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        01-28-2014, 07:15 AM
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    That's a funny one Stan! I'll have to share that with my FIL. He would get a kick out of that...his type of humor.

    Got the word yesterday afternoon we were closing school today and late arrivial Wed. Due to the cold. It's currently -8* but feels like -21*. The super joked that we should enjoy it...it's your Easter vacation. So...ya know what? That is what I am going to do! Treat it as a vaca day!! I'm going to read, watch a movie (with popcorn) and eat LOTS of chocolate! I actually have a ton of chocolate sitting around....my studetents and I just opened all my Christmas presents yesterday. (my principal had the gifts all this time b/c of the surgery) So....boxes of chocolate await! LOL

    Well, guilt no more~ I confessed on my blanket purchase. DH was saying, "You better blanket those horses up tonight!" And I said...."Speaking of blanketing....I decided Jay needed a better blanket, and ordered him one....it was on SALE." He just shook his head and chuckled. So...I'm free from guilt! We don't usually have issues with $$$, but I do feel like I have spent a lot of change lately, so I figured he would have something to say.

    Speaking of horsey things......I got the brochure for the Equine Affair yesterday!!! Yahhooo! Mom said she was IN. I think I'll book our room and a seat for the Fantasia today. Give us something to look forward to! Speaking of $$$$.....I better start sockin' it away! Hahahah

    Roaddy, did you get your horses blanketed? I was just watching the TODAY show and see the arctic blast has hit your neck of the woods.

    We are a pretty big horse area here, and as I drive to my barn, about 7 miles away, I pass many horses. Most people around here do not blanket. They have shelter out of the wind, but no blankets. I feel bad for them in this weather...which of course is extremely unusual.

    Eole, that sounds like a ton of fun!

    CCG, glad you made it home safe. Been meaning to ask you, how far is 'town' for you? It sounds like you have to make a plan to go.

    jOK, that's it for now. STAY WARM everyone!
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        01-28-2014, 07:41 AM
      #15042
    Green Broke
    Waited til around 10:30 to go out there with the turnouts to give them time to dry off from the afternoon shower. The temp was still around 50 when we went out, but I knew it was going to be dropping fast from there. Woke up this morning at 5 with 37*wind chill and dropping to 32* by 10am. As I figured, Little Man went straight for them trying to bite them off the other two then off himself. He just has to save everyone from the horse eating blankets. Trusty finally got fed up with him and ran him off then Doc did the same thing after having his romp bitten a couple of times. I am expecting the wife to send me pics of shredded blankets when she goes out to feed in another hour or two.

    I figured I better get a pic of them as best I could before they were destroyed. Lol Trusty was too far off in the dark to get a pic of him in his King's Robe. Oh, and I pulled Doc's blanket up further on his neck to get that tight spot out at his front shoulders.

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        01-28-2014, 07:50 AM
      #15043
    Green Broke
    Stan, I have their website where I have been reading over the rules when I have time. It will really come down to the city deciding if they want to allow a bend in the rule through a small loop hole that could apply to the horses if they wanted to.


    Tj, glad you were able to get a lot done and hope you can get it worked out to continue your training somewhere if not with Janice. Maybe ask her if she can recommend some one closer to you.

    To the newcomers to the thread. Welcome and please join in wherever you find a gap to jump in. We love getting to know new people and their stories.


    We are expecting the snow to start falling around 11pm tonight and lasting til around 6am. They are predicting 1-2" and this area hasn't seen snow since 1989!!!!

    I wish my dually was running now as I can only imagine the money I could make pulling no-drivers out of ditches who have no clue how to drive in this weather. By the time this storm would be over, I could have half my house paid for. Lol

    Oh, MN17, I got the turnouts locally for $59.99 on clearance and the neck rugs for $25.99 to match. I think the lavender looks really good on them.



    Just checked the weather and it is suppose to be 28* wcf at 11am when the rains come in.
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        01-28-2014, 08:22 AM
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    Roaddy, the boys look smashing in their new blankets!
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        01-28-2014, 08:28 AM
      #15045
    Green Broke
    NM- Town is about 20 or so freeway miles after about 5 miles of dirt road. A nice warm-up for the truck before hitting the pavement. Kingman has LOTS of retirees, & going to town the first week of the month means lots of slloowww traffic. I've learned how to avoid the main drag & still get what I need, though. My FIL got a nice used tractor, a Kiote, so we went & checked that out yesterday & got the (new) flat tire fixed for one of DH's trailers & all the trailers got their new wheel covers put on-woo-hoo!

    TJ-Hope you can get a balance for your work at Janice's, you seem to do a lot of work for not a whole lot of riding time. To me, stall cleaning is much harder than the corral cleaning I do. And having to do double & triple duty on a Monday is brutal! And not good for the horses, either. And if some of them are Janice's horses, doesn't she ever clean ?

