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        03-29-2014, 09:44 AM
      #16141
    Weanling
    Greetings and salutations!

    I am sitting on my porch looking out at all the sites. I lived in the city with my late husband before coming here. Where I now listen to the owls, hawks, coyoties, Abe, my rooster, crowing and my hens singing, I use to listen to the train signal at all the crossings. And there were a lot in xings in town. I am eating some onion and cheese scrambled eggs. Of course, the're fresh from the nest. I have happy hens. They go around with smiles on their faces. I put Red up last night because of possible storms. He thinks that's his condo. He's eating breakfast of hay and every once in awhile he will peep out to see what's happening. He's house broken too. Goes outside when nature calls. Makes it easier on my back and my little tractor. Life is good. I am blessed. What a beautiful world the LORD has made!

    Sorry about the rant. I guess I get carried away some times. Yeees, far away!!!!! But I always manage to find my way back.

    Have a good weekend and be safe.

    And Critter, I am glad doing good. Hang in there!
         
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        03-29-2014, 10:00 AM
      #16142
    Yearling
    TJ - congrats in your range qualification. Now it's done and another thing to do off your list.

    CritterSitter - glad the surgery went well and good to see you back. Take it easy and recover well.

    Roadyy - congrats to your DW on getting her bus licence. My SILVER drove school bus for years and loved it. It paid well and the hours were great, especially with kids at home. Many drivers here bring their own young children along for their routes.

    MR - I'm with you on hauling. I don't worry about hauls up to an hour too much, but do make sure my horses are fit. I have a straight haul with lots of padding so mine can lean and are well supported. There isn't enough room for them to go down in the trailer. I do tie them but don't really need to. There is nowhere for them to go. Your basement sounds like it's coming along very well.

    Nicker - I hope your throat gets better soon. Surely some magic horse breath will help.

    Ellen Hayes - it sounds like you are enjoying your morning serenade very much. I also live out of town and love the sounds of nature. Soon the snow will thaw and the frogs will start chirping. I love their song!

    Stan - good to hear SWMBO is warming up a little. You know the saying don't you? Happy wife, happy life... Is it you or bugs who has been working on the trot for 6 days?

    I'm up getting ready to pick up panels this morning. Actually the dog woke me up because he wanted his breakfast, and I figured I'd let DH sleep in a bit before I put him to work. I'm excited to get the other two horses home today as I miss having them close by. The roads are now clear enough that I can start taking Sam out for some short rides and conditioning him for the summer riding season. Koolio will get a short rest before we go back to haul in lessons. I'm planning to take him to a local show on Mother's Day in May, so hopefully the snow will disappear so I can ride a bit at home before then to get ready.

    I hope everyone has a great day!
         
        03-29-2014, 12:36 PM
      #16143
    Foal
    Happy weekend all. I'm still fighting the sinus thing. All I want to do is sleep, but it doesn't seem to get me healthy any faster, so I sleep a little more and drag my butt through the rest.

    Ellen, we moved out of the city and into the country, just out of town 2 years ago. No looking back! We have happy chickens that feed us well and room for a couple horses. No horses at home (hubby doesn't want it) but we do love it out here. My mission is to wear him down so we can have a couple horses munching in my back yard!!!

    No riding this weekend. I have one more week of work before spring break and I plan to start riding then. WHEEEEEEEE
         
        03-29-2014, 12:42 PM
      #16144
    Green Broke
    I keep looking outside at the beautiful sky after the storm blew out and decided I was going to ride when I get off at 3. I just found an old JD mower on CL for sale for parts with a good motor that is the same as my Scott's mower has that is bad. I'm trying to make arrangements to get it and if so will work all afternoon on swapping motors. I would love to have my 48" cut hydrostatic mower back in service. I miss it's ease of cut.
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        03-29-2014, 03:51 PM
      #16145
    Yearling
    Koolio and Cheeky Pony are home!! I will take some pics after they both have a chance to settle in. Sam and Sally seem happy to see them. Lots of bickering going on.
         
        03-29-2014, 06:45 PM
      #16146
    Started
    Koolio: Its me who has been working 6 days on the trot and they have been 10 hour days except for Saturday that was only 6.5 in the chair. Work is not going well.

    Lori: good to see the op is over and now the road to recovery is under your feet, so to speak.

    Rick: Groping is not going to get you there. Being on one knee begging tends to work for me.

    Where is the photo of the tattoo

    Nickers: My take on trailering the horses.

