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post #4991 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 04:10 PM
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The "look"

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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.

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And as always spelling mistakes belong to me. To lazey to check and correct
I know "the look" well, and have spent years perfecting it. I also have figured out how to wield great power with my index finger. Point it and couple it with "the look" and watch my kiddos scramble to straighten up. That story was hilarious. Hope the gentleman finds everything he was missing. :)
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post #4992 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 04:16 PM
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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!!!)
Your baby is going to school right next to my state. :) I'll be sending happy thoughts his way and comforting thoughts yours.

As to sticking with it, when I made the decision to take them, I didn't make it lightly. They're here for the rest of their lives. I don't believe in playing "musical chairs" with a living being. All of our animals stay with us until they reach the end of their lives. A couple times, they had to be eased on out, and it sure did hurt. I hope the horses and I have at least 20 good years together. When we're too old and creaky to ride, we'll still be tootling around.

Have a great day!!
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post #4993 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 05:14 PM
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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)
Stan, When I first went to work in a jump race yard, the lads were very resentful that I was in charge of them when I had little experience of the horse racing industry.
They made my life hell, being belligerent and as awkward and rude as they could be. I ignored it all and bided my time. (The trainer said she would have a word with them over it all but I would not let her as I was taught to fight my own battles!)
One day they pushed their luck a little to far and they knew it! I heard one of them say to the other "Watch out, she is about to blow - she has 'The LOOK'!"

They thought they were clever in getting into my rooms and hiding my bed in the hay barn. What they didn't know was that there was another mattress is the walk in attic so I pulled that out and slept on it. When the bed was exposed as the hay went down I just warned them that if the Misses saw it they would be in deep water. It was immediately returned.

People who win thousands for sexual harassment have never worked in a racing yard. You give as good as you get and never turn a hair.

The lads worked hard and played even harder. Practical jokes were the par but often could get out of hand. One lad, who was more ignorant than pig sh1t, was terrible and so the lads he shared a house with got him drunk and then carried him, and his bed, into the middle of the stable yard and left him there overnight. I found him in the morning when I started to feed, frost on his hair, and left him there!

I drew the line at bullying. One young lad was fine with the banter but another was upset by it so they did it even more. One evening when we had finished for the day, they got him, stripped him off and covered him in hoof oil and purple spray. I didn't know it was going on until he ran into the house where I lived, with four other lads. I was furious and told them so. The lad locked himself in the bathroom. I got him a towel and told him to scrub himself. WHen I went to check if he was OK he had unlocked the door and climbed out the bathroom window thinking the lads were still in the house.

A few days later most of the lads were off to a party. I wasn't going as I had to be up at 4.30 a.m. To feed.
I decided it was time for revenge. I went to the house where some of the lads lived and took the key to the French doors knowing they would test if it was locked but not if the key was in the lock. Later, along with the bullied lad, we let ourselves in.
I had bought some cheap nylon wool and we wound that around everything in the living room.
The kitchen was also rigged so that when they walked in they would pul all the pans off the shelf and drawers from the units. We removed all light bulbs as we went.
In the bedrooms we sewed up every pair of trousers and jodhpurs. Three places in each leg. Lots of tiny stitches on top of each other.
We sewed their bed clothes to the mattresses with upholstery needles.
The bathroom was a loo and a shower - not a lot we could do with that except to cling film the loo.

I knew they would return home worse for drink and the poor lad was terrified they would go after him. I knew that it would be me they were after so had prepared for defending myself.

I moved my bed from the normal place. Took the landing light out, balanced a bowl of water on top of the door and took a bucket of water with some sponges by the side of my bed.
I also took my old dog upstairs. She awoke me growling. I silenced her and two of the lads came charging into my room, throwing water and flower at where my bed had been. I threw the sponges at them and the dog gave chase. One lad part fell down the stairs and broke his toe.

The other two who lived with them had both been to drunk to take revenge. They had both peed on top of the cling film.

In the morning they were late, not only because they were hung over but because they tried all their trousers and jodhpurs!

I had little trouble after that. I did get two other lads that pushed their luck with practical jokes. It took me a couple of months to get them - one thought he had escaped because he was working elsewhere but he was mistaken!

They still played jokes on me - like the time I got into my car and it wouldn't move away. It sounded OK but would not move either forward or back. They had jacked it up so the back wheels were actually just off the ground. Only when I saw them peeping out the windows laughing did I realise what they had done.

I started work there in September and by Christmas had them all eating out of my hand. They knew 'The LOOK' all right!
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didn't see the pic of the injury, but arnica should not be used on open wounds. Calendula is a wonderful healing substance though.
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When a horse loses its best friend

I didn't know where to post this, but this is where I feel comfortable asking. I am over 40 ( mature ?? ) and just recently got into horses, which I love. I have a 27 y.o mare and 12 y.o mare. The older mare has health issues. The 2 have only been together 2 years, but are best buddies.
My concern is, how does the younger mare behave when the older passes on? I will get another horse a soon as possible, but she will be alone in the pasture until I can find one. What can I expect and is there anything I can do to ease any anxiety issues? I don't like thinking about it, but it's something I need to educate myself on. Thank you for any information.
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I didn't know where to post this, but this is where I feel comfortable asking. I am over 40 ( mature ?? ) and just recently got into horses, which I love. I have a 27 y.o mare and 12 y.o mare. The older mare has health issues. The 2 have only been together 2 years, but are best buddies.
My concern is, how does the younger mare behave when the older passes on? I will get another horse a soon as possible, but she will be alone in the pasture until I can find one. What can I expect and is there anything I can do to ease any anxiety issues? I don't like thinking about it, but it's something I need to educate myself on. Thank you for any information.
My two geldings have been together just over a year (about 16 months) and have established the most amazing little mini-herd. That's one of my fears, they're both about 10 years old, but if one were to pass on, the other would just be lost. I am sorry for what you're facing. My instinct would be to prepare for another horse now. If it's at all possible, get one now and let them join the other two and if that's not possible, maybe get you one picked out. I'll be hoping your girls have many more happy horsey years together.
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post #4997 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 08:19 PM
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Thank you EmmaJayCee, I have thought of getting a third horse. Financially it would be a little diffficult, but that would definitely help my situation.
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Thank you EmmaJayCee, I have thought of getting a third horse. Financially it would be a little diffficult, but that would definitely help my situation.
I know money's tight for everyone, and horses sure can get expensive. Maybe you'll find a little gem out there that someone just wants to give to a good home. As to feed, wormer, hay, farrier work, vet care, tack, etc. in for a penny, in for a pound as the old saying goes. Best wishes to you and your sweet girls.
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Hey! I am 41, so that barely qualifies me to be here!
I took some time away from horses to get married and raise a few kids. Last year I jumped back in with both feet... and now I have two OTTB geldings. I look forward to hanging out with ya!
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Hey! I am 41, so that barely qualifies me to be here!
I took some time away from horses to get married and raise a few kids. Last year I jumped back in with both feet... and now I have two OTTB geldings. I look forward to hanging out with ya!
Welcome, Merle. I'm only 39, and they let me in , pretty cool group of people here, lots to learn, and some absolutely hilarious jokes. You're going to love it!!
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