    Rick-nice blankets-hope the youngster doesn't destroy them! Snow in Fl!-now that is pretty crazy-we had some in November, but now-nothing-not even rain.

    I'm going to try to force myself to go out in the cold & start working a bit more w/the horses. Today I'm going to move my hay storage to a 3-sided shed-now that the cows can't come in, maybe it will work so I don't have all the hay & dust from it in my tack room. I need room to put up the 3-tier saddle rack I bought last week & get some saddles up off the floor. Get things functional again.
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        01-28-2014, 09:14 AM
      #15046
    Green Broke
    Glad you and dh got all your business done in town and out of town. You mentioned about your neighbors looking after your animals while you are out of town and it reminded me of the conversation we had with the lady we talked to about giving Amber riding lessons. She said if we ever needed someone to care for our animals while we were out of town to just let her know and she would be glad to. Thought that was a very neighborly gesture even if we are a couple of miles apart.
         
        01-28-2014, 01:50 PM
      #15047
    Green Broke
    Just got word they don't want us coming into work tomorrow until 9am. Really??? It's barely going to be 2" if we get any accumulation at all and the sleet will be almost non existent. I am finding this humorous because I would have been laughed right out the gate if I had asked to come in 2.5 hours late anywhere I worked back in N. Ms. Also heard they are closing all schools in Bay County tomorrow. I kinda understand that one since none of the drivers around here would have any experience driving in winter conditions where a lil chance of ice and smaller chance of snow is about.

    This is all new to me for such strong reaction unless they want to allow people to enjoy the 25 year snow flurries..lmbo
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        01-28-2014, 05:40 PM
      #15048
    Yearling
    Nicker, I'm glad Jay got his pretty blanket-he'll need it!

    Rick, good idea; if it comes to a parting of the ways, I'll ask her if she can recommend someone closer...

    CCgirl, I am & have been, & yes it's been brutal. It's gotten to where I "muck thru", pet the horses, go home. No, I don't do stalls (gratefully, no straw to stock in) but pens & run-ins, so similar to your corrals I guess. No, Janice doesn't do her own horses. Not only is she busy-busy-busy, but has physical issues, so that mucking is very painful. So now that she can, with the business $$, other people do it. But....not well, not at all. There's run-ins that need some deep-cleaning, just by themselves (mostly Janice's horses areas), that need shovels & new dirt (& some low spots close to some run-ins that need the same). There's only so much I can do on any given Monday. I'm not going to criticize Janice, no way. I just always think when I'm in one of these pens/runouts, that if the individual one was mine, even if I was boarding & paying for cleaning, I'd get my b..t out & dig where needed, just for the sake of my horse. But...that's me. 'Nuff said about that, I guess.

    Next Monday predicted for more snow/cold, after supposedly going to pop up to 50 degrees tomorrow, then plummet again. Therefore, lol (I guess), all this hiatus is not all "my fault". My response to it is being the problem. But...even in the previous warmer weather, it was hard to get a lesson....hard for me to concentrate when I got one (so, that's my problem). I'm not going to win the lottery, so have to figure how to wrangle $$ for lessons from my budget. Am I aiming too high? I'm sure there's lots of other people in this world who love horses as much as I do, & want to learn to ride, that simply can't afford it. I'm stupid (or stubborn) enough to think I can find a way. This is my second try, & it's make or break (uh, not bones; an aside, lol!)

    Have blabbed enough, far more than I intended. Have to go pay bills (it's payday), get ready for work tomorrow etc etc. Oh...I just don't want my existence on this planet to just be about paying bills & struggling along in a job I'm not suited for (& believe me about this: I'm stuck). My whole life I wanted to know about horses I learn to ride. That's it. I've given up on all the rest of the "happiness" things, but not this one.
         
        01-28-2014, 06:23 PM
      #15049
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    Just got word they don't want us coming into work tomorrow until 9am. Really??? It's barely going to be 2" if we get any accumulation at all and the sleet will be almost non existent. I am finding this humorous because I would have been laughed right out the gate if I had asked to come in 2.5 hours late anywhere I worked back in N. Ms. Also heard they are closing all schools in Bay County tomorrow. I kinda understand that one since none of the drivers around here would have any experience driving in winter conditions where a lil chance of ice and smaller chance of snow is about.

    This is all new to me for such strong reaction unless they want to allow people to enjoy the 25 year snow flurries..lmbo
    It's like that here even though we usually get some snow at least once a winter. The whole city shuts down. The rest of the province laughs at us lol
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        01-28-2014, 06:52 PM
      #15050
    Trained
    Shutting down the whole city (or state in our case) makes snow storms fun. Unplanned vacation for all!
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