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post #2431 of 3380 Old 08-27-2014, 07:47 AM
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Lol riding crop hasn't worked well for me for pushing buttons :( I tried using mine to push button for street lights so I could cross 4 lane rd! I'm so short and dexters so big that crop just bent and went flimsy trying to teach as far as I needed it to! After a lot of dancing around I finally managed to kick button with my foot lol!!
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post #2432 of 3380 Old 08-27-2014, 01:34 PM
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Congrats on getting married Evilamc. Hope you family business sells.

Greentree, I like you mare, she is gorgeous.

Atomic, I think I might set up shop in the tack room but would ultimately push the button. Luckily I am better with bugs/spiders than snakes.

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post #2433 of 3380 Old 08-27-2014, 07:55 PM
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I am chanting Oreos. OMG this is actually the hottest time for us through the end of September. I have a wedding next weekend. Why would anyone get married in September? (this from the person who did that!!!)

I am hoping it is not a scorcher the weekend we go to Mississippi. We went in October last year and it was hot. Hubby said my cousin was crazy to want to go then. I think we should have gone in March before it got hot!

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post #2434 of 3380 Old 08-28-2014, 01:14 AM
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Its been a long time since I have posted anything, but I have been reading. Phantom, looks like you and your other half had a great time on the ride! Evil, I am so happy for you and your family. I hope you sell the biz soon. Greentree, you have the most beautiful horses. If I am ever looking for another horse, I am calling on you!

So since I last posted, I have been living in our new place. Well, camping might be more accurate! I have 2 of our dogs and all the equines since last Friday night.

We did our memorial ride on August 13 and 14. We have been doing the memorial ride in honor of Kim’s dad Bruce since he passed in 2010 and we spread his ashes on the slopes of Alta Lake Ridge. Kim’s Aunt and Uncle have their ashes there too. It is the one spot where you can see 5 of the 7 lakes in the Seven Lakes Basin.

We went up to the little town where we both grew up and camped outside of town. Our friends came to visit us, eat a potluck, and play Quirkle for 3 hours on a picnic table by the creek. The next morning, we were off at 6 am to Seven Lakes Basin.

We rode in with Uncle Allen and sister Karla, who rode back out while Kim and I went further into the basin to camp at Cliff Lake. The ride was about 10 miles, much of which was really tough because of downed trees and steep ROCKY terrain.

When we reached our campsite, there were tiny frogs everywhere, like 10-15 per square foot! We swam, ate dinner and slept like a rock. In the morning, I was up making coffee. Our baby horse Millie was not tied up because she won’t leave us. She decided to check out what I was doing and dumped my pot of water! Then, as I was getting more water to boil, I heard elk cows calling. We ran up the cliffside, trying to see the elk but they were just over the ridge. There was a bull calling too! It was very exciting and went on for 15 minutes or so.

We rode out at 10 am. It was really fun for the first hour, but the horses became quite foot sore, so we walked the last 3 miles. We saw the forest service mule train on our way out, clearing the trail, so those last 3 miles were easier, even if on foot.

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post #2435 of 3380 Old 08-28-2014, 01:52 AM
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This last weekend, Kim brought the horses and donkeys up to our new place and spent the weekend here. We found out there is a short trail up right by our house. It is a steep 2 mile loop of nice dirt trail with blackberries dangling along the sides. We rode the trail and explored our 40 acre lot.

My mare loved the trail and wanted to trot or lope most of the way. She was calm but interested, energetic but controlled. I like to ride on a bareback pad for short rides from home, so I had a really great challenge, loping up a steep trail bareback. Talk about an adrenaline rush!

It was back to work this Monday, and it's the time of year I work long hours, so I did not get to ride much, just around the pasture. We also have bad forest fires nearby, so the air quality is just awful.

Yesterday, I came home to a donkey in the yard and Millie in the big pasture, and the rest trotting around nervously. The donkey, Dusty, had climbed through the fence and Millie had jumped it! Millie had a big cut on her right hind, but it wasn’t bad enough for the vet, just bad enough to make me hyperventilate a little. I dusted her with moon powder and put her in the round pen for the night, and let the rest of them out in the big pasture for the first time. I was worried about letting them out there because it is 20 acres and I can't see them if they go into the wooded parts. I put a bear bell on April so I can hear her at least.

