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        09-25-2013, 03:50 PM
      #1681
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    Thanks All! Congratulations Dawn on your impromptu ride! And I am glad the trailer issue worked out okay in the end. Denise, I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this with your mom! I am so glad you have gotten to spend 54 years with her! That is truly a blessing!

    My mom is a nurse and I know it was killing her to be 12 hours away last night. She kept calling and texting wanting to know exactly what was being said, if they had looked at this, and everything else. She has always been so nervous about my riding hobby! I think it comes from all of her time working ER and ICU. She says she's seen some pretty horrible accidents - horse related and not.

    The good news it they didnt think it was bad enough to warrant surgery or anything of the like! I am VERY lucky in that regard according to the doctor I saw. Especially since it was both my tibia and fibula. They were stable fractures, so I am counting my blessings for that one.

    I am in a cast stuck at my apartment for the moment. They gave me crutches but told me to take it easy for a bit. I also got some lortab (spelling? Sorry). My roommate has been a big help and I've been in contact with all of my professors. My mom is coming into town tomorrow morning and we are going to go see an Orthopedic surgeon she knows of in the area. I guess she would rather be safe then sorry.

    I have a close friend from the barn looking at Drifter and Whiskey for me this week. Still no signs of pain anywhere on Drifter, so I am hoping he was just excited. I would have hated for him to be pain and it was me ignoring the signs and pushing him through it that caused him to blow up. It was just so out of character for him. The vets will be out Friday and they will call me after they check him out.

    I just keep replaying it in my head and it freaks me out. I had gotten so relaxed and I don't want to say negligent of safety around Drifter- but I perhaps let me guard down a little more than I should have when I was on him. This is the wake up call that will not be ignored. I love the heck out of him, but he's still a 1200 pound animals with a mind of his own.
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        09-25-2013, 05:22 PM
      #1682
    Weanling
    Short ride to the sunflower patch!

    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I am looking forward to getting to know you and your horses as well!

    I rode Roux during my lunch break today. Only was able to do a short ride before I had to get back. We did 2.6 miles in 46 min which brings me to a grand total of 23.71.

    Tomorrow I am trailering Roux to gather cattle this weekend. I am sure we will be doing a lot of miles but I won't be able to keep track because there is no cell service up there. But... I should be able to take plenty of pics!

    I took a few pics but this is the one I liked the best you can see the sunflowers in the pic. They are soo nice to ride through.


    DriftingShadow - I am so sorry to hear about your leg, I hope you heal quickly and painlessly. That is really rough.

    QOS - You and your mom are in my thoughts. <3
         
        09-25-2013, 06:36 PM
      #1683
    Yearling
    What about a bee or hornet or something DS? I have had some freakish, manical bucking behavior from completely mild horses when stung...

    So good to hear you are in a cast, I usually see external fixators (those rods screwed into the bone). Lortabs are good pain control, we have them ordered for practically every ortho pt. Don't let nurse-mom scare you off, even though I know she means well. One can get hurt walking along in the grass, it was a freak thing, odds are it will never happen again.

    Dense, I am so sorry to hear you mom has pancreatic CA, life is just not fair sometimes, and it is very hard to accept that you have no control of the situation. I wish for your mother an easy & painless journey, and for you the time you need with her. Blessings.
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        09-25-2013, 08:08 PM
      #1684
    Foal
    Welcome Roux

    DS, I am sorry about your accident. I hope you heal quickly.

    QOS, I hope that you and your mom get to enjoy some more nice moments. I will be thinking of you.
         
        09-25-2013, 11:21 PM
      #1685
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Roux    
    Tomorrow I am trailering Roux to gather cattle this weekend. I am sure we will be doing a lot of miles but I won't be able to keep track because there is no cell service up there.
    If you're using a GPS-equipped cell phone to record miles, it should work perfectly well, even though you don't have cell service. I say should because you never know what app developers will do, but the GPS function should just depend on receiving signals from the satellites. I'd say it's worth giving it a try.
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        09-26-2013, 12:29 AM
      #1686
    Weanling
    Oh! Well in that case I will try it! Thanks for the tip :)
         
        09-27-2013, 04:20 PM
      #1687
    Green Broke
    My son and his girlfriend rode with me today. This was the second time that she has ever ridden and her first trail ride. She told me afterward that she was scared, but she did great. We kept it to a walk and trot since we had such a new rider. We rode just 2.3 miles. I thought it was a short ride, but the young folks seem pretty worn out. It was a beautiful day. We saw six turtles lined up on a log in the pond. Other than that, we really didn't see much wildlife.

