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        08-17-2012, 11:54 AM
      #4981
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    Originally Posted by EmmJayCee    
    We got Festus (our quarter horse) in early April of 2011. Zeus came to us on April 26, 2011 (the same day tornadoes devastated our region), so I have had them about 16 months. Festus is ridden in a rope halter now (my oldest rides him) and I'm working on Zeus. Their personalities are very different and I think that makes me better. Festus keeps me on my toes and is always thinking. Zeus is a LOT bigger, but so laid back he makes everything easy.

    One thing I learned from RG was NOTHING is impossible if I'm willing to take the time it takes. I also got a lot from his philosophy of putting the needs of the horse first and doing what's right and best for them and understanding a lot of why they do the things they do. However, I'm finding that other trainers give a better demo that's easier for me to watch and then put into practice, so I see that it's a little bit of everything, trying it and throwing out what doesn't work.

    I wanted a horse from the time I was 6 years old. It was something I didn't have to have, but all my life loved them and hoped someday I'd have one. I grew up, got married (and grew up some more, lol), had 5 little boys, and life just got busy. It seemed like I'd never have one and that was ok, but last April, things just worked out and two horses were delivered right to our pasture. I look at them and see a favor from the Lord. It might sound cheesy, I do believe our needs are supplied, but every once in a while, it works out to where you get your wants too. I guess that's why I'm so willing to learn to ride bitless, why I want to make sure that they have good horsey lives and are happy, I appreciate so much that of all the homes they could have gone to, they were ALLOWED to find their way to mine. :)
    Wow..Your story is almost identical to mine.I loved horses for as long as I remember.Got my first at 39 yrs of age like you.I had zero experience!. So yes it can be done.Even without so called "professional " trainers.Like yourself ,I got married, had three kids who are now teens and when I hit 39 some of that wonderful mid life stuff kicked in and I decided that Mama wants something for herself!
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        08-17-2012, 12:05 PM
      #4982
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    Originally Posted by Newfie    
    Wow..Your story is almost identical to mine.I loved horses for as long as I remember.Got my first at 39 yrs of age like you.I had zero experience!. So yes it can be done.Even without so called "professional " trainers.Like yourself ,I got married, had three kids who are now teens and when I hit 39 some of that wonderful mid life stuff kicked in and I decided that Mama wants something for herself!
    LOL, the horses are the ONLY thing I've ever had that was just for me.

    Hubby's been really sweet about it, hauling hay, building my round pen, and I even catch him taking them treats. He worries about me getting hurt, but sees I'm taking it slow and TRYING to use good common sense. He also sees how incredibly happy they make me, they're so good for your mind. :)

    I don't know if the mid-life stuff has kicked in yet, but for the 1st time in almost 16 years I won't have any kids at home during the day once school starts (the baby starts kindergarten this year, I'm sad for me, happy for him--he's so excited!!) I'm looking forward to my horsey time everyday, and the fact that I can take a bath and shave my legs ANYTIME I want!!
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        08-17-2012, 12:44 PM
      #4983
    Green Broke
    Good Morning to all. We had more rain late yesterday & through the night, which makes it cooler today-and that is a blessing! It's usually not raining when I go out in the morning, so I can keep the corrals clean, which I like. Flies are still sticking around though. Nasty creatures. Computer is being slow today, so hard to change pages.

    With Grace-sounds like you will have Kes as your first client,hmm? If you can help her feel better,won't that be wonderful? I do hope you can get her over her trailer problem, that is so scary.
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        08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
      #4984
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    Originally Posted by EmmJayCee    
    LOL, the horses are the ONLY thing I've ever had that was just for me.

    Hubby's been really sweet about it, hauling hay, building my round pen, and I even catch him taking them treats. He worries about me getting hurt, but sees I'm taking it slow and TRYING to use good common sense. He also sees how incredibly happy they make me, they're so good for your mind. :)

    I don't know if the mid-life stuff has kicked in yet, but for the 1st time in almost 16 years I won't have any kids at home during the day once school starts (the baby starts kindergarten this year, I'm sad for me, happy for him--he's so excited!!) I'm looking forward to my horsey time everyday, and the fact that I can take a bath and shave my legs ANYTIME I want!!
    hahah.Well , when I sent my baby to kindigarten 9 yrs ago, someone asked me if I was sad.My reaction was to look at her with a stunned expression on my face and say " hell no,I am gettin ready to do a few cartwheels of joy out the the school parking lot, so back the hell up!!!" hahhaahaha..I had my three kids in 4 1/2 yrs.Boy, was I ready for a BREAK. My hubby has been very understanding as well.He knows that when Mama aint happy,aint nobody happy.lol.He has been a wonderful help though.Built my barn and my pen and now will be building a even bigger pen because we bought the peice of land next to ours.So we now have three acers instead of one.Dont sound like much in farm terms but trust me,its a lot where I live!!
         
