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        09-15-2013, 07:49 PM
      #13201
    Yearling
    Beautiful day for a trail ride.

    It was a georgeous September day here and a fantastic day for the STARS (helicopter rescue, air ambulance) fundraiser trail ride. Here are a few pictures from the day.

    Sam is all ready to go.


    We started out nice and easy along the edge of a huge meadow surrounding a small lake. The place where the ride was held is a bird sanctuary, so the terrain is perfect for a variety of songbirds and waterfowl.


    Lots of varied terrain. In places the path only allowed single file riding. With 45 riders, we made quite a train!


    In the meadows the grasses, thistles and nettles were over my head, and Sam is almost 17 hands tall!


    We also came across a few open areas. Here is a spot where the first group waited a bit for the others to catch up.


    We rode through lots of wooded areas, up and down hills over tons of deadfall and between many trees. Unfortunately, I had to focus more on riding than picture taking. Sam thought this was a great place for him to relive some of his X-country jumping days. Bad idea Sam!!

    It was a beautiful day and a great ride, all for a great cause. STARS stands for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. They operate 2 helicopters, all manned by volunteers in my area. We have personally had the misfortune to benefit from STARS quick service when our daughter had a very serious asthma attack and had to be airlifted to the University hospital. She is awesome now, but we will always be grateful they were there.
         
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        09-15-2013, 10:03 PM
      #13202
    Foal
    We have been getting a lot of rain the last few weeks. Not normal for us. Being so close to the mountians we get a lot of their water shed hours or days later as well. Flooding is scary. Out here in the desert its the flash floods that freaks me out. We have had a lot of damage around town but not anything serious like Colorado is experiencing. I live right along an established wash/arroyo, however the company that parceled out the lots sort of just graded over it:/ We have been lucky so far and only have had the roadside ditches turn into rivers and one morning the only road coming into our little canyon had a couple inches of mud for a 1/2 mile or so. It was worse down on the highway near the river. Last year we had a big fire there in the bosque. This is twice in two years I have had to worry about evacuations in a 20 year span at this place. The fire scared me more.
    Leaves are turning colors already. I am sorry to see summer go. However I am a little worn out so I am looking forward to more downtime...just not the cold.
    Looks like I get to go camping one more time this year...no horse for me. I will just be tagging along with my friend to Moab, she will be doing a LD ride there. I love the canyonlands around Moab so I am excited. We are going the end of October.
    The two photos are paintings I am doing. The cabin one is not finished and I just gave up on the one with the bridge.
    Hope everyone had a great weekend.
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        09-16-2013, 12:56 AM
      #13203
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    I love the paintings

    Went and payed a visit to Bugs yesterday due to our lack of grass and the work schedule I have had over her past two weeks he was a little put out.
    I whistled him he looked and just stood there. I went in to the large paddock he was in got closer and whistled and called. He just stood and looked. Finally I went to him. Not a thing I do normally, I tend to get the horse to come to me some now.

    I got the distinct impression he was not impressed with me, he did not run away and as I gave the other horse some attention first, he still did not come up to me. Now that told me I was on the outer well and truely.

    I gave him a rub on the snout no response, the best he could muster was to check out my boots and then my arm. I got the feeling he might have given me a nip if he thought he could get away with it.

    I still have no grass growing but I think I need to bring them home for a few days at least let him know he has not been abandoned.

    Walked over the property looking for grass its dismal the weeds have really gotten a hold the after effects of the droughts. It still leaves me in a quandry. If I spray the area hoe it up and re sow and we have another drought all I'll end up with is dust. We ae getting some rain but only 25 mills a week not enough to get the water table up.

    Enough rambling for today.
    Cheers all and keep riding its good for the spirit and reminds us which part of the ageing body needs work.
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        09-16-2013, 12:59 AM
      #13204
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    Originally Posted by Koolio    
    It was a georgeous September day here and a fantastic day for the STARS (helicopter rescue, air ambulance) fundraiser trail ride. Here are a few pictures from the day.

    Sam is all ready to go.


    We started out nice and easy along the edge of a huge meadow surrounding a small lake. The place where the ride was held is a bird sanctuary, so the terrain is perfect for a variety of songbirds and waterfowl.


    Lots of varied terrain. In places the path only allowed single file riding. With 45 riders, we made quite a train!


    In the meadows the grasses, thistles and nettles were over my head, and Sam is almost 17 hands tall!


    We also came across a few open areas. Here is a spot where the first group waited a bit for the others to catch up.


    We rode through lots of wooded areas, up and down hills over tons of deadfall and between many trees. Unfortunately, I had to focus more on riding than picture taking. Sam thought this was a great place for him to relive some of his X-country jumping days. Bad idea Sam!!