I think I figured out why the horses and donkeys were acting so crazy, though. Just as I was finishing up with Millie in her pen, I heard an elk cow, then a bull, about 50 yards away. My mare April, who is the lead mare, went running off into the field toward a herd of 25 elk who were IN MY PASTURE. I ran down to get closer and April came back toward me. Then she ran at the elk again, which caused them to run out of the pasture and over the fence. April stood proudly, snorting and prancing (she thought she scared them!), until the elk came trotting back toward her, jumping my fence again. Then she ran back to me and circled behind me, snorting loudly. I was standing between her and the elk as they looked at each other. April ran up to them again, this time more timidly, then ran back to me again.

The elk just stayed there, obviously not afraid of me or April.


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Millie is wearing her new saddle in these pictures. It is a Circle Y Ranch that the property owners gave to me for helping them. I wasn't sure if it would fit her or Kim, but they are a perfect match! And it is a saddle I would have picked out myself, with its plain dark oil design. I really scored! They also gave me some other odds and ends that are really nice, just need some cleaning and oiling.

I have another saddle that may fit me and April. I will try it out this weekend and share the pictures with you.
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post #2436 of 3380 Old 08-28-2014, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Foxtail, sounds like you have been having a lot of adventures! All the riding sounds lovely, except for the downed trees and sore feet. The work sounds less than ideal, but hopefully it helps pay the bills and will eventually lessen to give you more riding time.

Not sure what I think of elk standoff in the pasture.. guess you won't have to worry about the horses getting out of sight if the elk stick around.


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post #2437 of 3380 Old 08-28-2014, 02:10 PM
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post #2438 of 3380 Old 08-28-2014, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Had the day off work and the humidity finally broke, so got Dream out for a ride. Did a bit of exploring on the trail my SIL showed me the other day. For the life of me I can never ride it the same way she showed me.. always wind up riding it backwards! But I guess it doesn't matter as long as I eventually figure out where I am.




Unfortunately, the ride didn't end up quite like I had hoped. While trotting along nice and quiet, Dream caught a toe, stumbled, and then went down literally onto her head. I thought she was going to roll all the way over, so launched myself off and away from her. She managed not to somersault, but it was a near thing. She jumped right up back and seemed fine, but I knew after such a wreck she was going to be hurting. Hand-walked her the rest of the way home (about 6 miles), so I am going to be feeling that tomorrow (not to mention the places I landed on).

Poor girl actually has "road" rash on her poll:





Had been planning to get Dream out again tomorrow, but won't be doing that now. I can only imagine how bad both her head and her neck/back will be hurting, after the worst sort of "adjustment" today. Though she did trot sound even after we got home.


On a good note, I got the professional photo from Possum's ride today and it actually doesn't look like I am on a runaway! Helps the picture was taken a the top of a pretty steep hill, so the other horses ahead of us were walking (Possum was jigging, ugh).




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08/23/14 possum 50.05 miles 6.0 mph 1031.81 total miles
08/28/14 dream 17.68 miles 6.0 mph 1049.49 total miles
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Dawn, we can be sore together!!! I ran out of luck doing the other sister,,, we were DONE, stopped, ready to unhitch, and DH turned to get lead ropes, I don't know....all I know is the filly stepped off, and then I was falling off the sled, and the horses wound up in a tangled heap. A few scrapes, but nothing serious. I don't know about emotional damage. I know I am depressed.
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Dawn, we can be sore together!!! I ran out of luck doing the other sister,,, we were DONE, stopped, ready to unhitch, and DH turned to get lead ropes, I don't know....all I know is the filly stepped off, and then I was falling off the sled, and the horses wound up in a tangled heap. A few scrapes, but nothing serious. I don't know about emotional damage. I know I am depressed.
Very glad that things didn't end much worse for you and the girls--sounds like it was a very very scary situation. And while it sounds like everyone handled it well, l totally understand about being depressed.

I keep telling myself that Dream seemed much less upset by the whole thing than I was..
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