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        03-01-2014, 09:07 PM
      #15561
    Green Broke
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    Pilot, I actually had a harder time hitting thirty than 40. It is all a mind set....I'm loving it...I don't feel 'old', I feel great, and love the excuse to 'have tons of fun' because I'm not getting any younger. Seems the older our friends and we get...the more we experience and have a great time. party on dude....

    Oh, and as far as age, my mom will turn 70 this June.....there's no stopping her....she just decided to raise goats less than a year ago AND last summer she took a bike tour off,the coast of OR, ALL BY HERSELF...it's time to enjoy life! happy birthday.
    Your mom sounds like an awesome lady! Skiing is popular in my area, and there are many seniors who regularly downhill ski! Aside from horses, I'm an avid hiker, and definitely see myself (Lord willing!) well into my senior years in khakis out on a trail watching for migratory birds :)
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        03-01-2014, 09:09 PM
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    Koolio, all I can say is...Oh my! I hope cheeky is OK. Glad you got a nice ride in. Do you show Koolio? Dressage? I forget.

    Roaddy, wow, your wife has....BEEP! Hope all works out for you guys. I know you were counting on the paycheck.

    Had a real nice LONG ride with Jay this morning. He is so nice and calm where we rode. Close to the end, the dirt road was clear, so I decided to work him a bit, stopping, turning his haunches, trotting. He instantly had a nice slow pleasure jog. The first time I've been able to use one hand as he jogged. He's so responsive...sometimes almost too much so, as he thinks each time we stop we will turn his haunches...I think he's really smart! I had to just stop him and chill for a bit...he wanted to do his thing TOO much! If that makes sense.

    I went home after that ride and had lunch and instantly fell asleep for an hour. When I awoke it was 45*, so I headed back out to ride Rainn. We rode, but I must admit...I don't enjoy riding her as much as Jay. Although buted, I don't trust her legs, and constantly worry she will trip and fall. AND on the way home, she always wants to go fast even tho it's clear she's uncomfortable. I don't feel safe on her.

    DH is off watching out niece play ball today, so I have the evening to myself. Enjoining quiet, and looking forward to throwing in a netflix, having a glass or two of wine, and dinner.

    HP, happy to hear your are recuperating so well!

    Eole, what kin do horse do you have? Love the pointy ears!

    Stanley, glad your back in here....I missed seeing your posts! will you roast those piggies?
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        03-01-2014, 09:12 PM
      #15563
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    Here's a pic from my ride.

    Not sure how many of you are familiar with the Amish, but there are a lot around here. Today must be washing day...check out all the clothes. Most people not from the area enjoy seeing their way of life.
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        03-01-2014, 09:17 PM
      #15564
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    Here's a pic of my Jay after the ride...he's tired! He stood right there as I unsaddled him, brushed him, etc. too tired to move, hahahaha

    He's turning into such a mammas boy.
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        03-01-2014, 09:44 PM
      #15565
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    Oh, pilot...how could I forget??? My brother and sister are in their 50s.....and still run marathons and iron mans! we live young in our family!!
         
        03-01-2014, 09:46 PM
      #15566
    Trained
    I really need to start taking my camera when I go out and ride.
         
        03-01-2014, 09:52 PM
      #15567
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    Yep NStar, my mom is a great lady! My gramma was just as fiesty and busy until the end. I hope I am that blessed!
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        03-01-2014, 10:01 PM
      #15568
    Yearling
    Nicker - I always enjoy your pictures. The Amish are interesting. We have a few Hutterite colonies around here. I think the Hutterites and the Amish are similar in how they live. Definitely a communal life. One f the men who worked on our bwrn last year grew up on the colony but left. He said once you leave you can never go back, as basically the family and the colony disowns you. Sad really as he was such a kind and gentle soul.

    Roadyy- I am always amazed at how much you do! Sorry to hear about your wife's job but good on her for not putting up with being treated badly. We could all learn a lesson or two from her. Life is too short to let others treat anyone poorly.

    Tjtalon - as far as horse leadership, I think it comes down to confidence, presence and understanding the mind of the horse. Horses read body language and emotion so easily that they cannot be fooled. Once you begin to feel confident around them, you will find the horses will begin to follow you as their leader. You cannot go through the motions and actions and have horses follow unless you genuinely feel and believe it. I think this is why others keep encouraging you to spend as much time in the saddle and around them as you can. This time builds your confidence as much as it builds your skill. Janice's expertise and guidance will help you to learn and understand the subtleties of body language, and that is good. Right now, however, she is leading both the horses and you. There will come a time when you have the confidence to work with her on more equal terms. When that happens you will also notice the horses will react differently.
    I find I am more confident around my own horses because ultimately, I make all the decisions and I don't defer those decisions to anyone else. This gives me confidence and a presence that my horse never questions, It is much harder to lead someone else's horse because I know I am not the decision maker and so does the horse. As a result, they do question my leadership and I have to be so much more conscious and deliberate with my actions. I think this is what Janice is teaching you.
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        03-02-2014, 03:20 AM
      #15569
    Yearling
    Does this mean 60 is the new 50? I feel 30 & can buck like no one's business.

    Stan, you go to New Caledonia for you own self, & as for selling Bugs... I have no right to express an opinion of your wife's "request", but in view of what you've said about the relationship difficulties; if I had the gift of having a horse of my own, & a spouse that willy-nilly decided that I had to give my horse away for his own whatever reason, that man's bags would be packed. 'Nuff said, sorry if I overstepped.

    Have read 3 pages of posts tonite & can't respond to all as I'd like to. Was an unbelievable day coupled w/nasty weather.

    Nicker & Rick: have your responses to my question in-heart. Am going to "proceed" with quiet & patience.
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        03-02-2014, 03:37 AM
      #15570
    Yearling
    Koolio, I had to reread your post before responding.

    Yes, it's confidence, which I'm still in process of getting. My time w/the horses, let alone w/a lesson on one, is very limited by circumstance, so that's why I try to get out of each time @ Janice's as much as I can...but I have to relax about that, starting right now. I've been thinking of asking Janice, when next lesson time w/Addie, to do bareback. I think I have to get my seat established for my own feeling w/it. Then go from there. I know I've learned alot, likely far more than I realize, but just want to do that at least one time.
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