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        11-26-2013, 02:07 PM
      #2001
    Yearling
    I didn't get to ride at all this weekend. We had really nasty wind and snow all three days. A pretty big storm for us New Mexicans. Highs of 36 deg on a few days. Yuck. On top of that I had my first trial (mock trial) on Saturday and I was in the courthouse from 8 to 3. It was a really big project and it was in front of a real judge! It was so stressful that I was wiped out... so even if the weather was nice I was to tired to ride.

    Yesterday, I spent the afternoon trimming the horses hoofies. I did Gus first and then Roux. After that I needed to get back home so no riding but I am glad I took the time for the trims they were overdue, especially Gus.

    Because of all the snow which promptly melted (High of 48 yesterday) we had MUD. Which means my lovely paints were brown brown brown. And then Gus who is mostly white was nasty gross yellow after I got him brushed out and cleaned up.

    The photo below is what happened after I let Gus loose in the pasture after I had brushed him clean. What a brat! Notice my horse is being the good horse, just munching his grass haha!

    As far as blanketing goes. I don't ever blanket but I am in NM and we get mostly mild winters. The snow storm we got this weekend was way out of character for us. I agree that besides not allowing the horses to fluff it also comprimises their natural ability to regulate their own body temp. I would rather have them super fluffy in case we do get a nasty storm. A few years ago we got a really bad snow. Roads closed, power went out gas shortages etc. I had two TBs at that time (obviously thin coated) and they were fine, I even watched them break their own ice in their water buckets lol. All that being said dry cold is ok when you get wet cold ie rain that is a different story and it is much easier for them to get too cold. Thankfully I live in the dessert and we don't usually get much moisture. They seam to learn to take care of the themselves if I don't get in the way and baby them too much, which is sooo hard.

    Today after class me and a friend are going riding! Yay!!
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        11-26-2013, 02:41 PM
      #2002
    Started
    Congrats on finishing your mock trial Roux! I would bet the real thing will go easier for you

    Snow is a freak of nature here too, our winters consist of cold rains and boot n horseshoe-sucking mud. Yucky. I swear snow would feel warmer!

    I was out in the current cold rain for over an hour, cleaning stalls & such and I couldn't wait to get back home to a nice hot shower, I was cold to the bone...
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        11-26-2013, 04:34 PM
      #2003
    Trained
    My sister came down from North Georgia for a visit yesterday. She was my best riding buddy for years until life seemed to get in the way. We rode 4.1 miles. The Princess was a little rowdy, but she was willing to lead the way for a lot of the ride. I also was able to get her into a nice little 10.8 mph canter. Usually she either doesn't want to break into the canter or she goes WAY too fast. It was a nice ride.

    I was pretty proud of us; two old southern girls riding in such frigid weather. It was only 45 degrees F. We felt like we were charting new territory in a northern wilderness. It was a fun ride.

    121.5 miles total
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        11-26-2013, 05:00 PM
      #2004
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Seems we can't win for losing in southeast Texas! Biscuit had a super fluffy coat for 2 years after I bought he but he had been nutritionally challenged and needed the heavy coat. Then we had warm winters and we could only walk on warm days because the horses would be totally soaked in sweat. Last year he had a less fluffy coat and we had a mild winter.

    I went and got him awhile ago and took him to his paddock with him trotting out beside the RAV all the way down to his pasture. Sarge greeted him with some "I am the Sargent in Charge of this Pasture" squeals. He wouldn't let Biscuit under their shelter. Sarge can be a toot at times but he definitely was letting Biscuit know who was boss.

    I went back and forth to the barn a few times as I had to clean his stall (so glad that is not a chore I have to do regularly.) Biscuit was fine and seemed to be glad to be out. The barn is taking out round bales for the horses today which they will need to keep warm.

    I am ambivalent on the blankets. I have two nice Weather Beeta blankets for both of them. Just reluctant to put them on them at this time. I might have to though even if it for my own piece of mind!
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        11-26-2013, 09:31 PM
      #2005
    Weanling
    Oreo shivers if it is below 40 and rainy. I tend to put the blanket on then. He doesn't have the extra fat to burn by shivering. He and Flicka will only go under the barn when they are hot, not cold.

    Other news... I am free leasing another horse next week. It is someone I know from Baywindfarm.com/forum. I went last Sat. To check him out. I will pick him up after Thanksgiving. He is a 7 year old that has done barrels, dressage, and trails. He is very lazy which is something I was looking for. He needs conditioning as he hasn't been ridden much the last year or so. The plan is that I will alternate who I ride on trails but now I can have people come to my horse and have someone that they can ride. I have to get a second saddle. My saddle fit Fiddler really well, so I am going to get a custom saddle for Oreo.
         
        11-26-2013, 10:48 PM
      #2006
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Can't wait to see the new leasee

    I went back to the barn late this afternoon to check on my boys. Sarge was under the shed, Biscuit outside of the shed munching on his round bale. They both came to the fence to have a carrot and before we left I saw Biscuit go into the shelter without Sarge running him out. Sarge can be a bit of a pill at times.
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        11-26-2013, 11:20 PM
      #2007
    Yearling
    I had a wonderful day and a great ride with my friend. We went a new direction today on a trail we hadn't been on before. It was so cool. I am so glad we went that way. Some Pics:







    I accidentally forgot to start GPS at the beginning of the ride but I don't think I missed too much!

    9.6 Miles
    3 Hours
    Avg Speed 3.3 mph
    Max Speed 13.8 mph

    Total so far (Since September):
    85.86

    I would love to break 100 before the end of the year!
         
        11-27-2013, 12:29 AM
      #2008
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Roux;4189241 Some Pics:

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    Hummm... Was that taken while falling, or just in a real high-speed turn?
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        11-27-2013, 01:20 AM
      #2009
    Yearling
    James I actually took that one by accident without meaning to and I liked the way it came out! Haha
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        11-28-2013, 11:02 PM
      #2010
    Yearling
    I know everyone is probably out celebrating with their families but from all of us here me Roux, Gus, Atticus and Griffin (Dogs) and Salvador (Cat) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

    Side note.... when I went out to the barn the BO had hung up stocking for each of the horses, put up Christmas lights, and had a tree up! It was so nice!
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