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        09-28-2013, 12:54 PM
      #1691
    Trained
    Gunslinger, those horses are worth their weight in gold.

    I rode for about 20 minutes in the arena. Rather than using the curb bit, I used a big fat egg butt snaffle. It confused her to start with; however, he didn't get as mad when we trotted and cantered as she has been doing. The question is whether she will run through it like she used to before she had breaks. I'm hoping that she will pay attention to it. I also have a thinner snaffle that I can dig out if this one doesn't work out before I go back to the curb bit. I may try her a few more times in the arena before I take her out again.
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        09-28-2013, 04:59 PM
      #1692
    Yearling
    Glad you all came thru those hair-raising ride with only a few stings the the horses and no fast slide off the side of the trail Gunslinger! Did you manage to take any pictures?

    Those horses of yours are truely a blessing and I agree with Celesste...definately worth their weight in gold!!

    So glad the bears didn't make a meal of anyone
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        09-28-2013, 10:43 PM
      #1693
    Green Broke
    Here's a few.....these were taken on Tuesday, before the yellow jackets, and before the rain....
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        09-28-2013, 10:53 PM
      #1694
    Yearling
    Wow, gunslinger, that is a heck of an adventure!

    What is that set up you have the horses in for camping?

    On Friday I rode Roux 7 1/2 straight gathering calves and pushing them up the mesa. Needless to say he was one tuckered out pony. Too busy to mess with getting the mileage. As the crow flies is is about 10 miles but that doesnt count getting the cows off the flats or the switchbacks on the trails so we did a lot. Very steep inclinations with ROCKS. He is barefoot and was never tender - YES! Also he was great with the cows not spooky and handled them very well. All is all I was very impressed with how well he did!

    Today I gave Roux the day off, he worked so hard Friday. I rode one of the ranch horses and we did the same thing but gathered from the North Pastures and I rode 6 1/2 hours today.

    Tomorrow we are branding and I am going to see how Roux does with that! But now sleep!
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        09-28-2013, 10:58 PM
      #1695
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Roux    
    Wow, gunslinger, that is a heck of an adventure!

    What is that set up you have the horses in for camping?

    On Friday I rode Roux 7 1/2 straight gathering calves and pushing them up the mesa. Needless to say he was one tuckered out pony. Too busy to mess with getting the mileage. As the crow flies is is about 10 miles but that doesnt count getting the cows off the flats or the switchbacks on the trails so we did a lot. Very steep inclinations with ROCKS. He is barefoot and was never tender - YES! Also he was great with the cows not spooky and handled them very well. All is all I was very impressed with how well he did!

    Today I gave Roux the day off, he worked so hard Friday. I rode one of the ranch horses and we did the same thing but gathered from the North Pastures and I rode 6 1/2 hours today.

    Tomorrow we are branding and I am going to see how Roux does with that! But now sleep!
    That's the setup provided in the campground...pretty simple but works well....we don't have a sleep in camper/trailer so we tent camp....
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        09-29-2013, 01:33 PM
      #1696
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gunslinger    
    That's the setup provided in the campground...pretty simple but works well...
    Seems awfully small to keep a horse in overnight.
         
        09-29-2013, 02:16 PM
      #1697
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    Seems awfully small to keep a horse in overnight.
    Yea, well, you got to go with what you got....We came off the trail on Tuesday and then the rain started....so they were in there for quite awhile, but we did get them out every few hours and walked them around.

    Actually, the horses seemed to be okay with it....and all the horse campgrounds in the Smokey's are that way. They didn't get to lay down from Monday morning till Friday night....but as long as they have a little hay and grain from time to time they're fine.

    Last year a bull Elk came right behind the stalls and Missy Lacey took exception to it....I thought she was going to hurt herself trying to get out...This year, we had elk, bears, and coyotes most every day and she was okay with it.

    My wife actually said she thought the horses liked being there....so go figure...
         
        09-29-2013, 05:14 PM
      #1698
    Yearling
    DH and George were nice enough to escort me around with Gamer today. Talk about perfect fall weather: sunny, low 70s, light breeze.

    Ride started with Gamer being a bit of a pill. She decided she wanted to turn around and go back to the barn, even with George leading. The first couple times she just swung her head to look back, but when she swung her head and her shoulder tried to follow, I put my leg on her and growled. Her reaction was a temper tantrum, which included a bit of bucking (though nothing like the panic rodeo that got me stomped on). Kept her head turned away from home and drove her forward until she stopped (which luckily wasn't that long). Hopefully that isn't going to be an issue every time she doesn't get her way!!

    A bit farther into the ride, we came upon the Very Scary Combine. We had been able to hear it, so knew DH's brother was in the field beside/above us cutting corn. I figured it would be a good learning experience for Gamer. Rode parallel the field and she couldn't have cared less about hearing it, but I got off and led her around the corner knowing that seeing it would be a very different story.

    Glad I got off, but really she handled it quite well. A running combine IS a very scary thing, so I couldn't really blame her for being nervous about it. But after not even 5 minutes, I had her up beside it eating cookies (my BIL was nice enough to stay still to let me school her beside it, but all the scary clanking cutting spinning bits were still going). In the end, when the combine continued down the field, we actually jogged after it, then stood and ate some grass as it vanished into the distance.

    Then I got back on and we continued home. Not the longest ride in the world, but I will def take quality over quantity at this point!




    2013 mileage
    ...
    09/21/13 bob 8.29 miles 5.4 mph 732.34 total miles
    09/22/13 bob 3.75 miles 5.9 mph 736.09 total miles
    09/29/13 gamer 1.7 miles 3.1 mph 737.79 total miles
         
        09-29-2013, 06:11 PM
      #1699
    Started
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    Seems awfully small to keep a horse in overnight.
    I think those are a brilliant idea!! I have standing stalls in my barn, and most of my horses spend most of the day there----no problem. I think they like it, too. I KNOW I do.....the manure is in ONE spot to pick up!!!

    Thanks fo r the great pictures! We are having a bad year for those bees! I have some on my trails, and my friend said she had to stick to the gravel trails up at Mammoth Cave because they were BAD on the smaller dirt trail.

    Nancy
         
        09-29-2013, 08:22 PM
      #1700
    Foal
    I'm waiting for my Ginger to get home. She has been gone 2 months now. My friend Julie Hauled her away for training. Some of the best trainers money can buy. I got lucky, real lucky. Miss my horse.
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