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post #501 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 01:05 PM
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You are 75 miles ahead of me. I wish that we were next door neighbors, rich so that we didn't have to waste perfectly good riding time working, and had thousands of miles worth of trails to explore right out from the barn.
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post #502 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 01:35 PM
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WOOT - too many critters that bite on your rides Denise! Snakes & Spiders & Gators! Oh my...

We had that lightening & thunder without rain here too...but we rode first before it came it.

Hotter than heck out there, and I couldn't get Chivas moving fast at all. Very little cantering & gaiting. All he wanted to do is walk...I am thinking he is not going to ever be an endurance horse...but maybe he is just bored. Maybe the heat sucks the energy out of him.

Will try again tonight, if I don't get called in to work. I would love to be able to ride all the time. Maybe I need to drive over to Georgia & buy a lotto ticket. Then I could buy some more horses...and a bigger trailer! LOL.
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post #503 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 01:39 PM
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The heat sucks the life and energy out of me.
Just at a walk, Abby, my husband's horse, got really hot and tired and I was worried and we came on back home. We are in for one bad month for sure.
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post #504 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 01:56 PM
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Yeah, it is most likely the heat that is the problem. The girl's horses were definitely having a hard time too. A couple of short canters then they just headed out to the pasture walking & talking.

None of the horses had any "go" in them at all yesterday.

I guess I am not used to it, my last horse was a percheron/arab cross and he did best when it was 80 degrees. He hated the cold & loved his blankets! The heat never seemed to bother him at all, except less bucking...

But I still love my sweet little Rocky and enjoy riding him very much. He makes me smile, so even if he never does an endurance ride, it is ok.
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post #505 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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That would be great Celeste...be rich...live up at Ebenezer - miles and miles of trails and a lake!

AnitaAnne, there are more critters here than you can shake a stick at - the mosquito's nearly toted Biscuit away Friday when we rode. They weren't bad today but I did spray him good and I put Deep Woods off on myself.

It is a shame...it is a beautiful day and we were going to ride - we decided that next weekend we will go down to the beach - we won't have to worry about muddy, sloppy trails, alligators and snakes. It is only an hour away but it is a nice ride on the beach in the morning....always a good breeze blowing off of the Gulf!!!
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post #506 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 08:35 PM
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Ironically, on the weekend I am intentionally not riding as Dream and I have a competition next weekend, the weather is beautiful!! The heat and humidity broke, just enough rain to dampen the dust overnight.. go figure.

If its 110 for the ride next weekend, I am going to be fit to be tied.
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post #507 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hope the weather is good for you next weekend!!!! I am hoping to ride - last year we didn't get any rain...this year way too much rain!!

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post #508 of 1232 Old 07-29-2012, 10:51 PM
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Hope it is cooler for your ride Dawn, where are you headed?

It was cooler tonight, but couldn't ride long, I had to wait to see if I was called in so we didn't ride until 6:30 pm. Working nights it never seems like I have enough days off.

Anyway, I couldn't get Chivas moving again, although he started out in a good, marching walk. Headed out to the pasture and WOW he started moving then! Straight towards the barn and Sassy!! Little stinker was holding out on me! So I made him work out there in lots of circles. He didn't care one bit about the other gelding, so it was no problem working on our own.

I think next ride I will just start out in the pasture & skip the arena for a while.

I can't wait until school starts back for the girls so I can ride in the morning on my own & get some more schooling on Chivas. Jenny, my youngest, wants to run barrels so I have been teaching her every day. She needs lots of practice. Becca refused to ride tonight, which is why Sassy was in the barn.
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post #509 of 1232 Old 08-05-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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I got out with Biscuit for a short ride in the late evening Saturday. The owls were hooting to beat the band and omg we saw a deer in the woods. Well, Kellie saw it after Biscuit stopped dead in his tracks, head up as high as it would go, snorting, blowing and backing up. We had heard there was deer out there but we have rode there a zillion times and never actually saw them. Before we moved off from the deer something else was running in the brush and good sized black hog ran across the trail. We see evidence of them up in the woods (this is right by the public road that is full of houses on one side so it is not way out back!) but had never seen them up there. The owl was still hooting to beat the band and I told Kellie I was expecting the flying monkeys to pop out next. Short ride of 2 miles to test out Kellie's new Steele saddle - it is the tree with some trimmings to make sure it fits before it is actually built.

We got up early this morning and hauled to the beach to ride. Biscuit August Beach.jpg Way too many people on the beach with a little girl trying to run up behind the horses. We could then see really bad weather and heavy rain on Galveston island which is about 6 miles from where we were. We rode all of 2 miles but this is what was over Galveston at the time:

august funnel over galveston.jpg

We decided the beach is much more fun to ride on in the winter!!! Not near the amount of traffic nor near as many people on the beach!

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post #510 of 1232 Old 08-06-2012, 03:25 AM
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can't find my last update, so this may be a repeat. General Beauregard has been retired from the world of endurance. Broxton plantation and pulled for pulse down at first vet check. Granted it was 100 degrees and about half the field was pulled as well, but this was a flat ride and I rode at barely finnish time, he just simply can't handle it. Or at least not with me on him. I am going to be shopping for the right arabian this winter.,,,, In the meantime tome to start working Miss Emma, she may not be a winner but she is a great horse and things about her make me think she will be much much better endurance horse than Bo.
She's a hand taller and much stronger, Bo was show lines, Emma is old school plantation lines.
Bo high stepped racked, Emma flat walks shuffle steps,
Oh and she does that at about 10 mph,
Emma walks at typical trotting speed. Her relaxed resting walk is nearly 5mph.
Emma has huge surface blood vessels along her shoulders and lower neck, leading me to believe she may be better at shedding heat.
We shall see I am getting some miles on her now, she pretty much has never been ridden hard so can't do alot on her yet. Will aim for an LD this fall.... Several new riders including a couple walkers are doing the 20 oct LD in SC, and want me to go, however it is a 35 mile LD, seems kinda an odd distance for an LD. I mean if I can get through a 35 mile ride I might as well do the 50. But at the same time I feel it is too soon for a 50 for her. The following month is a 25 mile LD, I think that would be a better choice for her first ride.
Anyway Mileage: 558, 72 of that on Miss Emma
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