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        06-30-2012, 08:25 PM
      #3741
    Super Moderator
    Heat I hate!
    I will get up at about 4.30 if it is going to be hot, to work the horses, I then do all that is necessary and retire to the sofa for a sleep until late afternoon.
    Mind you, it hasn't been hot in the UK for many summers.

    I was shocked at the heat and humidity in NC when I was there. So unbearable. I then went to Idaho where at 5,500 feet up in the Rockies, I was promised it never got to hot.
    They lied! Temperatures were in the 100's but it was a dry heat and a stiff breeze so I was able to go out all day!
         
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        06-30-2012, 10:42 PM
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    O/K a few snaps of the cattle drive which I did not get to ride. Stella when I went to get her was so wound up she had grown to 10 feet tall wide eyed and as tight as a drum. She was left behind, ****. I think she had come into season and was having issues. Not to worry we only moved half of the cattle the rest in two weeks. Stella is also being separated from Kate at present to break the bond they have. Cruel it sounds but its not being herd bound can get dangerous for the rider.

    The first photo is the only other male on the cattle run. Our local farrier and traing a new horse. Teaching it to stand when all of the others were leaving, also not to react to stock whip ore ropes being thrown at the cows. The photo of three riders in the distance were the front runners and they got so far ahead they were out of sight of the cows. Now that is a nusance as the cows need a lead and when that has gone it becomes very hard for the back riders to manage as they tend to turn back so Gary had his work cut out for him. New horse and cows. Me, well I was coming up the rear in the truck. Again.

    Couple of shots of the land, She who must be obeyed on Kate, trying to hide behind a lamp post. And of course Gary sporting chafs,chaps,leggings I don't think they qualify as tights.

    Next cattle drive I will be wearing my chafs,chaps,leggings,tights, what ever and I may post a photo.

    Was the lottery struck and is a plain load of women and horses going to decend on our place for the next cattle run. Just need to know so she who must can start getting the accommodation ready. I'll supervise.

    Last photo She who must be obeyed and notice the rope reins

    Cheers all
    Stan
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        06-30-2012, 11:09 PM
      #3743
    Green Broke
    Hey guys! I'll update the list tomorrow..

    We got rain again today .. yay!

    Did I tell ya'll my bff and I are going to Arkansas to pick up her colt? Pretty cool deal .. we're staying at the ranch www.perrymanranches.com for two nights. What has been a secret is that there are five horses I'm trying "for my husband" .. Chances are better than good that I'll be bringing a horse home too.

    We leave friday...
         
        06-30-2012, 11:23 PM
      #3744
    Yearling
    Oh happy day! Kes's registration papers arrived today, she is officially registered to me at the AMHA, and we can now register for our breed show. I almost want to frame it but fear that might be taking it too far...

    I was at a birthday party today and someone mentioned that the name of a wine was the same as my horse. They wanted to know how she got her name, so I start going into how they take part of the dam and part of the sire's names and create a new name...their eyes all glassed over, heads nodding, then...silence. My closest friend looks completely blown away by the sire's name. She thinks instead of the word "Hawk" I have said a much naughtier word. So now in my circle of friends, my horse now has the name of a male rooster, and I have a feeling this is never going to be remedied.

    Stan - Do many men in your area ride English? I ask this, because Kes has indeed seen many men in tights before...although this time they are called breeches :) Love your pictures, that looks like amazing fun. Sorry you didn't get to ride though... Rope reins look great!

    Hunter - so are we going to New Zealand or do I need to go buy a Wa state lottery ticket before tomorrow's drawing?

    Texas - oh how exciting!! Take some pics for us!

    Ladytrails - hmmm, I may have to rethink the parade, since I just had Kes shod and she now has her show pads and plates on. Our show would be only 2 weeks after the parade so she's got to keep those on. Perhaps I should just volunteer to push the wheelbarrow behind?

    Outandabout - I'm drooling over that big open air arena in the background of your pic! And your pup is a doll, so cute!

    Ripplewind - this adult person lives nowhere near 100 degree weather, but even on days where it gets in upper 70s low 80's I ride in the early morning to avoid getting too hot.

    Susan - sorry your camping plans got cancelled! What a bummer!!
         
        07-01-2012, 12:08 AM
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    With Grace
    Yep they do, the hunt club, jumping and pony club, but not normally on treks or cattle drives. Most ride western saddles for the safety factor very hard for the horse to dump one in a good fitting western. I have seen meany riders on GP saddles being dumped when in rough steep country.

