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post #41 of 29437 Old 02-05-2012, 10:58 PM
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I'm at the age of 41 and have only had horses for the past 5 1/2 years. The only few experiences I had with horses before was riding at a summer camp and taking a trail ride a couple times.

At the summer camp, I knew I liked horses but was turned away from them because of a bad experience. The first day, the person in charge decided that we should play tag on the horses and I had no clue how to get the horse to move or turn. I was so frustrated, I didn't ride at camp again.

Fast forward quite a few years, my wife says she wants "to go look at a horse." Hahaha! I knew if I said yes, we would be owning a horse. I kind of shrugged it off and tried to ignore her, but she kept asking. She had rode a little when she was younger. She kept nagging and saying that we wouldn't have to buy it, but she just wanted to go see. I finally agreed. Now we have six horses.

Neither of us had any clue of how to handle or the first thing about training a horse. The first horse we got, her horse, was 3 years old and barely started being broke. Our second horse, we aquired when we brought her horse to a place to board at. The second became my little girl, 6 weeks old and had her back leg stepped on shortly after birth. They said we could have her if we took care of her vet bills. If they had her looked at when it first happened, the bill would have only been about $300. Since they didn't and 6 weeks had gone by, her leg was badly infected and caused damage to her front leg supporting the weight on that side, which increased the bill to $1500.

Since neither horse was trained, I read as much as I could, books and magazines, watched many vidoes and shows on tv, and asked many questions to experienced people. I learned in a year how to train horses. The next year I started to train my first horse by myself. It was a slow process because I mainly only had weekends to work with him, besides working with and riding our other horses. If I had devoted more time to him he would be a lot farther than he is now, but I did take him on a big ride that next year which he did great.

Sorry about the novel. The only regret I sometimes have is not starting sooner but then again, I wouldn't have the great horses or friends I have now.

Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse!

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post #42 of 29437 Old 02-05-2012, 11:09 PM
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I forgot to add to my post a pic of Ghost, the one I trained, and I on his first big ride out in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
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post #43 of 29437 Old 02-05-2012, 11:31 PM
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I turn 40 this year. I still feel like I'm in my 20's. That is until I look in the mirror.
I grew up around horses. I can't believe some of the crazy things I used to do when I was a kid. I used to jump out of tree onto my pony's back and take off. It's a wonder my poor mom didn't have a heart attack.
When my parents got divorced, we got rid of the horses. I never forgot my love for them though.
I got back into horses at 36 when a friend talked me into leasing her gelding. One year later, I decided to buy Mona instead of joining a gym. I figured she would be the only horse I would ever own. A year after that a friend gave me Willow because she couldn't afford to keep her. I also claim my sister's 3 horses since I chip in on the food bill and help take care of them.
I guess I could get my nails done and get facials instead of owning horses, but I wouldn't have near as many cool stories to tell.

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I forgot to add to my post a pic of Ghost, the one I trained, and I on his first big ride out in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
very nice horse

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post #45 of 29437 Old 02-06-2012, 06:02 AM
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I am 41 too. I was born a horse nut, my parents said horse was my first word. My Dad bought me my first pony, a welsh/arab totally nuts green broke gelding. Then I had riding lessons.
By the time I was 15 I was a guiding trail rides and giving lessons. Then when I was 20 I moved to Ocala, Fl. I worked with Oldenburgs, and also racing Arab's. I galloped TB's and also rode reining horses...(can't believe I got paid for that)
I showed Morgan horses, my hunter was 3rd at the world show.
I have since done some training, off my farm, and ran a 30 stall barn.
My husband and I ride for fun, we have 4 horses and a donkey....
Since I switched to gaited horses, I am back to feeling like I have much to learn.


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post #46 of 29437 Old 02-06-2012, 06:54 AM
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very nice horse
Thanks. His full name is Ghost Rider, after the movie which came out about when we got him. He's Appy and has chocolate spots that come out in the winter and disappear in the summer. Some of his white spots look like ghosts too.
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post #47 of 29437 Old 02-06-2012, 07:07 AM
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Hello All...
44 hitting 45 in a few weeks. Rode a lot as a kid and teen...never had my own horse but always had the horse dream. Was a horse nut that lived in the city. Was off horses for over twenty years and woke up one day last year and said "I am getting my butt on a horse today!" Drove to a stable that was out of business, tried again the next day and found one. FELT GREAT! Knew I had to have my own. Just bought my first horse in December. A 15 yr old twh who is solid as they come with a mix of Sassyiness. Working on confidence issues due to a bad fall when I was leasing a horse but I will get there. I board at a wonderful place with amazing people that help me.
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post #48 of 29437 Old 02-06-2012, 09:09 AM
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So I noticed

Not to hi-jack this thread by too much -- when you worked in oil in Metarie during the 80's, did you by chance work for or with Cooper Industries, a/k/a Cooper-Bessemer Reciprocating at that time? C-B Recip was located in Grove City, PA. I worked for the mechanical and nuclear engineers --- who were never pleased with the marketing engineers - lollol

We had a satellite office in Metarie. LA about that time. We built power generating equipment for industrial use and Nuclear Standby.
No, I worked for Petty Ray Geophysical - was Senior Geophysicist and Gulf Coast Exploration Manager, and ran the seismic processing center there. The company has since been merged several times and finally was purchase by Schlumberger.

