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        05-05-2013, 08:42 PM
      #8581
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    Well....day two complete! �� We had another good day. My 'big bad earl' did a really super job. Helped me gain more of my confidence.

    I always evaluate these gigs when I am done, whether its a teacher conference or whatnot....funny, I walked way yesterday estatic, and today....just so so....I am not sure why....I didn't have any issues With the horse, in fact he was amazingly patient with me!!! Exactly what I needed. And I feel I got him very in tune with me, and very respectful of my space, which for him is good!

    I think bc the first day I ended on a really strong note, and nailed the trot to walk maneuver. Boom! Just like my old pleasure horse. On target. Today....I didn't feel quite as successful, especially in saddle as many of the maneuvers were differently executed than I had been taught. I was a pleasure and western riding girl.....

    I would ask, " do you want me to move his front end like I would if I needed him to pivot." Yes, was the answer, but when I went to do it, and earl DID move, it "wasn't quite right". At least that is how I felt....when the clinician wasn't looking I would make my horse move his front and hind quarters like I had been taught years ago....he did them and without a bunch of fuss. Lol. ��

    Sometimes I felt like I wasn't making progress because he was asking me to do something I could do, but not his way.....does that make any sense? This isn't good, as I am a bit of a perfectionist, and I want to walk away from a gig having nailed something like the day before.
    At the end, we played a 'little' game, and I am sure it was to be in fun....and to solidify our learning, but it totally frustrated me because I had no flipping idea really what I was to be doing....����. I probably looked like a dummy out there...

    So, as a teacher and a teacher trainer, I need to remember, and execute to the best of my ability I need to make sure everyone feels like they nailed at least SOMETHING during the day!!

    Sorry I'm a bit of a negative Nellie, but I was left felling as if I hadn't nailed anything today....and now it's over. ��

    On a positive note...as I will end there....we had zero issues, Mr. Earl and I. I gained a ton of confidence back, I learned some great ground techniques, and things I can use when looking at a new horse to buy....so, as I always ask myself....did I walk way with anything? YES!!! AND....btw, my mom did terrific!!! It's been years for her, and she picked things up well!!!����


    We got a few photo ops, but not on my phone...so when I download them, I will share.

    Happy trails all, ride strong!! ��
         
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        05-05-2013, 08:54 PM
      #8582
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    We LIKE photos! :)


    Notice that I did NOT post any today? Wonder why? I think not!
         
        05-06-2013, 03:54 AM
      #8583
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    Originally Posted by Chiasuki    
    We have three minis that we drive: Macaroni is Grampa, Grumpy. He is the boss! Lays his ears back and everyone MOVES!

    Then, Gizmo, he is the baby, 3 years old. The sweetest little guy in the world, but my husband can never catch him. SHORTY and FAMILY JEWELS>

    CLOUD is the paint mini, LOVER and SWEETY, does love everyone.

    2 Haflingers: STAR, next to Mac in being boss. BEAUTY and BEAST

    JUNIOR, TIMID and EASY, very sweet and TRIes to get along with them all.
    Five very distinct personalities.

    Hi there where are you from.
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        05-06-2013, 04:18 AM
      #8584
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    We have just come out the other side of very strong wind and rain throughout last night and today. Trees down, power off, rattling of the roof, and lots of rain. More predicted but less wind I hope.

    Thought the plastic table was going to come through the lounge ranch slider door last night. Horses running around like they were possesed.

    Had some good news I have managed to sell the old horse trailer nice to recover some of the money spent on the new one. The new owner did not want to complete the deal because of the weather, he was concerned the trailer could be blown off the road. Not to let a chance go by, I took it to him relieved him of the readies and scarpered back home safe. Told a porky to SWMBO she asked where was the money, does she think i'm thick, I told her it was safe in the bank. Well I had to, otherwise she would have relieved me of a large portion.

    Not good riding weather but I have to get the horses going again so its 10 minutes with each horse each night untill the weekend just going over the ground rules.

    Cheers all
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        05-06-2013, 08:14 AM
      #8585
    Green Broke
    Looks like both you ladies had a good clinic other than a small hiccup. Glad there is something new for you to use in your arsenal while working with the horses.

    Chiasuki, Welcome and hope to hear more about you and the horses.


    Sereno, sounds like you have some good hired help and a lot of work to do around the property.

    Stan, prayers continued for you to get a consistent rain over the next few weeks. Bugs reminds me of Sugar and Littleman.

    The 2 new rescues we had at the place were taken to their new place yesterday after church. After I went into the tack/feed room to get the leads and halters for them I apparently didn't slide the door latch all the way across. I came back out after loading the rescues in the trailer and found both the upper and lower doors swung completely open. Nearly everything on the shelf was on the floor and the empty feed bags were strowed all over the place. One of the empty feed bags had the remnants of Boo and Trusty's wraps from their ailments. They were dumped out on the floor.