    The person who taught me, and my horse Savannah, was regularly dumped by her in the early stages of training. GP saddle. Savannah spooked sidways on a road in two bounds she was on the other side. I was still in the saddle. I have no doubt if in a GP I would have taken a tumble. The other advantage I feel the western has is the storage area. Plenty of places to tie stuff and of course the saddle bags. But and a big but, one does not want to go over the front of a western, getting hooked up on the horn can change the tennor of ones voice. Thats why I ride a western style tucker endurance, no horn.

    The weather here is cold and windy. I see Stella out the lounge window She is calming down but feeling some what lonely. No paddock mates just me.
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        07-01-2012, 03:09 AM
      #3746
    Trained
    Good evening everyone
    Hope to get some riding lessons soon
         
        07-01-2012, 03:09 AM
      #3747
    Trained
    Very nice pictures Stan
         
        07-01-2012, 03:33 AM
      #3748
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    Very nice pictures Stan
    Thanks CW but again I was driving the truck. Meany thanks to Stella but she is still my horse and can do no wrong

    How would I get on posting a slightly off joke aimed at the fairer sex.
         
        07-01-2012, 03:38 AM
      #3749
    Trained
    So true
         
        07-01-2012, 04:54 AM
      #3750
    Super Moderator
    Part of horse dealing is that often someone wants a horse from you but wants you to take the one they already have in part exchange. I had a 15 year old boy wanting to exchange a TB mare he had bought at the sales and found her to much.
    He brought the mare over when he came to collect the horse he had chosen. The mare was a 4 year old that had been raced for two years. She was classic looking and I knew she would do very well in the show ring. After liking all I saw, the way she moved although the ride was terrible, a price was agreed, he went away happy with his new horse and I had yet another to sort out.

    First thing I did was to turn the mare away for a few weeks, she did nothing but learn to be a horse and chill out. I started her fro scratch, lungeing, long reining and then riding her. She was what I would class as a nutter! She was, in no way, mean or nasty but her brain was totally twiddled. She would panic when she didn't understand and throw herself around. Standing still was a no no, working on a long rein caused total panic and she would race around the arena looking for a pull.
    It took me quite a while to get her to settle - then it all clicked. She became a willing partner and working in the arena or just riding out on her own was a pleasure.
    Several people had made low offers on her but I kept her as a project knowing that I could well be out of pocket.

    One Sunday, my b'friend and I went out for a ride together. I was riding the mare and he was on Tictac.
    We had gone out early, about 6.30 a.m. As it was going to be a hot day. The area I was based in was not very good for hacking out but I had permission from a large orchard owner to ride through the orchards.
    We arrived there and just walked along the grassy tracks. The mare, first time on grass with another horse, was remaining settled and after a couple of canters, me leading, she was still relaxed and working on a long rein.

    Coming to a wide main track, I asked b/friend to canter on ahead but to pull up if I yelled. I wanted to see if she would remain settled if she was behind.
    He cantered off and I remained walking on a long rein. For a couple of minutes she was a bit tight but then relaxed. At this point I let her trot and then canter. She was still on a long rein, her head was low and she was lengthening her stride without racing.
    I was leaning forward and pulling on an ear which she found relaxing. I was praising her saying "Good girl, who isn't a racehorse anymore?"

    I was not looking where I was going as I fussed her. Knowing I was coming to a X roads I glanced up , we turned left onto another track and ran smack into the backend of Tictac.
    The old grey horse was stood solid in the middle of the track staring at two piles of clothes on the side of the track. Two rucksacks, two pairs of walking boots, both with socks hanging over the backs, two neat piles of clothes laid there as if for an army kit inspection. I cussed b/friend for stopping so short - Tic tac was refusing to go past the piles but what I did not see to start with was two people on the other side of the track. They had obviously been making love but by the time I got these she was trying to hide behind an apple tree and he was stood there not sure whether to hide his face or his John Thomas.

    To say that there would be more meat on a butchers pencil than on this young man would not be an exaggeration, she on the other hand was enormous and would have needed an ancient oak tree to even half hide her.

    Tictac was rooted to the spot. He was snorting and spooking at the kit, the mare wasn't sure what the fuss was about but joined in the game.
    B'friend and I were totally doubled over with laughter. We feebly kicked whilst shrieking aloud. Eventually both horses went past, bending their bodies away from the spook but eyes firmly on it, ready to spin around should the devil appear from the piles. Half way past and they shot forward at a fast canter. We were laughing so hard that we could do nothing about it. Soon we were going faster than was wanted and I had to pull back to stop the mare, she stopped well and I had to jump off to have a pee before I needed a laundry change.

    Luckily it never set the mare back.

    Old Tictac - the most bomb proof horse I have ever come across, had caught us unawares, or he too had a wicked humour!
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