Haha...my brother in law is a nuke - works for GE, and has a heck of a deal. GE contracts to work outages for Entergy and other companies, and he works out of his house and works nuclear plant outages all over, but mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana. He works the outages on-site, but that is only about 6 times a year for a week at a time.

Don't worry about hijacking - this is an "old people's thread", and everybody knows we are half senile and our minds wander a lot...
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No, I worked for Petty Ray Geophysical - was Senior Geophysicist and Gulf Coast Exploration Manager, and ran the seismic processing center there. The company has since been merged several times and finally was purchase by Schlumberger.

Haha...my brother in law is a nuke - works for GE, and has a heck of a deal. GE contracts to work outages for Entergy and other companies, and he works out of his house and works nuclear plant outages all over, but mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana. He works the outages on-site, but that is only about 6 times a year for a week at a time.

Don't worry about hijacking - this is an "old people's thread", and everybody knows we are half senile and our minds wander a lot...
Isn't that the Gospel

Actually your job sounds pretty interesting. Especially running the Seismic Processing Center. Do you need an Admin? - lollollol

I did back ground checks for nuclear outages the last few years C-B Recip was in business - lollollol Geez even the commodes got inspected during shutdown week

In the nuclear environment, our equipment was always in standby position, never primary.

I'll bet your brother remembers Three Mile Island. We didn't have equipment at that facility and it was a six hour drive from me.

We were all pondering if the wind would blow anything to us I worry about what to worry about next and my engineers really played to that.

My husband wouldn't even talk to me when I got home from work; he'd just open another beer and pretend I wasn't there - lol lol lol

The last outage I did the prep work for was Vogtle in Georgia. The assigned engineers loved that outage because it was scheduled during Daytona Week<--as in NASCAR not college break - lol lol lol

I had one engineer that had to go to Taiwan; I didn't do anything for that except make travel/accommodation arrangements and ship whatever he would need.

He was not happy to go as they didn't have the stringent safety measures in place that we have. Someone had gotten fried the week before he left. I swear his skinny self was anorexic by the time it was time to fly but he made it back chaste and unscathed a month later

I believe the GE that was our competitor is still in business in Grove City. I left the OH/PA border for milder winters elsewhere in 1998, so I don't know.

It wouldn't surprise me if your brother might have crossed paths with some of my engineers. I loved loved loved my job. I was there 17 years and would have retired from there had Houston Corporate not closed our doors.

We had been in business since around 1830 or so. Then corporate decided there was more money in buying up things that could easily be mass produced. One engine/generator set cost about a million back then and took a year to build. I think there were only two other Foundries like ours in the U.S. We thought we'd stay in business just because of that - nupe

Kirch curtain rods, Weller soddering equipment, Diamond horseshoe nails. Anytime you see that little red paint brush line and the word "Cooper" on a product, that's the company that put my division out of business.

I should've been smart enough to realize when our R&D went out of existence before anything, that nothing good would come of it

Ahh-well, now I are retired and can spend the bulk of my day brushing horses and cleaning stalls. Plenty of exercise and no nuclear fall out unless the ammonia in the shavings counts
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Isn't that the Gospel

Actually your job sounds pretty interesting. Especially running the Seismic Processing Center. Do you need an Admin? - lollollol

I did back ground checks for nuclear outages the last few years C-B Recip was in business - lollollol Geez even the commodes got inspected during shutdown week

In the nuclear environment, our equipment was always in standby position, never primary.

I'll bet your brother remembers Three Mile Island. We didn't have equipment at that facility and it was a six hour drive from me.

We were all pondering if the wind would blow anything to us I worry about what to worry about next and my engineers really played to that.

My husband wouldn't even talk to me when I got home from work; he'd just open another beer and pretend I wasn't there - lol lol lol

The last outage I did the prep work for was Vogtle in Georgia. The assigned engineers loved that outage because it was scheduled during Daytona Week<--as in NASCAR not college break - lol lol lol

I had one engineer that had to go to Taiwan; I didn't do anything for that except make travel/accommodation arrangements and ship whatever he would need.

He was not happy to go as they didn't have the stringent safety measures in place that we have. Someone had gotten fried the week before he left. I swear his skinny self was anorexic by the time it was time to fly but he made it back chaste and unscathed a month later

I believe the GE that was our competitor is still in business in Grove City. I left the OH/PA border for milder winters elsewhere in 1998, so I don't know.

It wouldn't surprise me if your brother might have crossed paths with some of my engineers. I loved loved loved my job. I was there 17 years and would have retired from there had Houston Corporate not closed our doors.

We had been in business since around 1830 or so. Then corporate decided there was more money in buying up things that could easily be mass produced. One engine/generator set cost about a million back then and took a year to build. I think there were only two other Foundries like ours in the U.S. We thought we'd stay in business just because of that - nupe

Kirch curtain rods, Weller soddering equipment, Diamond horseshoe nails. Anytime you see that little red paint brush line and the word "Cooper" on a product, that's the company that put my division out of business.

I should've been smart enough to realize when our R&D went out of existence before anything, that nothing good would come of it

Ahh-well, now I are retired and can spend the bulk of my day brushing horses and cleaning stalls. Plenty of exercise and no nuclear fall out unless the ammonia in the shavings counts
I think my BIL's home office is in Grove City - either that or Chicago, I forget. He worked for Exelon for a long time out of the Chicago area and took a golden handshake a few years ago, and I get the two home offices mixed up...


Back on topic...Why do so many retired people shovel horse sh*t to pass the time?...
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