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        08-24-2013, 06:58 PM
      #211
    Green Broke
    ^^^EPIC Nick! I love it haha.

    Gunslinger...I have no idea O.O haha. Ill have 10 months left on my contract after my DEROS in march so theyre saying theyre going to have me PCS somewhere but I wont get orders till about dec/jan. Apparently armys new policy is you can't reup/change orders etc until 90 days out. Im hoping for Hood. Then ill have about 6-7 months there before I have to decide whether to stay in or get out.

    But really....anywhere in the REAL 'Murica is fine with me!! Haha

    If I did get Hood (fingers crossed) I could maybe get down to that cav. Unit and see if there's any possibility of getting in there. If so then I would DEFINITELY re-up


    In other news...haha

    Went out to the ranch with Chrissy today to fill Champs feed bin...apparently the "acting" director thought Champ was adopted so nobody fed him because "that's the boarders job" but really he's just being sponsored (apparently...nobody has actually seen his sponsors so maybe that= good news for castle so castle can start riding him again!)

    Spent some time with lover boy, and our friend Keith and his daughter (who own patience...they FINALLY officially adopted him so he's going with them to cali next year!) were there cleaning up and Keith wanted me to take a stab at working with Merlin and Lancelot.

    They're both old/ex head-tail trail ponies that were donated to the ranch for lessons and pony rides etc. but nobody has really worked with them.

    They have HUGE separation problems, neither has any ground manners, Merlin (30+yr old QH) I'm pretty sure is going deaf, he's also very, very shy and very spooky.

    Lance (unknown age, I'm pretty sure he's QH/draft) wont listen to ANY commands. He was just one of those, put his nose in another horses butt and hell follow them all day kind of horse. But we really have NO background info on them.

    So I pulled Merlin out first and worked him free lunging and press/release on his head, bending, yielding his hindquarters, and just trying to get him to RELAX.

    I have no idea what happened to him but he is absolutely TERRIFIED of being tied up. It took me 20 minutes just to get him to come with me near a fence. And if I even thought about looping the rope he backed up a good 20 feet. So I did a lot of just leaning on the fence, letting him stand there with a loose lead and try to relax...he never did get completely relaxed but he did go from tight as a spring to just standing square looking calmly around so I let him quit there.

    Lance....oh lance. Got him out, lunged him fine, he wont yield his hind, he bites (that was swiftly fixed...at least for today haha I'm sure hell try to bite me tomorrow) he has NO sense of pressure or direct reining. I tried to ground drive him for about 20 min. And yeah...were going to have to start completely over with him like he's a 2 yr old...but its going to be twice as hard because he has about 10 years of bad habits lol

    He is good about getting the saddle on, I'm going to have to find a different bit and bridle though because his head is GINORMOUS and I don't have a bit long enough for his mouth rofl
    Hmmm I do have a 5 1/2" o ring that I was gong to use for Champ and a bridle...may have to dig it out and see.


    So all in all it was really just a familiarization/eval on them today and tomorrow the real training is going to start (hmmm Im tempted to start a training thread for them but idk haha)
    Ill have to get my rope halter and bridle out for them tomorrow.

    Now shower time and party time! Wooh wooh haha
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        08-26-2013, 02:49 AM
      #212
    Green Broke
    Well the party was uh....interesting. We had one child that got a puncture wound from head butting the xbox...all the guys wer really drunk and ended up dancing to '90s music all night and then I had to sleep on their couch...don't think we got home till like 130...then woke up at 0630 ohmygod. Haha

    So cmae home did all my laundry and cleaning and grocery shopping(lameness) and went out to the ranch.......yeah

    So I get out there and I see merlin and lance (my 2 projects) are out in the arena. No go. I told them I was working them today so not to turn them out....then I see Kentucky and Stetson(whos EXTREMELY aggressive and possessive of Kentucky and are also Bs horses who aren't supposed to be turned out with anybody else anyways) are with them. And champ is by himself in the square pen, and lucky and chess are in the pasture.

    S is cleaning her horses stall, T and her daughter are with her horse....and who pulls up?????

    That's right crazy a$$ L who was banned from the ranch....so I just deuced out because I was alone...and had we had all already been threatened by S (whos in the army....I will DEFINITELY be going to her CoC) so I left and immediately called B.

    Went over to Chrissy tyler and Mels house and we had ANOTHER conference call with B.

    So now I have to work out a turn out schedule so the reres don't turn them all out ALL DAY EVERY DAY...unsat. So basically Saturdays Im out there from 0600-1800 I am going to be opening and closing the ranch. Saturdays im also working the horses (somehow I wound up being the ONLY one allowed to ride horses...and only on Saturday) im sure that's going to go over well with others but that's how it has to be. Im the only one out there with training experience.

    And I have to train 2 other girls on how to work with the horses...yaaaaay.....


    But at least my friend K will be out there Saturdays...and maybe I can convince him to let me rope off his horse when he takes him on Saturdays sometimes ;P


    So yay for getting to really work with 2 more projects...but nay for probably pissing off the other 90% of the volunteers that like to go out and do whatever the heck they want! Bahahahaha suuuuuck iiiiiit

    Now I have to go to bed....cuz I have to be up at 0400 to get my truck ready( only one with a license tomorrow to cart peoples butts around -_-) to go to the M203/M16 and grenade ranges tomorrow...going to be a looooong day.


