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post #2061 of 2156 Old 12-12-2013, 08:25 AM
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Roux, way to hang on!
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post #2062 of 2156 Old 12-12-2013, 09:16 AM
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YEah, way yo go Roux!! Did you imagine the 8-second buzzer going off???

That is SO beautiful!! I LOVE to hear the Sandhill Cranes flying over. Some of them winter here at our local Barren River Lake.

I am going to ride today... I am going to ride today....

I am so worn out from working horses yesterday. I am old enough to KNOW better!!!
Long lining a Clydesdale is HARD work! Then long lining a fresh(but thankfully VERY calm) stallion. Then, after DH got through working, hauling 25 bales from the black barn, so I don't have to get a few every day. DH drove the tractor. Thankfully, he backed the trailer into the barn and left it, so I did not have to unload them, TOO!!

Y'all have a great day! It is beautiful sunshine here!

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post #2063 of 2156 Old 12-12-2013, 09:51 AM
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Roux, sounds like a very exciting ride! Glad you stayed on. Certainly a beautiful area.

Cold is all a matter of perspective. I am sure the people out west, in part of canada, alaska, etc think we are both massive weenies to be whining about those temperatures. But I am ready for spring already!!
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post #2064 of 2156 Old 12-12-2013, 10:11 AM
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I am reluctant to complain about waking up to a moist 40* here after seeing the temps you all deal with. I am thankful I don't have the snow and ice to deal with anymore since moving to Fl. lol


Roux, great job of letting the instincts take over to ride it out when you think you wouldn't have otherwise. After riding consistently your body tends to go into auto mode and flex with the horse without you realizing it. Then when something like that happens you are so focused on what is going on that you don't even recognize you are doing all the right things TO stay in the saddle.


I can't imagine having that same ability if only riding in a ring to learn rather than all the twisting, leaning forward and backward to stay on while riding trails. That really does make a difference in the body's ability to conform to the situation.
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post #2065 of 2156 Old 12-12-2013, 04:24 PM
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I DID get to ride! I lunged him, since it was 21* and he has not had a saddle on in about 4 months...got on, and he was shaking his head and pinning on ear like it was hurting. When I finally got him to stop(seemed like a long time, but probably not), I got off, rubbed his ear, and lunged him some more on a more frozen area, so he would GO, and not slip. He fell down anyway.....then got up and resumed his big trot.

When steam was coming out of his nose, I finally got on and rode up by the tractor implements, then headed up the trail out of my backyard. Here, the big white POLAR BEAR came around the curve behind us, (she had BEEN behind us the whole time), and he jumped, the started running sideways, laterally, towards the trees. They are little cedars, and threatening my knees, and head, but I yelled at him and he saw that it was the SAME danged DOG that goes EVERYWHERE with us, so he stopped. Whew!!

We stood a feww moments(I am telling you, this "training method", patent pending, the video will be available soon, works like a charm), and I turned him up the trail, and we had a nice little ride. When I came back to the barn, I worked him a bit on neck reining, and we ended the ride beautifully. I probably worked him a good hour and a half, which was more than I originally intended, but mostly walking.

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post #2066 of 2156 Old 12-13-2013, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Way to go Roux and Nancy! Woot!!! I am too old and soft for all of that business. When i got thrown 5 years ago that was way more than enough for me.

It is supposed to be sun shining Sunday and Kellie and I are going to go for a ride. I am looking forward to that. I haven't rode in a few weeks so I am ready to go.

We laid my sweet Mom to rest today. I am going to miss her so badly. I am so glad she is no longer in pain and no longer suffering but I know I will miss her in the coming years with a sharpness that cuts deep. She was too young to go. I told her I got the little LQ but I don't know if she understood me. She so wanted me to have one. I am going to name it "The RoadRunner". That is what my dad called Momma - RoadRunner. RIP Momma.
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post #2067 of 2156 Old 12-13-2013, 08:15 AM
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Love the name for your trailer & the reason. My mother died a few days before Christmas but it was her heart, not the cancer that she feared, so a bit unexpected. Prayers coming your way. Enjoy your ride.
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post #2068 of 2156 Old 12-13-2013, 03:59 PM
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Aww, The Roadrunner!! I love it!

Nancy

ETA: I do NOT want to get thrown, so I get OFF!! I do not care what signal I send to the horse, if they need more time to not be kooky, I GIVE it to them on the ground, lol. Even driving, I will go back to the barn, unhitch, lunge, hitch back up, and try again. Obviously, I have never, nor will I ever train professionally. I would have to charge by the YEAR!!
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post #2069 of 2156 Old 12-14-2013, 05:07 AM
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I'm a new kid on the block here. I just came down to put some wood on the fire and the snow is coming down hard. I guess my plans for a trail ride on Tuesday are on hold. I can't imagine the roads being clear down in the Ozark area that we ride. The temperature is supposed to be in the upper 40's on Tuesday so we'll see. I have been reading about using your GPS to record the miles you ride on this thread and I am excited about that because I am expecting a Garmin 62S any day now
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post #2070 of 2156 Old 12-14-2013, 07:21 AM
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Welcome Herosbud!

I'm glad Vermont isn't the only place getting swarmed with this awful coldness...it was -6 last night so Selena and I played in the indoor free-lunging and then she wanted to investigate the scary grain bag.
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Her poor mind is going crazy being cooped up inside but she gets this nasty sounding cough/choke when I ride her at these low temps in the indoor (think its a combination of the dust/cold) and our roads are so icy its not an option at the moment

Ride for me!!!!!
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