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post #13741 of 29437 Old 10-31-2013, 11:20 PM
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CritterSitter - that sounds like a nasty wound! I happen to know from experience that there are LOTS of nerve endings in the hands and the feet, and the skin is rather tough, so getting stitches in those parts HURTS! I hope you get feeling better soon.

NickerMaker - We had a round of dental work here too. Sally (my daughters mare) and Koolio both got their teeth done on Wednesday ( I still have to make an appointment for the other two). Koolio also got his nasal passages and tear ducts flushed and a bean removed from his sheath (yuck!). Luckily, the sedatives make him very dopey, but not enough to keep him from being a drama queen. Hopefully he will forgive me by the weekend.

Happy Halloween everyone! It was a crazy day at school with all the ghouls, ghosts, goblins and other oddities running around all day. The most popular costumes were Mario, Luigi and some inflatable snowman. I did see a number of horses, a few unicorns, and one student who was dressed up as a cowboy riding a chicken, or maybe it was an ostrich. Regardless, it had a rather large beak sticking out and I kept wanting to say "hey, watch that pecker" but it would have been inappropriate in a junior high school. The kids had a good time and a good dose of sugar. Thank goodness tomorrow is a PD day!

I ended the school day by doing a series of spectacular chemistry experiments for my grade 9's. With 4 different fireball demos, and some wild colour changing experiments, I made it through the day without injuring myself or anybody else (except a poor unsuspecting gummy bear) and hopefully the smoke will clear out of my room by Monday.

It looks like the weather will be decent this weekend (or at least on Saturday) for some trail riding. The stable isn't ready to take Koolio until mid-November and I want to make sure his eyes are good and clear before moving him, so I would be grateful for a few nice weekend days to ride outside.

I wish everyone a happy Friday and hope you have nice weather to enjoy a great weekend!
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post #13742 of 29437 Old 11-01-2013, 10:05 AM
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CCG: did the slow cooker pulled pork: excellent. Hope it freezed well, because I've got lots!
NM: poor Rainn, was she under medication? My horses need something before teeth rasping. Now my vet does it with an electric rasp. As for your tail-eating goat, hope the bitter apple works. My dog used to actually LIKE the taste.
CS: hope you heal soon. Holding horses with a stitched hand, is that a good idea?
STAN: RAIN!!!! Hope you get lots of it. I wish I could send you some, it's raining cats and dogs and windy like crazy. Electricity has been fluctuating, I suspect it will be out anytime now.

Horse-wise, not much happening here. Weather is too miserable to ride and the 2 horses I ride regularly are climbing up the walls (and eating them too). Sunday I'll accompany my niece to her riding lesson. They upgraded her to a more advanced class. Next season I think she'll be ready to ride our horses.

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post #13743 of 29437 Old 11-01-2013, 12:00 PM
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Don't have long, but stopped in to read up on the posts and say I'm fine just busier than all the cliches about being busy.

Wife is taking MIL to hospital because she is running a fever and having a hard time breathing. Will update this evening or tomorrow on her condition, but I'm sure it is caused by her COPD and refusing to quit smoking, bronchitis or pneumonia like the last time. Told me she has been trying to fight it off all week.

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post #13744 of 29437 Old 11-01-2013, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by NickerMaker71 View Post
Way to go on the trot!! yep, if you can relax and feel your body sink into the saddle and horses back, they seem to relax too and actually slow down a bit, it's pretty cool!!
Yes, it's a great feeling when you can slow your horse down with just you weight and deep breathing.
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post #13745 of 29437 Old 11-01-2013, 07:16 PM
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Just stopping by real quick to share a picture. I upgraded to stall board for the winter. Isabella will be turned out during the day and will be brought in at night. She doesn't handle cold very well and shivers a lot. Of course, tonight is her first night in a stall and it is 72 degrees out. Virginia weather can be so crazy.

Anyway..doesn't she look happy?
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post #13746 of 29437 Old 11-01-2013, 08:32 PM
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Corgi, she's so cute!

Yes we sedated Rainn for the floating. Here's a pic....she's looks near dead!! Hahaha. The vet used an electric rasper on her teeth. Went quick!

My 'day off' was busy with cleaning....ugh, my house was nasty. With my coauthor coming, I feel compelled to clean. It feels good to have a spotless house...but I didn't get nearly enough done today....

Tomorrow off to see my uncle who is In town from MT. Going to my cousins house, which I've never been!!! looking forward to hanging out with this side of my family.

Sunday, a group of us were going out of town with the horses and do a trail friend a friend not sure what is going to happen. Will keep ya posted....hoping it all works out.

Roaddy, glad to know you are Ok. It's funny....SO many people have said that the last two weeks have been crazy busy...even my DH is complaining of how busy his work is....I know I am super busy too. Not that I want to wish my life away, but I'll be happy when my November commitments are done.
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post #13747 of 29437 Old 11-03-2013, 06:24 AM
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So...our ride is of..... I just KNEW from the beginning something would throw a wrench into our plans. . There is something that is forbidding me to take Jay away from home for a trail ride.....every opportunity that arises seems to fall through.... I was SO looking forward to this, bought some gear, and here I sit.....

