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        04-01-2012, 11:28 PM
      #1361
    Foal
    I'm am very envious of all of you land owners. I keep my horse at my best friend/significant other's farm. It's good. But to have the land myself would be really great. Maybe in another couple of years. I have to remember to buy fewer antiques, and save the $$ for land!
    I took Teddy to the trainer yesterday. It was silly, but hard for me to leave him. Even though I've seen this trainer in action and saw the horses he's trained. We talked about bits - I think they are called Mylar? And a type of bridle that's used for paso's. Never saw one before, but they look neat.
    We actually chated for 2 hours. If it wasn't so darned cold yesterday, I'd have listened for another 2 hours! I saw this trainer, Mitch Carson, at the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Challenge of the Unwanted Horse 3 years now. I can't wait to see how Teddy and I do under his guidance.
    Teddy's buddy Kumar is very lonely now, so I took him out for a graze, and a search of the farm for some obsticles I can put in the "paddock". I found tractor tires, logs, some branches he'll have to pick his way through and we are devising a teter-totter. A small one. I think I'll get a couple dozen pin-wheels to make a little field of them, for the horses to see. It's so much fun introducing them to new things. My tent, flags, a tambourine, whistles, an umbrella. I have some Christmas garland hung around for them to see. I like to garage-sale and be creative with what I can find at them, as far as things to show the horses. The tent was a lot less scary than I thought it would be for them. It's so much fun to play with "the boys".
         
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        04-01-2012, 11:34 PM
      #1362
    Foal
    CW I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the Arabs for lease. It's got to be hard being patient. I've got my fingers crossed for you also.
    Foxhunter, once again you've entertained me with your stories. Keep them coming! That is so neat, that you fixed "Grandma's" hair. I really like to spend time with the elderly. You get so many good stories from them. I'm lucky in my job, that I do get to meet lots of elderly each day. You just want to hug them all and bring them home like a cute puppy.
         
        04-02-2012, 02:49 AM
      #1363
    Super Moderator
    STAN Sounds like a wonderful ride. My butt would be sore!
    I had to chuckle at your loading problems, it never ceases to surprise me how people will allow horses to take the mickey over loading. There is a big difference between being afraid and just saying "NO."

    Many the time I have been asked to help with bad loaders. One mother had two ponies for her daughters and it would take them hours to load.
    At one show I took one load of horses back to the stables and they had already been trying to load for nearly an hour. When I returned for the second load they were still there with only one other person, also collecting his second load, there.
    We offered to help (for the last time) and the offer was accepted.
    The ponies were little devils and did put up a fight but the driver and I were able to get behind them and shove them in.
    After that I was always asked to help load them. At one show the girls were holding the ponies at the bottom of the ramp allowing them to graze. The mother called out to see if I could assist. I answered and those two ponies immediately lifted their heads and went into the trailer - I was at least 50 yards away.

    The funniest was at another show. When we parked next to a trailer, the mother asked us to move over a bit because their pony liked lots of room.
    It was a sweltering day. England was loosing to Australia at cricket and the father of the kids I was with had bought a small TV to watch the match in the living quarters of the horsebox.
    The people next to us were going home. The dressed the pony ready for travel. It had travelling boots, tail bandage and guard, a poll guard and a wool rug on.
    Daughter led the pony up the ramp enticing it with a bucket of feed. Pony went to top of the ramp and 'mummy' holding a dressage whip, tapped it on its butt when it stopped. Pony walked backwards. This went on for about 40 minutes. I and several others offered to load it but we were all declined. In the end they got 'daddy' to move the trailer to some other place.
    At this point England suddenly got into gear and were playing brilliantly and, if they kept it up looked like they might win the cricket. Daddy was listening on the radio.
    Hours later one of the girls laughed and called us to look. These people were across the show ground still trying to load the pony!
    Not long after 'daddy' came to us and asked if we had a lunge line. I said we hadn't but I would go load the pony.
    At this point one of England's bowlers got another Aussie out and 'my' kids dad roared. 'Daddy' immediately asked what had happened and was invited in to see. He needed no second bidding.
    Two of us went across to load the pony, which was sweating heavily. The mother and daughter said it was upset. I said it was already wearing one coat and they had put another thick one on it. I stripped the rug off. Caroline took the halter and walked to the ramp. Pony went to walk around the side and she yanked it so it hit its head on the side of the trailer.
    Next time it went to the ramp. Stopped dead and got three cracks across it backside with the dressage whip, from me. Pony went straight in. There was a big cheer from others who had been watching the show for ages.
    I then made them unload and load until they were able to get the pony in on their own.
    When daughter was leading it in and 'mummy' standing with the dressage whip and it stopped, she tapped it so that the pony barely felt it. I grabbed her wrist and thumped it down so the pony did feel the whack.

