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        08-13-2012, 01:29 AM
      #4921
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    Originally Posted by ozarkmama    
    so, the weather is cooling down and looking nice for the next week or so. Hoping I can spend time with my baby. He was pretty jumpy and Hot when I got him and I am working on desensitizing. We have a park across the road with walking trails, wooden bridges, ditches and all kinds of scary things. I walked him over the other night and introduced him to some of this. His biggest issue right now is that I only have two horses and he is totally herd bound. Ugghh If we take the mare out, he will run and whinny like crazy. He jumped the fence the first day we brought her home to be with her and I am scared to death he will attempt to jump it again.
    I had a problem with my first horse Savannah jumping the fence to be with her friend. I had to put a tape 2 feet higher than the top wire around the boundry fences. That stopped her from going over it, we were always expecting her to turn up when out with other horses. My present horse Stella has an issue being heard bound but is improving with time. We keep seperating them for a week at a time, or go out without her now and a gain. Now that really gets to her she uses the paddock as a race course. Impressive at times but not good for the grass.
         
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        08-13-2012, 09:50 AM
      #4922
    Yearling
    Hello everyone! I've been out of town for a new days. Thanks for the jokes Stan. You're such a hoot! Husband and I bought a small piece of property in the north of Arizona with a little trailer on it. Went up to spend our first weekend there. It was wonderfully cool! Unfortunately, I finally got called in to start my first real job in 16 years so I had to leave early and leave all the cleaning and packing up with husband and son. They did well though. First day at work was brutal! On my feet all day and exhausted. O well. I won't complain as it's a job which is something that so many don't have in my area still.

    Hope all is well with everyone. Too much information to reply individually, but I love the handy dandy helpful hints.
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        08-13-2012, 10:10 AM
      #4923
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    I had a problem with my first horse Savannah jumping the fence to be with her friend. I had to put a tape 2 feet higher than the top wire around the boundry fences. That stopped her from going over it, we were always expecting her to turn up when out with other horses. My present horse Stella has an issue being heard bound but is improving with time. We keep seperating them for a week at a time, or go out without her now and a gain. Now that really gets to her she uses the paddock as a race course. Impressive at times but not good for the grass.
    Our quarter horse doesn't mind so much when he's not with our Tennessee Walker, but our Walker is in a fizz until his friend gets back. He gaits or canters along the fence and calls and calls, and works himself up into a lather. I feel sorry for him, so far he hasn't tried to jump the fence, Heaven help us if he ever does.
         
        08-13-2012, 10:11 AM
      #4924
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    Yes you may join Emm
    Thank you, you guys sure do seem like a lot of fun. Looking forward to your tips and the jokes are great.
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        08-13-2012, 10:31 AM
      #4925
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
    EmmJayCee, welcome! We have a TWH and quarterhorse(s), too! That makes us well-rounded, right?!!? I love the gaited horses for trails, but I trust the QH for company who aren't used to the gaited energy!

    Our quarter horse is the high horse in our little mini-herd and he keeps me on my toes. I think he's one step ahead of me most of the time and his personality is so funny, like a monkey dressed up like a horse. He loves to make what I call the "camel" face if I ask something new of him, he's shorter, very stocky and sturdy strong, is a very easy keeper. My son rides him in a rope halter of all things.

    Our Walker is the most laid back, sweetest, even-tempered horse I've ever seen. He's a great big tall raw-boned giant of a horse with big ol' feet (not really, but it's like you're 8' off the ground when you get on him) and his favorite gait is what I call the mosey. He's a tooter and when he does, he flexes towards his rear end with an expression of "Who did that??!!"

    He's been the easiest for me to work with, seems eager to find the right answer, and picks things up quickly. He's been ridden in a snaffle as well (although I want to ride bitless) and is happy to just walk around for me, but is not soft in his turns yet. I hear people talk about gaited horses and their high energy, but he seems content to just hang about and mosey around.

    Both were culls from people who had too many horses on their pasture and the Walker looked so pitiful when we got him, like a true rescue horse. It's been almost a year and a half and they are both absolutely beautiful and our Walker amazes people who saw him when he first got here.

    I've spent most of our time on the ground as I was waiting on a round pen before I started riding. It's now completed and school starts next week and I'm hopeful to get started soon. It will be trial and error, but so far they've been very patient with me.
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        08-13-2012, 10:36 AM
      #4926
    Foal
    Wild Turkey Fingers

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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    Possums came from Australia, it seems they did not know what to do with them so to NZ they sent them along with wallabies. We disposed of most of the wallabies but the possums took hold and now we have a problem with them. They are not a cute little critter but eat any thing including birds eggs and chicks, not to mention fruit and veg. My son traps them for their fur I use them for furtiliser. Shoot em bury em.

    Turkeys. You Americians do not have that one all to yourself. Here they grow to the size of a compact car. (I lie) they are not as big as a compact car. What I would like is a great recipe for roast turkey. I've got a recipe for corn bread and after many disasters have managed to turn out a reasonable bread.

    So recipies for wild turkey please.

    And in keeping with the thread. No riding this weekend it has been to wet. Rain rain and more blasted rain.
    We get an occasional wild turkey here and I cook the breast only. We dress them out (remove the breast) wash them and cut them into "fingers". Salt, pepper, dredge in flour and pan fry. When you think they might be done, they probably are and can be easy to over cook. Absolutely delicious.

    Someone mentioned possum socks, lol, we have them in abundance here and I'd love to find some to give as jokes. They're a pain, eat the dog and cat food, love to run under our tires, and sometimes even find their way into our homes. Nothing like a hissing possum in your utility room to wake you right up!!
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        08-13-2012, 10:43 AM
      #4927
    Yearling
    Stan: pour beer over that turkey while it's roasting. The barley and yeast do amazing things to the meat!!!
    Emma: My TWH goes back and forth, if beginners or kids are on him, he is very lazy and laid back. When I ride him, he is high energy and all flash and gait. ....

    Time to go to work. I have to ride Diamond, ( who has a show Saturday, Sophie and really ought to hope on Sasha if I can. It's going to rain here later and my RA is acting up today.....
         
        08-13-2012, 10:44 AM
      #4928
    Super Moderator
    horses being clingy

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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    I had a problem with my first horse Savannah jumping the fence to be with her friend. I had to put a tape 2 feet higher than the top wire around the boundry fences. That stopped her from going over it, we were always expecting her to turn up when out with other horses. My present horse Stella has an issue being heard bound but is improving with time. We keep seperating them for a week at a time, or go out without her now and a gain. Now that really gets to her she uses the paddock as a race course. Impressive at times but not good for the grass.
    An OTTB we had could jump pretty much anything I think if he was left in the field on his own and did actually appear behind us as we rode along the lane a few times but we discovered that he was OK if we left him in his stable.
    Our mini clyde gets hysterical if she gets left on her own field or stable, I seriously think she would injure herself so it never happens.
    I think the local turkeys here have realised that we are British and they are already starting to congregate on our property, the group taking a daily stroll gets bigger each week then after Thanksgiving they all drift away as they feels safe from the threat of the dinner table!!!!!!
    They carry ticks as well don't they?
    I can't see to shoot and hit what I'm aiming at - deer included - so I run around the place banging saucepans together and screaming like some crazy woman
         
        08-13-2012, 11:05 AM
      #4929
    Green Broke
    Popping in to say "Hi" ..
         
        08-13-2012, 11:53 AM
      #4930
    Trained
    Good morning everyone nice to be here for a bit
    Hopefully going for a riding lesson this week
         

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