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    04-21-2012, 11:09 AM
I really need to adopt British "slang". I need to start saying "I don't give a toss" and "I'd better crack on". So much more descriptive than the American way of saying things.

I have Skype friends who are Aussies. We had quite a good Oz slang dictionary started way back in one of our chats. Wish I could find it now.

I love words! =D

Excited for With Grace for your new girl, Kestrel! As you can see from my forum name and sig line, raptors have a special place in my heart.

Country Woman, can't wait to hear how Levi went. Sounds like some decisions are in your future.

I love this thread and check in every day, though I don't have time to post most days. Life has been taxing lately. Anyhow, I do love the community shown here. Thanks for starting this thread, CW.
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    04-21-2012, 11:23 AM
Your all welcome
I am happy I started this thread too.
I will let you know more later
    04-21-2012, 11:37 AM
Good morning all!

Woke up to gorgeous sunsine, finally the rain has stopped (living in one of the rainiest places in the US I try not to complain, but we get double what Seattle gets and sometimes It's hard not to!)

Anyways, heading out in an hour or so to celebrate Kestrel's birthday. Even hubby is excited to go see her (11 more days til she comes come)! Not sure if I will ride or just walk her around the farm, just want to spend time and continue getting to know her. Since hubs will be with me I will have some pics taken with her.

Good Luck today CW! Id wear jeans, as yoga pants may be thin in a saddle :)
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    04-21-2012, 11:55 AM
CW, I was thinking about your weaker right side and wondered if you had ever considered taking up driving a cart? I broke my lower back many years ago and decided to learn driving, since it would be a while before I could sit in a saddle comfortably. I eventually trained one of my quarterhorses to pull a 2-wheel Meadowbrook cart and still enjoy it today, even though I'm back in the saddle. In some ways I enjoy it more than riding.

If you could find someone close who gave driving lessons, that might give you another avenue to enjoy horses without having to worry about mounting and dismounting.

This is all just a thought....and of course, there are advantages to being astride a horse instead of in a cart. The 'down side' of driving is that you need a road or arena, and can't just be hopping on and going through fields and over ditches and logs, unless you're in a marathon/cross country cart...and you would want a light cart that you could move and handle by yourself.
    04-21-2012, 11:55 AM
Happy Birthday Kestrel
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    04-21-2012, 11:57 AM
No I want to ride
So I will just do what I need to do
    04-21-2012, 12:03 PM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
No I want to ride
So I will just do what I need to do
Good for you! One of my horse magazines that I am reading this week had an article about good goals and how to set goals so that you can reach them. It made me think about how determined you are, and how you've set your excellent plan in place and have nearly reached your goal. You have had a great process and it will be soon that you find that horse you're looking for. You're inspiring us!
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    04-21-2012, 12:14 PM
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I cannot wait to see which horse CW will select!

Lady T you are correct about driving, I never feel I am looking down on people when I am riding a horse, long ago learned that all to soon you can be looking up! Driving, is another matter, that is one side where I feel really snobby!
I had a Welsh Sec A pony stallion, Snowy, that I did a lot of driving with. I had him out one day and called in at a friends house. His ancient father saw us and I took him for a drive. As we were jogging through the village, he said to me "The great thing about driving is that you can see whether Mrs Brown has patched the hole in her drawers (panties) or not!" (From the laundry on the line.)

Eagle, there are may dialect sayings that vary through the country. One from Yorkshire that I love is 'mardy' meaning moody.
Then there is Cockney slang (a Cockney is a Londoner born within the sound of Bow Bells) they have a rhyming slang, as they do in Australia.

Get up those apples and pears and get some Bo Peep.
You've got large plates of meat.
Trouble and strife is giving me a lot of north and south.
Have a butchers (hook) at this.
I love a cup of Rosie (Lee)
He's lost his Barnet (Fair) so wears a Syrup (of Figs.)

The words in brackets is the full saying but usually it is shortened to the one word.

Anyone have a clue what each sentence means?
    04-21-2012, 12:39 PM
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The first time I met Snowy was a a driving rally. I had gone along to groom for a friend of mine with a young horse that had just been broken to harness.

There were about twenty horses and carts there, most fairly new to driving.

There was an older couple with a very smart, white/grey Welsh pony that was certainly very fill of himself and obviously entire from the way he was roaring at everything and showing his endowment.
Everyone could see that he was to much for the owners - David had started them driving and loaned them a very kind and sensible pony of his but they wanted something with more 'go' - well, they had it with the pony that had bought.
Next thing I see is this pony trotting towards a mare harnessed to a cart, and trying to mount her. His bridle was around his neck and the owners terrified and clueless as to what to do!
I was off our trap, across the distance. Grabbed the pony by his nose and ear and hauled him off to the side. He broke the shaft of the cart but no one was harmed.

We helped the people load him into their trailer and they went home.
Snowy had a long thick mane and the tiny ears of a Welsh pony, all he did was to stretch his head down and shake and the bridle slipped over his ears!

I next saw Snowy mid winter when he was delivered to me, having been sold to be put down because he was 'dangerous'. He was very opinionated when he arrived but after the first time I hitched him up and as soon as I put my foot on the step to get on, he reared vertically and took off at a spanking trot! Three miles, and a lot of hills, he was far more compliant and that was the end of any problems with him. I always plaited a piece of his forelock and mane over the head piece of his bridle so he couldn't shake it off.

I had a girl riding with me at the time and she fox hunted him, did gymkhana games on him and he never put a foot out of place. Great pony.

I would drive him down to where I had some young horses with feed and hay in the cart, he would stand whilst I opened the field gate, walk around the field whilst I put the hay and feed out and take little notice of the other horses, thart is how good he was.

When we turned up at a spring rally with the girl who had been riding him, at the reins the ex owners were furious because he had not been shot. I will never forget their faces when they saw him - nor the row they had with David who had bought him!
    04-21-2012, 04:38 PM
I have no clue what the phrases mean. Can't wait to see the answers!

As far as driving, I enjoyed the story about Snowy. I was looking for a little Welch pony when I eventually bought my little Shetland/quarter pony. They are really hard to find around here, unless you're wanting a hunter/jumper sport pony and then they are less suitable for a beginner child's pony and also far more expensive. We had a Welch mare about 13 hh high when our kids were little. She was worth her weight in gold! She eventually colicked at age 18 and had to be put down, at which point my heart was broken.

One of my favorite memories of her was on a day when I took my daughter to ride her. We boarded at the time on a farm with a lovely gentleman, Mr. Taylor, who had known the pony from her previous owner and had advised me that she was worth her weight. I stopped at the driveway to chat with Mr. T, and Alison became impatient to go get her pony! I said, "Wait just a little while," but Mr. T said, "Let her go get the pony!" I trusted her to get the pony, as she was in a pasture alone, but at the time my daughter was too short to reach the pony's head to put the halter on, unassisted. Anyway, off she goes with halter and lead rope, and Mr. T and I kept chatting. In a few minutes, here comes my daughter up the hill, pony haltered and in tow. Alison is stomping and her body language tells me that she is in a temper. We opened the gate for her, and she began to scold me, saying, "Mommy, you should have helped me! I couldn't reach Brandy's ears to put the halter on, so I threw the rope over her neck and it kept falling off! I did it over and over, and it kept falling off! Finally (huffily) Brandy put her head down for me so I could reach her! You should have helped me!" I had to laugh at her, and of course Mr. T won the bet, and I realized anew just how good the pony Brandy was. Any one of the other horses would have been 40 acres away after having the rope thrown at them!

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