        08-17-2012, 03:01 PM
      #4985
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    Hi

    Humid day here again - flies bad here too Cacowgirl but I do think we are seeing less than previous years so maybe the fly predators are having effect
    Foxhunter - Your poor boy is having a hard time, I'm like you with the homeopathic stuff as never found it works for me. Silly that someone disliked the photos - horses have got to be the most accident prone animal there is I would think and all owners should be prepared for the horrors or how else will they deal with it if it happens to them?
    Grace Sorry to hear that your lovely horse is still not right - must be a worry for you. I have all sympathy with the trailering concerns - I am a terribly nervous transporter of horses so having a difficult one increases the stress
    Susan You are such a sweet person - no wonder your horses are so settled around you
    CW Hope you get news of your next ride soon
    Newfie & Emmjaycee. As long as you are selective you can learn from so many people - even RG though I wouldn't say that any of his worthwhile stuff is new the fact that you've benefited from it is a good thing. I admire you both for sticking at it as a lot of people quit at the first bad experience
    As for back to school - my 'baby' will be heading off for his second year at college in Georgia in a couple of weeks and I'm going to cry all the way back from the airport and a bit of every day for a week!!!!
    I have the added pleasure of having to keep his horse ticking over too
    Everyone else - Have a great weekend and enjoy your 'tootling' (Love that word!!!)
         
        08-17-2012, 03:16 PM
      #4986
    Foal
    My first horse show

    Here's the one picture that actually came out...



    Dancer says "I'se hot 'n tired. Where's my carrots?" Have a good weekend, everyone.
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        08-17-2012, 03:23 PM
      #4987
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    jaydee, the pictures were not reported, they showed on my page but not on the site - someone found this out and put them up on a later page - the really gory one!

    We have taken to treating the area with 100% pure organic Neem Oil. I was astounded at how good it all looked this morning. When I cleaned the ooze off the flesh was red and much healthier looking.

    BOTS we are lucky in that we do not get any around here - use to but not any more. Personally I would rub them with Neem as this will prevent the flies from laying the eggs. Worm for them in the fall and pick them off with a razor or scalpel blade. You can get the knives for removing human hard skin and they work on bot eggs.

    Off to the Fowl Auction tomorrow at sparrow fart. Unfortunately we have the first ten cages, usually these get the lowest prices as people are looking at the dead stock auction and other birds for sale. Also many people will be away on holiday and the weather is meant to be good so many will go out with families. So, we are taking few birds and more next month.

    The weather is so humid that I almost feel I am in NC ! Not quite as hot but certainly uncomfortable for me without any breeze to stir the air.

    Off to catch some of the sale birds and feed the horses.
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        08-17-2012, 03:26 PM
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Here is one that always makes me laugh.


    P. S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!

    'If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid.'
    Fox hunter.
    I have been away for a few days and look what happens. The stories evolve around men and how stupid one thinks they are. Well you may be right.

    That individual was thoughtfull in testing the device to make sure it worked. He considered the cat as a test sample, but knew it was not the thing to do. He could have tested it on his wife, but like the cat, he knew that would be cruelty to animals so he did the only thing left. That couragious male thinking only of his wifes future safety, did the only thing left to him, and that was to become the test subject and endure the pain, humiliation, and not to leave out the wondering what the xxxx did I do that for.

    But stupid, well he may be, but i'm leaning more towards simple because.

    What man in his right mind would give such a weapon to his wife.

    All men, and I mean all, learn from an early age. The look!!! When we see the look we know to run and hide. It's that glare from the eye and the curling back of the side of the upper lip (Stella, and she who must, know how to do that one)

    And in leaving, all men as they age know how to avoid the look. That is with two simple words. Yes dear. They also know how to use those two words in a way as to get the look. But that is only done when in need of some piece and quite.

    Cheers all
    Brave token

    And as always spelling mistakes belong to me. To lazey to check and correct
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        08-17-2012, 03:32 PM
      #4989
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Welcome to the newbies!

    Just playing catch up.
    First news about Mush, the stitching has all broken down from the swelling. The only arnica I could get was Homeopathic and it was as much good as spitting on a forest fire. I have no faith in homeopathy at all, nothing has ever convinced me it works.

    Anyway, Mush is being very good about it all. Unfortunately I have had to give up with the Manuka Honey as it was attracting more flies and wasps. Turned now to neat Neem oil, it has many healing properties but I have never used it before.
    It will heal but only over several months.

    Good news is that a horse we bred and sold has won over fences (Steeple Chasing)

    Not a lot of news, I need to write an article for the Hunt Autumn magazine. I have a rough idea but nothing more. If it is any good I will put it up here.

    Maybe more later.
    When using manuka honey the wound does have to be covered and that is to keep the other insects at bay not to mention the freeloaders with toast in their hands.
    If the wound can't be covered then one has to be mindfull of the bees etc.
         
        08-17-2012, 04:09 PM
      #4990
    Foal
    Yay for more land!!

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    Originally Posted by Newfie    
    hahah.Well , when I sent my baby to kindigarten 9 yrs ago, someone asked me if I was sad.My reaction was to look at her with a stunned expression on my face and say " hell no,I am gettin ready to do a few cartwheels of joy out the the school parking lot, so back the hell up!!!" hahhaahaha..I had my three kids in 4 1/2 yrs.Boy, was I ready for a BREAK. My hubby has been very understanding as well.He knows that when Mama aint happy,aint nobody happy.lol.He has been a wonderful help though.Built my barn and my pen and now will be building a even bigger pen because we bought the peice of land next to ours.So we now have three acers instead of one.Dont sound like much in farm terms but trust me,its a lot where I live!!
    Congratulations on 2 more acres!! The older I get, the more I love land. I don't want a fancier house, or finer things, but I'd love a few more acres myself. :) I am looking forward to some time alone. I work from home and anticipate doing a lot of that, but oh joy, to just be able to go to the pasture when I want and not worry about what the kiddos are doing!! My boys are 15 (16 this year, wah!!), 12, 7 year old twins, and the baby (who is the SWEETEST cake I ever baked) is 5.
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