    It was a beautiful day and a great ride, all for a great cause. STARS stands for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. They operate 2 helicopters, all manned by volunteers in my area. We have personally had the misfortune to benefit from STARS quick service when our daughter had a very serious asthma attack and had to be airlifted to the University hospital. She is awesome now, but we will always be grateful they were there.
    Great photos I look forward to the start of our trekking season it justifies the expence of keeping the horse in the style it has become accustomed to over the winter.
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        09-16-2013, 05:41 AM
      #13205
    Yearling
    Cool pics, Tracey, hope someday I can go on a trek w/folks. Love Sam's coloring, & he sure looks...tall!

    Love the paintings,Roseanne. I can draw, but can't paint to save my life.

    Staying home from the 'lil ranch today. Got ill latter part of week @ work, but still had to work. Spent most of yesterday in bed. Today have to take care of home stuff & get back to work tomorrow. Janice understood; she said the cleaning sched has been erratic anyway, w/the place a sea of mud. So I'll go out next Monday (no lesson,Janice leaving for the airport after she feeds).

    I sure need some rubber boots for mucking, the rain taught me that. Decided to wait for the next payday & get some real ones from StateLine Tack. Walmart has "rain boots" for $18, but think that would be a waste of $ as they likely wouldn't hold up more than a few weeks.

    "Tao of Equus" & "Riding Between The Worlds" arrived late last week from Amazon (used, but in good shape). Started reading the former yesterday before falling asleep. I must've slept 12 hrs yesterday,guess I needed it.

    Stan, I hope your Bugs gets to come home, @ least once in awhile.

    Finger's crossed for Hunter's Best Home!
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        09-16-2013, 07:01 AM
      #13206
    Green Broke
    Roseanne, great looking paintings, but to my untrained eye they both look finished. Can you explain what you mean?

    Tracey, those were great pictures of what must have been a great ride. Beautiful colors in all of them.

    Stan, hope you find a solution to the grass and it work so Bugs can go home. Sounds like he is accepting your friend's place as home and the lack of personal time as life now.


    Terry, I hope you heal quickly and have a light work week to help recover. Those $18 Wally World boots should hold up pretty good for mucking as it doesn't take much abuse in that aspect.

    Here are some pics from taking Trusty and Doc down to the creek to play in the spring fed creek above the house.

    TrustynMe.jpg

    Trustyme.jpg

    DocNme.jpg

    Docme.jpg



    Had my daughter, Amber, buzz my head yesterday and told her she could have some fun with it as she was doing it. This was the results before buzzing it all off. I say we are true Alabama fans.
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        09-16-2013, 10:02 AM
      #13207
    Weanling
    Glad to see everyone is doing well, love all the pictures. Rick was the water cold? That looks like great fun.

    Finally getting caught up on my sleep here. The new horses will be back from their show on Sunday and I think he wants to bring 2 more. I'm going to have to start giving mine away to make room

    Have a good weekend.
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        09-16-2013, 11:25 AM
      #13208
    Weanling
    Roadyy: love the picture with your grandson on the horse and you're all walking away. Very nice.

    TJ, take care of yourself: sleep and chicken soup is the remedy!

    Koolio: wow, great pictures and gorgeous weather. Did you have a nice group a riders? I'm a bit of a loner on trails and my "group" experiences weren't always the best. You always get some that are unsafe or rough on their horse.

    Roseann: beautiful paintings, I like the warm colors and peaceful feeling. You're good!

    Farmchic: are you happy with the decision to take a boarder? Two more would mean... 6 boarding horses? That should keep you in shape!

    I had a great trail ride with my mare yesterday. She's definitely getting in shape and is willing to trot-canter more and more. Dressage lessons are also helping; I noticed her weak side is improving a lot. Fall colors are increasing everyday and we had frost again this morning. I'll share pictures when the colors are at the peak. I enlisted in a class of Pilates starting next week. It's supposed to be real good cross-training for riding. Now I'm going out to walk the dogs: also excellent cross-training and psychotherapy at the same time. Dogs are just so happy beings, their joy is contagious.
         
        09-16-2013, 12:02 PM
      #13209
    Started
    OMG the darn Carrot bandit Just scared the Pee out of me!
    I forgot to turn my sound down and he stole a carrot! AGGGGGG
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        09-16-2013, 01:55 PM
      #13210
    Started
    Hey Rick your top part of your A is missing


    Great pictures. I really have not tried to get Cody in the water yet.


    I had a very busy busy weekend. New boarder and shopping for homecoming.

    Here are some pictures of the weekend

    Another picture of Bre in her and Doc's Favorite position I think

    Bre on Ginger Our sweet quarter Pony who belongs to a boarder


    Bre On Sadie she is a very very green paint bre is trying to give some saddle time too.


    Our new sweet Savannah. Looking for a nick name for her


    Yesterday my babies looking at me .. I love them so much!!!!
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