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post #6961 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 11:50 AM
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Glass, I belong to a carriage club. Almost everyone in it is over 50 years old. The oldest member who still rides and drives her Haflinger horse is 90 years old. Horses help keep us young. I am a retired farrier and my ex wife is a hunter jumper trainer. My daughter Makenzie was practically born on a horse and has followed in her rmother's footsteps. When she was young she had a collection of My Little Ponys, the soft little colored horses that little girls love. She named her real horse Tiffany after one of her miniature ponies. I think they quit making the ponies for a while and then they turned up on the store shelves again. I bought one of the ponies and gave it to my 27 year old daughter as a stocking stuffer for Christmas. Later she told me two other people also gave her a My Little Pony that year. Makenzie has an oil painting on her wall of a horse and rider jumping a cross bar. Whoever painted it knew what they were doing. I found the painting in a second hand store many years ago. I have often wondered what the story is behind the painting. Was the artist a competitor or just a talented painter with a good eye. It makes no difference. They had to have had an appreciation for horses and a special talent to express it. People often do or say hateful things without realizing it or sometimes they do. We just have to remember that they are not acting in a loving way and they are the ones with the problem. The thing that is so special about this forum is that it is absent the meanness that is present on any other forum that I have been on. It's a safe place. I pray that it never changes. I hope you will share your art work with us and please, go back to doing what you love to do. No person here is going to be a critic or put you down. There is more than one way to appreciate a horse and you are certainly welcome here.
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post #6962 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 12:02 PM
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eliduc that last bit is too funny in my younger days I was bringing the heard in before a storm and In my hurry I tossed the latch and it hit the wire. I didn't see this and went and grabbed the lead mare. As I came back to the gate I reached out with my free hand.... the other being attached to the lead rope of said mare. I touched the now electrified gate and what hit me was a huge jolt and of course went right through me to the lead rope and into the mare. We both were spooked and she took for ever to settle down and convince that I and that gate would not kill us.. and the other horses were pretty upset too.. I felt terrible about that
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Good morning to you all
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post #6964 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 12:54 PM
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Electric fence Roslyn knows them so well. We were out with a bunch riding generally getting the horses intune for the summer a couple of years ago. I was riding Savannah, the horse at the bottom of the page. At the time she was a rising 4 year old to young to ride but we never galloped or jumped her, half clydesdale and half TB and huge.

Come to this creek and some of the ladies were training there horses to cross and I was holding Savannah back out of the way by walking in circles and close to the bank of the creek on each pass. Savannah got tired of waiting and as we walked past them for a think it was the 4th time she turned her head swivled her hips and jumped the creek. Befor I had time to react. I am a learner rider. Savannah lands on the other side and a second or two after so after do I, back into the saddle. We got a clap but it was not my riding ability, it was the very smooth horse I was on. I'm a hang on for dear life kind of rider.

The electric fence! Up a hill we went and arrived at a gate, Roslyn was riding patches, a 37 year old mare. We had all bunched up a little close and while waiting to go through she backed Patches up and hit the hot wire.

Patches bolted forward at a speed rearly seen in an indi car let alone an old horse, and Roslyn, the look of surprise was priceless but she managed to get back control just before Patches was about to go down the hill we had just climbed. A new respect for that horse was found by all that day. Patches is still alive and being used to take disbled people for horse rides. She would be 40 now or close too.

A little later after stopping for lunch, while mounting up my saddle slipped. I had managed to get my right leg all the way over and in the stirup when the saddle slipped over to the left. It all happen so fast I ended up almost under Savannah and hooked up by both legs. Savannah stood perfectly still, she did not flinch, other than to turn her head and looked at me. You could see the expression in her eye. Wrong place Stan, you are surposed to be on my back not under my belly.

I was extreamly fortunate that day as just ahead was a tractor attached to farming implements. If Savannah had of bolted forward, I would have been trampled and smashed against the tractor.

