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    03-31-2014, 06:09 PM
Green Broke
I hear ya on that. I just saw this on a friend of mine's FB page and thought I would share it for some of the ladies in the southeast close to me.

Scroll to the second date. Greenhead is about 45 minutes from me and 30 from the farm I leased. They will be riding in the Northwest Florida Wildlife Management Area.

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    03-31-2014, 09:02 PM
Phantom, My Dad had an expression - "Everybody goes nuts in a different direction". My opinion is that anybody that would sit in a huge crowd and watch a football game or ten hockey players beat the heck out of one another on the ice is a little wacky. I totally enjoyed your video and I have a couple of questions - Do you alternate trotting and cantering as you go along? And about NJ - Was that in a National Forest or State Park? I don't envision NJ having that much open ground and forests. A great post and my hat is off to you. Can you imagine how crowded our trails would be if everybody liked what we liked?
    03-31-2014, 09:22 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Herosbud    
Do you alternate trotting and cantering as you go along? And about NJ - Was that in a National Forest or State Park? I don't envision NJ having that much open ground and forests.
We do alternate trotting and cantering, with even some walking (there are several small bridges to cross and they are often slippery when dry, forget in the rain). Jersey is a tough ride because the terrain is so unchanging, so we do our best to use different muscles and pay attention to things like posting diagonals and canter leads.

This spring ride takes place in the Brendon T. Byrne State Forest and the fall ride takes place in the Wharton State Forest. The whole area is commonly called "the pine barrens" and if you have ever heard of a Jersey Devil, that is the place to find one. Both parks are located in central Jersey, which is a couple hours drive from the northeastern New Jersey urban sprawl that most people associate with the state (thank god most of Jersey has no resemblance to 'jersey shore' or the 'real housewives' craziness). The pine barrens may not have the same wow-factor as mountain views, but they have a charm all their own.
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    03-31-2014, 10:28 PM
Green Broke
I think the weather is totally crazy this year. Ugh. Dawn, sorry you are still getting snowed on!!! Sounds like the Jersey rides are a challenge! So wish I could go!!!

I did go out to ride my horse today. He was groomed and pampered a little bit and then I tacked him up and we rode in the arena. Dang....I can tell Biscuit hasn't been rode much. He was not wanting to hold his jogging, kept turning his head to the side and he kind of goes a little crooked and "off his rein". I spent the entire time making him go straight and stay on his rein. LOL he was good about side passing and leg yielding. I had worked so hard to get Biscuit in really good shape and to listen to me. Sigh....he needs a little work!

I told my barn buddy I am hoping to work with Biscuit so that I can work up to riding 15 miles at a time. LOL He is my very own physical therapist.

Here is a picture of my therapy horse with his tongue hanging out!20140331_140523.jpg
    03-31-2014, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
AlabamaBelle & I met up at a friend's property to ride today. It was beautiful out...sunny and 75 degrees!!!

The property is 100 acres +/- and it is so nice and green right now, just beautiful! We looped the property a few times, and had a little mini race around a couple of pastures. Chivas tried but he just couldn't beat the speedy Peanut, AlabamaBelle's handsome, chestnut, 17 yr old Racking gelding. Our top racking speed was 9.5 mph, not too shabby

We also found a little trail around the property, with horse eating puddles (at least Chivas thought so, Peanut just walked right in). Several trails cut off from the loop through the forest, but we didn't know who owned the trails so we stuck close. Turns out the surrounding land is the Talladega National Forest, but according to my friend, horses aren't allowed in that area. I sure hope I can keep Chivas off those trails...sometimes he is just hard to control

I was tired after working all night, plus getting a late start, so we only rode for 5.1 miles ave 3.8 mph. We did a lot of walking and talking.

Picture heavy post to follow:
    03-31-2014, 11:46 PM
Green Broke
1-Oreo's Girl style selfie
2-Peanut meets the minis
3-AlabamaBelle can't resist a pat on those cute fuzzy faces
4-The trail around the property, about 1.5 miles
5-Chivas & Peanut have a chat
6-Chivas ignors the minis, choosing instead to focus on his trailer
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    04-01-2014, 01:31 AM
Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
AlabamaBelle & I met up at a friend's property to ride today. It was beautiful out...sunny and 75 degrees!!!

