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    08-13-2012, 08:13 AM
  #11
Yearling
Like you Canterbury, I'm long over this winter! All the downpour in the past two days has flooded my paddocks so bad :( I'm not the only one - seen some pretty horrific rivers where paddocks ought to be around Christchurch today!

Your photos are stunning... thank you so much for sharing them with us!
     
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    08-13-2012, 09:34 AM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
Like you Canterbury, I'm long over this winter! All the downpour in the past two days has flooded my paddocks so bad :( I'm not the only one - seen some pretty horrific rivers where paddocks ought to be around Christchurch today!

Your photos are stunning... thank you so much for sharing them with us!
Yes the rain has certainly arrived in bucket loads over the past couple weeks..My pleasure to post photos of what we get upto in summer.

Nice to see a fellow Cantab on here..(smilies).. cheers Tony
     
    08-15-2012, 02:10 AM
  #13
Foal
Just been held up by that darn highway robber again..!

Help.................................!

That DARN carrot robber has struck again... he and his horse TONTO both wore a mask each I see.....

Where is the town Sheriff when we need him...?

Me down to a miserable one carrot now..!
     
    09-07-2012, 05:34 AM
  #14
Foal
OMG looks amazing. Could you send me the link. Id love to do the 1 week trail. What a way to see NZ.

Your so lucky. I love seeing the great country side everyone trail rides.
     
    09-07-2012, 06:36 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by glam1    
OMG looks amazing. Could you send me the link. Id love to do the 1 week trail. What a way to see NZ.

Your so lucky. I love seeing the great country side everyone trail rides.
Hello there..

The commercial horse trekking outfit I can totally recommend is Alpine Horse Safaris

You can look this site.... www.alpinehorse.co.nz

As I may have said earlier it is not run as a holiday, as you are expected to tend your own horses needs including saddling and loading, along with help at camp, with meals etc..

I have heard of several folks now who have been on one of their treks and its amazing the experience, and also where a horse will go... you will be amazed... from deep river crossings to crossing the highest pass that horses travel over in this country... a trip of a life time..
     
    09-07-2012, 10:35 AM
  #16
Trained
You are going to have to get more aggressive about finding carrots. Never turn down the opportunity to get one. Work harder and you shall succeed.
     
    09-07-2012, 05:40 PM
  #17
Started
Wow! Gorgeous photos, what an ideal place for a ride.
     
    09-07-2012, 07:16 PM
  #18
Foal
Thank you...

I have lived all my life here in Canterbury, and have lived, worked and played extensively in our high country, and yet I am still amazed at the beauty of our back yard so to speak..

On a fine day its paradise, but I always have a weather eye out as things can change rapidly... it can be fine and calm and inside a couple of hours can change to snowing and blizzard conditions, so we need to prepared for it all..

We can cross a river one day on the way out that may be knee deep and with overnight rain this same river can swell to over a metre deep and swift, so we always need to respect mountain conditions and ride accordingly..
     
    09-07-2012, 07:59 PM
  #19
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What kind of animals do you see when out riding in the mountains or hills?

I saw a beautiful mother bobcat (she had 3 kittens hidden, that I did not see, but others who have seen her said she had the three), the other day in my riding park. It is amazing becuase this park is surrounded by heavy development, and is such an island of green that even the deer don't come here. There is not "pathway" for them to come and go to this little oasis of green.

Here is a pic of me on Zulu on one of the forested paths .

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    09-07-2012, 09:04 PM
  #20
Foal
We don't have any wild animals that can cause harm to human or horse in our mountian areas..

On the trail there are wild pigs in abundance, they are cool looking doods and have little regard for anything man made..

Fiona and I were riding around the side of a hill and on the opposite face was a family of pigs.. they saw us and charged straight down hill and straight thru a seven wire tight stock fence as if it wasnt there..amazing..lol

Depending where we are, further south we have wild Thar, wild goats, and a fair scattering of red Deer and chamios..

That's about it...
     

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