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        11-06-2011, 07:58 AM
      #81
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Stan, I am having a blast with my horses. I had horses growing up and did until about 6 months after I got married. I missed having horses all those years!

    I told my hubby while we were evacuated for Hurricane Ike that I was getting me a horse - he said No...

    Then I looked at him like he'd lost his mind and said "Honey, I didn't ask you. I was telling you." I bought my horse in Jan of 09 and bought hubby one in June. We trail ride and now I am going to give Limited Distance endurance rides a go. Having a blast training for it, tracking trails on my Garmin and using a heart monitor to check Biscuit's fitness.

    Biscuit was jogging at 4.5 mph Friday for 7 miles at a heart rate of 103 and pulsed down immediately on stopping...so yes, he is carrying a fluffy girl but he has a heart rate that says he is just fine and 9" cannon bones so he is pretty stoutly built. LOL I am getting all up in the Kool Aid of endurance fitness and hoping to get more fit (obviously) myself. I know that right now Biscuit could probably do a slow 50 miler - me, I think I would not be able to complete that - so it is me that needs work!!
         
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        11-06-2011, 02:45 PM
      #82
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by QOS    
    I told my hubby while we were evacuated for Hurricane Ike that I was getting me a horse - he said No...
    Hey fellow south texan-ers :) Fluffy Texans can ride :)
         
        11-06-2011, 06:44 PM
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    QOS Had your husband ridden before or was it a new experience.
    And married men are used to being told what is going to happen, the two words I learnt early in married life are YES DEAR. Then go off and do something else. We are also disposed to alzheimer's, forgot what she said.

    I am working on Stella getting her fitness up We have a two day endurance ride (trek) on 26th and 27th this month. We take the horse over hilly bush areas 3 to 4 hours at a time to build stamina twice a week and short hill work during the week. It hurts the butt however I have to get conditioned. Stella had shoes on this weekend in preperation. She tripped over her feet, it took her all day to get used to them. I have to say she has come miles in her behaviour recently only hope it last over the trek.
    Knowing Stella it could all turn to custard on the day. I am prepared, I will have walking shoes with me.
    One way or an other we are completing the trek!!!! Both days are 5 hours on horse back have no idea of the milage.
         
        11-07-2011, 08:53 AM
      #84
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Idle, I am up right by the Louisiana border! Hurricanes Rita, Humberto (he was a sneaky little fellow) and Ike really tore up this area. Gustav bypassed us thank God. The parks we ride in sustained some serious tree damage but we have lots of obstacles to step over!

    Stan, Honey Darling Precious was pretty much used to always calling the shots. He had rode as a kid on friends horses. He said he had always wanted a horse of his own. By the time I got horses again, I was a grandmother and my "baby" was a senior in high school. First he said wait til she got out of college and I told him to take a hike...this from a man that had a 100 year anniversary 2003 Heritage Softtail Harley Davidson motorcycle that cost a serious chunk of change!!

    LOL now he sometimes is still shocked when I dump him for my horse...the other day he had to go to Houston for a short medical test on his ear. (took 15 minutes) I had already made plans for a ride with a friend. Now mind you HDP has had several surgeries (one recently) that I have been to every single dr. Appointment with him. This he didn't need me to go to but I think he was surprised when I said I wouldn't change my plans. I am going horse camping in December with some barn buddies...and he said "well I am going to start going on golf outings with my buddies". LOL I said, that is nice dear. He plays golf, plays in a pool league with our boys and plays that every Monday night, he loves to go gamble at the casino's in Louisiana (thank God he wins mostly) rides his Harley, has a horse....and pretty much all I do is ride my horse!!

    My horse has brought me loads of new friends and a cousin I didn't know (knew of her but didn't "know" her...she is now one of my best buddies) and gets me moving physically. I love it!! Now if I can just get rid of some of my fluffy I will be in good shape!
         
        11-07-2011, 11:27 AM
      #85
    Weanling
    Isn't funny how that happens?

    I decided to sell my car (that was paid for...eye roll) to buy myself a tahoe. Ended up selling it to buy dearest husband a new truck. I now drive his old truck.

    I was leasing a horse from a friend, and DH decided he wanted a horse. A good family friend gave him a horse. (I got one too...but that is besides the point.)

    DH works the 3-11 shift, and whines because I'm at the barn till 10oclock each night. So I tell him, well, would you rather me be at the bar? Cause I can do that too. He usually shushes up.

    I love my horses, lol. They provide quality entertainment. And just like you, keeps me active. I haven't lost any actual 'weight' but everyone says I look thinner, and my tummy seems flatter. Go core muscle.
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        11-07-2011, 08:59 PM
      #86
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Idle, isn't that the truth? LOL I have never been one to go to bars, even when I was single. Each to their own but it wasn't really for me. My horses are legal, moral and ethical hahahahah.....now some of our conversations among us "girls" can be a risque as we laugh like crazy but as you said, my horses provide me with quality entertainment...like when I trim Biscuit's hooves...that is always highly entertaining!
         
        11-07-2011, 10:30 PM
      #87
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by QOS    
    Idle, isn't that the truth? LOL I have never been one to go to bars, even when I was single. Each to their own but it wasn't really for me. My horses are legal, moral and ethical hahahahah.....now some of our conversations among us "girls" can be a risque as we laugh like crazy but as you said, my horses provide me with quality entertainment...like when I trim Biscuit's hooves...that is always highly entertaining!
    I hope you're horses look at you, like mine do me, when I get to laughing. I think they think I've lost it.
         
        11-08-2011, 12:08 AM
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    QOS Well i'm still going to stick up for us men an't married life a ball.
    My dear wife get's to stay home while I go and earn the money to keep her in the style she has becomed so accustomed. For example at work today I get a phone call, can you come get me I have been riding and leaving the horse at a friends.
    I was not brave enough to tell her to walk. Been married a long time. Yes Dear just rolls of the tongue. Now I retreat to a safe place.
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        11-08-2011, 01:29 AM
      #89
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    I know it may seem that the husband who works and supports a stay at home wife/mother is getting the short end of the stick, but I assure you, it usually isn't so. I have been a SAHmom since we had children 21 years ago. I did 90% of all the work associated with caring for the boys, including all the boy scouts, PTA, volunteer work, dr. Appts and little league. I cooked all the meal, did all the shopping, kept up the house (albeit not as good as hubby thinks I should), did all the laundry, kept the bills paid, the savings planned and met, did the taxes myself and all the social obligations of Christmas, birthdays, weddings , Bar mitzvahs or whatever came along.
    And along in there I bore two kids, made a home a nice place to come home to and kept a bed warm. My day had no "quitting time".

    What do you suppose the dollar value of that would be?
         
        11-08-2011, 02:52 AM
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I know it may seem that the husband who works and supports a stay at home wife/mother is getting the short end of the stick, but I assure you, it usually isn't so. I have been a SAHmom since we had children 21 years ago. I did 90% of all the work associated with caring for the boys, including all the boy scouts, PTA, volunteer work, dr. Appts and little league. I cooked all the meal, did all the shopping, kept up the house (albeit not as good as hubby thinks I should), did all the laundry, kept the bills paid, the savings planned and met, did the taxes myself and all the social obligations of Christmas, birthdays, weddings , Bar mitzvahs or whatever came along.
    And along in there I bore two kids, made a home a nice place to come home to and kept a bed warm. My day had no "quitting time".

    What do you suppose the dollar value of that would be?

    I said I was retreating to a safe corner. But expect more to come however after the children have left and the husband continues to work for another 25 years while she who must be obeyed gets to go horse riding. What is the dollar value of that 25 year lifestyle.
         

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