Picture heavy post to follow:
I had a blast! Would love to do it again ;)

Not the best pics; I don't have a smart phone lol
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    04-01-2014, 01:49 AM
EnduranceLover6 – Its been between 60 and 70 here all week. Today no wind but this Sat and Sun we had wind 20-30 mph with gusts twice that… yuck…

Phantom – I will echo every one else… That is the definition of Enduance. BTW I can’ believe how calmly your horses are standing under that red tent, when I can get Roux to that- that will be the day!!

Foxtail – I want to go horse camping again, I haven’t been in years. I am tenitivly planning a trip in July but haven’t figured out the details yet. I can’t believe you stuck it out with that horrible weather too. We have some touch gals on this thread!
I have had a horse slip and fall on me. We were crossing an asphault road and he slipped after his back legs went out from under him. Luckilly I felt it coming and got my foot out of the stirrup and my leg mostly out of the way and I wasn’t hurt, my horse scrapped the skin off his back leg but it was a surface wound and he was ok too- It was scary though and has made me wary of asphalt road crossings.

QQS- Love the pic of the Biscut, he is so handsome!

AlabamaBelle and AnitaAnne – great pictures! It really looks like summer there!!

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I had a GREAT ride today! 70 degs and sunny!
Did 14.95 miles in 3hrs 45 min. I was riding with my old friend from highschool and we had a blast. We loped and loped the horses - you could really tell they were having a blast too.

Roux was perfect today- no issues, as is usually the case when Gus is with him. So hopefully this keeps building up his confidence.

We went up that new trailhead I found a few weeks ago. We had to turn around before we got to the end... if there is an end... because we were running out of daylight. When we have a few more hours we are going to keep going and see if we can get to the county line.

To get on this new trail you have to walk the horses under a tunnel under a highway - both horses did that like a champ but we decided to get off and walk them just in case they reared (its not a particularly high tunnel) and especially since neither of us had on a helmet. Once you have done that it is mostly wide open mesa, you can stay on the washout (for some great galloping) or ride up and down the hills on the sides (super good conditioning opportunity). All in all it was spectacular and so much fun to ride with an old friend and catch up!

    04-01-2014, 02:56 AM
Originally Posted by Herosbud    
My opinion is that anybody that would sit in a huge crowd and watch a football game or ten hockey players beat the heck out of one another on the ice is a little wacky.
Replace "a little" with "really", and add "or sit in front of a TV watching", and I'll agree
    04-01-2014, 10:20 AM
Yesterday was wonderful out. High 40's, no wind, and lots of sun. This is what spring in WNY is supposed to be!

I did 7 miles with Amira and my friend and her gelding. We did a lot of trotting and cantering.

Amira did pretty well. She did slam on the brakes while cantering because there was a small pothole in the road that was darker than the rest of the road and was obviously a giant hole that she would fall into and then the wolves would get her. It wouldn't have been too bad except for my friend wasn't too far behind me and Amira stopped so fast her gelding ran right up her butt.

Then she was fine after that, we were working on getting my friends gelding to extend his trot so he could keep up with Amira's trot. All of his former training is as a reiner, so he sees no reason for an extended trot.

Then on the way back Amira kept jumping at stupid little things and got herself all wound up with her head stuck up in the air . Not sure what happened, she was fine for the first 45 minutes of the ride and then the last 15 she was just hyped up and wouldn't put her "gosh darn head down because you're not a stinkin' giraffe!!!" Yep...the neighbors probably think I'm crazy watching me ride by grumbling at my horse.

But other than that it was a nice ride. It was nice not to need a bunch of layers to keep warm! And I got to try out Amira's new Easyboot Gloves. They worked great! One popped off when we were on the way back, but it was when Amira was being goofy and she stepped on herself. And the gator stayed attached so I just got off and popped the boot back on and away we went.

Today is supposed to be in the 60's!
Hoping to go ride at the nearby state park.
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