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    07-21-2012, 01:51 AM
  #4371
Yearling
Stan- I think we should clarify the term "token male.". It is a high status to hold in that you represent all others of your kind and are also able to defend your species should the need arise. With a thread full of woman, you do have a rough role to play here, but you have proven yourself quite worthy of the title.
     
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    07-21-2012, 02:13 AM
  #4372
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Originally Posted by With Grace    
Stan- I think we should clarify the term "token male.". It is a high status to hold in that you represent all others of your kind and are also able to defend your species should the need arise. With a thread full of woman, you do have a rough role to play here, but you have proven yourself quite worthy of the title.

Very well put. I am still no wiser. What does defend (my) species really mean. The operative word being "species"

"Token" Collins dictionary: intended to create an impression but having no real importance: "as a token" hence, token male, so are you taking the micky out of me.

Still nothing better to do. Ill go and make the horses stand facing the wind and rain again.
And again I brought horses back into the conversation in keeping with this thread.
     
    07-21-2012, 02:24 AM
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I hope you have grazing for all you animals Stan
A lot of hay being fed to the horses but they will survive. Its my pocket that hurts the most. And the sheep, well we keep the best.

Just funny weather affecting the growth over the past few years and it is not global warming.

It has got colder earlier this year than in the past 7 that I have been on this property. The frost has arrived two months early killing the grass earlier than in the past. Good luck with the horse this weekend if you get to try one or have your lesson.
     
    07-21-2012, 02:27 AM
  #4374
Yearling
I've been married for quite some time and have come to embrace the fact that men and women are different species. Ask the one who obeys me and he will agree.

A token is a tangible representation. As long as we all agree that this is a high status, you have nothing to worry about.

Hope Stella and Kate have thick blankets on when facing the wind.
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    07-21-2012, 03:22 AM
  #4375
Super Moderator
Morning one and all.

Stan, if you have to be branded, token or not, can I wield the hot irons?

As for the weather, it has turned turtle all over the world.

It was hot on March with plenty of wind so the ground dried right out. There were plenty of cracks in the ground. Turned cold and wet in April, varied in May with the rain moving in and since then has been ceaseless - though the next few weeks are meant to be better.
It is serious.
Dairy farmers are keeping their cows on as the ground is so wet, silage was snatched off the fields in May when there was a week of dryish weather, no hay has been made.
Because of the cold and wet in April the bees were not pollenating the fruit flowers so there is little in the way for apples and pears. Commercial growers say down 60 - 80%
The veggies in the garden are very poor. Nothing has grown much. Maize (corn) is about knee high. My runner beans are only halfway up the canes, the peas are much the same. All I have picked is a bit of spinach, lettuce and radishes. I am having to dig the spuds because they are dying off and the tubers are so small.

Across the pond growth is poor because of drought. Cannot win.

I am sure it has all been around before but it is worrying in todays world.

Dry weather and the horse flies are out with a vengeance. Yesterday Babs, a laminitic TB was galloping madly in the front field so I brought her and the pony in. Poor mare, she had about 5o horse flies on her. I haven't had to Neem them because of the wet but will get them all in today for treatment.

Well, not a lot going down here. We are taking the kids out to a play park either today or tomorrow, should be fun as there are lots of climbing things. I still like climbing!

Wonder who will come back with a busted limb or the biggest bruises?
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    07-21-2012, 04:29 AM
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With Grace, I enjoy a little bit of pointless banter now and again and he who has to obey, I know how he feels, he has my thoughts with him.

Foxhunter No, No, No, you can not use the branding iron. This is a family thread being mature people over 40, and with kids around. The thought of, or trying to imagine the iron sizzling a brand onto my hide could be a very disturbing experence for young, and not so young.
My property is called, Brokenwheel Ranch. Where the h---- could you fit such a brand

I went out the second time to give the horses a bit of a stir up. They won't come when I called. Well its time to go and do somthing constructive. Good night
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    07-21-2012, 04:34 AM
  #4377
Yearling
Good Morning everyone!
Stan: you are more than a token male, you are the only male here and we would be lost without your presence.
I know how you feel with the rain crisis we don't have any pasture and nobody is getting a second cutting of hay.
We are farmer's and our corn crop is a loss, so the price of feed will go up too.