    We load front on, and they get to look out the floats front window, at my bald head. They do not compute a corner or a fast stop. However one of the reasons we do not tie their heads is they swing them to help keep their balance. They also spread and plant there feet which is some of the reason they mark the sides of the float wall and also hit each other on the rear legs. Some put wraps on the legs to avoid this. To narrow a float will also result in marked sides

    Try riding in the back of your float without hanging on to something and you will get the idea. If you want to lessen the stress on the horse, balance the trailer wheels because unbalanced wheels sake the hell out of the trailer and that also upsets the horse. It also breaks the trailer and your repair bills increase. The shaking from unbalanced wheels, in my view, does two things. One it loosens the fittings and stretches the metal this can be seen where the trailer is riveted the movement is seen in rubbing marks. It is different action than the flexing that goes on.

    So for those that think I have it wrong, jump in the back of your horse float and have it towed around the streets and down the highway at the legal speed. You will change your mind, also take notice of the noise level it will be in the 80 -90 db range that's airport noise. This was tested in Europe and the results were published on the net, Ifore Williams floats came out of it fairly well but the noise level never the less was still very high.

    In NZ, our roads are third world in places, fit for Quads but we tow the horses over them, we do not have hundreds of miles of straight roads so the stress from turning left and right does in my view take a toll on the horse and as said in an earlier post 4 hours is enough.

    I also have removable bars or hose covered chain front and rear to contain the horses. I can open all ramps but the horses can't come out until I remove the bars.

    So to all of the ladies, get in the back of the trailer and feel what is going on when being towed. Don't hold on you will get the idea of how hard it is to maintain balance, take notice of the noise. Now balance the wheels and you will notice a huge difference in the vibration and the noise level.

    Your horse will love you for it, you will feel the difference in the tow pig as the out of balance vibration transmits through the tow bar into the tow pig.

    In closing remember this, and it is very important. The one doing the driving while you are in the back is your supportive husband, so make sure you have not upset him before embarking on the experiment.

    For the men who ask their wives to drive, hang on, because you are in for the ride of your life.

    Cheers all.\, its 11-40 am Sunday. I have cooked myself the type of breakfast I'm not allowed to have and now are going to work it off by repairing some fencing wire the sheep have broken. A mans work is never done. I have to hang out the washing first, after doing the dishes.

    TJ: Bugs will follow me around while I'm fixing the fence. I will set him up for your first ride. He has a playful streak in him.
         
        03-29-2014, 06:51 PM
      #16147
    Green Broke
    Can't wait to see, Koolio! Of course the hierarchy must be established- When I first acquired Star, it drove me mad to have her boarded, even for a short while....there's nothing that compares to having your horses at home :)
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        03-29-2014, 07:37 PM
      #16148
    Yearling
    Northernstar - Koolio was home before, but I've had him at the stable since Dec 1 to get more riding time in. I turned him out late this afternoon with the other two. So far, he is a loner in the paddock as the other two keep chasing him away. It's hard not to go out and comfort him, but they all have to establish their pecking order. Before he left in Dec, he was a little stinker in that he kept challenging my old gelding Sam. Hopefully the humble pie he is being served will tone him down a little. If I have to, I can separate him from the other two but I'm hoping they will settle into routine by morning.

    Cheeky Pony has handled Koolio going out very well. She was upset at being alone in the barn for about 5 minutes and then quieted down. It is a good change for her as while our barn is smaller than where she was, the stalls are bigger and the building is much more open and bright. We also have set up a small pen outside where she can go out for a few hours a day but we won't start that until tomorrow or Monday.
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        03-29-2014, 08:09 PM
      #16149
    Trained
    I have been reading everything that you all say, but I haven't had much time to post. My daughter is moving and I got volunteered to help. She has WAY too much junk. Finally, we got everything moved and the old apartment totally cleaned up. The new place still has some organizing that needs doing, but we both gave out for today. I hope that I will get to ride my horse tomorrow.
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        03-29-2014, 09:16 PM
      #16150
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    I have been reading everything that you all say, but I haven't had much time to post. My daughter is moving and I got volunteered to help. She has WAY too much junk. Finally, we got everything moved and the old apartment totally cleaned up. The new place still has some organizing that needs doing, but we both gave out for today. I hope that I will get to ride my horse tomorrow.
    Just remember to say, "My, you have a lot of stuff!" Remember the old adage, "One man's 'junk' is another man's 'treasure'" haha Hope you get a nice ride in tomorrow! :)
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