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        08-27-2013, 06:55 AM
    Green Broke
    When we lived in Ms. I had my wife on our 7 yr old sorrel mare that she loved riding while I was on my Leopard/Appaloosa/Arabian. We had friends and family all around as usual taking turns riding with us. All of a sudden Sugar(sorrel) starts backing up with my wife trying to get her to stop by giving her forward cues. Nothing worked and they backed right into the passenger rear quarter panel of MIL's car, reared straight up and over the trunk, pinning wife's leg between back of car and horse's body as they rolled off the back. Wife's thigh swelled up like she was 8 months pregnant in the leg. Nothing broken on either of them and took her about 3 months to heal. She got back on Sugar and rode her around the pasture 2 laps, climbed off took everything off Sugar and hasn't been back on a horse since.
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        08-27-2013, 07:11 AM
    Green Broke
    Stan-So happy you found a good owner & home for Stella-nice you will be able to see her on occasion, too.

    I've been bitten, fallen off, bucked off, dragged, etc. Been a hurting unit after some falls, lost time from work, but never broken anything-thank heavens. Don't want to start now. My safety is my top priorty on my current horse hunt. I know which horse I want to call about, & while he is cute, (like a tank) can't say he is a beauty, but I've had the "pretty" horses, some were traffic stoppers, but now, well into my 60's & there isn't any traffic out here-who cares? And I know once I fall in love w/him, he will be absolutely gorgeous in my eyes.

    We have replaced some parts in the Jeep we bought Saturday-got the new title to it-paid for five years' registration (only $67) and have it on the insurance also. It's running better, but not road-worthy yet.

    I am taking the two kitties in to get fixed this morning, & will stay in town until I can bring them home.

    The salad I made for dinner was so filling-I didn't have to fix anything else! I had strawberries & kiwis in it along w/orange bell pepper, English cucumber, greens, spinach, tomatoe & avocado. Still using the Blue Cheese dressing I made, & I also add some seasonings. Lots of time to chop everything, but so worthwhile.

    We picked out the tile to put under the wood stove-a 6" by 24" inch tile, that looks like wood, light in color-it's really going to look nice! Had a big downpour after we got home yesterday-some of the thunder rocked the house, but afterwards we had a double rainbow! And our power didn't go out-yayy!

    The days are flying by now, & soon I'll be driving to the airport so I can visit w/my sister for a week, then home for a few hours & off to S. Cal to visit friends w/DH & go to the L. A. Co. Fair. Then find my horse!

    Sounds like there are lots of changes for many of us right now & we'll be in fall officially soon, then the busy winter season-are we ready?
        08-27-2013, 07:16 AM
    Green Broke
    Rick-that was a terrible experience for your wife. I can understand not wanting to get on a horse again.
        08-27-2013, 07:27 AM
    Green Broke
    What kind of Jeep do y'all have?

    She had her back surgery a couple of years ago where they fused L3, L4 and L5 so that has played heavy on her fear to get back in the saddle also.
        08-27-2013, 08:09 AM
    Green Broke
    We bought a Jeep Cherokee-it has the transfer case on already to switch it to a 4-wheel drive, this one's automatic, DH has a Jeep Comanche that is already a 4-wheel drive. They are early '90 models.

    Do you think your wife might ever try a gaited horse? So many people w/back problems can now ride because of them.
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        08-27-2013, 09:07 AM
    Green Broke
    I have been slipping hints in of her getting on Trusty and letting me lead her around the yard just to see how she feels. She has seen him ride the little ones every time without so much as a hickup. She knows he is gentle because Amber(my 12 year old daughter) rides him around the yard by herself when I come back from rides. It is just getting her up the first time that will be the deciding factor.

    On the Jeep. If I deciphered that correctly he is looking to make a 2wd Cherokee a 4wd by adding a transfer case and front axle?

    I've got all of the interior and engine bay wiring harness from a 91 Cherokee 4wd with a 6 cyl manual if he needs it for the swap. The guy I got it from had back surgery and couldn't do the clutch anymore. Happened upon a wrecked 97 2wd auto cherokee and swapped everything over to his. I bought everything he took off/out and was going to use it on a project that never developed so it's taking up space in my shed.
        08-27-2013, 09:41 AM
    Roadyy - is there anything you cannot do? You are an amazing person! Scary story a out your wife falling off. No wonder she doesn't want to ride any more.

    Stan - congratulations on finding a good home for Stella. I wish Stella and her new owner happy trails for many years. Spring must be coming your way, as fall seems to have arrived here.