I am up at Four AM to get myself ready. It will take an hour to curl my stupid hair.
I will post pictures later.
Have a great day everyone!
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    07-21-2012, 07:03 AM
  #4378
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Just a quickie reporting on the morning dog walk.

Set off this morning with two children and 16 dogs.

I have one Foxhound on a leash and two of the terriers that go off hunting if they are off leash with one of the others. (They all take it in turns for being on and off leash)

All was well and good until we went into the woods. Some of the dogs had run on ahead, most were still around us. I hate disobedience like this and once in the woods I decided to teach the dogs a lesson and go a different way.
At this point we had three on leads, two little hound pups, my GSD, two terriers and one Lab.
We went through a gate into an open field. Walking up the field on the outside of the woods, was fine until we hit boggy ground. Biggest kid got his welly stuck but managed to extricate himself. Told them to walk on the tufts of grass.
We got about 500 yards before little 'un got stuck, the mud and water going over the top of her boots. By the time I got to her she had walked out of one boot and the other was stuck. I had to dig around in the mud looking for the boot. Git that out but the other was stuck. She gets out of boot, I extricate that one. Go to move to find both of my feet are stuck, out of one boot, manage to get that out and do the same with the other.

Little 'un is a drama queen and will make a fuss and cry at anything but it just goes to show a lot is the adult attitude because I was, as usual, laughing hard and we were all crying it was so silly.
We managed to get to the way out and clambered over a hunt jump. I had to lift a couple of the dogs over so, that put me one ahead of the kids for looking like a mud monster.

At this point some of the missing dogs bar one terrier and the hound off leash were with us.
We get back home and I wash off the wellies, inside and out. Kids go inside whilst I clean out the hounds kennel. At this point the missing hound arrives back.
Feed hounds, shut them all in and go inside to find that Little 'un had stripped down to her panties and carefully hung her filthy clothes over the rail of the Aga (cooker) to dry.

I bathed Little 'un and washed her hair, it was one of those baths where you wondered if you should change the water for a rinse.

All three of us have decided that we will not go that way again! It reminded me of walks I would take with my Dad, never stick to the paths but go on an adventure, leaving you scratched, wet or lost!
     
    07-21-2012, 09:09 AM
  #4379
Foal
Stan, we do have another male on the thread, jfmnyc, who hails from my neighborhood. He's the one who flies so maybe he could evacuate you from the branding party? Anyway, we could do a freeze brand - wouldn't want to hurt you ~ you're too much fun.

It's awful what the weird weather is doing to crops all over. I know that corn / maize futures are going through the roof over here because of the drought. News says that poor countries will suffer the most.

I survived my last adventure in horses - Rouge the 17.2 OTTB saw a ghost as I was cantering a circle & tried to levitate to the left. Rouge does not recover well so I had to trot in circles forever, talking to him and singing in French. I don't know much French so he had to listen to Frere Jacques over and over. I could feel him beginning to heat up every time the idea of falling off this skyscraper crossed my mind. Finally he walked after I applied the "slow your post" technique. Whew! I declined to canter again but promised to ride him and do so next lesson.
     
    07-21-2012, 09:10 AM
  #4380
Green Broke
Good Luck to those w/competitions upcoming. Not a good year crop-wise it seems. They say feed & groceries will all be going up cost-wise. Ouch!

CW-hope the new barn will be OK for you. Did you say the DR. Will be writing you up for riding therapy?

Stan-Love hearing about Stella & seeing your horseback adventures. Who is James?

Foxhunter-Love your stories,& your sense of adventure to each day.

My riding partner is off doing something else today-but tomorrow is still a possibility,If the weather is agreeable.
     

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