be here before we know it.
         
        08-04-2013, 02:01 AM
      #12094
    Yearling
    ...and: any & all of you, would like your input: how do horses show affection? A study question for me.
         
        08-04-2013, 02:06 AM
      #12095
    Yearling
    It's been a strange week. Monday morning DH's 87 year old mother died in her sleep in the nursing home so this has been a week of funeral planning and activities. It was a blessing that she went peacefully, having not been ill (other than dementia and some high blood pressure) and not distressed, although her dementia had gotten worse over the prior week. We saw her for a good long visit on Friday evening, just 48 or so hours before her passing. That was a blessing for us, as DH was comforted by the fact of that recent visit.

    Tuesday evening I rushed home from funeral home to pick and freeze sweet corn. In putting a tray of bags of corn into the freezer, couldn't get the door shut and pulled it out to start over with a smaller sized tray. Knocked out the carton of ice cream which fell onto my little toe, breaking the skin and breaking the toe...so that put a stop to wearing closed-toe shoes with a dress to the funeral. Thursday evening after returning from visitation at near midnight, I did chores and noticed some bumps on the neck and shoulders of Sam, the MFT gelding, Carefully inspected, no distress, no blood, nothing that made me concerned and I wrote it off to some weeds that he might have been into, as the horses had been moved to a fresh paddock for better grazing just the day before. Yesterday, still nothing of note other than the minor itchies. This morning, urticaria bumps all over his body and raw oozing areas on his right hind gaskin and a plate-sized area forward of his sheath. Huge swellings on his belly and sheath, and he just looked ill and miserable, with rapid breathing and a 106 temp. Called the vet who was there within the hour, and diagnosed him with a hypersensitivity reaction to fly bite dermatitis. He had a couple of doses of steroids and anti-inflammatories by IV route, and has corticosteroids by mouth for the next 5 days. Hopefully we can keep the raw areas from becoming infected, and the flies off of him. She said he should bounce back in a day but to watch for pigeon fever from 2 weeks to 2 months from now; she said that most of the cases of pigeon fever they had seen last year (which were rampant here in the Midwest with the drought) were preceded by episodes of fly bite dermatitis. A bright spot for the weekend - the kids came home with spouses for the funeral and the weekend. We are expecting our first grandchild, a girl, in December and it was fun to see our DIL and the baby bump.... DH's brother and family were here for dinner tonight to catch up with their cousins, and a good time was had by all. The littlest one, 2 years old, got to ride the pony and feed the sheep, and many pictures were taken. The circle of life continues....

    Alex, that is a lot of spaghetti. Reminds me when, as a young teen on the farm, I had to cook for the hay crews! Cooked all morning for them to chow it all down in 20 minutes, LOL. Glad to hear that the boys are settling, and hopefully you have settled down the neighbors. As for the customary cues for a spin, I believe it is to have light contact on outside rein, hold inside rein up toward your chest with light contact, and add some (inside?) leg. I tend to agree with Celeste that he may have been being bad, rather than doing a great response to a spin cue, although it's certainly possible that someone had put a hair trigger on that horse. If you ask if a western trained horse has been used for cutting or reining, that generally tells you that they have those quick movements. Most of the rest of western horses do not.

    Nicker, glad to hear of your nice ride on Jay today. Sounds great! And I'm glad you're feeling better.

    It's late and I know I've forgotten several posters, sorry!
         
        08-04-2013, 02:06 AM
      #12096
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    ...and: any & all of you, would like your input: how do horses show affection? A study question for me.
    My horse tends to want to nuzzle me, I know he wouldn't out and out bite, but he might nip. I don't have that level of trust in him. So he gets pushed away when he brings his mouth around me.

    So how he shows it, he's happy to see me when I arrive, and will come running, I rarely treat, so I know it's me, he's happy to see. Or I let him put his head the length of my body. He will drop his head, and hold it there.

    Whatever terms you have, they will find a way that's ok with the terms.

    Also when my car arrives, his head pops up from grazing.
         
        08-04-2013, 02:56 AM
      #12097
    Yearling
    LadyTrails; Good grief,that you even had the time & hear to "like" my post. So much in a day..I can't even say. Hope your horse gets okay. Blessings on dealing with the family loss. Hard, no matter how expected. Good was peaceful.

    Thanks,Alex. I'll put that in my head. I've learned to never do treats 'till all done w/everything, & Tommy back in his pen. Hoping to build a good rapport w/him...I'd love to meet his owner. Will study your tips.

    Hugs to Ladytrails. Hugs to you all.
    Ladytrails and nvr2many like this.
         
        08-04-2013, 03:01 AM
      #12098
    Yearling
    Btw..did google "how horses show affection",so looked @ some things...but really mostly want to hear from my friends here. Is more real...no hurrries, it's a study. Thanks again,Alex, you gave me a good start.
         
        08-04-2013, 04:32 AM
      #12099
    Banned
    Welcome TJT, I don't have many answers, maybe some? I would really advise against treats though, as you want the horse coming to you for the sole reason that it's you, and not the treat.

    People think I am mean, as I don't treat my horse. My horse comes to me 90% of the time, and he is coming to me, for me. Others that treat get horses coming all the time, but remove the treat, and I would wonder about their numbers.

    I prefer my numbers, it's for me, not the treat.
         
        08-04-2013, 09:09 AM
      #12100
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    ...and: any & all of you, would like your input: how do horses show affection? A study question for me.
    They don't show affection in the same way that a dog would. When they nicker when they see you, when they let you catch them, when they stand calmly while you groom, saddle etc., those are signs of affection. If you want tail wagging and kisses, a dog is a better bet. But when you build a relationship with a horse, and he responds to you while you ride so that the two of you work like one spirit, that is a relationship.
    corgi, Koolio, AlexS and 8 others like this.
         

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