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post #21 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Faceman View Post
Sorry - I think I typed the number for you...
So I noticed

Not to hi-jack this thread by too much -- when you worked in oil in Metarie during the 80's, did you by chance work for or with Cooper Industries, a/k/a Cooper-Bessemer Reciprocating at that time? C-B Recip was located in Grove City, PA. I worked for the mechanical and nuclear engineers --- who were never pleased with the marketing engineers - lollol

We had a satellite office in Metarie. LA about that time. We built power generating equipment for industrial use and Nuclear Standby.
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post #22 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 08:32 PM
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Hmmm. Well, older than I care to admit-definitely in the "old enough to know better and too old to care" category. Getting closer to 60 by the day, on the downhill side of 55. Have ridden since I was about 12, thanks to my dad, who trained QH's back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Was raised on QH's, altho I rode huntseat. Started with a buckskin gelding, about 12, as I recall, have him a few years, then he got navicular, and I got a 4 yo pali filly who was lovely. Sold her when I was in college, and didn't ride much until after my first son was born, when I started leasing again. Always pretty much an activity for dad an I -mom HATED horses (or anything that made dad and I happy) and DH is allergic-like asthma/hospital I ride with friends-occassionally my daughter when she has time. After all those years of huntseat-now switching to reining. Dad would be proud. Don't know what I would do without my horses
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post #23 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 08:33 PM
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I'm 41, been riding since childhood, and except for my eight years in the navy, have always had horses in my life... can't imagine not.

With a hectic career, five kids and a non horse husband, sometimes things are crazy...but puttering around in the barn, cleaning stalls, brushing my horses down, enjoying great rides and thinking through bad ones... it all makes my life complete :)
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post #24 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Country Woman View Post
all horse lovers over 35 are welcome too
I'm in! I'm in! Lol 37 years old.
Grace... What day in June is your bday? Mine is the 10th! :)

Corgi.. a good friend of mine (who is about 20yrs my senior) went to the White Horse ranch in AZ approx 25 yrs ago, and she still raves about it!

I rode for about 5 minutes when I was 7 yrs old, until my mom decided she was Not going to shell out That kind of money!

Fast forward to age 16. As soon as I got my license I would borrow my mom's car every saturday and go to the pay by the hour riding ranch. After a few months I ran out of friends who would go with me, so I ended up just going by myself. After the first year I was allowed to ride without a guide, the next year I Was the guide! Lol. Those were probably some of the happiest times of my life, I was 17-18 and could come ride anytime I wanted for free, and had about 40 horses to choose from!

Got my first horse when I was 21, and still have him today! He is the handsome old boy in my avatar, Spike, 22 yr old QH. Love of my life!

About a year and a half ago I got my 2nd horse, a huge (to me) 16h paint stock gelding named Gunner, 6 yrs old now. Does he ever keep me on my toes!
Just today we were going for a nice canter, when he suddenly jumped four feet to the right because of a patch of grass that was 2 shades darker than the surrounding grass. I almost fell off his left side, it was very close! Luckily, just then he jumped back to the left two feet because of a stick laying there menacingly. That righted me again. True story!
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post #25 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Country Woman View Post
When should I start collecting stuff for my horse
CW, it really depends. It's hard to collect certain things because they come in different sizes. Things like lead rope or reins or pad definitely can be collected in advance though.

P.S. I avoid going to the tack stores because I'm addicted!
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post #26 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Country Woman View Post
all horse lovers over 35 are welcome too
LOL - well, at least now I only have 23 days instead of five years
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post #27 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 09:06 PM
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44 here too. Rode as a kid and had a blast. Surprised now as an adult that I didn't kill myself while riding when I was younger! I must have been crazy....

Got back into it several years ago. Realized that I didn't know as much as I thought I did! Also realized that my body isn't as flexible as it once was.
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post #28 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ThursdayNext View Post
Hahahaha!! I just had a flash-back to going down to the tack shop to buy breeches when I started getting serious with riding lessons. I listened in on a conversation about bits, asked a question, got an answer, and then we had another conversation that started off with one of them saying to me "When you get your horse..." and I said "Oh, I'm just taking riding lessons, I don't know that I'm going to get a horse..." and they both just looked at me like "RIGHT." :roll:

And here I am.

Once you start leasing a horse (or get your own) you will have an absolute Gear Buying Bonanza. No need to start too soon.

What I'd suggest, if you really want to gear up (and you have all your own personal stuff like clothes and boots and such) is to invest in a grooming kit. You'll need that no matter what horse you get. Mine has a curry (two curries, one for his summer coat and a different one for his winter coat), a flick brush, a dandy brush, a hoof pick, a wide-toothed comb, and a big really stiff brush with a handle that I use to scrub off the outside of his hooves before I pick them up (and I also hang his blankets over the fence when they get very grubby, and I use that same brush to scour the ook off of them). And a bucket for holding the lot of it.

Go to the tack shop and try out the different brushes - I find that some of them are very easy for me to hold, and others aren't.
thanks for the advice

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post #29 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by themacpack View Post
LOL - well, at least now I only have 23 days instead of five years
Your welcome

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post #30 of 29438 Old 02-05-2012, 09:15 PM
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I am 54... like others I have ridden off and on all my life.. enjoyed Quarter horses, Arabians, Halflinger and more recently own a Tennessse Walker and a Tobiano Spotted Saddle horse. Married to a farmer who cannot understand my love and want for horses... no value added in his mind as they eat away any profit... LOL too bad so sad... I love my girls!
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