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        08-11-2013, 01:26 PM
      #12291
    Green Broke
    The strangest thing that I encountered on a ride?

    This was years ago. I was riding a high strung little Arab gelding I called "Rooster". He was a very forward moving, brave horse. He suddenly stopped in the road and perked his ears. I could see that he was anxious. He was so uptight that I felt like I was sitting on a rocket that was about to launch. Then I heard it. I thought that I must be mistaken, but as I got closer, there was no doubt. It was bagpipes. I was on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. This guy was marching along, playing his bagpipes. He stopped playing and I was able to approach him. He said that he was marching along the dirt road just for the practice. Every time he played his bagpipes in his subdivision, the police would show up and threaten to arrest him for disturbing the peace. He waited until I got a bit down the road, and then he started playing again. It was beautiful music, but you could hear it a mile away! It was weeks before my horse would go down that road without looking wide eyed and worried.
         
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        08-11-2013, 02:31 PM
      #12292
    Yearling
    Celeste, that story is TOO funny!! Now THAT is a strange thing to see along the road!!

    Demon llama? Does he come out and spit at you?

    There is a little bridge that crosses a swampy area....near that pond I've posted pictures of....often I find discarded deer carcasses thrown off the bridge. Gross, but I figure it's poachers or Amish....

    .anyway....I always fear the next time we cross I will find a body floating in that green swamp..... I think I watch too many murder shows.... it's a perfect dump site! Wouldn't THAT be horrible to come across???
         
        08-11-2013, 02:35 PM
      #12293
    Foal
    We ride the trails around our house as all the roads here are paved and people have no idea how to drive around horses. Our trails are pretty uneventful. I have seen several deer, raccoons and a coyote. Horses usually freak at the deer because the deer are freaking at us so we all have a major freaking moment!

    Once, when I was living in FLorida, I was riding down a trail and thought I saw a log in the way- nope it was a bloomin alligator! I hate those buggers! Maybe I hate them more than most because I went to Florida State University and the UF gators are our main rival. Nonetheless, I and my horse quickly figured out this wasn't a log when it moved. Thankfully, I was on a solid horse who was not only "bombproof" but "gator proof" as well. The gator must not have been hungry because he saw us and scurried off into the lake. Lord I hate gators!

    Very thankful N. GA doesn't have gators. They are rather tasty though...
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        08-11-2013, 03:15 PM
      #12294
    Yearling
    Deer, coyotes and foxes are common sights on our trails, as are the odd bison. Occasionally we also encounter moose, which is never good because the horses FREAK at moose.

    The strangest thing I have encountered was a guy coming down around a bend toward us on a mountain bike, all dressed in camo with twigs, leaves, face paint and the whole bit. He scared the crap out of us, especially since it was a "horses only" trail. It turns out he was some kind of wildlife photographer out hunting for moose pictures.

    Koolio is deathly afraid of anthills of all things. The bagpipes are awesome!
         
        08-11-2013, 03:38 PM
      #12295
    Foal
    You have really strange stuff on your rides!

    Had a wonderful 2 hours ride this morning. Nope, no bagpipes, no alligator or bison. Just a few "Partridge Spooks": they wait 'till we almost walk on them before they fly noisily.

    I just love my mare. Only one refusal at the entrance of a smaller trail. It took time and every trick in the bag to get her to go and climb over treacherous rocks, to find a dead-end. Wrong way! Climbed down, found the right entrance: she went in, no hesitation. She's way smarter than I am. Humbling, really.

    This morning's flooded trail, from a beaver dam (we see a little of it on the right of the picture)
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        08-11-2013, 05:13 PM
      #12296
    Started
    I really can not add to this conversation. We don't have moose, gators, lions, snakes, bagpipe playing townies walking back roads, or strange men dressed as a bush riding a bike. We do have men dressed in bright coloured boots, dark chaps,chaffs or leggings (dependent which country you hail from) Long trench coats and dark hats. These are mostly seen in the South Island of NZ where we have 20 million sheep and horses to round them up on.

    One rearly runs into one in the bush or on country roads so the horse don't get spooked. We have deer, wild pigs, possoms, and in Northland where I live, in the bush we ocassionally come across the odd individual wandering around with a stoned look on their face. That does not startle the horse as they are moving to slow.

    There was one ocassion on a bush ride with abunch of us, generally me being the only male. We stopped for lunch when the message went out. (Look the other way Stan) I knew what that ment.
    One of the ladies needed a wee stop, and as always she squated beside her horse, being covered by its legs, to a fashon. Picture this, the horses were lose tethered along a fence line.
    Stella was second in the line, her horse she had used as cover, suddenly moved away. Stella spotted her close to the ground, squeeled and bolted, the other horses reacted to Stella as quick as a flash leaving this lady exposed, and my camara was on Stella.
         
        08-11-2013, 09:02 PM
      #12297
    Yearling
    There is someone lurking behind me....isn't there.....????

    This is Rainn creepin' up behind me as I sit in the pasture.
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        08-12-2013, 06:49 AM
      #12298
    Started
    Looks like y'all had a busy weekend full of great story telling. I really enjoyed the read.

    I was up til 2:30 am working on that jeep I mentioned on my schedule for Saturday. Got it all back together and him on his way home. Head hit the pillow around 3 and I played hookie from church from exhaustion. Got up Sunday around 9(latest I've slept in 15 years when not sick) to feed the horses and such. Decided to clean the fence line of tall weeds and brush that were grounding out the electric fence. All I had were long handled pruning snips for trimming tree limbs. Worked my way down the longest fence then started on the shorter sides about the time the hottest part of the day set in. I got really overheated and was unable to finish as I had to go back to the house after 4 hours of that to soak in a cool bath. I felt light headed up til around 5 then started getting my bearings back. Finished the day off with helping my cousin put his bed together in his new place, close to me, before we took off for the new TSC. Bought a few things for the electric fence really cheap as it was their grand opening weekend. I thought it was next weekend and had monies at home saved up for it. Missed out on that...

    Hope everyone has a good day.
         
        08-12-2013, 07:20 AM
      #12299
    Yearling
    Gosh Roaddy! What a hard working weekend for you! feel ok this morning? Does your back ache from all that trimming? That heat will zap you! I've been watching the weather all over the country, and it's HOT down your way. Looking like the end of the week may give you relief!!

    Off to do chores and back out to the school to pull my room together. Hopefully I can stay focused and get the physical aspect of it complete today! That is if I stay focused.... I tend to flitter off and do this and that...... I have self diagnosised myself as ADD.

    Have a great day everyone!!
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        08-12-2013, 07:43 AM
      #12300
    Started
    Feeling ok this morning. Took some electrolyte tablets this morning just to help fend off the heat today incase I have a big load of calls. It is Monday after all and everything goes wrong on Monday. Lol
         

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