    Wasn't sure of who might have been the culprit since they were all out in the new pasture. As soon as they came back to see what I was doing the culprits were revealed. Apparently they both checked out Diatomaceous Earth sitting on the other shelf as both nuzzles were powdered. Their feed is kept in old pickle shipping barrels with the spin on ring and lid so there is no concern of them getting into that.


    Bad news: I went and picked up the horse trailer I had planned on loaning to Faydesmom to bring home and do some sheet metal repair on. The table where you tie them and keep the hay is rotting out pretty good, so I was going to cut it all out and replace it with a sheet I have at the house. WEll, about a mile from the house driver rear tire goes out on me and shredded going down the road. I crept home with it and called the guy to inform him. He then tells me he knew he was going to have to get tires for it since they were starting to show dry rot. I was slightly PO'd because he didn't tell me before I left with it in a hurry. I should have looked the tires over myself and normally do, so I guess I'm as much to blame for driving to fast on bad tires. Especially since the bumper ball puts the trailer in a position that puts down force on the back trailer tires. This truck doesn't have the receiver under the bumper.
         
        05-06-2013, 08:55 AM
      #8586
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    Sometimes ya gotta stop and put things in perspective!

    Not an easy thing to do at times. But I read here and other threads about so many others being challenged. Winter, rain and mud season that does not want to go away. Construction and never ending maintenance. Equipment that always needs repair. Insect and TICK problems. Finding the right tack. And of course, taking care of our horses and other animals. For those that board, some of these problems are lessened but the trade offs work out to about the same stress and expenses.

    So I worked on some of the trade off issues that we have related to our horses. In part because I talk about our hired men Amado and Kalvin and don't want you all to get the wrong idea that we are super wealthy.

    Dp = Dominican Peso $ = U.S. Current exchange is U.S. $1.00 = dp 41.
    Per Month avg. Costs.
    Boarding plus commuting.
    For 3 horses would run around dp 40,000. = $ 975.00

    Training, meds, vet, tack, farrier, tack and whatever not included. (we have a donkey also but he is not figured in the boarding figures.) Generous but restricted hours. Having to wait for tack up area, wash, corals and rings. Dealing with BO and other boarder issues. Always getting hit with ... price of hay or grain went this month or this or that so BO needs a little extra.... just for this one month.... that never ended.

    On our properties.
    Amado worked for us before we brought our horse here so really does not count but I'll put him down but not added into the bottom line. 3 horses plus donkey.

    Amado. Dp. 13,000 = $ 317.

    Kalvin. Dp. 11,000 = $ 268.
    Hay/grain/water/taxes dp. 5,300 = $ 129.
    Maint./ land management. Dp. 2,000 = $ 49.

    Total horse care. Dp. 18,300 = $ 446.00

    Thou Cary and I do some work, the heavy and not fun stuff is done by Amado and Kalvin.

    Labor is very affordable here. No taxes on domestic help. But finding good and honest workers is very difficult.

    Amado has been with us for over 5 years, he just turned 21. He is in school on his days off to become a teacher. I've taught him about horses, how to drive a car and other skills. We pay for medical insurance; dp. 10,000 per year. We give his our older computers, cell phones and what ever as we upgrade. He is more of a son to us and we take him to horse shows or shopping in Santo Domingo (5 hour drive each way) and pay for extra room for overnights. He had an accident that trashed his 22 year old motor bike. We lent him the dp 50,000 for a new one that he pays a little back out of each pay. It will take around 5 years. We have forgiven a couple of other small loans.

    Kalvin has been with us two years. Nice guy and hard worker. I saw him limping one day with a large wet spot on his pants at the knee. What he showed me had him in my car and at the hospital in less then 15 minutes. He had a steel rod in both legs and the pin was backing out on one and was very infected. No questions asked or did we hesitate. Dp. 70,000 for the surgery and we paid him for the month he could not work. Doc's said that another few days and they would have had to take the leg. Kalvin works one hour extra a day to show his thanks. His mother sends a little home cooking every now and then.

    I'm late so I'll continue later with.... putting things into perspective. No time to proof... horses calling. :)

    See ya.
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        05-06-2013, 10:14 PM
      #8587
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    Got a few pics from the clinic uploaded.....not real thrilling....but the person who volunteered to take pics for me only stayed a few minutes, so these are all I have. The morning was mostly ground work, so this is us listening to our overview. 😀
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        05-06-2013, 10:16 PM
      #8588
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    I just can't seem to upload more than one pic.....even tho I shrunk them....hmmmm. Oh well.....isn't he pretty? Got word from the owner today......and I quote ..." I don't know what she did to our horse................but he is AWESOME!!!!" Guess they couldn't believe how calm, settled and responsive he was just after two days!!! YEEHAA! I did my job! :)
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        05-07-2013, 02:20 AM
      #8589
    Trained
    Chiasuki, Welcome to our place here
    nice to meet you
         
        05-07-2013, 02:24 AM
      #8590
    Trained
    Here are some pictures of my friends cows
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