I am really trying to be positive, because I believe everything happened for a reason. Truthfully, I could use the time here to finish school work....and make sure I am prepared for my guest arrival.

The weather is actually to be sunny today, not what they had been predicting, so I will trek out by myself....which I don't have a problem with. Maybe I'll still put on my saddlebags and see how they work. I'm going to have to do,some rigging, as my saddle is a show saddle and has silver conchos where the strings should be, but no big deal.

I'm most angry at the situation. When my mom got to my cousins yesterday she asked the status of the ride....I said I hadn't heard(typical in this day and age isn't it. Everyone connected...yet nobody communicates. Or is it my circle?). She said she saw S and she wasn't going now! So I texted the leader and she said the same thing, but never mentions if the rest of us are still I ask...are we going? Three times I text throughout the day.....nothing.....go to bed...nothing...I don't know if I'm to prepare or not. At this point I should have just said forget it....but stupid me always holds out hope....I hear a txt come through late...or is it in my dreams? Nope I get up this morning, and there's a txt saying the ride is off! apparently the phone had died and she couldn't reach me....I don't know, it's ticked me off that I had to wait all day to find this I being over sensitive? I'm so 'ducks in a row' type of person, I can't wrap my head around it. The whole thing should have been cancelled when we first heard my friend needed to go tot the funeral home. Maybe I should have been the grownup and told her to just go to the funeral home and not to try to do a small ride....

Anyway, the biggest issue is not letting me know. that burns my butt....and so many people seem to always let me hang....and I find it disrespectful. Use someone else's phone and call me for heavens sake!

Anyway....thanks for letting me vent. Once it warms up, I think I'll ride myself.. And enjoy the sunshine and the magic horses provide me.

The visit with uncle and cousin was 'interesting''s been one of those weekends.....I guess that's why it's the Halloween weekend.....wierd. Hahaha

Have a good day all!!

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post #13748 of 29437 Old 11-03-2013, 07:56 AM
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I love reading all of your stories!

I just turned 50 and am more horse crazy than ever! I bought my first horse when I has 22 and have owned horses since then. My husband and I moved from the city to a hobby farm 11 years ago and have collected 5 horses. Three are seniors: a 29 year old TB/Trak gelding (retired 2nd level dressage horse), a 27 year old Egyptian/Spanish Arabian mare (trail riding, jumping and dressage), a 21 year old Arabian rescue horse (trail riding), all of which are sound and ridden once or twice a week.

And for the horses that keep me young, my 9 year old Tennessee walking horse and my 7 year old Spanish Mustang. These two have taken me beyond my fears to enjoy trail riding, dressage shows, cross country over fences, hunter shows, sorting cows and team penning, endurance rides, competitive trail rides, and orienteering. I am having the time of my life! I might be 50, but I feel like a kid again!
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post #13749 of 29437 Old 11-03-2013, 08:21 AM
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NM-Sorry that you didn't hear of the cancellation till the last minute, practically. I'm sure other rides will work out, but the holiday season does get busy. I like having my own trailer, but the dirt road getting out of here is not fun. We are tired from putting a corral together yesterday, as later this morning I am going to hook up & go look at a possible purchase-a nice little buckskin Paso Fino! A 7 yr. Old mare that has already had a foal-2 owners ago-& is still only "green-broke" ! I like getting my mares trail solid before breeding them so I know she can handle ponying her baby out, so it learns a lot of good things from her. But, maybe, that's just me. I found her on C.List, & had to put in an ad for the owner to call me as their was no contact # & my replies weren't going through. A friend of hers saw my ad & told her to look mine up, so we finally made contact. The horse is too small for her as she is 5'7" the horse is 14 hands, & just the size I like. Another incentive to lose the 20 lbs that have somehow attached themselves to me-Oh, MY!-it happened so fast! Maybe if I work really hard, I can get back to my "normal" weight this year?!?

So, wish me luck & maybe I'll have some great news to post later.
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post #13750 of 29437 Old 11-03-2013, 10:44 AM
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Welcome jklitzke! We look forward to more stories and pictures!

Nicker, I am sorry your ride didn't work out. As you said, there is probably a reason, although I agree it is disrespectful when people don't get back to you. I hope you have a nice ride around home today.

Roadyy, I hope your MIL is OK. It must be frustrating that she won't quit smoking to help herself and that you have to look after things.

Cacowgirl, the Paso sounds nice! Let us know how it goes and post pics if you end up taking her home.

My daughter and I got a quick ride in yesterday before the snow arrived. Koolio was his usual cheeky self to start, but then settled in to working very well. I think that will be my last ride outside without a saddle until spring, as the leather seat was rather unforgiving and chilly in the cooler weather. I enjoy riding bareback in winter as it is much warmer and I think it helps me improve my balance.
Snowflakes started falling just as we finished riding and still have not stopped. I think the snow is expected to taper off by late afternoon today, but the forcast suggests we are now into winter, so today we set up the quad and the blade. I won't complain, as the snow arrived on Oct 10 last year and stayed until May.
Next week my son and I are flying to Tuscon to see my family and then driving to San Diego to go to Sea World and the zoo. I am looking forward to our first warm weather winter holiday in about 3 years.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday!
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