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        10-04-2013, 11:37 AM
      #1731
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Oreo and Endurance Rider 6 - thank you for the kinds words and prayers. I just spoke to my sister and the visitation will be Sunday and the funeral Monday. Even typing this seems surreal. I ran Barry to the doctor this morning; he has bronchitis that was coming on the day before we buried his dad. He has never had bronchitis before and neither have I. Sounds bad.

    When we left the doctors office I stopped by to see my babies and feed them handfuls of alfalfa pellets. It has been raining and very humid here off and on and omg the mosquitoes will carry you away. Biscuit's back was covered in those little nasty black flies and his backbone had little gritty feeling matter from their biting. I took Deep Woods OFF out of my trailer and sprayed on my poor fellow. They were more than happy to gobble up the pellets. I am out of my bucket of apple treats and will get my boys more. They lifted my spirits some as they always do but it really feels like the sunshine has gone away. I know Mom won't last long now as she has no desire anymore to stay. I don't know why this past year has been this way but it has been rough. My horses have provided my bright spots.

    Hugs to all of you. Post lots of pictures of the beautiful fall leaves of Vermont - I am a sucker for fall leaves. They are one of my favorite things to make out of sugar for my cakes.
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        10-04-2013, 06:43 PM
      #1732
    Weanling
    Denise--I took some fall pictures for you today. Hoping a little piece of Vermont might brighten your day. These were taken today on my way to the barn. I'm fortunate enough to be able to ride on most of these roads & trails. This is my absolute favorite time of year, cool weather for the horses and beautiful scenery. Just wish it didn't mean that winter is coming!
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        10-04-2013, 10:50 PM
      #1733
    Yearling
    Those are beautiful pictures EL6! Riding thru such a beautiful area would make my heart sing
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        10-05-2013, 04:01 AM
      #1734
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Oh my goodness. Those pictures are stunning.
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        10-05-2013, 12:08 PM
      #1735
    Green Broke
    Thank you for the pictures EnduranceLover - that looks like a beautiful place to live.
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        10-05-2013, 06:40 PM
      #1736
    Weanling
    Glad you all liked them.
    Vermont is a beautiful place, but the weather is brutal. We literally have almost 6-7 months of winter, consisting of not only tons of snow but -30 degree weather. The summer months are pretty unpredictable, they say if you don't like the weather just wait a few minutes Always changing, but I'll take the nice stretch of weather we've been having so far.

    Today was opening day for bow season so Selena and I had to dress bright...she obviously does not approve of her hunting decor
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    Today was another "not-so-great" ride. It was fantastic until I got home, only to see that Selena is once again back sore This time I came home almost positive that her back would be clean because she was moving beautifully and was very chipper, but palpating told otherwise. I rode extremely conscious of my position today so it can't be that. I am guessing my saddle is not fitting correctly somewhere, so hopefully we can give it one last try with a different saddle before we have to make a decision on our ride in October. Trying to stay positive for sanity's sake.
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        10-05-2013, 06:47 PM
      #1737
    Trained
    My friend Donna and her student came out and we rode 6.1 miles. I rode Abby. I was really proud not only of her behavior, but of the fact that she seemed less tired at the end of the ride than the other horses that were much younger. She didn't do too bad for a 23 year old fat girl.

    I used the tolkat cinch that belongs to my other horse, and I think it worked a lot better for her as well. I hope to ride the Psycho Princess with the gang next time they come. I just was hesitant to take her out with other riders after changing bits only a couple of rides ago.

    Total 96.6 miles
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        10-05-2013, 07:15 PM
      #1738
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Endurance Rider 6 - so sorry Selena is having back issues. My cousin Kellie's gelding Elan had some issues with that - he would get sore and his back in the loin area would swell and be tender. She tried several saddles - she was a big believer in her Circle Y which she rode in for years. She bought a new Circle Y with the same results. She then bought a Steele saddle. OMG she LOVES it and so does Elan - no more soreness. Don't know if that would work for your girl but it might.

    I loved your pictures! I have a huge favor to ask....could you send me a copy of the second picture? I would love to frame that - it looks like a nice place to go and I absolutely love fall leaves!
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        10-05-2013, 07:33 PM
      #1739
    Weanling
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    Endurance Rider 6 - so sorry Selena is having back issues. My cousin Kellie's gelding Elan had some issues with that - he would get sore and his back in the loin area would swell and be tender. She tried several saddles - she was a big believer in her Circle Y which she rode in for years. She bought a new Circle Y with the same results. She then bought a Steele saddle. OMG she LOVES it and so does Elan - no more soreness. Don't know if that would work for your girl but it might.

    I loved your pictures! I have a huge favor to ask....could you send me a copy of the second picture? I would love to frame that - it looks like a nice place to go and I absolutely love fall leaves!
    Yes of course! If you want to just send me your email in a PM I will send it to you. That is also my favorite picture, and it does the real thing no justice!

    As for saddle fitting, I am exhausted. I've been through treed and treeless with varying results. I'm hopefully trying a specialized saddle this week to see how that works. I will look into the Steele saddles
         
        10-05-2013, 10:43 PM
      #1740
    Banned
    It took me a while to catch up, but Denise reading about your sister made my heart break for you. Losing someone you love dearly is never easy. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers throughout this trying time in your life! I feel so close to our group of "online" buddies, each of you is in my prayers!

    I have not been up to much. No riding at all for me, but thankfully I have been able to watch a friend work Whiskey under my supervision. I hate to let him go to waste while I am healing so a girl is coming out tomorrow to discuss a possible half lease for the next few months.

    Drifter is having problems with his RR again. Same leg we performed arthoscopy on in May. It seems to be very stiff. I have started him on some MSM in hopes that will help. I probably will eventually take him in for xrays but right now he is happy and moving fine and wont be ridden while I heal anyway- so I am going to see what time off will do. He has had so many problems with that right rear leg that I am beginning to think he is just going to be retired. I love him too much to let him go, especially while I have the funds to care for him, so if he is just a pasture pet with occasional riding he will become my pasture pet with occasional riding. But I don't know how many more problems that one leg can take. Bone chip, his hip scar tissue injury, a torn stifle ligament, arthritis and now whatever this is. Aargh! I think he was ridden too hard at too early of an age and now the issues are showing themselves. He is only 10 as of January. Too early for all of these problems!

    At least Whiskey is sound and well! For that I am thankful. He is turning into a fantastic little horse. Everyone who sees him in the pasture always remarks on how athletic he is. He performs natural rollbacks in the pasture- its pretty neat to watch! Maybe I should have made him a reiner ha ha.

    I hope everyone is doing well! I loved the fall pictures and I feel you on the struggle of saddle fit! Drifter was a nightmare to fit. Eventually the perfect saddle will come!
         

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