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GoneRama 08-05-2011 07:45 PM

Hello from the Northern Territory of Australia
Well just wanted to say a bit of a hello and introduce myself.:wave:

I live in Australia, more specifically the Northern Territory of Australia (right up the tippy top) about 300ks east of Darwin near Kakadu National Park. It's a rather unique place that I live in, very different ways of horse keeping than the rest of the country. I work in an Aboriginal Community that gets 'cut off' from all road access for about 4-6 months of the year due to the wet season and all access to the community is via light air craft only thus it's not exactly terribly easy to get a horse to a vet.

I've been riding horses all my life and competing mainly in Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing. I've also had a fair bit to do with working with young horses and breaking in or starting as I prefer to call it.

Anyway that's about it from me for now.

RedTree 08-05-2011 08:19 PM

Another Aussie :D

GoneRama 08-05-2011 08:22 PM


So where in this great land are you RedTree?

ETA: are you on Stockyard by any chance?

RedTree 08-05-2011 08:30 PM

I'm a West Aussie :)
And yes I am on stockies have a different name though, AnnieIvy on stockies, still fairly new on it

GoneRama 08-05-2011 08:37 PM

Hahaha well you'll know of me then :lol:

RedTree 08-05-2011 08:42 PM

haha yer I thought the name was familiar :P

Reiterin 08-05-2011 09:30 PM

welcome to the forum. sounds like an interesting place to live, especially with horses! =)

GoneRama 08-05-2011 09:41 PM

Oh it's different Reiterin. We have a tidal river to cross to get out of here in the 'dry season' (what we're in now) and this river rises during the wet season and thus cuts us off from being able to drive out.

I have my horse on the cattle station (300 000 acre cattle property) attached to the community I work in and there's about 30 horses out there. During the last wet season there were 5 of the work horses attacked by a crocodile and so they had to fly a vet in to treat two of them that weren't healing up as well as they should be. I would hate to think how much the flight alone would have cost let alone everything else! :shock:

tinyliny 08-05-2011 10:44 PM

Rama, I am learning a little bit more about Australia recently as my oldest son will be taking a three week trip there shortly. As I read about it, I think, "hey, I wanna go there!" Sounds like a fascinating place and I dream about going there one day and meeting all these great Aussies that post here. Would that not be a total dream!?

GoneRama 08-05-2011 11:26 PM

Thanks TinyLiny

Yeah where I live is truly one of the more unique parts of Australia that not a lot of tourists get to. Mind you if your son is going to Kakadu National Park then he'll be cruising around my backyard pretty much.

The 'rama' part of my name is actually the word for 'mad' from the Pintubi Aboriginal language group in Central Australia where my partner and I used to work. There's quite a number of different Indigenous Languages throughout Australia so the word for mad in one area of the country will be completely different to the word for mad in another area of the country. I hope that makes sense

Yes, Australia is a great country, I'm only 23 and seen a fair bit of it already. Having said that, my partner and I would love to get over to the US and have a look around.

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