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        12-02-2012, 12:20 PM
    Eight years ago I drove down a quiet dirt track with the woman who was soon to became my wife. At the end of the road we discovered 7 flat acres with a for sale sign in front of it. There was a clearing for a house and the property was dotted with huge ponderosa pines. It was also covered with buck brush higher than our heads so thick that we couldn't walk through it. It was a warm day in March and the open patches of ground were covered with a covering of new grass and wildflowers. I was so excited that I failed to notice that the electricity was 1400 feet distant and later the real estate salesman didn't mention it. That first year Joyce and I pulled out two and a half acres of brush with a pickup truck and burned it. At the end of the day we would put a dutch oven filled with vegetables and meat on the coals of a burn pile and a couple of hours later have a delicious meal. I owned an old 30 foot travel trailer and we lived in that for a year while we developed the property acting as our own sub contractors for the work we couldn't do ourselves. A well was drilled and the pump ran off of a generator until the electric was brought in a year later. We took baths in a black plastic 55 gallon drum that was set in the sun to take the chill off the water. After the well was in we could get a four minute shower from a 100 foot garden hose stretched out in the sun, a real luxury . We bought a used 2000 Sq. Foot manufactured home and had it moved to the property. We had a home and the start of a hobby farm for $70,000 and no mortgage. There has been an unending series of projects ever since. The first was a pump house. For two years Joyce and I pulled brush and burned it. We discovered things after we moved in. Our property boarders BLM land and a national forest with a hundred mile hiking and riding trail is a quarter mile away.
    It wasn't long before we had a horse and then two. We became interested in driving and joined a club with people mostly our own age. Paddocks were built for the horses and stalls. A half acre around the house was fenced for the dogs. I felt that it was not safe to train a young horse to drive without an arena. I cut juniper posts and hand dug 44 holes for the 200 foot square arena. If you have horses you need a tack room. Last year I build an insulated tack room and a breaking pen for my new horse, Trampus a five year old quarter horse gelding. Joyce's first horse did not work out and Gilly, my five year old driving and riding horse died last fall from Potomac fever. It was a huge, irreplaceable loss. Trampus turned out to be too high powered for a dependable driving horse although he is turning out to be a great trail horse. In September we bought a 9 year old off the track Standardbred gelding. So far he has been Mr. Calm.
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        12-02-2012, 01:46 PM
    Nice pictures everyone
    Nice to see you all here again

    Have a nice day
        12-02-2012, 01:49 PM
    That is good Grace
    Nice to see you again
        12-02-2012, 02:22 PM
    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    That is good Grace
    Nice to see you again
    Good to see you too CW!
        12-02-2012, 03:24 PM
    I hate hauling hay in the rain. northwestern montana is turning tropical.was talking to my hay guy today and if it warmed up about thirty degrees he could be haying by enjoyed eluducks post.those are the memories. My wife and I just payed off our place. Went with out lots of things. So at this stage of our lifes we owe no payments. So new I don't know what to think about but.. as I've said before. Thank god I don't get what I deserve..who knows what bridge I would be living ride safe everyone..happy trails.
        12-02-2012, 05:15 PM
    We make our own hay on about 6 acres. If I get extra, I'll sell some, but this year there wasn't any extra. If it wasn't for some I had leftover from last yr, I don't think I'd have enough. People that have been selling hay for yrs, have their "hay for sale" signs down. All my friends said they're paying more for hay this yr and are lucky to find it. I sure hope we have a better hay year next year. We just spent over $700 for a load of lime (spread). It's not cheap to grow grass.
        12-02-2012, 05:21 PM
    Good afternoon nice to be here again

    Hope all is well
        12-02-2012, 07:33 PM
    Hi, all. I've been MIA for a while due to work schedule and way too much going on. I'm inside this weekend nursing a sinus infection, of course - it's 66 degrees outside! I was planning to ride at least once this weekend but I'm still not well enough to do more than walk through the pasture and love on the horses and sheep.

    I've enjoyed the stories - especially Hunter's new place, Kes' accomplishments, Susan's new life among Arabians, and Stan's challenges with Stella and the new Bugs. Montana, welcome, and it's good to hear of your way with horses! I approve wholeheartedly! My farrier is one of my good friends and I rely on him to help me out with practical horse-training tips; he's young enough to be my son but has a wealth of experience.

    Stan, your Stella stories of the trailer loading reminded me of my experince with a green gaited horse (no longer part of my family). I loved the challenge but I didn't enjoy the unpredictable-ness - and he threw me on a regular basis so hubby grounded me until I was better mounted. Anyway, I propose that you consider whether part of Stella's hold on your heart is that you do actually enjoy the challenge, and then measure whether it is still fun for you. And compare that to Bugs - he might be a great horse for you, willing to please, and personality to keep you interested. But...if he's boring, compared to Stella's fire and challenge, you might not be happy. In my case, I wanted to ride safely (1st) and have a challenge (2nd) I bought a safe horse that I could teach new things and be challenged in that aspect. I haven't had to miss out on trail rides as she's a finished trail horse; she may not be ready yet for cow horse events or parades...or sheriff's posses, so there's our challenge!
        12-02-2012, 07:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Hi all. So busy. Today I have vacuumed house and car. Washed car and cleaned kitchen and windows and got out for a ride. I am pooped. Few more things to do and then a nice steak for dinner. One of the ladies at the barn offered to lunge hunter during the week. He is the barn troublemaker. Her horses are so well behaved I said sure fill your boots. I also told her to make sure she had a lunge whip with her lol.
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        12-02-2012, 10:27 PM
    Finally done wading around in the mood.yay. Inside setting by my fire. Drying my toes. Not a pretty picture..sorry. But I was thinking about stella.the horse not loading.and the problems with her. And I started thinking back about 30 years ago. About this nice looking well shoulder.great butt. Straight legged really pretty horse I decided to train. Well..she had this problem. She didnt mind killing herself to get to me. Three time she actually would turn on a tight trail way up a mountain and jump . Gives you a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach free falling on the back of your horse down a mountain side. Sorry.. no pictures of it.i was holding on for all I was worth. Once it was so steep when I grabbed a limb as we sailed by I still had to climb 20 feet down the tree to get my feet on that ever loving land. Well im stuborn. Some say.." wife" im not to sure that I am. But I decided she was so good looking. Well built that she was going to be my saddle horse. For three years that horse fell.jumped.. dove. Flew. Bucked. Fall over backwords. And pretty much anything you can think of. Now remember.i have about 14 horses standing around that were well broke. Due to me outfitting at the time. But I found myself making excuses for not riding. Not wanting busy. Headacke you name it I used it. Well. Finally.. I decided she was tougher then I matter what I did. It would end in a wreck of some kind. One morning. As the sun peeked over the mountain.i was standing in the coral.and decided. She was really a good brood mare. That horse doesnt need to be my saddle horse. And I sold her with in a few days once I put her on the market. But I noticed just how much fun riding was again.made me humble in many ways. Limp in even more. But I learned that me admitting I don't know. Or that im not good enough.. or that I just don't want too. Is the smarter choice for me. Anyways.not sure if this is worth reading. Sorry if it isnt. Yay if it is.. lol. I think about that horse from time to time..and never have once.regretted making her a brood mare.... ride safe everyone...
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