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        03-23-2014, 12:56 AM
      #15971
    Yearling
    Here is a quick pic of the new tractor. Currently the mower deck is detached as we don't have much use for it yet. The bucket does a fine job moving snow around. I had a quick go at a few manure piles but the ground is still solid ice. I've been moving around the practice snow pile to help me get used to all the controls. By this afternoon I managed to semi clear snow from a spot in my paddock where we will erect a temporary pen for Cheeky Pony when she comes home next week. It's a little tractor but still has some good grrrr factor and it's lots of fun to muck around with. Very easy to maneuver. I think I'm going to love having the 60" mower deck this summer as our riding mower was only 38 or 42".

         
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        03-23-2014, 02:03 AM
      #15972
    Yearling
    Happy Place: I kept thinking about you w/your comment about being a "bigger girl", & this may be of no help to you, but... my "dream horse" is a Gypsy Vanner, now called anything fro that to Irish Tinker/Irish Cob. But, google Irish Cob and you'll find the latest (the horse itself is a combination of various breeds from intensive breeding from Roma culture for a very long time). I love this breed. Thought of you because of it's stockiness & your mention of apprehensive of a lighter-body breed. If I was rich, the first thing I would look for is a Gypsy Vanner (etc; since I first fell in love, the "name" has changed numerous times, since Irish Cob originally was just one of the breeds bred into the breed to create the present horse [Roma created it, hope "we" don't screw it up]).

    Anyway, thought of you. Maybe there's a place close by for you to look.
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        03-23-2014, 07:42 AM
      #15973
    Yearling
    Morning all!

    Great posts!

    Koolio, great looking tractor. Looks fun.

    MR, keep wondering do you ride near Deep Creek, MD? That's not TOO far from us....4-5 hours I think. Would be very cool to somehow catch up,with some of you on the trail....since a few of us live in the eastern part of the US. Food for thought.

    Celeste, I'm with you, I jump on and ride the dirt roads and the few trails taround here. Anxiously waiting to hear our trailer is in tho. But it is a bonus to hop on and ride.

    Busy day yesterday....did chores, ran out to school for only an hour, but did at least get my things prepped for my 'lesson' for the principal. Hair cut, hay delivery, and sibs arrived to visit dad. So I headed back into town to visit with them, and we got pizza and beer to take to dad, then back out to feed! phew! Busy! But productive day! And FUN!!!!

    Had a good time with my brother and sis. Dad doing way better. Now that he is forced to wake up, move, eat,drink, he's back to normal....no evidence of dementia.....this is the best place for him.

    I do feel bad...at the end of the visit as BB and BS and I walked out tot the car we were talking about dad and his wife...I get very rowdded up about dads wife bc I don't care for her and how she handles things....feel like I ended the night on a bad note with my hostility. I'm really trying to learn to MIND MY OWN BUSINESS...sometimes it's hard.

    Cold again here and windy. Probley no ride, but want to strip down the stalls again and take rainy for a walk.. Maybe a little grocery shopping too!. I want a nice calm day!

    Ok, gotta START my day. Have a wonderful one...'family'
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        03-23-2014, 08:03 AM
      #15974
    Yearling
    Here's a pic of the sibs and myself, and of course our dad.

    I just noticed we have the same cheeks.. We share the same father, not mother...their died at a young age. I mostly look like my mother, and they theirs...but sometimes traits do seem to appear in certain pictures.

    I look like a bum in my hat and sweatshirt/jeans, but I ran over after the hay delivery...no time to change. In our town, that's acceptable, but I prefer to go tot the home better cleaned up.
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        03-23-2014, 08:47 AM
      #15975
    Green Broke
    NM-that is great to hear that your Dad is doing so well! If you don't like someone, well it's hard to bite your tongue, sometimes!

    TJ-so happy you will have a riding day only after all your hard work. Mucking out is not easy, especially when the weather is fighting you, too.

    I, too, am lucky to have "open range" & miles of roads (dirt) and washes to ride in & on. Very little traffic. My girls now barely even look up from their breakfast when the trash truck comes in to dump the dumpster-right next to their corrals!

    Stan-sounds like a good plan for the meds & diet. The doc gave me a fairly good outlook-my BP was a bit high, but I know I have to lose 20 pounds or so, that came on w/good eating, but just too much, & get back to moving more. Our weather is pretty nice, so I will be working on that quite diligently.

    Our company got here & our ATV ride was nice & the BBQ last night was wonderful. Tonight we have a dice game at the neighbor's and a group is going on another ride later today-quads & ATV's-I SO don't like wheeled sports! Hope I can get out of it somehow. Nobody understands it just isn't fun for me-under the gloves, I was "white-knuckling" that steering wheel the whole time & that was considered a "tame" ride!

    Our weather is great-wish I could send sunshine out to you all!
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        03-23-2014, 10:27 AM
      #15976
    Weanling
    NM, glad to know your dad is improving. You do have a teenage look with this outfit... but that is NOT a bad thing.

    NorthernStar: snow, snow and more snow.-20C today and forecast shows under freezing temps for the next week so nothing is melting. I don't know where to put the snow I shovel, the path to the stable is like walking in a white tunnel. It's gorgeous, but I miss the riding.

    HP, sounds like a nice possibility to try different horses, let us know how it works out. I have 3 arabians and I warn you: you might fall in love! They might not be as delicate as you imagine.

    Roadyy, hope that you find a good place for your horses. You show wisdom in dealing with the situation, I wouldn't be so "zen". Neighbors (friends, we thought) sent the Environment Ministry after us last fall, then town inspectors this winter. The complaints had no ground and we are cleared in the end, but it was a stressful process, with possibility of losing the right to keep our horses. People can be mean...

    Koolio, that's a nice tractor, just a convenient size for many chores.

    I had DH's brother for three days, then he left and his sister is here for a couple days with her dog. I love having people just drop in like that. Good food, good wine, good company.

    Have a great week end everyone, and TJ's just starting hers.
         
        03-23-2014, 12:19 PM
      #15977
    Foal
    48 young here!!
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        03-23-2014, 12:21 PM
      #15978
    Yearling
    Welcome Cowgirl!!
         
        03-23-2014, 03:24 PM
      #15979
    Foal
    We are working out the details! I am going to lease a Morgan, named Morgan/aka Big Red (ugh LOL). He's a been there done that guy. There is a little girl who is taking lessons on him now and may want to do a half lease, which is fine with me. I have the option to ride any of their other 9 horses. They also have a mini who is a boarder but ohh so cute!
    The barn is literally 5 minutes down the road from me. They have a small indoor, a round pen and two small outdoor rings. The owner is a vet tech, so she does all the vaccines and deworming, no need for a vet visit. That will save some money! The family trail rides on the weekends and there is possibility for me to go along with them when they trailer out.

    Still not sure about the arabs. One is only 6 and pretty green. The other two ride well but have some trust issues and "don't like to stand still" lol. Sounds like training to me. Maybe once I get strong again, I will try them out.

    I'll start my lease April 1. I'll post pics when I can!
         
        03-23-2014, 05:08 PM
      #15980
    Weanling
    NM Deep Creek would be a 4 hour trip for me.
    I assume you live near Pittsburgh, I think that is where we sent Ecard to your hubby.
    I am near Washington DC. I like to trailer less than 1 hour for a ride.
    I ride a state park mostly between Sykesville and Daniels, MD.
    Patapsco Valley
    This website seems to glorify the area, the managed areas they reference are as they say.
    These managed ares are a total of five and encompass a small amount of acreage.
    All in all there are about 30,000 acres that include state land leases not mentioned on the web.
    Throughout the year we have many that get lost in here even on group rides.
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