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post #3531 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 08:26 AM
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if being mature means I have to behave..well I would just pack it in because that is just too boring! Hehe

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post #3532 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 08:36 AM
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Getting ready for the rodeo....
Patsy is still a little off so I am catch riding. ( that is riding a horse you never rode).
No pressure there huh?
I had to SEW yesterday to alter the sleeves of my blouse. I really stink at sewing.
Blouse will probably fall apart during the performance.

I will get some pictures or a video or something.

Have a great day....

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post #3533 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 10:27 AM
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Welcome to all the new members of the over 40 crowd. We'd all be sunk if our 'maturity' was the sober, methodical kind. I enjoy the maturity of people who can laugh at themselves in silly situations and take the long view because they've been through stuff before. This thread is more light hearted and silly than those where the young vent their angst and idealism.

I've had some fine riding and horse cuddling over the last few weeks. I am far more comfortable cantering than before and don't get as nervous about a crowded ring. I'm also practicing for my 1st schooling show on 7/15.

I love old mares! Lady is my pet in NYC - an aged sorrel quarter-horse type who loves neck scritches and gentle grooming. She's only used in the therapeutic riding program for children. Dancer (Dancing Star) is my mount at the NJ farm. We just found out that Dancer is 30 years old! She's still a good w-t-c horse who tolerates young children and can handle an adult beginner like me. We do trot & canter circles and changes of direction and she responds wonderfully to my legs. Extra carrots, hand grazing and baths for Dancer.

In another area, we are sadly preparing to say goodbye to Pepe, our little old Chi-mix (guess-Corgi?). I took him from the NYC kill shelter about 5 years ago and he just charmed us into complete servitude. He suffers from Cushings and pretty severe arthritis. Lately he is mostly unable to walk and in the last few days stopped cleaning his plate. He still loves cuddling and his game of "Who's toy is it anyway?" I'm just waiting until I know the right time.
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post #3534 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 10:42 AM
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Oh, it is hard to let go, but they do tell us when they are ready, for the most part. Glad to hear you are enjoying the senior horses. They still have lots to offer & they have earned our respect & any good deeds we can do for them.

Good morning to all & I hope our new members chime in whenever they're ready.
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post #3535 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 AM
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Good day everyone. Finally we will have a nice sunny day, fitting for the first day of summer. So off to the barn after work for a ride before the rain comes back. It is really getting very depressing. A lot of flood watches around here, the rivers are getting high and may break a record from 40 years ago.

Susan I expect to see pictures! I always get my husband to sew as I suck at it lol.
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post #3536 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 01:54 PM
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Hunter - well, we have had three sunny days and it will rain tomorrow and every day until next week.

Maisie, they will let you know when it is time in most cases.
We have two very elderly dogs here - well, more that two as Milly's two terriers are 13 this year.
Tweed a very elderly Lab is the one that at times we think will go at any moment. He is in need of hearing aids and bifocals. Not stiff at all but a bit wobbly on his legs. He has lumps and bumps all over him. He no longer goes on walks but he still runs around, is first to remind me it is feed time and is perfectly happy and, as long as he is then he will remain here.

The next oldest is a JR terrier, 17 this year, he is also deaf but still goes for a long walk every day. Last week he did something and had a big fluid lump on his side. I didn't like the feel of it as I could feel something inside the fluid. Off to the vet, they thought it was a hernia. Reluctant to operate because of his age but they did. He had a ruptured hernia and his guts were through into it.
He was at the vets for 24 hrs and home. They couldn't believe how well he had healed and how perky he is. Stitches out later this week.

Pepper, 13, another terrier, went to ground and got bitten by a badger. She had a hole in her side just behind her elbow. When we washed the mud off her to see how bad it was we found another deep bite by her anus.
Em took her to the vet. I get a call to ask permission to put her to sleep. I said no way, but to give her a chance. Arguments about operating because of her age. When they opened her up she had three broken ribs through which her lung was poking.
She survived and was up for going for a walk way before the stitches were out.

I took her in for her final check up and the vet remarked ay how fit she was and what goos condition she was in for an elderly dog. She asked what I fed and when I told her "Only raw." I get a lecture on how imbalanced that diet was.
I just laughed and said "Excuse me, you were remarking on how fit and what good condition she is in and now tell me she is on an imbalanced diet."
That made her jaw drop down!

Em had to have one of her terriers PTS earlier this year. She was riddled with cancer. Only 9 years and I swear it was because for most of her life she was fed cheap dry food. She wasn't particularly well when she first came here but perked up for a few months and then went downhill fast.

Unfortunately our pets go after too short a life. The best thing we can do is to give them a good life and a good death.
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post #3537 of 29437 Old 06-20-2012, 04:02 PM
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It's too bad the weather couldn't be more balanced out. Monday Portland was raining,but LV NV was over 100-& very dry & windy. AZ is baking as is much of the rest of the US.BC sounds to be very wet. I was so cold this winter-looked forward to getting away from 30 degree weather, but having a string of 100+ days, w/only fans to blow the air around is draining.
The furballs though are adjusting very well. Somehow, though my mare managed to scrape off a chunk of her hide-including most of her "star". Can't find anyplace on her pen where it might have happened. I had a fly mask on her that the gelding pulled off, but I don't think that did it.This is something though that she does periodically-I have cream on it so the sun doesn't dry it out too much. Hope it grows back quickly.
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It's too bad the weather couldn't be more balanced out. Monday Portland was raining,but LV NV was over 100-& very dry & windy. AZ is baking as is much of the rest of the US.BC sounds to be very wet. I was so cold this winter-looked forward to getting away from 30 degree weather, but having a string of 100+ days, w/only fans to blow the air around is draining.
The furballs though are adjusting very well. Somehow, though my mare managed to scrape off a chunk of her hide-including most of her "star". Can't find anyplace on her pen where it might have happened. I had a fly mask on her that the gelding pulled off, but I don't think that did it.This is something though that she does periodically-I have cream on it so the sun doesn't dry it out too much. Hope it grows back quickly.

I hear you, its smoking hot back in Eastern Canada and we finally get a sunny day here, sheesh I hope July is better. I have only been out for one trail ride this year which is very unusual. Getting tired of the arena.
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post #3539 of 29437 Old 06-21-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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I am tired of all this rain
Yuck

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post #3540 of 29437 Old 06-21-2012, 07:00 AM
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Rodeo

It was 95 degrees...SHEESH.
Anyway everyone did real good, the bull pen was at one end and the arena is the size of a hankerchief...

Here we are warming up.
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