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post #1431 of 2156 Old 07-30-2013, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Roady and Nancy.

The guy I bought Biscuit from had this dang virus and so did his wife. They both work in the medical field and I think his wife had to be hospitalized. My aunt had it a while back and she had to spend a few days in the hospital with it. Ugh. I don't want it! But it doesn't seem to be contagious like most stomach Viruses.

That is great that you will be able to help out with the Equine Search and Rescue. Equusearch here in Texas I heard was in a financial bind due to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida. That is a shame. I had told hubby he and Sarge needed to do that. Sarge will go dang near anywhere you point him. He is a good little pony!

I haven't been out to the barn in 2 days due to being with my mom. I hope to see my horses tomorrow and throw my arms around their necks. Bless them...they are good counselors. They will listen to all of my BS and only charge a hug or two and hope for a treat.

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post #1432 of 2156 Old 07-31-2013, 12:56 AM
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QOS- I hope you get to feeling better soon! Hate to come back to this thread and read someone is sick :/

The past few months have been a little crazy for me. Went through a weight loss scare with Drifter. Figured it out and got him looking good again around the middle of April. Decided to celebrate by hauling him off property for a ride at Seven Springs in Alabama! Its a big trail ride near here. He did great! Came home on a Saturday night, gave him sunday off. Saw him to feed and he was fine. Went out on Monday and he was three legged lame. Wouldnt even walk to his food so I knew it was a big deal. Got x rays and he had somehow gotten a bone chip which required surgery to fix. Sheesh!! He is back in work now and slowly getting fit.

I also recently purchases a new boy named Whiskey! He is an appendix but has been over worked so the vet recommended he just be my trail horse for the next few months. Took him out on his first ride tonight. He was great! Very excited and very interested in everything. A storm blew in and took us by surprise. We got drenched! He spooked at the thunder and gave one small buck but I rode him through it. I was very proud of him! Not bad for a 4 year old's first trail ride.

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post #1433 of 2156 Old 07-31-2013, 08:09 AM
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Denise, hoping things with your mom turn around asap. The ponies are def the best therapists ever.

DS, what a crazy thing to have happen with Drifter!! Very scary but glad he seems to be on the mend. The new horse is a real cutie. Can't wait to see how he develops.
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post #1434 of 2156 Old 07-31-2013, 09:18 AM
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QOS, continued wishes on a quick recover for your mom and you not get it.

DS, Hopefully Drifter will be back in shape with the renewed work and have you back to the trails with him soon.

I agree Phantom about Whiskey being a good looking fella. Glad he isn't a bolter when spooked and that you were able to stay calm enough to get him settled back down for a safe trip home.
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Denise, hoping things with your mom turn around asap. The ponies are def the best therapists ever.

DS, what a crazy thing to have happen with Drifter!! Very scary but glad he seems to be on the mend. The new horse is a real cutie. Can't wait to see how he develops.
It was very scary phantom! Thank goodness we are only about 10 minutes from the vet school here, and my vet from there is a godsend. BEcause I am a student I got a discount on his surgery, and then was able to pay a deposit and finish up payments by the end of last month. We still do not know what happened. A theory is that he got kicked, or perhaps whacked his leg good on a fence post. I am so very grateful to my vet for getting him through the surgery and helping me through as well. His jumping career is up in the air right now,but he will definitely be sound for trails. And he loves those so I consider it still a great outcome

And thank you for the compliments on Whiskey. He is a MESS on the ground. We have been working real hard on manners(and just letting him enjoy some good old fashioned time as a horse) these last 2 weeks because I wanted to get his feet looked after before I rode him any good distances. Over all I was very pleased with him! There are some definite obvious holes in his training, but I can work with my trainer to help fix those. He definitely needs me to be there for him every step of the way right now. If I got distracted talking to my friend I could feel him tense a little like "Hello? Are you still up there? Focus!!" haha. I am going to try and take him out again tomorrow along a different trail. Get him used to going different places.

Is anyone else having a horrifyingly wet summer? We are down here in MS! Its always just mud, mud, mud. I was hoping for some nicer weather since our winter was so wet too. Oh well!
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post #1436 of 2156 Old 07-31-2013, 03:26 PM
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Come to NWFL and see what we have been getting. My yard hasn't seen less than 2 inches of standing water in almost a month now. I can nearly fish off my deck. It's sad having to either carry another set of boots while wearing water boots or load everything up in the truck and go around the block to the entrance to the back pasture if I expect to do any riding.
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post #1437 of 2156 Old 07-31-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers for my mom. I took her a supper of a baked potato from a local restaurant we like. That is all she wanted and she ate maybe 4 bites. She is going for lab work tomorrow and then the biopsy. Keep praying!

DS sorry about having to put a horse through surgery but glad it was a little more reasonable for you - vet bills can be scary.

The new boy is a cutie patootie too!

I did go to the barn today to see my horses and hug them up. I saw two riders in the arena and stopped to pay the board to Lee Ann. She had two students which I had not met and lo and behold...I knew the momma! She was my younger son and daughter's first grade teacher and I was the home room mom both times. They had gone to Colorado on vacation and their daughter rode several times and she rode once. Her hubby was over their weight limit she said but was thrilled his kids liked riding. He works down the road from the ranch and stopped in to see if he could sign them up for lessons. Monty was so excited as she trotted around!!! She might just be my new riding buddy!! She was a terrific teacher and retired when she had her daughter that was riding on the other side of the area!

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Hope you're mom has been okay QOS! Have you gotten the chance to ride some with your new friend? I love running into old friends at unexpected places!

Got out to the barn around 530 today and it was way too hot to ride. I sat and talked to the older man that's a stable hand out there who is like a grandfather to me. I love our chats! I saddled up drifter around 630. Didnt ride him long as I am wary of too much too soon for him. It was a short ride, but a good one. I definitely notice I get more or a work out riding him. Maybe it is his size and he way he carried himself? Not sure but he wears me out haha.

Cooled Drift off, fed him and then decided to take whiskey on his 3rd trail ride with a friend. We really put him through his paces (unintentionally) haha. Friend has two beagles and they ran a deer out of the woods right in front of us. Whisk panicked a little but he was quick to listen to me and calm down. He eventually relaxed around the dogs and didnt mind them.

He had one minor meltdown. We were heading home through a pasture we always ride through and it had gotten pretty dark.we knew the area we were in pretty good so we started cantering. All of a sudden we came up on some cows in the field. We surprised then and they surprised us. They took off and Poor whiskey had a heart attack. They were black and it was dark so I think he was just like What is that! !?

We will go visit them tomorrow during the day light :) hope all is well with everyone!
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I finally posted hours in AQHA.com. I have (77 miles) 155 hrs in the saddle, not counting training exercises in the barn.
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post #1440 of 2156 Old 08-03-2013, 07:29 PM
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Denise so sorry to hear about your mom, haven't had time to post but I've been praying for you both.
Been raining everyday it seems. We finally had a short break in the weather Sunday & Monday...hay was cut, they got it loaded on the truck and BAM it came a flood. So I am still feeding bales of alfalfa at $18 each. Darnit. I hope Tractor Supply doesn't run put of it!!! Off to work now. Drat.
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