    Peace out girlscouts and have a good week!!!!!
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        08-27-2013, 02:38 AM
      #213
    Green Broke
    Today was looooooooong

    Woke up at 0400 (didn't go to sleep til midnight-thirty) got to company...and nobody was there to sign out keys for my truck....then we had to wait for the armorer to get ther to sign out weapons...then everybody got the wrong keys for the trucks.....


    Got to the range and took about an hour just to set up for qualification....didn't get to shoot becausei was the go-fer all day for cap. And 1sgt. And everybody else....so didn't get to do adanced marksmanship either....

    1230 rolls around and im tasked with guard duty...so I was stuck in a small red shack about 4'x4'with a small bench....sat there for 5 1/2 hours with no water...until about 2 hours in when I was able to beg a bottle off the other driver.....failure.

    Then nobody ever came to relieve me so I could go do grenades and the 203 (even though im one of the main people in SCT and SCT was the "priority"...yeah they just let whoever the heck wanted to do it....angry castle)

    So 1800 rolls around and they finally pick me up...and then it takes another 1 1/2 hours to turn in weapons and ammo.....

    Te get home and find my facebook full of miley cyrus haters bs....I kinda went off the rails....something like this.....


    Quote:
    seriously? I did not need to end my long ass day to a facebook homepage full of Miley Cyrus haters.

    If you don't like her then don't listen or watch her! What's "wrong" with America is not Miley Cyrus... it's the American people that would rather waste their time hating on a celebrity than on Americas real problems...which there's a lot of now.

    So get over a freaking celebrity, and go do something productive with your life to fix the real threats and problems out there....

    Good lord.

    /end rant
    Castle=officially disgusted with humanity
    (there was more cussing..... I was angry


    So yeah...kinda checking out from society tonight...gonna go drink a couple beers and get tready for PT tomorrow at 0600 (also bs since we were told we wouldn't have pt since we worked a 15hr day but whatever)


    Is it Friday yet???
         
        08-27-2013, 02:41 AM
      #214
    Green Broke
    *silver lining* just got another text that pt is cancelled! Wooooh I get to sleep in till a whopping 0600! (yes that is real excitement and not sarcasm lol)
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        08-27-2013, 11:52 AM
      #215
    Weanling
    This:

         
        08-29-2013, 12:45 AM
      #216
    Green Broke
    That was uh...interesting lol


    So this week has been one giant army jumble f***. I can't even put into words how angry they made me so im just going to give the very very summarized version.

    So after Mondays crap aboutnot eveng etting to shoot the 203 or do grenades...Tuesday rolls around....

    And a random SGM in another unit is walking around our parkinglot (that we have to share with the infantry guys) and sees my PERSONAL ACU backpack in my car....he decides that its my TA50 (army issued gear) and the mazda had a flat...again... so he calls MY SGM and my SGM calls my 1SGT...needless to say castle gall the ass chewing of her life.

    So they then proceeded to deep clean (talking 12 hours total) both cars and remove absolutely EVERYTHING from my cars. I have to leave them empty for a month...I also have to teach a 15 minute class on securing sensitive items and keeping things clean.

    Also my squad leader just out of the blue decides to buy me a new car jack (mine broke=scared the crap outta me when it did too)

    Well A. It wasn't a sensitive item. It was my PERSONAL bag that I use EVERY day
    And B. My cars were already clean!!! Grrrrr im super OCD about my baby (elmer the escape) being clean and the mazda hadn't even been driven in a week. So it didn't have anything in it.
    I also hae to have vehicle inspections of BOTH cars EVERY day.

    Whatever. I love the army (sarcasm)

    At least whoever decides to buy the mazda (hopeful thinking) can't complain about it being dirty or finding a single speck of dirt now! Roflmao

    On the bright side....I totally get to shoot the M249 and the M2 (.50 cal browning machine gun for those that don't know hahaha)

    Because yes.





    So freaking excited for that YOU DO NOT EVEN REALIZE! BAHAHAHA just have to get through tomorrow. -__- (buzzkill!)
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        08-29-2013, 12:55 AM
      #217
    Green Broke
    And just because.....



    .50 Browning Machine Gun (12.799mm), .338 Lapua Magnum (8.670mm), .308 Winchester (7.6251mm) , .223 Remington (5.5645 mm)

    The far left and far right are the two different rounds I get to shoot. The 5.56 is the same caliber as our M16 so its not as exciting as the big 50 but hey it goes full auto!
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        08-29-2013, 12:57 AM
      #218
    Showing
    I liked your post for the enthusiasm you have about the gun shooting!!! Not the other BS..... urgh what is with them?! Freaking out about PERSONAL items and turning it into this huge... circus act?!

    Bleh.... girl I can't wait until you can get some true down time without the army throwing a fit.
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        08-29-2013, 01:00 AM
      #219
    Green Broke
    You and me both chicka! But its the army....they go bat sh*t crazy over the little thing...cuz that's what they do lol


    Haha. I know I am so ridiculously excited to shoot on Friday lol. Its crazy.


    And yesh. December + leave back home= can't come soon enough!
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        08-31-2013, 12:11 AM
      #220
    Green Broke
    Well didn't get to shoot the big guy (50) ((long story)) but it broke anyways so only one guy got through his full 100 round clip anyways lol

    I did get to shoot the 249 though.....and I had to do it right handed....and my targets were broke so they didn't go down like they were supposed to.....and my elbow was positioned on a broken chunk of pipe so my arm got tore up. Baaah oh well it was fun! Haha


    Aaaand pictures!

    The big guy.
    .50 cal.jpg

    The 249's! The one in the middle is the one I shot
    249sssss.jpg


    Now im shopping on gunsamerica.com to find a .50 cal rifle lol
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