Horses, who in there right mind would would ride them, we are all nuts.

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post #6965 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 02:15 PM
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One of the worst times I ever got shocked I was putting a snap attatched to a gate I had just closed to a metal eye in the gate post. My shoulder touched the hot wire and I saw a spark jump from the gap between the snap in my hand and the eye. The shock went up my arm and hit my elbow numbing my entire arm. I think I yelled FLARK or something.

It seems that almost everything that anyone has described happening to them has happened to me. When I was training and riding green horses every day it wasn't uncommon for one to get it's legs tangled up and fall down. I got pretty good at rolling off and never got hurt. I lived on a ranch with an arena and I used to ride horses in the evening after I was done shoeing. One night I was going around a corner and the horse I was on tripped and went down. I kicked my feet out of the stirrups dipped my shoulder, did a semi somersault and came up on my feet. Of course, there was nobody there to witness my agility.
I was training a little Morgan gelding at a public arena near the owners house. I had just mounted and started slipping off sideways. I reached for the horn but kept sliding slowly closer and closer to the ground. Finally, my head was about a foot from the ground and I said "screw it" and let go. The cinch strap had broken and the saddle was nearly under the horses belly.The horse had just stood there the entire time. I got bucked off of a stationary horse. Of course, this time there were about thirty people there watching this fine example of horsemanship.
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post #6966 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 02:29 PM
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Sometimes horses can really make fools of us, eh?

The S. Bowl party was really nice! So much food. After sampling the appetizers, I never did get to the hot dogs, or nachos or even the pizza. I had 1 chicken wing,loved the devilled eggs & there was candy & chocolate cookies, too. I took 3 beers w/me but only drank one. I'm such a lightweight. One guy locked his keys in his truck, so we had the Triple A truck come-they now have a small air bag they inflate near the pillar, then reach in their "hook" & unlock the latch. Pretty neat.
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post #6967 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 06:35 PM
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Wanna know what kind of day I had today?

I put 4 brand new tires on my Subaru exactly two weeks ago. The right rear one blew as I was driving 55 mph on the way to work.

That was a wild ride!

Luckily there were no other cars around me and I was able to regain control and pull over. I can change a tire but not when my hands are shaking from the fright and the 20 degree weather. I called hubby and he was 45 minutes away but before he could get there, a state trooper pulled up behind me and changed my tire for me! I never thought I would be happy to see flashing blue lights.

I only had one of these small donut type spares and the nearest tire place did not have my tire in stock so I had to leave my car at work. (I live too far away from work to drive on one of the temporary tires)

So hubby had to come pick me up at work and I have a friend that is going to take me to work in the morning. My new tire should be in by lunch tomorrow.

Today is Isabella's "birthday". I got her exactly one year ago today. I don't know her real birthday so I was going to make Feb. 4th her birthday. Inhad planned to drive to the farm to see her after work but couldn't since I couldn't drive my car. We will just have to have a belated birthday party later this week.

Oh, and tire is getting replaced for free.
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post #6968 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 06:39 PM
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Wow. I'm glad you are ok! A tire blowing out is a scary thing.
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post #6969 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 06:50 PM
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Wow corgi thank god your ok.

The PPE went well with Doc as soon as Coggins comes back we will get him home and get rose feet taken care of. I feel so bad for him. I hope it's quick
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post #6970 of 29437 Old 02-04-2013, 07:25 PM
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Wow Corgi! I'm so glad you are ok, a tire blowout on the free way is so scary! It has happened to me twice and both times I have counted my blessings knowing that someone was looking out for me.

Critter - congrats on the good PPE! Can't wait to see more pics of Doc!

Its funny that we all have these electric fence stories. I've been shocked so many times, mostly in my childhood trying to sneak between the wires to get to my besties house. If I didn't get shocked by the fence, then I had to outrun the crazy Arab mare that would chase me through the field to trample me. She must not have been very fast, as I always made it to the other side of the field but it was always a thrilling adventure.

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