    Nicker - glad you had a good start to the school year. Some days I think teaching the elementary grades would be a lot of fun, but then I do enjoy my teenagers. I went to school yesterday to get keys, etc and to drop off some things in my classroom and put up some posters. I am very excited to have nice big opening windows in my room, especially after working in a "tornado relief" room for the past 10 years. Today I will go and organize a bit more, and maybe buy some plants for my room. I also need to talk to the admin to see if I can have live critters (a tree frog and maybe a gecko) in my classroom.

    Cacowgirl - your salad sounds wonderful!

    I have also been bucked off, fallen off, rubbed off, rolled on and fallen on by my horse. Many years ago, I also caught a hoof with my jaw when trying to roll an injured horse over onto her good side so she could get up. Nothing was broken, but the old guys sure gave DH some nasty looks when we went to the grocery store together.

    On an unrelated note, my mom called me yesterday to tell me our application to immigrate to the US is now up for processing. This should be good news, except that we applied over 11 years ago, and since then have built a wonderful life here. My mom is going to be heartbroken that we don't continue this process, but moving to the US for us right now would mean giving up great jobs, a beautiful acreage, good friends, inexpensive health care, etc. and we are not willing to do that right now. I feel like a total jerk, choosing my life here over my extended family...

    We are also looking for a good used (8-10 y.o) reliable car for our daughter to drive. It needs to be great on winter roads. Anybody have any suggestions?
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        08-27-2013, 09:58 AM
    Was just reading all the stories of mishaps & accidents..yes, an experienced rider in my event would've hung on & gotten the horse under control. That was the problem. I was totally green, & had no business being on that horse. Wasn't the owner's fault,certainly not the horse's. I took & take total responsibility for being stupid, & getting hurt because of it. I just plain didn't know how to control him.

    That's why 9 yrs later & approaching my 60th birthday, I'm trying again. The right way. From the ground up, instead of the other way around.
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        08-27-2013, 10:13 AM
    Green Broke
    Tracey, when you are a cheapskate you learn to do alot of different things to keep from paying someone else your fortune to get it done. I got into Jeeps without trying as a friend was needing money for utility deposits to move in with his GF. I bought the Jeep for $600 running and only needing some wiring to the tail lights repaired to be street legal. I started researching things for it and came across some Jeep clubs that led me to extreme offroading. I then got hooked on rock climbing and started building up my Wrangler to withstand what I was planning on putting it through. Other Jeepers would see my threads reporting my progress and would stop by or call wanting me to make them something like I was making for mine(instead of me buying the parts for big $$). That took time away from my build, but brought income to pay for my build. I could look at certain parts and know how to make it just as good for 1/3 of the cost then sell it for half the cost of the big names.

    Mechanic work came from my dad. He always spent a couple of hours on the weekends going over the cars to make sure they were working properly. Checking the timing, belts, oil, transmission fluid, axle fluid, brakes and I would be right there with him handing wrenches or anything else. I was so excited the first time I had to tear down an engine in my 65 Ford F100 to replace a cam and distrubutor with his help. It was dead of winter with no shelter laying on frozen ground in 25* weather, but I wore a smile the size of the grand canyon the whole time. I think I was 19 at the time and remember it like it was yesterday.

    Horses came from my dad's aunt and uncle in Douglasville,Ga. They had a ranch with about anything that comes on a farm as I remember. I spent about 4 summers with them and that was where I fell in love with equine. We rode the fences every morning and night on 600 acres and I counted the hours til it was time too go again. Working cattle was a blast to me at that age and learning to rope was the greatest thing to me.

    Hope that helps fill in some of my blanks of getting to where I am.. Mind you there were huge gaps inbetween those summers, getting horses in Ms and having them now. There is alot of info that I don't remember and now learning as some has changed for the better.
        08-27-2013, 11:07 AM
    Rick, I wish you were closer cause I've got a shop full of fans that I use for the horses that have all stopped working. They are the all metal round kind run about 35-45 dollars new and boy I hate to replace them. They work so much better than the cheaper box fans. My 13 year old son is more interested in mechanical stuff than my husband so I might just turn him loose on them. Otherwise they will be headed to the scrap yard.

    The Arabian trainer is coming by to talk to us today. I'm anxious to see what he has in mind. I'm sure he will ask for a multi horse discount which I expect to give, how much off is normal?? Any ideas? If he wants to board here I told him we will draw up a contract that works for both of us with specific details of who is responsible for what. I don't mind lowering the board price if he is willing to do some of the work but then I'm thinking if he wants to give lessons here we will need to renew our barn insurance policy that covers that sort of thing. So I need to make enough to cover that too. Just thinking out loud here.

    I'm not going to talk about falling off for fear of jinxing my record I'm very very cautious. Makes me cringe to hear your stories.

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