    The Princess was better than she was on the last ride, but she wasn't perfect. She seems to be shaking her head and acting annoyed about her bit even though I really don't use it that much. I am thinking that I may try going back to a mild snaffle rather than the curb. She is such a little Pea Princess.

    Total 90.5 miles
         
        09-28-2013, 09:20 AM
      #1688
    Started
    Well, we're back.....this wasn't one of the better Cataloochee trips.....DW loaded everything but the kitchen sink....I don't think we had this much stuff to move 30 years ago when she came up to Tennessee with me....

    The front brakes on the F-350 overheated coming down the mountain into the Cataloochee valley.....had to stop and let them cool down...shifted into 4 wheel low range and stayed off the brakes as much as possible.....needless to say...we were loaded heavy...

    Rode 12 miles Tuesday....about 10 miles into the loop we ran into a large nest of yellow jackets.....a bear had opened it up.....but left hundreds and they were really pissed off and mad at the world.....Miss Lacy got stung a few times as she went through first but DW's horse Sunny boy got hit hard as they swarmed him....

    Tuesday night the rain started about midnight.....rained solid for 24 hours...my guess is 2 or three inches.....so we didn't ride Wed and the horses got to rest.....

    Headed out around noon Thursday....got another good ride in but the yellow jackets really seemed to mess with Sunny boys head....he didn't want to leave the campsite...DW wound up getting off and walking him down the trail about a mile and mounting up..not sure of the mileage yet...haven't checked the gps log....we rode Palmer Creek trail...did a lateral...in and out....narrow, steep, slick and muddy.....the pucker factor was there...seemed in most places the trail was slimmer than the horse and rider....not really a technically challenging ride but 2500 feet of climb on a muddy trail plus a return back down....well....lets just say it had my undivided attention and leave it at that....I guess when I looked over the side and seen several hundred feet of drop....well, it makes one focus on the trail....

    Had bears in the campsite Tuesday night....Thursday afternoon a sow and three cubs came in the campground....knocked over our gas grill before the other campers chased them off....then they went two campsites down and pulled a similar stunt.....they came back early friday morning around 2 am....a flashlight was all it took to get them to leave....had a pair of coyotes come through the site every evening.....

    The elk numbers were down this year...Park ranger said the rut started in August and they haven't been seeing the large herds in the valley this year and the tourist didn't show up in as large a numbers as in years past. Still, they had about 5 herds of a bull and 10 to 15 cows....not much in the way of color and the leaves seem to be dropping without changing.....

    We're looking at another weekender at Catoosa Ridge some time in October....
         
        09-28-2013, 09:50 AM
      #1689
    Green Broke
    Did you and your DW get stung? My horse would probably have galloped off the cliff if she was attacked by yellow jackets...........
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        09-28-2013, 11:02 AM
      #1690
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    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    Did you and your DW get stung? My horse would probably have galloped off the cliff if she was attacked by yellow jackets...........
    No, fortunately, we didn't get stung...DW has a bruise from the saddle horn as a result....Sunny Boy had a trail mask on and a Yellow Jacket got in the mask....I dismounted and it seemed like forever before I could get the mask off...He did a fair job of keeping his rider safe considering......As far as a cliff goes, that's why DW took Sunny Boy...instead of Jack, her 4 year old....Sunny's rock solid on the trails and handles things pretty well.

    Miss Lacy....well, I've had her 5 years now and I've got a lot of trail miles on her..... she just kicked at her belly a couple of times and gaited in a running walk out of there....she has a spook in place every now and again as she's almost always the lead horse with a 4 mph dog walk....but we've got a lot of wet saddle blankets together and still to this day....she's let me stay on top of her......One of the other campers commented that when we're in camp, she always watches me and never takes her eyes off of me....it's humbling how she's bonded with me....and how lucky I am to have partnered with both a great woman and a good horse.....I suppose it doesn't get much better than that....

    The horses aren't perfect....but they're better than we deserve....and we appreciate them..... especially when things like this happen.
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