    The mother and daughter then wondered where 'daddy' was. I told them and they came over to the horsebox mummy saying "Daddy, we can go now, she is in."
    Daddy just said "Sod her she can wait for me, I am watching the cricket!"

    Honestly they had been there for well over 4 hours trying to load the cunning mare. I would have closed the ramp tied her behind and driven home!

    Better go and start work. Went down earlier and found that eggs are hatching in the incubator. We have already hatched two loads not very successfully as fertility seemed very low. 42 eggs in the incubator and 31 had hatched with more pipping.

    I never finished my purge so will have to fit more in later. Off to buy the plants somewhen either today or tomorrow. Need to clear the willow that came down too.
    Take care one and all.
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        04-02-2012, 05:16 AM
      #1364
    Started
    Foxhunter the butt is fine, I ride a tucker endurance saddle with a gell filled seat. Like sitting in an arm chair. The legs, now that is a different story.

    I stumbled into the paddock halter in hand Stella spotted me and paced me step for step with a seperation of 100 yards. She is lucky it was raining as I was making ground on her. Saved by the rain.

    Stella is my avatar, the horse at the bottom of the page is Savannah my first horse, I had to move her on she was 17.2 hands and still growing. I could not get on without a ladder. One can become very attached to ones horse. Like kids they grow on you after a while.
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        04-02-2012, 08:32 AM
      #1365
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    I'm sitting here watching the dog chew on a pizza box. He's making a mess of my floor. I should take it away from him... But he's so far away, all the way over there just past my reach...

    I told my son three times to pick up the trash on his couch. I would yell but that takes too much energy.
    How about a wooden spoon with a really long handle! Haha :)
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        04-02-2012, 08:35 AM
      #1366
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Nine    
    CW I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the Arabs for lease. It's got to be hard being patient. I've got my fingers crossed for you also.
    Foxhunter, once again you've entertained me with your stories. Keep them coming! That is so neat, that you fixed "Grandma's" hair. I really like to spend time with the elderly. You get so many good stories from them. I'm lucky in my job, that I do get to meet lots of elderly each day. You just want to hug them all and bring them home like a cute puppy.
    Me too, Country Woman! I can't wait until you get your horse!!
    Nine: The horse in your avatar is gorgeous!
         
        04-02-2012, 08:44 AM
      #1367
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    Is it heading my way too??? Darn this drizzle, and the winds last night were terrible!

    I'm supposed to go to the barn today to ride, hopefully I can get it in later this afternoon, as I have 4 ten year old boys here from a sleepover party last night (my sons bday party) and there's no way my hubby can stay home alone with them without going insane...
    I do hope you were able to go and ride, Grace!! I found that 10 yr. Old boys on a rainy day can be amused with a "Monopoly Marathon" at the table complete with snacks, or it always helped to have a ping pong table and darts in the basement..... that age group was 12 yrs ago for us, though :)
         
        04-02-2012, 10:08 AM
      #1368
    Foal
    Hi everyone,
    Foxhunter I enjoy your stories so much, you should publish them. You remind me of James Harriot. CW any luck with a lease? My fingers are crossed for you. I have found a horse to ride and am so pleased. Can't wait to start riding! I am so out of shape it is just silly and am stiff today from riding on the weekend. But can't stop smilling.
         
        04-02-2012, 10:28 AM
      #1369
    Super Moderator
    We have been doing flower beds all weekend. I haven't taken a bunch of pictures yet. Maybe tonight. I finished a couple and almost finished a couple more. Husband actually came out and helped. It's hard work! But I did put this cute little "thing" on my porch!
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        04-02-2012, 10:37 AM
      #1370
    Green Broke
    Well, we "did" flowers this weekend too .. but in a differnt way .. My daughter is taking pics of flowers for a school project and I was taking pics of my daughter!









         

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