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    06-18-2012, 12:59 AM
We are having a difficult time looking for a place because of my cat
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    06-18-2012, 03:56 AM
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NEEM - make sure it is 100% pure and not pressed as this destroys something in it.

Lovely day here and should be d=for a couple of days before more rain moves in. Looking out the window at three horses lying flat out in the early sun. The hounds keep going up to them but they are not getting up for anything!

People talking about their first horses and transporting them - or not, reminds me of a family friend.
This man had worked all his life and retirement brought about boredom.
His house was on the edge of an area known ad The Landslip, aptly named as it was always slipping into the sea.
He took it upon himself to keep the paths walkable and where necessary to put in rough steps. These were just wood held in front of the steps with small stakes.
It was hard work carting all his tools up and down so he decided to get a donkey to carry it all.
This is where I was called in.
We went to a friend who had several donkeys and he bought an older gelding. Paid for it there and then and we loaded it into his van via two planks.

I was impressed that the moke walked straight in! We were driving home when the donk turned around and pooped straight down his neck. This nearly put us off the road with laughter.
We turned hm around and drove on with the donk looking at where we were going between us.
It was a partnership that lasted many years. Two panniers carried all the tools and the donk was sure footed enough to traverse the rough ground. The only problem was that donk refused to work if it was to wet and, would untie himself and head for home if he thought it was lunchtime or time to finish.
When his wife died he carried on, several years later the donk died and the old man went over a month later.
I have rarely seen such a partnership that was as good as these two had.

Off to get some spraying done!
    06-18-2012, 07:28 AM
Foxhunter: What a great story. I have a donkey and she is full of character!
Country Woman: I wouldn't mind a cat if I was a landlord. Good luck finding a place.

My first horse was a half arabian half welsh pony. He was 7 and greenbroke. My Daddy bought him for me. I remember the day we went to pick him up like it was yesterday. He was a little bugger and ran away with me every day.

Went to practice last night and Patsy is still off. Not lame, but off.
So I am going to be catch riding in the performance Wednesday night.

Fun Fun!!
    06-18-2012, 01:14 PM
Good morning everyone
I feel alot better today
    06-18-2012, 01:15 PM
We are moving so after we get settled I will get some lessons
    06-18-2012, 03:03 PM
Sophie learning to lope..

    06-18-2012, 03:12 PM
Wow nice job Susan
    06-18-2012, 05:20 PM
Red face

Glad to hear you are feeling better today CW.
Way to go Susan!!
    06-18-2012, 06:32 PM

Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
NEEM - make sure it is 100% pure and not pressed as this destroys something in it
Off to get some spraying done!
how do you mix it & how often do you apply it. Here, it hasn't been approved for use on anything but plants...there is a lot of warning about it coming in contact with skin
    06-18-2012, 07:46 PM
Hey everyone. Thought I would share a funny trail ride story.

Hubby and I took our horses on a ride on the trails around the boarding facility on Sunday. My 23 year old retired "bombproof" polo pony is in love with my hubby's leased TWH named Scuffy.

We started out at the back of the farm. There is an option of crossing a creek or using a bridge. Izzy has crossed that bridge countless number of times...without even a moment of hesitation.

Scuffy and hubby decided to cross the creek while I opted for the bridge. Izzy put one foot on the bridge and freaked out! She turned and tried to bolt for the barn. I made her turn back and once again, one foot on the bridge and she freaked out again!

Scuffy came back and crossed the bridge and Izzy followed without even thinking about it. Guess she thought something was wrong with the bridge since Scuffy didn't cross it!

She settled right down and we had a great ride...even went across the road for the first time and rode in some freshly mowed fields. It was so much fun.

Until Scuffy pooped. Izzy heard it hit the dry mowed grass...we were behind Scuffy...and she spooked. Yes, my "been there done that" horse spooked at poop!!

Luckily, her worst spook just consists of all four feet hitting the ground at once and then bolting forward one or two steps...that is it. But all of a sudden we were beside Scuffy and hubby asked " what in the world?". And I laughed and said..."yep...she spooked at poop". We couldn't stop laughing.

I like to think she is smart enough to play dumb around Scuffy to make him feel like the herd leader, since she is smitten with him!

The rest of the ride went fine and it was one of my most enjoyable rides, even with the two little incidents!

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